5 fun family activities over Thanksgiving break that don’t involve eating lots of turkey

Take a break from Thanksgiving leftovers with these fun family activities:


Big Glass Blast
November 23

Celebrate glass art as the Wheaton Arts team creates large-scale holiday-themed objects during the Big Glass Blast. Visitors can also see objects from past years’ record-breaking items including a glass fruitcake, a giant glass ornament and the world’s largest glass turkey drumstick. The free event runs from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, visit wheatonarts.org.


Cape May Holiday Crafts & Collectibles Show
November 23

Enjoy a vast assortment of craft vendors selling unique holiday items. The craft show is from 10 am to 4 pm at the Cape May Convention Hall.


Holiday Wine Trail Weekend
November 23, 24 and 25

During Thanksgiving weekend, several wineries from Sussex County to Cape May County will be participating in the Garden State Wine Grower’s Association’s annual Holiday Wine Trail Weekend. Participating wineries will give away holiday grapevine wreaths and decorative ornaments to dress the wreath with. Wreaths and ornaments are available only at participating wineries and a limited supply exists. For more information, and for a list of participating wineries, visit visitsouthjersey.com/holiday-wine-trail-weekend.


Collingswood Holiday Parade
November 24

The Collingswood Holiday Parade fills the town with energy with seasonal entertainment from dancers, floats, holiday characters, marching bands, live music and more. The Parade begins at 10 am at Zane Avenue and runs along Haddon Avenue. For more information, visit www.collingswood.com.


Holiday Light Show
November 22, 23, 24, 25

Gaze upon the Victorian-style decorated village of Smithville. This light show includes over 120 lit-up trees that float on Lake Moeone. The trees are decorated with 50,000 Christmas lights and feature various musical patterns. This merry attraction is fun for the entire family and runs from Thanksgiving night to Sunday night from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. For more information, visit http://www.historicsmithville.com/smithville-events/december-smithville/.

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