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6 Thanksgiving events around the Twin Cities this week

Need some fun things to do this Thanksgiving weekend?
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There is still going to be a host of events in town for those in the Twin Cities this weekend.

This Thursday is Thanksgiving, a day for getting together with friends and family to feast and relax. If you are in search of things to do with your long holiday weekend, we have you covered!

Turkey Trots (Thursday, Nov. 23)

There are many 5k and 10k runs around the Twin Cities on Thanksgiving. These “Turkey Trots” create a lively and entertaining way to celebrate the holiday while keeping active. People often dress up as they make their way around locations like Lake Harriet, Hennepin Ave, Upper Landing Park and Highland Park.

Minneapolis Craft Market (Friday, Nov. 24 — Saturday, Dec. 30)

The Minneapolis Craft Market is a pop-up event at the IDS Center in Nicollet Mall. It begins on Black Friday and showcases various artists from around the Twin Cities. Creations like candles, jewelry and food are for sale at this holiday event.

Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche (Friday, Nov. 24)

The Minnesota Wild are playing a home game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Xcel Energy Center. If you’re looking to liven up your Thanksgiving weekend, this is the place to go. Tickets are available here for fierce competition that will bring excitement and suspense.

Night Trains (Friday, Nov. 24)

A unique way to spend your Black Friday is with the Night Trains event at the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum. Watch model trains travel through a winter wonderland against the backdrop of meticulously created tiny sceneries. Families and train aficionados get a chance to be amazed at the intricate details of the displays.

Julglädje (Saturday, Nov. 25)

Julglädje is an annual event at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis that brings the charm of Swedish holiday customs to Minnesota. The institute is filled with authentic decor, handcrafted items and holiday lights. The event offers storytelling, ornament making and a variety of homemade Scandinavian food.

Hmong New Year (Saturday, Nov. 25)

The Hmong New Year celebration in St. Paul unites the local Hmong community as they celebrate their new year. Everyone is welcome to celebrate at the Saint Paul RiverCentre at an event featuring traditional Hmong attire, upbeat music and energetic dance performances. Hmong food and handicrafts are offered in commemoration of the community’s culture.

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