A very full Thanksgiving weekend lies ahead for most of us--starting with that big meal Thursday. However, the cost of getting to Grandma's house for that turkey has unexpectedly jumped for many of us over the last couple of weeks.
"The statewide average here in Texas is now $3.14 per gallon (of regular unleaded)--that price is 15-cents more per gallon than last week" said Doug Shupe with AAA Texas--who told 550 KTSA News that number is just two-cents less than what we were paying on average in the Lone Star State one year ago.
Once that meal is eaten, it might be time to hit the stores--and getting to the Forum will be a little easier--witht he opening of a new ramp from northbound IH-35 to Forum Parkway.
"One of the emphasis items we had within the project was to make sure we had it open in time for the holiday season" said Josh Donat with the Texas Department of Transportation. He told 550 KTSA News the new ramp will both ease traffic--and make travelling safer in that area.
"This new braided ramp actually lifts the traffic of Forum Parkway over the traffic coming from 1604... it addresses congestion--but more importantly, it improves the safety of that commute" Donat said.
Many stores and malls will be getting an early start on Black Friday shopping. The Tanger Outlets in San Marcos will be open for business at 10 PM Thanksgiving Night. General Manager John Lairsen said a lot of preparation has gone in to the big shopping weekend.
"We do a lot of different things as far as extra staffing and security. We have the local police department and fire department here on property just to be safe. We add extra lighting" Lairsen told 550 KTSA News.
Once the shopping is finished--your focus may turn to Downtown San Antonio--and the lighting of the big Christmas tree in Alamo Plaza.
"People can come and file in and get hot cider and gingerbread. We have a children's entertainment area" said HEB's Katherine Crabtree, who told 550 KTSA News the festivities will begin at 3 PM Friday--with the actual tree lighting program kicking off at about 6 PM.
"After the speaking program, the tree should be lit at about 6:25" Crabtree said.
Once the tree is lit, the attention turns to the San Antonio River and the 2013 Ford Holiday River Parade.
"We'll turn on the lights on the Riverwalk... and we'll follow with 26 professionally decorated floats" said Paseo Del Rio Association Executive Director Nancy Hunt, who told 550 KTSA News tickets are available online through Noon Wednesday--and Friday downtown at a booth set up near the Arenson Theater.
"The theme this year is 'Once Upon a Christmas'--so we're kind of celebrating Christmas stories and holiday memories by reading favorite stories and books" Hunt said.