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Looking for something fun to do this Thanksgiving season? Check out the many Thanksgiving events that are taking place in Maryland throughout the month of November. From Turkey Trots to Thanksgiving crafts and story times, you're sure to find a few fun family activities for kids of all ages.

Updated 2017

Thanksgiving kids

Happy Thanksgiving - 2017
Nov. 4. Celebrate families, friends and turkeys with stories, songs and crafts. Free. 10:30am. Glen Burnie Library. 410-222-6270, aacpl.net

Pasadena Thanksgiving Parade - 2017
Nov. 5. Parade will feature bands, floats and more. Food donations will be collected along the parade route. 2pm. Tick Neck Road, Pasadena. pasadenabusinessassociation.com/Thanksgiving-Parade

Gobble, Gobble - 2017
Nov. 7. Learn about thanksgiving with a nature walk, stories, songs and other activities. Ages 2-6. Registration required. $15; $5 members. 10:30am-1:30pm. Ladew Gardens, Monkton. 410-557-9570, ladewgardens.com

Kids Club: Turkey Snack Bags - 2017
Nov. 7. Tuesdays weekly. Children’s culinary workshop using all natural ingredients. Registration required. $5. 11-11:45am. Whole Foods Market, Annapolis. 410-573-1800, wholefoodsmarket.com

National Harbor Tree Lighting Ceremony - 2017
Nov. 12. Pictures with Santa, crafts, holiday movie and more. Free. Noon-7pm. National Harbor, Md. nationalharbor.com/event/tree-lighting-ceremony

Thanksgiving - 2017
Nov. 14. Read 'Bear Gives Thanks' followed by a themed snack, craft and song. $5; members, $7. 10-11:15am. William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis. 410-990-4543, annapolis.org/media/48-140-mr-pacas-backyard-preschool-program

Thanksgiving Storytime - 2017
Nov. 15. Special storytimes with books, songs and a craft. Free. 9:30am. Linthicum Library. 410-222-6265, aacpl.net

Empty Bowls Fundraiser - 2017
Nov. 16. Over 15 varieties of soup. This dinner will simulate a typical dinner for those less fortunate. To benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. $5-15. 6-7:30pm. South River High school, Edgewater. srhsinteract.wix.com/emptybowls

The Polar Express Train Ride - 2017
Nov. 17-19 and Nov. 24-26. Relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on The Polar Express. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served while passengers listen to the classic book The Polar Express. Each child will receive a silver bell. Check website for showtimes. $33-63. B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. 410-752-2490, borail.org

Homestead Gardens' Grand Illumination - 2017
Nov. 18. Lighting of the trees and christmas lights. Live music, trains and 250,000 lights. Free. 5-6:30pm. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville. 410-798-5000, homesteadgardens.com

Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey - 2017
Nov. 18. Walk or run through the Winter Festival of Lights. Your registration fee includes a long-sleeve tee and will provide a family in need with a holiday turkey. Registration required. $30. 6pm. Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro. 301-627-7755, pgparks.com

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rsz boat paradeICE - 2017
Nov. 18-Jan. 1. Featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Ice slides, a Parade of Toys and larger-than-life ornaments. Travel through the North Pole, sit inside Santa’s sleigh and see artisans from China carve live inside the Frostbite Factory. $15-36. Check website for times. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor. 301-965-4000, gaylordnationaltickets.com

Six Flags Holiday in the Park - 2017
Nov. 18-Jan 1. More than 1 million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides. $55. Check website for schedule. Six Flags America, Upper Marlboro. 301-249-1500, sixflags.com/america/store/tickets#dailytickets

Colonial Holiday Celebration - 2017
Nov. 19. View Historic Belmont Manor while sipping wine and craft beer, enjoying finger foods and check out all of the rooms decorated by the local community. Colonial reenactors, madrigals and live dulcimer and harp music. Included with each adult ticket purchased is a free ticket for a special childrens program which will take place during this event. The program will feature crafts, colonial games and more. $50, advance; $60, after Nov. 13. 3-6pm. Howard County Conservancy Belmont, Elkridge. hcconservancy.org/belmont.html

Lights on the Bay - 2017
Nov. 19-Jan. 1. Annual holiday lights show. $15 per car. 5-10pm. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. lightsonthebay.org

