Things to Do This Thanksgiving Weekend

Macy's Thankgiving day Parade New York 2014 by SPakhrin (CC BY 2.0)

Most of us will be spending time with our family and friends around the dinner table this Thanksgiving, but have you thought about what to do for the rest of the weekend? Los Angeles has a lot of events that can help you celebrate Thanksgiving and begin the new holiday season. Let’s celebrate this Thanksgiving the California way!

Thanksgiving Weekend: Ice Skating

Los Angeles, CA -- Jan 20, 2008 by Ray_from_LA (CC BY 2.0)
Los Angeles, CA — Jan 20, 2008 by Ray_from_LA (CC BY 2.0)

Located on Pershing Square, this ice rink opens up mid-November and ends in late January. Whether you like figure skating, hockey, or a casual stroll down the rink, the Holiday Ice Rink will let you skate to your heart’s content. The rink will allow you to skate for an hour at a time. They will even let you rent figure or hockey skates if you are just starting out. If your little one doesn’t know how to skate, they can get a Skate Helper to teach them how. In addition to this Thanksgiving weekend, the ice rink will be open during all major holidays that are happening during the winter season, so suit up and enjoy!

Thanksgiving Weekend: Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot 005 by roger_mommaerts (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Turkey Trot 005 by roger_mommaerts (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Can you think of a better way to burn off all that Thanksgiving girth? The Turkey Trot is an annual event held in Downtown Los Angeles. This marathon offers a scenic 5k or 10k run to all those who are interested. The best part? You get to dress up as a turkey and run around LA with practically zero social repercussions. As always, try to be green on the way to this event! You can ride to the race and back using the red and purple Metro lines for a small fee. Use this Thanksgiving weekend to be thankful for the lost calories and increased metabolism!

Thanksgiving Weekend: The Hollywood Christmas Parade

hollywood christmas parade? by jimw (CC BY 2.0)
hollywood christmas parade? by jimw (CC BY 2.0)

Just like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but without the miserable cold! The Hollywood Christmas Parade is an annual event that happens every Sunday after Thanksgiving. Fun for the whole family, you can spend this Thanksgiving weekend attending a star-studded event, complete with celebrities and marching bands. In addition to that, your kiddos have a chance to see their favorite cartoon characters up close in the form of giant balloons.

Can you think of any more fun things to do in LA this Thanksgiving weekend? Tell me about it in the comments section!