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Best Thanksgiving Events In Southern California

If you are wondering what to do for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, why not considering a plan that includes a California getaway over the four-day weekend? We have compiled a few ideas here at All Star Van Rental, and would love to help you out for some much-needed rest, relaxation, and turkey during this wonderful time. Since Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to spend with the whole clan together, whether they’re related to you by blood or just your closest friends, renting a van and getting out on a little tour will be a weekend to remember.

Here are are some of the interesting things we have found to do this Thanksgiving weekend in Southern California.

Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Hollywood Christmas parade is held on Thanksgiving weekend and seems to be the most popular must-see activity there is. It’s a long-time tradition that everyone should experience once in their lives.

LA Zoo

The annual tradition of the lightening of the LA Zoo lights happens Thanksgiving weekend, and it is definitely a spectacle to see.

Aquarium of the Pacific Luncheon

The Aquarium of the Pacific puts on an annual holiday buffet. While you dine, enjoy the fish and other sea creatures about at the time.

San Diego Jazz Festival

This spectacular five-day festival runs the entire Thanksgiving weekend and more.

The Dickens Fair at the Cow Palace

This is the place to be to bring out your early holiday Christmas spirit.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Come by for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Union Square and Pier 39. As well, the Embarcadero Center holiday lights go on a week before Thanksgiving, outlining the waterfront buildings, with the addition of the holiday ice rink at Union Square also being lit up a few weeks prior.

Thanksgiving Skiing

Lake Tahoe ski resorts open Thanksgiving weekend, even if they have to make all their snow on their own.

Santa Cruz Holiday Train

The Holiday Lights Train starts running from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for Thanksgiving weekend and continues on till after New Years.

Run for Turkey

Turkey Trail Trot is a morning run in Long Beach, which even offers a vegan alternative called Tofurkey Trot in Pasadena.

Father Joe’s 5K Run starts in Balboa Park and helps Father Joe provide more than a million meals every year to people in need.