SEASIDE —Seaside comes alive Thanksgiving weekend, with food, races, shopping and more.

The city’s events kick off with the Turkey Trot, a 5K walk/run sponsored by the Sunset Empire Recreation Park and Recreation District. The run opens for registration at 9 a.m. and starts and finishes at Quatat Park, 493 Oceanway. Cost is $10 per person. Runners and walkers can register online at

The Bob Chisholm Community Center presents a free traditional Thanksgiving meal at the center, 1225 Avenue A in Seaside. The dinner, from noon to 2:30 p.m., is open to all.

The Seaside Chamber of Commerce presents the “Parade of Lights” Friday at 7 p.m., immediately followed by the Christmas lighting with Santa at the Broadway Pocket Park at 8 p.m. or thereabouts. Chamber ambassadors provide free hot cider, cocoa and cookies, along with caroling visits with Santa.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Seaside Artisan Gift Fair comes to the Seaside Civic and Convention Center with a hand-crafted marketplace. Hours are Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holiday shopping may also be found at the Elks Lodge, 424 Avenue A, featuring independent distributors on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Street parking will be prohibited on Broadway starting Friday at 3 p.m. From 6 to 8:30 p.m., Broadway, First to Columbia, Columbia to Holladay and Holladay to Broadway will also be closed to traffic.

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