This year, Thanksgiving takes place on Thursday, November 26. It’s a holiday where family and friends come together to give thanks for all of their blessings. After you have the traditional dinner of turkey and stuffing, you might want to get out and enjoy some time doing something a bit more untraditional. Here are some of the Thanksgiving Day activities taking place in and around Cleveland this November 26.
Cleveland Turkey Trot
500 Lakeside Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 623-9933
www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/turkeytrot

The 34th annual Cleveland Turkey Trot consists of a 5K run, a 5 mile run and a 1 mile fun run. The 1 mile fun run begins at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K and 5 mile begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. The Trot route starts at Public Hall on the corner of Ontario St. and Lakeside Ave. in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Registration can be completed online and each registered participant will receive a t-shirt, completion ribbon and post-race refreshments.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 661-6500
www.clemetzoo.com

The Zoo is offering free admission to all visitors on Thanksgiving day. Come out and see how the animals like to spend their day of thanks. There are more than 3,000 animals and over 50 different animal exhibits at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. If you have the time, be sure to stop in the two-acre RainForest to see the wide array of plants and animals from the jungles of Asia, Africa and the Americas. Admission to the RainForest is also free on Nov. 26, 2015, and hours for both are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Watch A Movie At Home Or In A Theater

Thanksgiving Day is a popular day for movie goers. After you enjoy a big meal and time with your loved ones, why not head out to a local Cleveland movie theater or watch a flick at home? There will be a good selection of movies playing in theater to pick from on Nov. 26, such as “The Good Dinosaur,” “Love the Coopers” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.”

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Hunger Network Of Greater Cleveland 
614 W. Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 436-2000
www.hungernetwork.org

There is no better way to spend Thanksgiving then by helping others who are less fortunate than you. The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland is always looking for volunteers. The mission of the Hunger Network is to stop hunger by providing emergency meals to the people and families who need it. There are service sites all over Cuyahoga County, located in the city as well as in the suburbs. With the holidays approaching, the Hunger Network could use volunteers to donate food and to help serve hot meals. Those interested in helping should call (216) 619-8155.

Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day Game
2000 Brush St.
Detroit, MI
(877) 212-8898
www.detroitlions.com

Treat yourself and the family to a NFL game this Thanksgiving. Hop in the car and take the quick two-hour drive to Ford Field for the 76th Annual Thanksgiving Day Game. On Nov. 26, the Detroit Lions will take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m., and if you arrive early enough, you can take part in all of the pre-game tailgating activities. The tailgate is located on Brush Street from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and includes live music, face painting, an alumni autograph session, inflatables, food and more.

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Amanda Keeler is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. She has a B.A. from The Ohio State University in Journalism. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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