Ice skating rink at CityScape

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The turkey is gone, the dishes are clean, now what? If you have out-of-town visitors to entertain, we have some suggestions for you.


The day after Thanksgiving officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Instead of fighting the crowds on Black Friday, take your visitors shopping on Saturday for Small Business Saturday. You’re sure to find unique gifts for everyone on your list, show your guests what fantastic local shopping options Phoenix has and they’ll go home with fond memories of their Thanksgiving weekend. We recommend:

frances vintage and frances studio 10 West Camelback Road, Phoenix

Smeeks 10 West Camelback Road, Phoenix

Practical Art 5070 North Central Avenue in Phoenix

Bunky Boutique 1437 North 1st Street, Phoenix

More shopping ideas

Experience the Local Flavor

The last thing you probably want to do after preparing a Thanksgiving feast is cook. So take your guests out to sample the local flavors of Phoenix.

Phoenix restaurants featured by the Food Network 

Ranch Market 

Brunch at Dick’s Hideaway

Pizzeria Bianco

Vitamin T

Los Reyes del Torta

Phoenix Public Market Open-Air Market, Saturday 8am — 1pm 721 North Central Avenue, Phoenix

More local food ideas

Experience the West

So we may know that as Phoenicians we don’t all ride horses to work and wear cowboy boots every day, but some of our visiting family may think so. Show them a good time at any of these Wild West themed establishments.

Rustler’s Rooste 8383 South 48th Street, Phoenix

Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse 10426 East Jomax Road, Scottsdale

Greasewood Flat 27375 North Alma School Parkway, Scottsdale

El Chorro 5550 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley

Get Into the Holiday Spirit

Get into the holiday spirit this weekend with Christmas tree lightings, ice skating rinks and visits from Santa and more.

CityScape Phoenix Holiday Tree Lighting

Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend

3rd Annual Stagecoach Village Art Festival

Ornament Marketplace at the Heard Museum


Arizona Celebration of Lights

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Take a Day Trip

There are plenty of great destinations that are only a few hours away from Greater Phoenix. Show your guests how beautiful Arizona really is with these day trip ideas.