Thanksgiving Storytime and Craft - 2017
Nov. 20. Thanksgiving themed storytime and craft. Please register. Free. 6:30-7:30pm. Glenarden Library. 301-772-5477, pgcmls.info

Thanksgiving Fun - 2017
Nov. 21. Stories, crafts, and songs about Thanksgiving. 18 - 36 months. Free. 9:30am. Annapolis Library. 410-222-1740, aacpl.net

Symphony of Lights - 2017
Nov. 21-Jan. 1. Display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Laser light show, 3-D holiday video and outdoor ice skating rink. Tues.-Fri. $20; Sat. $25. Tickets sold at the gate will increase by $5. 5:30pm. Symphony Woods, Columbia. hcgh.org/symphonyoflights

Gobble Gobble Craft - 2017
Nov. 22. Decorate a turkey for your Thanksgiving holiday table. Free. 10am-4pm. Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, Annapolis. 410-222-1770, aacpl.net

Cincinnati Ballet: The Nutcracker - 2016
Nov. 23-27. This holiday favorite brings the a bright and colorful production featuring elaborate scenery, whimsical stage effects, awe-inspiring acrobatics, and more. $59-250. Check website for times. The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 202-467-4600, kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/BRBSC#tickets

Post Turkey Trail 5K - 2017
Nov. 24. Hike through Glendening Nature Preserve including rarely seen views, the largest tree, the Galloway Creek floodplain and the Swarth Boardwalk. Registration required. Free. 8:30am. Glendening Nature Preserve, Lothian. 410-741-9330, jugbay.org

Christmas on the Square - 2017
Nov. 24. Holiday festivities, music, entertainment, sleigh rides, live nativity, petting zoo, stories with Mrs. Claus, and Santa's arrival. Free. 5-9pm. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown. 301-475-9791, visitstmarysmd.com/events-entertainment/christmas-on-the-square-and-annual-christmas-tree-lighting

Festival of Lights - 2017
Nov. 24-Jan. 1. Holiday drive-through event features more than one million twinkling lights. $10-30. 5-9:30pm. Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro. pgparks.com/festival_of_lights.htm

Festival of Trees - 2017
Nov. 24-26. Hundreds of designer-decorated trees, wreaths, and gingerbread towns to view and buy. Toy train gardens, princesses, a carousel, and pony rides, over 100 gift boutiques, holiday goodies, and fun activities for kids. $13; $6 ages 5-12; free, children under 4. 10am. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org/tickets

Zoolights - 2017
Nov. 24-Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24 and 25). Live music, winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music. Free. 5-9pm. National Zoo, Washington D.C. 202-633-4888, nationalzoo.si.edu

Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration - 2017
Nov. 25-26. Yoga, festive art projects, Thankful Circle TIme and more. Free with museum admission of $15.95. 10am-5pm. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore. portdiscovery.org

Festival of Trees - 2017
Nov. 25-28. Breathtaking displays celebrating the holiday season. $5; $1, ages 12 and under. 10am-6pm. Tidewater Inn, Easton. 410-253-0919, festival-of-trees.org

Post Thanksgiving Walkabout - 2017
Nov. 25. Stretch your legs and explore the changes fall brings. Free. 1-2pm. Holt Park, Baltimore. 410-887-5307, overleafrc.com/programs/holtpark

Harbor Holiday Movies - 2017
Nov. 25. Showing of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’, rated PG. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free. 2pm. National Harbor. 1-877-628-5427, nationalharbor.com/movies-on-the-potomac

Find more Turkey Trots and other holiday fun runs here.

Grand Illumination – City Tree Lighting - 2017
Nov. 26. The lighting of the Annapolis tree. Santa, live performances, refreshments and more. Free. 5:30-8pm. Market Space at the Market House, Annapolis. annapolisbusinessassoc.com

Holidays at Homestead Gardens - 2016
Nov. 27-Dec. 18, Fri. and Sat. Themed trees, magical main street decorated with lights, colors and sounds of the season, live holiday music, visit Santa, pick your own tree and more. Some events require a fee. 10am-6pm. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville. 410-798-5000, homesteadgardens.com

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