Festival of Trees one of many things to do after dinner in Myrtle Beach area

Although some may take part in the time-honored tradition of lounging on the couch or napping after a Thanksgiving feast, there are alternatives along the Grand Strand.

Although shopping events get the most attention, there are more events available where one doesn’t have to fight his fellow man for the last of the high-tech gadgets being offered a rock-bottom prices.

The Ripley’s Festival of Trees, an annual offering from the tourist attraction at Broadway at the Beach, is available for perusing from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. There is a tree for each of the 50 states and one for Washington, D.C.

The cost is $21.99 for those 12 and older, $10.99 for ages 6-11, $3.99 ages 3-5 and 2 and younger free.

If you want to make room for the food, Turkey Trot races are on tap in Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach.

Myrtle Beach’s races begin at 8:30 a.m. at Grand Park on Farrow Parkway across from the Market Common. Surfside Beach’s run begins and finishes at the Surfside Pier, with registration taking place from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Races start at 8:30 a.m.

For those who prefer a more leisure holiday, the 43rd annual Bluegrass Festival begins at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Tickets range from $35 for a one-day general admission pass to $95 for a reserved seat pass for the entire three-day event.

Music begins at 1 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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