4 Memorable Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Connecticut Last Updated 12/16

The Thanksgiving holiday is on November 24 this year, and there are so many ways to enjoy this special time of friends, family and delicious food around the state.

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1| UBS Parade Spectacular, Stamford

See one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country at Connecticut’s annual Thanksgiving parade, UBS Parade Spectacular in Stamford! In 2016, the parade will be held on Sunday, Nov. 20.

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2| Manchester Road Race, Manchester

On Thanksgiving day, watch, run or walk in the Manchester Road Race, the second oldest road race in the East is celebrating its 80th birthday in 2016. More than 13,000 runners will be running this 4.75 mile race, so bring the family, cheer everyone on and enjoy the live bands at every half mile point!

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3| Gingerbread House Festival, South Windsor

Check out the Gingerbread House Festival in South Windsor, starting Nov. 25. Come see what these experienced bakers and regional artisans cook up this year during one of the largest gingerbread displays in all of New England. Plus, it’s free!

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4| All Aboard the Santa Special, Essex

Ride into the festive holiday season with a magical journey on the Santa Special (Nov. 25 – Dec. 28). Essex Steam Train presents their impressive locomotive-powered sleigh, where you can enjoy the spirit of the season as you relax with family and friends aboard festive railway cars adorned with vintage decorations.