Don’t Miss These 3 Thanksgiving Celebrations

drums in a parade lineThanksgiving is just a week away — what are your plans for the holidays?

There are several events going on in the Bethesda area, from the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in downtown Silver Spring to an arts and crafts festival, that are the perfect events to visit to prepare for the holiday season.

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Montgomery County

If you are traveling to the Bethesda area or staying here for Thanksgiving, these are the top events happening in the next week to help you celebrate the season with friends, family, or the community.

View our interactive map below to find an event nearest you!

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Day Parade

Date & Time: Saturday, Nov. 21st at 10 AM | Location: Downtown Silver Spring

Kick off the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Silver Spring, featuring bright holiday tunes from local marching bands, inflatable parade balloons, fun performances during the parade, and the arrival of Santa!

New this year: Take photos with Elsa from Frozen, a turkey, or next to winter holiday decorations to keep treasured memories of this great event.

The parade starts on Ellsworth Drive and will end at Silver Spring Avenue. Visit the event’s website to learn about parking and road closures.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Dates: Friday, Nov. 20th – Sunday, Nov. 22nd | Location: Gaithersburg

Shop for holiday gifts or purchase treats for Thanksgiving dinner at the annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Artisans will be displaying a variety of wares, from pottery to specialty foods, at this weekend-long event to help kick off the holiday season and provide residents and visitors alike with a delightful experience.

Buying food for Thanksgiving? Here are just a few of the specialty foods that will be on display at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival:

  • baked goods
  • balsamic vinegar
  • cheeses
  • desserts
  • dips and dressings
  • honey
  • jams and jellies
  • pies
  • salsa
  • tea
  • toffee
  • wine

The event will be held at the county fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. Visit the festival’s website for a full list of artists and information about admission and hours.

Garden of Lights

Dates: Friday, Nov. 27th – Sunday, Jan. 3rd | Location: Silver Spring

As you’re preparing for the winter holidays after Thanksgiving, be sure to tour the gardens decked out in twinkling lights and wonderful winter decorations. The Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring is a delightful event that is sure to make the holiday season magical.

Be sure to visit the gardens’ exhibits and nightly entertainment lineup — including concerts from Celtic bands and local musicians. Check out the event’s website for information about admission, hours, and the entertainment schedule.

Discover Montgomery County All Year Long

Montgomery County’s communities, including Bethesda and Silver Spring, are vibrant towns with celebrations all year long, not just during Thanksgiving.

If you’re thinking about calling Montgomery County your home, explore the area to find beautiful neighborhoods and condo communities that offer just what you’re looking for, or use our easy home search to find your perfect home.

Contact us today at 301.656.7700 or and we can help you make Montgomery County your new home. Happy Holidays!

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