First we feast
Let’s face it, the star of the show from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s is the food. So without further ado, here is just a taste of what’s cooking.
Deer Valley Resort might not be open yet, but tireless chefs at the hotels flanking its slopes are whipping up delightful dishes to be savored alongside the breathtaking mountain views. For five-star, award-winning spreads filled with mouth-watering meats, creative vegetable concoctions, and to-die-for desserts, look no further than the Glitretind and Troll Hallen Lounge at the Stein Eriksen Lodge and Apex at the Montage Deer Valley. Every element of your evening will be picture perfect, from toasty cocktails by the fire to that last bite of pumpkin pie. Of note: These feasts sell out early, so you may want to book Thanksgiving 2020 now.
Those looking for a ski-in-ski-out kind of Turkey Day, should pop in for dinner at Canyons Village. Slide right off the slopes to a hassle-free Thanksgiving dinner at the Grand Summit Hotel. Packed with traditional dishes and culinary surprises, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
It can be tough around the holidays for the non-meat-eating folks, but The Brass Tag has you covered. In addition to traditional Thanksgiving fare like roasted turkey and oven roasted prime rib, their prix fixe diner also includes vegan and vegetarian entrées and plenty of veg side dishes, ranging from roasted acorn squash to mushroom herb stuffing, whipped yams, and baby greens.
Prefer a more intimate gathering at home? Choosing to dine in for Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you need to spend hours in the kitchen, thanks to the number of Park City’s eating establishments offering decadent take-out menus. You can now pick and choose what you like from an assortment entrées, side dishes, baked goods, and desserts prepared by the pros at Park City Provisions by Riverhorse, Windy Ridge Bakery, Element Kitchen & Bakery, Hearth and Hill, and Deer Valley Grocery-Café. *Make sure you place your order ahead of varying deadlines and take note of pick-up times and dates.
Free Turkey for All!
If you’re one of Park City’s many seasonal workers spending the holidays away from family, join the No Name Saloon at 2 p.m. for their 19th annual Free Thanksgiving Buffet. While you’re enjoying the meal, grab a beer and toast the upcoming winter adventures.
Beyond the Table
Of course, Park City has more to offer visitors over Thanksgiving than sumptuous dinner spreads. Here are a few other events and activities to add to your long weekend plans.
Hit the Slopes!
Park City Mountain is open, so grab your skis and boards and get stoked for winter. Good news: there is snow on the horizon, and we should be in for a white Thanksgiving!
Shop till you drop
These days, the post-Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is almost on par with the holiday itself, but instead of joining in the madness, take a slower approach and support local retailers during Small Business Saturday. Although there are some big names on Main Street, Park City still has its fair share of boutique shops like Whimsy, Sien + Co, and Olive & Tweed, to name a few.
Usher in the Holiday Season
Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of both the ski and holiday season in Park City—and we love to kick off these momentous occasions with celebrations. The fun begins at Park City Mountain on Friday, November 29 from 4–5:30 p.m. with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Canyons Village. The family-oriented festivities include live holiday music from Paul Cave, photo ops with Santa, as well as a complimentary hot cocoa bar, holiday crafts, and souvenir Park City Mountain ornaments. The tree lighting officially takes place at 5:15 p.m., followed by a fireworks display.
The revelry doesn’t stop there, though. If you want even more holiday season kick-off fun, head to Historic Main Street on Saturday, November 30 from 4–6:30 p.m. for the annual Electric Parade and lighting of the Christmas Tree in Miner's Park. This parade is free and open to all and features dazzling vehicle displays. Participants even have the chance to win cash prizes and awards for their creations. And if the forecast stays the course, we could be in for an extra special touch from Mother Nature in the form of thick, fluffy snowflakes.