Thanksgiving Weekend To-Do List: 5 Fun Things for the Whole Family

It’s time to pig out on food, watch some football, do some shopping, and just, you know, celebrate what we’re thankful for. Here are a few things happening around the city this Thanksgiving weekend that the whole family can enjoy. 

Below, we also listed information on local shopping events this weekend. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Thursday (Nov. 27)

Go!bbler Turkey Trot in the Heights & Hillcrest, Little Rock: It’s back. Everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving run is back. There are prizes for costumes, chances to win YaYa’s pies, photos with Santa Claus and much more. The walk/run, sponsored by Go! Running, is free to participate in, and best of all, it’s not a race. There are three courses to choose from, ranging from 3 to 6.5 miles. In place of an entry free, you’re asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Arkansas Foodbank. For more information, check out the website or Facebook event page.

Saturday (Nov. 29)

Small Business Saturday, Little Rock: This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to shop locally, especially in the Hillcrest where the local merchants association has put together quite a day of offers and specials. Some of the participating stores include Hocott’s Garden Center, The Full Moon, Breathe Salon, Hillcrest Artisan Meats, E. Leigh’s Boutique and Shoppes on Woodlawn. For a full list of participating stores and offers, check out our shopping roundup for Small Business Saturday.

Celebration of Lights at The Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock: The fun will last all afternoon at The Promenade on Saturday and includes the lighting of the 26-foot tree, Santa and Mrs. Claus, free train rides and much more. The event is free and goes from 1-9 p.m. For more information, check out our story, go to The Promenade’s website or check the social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter).

Holidays in the Park at First Security Amphitheater, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock: Come Saturday, it’s going to look a lot like Christmas in the River Market District. All the action will be at the pavilions Saturday night with a light show, choreographed to holiday music, cookies, beverages, crafts, games and even Santa Claus is stopping by for the kids. The event is free. It begins Saturday, from 5-10 p.m., continues Sunday and each weekend through Jan. 3. For more information, contact Diana Long at 320-3503 or, or check out our story.

Thursday-Sunday (Nov. 27-30)

Collectors Show & Sale at Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th St., Little Rock: If you’re needing a new piece of art for your home, come shop and browse at the Arkansas Arts Center this weekend with some of the best from the New York gallery scene. The sale is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, check out our story or the Arkansas Arts Center website.

With Black Friday, this weekend officially kicks off the holiday shopping season. There are quite a few options in the capital city this weekend. Check out our Small Business Saturday preview story here, and our holiday shopping preview here.

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