You may have your Thanksgiving tradition already set in stone—catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, stuff yourself with food, take a nap, watch football—but some stones are made to be broken. For all you Martinsville and Roanoke residents, take to the local community and create a new ritual. There are plenty of fun things for families to do around Roanoke on Thanksgiving, and here are some of your best options.
Rail Yard Dawgs vs. Marskmen (Berglund Center, Roanoke)
Substitute the Thanksgiving night NFL games with some ice hockey, as our own Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs take on Fayetteville at the Berglund Center Coliseum. Tickets start at just $8, so bring the whole family for an affordable yet exciting evening packed with goals, saves, and slapshots.
Buy tickets online and cheer on those Dawgs.
Turkey Day 5K and Family Fun Run (Martinsville, VA)
While the bird cooks in the oven, you can sweat out some calories ahead of time at Martinsville’s 5K race. Held at the local YMCA, this Thanksgiving tradition is a fun workout for all ages. Take the winding wooded course through Silverbell Trail and cross the finish line in Uptown Martinsville, where Thanksgiving snacks and hot cider await. Gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded to the first three families that complete the race, so unleash the competitiveness.
Register for this Thanksgiving 5K in Martinsville here. The race begins at 9:00 AM, and all participants will receive a shirt.
12th Annual Drumstick DASH 2017 (Roanoke, VA)
If you’re closer to Blacksburg and Christiansburg, lace up those sneaks, slide on a pair of sweatpants, and get into the action at the Drumstick DASH in Roanoke. Proceeds from this race will benefit men, women, and children in need by providing them with shelter, clothing, and over 250,000 meals. Who knew a 3.1-mile workout could do so much for the community?
Sign up for the Drumstick DASH at drumstickdash.net and learn more about the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
Peaks of Otter Thanksgiving Buffet (Bedford, VA)
If you’d like to forego a homemade Thanksgiving meal, consider making your family a reservation at the Peaks of Otter Lodge in Bedford. Their annual Thanksgiving buffet is incredibly popular—tickets sell out fast, so don’t wait to grab a spot—and includes more food than you could conceivably cook in your kitchen.
Check out their Thanksgiving menu, buffet pricing, and contact information here.
Elmwood on Ice Skating Rink (Roanoke, VA)
The 2017 ice skating season serendipitously kicks off the day before Thanksgiving (November 22nd) in Downtown Roanoke. Special Thanksgiving holiday hours will be in effect (2:00 to 10:00 PM), giving you ample time to enjoy the feast before tying on those skates. If you’d rather not embarrass yourself in the rink, take to the Ice Slide and sled your cares away.
Admission and skate rentals prices include unlimited use of the rink and slide. Visit www.downtownroanoke.org for more details and pricing.
Shop for a New Volvo in Roanoke
Whether you venture out to shop for a new car on Black Friday or the weekend after Thanksgiving, this best place to be this season is right here at our Roanoke Volvo dealership. Serving drivers and shoppers from Wytheville to Blacksburg to Salem, we make it convenient to find a new Volvo or used car. And convenience is what you need most after that Turkey Day feast, right?
Contact our Volvo financing and sales team at (540) 344-6284 to schedule a test drive. You can also stop by our car dealership in Roanoke, VA at 5000 Franklin Rd to view our selection up close. Beginning on Black Friday, visit Berglund Volvo of Roanoke to find some of the most astounding car lease offers near Martinsville.
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