By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – This Thursday, November 28th, Thanksgiving is celebrated across the United States marking the start of a four-day weekend, and the official holiday season. While for many the day is subject to chilly late fall weather, in Miami Beach the forecast is a sunny 80 degrees and residents couldn’t be more thankful.
It is an American tradition, and most families celebrate Thanksgiving by having a grand Turkey-centered feast with their loved-ones at home. The holiday meal usually consists of roast turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, although there are plenty of scrumptious alternatives to accessorize the table.
For anyone needing to do some last minute food shopping, keep in mind Publix and Trader Joe’s will be closed, but Fresh Market and Whole Foods will be open until 3-4PM depending on location. Those in Miami Beach that are not up for cooking, or are here on vacation, have a number of delightful options for eating out as well.
A great activity for anyone eager to get out of the house is the Baptist Health South Florida Turkey Trot Miami 5K/10K and Kids Race, which will get started early at the Tropical Park on SW 40th Street in Miami. The Turkey Trot is billed as a family event, offering fun for all ages.
For the slightly less ambitions, there is the Complimentary Gratitude Meditation by Innergy Meditation Studio from 10-11AM at 1560 Lenox Avenue, #102. They suggest ‘Bring your family, your kids, your in-laws that you so dearly want to introduce to meditation’. This class is free, open to the public and led by Mari Beth Wise.
Another option for families either before or after the feast is to spend the day at Jungle Island, which will be open with regular park hours. Their Luminosa Lights Festival is still going on, for guests who wish to attend towards the evening.
Then on Black Friday, November 29th, Lincoln Road shopping mall will be in full affect with stores open and discounts promised. In addition, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Friday from 4PM until 7:30 PM at the Euclid Stage Folly at 660 Lincoln Road.
The fun begins with a free Christmas Tree Ornament Making Workshop, where guests are welcome to participate and make memories. Later at 7PM caroling will take over led by the Rockstarz Holiday Carolers, “a merry band of local singers who will sing holiday favorites new and old.”
The rest of the four-day weekend is surely for relaxing on the beach as the weather looks perfect. What better way to digest the Thanksgiving feast and recharge for the holiday season to come.