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8 things to do in the Portland area this Thanksgiving weekend

Looking for something to do in Portland this Thanksgiving weekend? Here are a few ideas.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Each week, KGW provides a list of events you may want to try in the Portland area over the weekend. 

Here are our picks for this weekend:

Turkey trot

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Turkey Trot

Before you feast with family and friends, there will be plenty of opportunities to burn calories ahead of the big meal. There are several “turkey trots” throughout the Portland metro area that vary in distance. Find the turkey trot for you:

Christmas Tree lighting

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Christmas tree lighting at Pioneer Courthouse Square

Once Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to jump into the Christmas spirit! Portland, Lake Oswego and Vancouver will each have their tree lighting on Friday. KGW will livestream the tree lighting at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland at 6 p.m. More info on each tree lighting:

Opt outside

While many people will be battling long lines to get deals on Black Friday, you can also spend Friday getting outside and enjoying the beauty Oregon has to offer. Oregon State Parks is waiving $5 day-use parking fees for the day to encourage people to get outside.

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Wine Country Thanksgiving

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Wine Country Thanksgiving

You may have food and beverage plans for Thursday, but what about the rest of the weekend? Beginning on Friday, Willamette Valley wineries will be opening their cellars and tasting rooms for the weekend. More than 140 wineries will be participating, each with its own flair.

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Christmas bazaar

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America's Largest Christmas Bazaar

If you want to get some Christmas shopping done this weekend, America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar will be at the Portland Expo Center. There will be about 1,000 booths, so there will be hundreds of handcrafted gifts from local and regional artisans. You’ll also be able to take pictures with Santa in his village! Tickets are $8. The bazaar continues next weekend, Dec. 6 to 8.

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Portland Indigenous Marketplace

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Portland Indigenous Marketplace

Another holiday shopping option is the annual Indigenous Black Friday Marketplace. The market, organized by Indigenous Come Up, is held to give Indigenous vendors an opportunity to sell their wares at an affordable and culturally respective event. It’s free to attend. Click here for a lineup of artists

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Holiday Express

All aboard! The Holiday Express will take you through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge along the Willamette River. The round trip ride lasts about 40 minutes. Hot drinks and cookies will be available at the station. Tickets range from $16-$22 per person. Proceeds benefit the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. The train also runs two more weekends, Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15.

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High school football playoffs

The high school football season is winding down and there will be multiple opportunities to support your local team in the state semifinals. On Friday, Barlow will play Central Catholic at noon at Hillsboro Stadium. Following that will be Jesuit vs. Lake Oswego at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Camas will play Mt. Si at 1 p.m. at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver.

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