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Six Fun Things to Do This Thanksgiving

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Don't let Thanksgiving Day be a bump in the road to Christmas. Pay it the respect and attention it deserves and celebrate with one of these fun outings. Some are Thanksgiving Day related, others are year-round events or attractions that happen to be open or take place on turkey day. If you know of one that should be added to the list, feel free to let me know.

1. Race in the annual Turkey Trot 2012...

It's not too late to register to either run, walk or volunteer for the TXU Energy 2012 Turkey Trot. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event which takes place at Dillard's (across from the Houston Galleria. If you're unable to attend but would like to support Sheltering Arms, you can make a monetary donation by visiting their website.

2. Watch the Houston Texans face the Detroit Lions...

The Houston Texans have been on fire this season. If you're kicking yourself for not splurging on season tickets this year, find a bit of solace by watching the big game amongst fellow fans at one of Houston's many state-of-the-art sports bars.

3. Enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise...

Set sail aboard the Star Gazer or Lake Limo for an elegant Kemah lunch or dinner cruise. Feast on traditional Thanksgiving menu items while taking in live music, cocktails and the idyllic view of Galveston Bay. Cruise fare begins at $79 for adults and $49 for children age 3 to 12. Read more about what to expect here.

4. Be a spectator at the Uptown Holiday Lighting...

Attending this event has become a personal family tradition and it never disappoints. On Thanksgiving night, more than half a million lights lining Post Oak Blvd. will be lit. The Houston Children's Chorus and many other live performers are scheduled to entertain. And of course, dear old Santa will be showing his face as well. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with the actual lighting beginning at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

5. Visit NASA Space Center...

Space Center Houston is one of very few Houston landmarks that will be open for the Thanksgiving holiday. So if you've managed to live in the city for some time without ever visiting, now would be the time to do so - the crowds are sure to be light on this day. Thanksgiving hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit their site to find location information.

6. Ice Rink at Discovery Green Park...

Discovery Green has done it again. From November 17th through January 27th, Kinder Lake will be transformed into an ice skating rink. The rink will be open on Thanksgiving day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $12 and includes skate rental (and tax). Group rates are available as well (minimum 15 members).

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