November 11, 2016

Thanksgiving Week Activities Across the Country

Satinder Kaur is a student in Weatherhead's MBA program.

Here we are at the end of the first semester already. It feels like just yesterday when we started. This semester has been particularly crazy. I worked on four live projects and five  different team; it is crazy!

Let’s release the pressure. So, what are your plans for Thanksgiving? Planning to travel to a new state or want to spend time in Cleveland? Either way it will be super fun. I highlighted below where you can spend some getaway time and can have maximum fun. Following are the five places and what they have to offer over Thanksgiving weekend. You can plan based on your interests.

Chicago: This is a great option as it is close and has lot to offer. Here are the activities that have been planned for the Thanksgiving week: The festivities begin on Wednesday night with the mayor lighting up the official Christmas tree. The next day is the three-hour-long annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, which begins at 8 a.m. on State Street, working its way to Congress Parkway and Randolph Street, with a spectacle of giant helium balloons, award-winning marching bands, performance groups, equestrian units, dance troupes, local and national celebrities, rhythmic drum lines and more. On Friday the Art Institute of Chicago features the “wreathing of the lions," when the museum’s two lion statues are covered with evergreen wreaths, followed by a party inside. If you love skating or want to try it for the first time, Millennium Park is offering free ice skating.

A funny incident: Last year I tried skating for the first time in my life. In the duration of 1hr 25 min., I fell more than 18 times straight on my face. Friends, families, and kids around were so scared of me they used to stop when I was passing them. I had super fun, but please take your safety gear along because people can be dangerous there :)
Santa Fe, New Mexico: This place is known for the influence of Native American culture. Over the Thanksgiving weekend the place is organizing a three-day winter Indian market that will feature over 200 artists, as well as native dance groups and music.

Williamsburg, Virginia: If you are proud of American history and want to witness it, Virginia has a lot to offer. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, you can attend annual traditions of bountiful feasts. At Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, visitors can learn more about 17th and 18th Century cuisine during "Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia."

Orlando Florida: One of the best cities to be in, Orlando has Disney World, Universal Studios, LEGOLAND (I loved this place because there is so much to do: small and easy rides, LEGOLAND resorts, water park, theme park, and good food). If you are looking for one place where you can have all kinds of fun, Orlando is the best city to visit.

Cleveland, Ohio: For those who want to stay in the city, Cleveland has the following to offer:
1. Free entry to Cleveland MetroParks Zoo: The zoo will be giving the animals special feedings and holding enrichment demonstrations, so spectators will have the opportunity to learn about the animals and enjoy the complimentary heated transportation throughout the zoo on Thanksgiving Day.

2. Winterfest in Public Square: This event is presented by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The festive event will take place on the day after Thanksgiving. There will be several activities, including a holiday bazaar, food trucks on West Roadway Ave., and Children’s Stage featuring live entertainment, Santa Claus, music and more. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Gladiators and Monsters will play hoops, score touchdowns, and score goals. And toward the end of the day, the Official Lighting Ceremony will illuminate downtown and end in a spectacular show of fireworks.

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