Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season next week and for me it is never too early to start planning how you are going to get to all your favorite holiday events. With Thanksgiving so early this year you have an extra week when it comes to fitting in everything you want to do during the holidays. To help in planning your holiday event schedule, I have put together a list of my 10 favorite holiday season events.
1. Thanksgiving Macy’s Day Parade. I look at this parade as the official kickoff to the holiday season with all the music, dancers, parade balloons, and of course Santa!

2. Turkey Trot. It has become a tradition for my family to go out on Thanksgiving morning to run the local Turkey Trot 10K at University of Richmond with friends before we get together with the family for a Thanksgiving feast. You can find a local one near you through your local running club.

3. Black Friday Shopping. As any girl who loves a good deal this is one of my favorite days. After I have substantially eaten to much (and who doesn’t?!?) on Thanksgiving I love going through all the ads to see what deals I can find the next day.

4. Decorate for Christmas. I love Christmas but one of my biggest pet peeves is people who decorate way too early. Save the decorating and make it into a post-Thanksgiving calorie burner by stringing lights, putting up a tree and decking out the house for the holiday season while dancing to your favorite holiday tunes.

5. Football Playoffs/Bowl Games. ‘Tis the season for post season play, in football anyways. Depending on your team this could mean the start of playoffs or bowl games. Who are you rooting for this year?

6. Holiday Parties. Between the office, friends and your neighbors there are always so many holiday parties that take place during this time. Loving the holidays I always try to go to as many as I can! Stay on the lookout for some great holiday party host gifts!!
7. Brunch with Santa. It has been a family tradition of mine to go to brunch each year and get our family picture with Santa. Always believe!
8. Christmas Eve/Christmas Day. We always have family come and go and get to catch up with friends during these days all while dancing around the house to fun Christmas tunes!
9. Tacky Lights Tour. Depending on where you live the holiday season brings out those who love to decorate. In Richmond they organize and put in the paper a list of where you can go see the best lights. If you are in the city where this might not be an option, take an afternoon to go looking at all the holiday window displays. They are just as magical.
10. New Years Eve. There are so many New Years Eve events whether local or watching on TV. This year grab a few of your friends and count down to 2013! 

There are just so many things to do during the holiday season. What are you looking forward to doing this holiday season? Have a favorite event or holiday tradition? Let me know in the comments section below!


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