WESTFIELD, NJ — Blue Devils football goes up against Plainfield in a traditional Thanksgiving Day game. The downtown will abound with festive sounds and activities to kick off the holiday season. And runners of all ages will fill Tamaques Park for the annual “Turkey Trot.” 

Here are seven fun things to do in Westfield during the week of Thanksgiving:

1. Cheer on the Blue Devils A decades-old tradition continues at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, as the Westfield High School football team takes on Plainfield at Gary Kehler Stadium.

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2. Park Free, Shop Local Why drive to the mall when you can get Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals right in Westfield?

Shopper parking downtown will be free Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, at all street meters and pay station lots compliments of the town of Westfield. Just don't hog that spot — parking restrictions and time limits still apply.

3. Fala Lala La While you're shopping Saturday, enjoy free live entertainment as carolers perform their first songs of the season downtown.

4. Give Back and Get Photos with Santa Families can take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1 at Lord & Taylor, 609 North Ave. West, Westfield. Hours are 1 – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon – 4 p.m. Sunday. Get a 5-by-7-inch photo with a donation of $5 for the Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity. Additional photo packages may be purchased.

5. Pick Your Tree The Men’s Club of the Westfield Area YMCA will start its Christmas tree sale on Saturday, Nov. 30, on the Elm Street field between Orchard and Walnut Streets. Hours will be Monday – Friday, 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 9 – 6 p.m. Sale ends on Dec. 23 or when trees are sold out. Proceeds will benefit local charities, including the Westfield Area YMCA.

6. Run, For Fun Time to burn off that extra helping of pumpkin pie. Westfield’s 36th annual “Turkey Trot” and “Practice Hard Mile” races will be held at Tamaques Park on Saturday, Nov. 30, with a 1-mile run at 10:30 a.m. and a 5-mile race at 11:15 a.m. Race day registration begins at 9 a.m., or register in advance at www.westfieldturkeytrot.com.

7. Light er up The annual tree lighting with Santa and Mrs. Claus will take place Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the North Avenue Train Station. Mayor Shelley Brindle and the North Pole duo decked in red will officiate. Beginning at 4 p.m. the Westfield Community Band will entertain and the Lion's Club will serve hot cider. Activities include gingerbread cookie decorating, family photos in a giant human snow globe and more.

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