Things To Do Over Thanksgiving Break

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thanksgiving is here! If you are out of ideas for celebration or relaxation here are some ideas on things to do over Thanksgiving.  

Fall tree next to the N sign on campus.

Binge Watch A Show

If you are in the mood for something spooky and cozy, these shows will do the trick. If you have already watched some of these shows, now would be a good time to rewatch and prepare for the next season. If you’re not in the mood for a long binge-watch, remember the Macy’s Day Parade and football are always great options.

Stranger Things Seasons 1 & 2

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1

Riverdale Seasons 1 & 2


Cook Friendsgiving – The Easy Way

If you have minimal cooking skills, here are some recipes to host your own Friendsgiving dinner without the fuss! You can always make it a potluck.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Easy Stuffing

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

Easy One Pot Mac ‘n’ Cheese

How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey

One-Pan Thanksgiving Dinner in an hour


Do a Turkey Trot

Every year, Scheels hosts their Turkey Trot to encourage family fun before the meal. This event is a great way to burn some calories while also benefiting Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and the City of Sparks Youth Scholarship Fund. This year will be their 20th annual running and walking event. You can register online for $25 or in person on the day of the event for $60. The race is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at Scheels. If you’re an avid runner coming out for the 10K or simply looking to take a two-mile untimed walk, this is a great way to spend Thanksgiving morning.


Donate Blood

There are also ways to help out the community. You can always donate your time or blood to make someone else’s Thanksgiving night a better one. Visit for volunteer opportunities and to sign up to give blood. If you already have plans for Thanksgiving, remember that you can always donate cans of food to Pack Provisions on the third floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union in the Center for Student Engagement.


Holiday Shopping

Shopping is always an option during Thanksgiving weekend. You might want to take this spare time to get ahead on the deals before the holidays. Or you may want to order yourself or a friend a Wolf Shop Power Pack to help get you ready for finals.

Amazon Black Friday Deals

Target Black Friday

Wolf Shop Power Pack – Study Kits to Prep for Finals


Catch Up on Your Reading

During the semester you probably hardly get the chance to pick up a book you want to read for fun. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to read a good book and relax a bit. These books are page-turners, but still short and sweet enough to finish over a weekend.

Dry – Neil Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman (2018)

A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa’s quiet suburban street into a war zone. She is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.

The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw (2018)

Three sisters, drowned as witches in Sparrow, Oregon, in the 1800s return each summer for revenge, but Penny, seventeen, is determined to stop them to save the boy she loves.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz (2015)

After receiving a call from a trusted source claiming to have information vital to the United States, journalist Mikael Blomkvist turns to hacker Lisbeth for help and they find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals, and corrupt government officials. You can also catch the movie in theaters.

Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve (2001)

In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

Every Day – David Levithan (2012)

Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. This book was made into a film that you can watch as well.

Boy Erased: A Memoir – Garrad Conley (2016)

A poignant account by a survivor of a church-supported sexual orientation conversion therapy facility that claimed to “cure” homosexuality describes its intense Bible study program and the daily threats of his abandonment by family, friends, and God. You can catch this movie in theaters as well.  

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas (2017)

After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died. This movie is in theaters if you want to watch the story unfold.

The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn (2018)

Anna Fox lives alone–a recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move next door: a father, a mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble–and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

Turkey Trot Murder – Leslie Meier (2017)

Besides the annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Lucy expects the approaching holiday to be relatively uneventful until she finds beautiful Alison Franklin dead and frozen in Blueberry Pond. No one knows much about Alison, except that she was the daughter of wealthy investor Ed Franklin and struggled quietly with drug addiction.

Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughty and Tobias Iaconis (2018)

In this moving story that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication–they can’t get within a few feet of each other without risking their lives.