26 Things to Do in Philly Thanksgiving Weekend

If you want to burn off that turkey and stuffing dinner, or are looking for other ways to spend your Black Friday besides inside a packed mall, there are plenty of to-dos to keep you entertained. Go ice skating for the weekend at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, or enjoy a cold brew at BRÜ Craft & Wurst. Big names like Philly soul queens Jazmine Sullivan and Jill Scott come to the WDAS Holiday Jam, as well as Earth, Wind & Fire in Atlantic City. And of course, if you’re still pumped for Christmas, get your family photos taken at Breakfast with Saint Nicholas or go see a performance of A Christmas Carol. Check out all that and more options in our list below.

Unique Philly Experiences

Benjamin Franklin - One Liberty Observation Deck

A futuristic-looking Benjamin Franklin head greets visitors at the new One Liberty Observation Deck. | Photo by Dan McQuade

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Opening Weekend

Get into the season with the first weekend of Winterfest with plenty of eventful entertainment. Enjoy ice skating and then warm up by the fire pits and cottages, or grab a hot meal in The Lodge. The Arden Theater Company will stop by for Christmas ornament-making inspired by their latest production Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. Opening day will even have a Star Wars-themed performance with stormtroopers and other villains from the movie franchise. Through Sunday, November 29th, 11 am, $0-$13, 101 South Columbus Boulevard. 

One Liberty Observation Deck Opening

At long last, One Liberty will open its doors to the public this weekend. You can be one of the first to see Philly in the round at the city’s now tallest attraction, at 883 feet high. You’ll have to wait just a little bit longer to buy tickets online, but you can sign up to be notified via email, and there are also fast passes to skip the lines. Saturday, November 28th, $14-$19 general admission, 10 am, 1650 Market Street.

Philly Photo Day Exhibition

Did you take an amazing photo for Philly Photo Day? All 1412 photos submitted have been compiled for a full exhibition, so everyone can see you flex your camera chops. Even if you didn’t participate, you can order prints of your favorites and check out a geotagged map to see where all of the Philly day-in-the-life moments were captured. Through January 2, 2016, 10 am, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Main Gallery.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Foobooz

As is our tradition here at Foobooz, we end our pre-Thanksgiving posts with WKRP in Cincinnati’s “Turkeys Away” episode. One of the finest bits of comedy ever created. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s worth the 24 minutes. And if then you’ve already hit Play.
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What to Expect at Philly’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

2009 Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia. Photo | AP/Matt Rourke

2009 Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia. Photo | AP/Matt Rourke

Philadelphians will be able to walk on by at tomorrow’s 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade, as Grammy winner Dionne Warwick and a host of other celebrities headline the 96th annual festivities on the Parkway, billed as the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the nation. Read more »

Revealed: The Secret to Governor Wolf’s Family Stuffing Recipe!



So just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, I got a link from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office with his family’s stuffing recipe. Stuffing is something that people tend to be particular about, and I was naturally curious what Wolf’s family would be stuffing in its turkey. The link gave me the answer: butter.

That’s right. Butter is the secret ingredient—and how—in this treasured family recipe. Read more »

Black Friday Means Dark Beers at These Philly Bars

Black truffle deviled eggs and a black beer at Bru | Photo via Bru Craft & Wurst

Black truffle deviled eggs and a black beer at Bru | Photo via Bru Craft & Wurst

Somewhere along the line someone got the good idea to tap some stouts, porters, black IPAs and other dark beers on Black Friday. And so now that’s becoming as much a tradition as heading out to the mall early. But we have to say, dark beers appeal to us a lot more than heading out to a big box store while its still dark out.

So check out these dark beers on Black Friday specials, and one that couldn’t wait till Friday.

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LISTEN: Chefs Andrew Wood and Guillermo Pernot Talk Turkey

radio-times-400Today, Wednesday, November 25th, Andrew Wood, executive chef of Russet and Guillermo Pernot, chef-partner of Cuba Libre will be guests of WHYY’s Radio Times as host Marty Moss-Coane continues the show’s Thanksgiving tradition of inviting in area chefs to talk turkey and all the fixings.

The chefs will be on in the second hour of the show, that means from 11 a.m. to noon on 90.9 FM and rebroadcast from 11 p.m. to midnight. Radio Times can also be heard on Sirius/XM’s NPR Now 122 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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10 Super-Sweaty Fitness Classes to Help You Burn Off Your Thanksgiving Meal

Photo via Facebook | Body Cycle Studio

Photo via Facebook | Body Cycle Studio

Whoa, Thanksgiving is tomorrow, people! Cue the mouthwatering visions of baked mac and cheese, turkey, and all kinds of pie. Yum. Okay, so it’s not exactly the healthiest holiday but, while we are a health blog, we support you eating an extra slice of pie and enjoying yourself — after all Gobble Day does only come once a year. And as far as keeping your bod in tip-top shape post-pig out? We’ve got you covered. Here, 10 very sweaty fitness classes happening Friday, November 27th after 10 a.m. — you know, so you can sleep off your food coma. Read more »

Millennials: They’re Doing Thanksgiving Better Than You

The first "Friendsgiving?"

The first “Friendsgiving?”

“There are lies, damn lies and statistics,” Mark Twain famously said, and it was the last of these that struck me in an article published the other day on Philly.com. Headlined “Millennials Are Celebrating Thanksgiving in Their Own Way—Culturally and Commercially,” the piece detailed the many ways in which the boomers’ children are improving on the holiday. The data analytics company Dunnhumby, based in Cinncinnati and, it would seem, a real entity and not a product of Lewis Carroll’s fevered imagination, performed a new survey showing that millennials are “straying away from tradition while using emerging technologies to shop and plan for the holiday.” This, Dunnhumby says, is “a stark contrast from older Americans.”

What exactly are these profound differences? Twenty percent of millennials, according to Dunnhumby, are planning to purchase their turkey and trimmings via a food delivery app; in the survey, nobody my age (i.e., 55 or older) intended to do so. Who the hell would? Are you going to trust the young idiots who keep bagging your groceries with the canned goods atop the bread and lettuce to choose your Thanksgiving turkey? The apples for your pie? Your green beans? You have to know how to cook to care about how to buy food, and millennials can’t cook their way out of a paper bag. They only know how to eat out and then talk about it all the time. Read more »

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