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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.
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.
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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
Celebrate the season at Scottsdale Quarter on Black Friday weekend with carolers, DIY crafts, and more.
15059 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
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.
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.
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.
9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale