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Thanksgiving in the mountains means fine dining, family time, and plenty of skiing. 

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Spending your Thanksgiving up in the mountains? Here are a few suggestions to make it a memorable holiday for you and your loved ones in Park City. 

Thursday, November 23 - Thanksgiving Day

Park City Mountain Opening Day Celebration

If you're in Park City, priority number one for this Thanksgiving holiday is sliding down some mountains. Bring out the whole family for the first turns of the season at Park City Mountain Resort (Park City base area). The kick-off celebration begins at 8 a.m. with complimentary doughnuts and hot chocolate (come early, supplies are limited) and tunes from DJ Velvet at PayDay Lift. Take as many runs as you want between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., then cool off with an après concert with Changing Lanes Experience on the PayDay Deck of the Legacy Lodge.  

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Park City Mountain Resort is scheduled to open the Park City base are on Nov. 23 and the Canyons Village base area Nov. 24, weather permitting. 

Dine Out or Eat In

A full day of skiing will leave you precious little time to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner, but don't worry, we got you covered. You'll find a myriad of dining specials available at the resorts or in town, including a full Thanksgiving Buffet at the St. Regis Deer Valley ($85 adults, $45 kids 5-12) from 1 to 7 p.m. Dig into seasonal delicacies and traditional favorites, including free range organic turkey, bourbon and mustard glazed spiral cut ham, rosemary and olive oil crusted leg of lamb, and sides like sweet potato and bacon pie, and more plus nearly 20 dessert options ranging from pumpkin mousse bombes to blackberry pate de fruits. Reservations required, call 435-940-5760. 

If you prefer to stay in with friends and family, we suggest placing an order with the new kitchen concierge in town, Element Park City. They're offering organic, vegetarian, and gluten-free options on a Thanksgiving menu ready for hot drop-off our pick-up. Pick and choose from offerings like tea smoked turkey, quinoa, pecan, and shiitake stuffed squash, and house smoked ham plus a number of side dishes, including bay roasted sweet potatoes, mixed country greens, and more. Dinners are $35 per person (6 person minimum) and orders can be placed by calling 435.731.8383 or via their website

As always, No Name Saloon & Grill will also be hosting their annual Free Bird Thanksgiving Dinner at 2 p.m. The buffet is free and open to anyone 21 and over. This is an especially great option for any workers in town who might be spending time away from home and family to work at the resort. 

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Friday, November 24

Turkey Blaster Hike 

You might feel sluggish after a day of eating, but you'll perk right up after a guided hike in the Glenwild area. Basin Recreation hosts their last guided hike of the year at 10 a.m. starting a t the Spring Creek Trailhead. This FREE hike last about two hours and is a perfect post-holiday opportunity to work of some calories, check out the trails, and meet some new people. Dogs are welcome with a leash or e-collar. Contact Angie Greenburg at (435) 649-1564, ext. 47 or agreenburg@basinrecreation.org for more information.

Final Friday Gallery Stroll

Join the Park City Gallery Association for the penultimate Friday gallery stroll of the year from 6 to 9 p.m. With more than fifteen galleries to visit, showcasing unique art styles, there's always something interesting to discover. Gallery MAR (436 Main St), for instance, is hosting reception for artist Bridgette Meinhold whose show "Forging Ahead," on display through December 15, will feature a new sculpture by BYU professor Bryon Draper. This will also be the last you can catch the Jimi Toro: Kindle A Light exhibit at the Kimball Art Center.

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The lighting up of Main Street and the Electric Parade signal the beginning of the holidays in Park City. 

Saturday, November 25

Small Business Saturday

If you're one of the people who loves taking advantage of the post-Thanksgiving sales, we recommend you give some love to local businesses. Park City strives to keep the shopping scene largely free of chain stores and keep our town unique. Browse Main Street's trendy boutiques and pick up some stylish new looks for winter at Mary Jane's, Flight Boutique, or Olive & Tweed (fore more ideas where to shop on Main Street, click here). Don't forget, there's also a number of small shops out in Kimball Junction, including Wasatch & Wool (1635 Redstone Center Dr), a heaven for knitters, and The Barking Cat (1708 Uinta Way, Ste F3) if you're looking for something for your four-legged friends. 

Main Street Electric Parade

There's nothing more magical than Park City's Main Street all decked out in lights with snow flakes gently falling. We can't promise what will happen with the weather, of course, but we're sure you'll love the Winter Electric Parade with its dazzling lit up vehicles. Santa Claus will be making his first appearance in town this year, strolling Main Street, from 4 to 6 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. the Christmas Tree in Miner's Park and the rest of the lights will go on, officially kicking off the holiday season. The parade begins at 6 p.m., starting from the Miner's Hospital. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

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