A Charming Start to the Holiday Season

Grand-Illumination-Celebration-Peddlers-Village-680uwNovember 19, 2015 – Thanksgiving may be a week away, but if you live in the Philadelphia/Bucks County area, you can kick off the season tomorrow night at the Grand Illumination Celebration at Peddler’s Village.

The annual lighting event takes place the Friday before Thanksgiving and features more illumination than you can imagine. This year, the lights switch on at 6:15 p.m. and stay lit until 10 p.m. Admission and parking are free, although the crowds can be overwhelming the first night and parking can be hard to find. The good news, Peddler’s Village remains lit through the holidays so you’ll have plenty of time to wallow in its charm.

If you don’t live in the area, make a turkey sandwich and kick-start the season with a great holiday movie. Here are a few Thanksgiving themed favorites:

Pieces of April – A quirky film that stars Katie Holmes fresh from her Dawson’s Creek days, Patricia Clarkston and Oliver Platt. The storyline portrays a family coming together for Thanksgiving dinner despite their many differences. This definitely isn’t a sweet portrayal of the holidays, but rather a realistic view of an urban family at Thanksgiving.

Hannah and Her Sisters – Yes, it’s a little weird to see Woody Allen and Mia Farrow together, but they did make a few good films together. The storyline takes place between two Thanksgiving holidays and focuses on family so it counts as a holiday classic.

Home for the Holidays – Another quirky comedy drama about visiting the family at Thanksgiving. The all-star cast features Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott and Ann Bancroft. Jodie Foster directed this film that boldly suggests that all family holidays are something we just have to suffer through.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go… This holiday classic has Charlie Brown serving an untraditional dinner to his friends – and struggling through it as usual – as the true meaning of Thanksgiving comes to light.

Planes Trains and Automobiles –It’s the best Thanksgiving movie of all time! John Candy and Steve Martin star as two men who are forced to travel home together for the holiday. It’s comedy at its finest but it will also tug at your heart strings, too the way good holiday movies always do.

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