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Thanksgiving WeekThe biggest Thanksgiving week event is Thanksgiving itself.  Whether you are with friends, family or helping serve turkey to the homeless, I hope you have a great day on Thursday.

Bergen County celebrates Thanksgiving week with high school football and shopping too.  Because traditional rivalries have their annual game on Thanksgiving, graduates see each other there.

Shopping is huge here too.  Bergen County is known for it’s extensive shopping malls.  Drive along Route 4 or Route 17 in Paramus.  You’ll see one mall after another.  We still have the most shopping malls of any NJ County.

Thanksgiving week is when holiday events take off too.  Here’s what we have going on in Bergen County:

Winter Wonderland at Van Saun Park

While I told you about this in my article last week, I wanted to remind you about this major Bergen County holiday event.  Don’t wait to get your tickets to this annual event.  Bergen County’s Winter Wonderland opens this Friday at 4 pm.  Get your tickets now because this is one of the most popular holiday events here.  

Let It Glow at the Bergen County Zoo

Because this has been so very popular, Let It Glow is back again this year.  This is a stunningly beautiful holiday event that is unlike anything else you’ll see.  Described as a holiday lantern spectacular, you will see the zoo transformed into beautiful lit up lanterns.  Admission is $15 for adults (18+) and $7.50 for children (17-3) and includes a ride on the train.  Let It Glow A Holiday Lantern Spectacular is on Thursday through Saturday night starting Friday through January 30th.  It sells out fast so get your tickets today

Demarest Farms Orchard of Lights

Demarest Farms in Hillsdale is again putting on their annual Orchard of Lights event beginning tomorrow, November 23rd.  This is a truly magical drive through on it’s 32 acres.  Because it has to be an organized event, you must get your tickets online in advance.  Once you’re done, sit by the fireside with a cup of hot cocoa and take a picture with Santa!

Ridgewood Guild Winterfest

Saturday at 12 noon opens the Ridgewood Guild Winterfest in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square.  While it’s a free family oriented event, anyone will enjoy this.  Winterfest has everything from carolers to Santa so come Saturday and get your holiday shopping done.

Ridgewood has the largest business district of any town in Bergen County.  With it’s many specialty stores and award winning restaurants, Ridgewood has maintained a very vibrant downtown.  Enjoy Winterfest and then get your holiday shopping done.

Paramus High School Thanksgiving Craft Show

The Paramus High School Thanksgiving Craft Show is an important juried craft show.  Juried craft shows are high quality because the crafters have been carefully selected for their quality and to avoid duplication.  The Paramus High School Thanksgiving Craft Show is renown because the crafters are so terrific.

The show is Sunday from 10 to 5; admission is $3 (well worth it for a show at this level).  Paramus High School is located at 99 E Century Road.

Two 5K Runs Thanksgiving Week

The Racefaster Thanksgiving Day Run

Start Thanksgiving Day off with a 5K run at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus.  You don’t have to leave the kids at home because there’s a Kid’s Fun Run too.  Registration ends at 12 noon on Wednesday so get registered ASAP on their website.

5K Turkey Trot at the Tenafly Nature Center

The Tenafly Nature Center’s annual Turkey Trot has 2 sessions Sunday at 9 and 11 am.  Because you’ll be running through the Nature Center’s 400 acres, this will be more challenging and more run than what you usually experience.  Because of social distancing, space is limited so reserve your spot ASAP for the 5K Turkey Trot on the Tenafly Nature Center website.  

Hanukkah and Christmas On Stage

Hannukah and Christmas themed live performances are happening this weekend:

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Bergen Performing Arts Center has A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage Friday afternoon at 1 and  4 pm.  Bergen PAC is located at 30 N Van Brunt Street in Englewood.  Good tickets are still available but they are going fast.  Tickets are sold online.

A Confused Hannukkah

Also in Englewood is the Black Box Performing Arts Theater at 49 E Palisade Avenue.  A Confused Hannukkah  is a joyous musical play that had a very successful run on Off Broadway.  While presented as a great family event, anyone will enjoy this live theater event.  This is a cash only at the door entry so don’t be late if you want to get a seat.

This is what we have for Thanksgiving week.  Don’t forget to check what’s happening at your house of worship.  I know there are a lot of holiday fairs out there.  This is particularly so for Synagogues because Hannukkah begins Sunday night.

Remember to look for my market articles too on Wednesdays.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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