Guide To Thanksgiving In And Around Philadelphia

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Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season and we all can expect to be with those family members we haven’t seen all year. From that uncle who shares some of the greatest stories of all time to the great aunt who never fails to give those wet kisses, Thanksgiving is a time of unity and a time to tell those people you love how much you appreciate them. This November, take a day or two and do something with your family. There are plenty of Thanksgiving-related events for you to do!

Wines of Thanksgiving
Pinot Boutique
227 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pa.
215-625-9463
Nov. 16th, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m.
http://www.pinotboutique.com/

If you love wine with your turkey, then this just might be the class for you. In this class, how to pair the right wine with your Thanksgiving Day meals will be discussed. You will be able to explore delicious, affordable wine options from all over the world and taste them too! For only $39, it’s not an opportunity you will want to miss!

A Thanksgiving Tribute to Native Americans
Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, Pa.
610-896-1011
Nov. 21, 2011
Time: 4:15 p.m.
http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/182991

If you enjoy music, then you may want to try attending this free event. Spend the afternoon listening to traditional songs from flutist Robert Mirabal and plenty of other tribal talents. The art of the Anasazi and pueblo cultures will also be presented.

Gobble! Thanksgiving in History and Folklore
Mercer Museum
84 South Pine Street
Doylestown, Pa.
215-345-0210
Nov. 16, 2011
Time 7 p.m.
http://www.mercermuseum.org/events_calendar.htm?month=November&year=2011&location=1

There is so much history involved with Thanksgiving. Spend an evening diving into that history with folklorist Darcy Fair. She leads participants on a journey to discover the roots and evolution of Thanksgiving. Topics include home decorations, family time, religious observances and more. Registration is required.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Floral Arranging Class
Philadelphia Flower School
510 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, Pa.
215-964-9790
Nov. 22, 2011
Time: 6 p.m.
http://www.philadelphiaflowerschool.com/

During the holiday season, many of us love to decorate our homes. This Thanksgiving, instead of brining a side dish to the holiday party, wow the crowd with a lovely floral design, perfect for the dinner table.

Spirit of Philadelphia Thanksgiving Weekend Cruise
Spirit of Philadelphia
Columbus Road
Pier 3
Philadelphia, Pa.
866-455-3866
Nov. 24, 2011
http://spiritofphiladelphia.com/Philadelphia/thanksgiving-cruise

Celebrate the holiday with your friends and family on the Spirit of Philadelphia. Let Spirit take care of the food and drinks this year!

Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
20th and JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, Pa.
Nov. 24, 2011
Time: 8 a.m.

You won’t want to miss this popular event. Bring your family and friends and watch the elaborate floats, marching bands and dance teams stroll down the road. It may be freezing outside, but grad your winter coat, Snuggie, whatever and set up a spot along the sidelines!

National Constitution Center Thanksgiving Celebration
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pa.
Nov. 25th – Sunday Nov. 27th
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
http://constitutioncenter.org/ncc_calen_Landing.aspx

During the Thanksgiving celebration at the National Constitution Center, visitors can participate in the interactive program “History of Thanksgiving” to learn about traditions such as the annual presidential turkey pardon. Guests will also learn about George Washington’s first Thanksgiving proclamation.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Love Park
Philadelphia, Pa.
Nov. 24, 2011 – Dec. 24, 2011
http://www.philachristmas.com/28-0-About.html

Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a free, family-friendly marketplace with dozens of events and attractions to enjoy. Watch the kids enjoy a carousel ride or have them meet Santa!

Macy’s Dickens Village
Wanamaker Department Store
13th and Market streets
Philadelphia, Pa.
http://www.macys.com/store/marketing.jsp

Macy’s Dickens Village gives people the opportunity to walk through a life-sized version of a Christmas Carol. When you walk through it, you feel as though you are back in Victorian London at Christmas time.

Blue Cross RiverRink Grand Opening Celebration
Columbus Boulevard and Market Street
Philadelphia, Pa.
Nov. 25, 2011
www.riverrink.com

Blue Cross RiverRink will celebrate the start of the 18th anniversary of Philadelphia’s stellar winter entertainment facility with a free concert featuring Atlantic recording artist Cody Simpson. Now, you know your going to want to hit the ice for this one!

Philadelphia Food Banks

Tis the season to give! Spend some time during the holidays to go to a food bank in your area. For suggested food banks in your area, click here.

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