Local activities to engage in during Thanksgiving break


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The Enchanted Forest of Lights in the Descanso Gardens are full of illuminating, aesthetic decorations. a great place to visit during Thanksgiving break.

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The first Thanksgiving since quarantine is just around the corner. With many students and their families now vaccinated, many are heading out of their homes during the weeklong Thanksgiving break. Here are some fun ways to spend some time outside and celebrate the season. 

1. Run a 5K turkey trot

Turkey Trot LA is Los Angeles’ biggest tradition, starting and ending at City Hall. The race begins on Nov. 25, which is a great way to view Downtown LA’s scenery through either a 5K or a 10K race.  Races are accepting of all ages, including smaller races for children 12 and under. This event is a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Mission. 

There’s also the Drumstick Dash LA is a 5K and 10K race in North Hollywood’s Arts District on Nov. 25. This race raises funds for the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. 

2. Go on a hike

As restrictions on the city of Los Angeles become more lenient, many are itching to get into the outdoors. One of the best ways could be going on a hike. Some nearby trails and short trails include Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills and the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park. Each trail includes beautiful scenery such as an amazing lake, an overview of Los Angeles and a luscious green forest. 

3. Go camping

Another way to enjoy the outdoors this Thanksgiving could be to spend more time with nature in Kernville. Residing two and a half hours north of Los Angeles, the village includes many shops and restaurants and an amazing view of the Kern River. The river flows all the way from Mt. Whitney, containing camping sights all throughout the length of the river, rafting in many areas, fishing and hunting. The surrounding forest area of the river is beautiful during the fall. Each tree is decorated with an assortment of yellow, orange and red. 

4. The Enchanted Forest of Lights

The Enchanted Forest of Lights is a mile-long walk with many intractable lighting experiences scattered through some of the most popular areas of Descanso Gardens. This year, however, includes a new attraction to the forest. An entire village created of stained glass was constructed in the rose garden. The park opens at 5 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. from Nov. 21 through Jan. 9. Tickets can be purchased here for $35 per person.

5. Hollywood Christmas Parade

The 89th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place on Nov. 28 at 6 PM in the heart of Hollywood, starting on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Chinese Theater and heading east to Vine Street then south to  Sunset Boulevard, where the route continues west. As the streets will be packed the easiest way to travel would be by Metro via the Red Line. Viewing along the route is free but if you want a seat, grandstand tickets can be purchased here for $85 or the parade. The parade can also be viewed live on television on Channel 5.