Declining a trip to NYC for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? We don’t blame you, Floridians, as average late-November temperatures in Times Square hover around 45 degrees. (We’ll stay in Miami, thank you very much).
But just because you’re choosing Miami over the Big Apple doesn’t mean your Thanksgiving should be a bust. In fact, South Florida has several fun holiday activities that’ll occupy your family’s downtime on Thursday. Check out these local Thanksgiving events and parades.
Winternational Thanksgiving Day Parade
Recognized as South Florida’s only Thanksgiving parade, 2019’s Winternational Thanksgiving Day Parade is celebrating its 45th anniversary in style. The parade runs along 125th Street, between NE 6th and 12th Avenues, and features exciting new floats and additions this year, such as school marching bands, community dance ensembles, cheerleaders, and more. Hey, even Santa Clause himself may make an appearance.
This Miami Thanksgiving parade kicks off at 10:00 AM on Nov 28, 2019, but we recommend arriving early to secure a primo parking spot for your CR-V and a nice front-row seat for the festivities. Click here for more details about this free holiday event.
South Florida Turkey Trots & Yoga
Pre-burn those Thanksgiving calories with a family-friendly fun run (try saying that ten times fast) or yoga session. South Florida hosts numerous turkey trots and exercise groups on Thanksgiving morning, including these annual events:
- Memorial Cardiac & Vascular Turkey Trot (Ft. Lauderdale) – Racers start at DC Alexander Park bright and early (7:30 AM) for a 5K stroll along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Registration costs $40 for adults and $15 for kids who participate in the Kids Dash 10 & Under race.
- 2019 Baptist Health Turkey Trot (Miami) – Register for this Miami Thanksgiving 5K/10K race and receive a shirt, medal, and pie—after crossing the finish line, of course. New this year is a petting zoo, which adds to a grove of returning family-favorites, such as “Turkey Bowling,” oversized Jenga games, Connect 4, corn hole, and face painting. Registration costs range from $15 to $45.
- 11th Annual Palm Beach Turkey Trot (Palm Beach) – Lace those sneakers up for a scenic run around Palm Beach’s gorgeous Lake Trail. Additional events include a Drumstick Dash (kids race), costume contest, prize giveaway, and several children’s activities. Proceeds made from this Thanksgiving 5K in Palm Beach will help feed thousands during the holidays. Registration starts at $30 for adults, but sign up early as participation is limited.
- ThanksGiving Day Beach Yoga Fit (Ft. Lauderdale Beach) – Grab the yoga mat for a 75-minute Thanksgiving session on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Complimentary herbal iced tea and aromatherapy towels are provided after you sweat out your turkey-day stress. Bring $10 cash to become part of the group and be sure to lather on that sunscreen.
- Thanksgiving Gratitude Class (Delray Beach) – From 10:00 to 11:30 AM on Thanksgiving, Prema and Tecia will be leading a group yoga and meditation class at their Delray Beach facility. A spot in the class costs $25 at the door, though you can get a 25% discount if you pre-register online. Click here for more details.
Planning to bring the in-laws along? You’ll surely need some extra room to store everyone’s gear. That’s where the Honda Pilot comes into play.
Behind its lavish third row, you’ll encounter a cavernous 18.5-cubic-foot cargo area–perfect for yoga mats, gym bags, and a billion IcyHot® patches. And if your shin splints are too much to handle, a simple wiggle of the foot below Pilot’s liftgate should give you a brief moment of comfort. It’s the little things in life.
Santa’s Enchanted Forest
Is Miami’s holiday theme park open on Thanksgiving night? Boy, is it ever. Located in Tropical Park, Santa Enchanted Forest operates from 5:00 PM to midnight on Thanksgiving, which gives you ample time to explore the park’s numerous wintery attractions, carnival rides, and live shows.
So, load the whole family into your Honda Odyssey and take a little post-turkey drive to Tropical Park for some holiday fun. With the Odyssey, you’ll have more than enough room for up to 8 passengers. Plus, with its Rear Entertainment System–the 10.2-inch display is a sight to behold–the Odyssey has something to keep even the littlest of tykes occupied during the trek.
For more details or to purchase tickets, please visit www.santasenchantedforest.com.
Luminosa Chinese Lantern Festival
Head to Jungle Island after dark on Thanksgiving to witness magic 2,000 years in the making. In addition to the glorious Chinese lanterns on display, the festival will also have 13 acres of illuminated trails, craft cocktails for adults, food for human beings, and live performances. Miami nightlife has a new nightlight—at least until January 8, 2020, when Luminosa is taken down for the season. Buy your tickets online at www.jungleisland.com.
Happy Honda Days: Coming Soon to Your South Florida Honda Dealer
Everyone’s favorite holiday event is nearly here: Happy Honda Days. Embrace the giving season at any of our Honda dealerships in South Florida, as we’re bound to have a sale that’ll make you jump for joy.
Want to score a bargain on the 2020 Odyssey or all-new Honda Passport? Stay tuned for updated deals and incentives on new Honda models this Thanksgiving, and contact your nearest Honda dealer for details.