Thanksgiving Weekend: Lots of Time Left for Entertainment

There’s more to this long weekend than eating and shopping!


Today is Day 2 of the 4-day Thanksgiving weekend. You may have eaten until you are ready to burst, and you're ready to shop until you drop. But there is still lots of weekend left.

If you are recovering from your food coma and looking about for something to do, below are several area events to amuse and entertain you and your family. Get out there and tour an historic estate, make an advent wreath, decorate gingerbread men, or go on a bike ride. Read on for the details of these events and others, and feel free to add your own suggestions in the Comments section.

Based on the Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye movie, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a delightful musical about two singer/dancers performing a show in snowy Vermont, while falling in love with two singing sisters under the mistletoe.  Holiday magic, song, dance and comedy all wrapped up in one merry show. $25-$80; Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.; Millburn

A roaring campfire, marshmallows, cider and popcorn … celebrate the joys of harvest season at the Essex County Environmental Center. Dress appropriately as this event is outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult and preregistration is required. $6 for children, $8 for adults; Friday at noon; Roseland

When is a cookie not a cookie? When it is a gingerbread work of art. The Maplewood Library is hosting a gingerbread man-embellishing workshop for all ages. The finished art pieces will become a colorful seasonal border throughout the and will be returned to you in January. All materials are supplied.  Free; Saturday at 11 a.m.; Maplewood

Thomas Edison's home in Llewellyn Park will be outfitted in full holiday attire, circa 1880, for tours of the famous Glenmont estate. The Edison family china will be displayed, and the house beautifully decorated with seasonal greens, poinsettias, and bows. Holiday cards received by the family will also be on display. $7, children under 16 are free; Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; West Orange

SOMbike, the South Orange Maplewood Bicycle Coalition, is sponsoring 2 post-Thanksgiving bike rides this Sunday – one for adults and experienced young riders, and one for families. The 8 a.m. adult ride is a 10-mile loop through Millburn and Short Hills, and the 2 p.m. Family Ride runs from NJ Transit Parking Lot in Maplewood, to closed off Brookside.  Both rides are led by experienced SOMbike ride leaders.  Free; Sunday 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Maplewood/Millburn/Short Hills

Tour the Turtle Back Zoo after dark and experience the 100,000 bulbs and 40 lighted displays that make up the Holiday Light Spectacular.  The zoo will collect non-perishable food, winter coats and unwrapped new toys for the needy each evening of holiday lights. Help the lights shine a little brighter this year with your donation. Free; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; West Orange

Join the Newark Museum as they premiere a new exhibit dedicated to health and fitness.  At 1:30 p.m. watch a healthy cooking demonstration and meet celebrity Chef Scott Cutaneo of "FOX & Friends" as he shares his recipes for healthy and delicious meals. The day also includes Zumba & Salsa dance classes & Yoga workshops, exercise essentials, free cholesterol, BMI & heart-rate screening, learn to create a vegetable garden and much more. Adults $10; Children, Seniors, Students w/ valid ID $6; Saturday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Newark

Wreath making is a wonderful family activity.  St. George’s Church will host an Advent Wreath Workshop for you to create your family’s wreath, while sharing some time together.  What a wonderful way to start the holiday season.  All materials are supplied. A $5 donation is requested to defray costs; Sunday at noon; Maplewood



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