Thanksgiving is here — and so are holiday lights, shopping and getting together with family and friends. Real Racine is wishing you the best.

Lights and more lights. One of the area’s most spectacular holiday light displays — the Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights — opens Saturday at Jellystone Park Campground, 8425 Hwy 38, Caledonia. This display of lights, Christmas themes, cartoon characters and much more, is synchronized to music. You can see it all from the comfort of your vehicle. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cars with up to eight passengers are $15, large passenger vans and limos are $25 and large buses or motor homes are $30. Admission is cash only. The Christmas Carnival of Lights is open daily, except Christmas, through Dec. 31. For a preview, visit While you’re out and about, you can also see the Kiwanis Holiday of Lights display at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., now through Dec. 31. It’s free every evening starting at dusk.

A community meal. Dan & Ray’s Rendering Thanks is back for a sixth year at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., Racine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday. This is a free community dinner with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and all the trimmings. There will also be football on the big screen, live music, face painting and kids’ activities. To find out more, including donation and volunteer opportunities, visit the Dan & Ray Rendering Thanks page on Facebook.

Unique shopping. The 22nd Annual Crafts in the Woods is Saturday at YMCA Camp MacLean, 31401 Durand Ave., Burlington. More than 50 crafters will be on hand. Mrs. Clause will be there with coffee. There is also a crafts raffle and bake sale. Admission is $4 for adults; $1 for kids ages 6 through 11. Visit

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