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Things to Do For Thanksgiving in Vegas


Patrick Murphy and Dianne Williams enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal as volunteer Aldona Jonynas serves them cranberry sauce at the Salvation Army November 26, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated to give thanks for the fall harvest.
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Thanksgiving is one of the busiest weekends of the year for Las Vegas. While it brings family, fun and stress it also brings numerous amazing activities to a town where great things are common. Here is my list of fun and interesting things to do in Las Vegas over the holiday weekend. Enjoy and drop me a note letting me know what you are doing.

2013 Thanksgiving Classic Soccer Tournament

Each Thanksgiving Weekend the Nevada Youth Soccer Association hosts a massive holiday tournament that features upwards of 100 teams. This tourney sees college teams and coaches from across the country descend upon Las Vegas.

This well respected tournament is open to boys and girls teams U11- U19 and each team registrations costs $825. Registration deadline is November 1st. Begin your applications here. Spectators are welcome.

Volunteer for a Local Charity

Las Vegas is a city with numerous residents in need of a helping hand. From cancer charities to food banks Las Vegas has innumerable needs and in this time of giving thanks it makes sense to give back. Trust me it feels amazing to be able to help those who need it.

Catch A Las Vegas Show

Lets face it, one of the reasons you live in Las Vegas, and one reason you have constant out of town visitors, is because of the amazing shows that litter the Las Vegas Strip. whether it's an old stand by like the Blue Man Group or Mystere, a newer classic like Absinthe or a soon to be legendary new show like Zarkana, Las Vegas has tons of shows well worth the money. See Current Show Deals at Showtickets.com.

Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

As Thanksgiving weekend arrives the people at the amazing local charity Opportunity Village ope their annual Magical Forest which has been a staple of the Christmas holiday. But you don't like to wait. You don't like to be a Johnny Come Lately and you love to beat the crows, so why not head to Opportunity Village over the Thanksgiving Weekend and get a jump start on giving.

Clark County Turkey Shoot

This humane turkey shoot at the Clark County Shooting Range reminds me of those classic old time saloon air rifle attractions that peppered the beaches of Maine and New Hampshire when I was a kid. Kids can grab shotguns, rifles and bow and arrows to aim at paper and clay targets and prizes are won by the best shots that include turkeys for Thanksgiving Dinner. A fun way to spend an afternoon with the whole family.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Las Vegas Restaurants.

Every year, thousands of people come to Las Vegas for the long Thanksgiving Weekend. Some come to visit family. Some to get away for a long weekend. Regardless, every American seems biologically determined to hunger for the classic Thanksgiving meal. While many Las Vegans will take to their own kitchens, some of you have discovered that numerous restaurants, both on and off the Strip, create amazing Thanksgiving Dinners every year so that you can spend more time with the family. Also check out these non-resort restaurants featuring Thanksgiving Dinner.

Take a Day Trip Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving Weekend is on of the busiest in Las Vegas. People flock to the Valley to visit family (or avoid them), take advantage of the extra days off and get in an extra mini vacation. That means that the city is going to be packed, so why not take advantage of the many things with a few hours drive of Vegas. The Grand Canyon, Red Rocks and Mt. Charleston are all within striking distance and are well needed sabbaticals from the craziness of the City. Take a trip and enjoy.

Place a Wager on an NFL, NBA or NHL Game

I frequently hear ex-Las Vegas residents telling me that the thing they miss above all else is the sports wagering. For casual gamblers laying down a few dollars on Sunday's NFL action makes the games all that more exciting. Think of it as Fantasy Football on steroids. Whether you're a longtime sports gambler or a newbie the folks at these fine sportbooks are eager to take your bets. And check out these NFL team themed bars.

Thanksgivng Weekend Concerts in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has some great concert venues and each Thanksgiving Weekend some great acts come to town and dominate the stages at the Joint, The Pearl the Smith Center and the Colosseum. This year is no different. See all the great concerts coming Thanksgiving Weekend.



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