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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. 

Wednesday, November 21

Park City Mountain Opening Day Celebration

If you're in Park City for the Thanksgiving holiday, one of your top priorities is likely sliding down some mountains. Bring out the whole family for the first turns of the season at Park City Mountain the day before Thanksgiving, November 21. The kick-off celebration begins at 8 a.m. with complimentary doughnuts and hot chocolate (come early, supplies are limited) available at both Park City Mountain base  and Canyons Village. DJ Velvet will be spinning beats all morning at PayDay Lift while DJ Funkee Boss is providing entertainment on the Canyons side. After you've had your share of runs, come down for après drinks and tunes from Bonanza Town on the PayDay Deck at Legacy Lodge or from Tony Oros Trio at the Umbrella Bar in Canyons Village. 

Park City Mountain will open on November 21, weather permitting. 

Thursday, November 22 - Thanksgiving Day

Lululemon Turkey Trot 5K

Before chowing down all day, start things out with a 5K run, walk, or snow dance through Matt Knoop Memorial Park (4056 Shadow Mountain Dr) in support of the Christian Center of Park City. Just bring a canned item for donation and enjoy a crispy Park City morning stroll with family and friends. Turkey costumes are, of course, encouraged! You can sign-up here.

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've got you covered. You'll find a myriad of dining specials including multi-course dinners, casual buffets, or catered fare when you're in town. Go all out with a sumptuous full Thanksgiving Buffet at the Montage Deer Valley's Apex ($85 adults, $45 kids 5-12) from 12 to 8 p.m. (reservations required, call 435-604-1402) or a home-cooked, prix-fixe, family-style meal ($55 adults/$35 kids ages 4-12) at Waldorf Astoria's Powder, featuring a choice of roasted butternut squash soup or goat cheese salad, followed by organic turkey roasted breast and confit of leg or 14-hour braised short rib of beef followed by pumpkin mousse or Utah apple crumble or flourless chocolate terrine for dessert (reservations required, call 435-647-5566). 

If you'd rather enjoy an intimate dinner for two at home, we suggest ordering the carry-out holiday menu ($42/two people) from Riverhorse Provisions, featuring artichoke and tomato caprese, ginger orange glazed carrots, wild game meatballs, roasted turkey and gravy, cranberry chutney, classic sage stuffing, mashed potatoes and rolls and butter.  The holiday menu is also available in oven-ready containers.  Call 435-649-0799 or email [email protected]

For the 18th year in a row, No Name Saloon & Grill hosts their annual Free Bird Thanksgiving Dinner at 2 p.m. The buffet is free and open to anyone 21 and over, making it an especially attractive option for any seasonal workers in town who might be spending time away from home and family to work at the resort. 

Friday, November 23

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 at the Spring Creek Trailhead. This FREE hike last about two hours and is a perfect post-holiday opportunity to work off 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 [email protected] for more information.

Take in a Show or Exhibit 

If your legs are aching after opening day, we suggest diving into Park City's busy arts and culture scene. During the day, head over to the Kimball Art Center's popular (and free!) Park City Collects III exhibit to discover the diverse range of items on display from local collectors. Or entertain your children with the interesting and creepy, crawly Art & Science of Arachnids at the Swaner Preserve. 

For evening entertainment, grab a front row seat at climber Alex Honnold's daring ascent (sans rope) of the 3,000-foot face of El Capitan during Park City Film's screening of Free Solo. Tune in to the opening night of Park City Institute's 21st season with the Grammy nominated a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock (Nov. 24) or take a seat at the Egyptian Theatre for a family-friendly production of The Addams Family Musical!where Gomez and Morticia host a dinner party for Wednesday and her Ohio-born beau. 

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

Saturday, November 24

Small Business Saturday

If you love taking advantage of the post-Thanksgiving sales, we recommend you give some love to local businesses. Browse Main Street's trendy boutiques and pick up some stylish new looks for winter at Mary Jane's, Flight Boutique, or Olive & Tweed (for more ideas where to shop on Main Street, click here). Don't forget, there are 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 Mother Nature will deliver the fluffy white stuff, 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. Get your phones ready for the picture-perfect moment at 5:30 p.m. when the Christmas Tree in Miner's Park and the rest of the lights are turned on, officially kicking off the holiday season. The parade begins at 6 p.m., starting from the Miner's Hospital. 

For more ideas of things to do check out our early season guide here. Happy Thanksgiving! 

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