4 Memorable Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Connecticut Last Updated 3/16

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 on Sunday, Nov. 27.

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2| Manchester Road Race, Manchester

Watch, run or walk in the Manchester Road Race, the second oldest road race in the East. 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. 28. 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| North Pole Express, Essex

Ride into the festive holiday season with a magical journey on the North Pole Express (Nov. 15 – Dec. 29). Essex Steam Train presents their impressive locomotive-powered sleigh, where every coach becomes a stage for a live, musical performance of The Night Before Christmas. This event is perfect for kids, and pajama attire is encouraged.