Yay for Thanksgiving week! No work. No school. Too much food. Holiday movie marathons. Lots of napping. And plenty of places around town to be thankful for. Here’s our list of 10 fun things to do during your Thanksgiving break.
1. Visit Santa.
Treat your kiddos to a visit with the big guy at The Shops at Willow Bend. His hours will be 10am-9pm Monday through Saturday and 12-6pm on Sunday. He and the reindeer will be taking off Thanksgiving Day.
2. Get some holiday shopping in.
Plano Parks and Recreation is hosting its 40th annual Plano Christmas Market at Carpenter Park Recreation Center Nov. 17-18. There will be 80+ North Texas vendors selling jewelry, clothing, candles, jams, salsas and more. It’s a great way to support local businesses. If one local market isn’t enough, head on over to the Willow Bend Farmers Market, John Paul II High School Christmas Bazaar or the V Market Vegan Pop Up at TreeHouse, all on Nov. 17.
3. Go to a sporting event.
If you are tired of watching sports on TV, make your way off the couch and watch the Dallas Sidekicks play the San Diego Sockers live at Allen Event Center on Nov. 17 at 7pm.
4. Entertain your visitors.
Show your in-laws how smart you really are at MC Live Trivia at Hub Streat on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7pm. If you’re playing it smart, you know to let your mother-in-law win.
5. Get fit.
Sign up for Turkey Torch Bootcamp at The Barre Code on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6pm to torch calories before the big meal. It’s your one last sane decision before you enter into a turkey coma on Thanksgiving Day. You can thank them later. If you are really feeling ambitious, bring the family to the Plano Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. They will give you a cinnamon roll at the finish line to undo all the calories you just burned.
6. Skip the cooking.
I’m pretty sure the Pilgrims and Native Americans would rather have gone to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar to have slow-roasted turkey breast with mashed potatoes, instead of that whole hunting and gathering mess. Here are some places in Plano where you get to relax while someone else cooks your Thanksgiving Day feast:
Cru Food and Wine Bar
Del Frisco’s Grille
Del Frisco’s Double Edge Steakhouse
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
Fogo de Chao
The Capital Grille
See restaurant hours and locations here >
7. Go bowling.
Fight off a turkey-induced coma by challenging your whole family to a bowling duel. Plano Super Bowl will be hosting its 14th Annual Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 23-25. Sign your family up if you think you have what it takes to bring home the W.
8. Get some culture.
Start a family tradition of going to the theater or ballet Thanksgiving Week. At Alice vs. Wonderland presented by ArtCentre Theatre, watch how Alice is played by six different actresses, each evoking a different aspect of adolescence (Nov. 23-25). Experience a magical dream world (and tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy) at Chamberlain Performing Arts’ “The Nutcracker” (Nov. 23-25). Enjoy unforgettable music by Plano Civic Chorus performing at Galleria Dallas (Nov. 23).
9. Shop small on Saturday.
After all the Black Friday nonsense, whittle down your Christmas list and support locally owned Plano businesses on Small Business Saturday. Tax dollars spent in Plano stay in Plano. Support your neighbors on Saturday, Nov. 24.
10. Skip Thanksgiving and move on to Christmas.
If you are one of those people who sets up their Christmas decorations the day after Halloween, then this is right up your alley. Lights at Legacy welcomes the holiday season with a grand tree lighting and family-fun event at The Shops at Legacy (Nov. 18). The Dallas Cowboys are hosting the second annual Christmas at The Star (Nov. 19 – Dec.24). Vitruvian Park transforms into a Christmas light spectacular with over 550 trees decked in lights for Vitruvian Lights (Nov. 23 – Jan. 1).
That’s enough for now. Sit tight and we will give you a full run down of Christmas activities later – let’s celebrate Thanksgiving first.