Everyone definitely gets caught up in the hype and excitement over Black Friday over the extremely low prices and special shopping deals. Others, however, may be looking for other things to do instead of getting in a fight over the last 70 percent off blender. These are some of the best and cheapest things to do on Black Friday besides going shopping.
1. Visit a state park - According to Curbed, California State Parks is having a Black Friday sale of their own, giving away free day passes to its parks, found mostly in Southern California. Although most Los Angeles locations have sold out, online reservations are available and nearby Santa Barbara has some of the best beaches in America. (READ: The Longest Road Trip In The World Across The US's Best National Parks)
2. Watch a play on Broadway - According to Travel and Leisure, Broadway is also celebrating their own version of Black Friday, doubling the amount of shows they have for the holiday season with both evening and matinee performances. Catch "Wicked", "Hamilton" and the "Book of Mormon" and enjoy a lovely day at the theater. (READ: New York City Christmas Shopping: The Big Apple's Best Holiday Deals)
3. San Francisco's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - Held on Union Square on Black Friday, the 83 foot tall tree features 33,000 lights and 1,100 ornaments. Although the event is set to begin at 6 p.m., travelers are warned to come early to secure a great viewing spot. (READ: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 Highlights)
4. Chicago's Christmas Market - The heritage Christkindlmarket is inspired by Chicago's large population of German immigrants. The annual Christmas market is held in Daley Plaza and travelers can enjoy Black Friday-low deals with the authentic German food and homemade crafts for sale at great prices. (READ: Five Things To Know Before Traveling To Munich)
5. Donate to a food bank - If you really want to get into the Thanksgiving spirit, donate your leftover turkey andmash at the Westside Food Bank. Donations are welcome at their Santa Monica branch and is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. You won't find any Black Friday deals here, but a homeless family will find a great dinner to be thankful for.
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