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Happy Thanksgiving Eve

The day before Thanksgiving is often one of the busiest days of the year.

Everyone is Either Traveling, Shopping, Partying or Preparing

Don’t let the holiday stress get you down.

Show up to the feast with an expertly prepared dish, fresh from the local market. Spend your traditional Thanksgiving Eve gathering with old friends at a new bar. Work up your appetite with a vigorous, fresh air hike at one of NEPA’s famous parks. And of course, you can always get yourself in the zone and work out your Black Friday shopping game plan.

We’ve rounded up a few lists of great, fun and local things to do. Go ahead. Get out there and mix it up.

Add a Little Something Special to the Menu This Year

That’s where our incredible local markets can help.

Just get out, browse the aisles and be inspired by the fresh produce, imported meats and otherwise non-traditional ingredients. Put together that unique, new dish and watch as your guests grin with delighted surprise.

Shake Up the Routine

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Every year around this time, you have a traditional meet up with old friends.

You gather at the same restaurant or bar that you’ve been going to for what seems like forever. Switch it up. Pick a new place. Sometimes, a change of atmosphere is all you need to bring back the innocent fun and spontaneity of those first few reunions.

Find Peace of Mind on the Trail

Take a break from the holidays.

Between the preparing, visiting and entertaining, we just need to carve out a little quiet time. Well there’s no better place to find peace and tranquility than on a NEPA hiking trail in late fall. Plus, it’s a little bit of bonus exercise to preempt those extra turkey day calories.

So it Begins...

Once Thanksgiving is done it is time to officially welcome the holiday shopping frenzy!

And it all starts with Black Friday. If you’re brave enough to head out there looking for the best deals, you may want to take some time to plan. Check out this list of local malls and shopping districts.

Don't Forget Your Local Small Businesses

If those Black Friday crowds are just too much to handle, try one of NEPA’s many local shops and boutiques. They’re quieter, more personal, and they often have just as many great deals.

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