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Fun Festivals and Recreational Runs to Attend This Thanksgiving


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Thanksgiving Day is nearly here, and in and around the City of Dallas, there are plenty of festivities to be enjoyed over the holiday. Below are some of the recreational activities and festivals to take part in across DFW.

On Thanksgiving Day, North Texans can choose from three different Turkey Trots to take part in. These recreational events can provide fun for the entire family on November 24.

The Dallas YMCA will be hosting its 55th Annual Turkey Trot in downtown Dallas, with a race option and a family-friendly option. There is also a Junior Trot. It begins at Dallas City Hall at 8:30 a.m.

The Fort Worth YMCA will also be holding a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving for the 41st year. The event will feature a 1K Gobbler Trot, a 5K run/walk, and a 10K run. The Gobbler Trot starts at 8 a.m., with the 5K and 1K starting at 8:30 a.m. The Fort Worth event will start at 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd.

A Turkey Trot for the Denton Community Food Center will be hosted by the Denton Area Running Club starting at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. The Trot starts at the Denton County Brewing Company.

The best festivals to attend this year are Castle Hills’ “Holiday in the Plaza” and McKinney’s “Home for the Holidays” Christmas celebration.

The Holiday in the Plaza returns on November 26, the event website shares, and lasts from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be opportunities to take photos with Santa and his reindeer. After sunset, the 64-foot-tall Christmas tree will be lit.

“Come early or stay late to enjoy food and beverages from the Shops’ many unique spots,” the Castle Hills Village Shops website states. “Ramen Izakaya Akira, featuring traditional ramen, is perfect for a crisp November day. Enjoy some street tacos from T.B.D. Kitchen, a specialty pizza from PI.E 3.14 Everyday Eatery or a pumpkin spice latte at Sophia’s Kitchen! You can also check some holiday shopping off your list at Estilo Concept Store or Design Time Art Studio.”

Thanksgiving weekend will also feature the 41st annual McKinney’s Home for the Holidays Christmas celebration, which spans 14 blocks. The free event lasts for three days: Friday, November 25, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the tree lighting at 6:15 p.m.; Saturday, November 26, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, November 27, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Activities include: Photos with Santa (no reservation is required, but photos will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis), Frosty’s Holiday Train (tickets required), Petting Zoo (admission fee for children, each child can have one adult accompany him for free), and rides. For more information, visit here.

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