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Shop local, take in a holiday event over Thanksgiving weekend

There's one thing to do once you walk away from that turkey. And that is to get in the rest of your recommended 10,000 daily steps. One way to do that is shopping. Do Black Friday, but with a twist -- by thinking local. Grab deals at Elmwood Avenue's Black Friday With Boutiques from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24. In the Village of Hamburg, Green Friday features specials Nov. 24 at stores and restaurants, and a free trolley shuttle running from noon to 4 p.m. Finally, Nov. 25 is Small Business Saturday on Hertel Avenue. Make a day of it.

Generations unite! One event that will please everyone from great grandfathers to little kids is the annual Train Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 in the lower level at the Buffalo History Museum. Families gather round, watch those trains whirring over bridges and through tunnels, and try to spot the Eagle House. Train buffs are on hand to answer everyone's questions.  Don't forget to trek upstairs and see Tim Russert's desk.

Stroll down a garden path at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens' annual Poinsettia Show. It opens Nov. 24 and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $11, with discounts for students, kids and seniors. Poinsettias start at $6. As long as you're south of downtown, you might want to leave a little early, head to Hamburg, and get to the Erie County Fairgrounds in time for the 13th annual Fairgrounds Festival of Lights. At 5 p.m. Nov. 24, they'll flip the switch, and more than a million twinkling lights will light. Admission includes a wide array of activities and holiday fun with six decorated buildings, live family entertainment, craft making and vendors.

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