Thanksgiving 2011–Community Events near Brookside

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!  It will be over before you know it.  Take some time with your family to visit one of these big community events over the next few days.  Yes, there will be crowds..but as the years pass, it’s these activities you do with family and friends that make such great memories!

Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony, tonight 6-7pm.  Erin Stonestreet from “Modern Family” will flip the switch this evening. The mild weather will bring out larger crowds.  Don’t try to park on the Plaza–leave the car along one of the residential streets nearby and walk over to the ceremony.  Or stop by later this evening after dinner…the walk feels especially good after a big meal.

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Crown Center, Friday at 5:30.  Crown Center is stunning lit up for the holidays!  Remember the Ice Terrace is open as well.  Parking is trickier in this area–arrive very early or park along the street and walk to Crown Center Square.

Luminary Walk at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Friday 5-9pm.  This is my personal favorite outing over the holiday weekend.  Such a simple idea–placing luminaries along the walk–produces a magical scene visible from the streets as you drive by.   It’s a leisurely walk, and you usually see someone you know on the path.  Again, park on one of the residential side streets to avoid the frustrations of trying to park in the garage.

And what about Brookside??  The lighting of the Brookside Christmas Tree is Thursday, December 1 from6-8pm.  Refreshments, prizes and a choir will really get you in the holiday mood.  Near 63rd Street and Brookside Blvd.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

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