November brings cooler temperatures, great events and Thanksgiving. And it's an election year -- as if you didn't know. (I'll be so glad when that's over)! It also bring some great festivals where we can celebrate with amazing foods and beverages. How will you celebrate Thanksgiving this year?
What: AAA Texas 500 Weekend features:
Nov. 1 - Practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Nov. 2 - SportsDay Qualifying Day powered by The Dallas Morning News Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series
Nov. 2 - WinStar World Casino 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race
Nov. 3 - SportsDay Qualifying Day powered by The Dallas Morning News for the NASCAR Nationwide Series
Nov. 3 - O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series Race
Nov. 4 - AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race
When: November 1-4, 2012
Where: Texas Motor Speedways
What: The once-a-year Dallas Sample Sale at Market Hall at Dallas Market Center an event you won't want to miss. Get a head start on your holiday shopping at one of the best wholesale merchandise outlets in the world. Holiday décor, gourmet foods, home furnishings, apparel, accessories and many unique gifts.
When: 2012 Preview sale Nov 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and it benefits Salvation Army's Angel Tree. Shop Nov 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Nov11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Dallas Market Center, 2100 Stemmon s Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207. 214-655-1600
What: The Texas Stampede is the rodeo competition featuring bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and barrel racing by the sport’s top contestants, followed each night by a full-length concert with national artists like Josh Turner and Joe Nichols.
Where: Allen Event Center
When: November 8-10, 2012
Tickets: Tickets start at $20
What: The Home Festival began in 1976 when the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA staged a tour showcasing five distinctive and historic neighborhood homes as a fundraiser to purchase playground equipment for kindergarten children. In the past five years, LECPTA has raised more than $750,000 for Lakewood Elementary, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School.
When: November 9-11, 2012
Candlelight Tour: This intimate event provides a first glimpse into the six spectacular homes plus one bonus home showcased during the festival on Friday from 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets may be purchased at Lakewood Elementary school the days of the event, on the website, retail location, or at any house.
What: The Capital One Bank/Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the country.
Where: Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla, Dallas, TX 75202
When: Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012
- 7 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Race Day Registration/Packet Pick-up
- 8 a.m. Registration and packet pick up closes for timed events only
- 8 a.m. Wheelchair race begins
- 9 a.m. Race Begins
If your Thanksgiving Day tradition centers around the Dallas Cowboys, then pack up the family and head to Arlington. The Dallas Cowboys play the Washington Redskins at 3:15 p.m. on FOX. Ticketmaster did not show any single-game tickets available for this game when I checked but you might check the NFL Ticket Exchange, StubHub or Texas Tickets.
When: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. on FOX.
Held each year in downtown Fort Worth, the Sundance Square Parade of Lights features over 100 illuminated entries, Cowboy Santas, marching bands, antique cars and more. This year's parade theme, "The Wonder of It All," will feature even more professional floats, as well as our wonderful array of community-based units of all shapes and sizes. The parade will be broadcast in its entirety on TXA-Channel 21.
Street seats are available for a fee but there are also plenty of free viewing areas available.
When: The parade starts at 6 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2012.
Where: From corner of Belknap and Throckmorton Streets, east on Belknap to Commerce, then south on Commerce to 9th Street. Next, west on 9th Street to Houston Street, and finally north on Houston Street to Weatherford Street.
10. Prairie Lights
What: Prarie Lights is a two mile stretch of decorations and festive fun featuring over 4 million lights, hundreds of new displays, an all-new Holiday Magic light show, new walk-through lighted displays, pictures with Santa, seasonal food and family fun. About halfway through the drive, Holiday Village has Santa, carnival rides (rides are included with the cost of admission), snacks, and souvenirs. Cars with up to eight people in them cost $20 Mon-Thu and non-holidays, $30 Fri-Sun and holidays; limos $50/$55; shuttle van or bus $75/$80. Due to the high volume of cars on weekends, please allow for an extra hour to get through the park.
Sunday - Thursday: 6 - 9 p.m.; Friday - Saturday: 6 - 10 p.m.; Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve from 6-10 p.m.
When: Thanksgiving (11/22/12) through New Year's Eve (12/31/12>.
Where: Lynn Creek Park is at 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway in Grand Prairie. Take I-30 or I-20 to 360 and go south. Make a left of Camp Wisdom Road and a right on Lake Ridge Parkway.