A delicious meal shared with family, a brisk walk through a chilly wood, visits from friends you haven’t seen in years—we all have our favorite Thanksgiving moments that we look forward to every year.
And once the holiday is over, there’s still the weekend stretched ahead! Many people take the chance to get some shopping done for the next major holiday—try visiting a local craft show for some truly unique gifts. Feel the need to work off some pie? Run a race, even on the actual holiday! Also, this time of year is a good time to turn your attention to the community around you with a stop at a local community dinner.
Check out some of the events happening on or after the holiday. And Happy Thanksgiving!
- Don’t want to cook on Thanksgiving Day, but you do want some company? Then head over to Sacred Heart Church, 2 Hough Street, in downtown Lebanon, New Hampshire. A turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served from noon to 2 p.m. You’ll come for the food, and stay for the sense of community this dinner inevitably inspires.
Charity Turkey Trots
- A 5K race in Woodstock, Vermont, sets off from the Woodstock Elementary School at 10 a.m. Around 1,500 runners show up for this event with an entrance fee of $30. Proceeds benefit Zack’s Place Enrichment Center.
- Meet at the gazebo at 9 a.m. on the town green in Norwich, Vermont, for a 4.4-mile run or a 2-mile walk. The Norwich Turkey Trot is free, but donations of money and canned goods will be collected for the Upper Valley Haven.
- Close to 1,000 people show up for Sunapee Turkey Trot, a 5K race for the adults and a 1K race for the kids. Same day registration begins at 7 a.m. at the gazebo in Sunapee Harbor in Sunapee, New Hampshire. The children’s Chicken Run begins at 8:15 a.m. The adult Turkey Trot sets off at 9 a.m. Entrance fees range from free to $20. Proceeds benefit the Sunapee Recreation Department.
- If getting some exercise for a good cause the day after Thanksgiving is more your style, head over on November 24 to the Strafford Nordic Center for a 5K trail run or walk at 53 Rockbottom Road, Strafford, Vermont. Entrance fee is $20. Proceeds support the nonprofit Nordic Center.
- Thetford Academy Alumni Association holds its annual fair on Saturday, November 18, the weekend before Thanksgiving. This event runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and features crafters, door prizes, food, and horse-drawn wagon rides. You’ll find the action in Alumni Hall, 304 Academy Road, Thetford, Vermont.
- Mascoma Valley Regional High School & Indian River School. This annual fair has expanded to the point where it has taken over two school buildings. Shop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, at 27 Royal Road, Canaan, New Hampshire.
- Greater Barre Craft Guild. Central Vermont’s largest craft show is a tiny bit beyond the imaginary borders of the Upper Valley, but you’ll finds lots of local artisans set up at this show. The event takes place at Barre Auditorium, November 25 and 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Door prizes are awarded every half hour. One lucky person will win a $100 shopping spree.
- Pods for the Pulpit. Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, admission is free for this long-running, juried show. But you will be encouraged to buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a colored woodblock print by local artist Matt Brown. Proceeds support local charities. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 25 and 26. Crafters will be set up at Tracy Hall, Main Street, Norwich, Vermont.