November 22, 2013 at 9:45 AM
WESTFIELD, NJ — There will be lots of fun for everyone in Westfield over the Thanksgiving holiday, from football and fitness to bargain-hunting and photos with Santa. There’s even an event for your pet. Find out what’s happening in our Thanksgiving weekend guide, below.
1. Work up an Appetite: On Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, members of the community are invited to The Westfield Area Y’s free Thanksgiving Gut Buster Swim Workout for adults and teens. The watery workout will include Aqua Zumba, Water Yoga and Deep Water Exercise. Arthritis Aquatic Exercise will also be available. Main Y Facility, 220 Clark Street.
2. Light One (Electric) Candle: Kick off the festival of Hannukah with a public menorah lighting at Westfield Train Station (North Side) on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Sponsored by Union County Torah Center, the party begins at 7 p.m.
3. Cheer on the Blue Devils: On Thursday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m. Westfield High School will play Plainfield in their annual Thanksgiving football game at Kehler Stadium. Thousands are expected to cheer on their teams at this Turkey Day tradition that goes back over 100 years.
4. Shop Local and Save: Why drive to the mall when you can get amazing Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals here in Westfield? Keep an eye out downtown for Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be strolling around from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Want more bargains? Click here to read our gift guide featuring local deals you won’t hear about anywhere else.
5. Run for it: Burn off Thanksgiving dinner with Westfield’s Annual 5-Mile Turkey Trot and Practice Hard Mile, taking place Saturday, Nov. 30, at Tamaques Park. For more information, click here.
6. Strike a Pose with Santa: Kids can get their photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Lord & Taylor on Friday, Nov. 29, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The free 5x7 online photo coupon comes with your donation of two cans of food for the Holy Trinity Food Drive. (The event usually results in six van-loads of food for the needy just in time for the holidays.) For more information, click here.
7. Shop to Help Greyhounds: On Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1, head to the Westfield Armory for the Greyhound Friends of NJ’s 17th Annual Craft Show and Pet Expo. Leashed pets welcome. On Saturday, there will be a seminar on emergency preparedness for pets at 11 a.m. For more information, click here.
8. Explore the History of Gingerbread: Children can make gingerbread houses, hear the story of the Gingerbread Man and more at the Miller-Cory House Museum on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Gingery refreshments will be served. Preregistration for specific time slots must be made by noon, Nov. 25, by calling the museum at 908-232-1776. Admission is $4 per child. Accompanying adults are free.
9. Gather ’Round the Tree: Head to the Westfield Train Station (North Side) for the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. Watch Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive via fire truck and enjoy hot chocolate and hot cider courtesy of the Westfield Lion’s Club and entertainment by the Westfield Community Band. While you’re there, you can donate to the Girl Scouts Annual Mitten Tree Project. For more information, click here.