611 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Date: Nov. 21 – 3 p.m.
Start your holiday in style with a Thanksgiving Eve concert. “A Saxon’s Thanksgiving Chamber Music and Lieder Recitals From Bach to Auenmueller” will be presented by the Philmore Ensemble and American Virtuosi. Enjoy a trio of siblings performing classical music like you’ve never heard it before. Philmore Ensemble plays works from the Renaissance to the present in combinations of flute, cello, violin, viola, lute, mandolin and guitar. Champagne and refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission.
Northwestern a Germantown avenues
Philadelphia, PA 19118
( 215) 849-0179
www.turkeytrot.comPrice: $40 adults/$10 kids 12 and younger
Date: Nov. 22 – 9 a.m.
Those who want to get the heart pumping and the blood flowing can join in Philadelphia’s 20th Annual Turkey Trot. The five-mile race runs along Forbidden Trail’s Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park. Little ones and parents may compete in the one-mile fun walk, which is set to begin immediately after the five-mile run begins. Not only will you work off some Thanksgiving feast calories, but you’ll also help raise funds for local under-privileged families.
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
www.longwoodgardens.orgPrice: $18 adults/$15 seniors/$8 kids ages 5 to 18/free children 4 and younger
You won’t want to miss a Longwood Christmas with its spectacular poinsettias, red- and green-lit fountains and 250,000 twinkling lights. Running from Thanksgiving Day through Jan. 6, the garden features a beautiful outdoor display as well as four acres of heated indoor Christmas plants. Decorated Christmas trees are at every turn, including the sparkling Christmas Tree Lane, and organ and choral concerts are held daily in the conservatory. If you really want to celebrate Thanksgiving Day in a big way at Longwood, for an extra fee you can reserve a spot for the Thanksgiving breakfast buffet, a bountiful feast with all of your favorite seasonal foods.
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20th and JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19103
( 215) 599-0776
Date: Nov. 22 – 8:30 a.m. to noon
Turkey Day would not be complete without mention of the Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. Family and friends can enjoy watching fancy floats, larger-than-life balloons, bagpipe brigades and marching bands. The Phillie Phanatic and Santa Claus himself will make an appearance as well. A few of the best places to view the festivities are the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eakins Oval and Logan Circle.
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103
www.adventureaquarium.comPrice: $24 adults/$18 children
Top off the four-day Thanksgiving weekend with a visit to Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration. Nov. 25 begins the six-week long event, featuring a winter wonderland under the sea. Thousands of decorations, lights and trees will greet Scuba Santa and his elves as he dives into the giant Ocean Realm exhibit. Watch him swim with schooling fish, humongous sea turtles, massive stingrays and even sharks. Photo ops for the kids with an interactive Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and an abominable snow monster will also be available.