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Thanksgiving Weekend 2012

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Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, in NYC. Photo courtesy of NYC & Co.

Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, in NYC. Photo courtesy of NYC & Co.

Thanksgiving in the US is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, and legions of people fly across the country to share turkey dinner. Thanksgiving also marks the start of the "Holiday Season": Christmas decorations go up and many places stage an appearance by Santa as part of their Thanksgiving weekend festivities.

--Thanksgiving in 2012 falls on Thursday November 22nd--

Thanksgiving Day Parades
A number of cities have parades, including NYC (where the Macy's parade is the iconic event), Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago...

New York City: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The most famous parade! This annual tradition dates back to the 1920's. Read about the Parade and how to get the best viewing spots. (Parade-goers will surely want a turkey feast later in the day: About's Guide to New York City Travel lists many Thanksgiving Dinners with kids' prices.)

Thanksgiving Weekend Packages
Have a look at 19 great places to spend the long weekend, enjoying turkey feasts, "Light Up" nights, Santa photo ops, and special fun such as "turkey trots."

Thanksgiving Weekends at Country Inns
If the idea of a family-friendly country getaway, where someone else cooks the turkey appeals to you, head to Bedandbreakfast.com.

Destinations, Starting in the Northeast US

New England Thanksgiving Planner
About's New England Travel has a comprehensive planner including historic places to visit & special lodgings packages and details about visiting Plymouth Rock, which marks the place where the pilgrims landed in America in 1620. New York State: Otesaga Resort Hotel
The weekend package for this grand lakeside hotel near historic Cooperstown typically includes dinners and breakfasts, entertainment, and family activities such as holiday movies, hay rides, bingo... and a visit from Santa, too.

New York State - Rocking Horse Ranch
90 minutes from New York City, the Rocking Horse Ranch has 500 acres in the Shawangunk Mountains with horseback riding, hay rides, indoor pool, archery, teen club, two children's centers, music, entertainers, shows, climbing walls, and more. All inclusive pricing includes meals and activities.

New York State - Catskills: Villa Roma
Thanksgiving weekend package typically includes meals, and kids programs. Activities on the property include kids camp, rock-climbing wall, bowling alleys, horseback riding, paintballing... Be sure to read recent visitors' comments.

Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH
Thanksgiving weekend at his National Historic Landmark property includes harvest feast plus family turkey-trot, flag football, ornament workshop, kids camp, tree-lighting, storytelling with Santa, gingerbread cookie decorating, and lots more.

New Hampshire: Dana Place Inn, Jackson NH
In the White Mountains, a Traditional Thanksgiving Package includes full country breakfasts, afternoon tea with hot mulled cider, Traditional Thanksgiving Afternoon Dinner, dinner by candelight on other evenings, and box lunch for a day of sightseeing. Dana Place Inn -- built in the 1890's -- has family suites with no charge for children in room with parents, and only a small food charge based on age and plan.

* Always check websites for updates!

continue to lots more Thanksgiving vacations -- Pennsylvania, DC, Orlando, more

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