Thanksgiving weekend will be a busy one in Avalon. Festive Friday returns this year at 11 a.m. with the return of the popular iceless ice-skating rink on 21st and Dune Drive, plus a long list of activities throughout the day featuring children’s characters, face painters, bounce houses, crafts and so much more. Local businesses are open for holiday shopping featuring significant discounts and hospitality. Activities are scheduled throughout the day, all leading up to the arrival of Santa Claus at 5 p.m. as he helps Mayor Martin Pagliughi light the Christmas tree at Veterans Plaza. Then on Snowfest Saturday, Dune Drive will transform into a winter carnival with family fun for all ages. Visit avalonboro.net for more information.