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  • Writer's pictureCharlsie Pecoraro

Things to Do for Thanksgiving Week in Mobile, Baton Rouge & New Orleans

Whether you are a family with youngsters, or empty nesters like we are, it is always fun to explore what is going on for the holidays. Here are some of our favorites for Mobile, Alabama this week!

Recently I visited this new & fun business located on Old Shell Road. Imagine a place where you can meet up with your girlfriends for coffee AND your children can play in a clean, safe, and well -thought-out environment. There's even a healthy snack bar for your children. Grandmother's are welcome too!

Play Cafe is a rising star in Mobile and owner, Sydney, a former kindergarten teacher, is hosting a Turkey Time Playdate on Monday 10AM-noon. Click here for more information about Play Cafe and everything it has to offer!

The Mobile Sports & Entertainment Group is hosting the Christmas Nights of Lights at the Hank Aaron Stadium. It is "billed" as the largest synchronized light show on the Gulf Coast! Click here for more information.

Bellingrath Magic Christmas opens the Friday after Thanksgiving at 6PM! Organizers are celebrating the 24th year of wowing thousands of visitors with a spectacular and unforgettable holiday tour.

If you are not a local, this is definitely worth the drive to Mobile to experience the beautiful lighting displays throughout the property. There are 3 million lights adorning various holiday themed panoramas! Click here for more information!

Insider Tips: Arrive early, the property is 65 acres and you'll need a few hours to meander around. Wear comfortable shoes to enjoy all that walking! Weekday nights tend to be less crowded.

Going to the movies is a favorite for many folks during the holidays. We are so spoiled to Nexus Cinema Dining in West Mobile.

What is not to love...recliners, delicious food and great movies? This place is incredible! Frozen & A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood are a couple of the films they will be showing during the Thanksgiving break. Click here for more information!

Our friends out at Loblolly Farm in Semmes, Alabama are bringing back movie nights in December. Every Saturday, leading up to Christmas, they will be airing a fan favorite.

On December 7th, they will be showing ELF. Gates to the property will open at 4PM and admission is free. There will be s'mores and more for purchase. I hear Santa may be on the grounds for picture taking! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and cash for food, fun and beverages! Click here for more information.

Breakfast with Santa in the Crystal Ballroom at The Battle House Renaissance Hotel is offering three dates, November 30, December 7th & the 14th. This is an opportunity for everyone to put on their holiday best and dine at one of Mobile's wonderful landmark hotels. Click here for event information and ticket pricing. Reservations are required.

My friend, Beth Abbott, owner of Lazer Zone Mobile, has a fun week planned for your kids at her place on Schillinger Road. LZ will be open everyday except Thursday. Click here for more information.

On Saturday our local neighbors and friends will be welcoming the community into their store fronts with special holiday events and pricing. Be sure to visit Reney's Honey Butter at The Cottage for breakfast! Meredith & Hope, owner of Crimson Blue Boutique are collaborating with some DEEP savings for folks that visit their businesses. Click here!

Joe's Pasta & Pizza, and The Hickory Pit will all be open and ready to keep you nourished for a big day of shopping small! All of them offer gift certificates for stocking stuffers! What a great idea!

Good Morning Mattress is offering a great deal on their custom, make-your-own-pillow. Once you finish with that, you can take a break at Salt & Light Spa for some rejuvenation!

Remember when you shop local you are supporting local families, neighbors and friends!


Here are some cool things happening in Baton Rouge for Thanksgiving Week!

Knock Knock Children's Museum is offering a Let's Move Kid's Camp on Monday & Tuesday. Registration is required. Click here for the details.

This wonderful museum provides 18 different learning zones for your children to enjoy. Some examples include: Go Go Garage, Pelican Pantry, & Bubble Playground!

Visit their website at for more information and admission pricing.

The Baton Rouge Zoo will launch their Christmas lights on November 29th and the displays will remain up until December 30th. Please note they will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Click here for admission details.

Magnolia Mound Plantation will host its annual Creole Christmas & Holiday Fair on Sunday, December 1st from 1-6PM. Click here for the details.

The Manship Theater will be showing the classic Wizard of Oz movie on Friday, November 29th at 7PM. This 1939 production is a holiday viewing tradition in many homes.

Why not make a new memory with your family this week at the beautiful Manship Theater located in the Shaw Center? Click here to purchase tickets!

Insider Tip: There are some wonderful restaurants in the Shaw Center for your enjoyment. Capital City Grill and Stroubes are personal favorites of mine! Be sure and ask about dessert. If you want a view of the river then head up to Tsunami for excellent sushi and a top-notch experience.

Visit Baton Rouge has great ideas for things to do while you are in town. There are many local options including Plantation Tours, Food Tours and even Haunted Tours! Click here to see what is going on next week!


New Orleans is Kicking Off the Holiday Season!

Audubon Zoo Lights opens on Friday, November 29th with all sorts of fun activities planned for your family.

This beautiful holiday tradition is the ideal opportunity to create a memorable experience for

your family.

Tickets are available online (click here) or at the gate!

Maybe you are searching for a "foodie" adventure while in NOLA. My husband is a native and he has introduced me to numerous lesser known places. In other words, these restaurants feed the locals more than the tourists! Anyone who has spent any time in the City knows that her people expect GREAT food. Here are a few suggestions that you might want to try during Thanksgiving week.

Parkway Tavern, located on Hagan Avenue has been around since my hubby was a child. He has fond memories of his parents taking his sister and him to eat there. Of course, back in the day, there wasn't a dine-in option, so they ate in the car! If you want an authentic New Orleans style po-boy this is the place to go. There is plenty of seating, so no worries there. Click here for more information. Insider Tip: This restaurant specializes in fried, although there are a couple of grilled options.

Another local favorite is The Camellia Grill on Carrollton Avenue. I suggest you go there for breakfast and enjoy an omelet made to order! Know that you'll be sitting with folks from all over the place at a community bar. The fun thing is that you have a "front row" seat to watch the cooks prepare your food! A very yummy experience.

Tommy's located on Tchoupitoulas is one of my husband's favorites for fine Italian cuisine. I was looking at the Sunday brunch menu and it is certainly worth a day trip into NOLA to experience. Click here for more information. I guess you know where we will be going one Sunday soon!

Music makes life so much better and New Orleans has hundreds of options EVERY week for you to hear live bands. The New Orleans Visitors Bureau has put together a great list of live entertainment for you to enjoy. Click here to find what is happening Thanksgiving week.

One of my all time favorite events in New Orleans opens to the public during Thanksgiving Week! Celebration in the Oaks is billed as the most spectacular holiday lights festival in the country! I tend to agree that is is one of the best! It opens on Friday, November 29th and is celebrating its 33rd anniversary. There are 1 million lights illuminating the 25 acres of historic oaks. Click here for ticket pricing. This is a "don't miss" if you happen to be in the city over the holidays!


Everyone at wants to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving week!

~ Charlsie


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