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. Santa will also be making stops at The Galleria. He will be available for photos from 12pm-7pm Monday through Wednesday and 9am-10pm Friday-Saturday. He and the reindeer will be taking off Thanksgiving Day at both locations.
2. Get some holiday shopping in.
Plano Parks and Recreation is hosting its annual Plano Christmas Market at Carpenter Park Recreation Center Nov. 23-24. 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 or John Paul II High School Christmas Bazaar, both on Nov. 23.
3. Entertain your visitors.
Show your in-laws how smart you really are at MC Trivia on Nov. 27 at 7pm. If you’re playing it smart, you know to let your mother-in-law win.
4. Get fit.
Sign up for Turkey Torch Bootcamp at The Barre Code on Nov. 27 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 donut at the finish line to undo all the calories you just burned. You can also check out Turkey Day FitCamp at Outlaw FitCamp on Nov. 28 at 8am and 8:45am.
5. 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:
II Brothers Grill >
Blue Mesa Grill >
Cru Food & Wine Bar >
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse >
Del Frisco’s Grille >
Holy Grail Pub >
Hub Streat >
Legacy Hall >
Princi Italia >
Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel >
Season’s 52 >
Shell Shack >
Stampede 66 >
Sushi Marquee >
The Capital Grille >
The Keg >
6. Go bowling.
Fight off a turkey-induced coma by challenging your whole family to a bowling duel. Plano Super Bowl will be hosting its Annual Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Sign your family up if you think you have what it takes to bring home the W.
7. Get some culture.
Start a family tradition of going to the theater or ballet Thanksgiving Week. The Plano Senior High Jazz Band will perform at the 25th Annual Swing Dance at Club Cat on Nov. 23 at 6pm. Go out for a night of dancing at Sambuca 360 when Emerald City performs live on Nov. 27 at 8pm. Experience a magical dream world (and tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy) at Chamberlain Performing Arts’ “The Nutcracker” Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
8. Get artsy.
Whether your child is the next Picasso or their artwork is too embarrassing to even hang up on the fridge, sign them up for Abstract Painting 101 at the Sci-Tech Discovery Center on Nov. 23 and 24. Or if photography is more their thing, Plano Public Library is offering a Photo Editing 101 class at Haggard Library on Nov. 23. Harrington Library is hosting a Fluorescent Art Class on Nov. 25 and Haggard Library is offering an Artists through the Ages class on Nov. 26.
9. Shop small on Saturday.
After all the Black Friday nonsense, whittle down your Christmas list and support locally owned Plano businesses at Small Business Weekend. Tax dollars spent in Plano stay in Plano. Support your neighbors Nov.29-Dec. 1.
10. Start thinking about 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 on Nov. 24. Join Watters Creek for a magical kick-off to the holiday season at their Light the Night Celebration on Nov. 23. Vitruvian Park transforms into a Christmas light spectacular with over 550 trees decked in lights for Vitruvian Lights Nov. 29 – Jan. 1. Skate around the ice rink at Galleria Dallas during their Grand Tree Lighting Celebration on Nov. 30.
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.