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What’s on tap

A look at today’s highlights

6 a.m.

Early birds can get a jump on holiday shopping at Kmart and Lowe’s, which both open bright and early and keep their doors open until 4.

7 a.m.

The experts on the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line offer help for first-time cooks, veteran chefs and everyone in between. (1-800-Butterball)

9 a.m.

Fourteen thousand runners and walkers in the 117th annual Turkey Trot head down Delaware to the finish line, near the Convention Center. For those not in calorie-burning mode, tune in to the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring three hours of balloons, floats and musical numbers – plus an appearance by a chap in a white beard with a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly. (Ch. 2)

12 p.m.

Arf, arf. If watching 300-pound men smashing into each other isn’t your thing, there’s always the National Dog Show. It’s two hours of high-stakes canine competition. (Ch. 2)

12:30 p.m.

Are you ready for 11 hours of football? The first of three NFL games on the Thanksgiving Day schedule kicks off, with the Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions (Ch. 4). At 4:15, it’s the Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys (Ch. 29). And if you haven’t fully gorged yourself on pigskin by then, the New England Patriots take on the New York Jets at 8:20 (Ch. 2).

4 p.m.

Did you forget the cranberry sauce? Tops Friendly Markets is closing now, while Wegmans and Dash’s shut their doors at 5.

8 p.m.

Fight the food coma and let the real shopping begin. Sears, Toys R Us and Walmart give you a four-hour head start on Black Friday. Or gather the kids around the TV for “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” (ABC)

9 p.m.

Target gets in on the fun.

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Get your shopping face on with a little tailgating at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. Entertainment, giveaways and food get you in the swing of things before mall doors open at 10.

Midnight

The malls get in on the action as Black Friday officially begins.

Inside: Getting the most out of Black Friday. Page B6