Believe it or not, it’s time to get your Thanksgiving weekend game plan together — and as usual, there’s no shortage of turkey-terrific things to do in Arlington over the Thanksgiving holiday. Check it out:
1. Enchant Christmas
This year, Arlington visitors and residents have the opportunity to create a new Thanksgiving holiday tradition: The Enchant Christmas Light Maze & Market, a new holiday experience happening at Globe Life Park. Shop for out-of-the-ordinary Christmas gifts (including gifts in the all-new Texas Christkindl Market Lane), get lost in a giant holiday light maze, take a photo under the tallest Christmas tree in North Texas, visit Santa’s Golden Palace – and more! Open Nov. 24th through New Year’s Eve.
2. Dallas vs. Los Angeles
Would it still be Thanksgiving if the Dallas Cowboys weren’t playing? We’re not sure, but luckily we don’t have to find out. The legendary Turkey Day tradition continues when the Boys take on the Los Angeles Chargers at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at AT&T Stadium. Get tickets and tailgating tips.
3. Shop till you drop
If you’ve got a holiday shopping list and you’re not afraid to use it, head to Lincoln Square, Arlington Highlands, the Parks at Arlington or any other Arlington shopping destination to browse Black Friday sales and more from hundreds of national retailers and local boutiques. Bonus: Blue Mesa Grill in Lincoln Square is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
4. Dining and drinking
Just not feeling it when you think about spending eight hours in the kitchen? Need a break from Aunt Bertha? If yes to either, we’ve got good news, because a number of Arlington eateries and watering holes are open on Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday, such as Restaurant 506, Chamas do Brazil Steakhouse, Vila Brazil, J. Gilligan’s, J.R. Bentley’s, and more.
5. College sports
Don your Maverick blue and orange and come cheer on the mighty UT Arlington women’s basketball team as they face Fresno State on Friday at 2 p.m. at College Park Center. Afterwards, head to Downtown Arlington for live music, dining and more.
6. Arlington Turkey Trot
Where can you take a pre-emptive strike against those extra Thanksgiving calories, enjoy a lovely fall morning and do your bit for a good cause? At the Arlington Turkey Trot, of course, a family-friendly (and super festive!) 5K run/walk benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Find out more.
7. Skate, race, stargaze and more…
If you’re in the mood to mix it up with “something different” over the holiday or just play extra hard, you might want to check out some of Arlington’s most interesting attractions and destinations, like Free Play Arlington (old-school video game arcade with grownup food and bevvies), K1 Speed (premier indoor go-kart racing), Ice at The Parks (ice skating, plus you can shop, dine, and catch a movie), the Arlington Museum of Art (currently showing a Salvador Dali exhibit), or the UT Arlington Planetarium.