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Your out-of-the-box Thanksgiving traditions

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From a pumpkin pancake breakfast to a field day competition, Axios Twin Cities readers have some unique Thanksgiving traditions.

Here are some of them:

Meg G: My family, ages 5 to 81, does Family Field Day. We divide the 12 of us up into two teams, write hyped-up intros, have events like a costume relay race and 'squash put' (an acorn squash wrapped up in foil to act like a shot put), to win points and sometimes homemade medals.

Lauren W: On Thanksgiving Eve, all the big kids go out, usually somewhere like Dave & Buster’s for dinner and entertainment. We’ve always called it Big Kids Night Out.

Alexa R: Our big family used to eat early and head to a local bowling alley for some healthy competition (and pitchers of cheap beverages). After many years of that tradition, all were welcomed, and we were often joined by friends of all generations to serve as an informal reunion. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks to bowling alley employees everywhere!

Leslie L's family watches "Die Hard," Linda H's watches "Planes Trains and Automobiles" and Jeni W busts out the Steven Tyler pajamas and surrenders to the depths of the couch to watch the one true Thanksgiving movie: "Son in Law", starring Pauley Shore.

Karen C.: We play a game called Spoons after dinner. It’s very competitive and full of laughter and fun. The winner ends up with their name on a family plaque.

Nancy Z: When I was a child, my dad would bundle us into the car after dinner and take the family to downtown Minneapolis to see the holiday displays at Dayton's and Donaldson's.

Carol B: Thanksgiving breakfast. Pumpkin pancakes. Turkey bacon. Cranberry sauce. Mimosas. Free afternoon and evening and much easier cooking. 

Free museums and MN Pint Day: What to do Thanksgiving weekend

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🎉 Party quietly at “The Thankening” Silent Disco in North Loop Wednesday night. Three DJ’s will play music only audible through provided headphones. $10+.

Longtime Minnesota State Fair CEO Jerry Hammer to retire

Minnesota State Fair CEO Jerry Hammer

Jerry Hammer has worked for the Minnesota State Fair since the 1970s. Photos: State Fair/AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images.

Longtime Minnesota State Fair CEO Jerry Hammer will retire next spring after more than 50 years working for the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Why it matters: Hammer has been at the helm of the organization for more than two decades, overseeing massive growth and transformation at one of the biggest state fairs in the U.S.

Audrey Kennedy
Updated Nov 21, 2022 - Things to Do

Where to watch the World Cup in the Twin Cities

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off on Sunday and Twin Cities fans have plenty of places to watch.

What’s new: A law passed this year allows Minnesota establishments to expand hours exclusively for World Cup matches, which kick off as early as 4am local time.

23 Twin Cities art events you don't want to miss this winter

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One of the many Art Shanties on Lake Harriet. Photo: Art Shanty Projects

Winter has arrived in the Twin Cities, and with it comes new ways to get out and have fun.

  • Here are the events, exhibits, concerts and more you don't want to miss this season.

"Cranksgiving" and ShrekFest: Events in the Twin Cities this weekend

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🚲 ​​Cranksgiving, a bike-powered food drive, is Saturday in St. Paul. Cyclists will unofficially race across the city to purchase groceries and deliver the donations to a local church. Free.

10 Twin Cities holiday markets to shop this season

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European Christmas Market at Union Depot has a wide variety of crafts from around the world. Photo courtesy of Union Depot

Holiday markets are popping up across the metro. Check out our list of where you can find unique gifts this season.

Santas at the Mall of America get more diverse


Santa Pat, Santa Larry and Santa Allan. Photos courtesy of The Santa Experience

The Santas appearing at the Mall of America this holiday season will be more diverse than ever before.

What's new: The cast of six St. Nicks at The Santa Experience will include an Asian Santa for the first time, owner Landon Luther tells Axios. Two of this year's Santas are Black.

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