Writer: Jerrica DuBois
2 min read November 2021 — The holidays are officially upon us. As we make final decisions on food (do we cook or order?), who to invite (still COVID conscious), and how to actually get some rest before returning to work on Monday, here’s a quick guide on how to spend your Turkey Day.
For many people, Thanksgiving equals football. It’s been an American staple since the 1920s. You eat, watch football, eat, watch football and eat again. This year will be no different for the traditionalists who want to sit on the couch and yell at the TV. For the men, and ladies, who want a good old-fashioned Thanksgiving experience, here’s is this year’s triple NFL lineup:
- Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions on FOX (12:30 pm EST)
- Las Vegas Raiders @ Dallas Cowboys on CBS (4:30 pm EST)
- Buffalo Bills @ New Orleans Saints on NBC (8:20 pm EST)
During game time, some are also plotting their strategy for the monster called Black Friday. You know the drill: Which store do I hit first, where is the best deal, and who isn’t sold out of that toy my kid asked for that I was supposed to get last month (oooops)? In the past, some national retailers found success by opening up to waiting crowds on Thanksgiving Day. But this year, as we continue to adjust to a new normal, Walmart, Macy’s, Target and several other retailers have decided to remain closed on Thursday and open up early on Friday morning. For Jacksonville residents planning to catch the best Black Friday deals, here are the hours of operation for your favorite shopping centers:
- The Avenues: 6 am – 9 pm
- Orange Park Mall: 9 am – 8 pm
- Regency Square Mall: 10 am – 7 pm
- St. Augustine Premium Outlets: 6 am – 9 pm
- St. Johns Town Center 6 am – 9 pm
The growns-ups are all squared away, but what about the kids? Don’t let the little ones get lost in the shuffle and fend for themselves (there’s only so much turkey their belly will hold anyhow). Thankfully, the Jacksonville area has several events for kids, starting right now and taking you through the holiday.
Nailed It DIY Thanksgiving Parent’s Night Out: This Kids Build It workshop will focus on the creation of a 12″x24″ Thankful Tree. This is recommended for children 7 and up. Pizza is included. Nov. 19, 6 pm – 9 pm, 4611 River City Drive. Advanced registration is required. https://jacksonville.naileditdiy.com/product/kids-build-it-thankful-tree/
Community First Thanksgiving Distance Classic: This event features the half marathon, or 5K, for adults, and a 1-mile Turkey Trot for the kiddos. Children participating will receive a shirt and a medal at the finish. Nov. 25, 7 am, 9850 San Jose Blvd.
Skate Station Funworks Skate Your Turkey Off: Enjoy turkey racing, shoot the turkey and other activities. Nov. 27, 11 am – 2 pm, 3461 Kori Rd. Admission starts at $12.
Whether the preference is traditional or modern celebrations, Jacksonville has you covered.