Thanksgiving Break Events in Lincoln

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PC: Levi Ventura

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As Thanksgiving break approaches, thoughts start to shift from homework and tests to free time and friends. Below are some Thanksgiving break activities that can help you relax and have some fun.

If you’d like to just sit back and unwind after your last class, the Nebraska Wesleyan University’s theater is the perfect place to do so. Over Thanksgiving break, the theater will be performing the show “Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.”

The show is a comedy-drama that tells the story of a James Dean fan club that comes together to honor the anniversary of the man’s death and finds out some interesting things about their idol. Tickets are $7.50 for students and showtimes can be found at: www.nebrwesleyan.edu/undergraduate/majors-and-minors/theatre/current-season.

Hosting a “friendsgiving” is a fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving if you don’t have family nearby. A get-together with friends can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make it. It’s also a great opportunity to hang out with friends without the worry of homework and maybe even get to know some new people.

You can whip up an old family recipe or experiment with something new from Pinterest. No matter what you choose to do, nothing can beat a home-cooked meal and the company of good friends.

If you want an opportunity to burn off all of the calories from your Thanksgiving feast, you can participate in Lincoln’s Hungry Turkey 5k run/walk. On Sunday, Nov. 25, many Lincoln residents will come together at Haymarket Park for the event.

There will also be cinnamon rolls waiting for those who cross the finish line. The price for registration increases as the race time approaches, so be sure to sign up soon if you’d like to participate! More information and registration forms can be found at: https://nebraskaruns.com/lincolnhungryturkey5k.

You can also get a head start on Christmas shopping over the break. Starting at 8 a.m. on Black Friday, Gateway Mall will be handing out tote bags with coupons and other goodies to the first 200 shoppers who visit the Swag Stop. Auntie Anne’s will also be handing out mini breakfast pretzels while supplies last.  If you don’t mind facing the crowds, it can be the perfect time to save some money while finding gifts for friends and family.


Amanda McCarter is a senior studying biomedical science.