Things To Do

Six Thanksgiving Week Events

The Thanksgiving holiday is rapidly approaching, and most of us are still trying to figure out exactly what we're going to put on the table for the big meal. Sure, the food is going to be awesome, but there's much more to this holiday than just sitting around a table with your weird relatives, watching the Cowboys lose, and going to sleep early so you can shop on Black Friday.

If you're used to staying around in your eatin' pants during the Thanksgiving holidays, consider walking off a few hundred calories at one of these Thanksgiving week events. Who knows, maybe you'll even be able to get in a little Christmas shopping without having to punch someone in the face while waiting in line at Macy's.

Nasher Sculpture Center Is Open Monday Monday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. $10 The last time you were in the Arts District on a Monday, you might've been perplexed by the emptiness. So much so, in fact, that you find yourself avoiding the whole neighborhood at the beginning of the week. But your in-laws arrived early for Thanksgiving and you're banging your head on the refrigerator wondering what to do with them all week, which might be why the Nasher opened its doors today. For this Monday alone, you, the weary in-law entertainer, can take your perfectly wonderful mother-in-law to see one of the city's finest art institutions. Hours today are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is just $10, and there's a lovely cafe where you can hide out while your family explores the Heatherwick and Anna Bella Pappexhibitions. You've already seen them, and there's wine in the cafe.

Mascot Trot Wednesday, November 26 American Airlines Center Free Bowling with frozen turkeys is apparently a thing around Thanksgiving, and the American Airlines Center probably makes a much better venue than a dimly lit bowling alley. Mascots from the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Dallas Cowboys, and Texas Rangers will all be on hand to take photos with the kids and participate in a "Turkey Swagger contest." The aforementioned poultry bowling will take place later in the day, along with performances from bands and cheer squads.

Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot November 27, 2014 Dallas City Hall $15-35 to participate Runners consistently love the Dallas' YMCA Turkey Trot, if only because it makes them feel better about the piles of food they're about to consume. If you're in a particuarly fitness-oriented mood around the holidays, register for your bib and bring the kids and dogs (both are welcome) for an 8 mile run around the city, or a shorter 5K fun run. If you're too lazy to run, you can volunteer for the event, which benefits over 80 of the YMCA's programs for kids and disadvantaged people across the city.

Small Business Saturday November 29, 2014 Corporate initiatives are rarely benevolent, especially when coming from a credit card company, but Small Business Saturdays is one of those exceptions. For every $10 American Express customers spend at a local business this Saturday, they can get back $10 in rewards. Even if you aren't an American Express cardholder, you can still support your favorite local businesses instead of packing into the shopping malls and department stores on Black Friday.

Holiday Tea at the Dallas Arboretum November 28, 2014 Dallas Arboretum $47-57 If you haven't yet been to high tea at the Dallas Arboretum's DeGolyer Restaurant, it's one of those "check it off your bucket list" type things. Served from 11 am to 2 pm, the Holiday Tea includes tea sandwiches, soup, and sweets alongside an assortment of hot teas. The experience is charming and fancy, the food is surprisingly good, and your ticket also includes admission to the garden, so you'll have plenty of time to wander around looking at all those pumpkins and gourds before you head back home.

The Gingerbread Stroll November 27, 2014 Highland Park Village Free The holiday season is an excellent time to take a stroll around Highland Park Village, even if you can't afford to valet park there. Most of the Village's merchants will have an expertly-decorated gingerbread house on display, all up for silent auction. Proceeds from The Gingerbread Stroll benefit the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, so these edible holiday decorations are worth much more than a little holiday decoration. As a bonus, attendees can enter to win some pretty fabulous prizes, including a stay at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and a holiday carriage ride.

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Amy McCarthy