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Celebrate Thanksgiving in Phoenix on November 26 by seeing festive lights and socially distancing, or just chow down a delicious meal.



Thanksgiving Meals


Campfire Kitchen Thanksgiving Buffet at Great Wolf Lodge

Bring the entire family to the new Great Wolf Lodge Arizona this Thanksgiving for a memorable experience everyone is sure to enjoy. In addition to an incredible dining experience, enjoy some attractions available to entertain the young and young at heart this holiday season.

Price: Adults 13 and Older: $38.99 + tax | Children 3-12: $14.99 + tax | Children Under 3: Free

Great Wolf Lodge
7333 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale


Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a 90-minute cruise on the waters of beautiful Lake Pleasant with a delicious buffet-style dinner by Dillon's Catering. There will be live music by talented local artists and a full-service bar on board, with beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase as well. 

Price: Adult $63 | Child $43

Lake Pleasant Cruises
8708 W. Harbor Boulevard, Peoria


Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go from University Club of Phoenix

Have someone else take care of the cooking. At University Club of Phoenix, pick up a complete Thanksgiving Dinner (or dishes a la carte) with curbside pickup between 9 a.m. and noon on Thursday, November 26th at the University Club of Phoenix. All orders must be received by 4pm on Friday, November 20th.

Price: $200 for full meal (serves 8-12)

University Club of Phoenix
39 E. Monte Vista Road, Phoenix


Thanksgiving Dinner at Compass

Bring the family to gather and dine at Compass, atop of Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Compass is offering a three-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner and featured dishes from their new menu. The three-course Thanksgiving dinner includes a fresh salad, traditional Thanksgiving turkey along with sides and dessert.

Price: $60/person

Compass at Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix


Thanksgiving at Royal Palms

The renowned legacy restaurant at Royal Palms, T. Cook’s, will offer a three-course, prix-fixe menu. Some standouts include a Carrot & Roasted Onion Soup, Pumpkin Ravioli, Heirloom Turkey Breast, Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs, Pan Seared Scallops, Pumpkin Panna Cotta, Carrot Cake and more festive dishes to put you in the thankful spirit. You can also get yourself a Thanksgiving breakfast earlier in the day. 

Price: $95++ per person | $32++ for children ages 6-12 years | Children 5 and under free

Royal Palms Resort and Spa
5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix


Thanksgiving at Elements Restaurant 

Celebrate the holiday with a special four-course Thanksgiving menu created by Executive Chef and Food Network Star Beau MacMillan.

Price: $105 per person (Seating 1- 12pm-1:45pm) | $125 per person (Seating 2 – 2pm – 8pm) | $45 children under 12 years

elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley


Thanksgiving Dining at Alter Ago

Available for dine-in and takeout through the weekend, the Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu at Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown’s signature restaurant will feature seasonal specialties like slow-roasted Holiday Turducken, cranberry bread pudding, sesame ginger green beans, Red Bird demi glaze, cinnamon apple preserve, upside down pumpkin cake and burnt pecan gelato. You can also pick up a Grab and Go Thanksgiving Meal. 

Price: $28 per person dine-in | $100 for Grab and Go (feeds four)

Alter Ego
108 E. University Dr., Tempe


Thanksgiving at Embassy Suites by Scottsdale Hilton Resort

Enjoy a three-course Thanksgiving meal at Azul Clubhouse at the Embassy Suites by Scottsdale Hilton Resort, including roasted turkey with roasted shallot gravy with orange cranberry sauce. Reservations required. 

Price: $39 per person

Azul Clubhouse
5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale


Thanksgiving at Gabriella's Contemporary American Cuisine

Have a three-course Thanksgiving meal at Gabriella's Contemporary American Cuisine, including dishes such as butternut squash bisque topped with crème fraiche. 

Price: $46 per person

Gabriella's Contemporary American Cuisine
10155 E. Via Linda Rd., #H134 Scottsdale


Things to Do



Support Phoenix Black-Owned Businesses on Black Friday

With the holidays right around the corner, you might wonder what to get those special people in your life. Whether you’ve traveled to Phoenix for a holiday getaway or are a proud native, supporting local businesses is always a good thing. So, we couldn’t resist curating a list of Black-owned fashion businesses to add to your shopping list, including a mix of local stores and online shops specializing in everything from sustainable clothing to African-inspired jewelry.



Nov. 4 - Jan. 31

When the sun goes down and the animals go to sleep, the Phoenix Zoo magically transforms into one of the largest holiday lighting events in the Southwest. Enjoy millions of lights, hundreds of displays and performances throughout the zoo.

Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix


World of Illumination Tempe / World of Illumination Glendale

Nov. 6 - Jan. 3

Illumination is Arizona’s largest holiday drive-thru light show that is fully synchronized to your favorite music. This 1-mile long driving attraction will feature millions of holiday lights synchronized to holiday music throughout 14 acres of the newest state of the art holiday lights and displays.

Diablo Stadium | Westgate Entertainment District
2200 W Alameda Dr., Tempe6751 N. Sunset Boulevard, Glendale


Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields

Nov. 23 - Dec. 31

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields makes it debut this year with an unprecedented spectacle of nearly 5 million lights that will greet Yuletide revelers along 1.2 miles that encircles the award-winning Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N. Pima Road Scottsdale


Black Friday Weekend at Scottsdale Quarter

Nov. 27-29

Celebrate the season at Scottsdale Quarter on Black Friday weekend with carolers, DIY crafts, and more. 

Scottsdale Quarter
15059 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale


Las Noches de Las Luminarias

Nov. 28 - Dec. 31 (Select Dates)

Have a true Southwestern holiday experience at the Desert Botanical Garden, where 8,000 flickering luminarias line the pathways among the desert flora. While you're there, you'll encounter live performances throughout the garden, as well as stops for hot chocolate and other treats.

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix


Christmas at Schnepf Farms

Nov. 24 - Dec. 31

Schnepf Farms becomes a winter wonderland, complete with a skating rink, World of Illumination train ride, reindeer hayrides, and mini-golf. To top if all off, the East Valley farm even has the world’s largest inflatable Christmas-themed obstacle course.

Schnepf Farms
24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek


Christmas in the Rainforest

Nov. 27 - Dec. 25

Bring family and friends to a seasonal holiday experience “Christmas in the Rainforest,” featuring an abundance of butterflies from the rainforests of Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia, and enjoy live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the butterfly conservatory by violinist Jonathan Levingston on Nov. 28, Dec. 5, and Dec. 12.

Butterfly Wonderland
9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale


SeaTREK Santa at OdySea Aquarium

Nov. 27 - Dec. 24 (Select Dates)

SeaTREK Santa is making a splash again at OdySea Aquarium this holiday season. Interact with this fun-loving underwater Santa through the Deep Ocean exhibit where he will make two daily underwater appearances on select dates from Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas Eve. Every SeaTREK Santa appearance kicks-off with a live reading of OdySea’s ever-popular oceanic original, “T’was the Night Before FISHmas” at the window of the Deep Ocean exhibit. 

OdySea Aquarium
9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale