7 awesome Bay Area things to do over Thanksgiving weekend

We don’t want to get all sentimental, or anything, but it’s a good day point out that we are sincerely thankful to all of you who check out this column for cool Bay Area weekend stuff to do. (And if you’d like to get the Weekender newsletter delivered directly to your inbox every Thursday morning, just sign up here.)

Speaking of which, we have some particularly good ideas for enjoying this Thanksgiving weekend, from dazzling holiday attractions to amazing hikes to DIY crafts. And if you’re wondering whether to head out for Black Friday, here’s something to think about.

1 SEE: ‘Nutcracker’ season is here

If you think a measly old global virus can kick “The Nutcracker” to the curb, you’ve got another think coming. S.F. Ballet, San Jose Dance Theatre and other Bay Area dance companies have their virtual holiday productions all lined up. Here’s a rundown. And, come to think of it, there are Scrooges and George Baileys and other holiday faves ready to entertain you — at home. Here’s our holiday arts calendar.

The extravagant holiday lights display is back at the Livermore home of Alex Dourov, founder of the California Christmas Lights website. (Courtesy of Alex Dourov) 

2 PLAY: The Bay Area is a’twinkle

Holiday light displays are going up all over the Bay Area, from Woodside’s twinkle-lit Filoli extravaganza to San Jose’s Christmas in the Park and Walnut Creek’s Garden of d’Lights. Here are 13 options for a little drive-thru holiday…

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