KYW To-Do List: Thanksgiving to-go, gingerbread displays, and more things to do from a distance this weekend

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Like most Americans this year, you probably canceled your big family feast or annual Thanksgiving visit due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the holiday at home.

Plenty of Philadelphia restaurants are offering catering or to-go feasts — and local businesses certainly need the public’s help right now.

Once you’ve checked that off on your Thanksgiving prep list, take a drive to Peddler’s Village for intricate gingerbread displays — you may even recognize a few.

You can also get your early wintry fix of twinkly lights and a jumpstart holiday shopping. All this, and more, on this weekend’s KYW To-Do List.

THANKSGIVING FEASTS

Ordering out for the holiday? Place your order ahead of time with local restaurants to make sure your feast makes it to the Thanksgiving table. We’ve got a few recommendations below.

Garces Events (The Olde Bar in Philadelphia)

Deals: Turkey and all the trimmings; cheese and charcuterie; whole pies

Prices: $95 for main package (serves two with leftovers), plus $60 per additional guest; $30 for the cheese and charcuterie display; $18 per pie

Order by: Saturday, Nov. 21 at noon

Pickup date: Wednesday, Nov. 25

El Camino

Deals: Complete meals for two, four to six, or eight to 10 people, as well as à la carte and dessert add-ons

Prices: Ranges from $75 to 225; $25 for à la cart sides; $20 for housemade pies

Order by: Monday, Nov. 23
Pickup date: Wednesday, Nov. 25

Smokin’ Betty’s and Devil’s Alley: Open Thanksgiving Day for pickup and delivery via Grubhub and DoorDash

Deals: Full three-course dinner for adults and kids

Prices: $45 per person for adults, or $20 per person for children (minus the soup). Non-alcoholic beverages included and cocktails to-go available for order as well.

LIGHTS, GINGERBREAD, ACTION!

Head over to Center City for Winter in Franklin Square. Don’t miss the sparkling lights and winter magic of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show.

Other upcoming seasonal celebrations at Franklin Square include Santa Saturdays, a Hanukkah dreidel giveaway with Old City Jewish Arts Center, and Kwanzaa Weekend with the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Mark that on your (advent) calendar!

Then, treat your eyes to a feast and discover the Peddler’s Village Gingerbread House Competition and Display. Just an hour north of the city, view everything from traditionally trimmed houses to gingerbread reproductions of film sets or Santa’s workshop.

And since it’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year, shop from more than 50 local vendors at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park. The market awaits you with Philadelphia-brewed craft beer, authentic Philly cheesesteaks, original Philly pretzels and more. It opens to the public Saturday.