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By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, most of the nation has already begun to dip its toes into the winter season, even if the official start is still more than a month away. The leaves have all fallen from the trees, the skies stay gray and gloomy, and in colder states (or those with higher altitudes) the snow has already fallen more than once, making driving a nightmare! Here in Orlando, however, the humidity is beginning to dry up a bit, the sun is going to be shining, and eternal summer continues, making our Florida city one that offers a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Just imagine not having to clean your house from top to bottom, (our cleaners not just clean, they sanitize and disinfect) not having to listen to cranky relatives complain that the turkey is too dry, and not having to cook the meal yourself! Many local restaurants are open and happy to prep, serve, and clear, so your Thanksgiving getaway to Orlando and your stay in one of our Magnolia Villas holiday hideaways is guaranteed to give you more things to be thankful about!

2021 Turkey Trot, November 25th, 8 AM, Avalon Town Park in Orlando

You have all this extra time of your hands and you are still going to be eating a week’s worth of calories later in the day, so why not be pre-emptive and get your exercise out of the way? The 2021 Turkey Trot, sponsored by the Avalon Park Foundation, allows you to eat more later and do a good deed at the same time; this non-profit organization funnels the moneys it receives from the Turkey Trot admission fees into the neighborhoods and communities of Orlando! Prices start at $20 for adults and $10 for kids if you register online before November 5, but they will go up in $5 increments the closer you get to race day, so don’t delay, sign up now!

Time to Eat

At last! After years of working your fingers to the bone, trying to ensure that all 17 dishes are ready to be consumed at the same time and being so tired and edgy you really don’t enjoy your hard work, it is time to let someone else take over the cooking. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy a meal expertly prepared by someone else and walk away refreshed, relaxed, and full at meal’s end! As you might expect, there are more than a few restaurants that will be open and serving a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, but the Capital Grille, located at 9101 International Drive, is definitely a local favorite! Offering a traditional Thanksgiving menu, as well as the thick and juicy steaks that make a night out on the town so much more special, the Capital Grille will put the thanks back into your Thanksgiving celebration.

Night of a Million Lights, November 25, 5PM-10PM, Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee

After the last bite of turkey has been eaten and the sun has set on another Thanksgiving Day, the lights turn up in nearby Kissimmee! The Night of a Million Lights in Give Kids the World Village offers a festive beginning to the next holiday season, and if you miss out, you will never be able to forgive yourself. Running for 52 nights and featuring millions of lights that dance, twinkle, and shine, ticket prices go towards giving critically ill children (and their families too, of course!) vacations that will not cost them anything! Meaning that as you walk through the village, enjoying sweet treats, holiday music, and even a trail of sparkling trees, your holiday spirit will receive a much needed bump AND you will be doing something good for those who aren’t as fortunate as you are!

Stay Home and Play

Not all Thanksgiving fun has to take part outside the boundaries of your Magnolia Villas vacation escape. Start the day watching the Thanksgiving Day parade on state of the art televisions that are large enough to make you feel as if you are part of the fun, except you won’t be subjected to the cold and weather that people in New York are having to live through! Choose to make your own Thanksgiving feast in our fully equipped kitchens where updated appliances, high-end cabinets and countertops, and cheery ambiances help bring back the joy in your cooking experiences. Add a happy twist to your familiar traditions by dining at patio tables out by the pool and when the meal is complete, you can practice your cannonballs while the KIDS clear the table! However you choose to spend our second favorite holiday, spending it in the comforts of our Magnolia Villas holiday hideaways promises to make this Thanksgiving one you will never forget! Reserve your favorite home away from home today!

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