The holiday season “officially” arrives this week with Thanksgiving. It is time for giving thanks, family, football and traditions. The Baltimore Ravens are playing the Pittsburg Steelers for their first ever Thanksgiving Day game at M & T Bank Stadium. Shoppers will be prepping their strategy for the Black Friday sales and where to visit for Small Business Saturday.There are so many things to do to celebrate the holiday and kick off the holiday season in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia area.
To start off the holiday on a healthy note, you can participate in the many Turkey Trots in the area. In Washington D.C., there is the SOME (So Others Might Eat) Turkey Trot that benefits the homeless in the D.C. area. The Y of Central Maryland is sponsoring Turkey Trots in 5 Maryland cities this year: Baltimore City, Bel Air, Catonsville/Ellicott City, Towson, and Westminster. All of the races will begin at 8:30am. You can register for the race in-person on the day of the race.
There is not an official Thanksgiving Day parade in the nation’s capital, but Reston, Virginia hosts the Reston Town Center Holiday Parade on Friday, November 29th. This parade has Macy’s parade style balloons, musical groups, dancers, antique cars and a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. There are horse-drawn carriage rides, a holiday tree lighting ceremony and a sing-along with a chorus.
Hanukkah will be starting at sundown on Wednesday, November 27th and ends on December 5th. There are many events in the area celebrating this holiday. The lighting of the National Menorah takes place on the Ellipse on November 27th.
The weekend after Thanksgiving is the kick-off of to many local holiday tradition events. The Miracle on 34th Street will light up on November 30th and festivities run through the holiday season. The National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is Friday November 29th at Waterfront Plaza near the Potomac River. The 60ft tree is decorated with over 20,000 lights. There will be music, storytelling for the entire family and fireworks. The lighting also signals the start of the Gaylord National Resort ICE! Holiday Show. This interactive holiday display has over 5000 blocks of ice hand sculpted by 40 international artisans, craftsmen and designers. The United States Botanical Gardens will light up the season with “Season’s Greetings”, their annual display of toy trains, miniature villages and decorated trees. The Inner Harbor in Baltimore is launching its first Annual Christmas Village at West Shore Park November 28 through December 24th. Visitors can stroll through the indoor/outdoor traditional German Christmas marketplace to find unique gifts and ideas.
There are so many things to do to start off your holiday season! ezStorage wishes everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Our facility’s gates will be open to access your storage unit during regular hours on Thanksgiving. However, our offices will be closed on Thanksgiving day. The offices will reopen on Friday, November 29th.