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Thanksgiving Celebrations in DFW

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DFW celebrates Thanksgiving in a big way: turkey, dressing (or stuffing), cranberry sauce, pecan pies AND pumpkin pies. Many celebrate in a traditional way with family or friends over for lunch or dinner. Others attend the Turkey Trot or Dallas Cowboys football game. There's nothing wrong with nachos and hot dogs at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. However you celebrate, enjoy the holiday and be safe if you travel.

In 2013, Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 28

1. Turkey Trot

Kick off your holiday with a great run through downtown Dallas on Thanksgiving morning. It's Thursday, November 28, 2013 and festivities begin at 7 a.m. with a 5K walk/run and an 8-mile run. Volunteers are needed so sign up now. All participants will have the option to be chip timed with the new disposable D-Tag. Whether you are running the 8 mile or the 5K, when you sign up you will have the option to be timed or untimed. Good luck!

2. North Texas Turkey Trot

Before running for seconds on sweet potatoes, run in the North Texas Turkey Trot. Proceeds benefit the Miracle League of Frisco. Get a long sleeve cotton t-shirt. Enjoy some great post-race entertainment. Since 2006, the Miracle League of Frisco, a local charitable organization, has been providing children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play sports as a team member in an organized league.

Race Schedule: 6:30 AM – Race day registration opens; 8:00 AM – Miracle Mile Start; 8:20 AM – 10K Start; 8:35 AM – 5K Start; 10:00 AM – Awards Ceremony; 10:45 AM – Event ends.

9200 World Cup Way, Frisco TX 75034

Race is Thursday, November 28, 2013.

3. Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

If your Thanksgiving Day tradition centers around the Cowboys, then pack up the family and head to Arlington for a turkey day tailgate party. The Dallas Cowboys play the Oakland Raiders. The game's always the 3:30 p.m. (CT) game. If you can't make it out to Cowboys Stadium, you can always catch the game on CBS.

4. Visit Thanks-Giving Square

Visit Thanks-Giving Square and give thanks for our planet. This place is a sanctuary where all faiths are welcome. Thanks-Giving Square is a central meeting place where citizens from diverse backgrounds can use thanksgiving as a way to heal divisions and enhance mutual understanding.

The bells of Thanks-Giving Square were taken down for major repairs and were installed just in time for Thanksgiving back in 2010.

Location: 1627 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX

Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Museum Hours (Hall of Thanksgiving) 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Weekends and Holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays - Museum and Chapel - 1 - 5 p.m. 

5. Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Meals

There are some wonderful restaurants open on Thanksgiving day in DFW. Here are a few with outstanding buffet menus. The great thing about Thanksgiving buffets: they probably won't run out of your favorite pie and you don't have to do the dishes! (This site will be updated with 2012 info as soon as it becomes available)

6. Sundance Square Parade of Lights

Technically it takes place the day after Thanksgiving, but it's still a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition. 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. 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. on Friday, November 23, 2012.

Where: From Belknap Street to Commerce Street, around 9th Street (NEW - extended route) to Houston Street and up to Weatherford, the parade will transform Downtown with more than 500,000 brilliant lights.

7. Black Friday 2013

Let's face it. Black Friday started back in July. Good luck shopping. I'll be at home guarding my brother-in-law Dale's famous Coconut Pie.

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