It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, and even if you’re busy planning your family dinner (or better yet letting someone else do the cooking), there’s always time to enjoy fantastic city-wide events and activities. Set aside time to: drive through a holiday light display, try autumn science and trot like a turkey. Here’s how!

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Take a dazzling drive
While most holiday light displays go live after Thanksgiving, Seattle families can get a jump start on the holiday season at Fantasy Lights. It’s the largest drive-through display in the Northwest, and features nearly 300 elaborate displays, spanning two miles. Daily, through Jan. 3, 2021. Event details.

Trot like a turkey
Nope, it’s not time to do the Barnyard Dance, it’s time for Maple Valley’s annual Turkey Trot. This year the run/walk around Lake Wilderness Park is virtual, so you can go anytime and help raise money for the Maple Valley Food Bank. Nov. 21-27. Event details.

Go tree gazing
Stay socially distant as you marvel at the Fairmont Olympic’s Festival of Trees. This year the trees will be displayed inside the hotel windows, viewable from 4th Avenue. Keep an eye out for the miniature Gingerbread Olympic House, and check in on everybody’s favorite Teddy Bear Suite virtually too! Nov. 21- Dec. 2. Event details.

Celebrate Indigenous culture
Seattle Center Festál presents Indigenous People Festival in partnership with Seattle Indian Health Board. It’s a chance for families to celebrate unique indigenous cultures through song, dance, performances, food and the sharing of indigenous knowledge. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Seek out a little-known spot
If a quirky adventure is what your weekend needs, we’ve got 11 you can take with the kids any time.

“Fall” into science
Try autumn-themed science projects with everyday household items. Kids will learn how to extract the green chlorophyll color from leaves, make pumpkin spice play dough and churn butter like the pilgrims. Fri. Event details.

Grow a better tomorrow
Fostering conversations about our difficult histories is more important than ever. Sit down with your kids to participate in this family event designed to contextualize some of these complex topics for a young audience. Families can also participate in creative activities designed to help children think about how they can have a positive impact on the future, as well as storytime with a local author. Sat. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe