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Celebrate Thanksgiving in Phoenix on November 25 by seeing festive lights and socially distancing, or just chow down a delicious meal. Check back as the holiday approaches — we'll be adding events throughout the season.
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Things to Do Before Thanksgiving
FriendsGiving will be a 5 course dinner paired with 5 drinks based off "Friends." Reservations are required. Start time promptly as 6pm. Costumes are recommended but not required.
Price: $65 per person
108 E. University Dr., Tempe
Enjoy Friendsgiving at Jacy & Dakota's. Dinner includes Sparkling Wine Toast, Artisan Bread, Fall Salad, Cider-Brined Roasted Turkey, Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, Sauteed Baby Winter Squash, Crispy Brussel Sprouts and Pumpkin Tiramisu. Reservations are required.
Price: $56 per person
Jacy & Dakota's
333 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Who doesn't love booze and Chinese food on Thanksgiving Eve? If that's you, head to Luckys Indoor Outdoor from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. for a live DJ, seasonally themed cocktails and a special menu that includes Kimchi Tots, Orange Chicken Fingers and Szechuan Beef Noodles.
Price: Free admission
Luckys Indoor Outdoor
817 N. Second St., Phoenix
Greenwood Brewing is throwing a Thanksgiving Happy Hour from 5:00PM-Midnight on November 24th with beer specials all night. You're welcome to bring food from the local spots around us or even some home cooked pre-Thanksgiving trial runs from your kitchen.
Greenwood Brewing Taproom
922 N. 5th St., Phoenix
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Trapp Haus BBQ is heatin’ things up this holiday season with a smokin’ Thanksgiving meal packages designed to feed the whole family. Trapp Haus BBQ Pitmaster and Owner Phil “The Grill” Johnson will be personally handing out pick-up orders this year, including entrees such as Hickory Smoked Turkey, Cajun Fried Turkey and Whole Hickory Smoked Prime Brisket.
Trapp Haus BBQ
511 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
Enjoy a specialty three course menu by Executive Chef, Brian Peterson from 11:00am-8:00pm. Menu options include choices of the following:
• Roasted Butternut Squash & Bourbon Soup served with Devonshire crème, and crostini
• Baby Greens Salad with goat cheese, beets, pumpkin seed, citrus and pomegranate vinaigrette
• Sage Brined Turkey served with whipped potato, apple stuffing, green beans, giblet gravy and cranberry
• Roasted NY Strip Loin with potato gratin, braised mushrooms, asparagus, and mustard zinfandel sauce
• Pan Roasted Seabass served with sweet potato & crab hash, lemon and chive butter
• Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly crème
• Maple & Blueberry Bread Pudding served with vanilla gelato
Price: $65 per person
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
2 E. Jefferson St., Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix, Phoenix
The Biltmore’s Gold Room is the setting for a Thanksgiving buffet fit to rival the delight of the beautiful venue itself. The elegant Gold Room, the resort’s original dining hall, will be presenting an incredible Thanksgiving celebration to suit any age and palate, full of delicious options such as a raw bar, a carving station and a great range of classic kid’s favorites.
Price: $165 per person
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix
Feast on dishes including Prairie Rolls with Whipped Butter, Butternut Squash Soup, Harvest Salad, Turkey & Gravy, Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Bourbon, Honey & Thyme Buttered Yams, Andouille Sausage & Corn Bread Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, and Choice of Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding or Pumpkin Apple Cheesecake.
Price: $48 per person
Dust Cutter at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
100 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Ditch the prep and dishes in your kitchen and gather round at T. Cook's for a culinary feast, enjoying time with your loved ones. Plan your turkey day at Royal Palms Resort & Spa with options to fit any schedule and cravings, including breakfast, a prix-fixe menu, or limited bar and lounge menu.
Price: Adults: $95 | Children ages 6-12: $32 | children under five: free
Royal Palms Resort and Spa
5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
Complete Thanksgiving Dinner available for pickup between 9am and Noon on Thursday, November 25th at the University Club of Phoenix, with several a la carte options, or a full Thanksgiving meal.
University Club of Phoenix
39 E. Monte Vista Road, Phoenix
Enjoy a grab-n-go meal for four (pre order 48 hours in advance), or dine-in or take out from 12Pm to 8pm on Thanksgiving day in downtown Tempe. Reservations required.
Price: Grab-n-go $135 | Dine-in $39 per person
108 E. University Dr., Tempe
We invite you to let our chefs cook for you this Thanksgiving. Gather with friends and family at Weft & Warp to enjoy agave brine turkey, pumpkin ravioli, a raw bar, and more.
Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows
6114 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Join CIELO for a three-course, sit-down culinary adventure—complete with alfresco dining options and breathtaking mountain vistas. Or take home the tastes of CIELO with our sumptuous prix fixe dinner for eight with all the trimmings. Reservations are limited.
CIELO at ADERO Scottsdale
13225 N. Eagle Ridge Dr., Scottsdale
Gather, indulge and be thankful together. Celebrate your Thanksgiving Day with a full spread of holiday classics and festive additions. Savor delicious bites, take in the live music, have fun with our special programming and soak up the beautiful fall weather. Three dinner options and breakfast are available in addition to the feast.
Price: Breakfast: $24.95++ per person Thanksgiving Buffet: $105++ per Adult, $120++ per Adult with unlimited Bloody Mary Bar and Champagne, $48++ per Child 6 - 12, Complimentary for Children 5 and under.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale
Enjoy a four-course feast and witness a spectacular live performance of Medieval tournament games, authentic jousting and exciting sword fights. Medieval Times’ noble guests feast on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, the pastry of the Castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages.
Price: $45.95 for Adults | $35.95 Children 12 & under
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
9051 E. Via De Ventura, Scottsdale
Count your blessings with loved ones while enjoying a decadent buffet with a variety of starters including mushroom bisque, deviled eggs, smoked Scottish salmon, seafood ice display, and an assortment of fresh baked pastries & short breads. Move on to classic main dishes such as aged Angus prime rib, butter basted turkey with cranberries and shallot gravy, baked Virginia ham, and pan seared Alaskan salmon. End on a sweet note with traditional desserts like pumpkin, apple, pecan and cherry pies.
Price: Adults $76 | Children 5 to 12 years $30 | 4 and under complimentary
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale
In addition dining on the outdoor terrace with magnificent panoramic views, the decadent menu includes Fall Harvest Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Spiced Butternut Squash Bisque, Choice of Sage-Roasted Turkey Breast with foraged Mushroom Stuffing/Glazed Yams/French Green Beans, House-made Cranberry Sauce/Slow-cooked Turkey Gravy or Rosemary & Black Garlic Spiced Prime Rib or Pan Seared Seabass with Winter Squash Risotto/Fried Sage/Candied Pecans. Choice of decadent desserts that include Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Pie or Caramel Apple Pie. You can also get Thanksgiving to go.
Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale
34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree
Rawhide Western Town will be open for the season starting Thanksgiving at 10:30 am. Admission is free, and shows will run all day. But don't forget about the Thanksgiving Buffet in the Steakhouse. Reservations are required, and a 50% deposit will be required upon booking for parties of 8 or more.
Price: Adults - $38.95 | Children (4-12) - $12.95
Rawhide Western Town & Event Center
5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler
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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. 5 - Jan. 17
Skate Westgate hosts 3,500-square-feet of real ice in the heart of the district’s plaza in Fountain Park. Onsite tickets and skate rentals will still be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket booth located near the ice rink, single-use and season passes are available.
Westgate Entertainment District
6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
Nov. 7 - Dec. 24, Select Dates
The holiday classic soars off the screen in this musical adaptation of the beloved television special. Filled with holiday hits like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Holly Jolly Christmas," Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer™ features all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph.
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix
Nov. 17 - Jan. 2
World of Illumination, the producer of the world’s largest drive-through animated light show, presents two all-new theme parks in the Phoenix-metro area. Guests can choose to visit Reindeer Road at Tempe Diablo Stadium or Candy Rush at Desert Diamond Casino in Glendale.
Nov. 19 - Jan. 1
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
Nov. 19 - Jan. 2
Lights at the Farm at Vertuccio Farms is Arizona’s largest walk-through synchronized Christmas light show. Ten acres of festive light displays. Keep time with popular Christmas songs, guaranteed to spread Christmas cheer. Enjoy delicious food, music, skating, and other family-friendly entertainment. Skating is available for an additional charge.
4011 S. Power Road, Mesa
Need a date night? Kids need to get out of the house? Drop them off for Kids Night Out, recommended for ages 5-12. The event includes 4 Turkey Craft Name Holders, 1 Mason Jar Centerpiece Craft with battery operated Tea light Candle, a snack, drink, and a Glow Dance Party in the Splatter Room.
6520 W. Happy Valley Road, Ste. B-103, Glendale
Attendees will get their hands dirty and create their own perfect pumpkin succulent arrangement for a festive centerpiece during the holiday. Pumpkins, soil, plants and decorative accents will be included in the price. Refreshments and nosh as well.
Dig It Gardens
3015 N. 16th St., Phoenix
Nov. 24 - Jan. 15
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, with the option of driving through in the comfort of your own vehicle on select dates.
455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Nov. 24 - Jan. 17
There are over a million lights and hundreds of different displays throughout this drive-thru in Mesa. Parents will have the option to buy a light up bear at the beginning of the drive-thru for their kids to make the experience that much better and the memories that much more memorable.
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
Nov. 25 - Dec. 18, Select Dates
Rawhide Western Town will illuminate with over a million lights and be decked out with holiday décor. Rawhide will feature holiday festivities nightly during general public hours. Every Friday & Saturday night, Santa will lead the official tree lighting ceremony and be available for photos.
Rawhide Western Town & Event Center
5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler
Kids 12 and under bowl free with an adult at this new bowling alley in downtown Phoenix's Cityscape.
810 Billiards & Bowling
50 W. Jefferson St., Ste. 240, Phoenix
Nov. 27 - Jan. 5
Located at Patriot’s Park (11 E. Washington St.) in the center of CityScape Phoenix, the CitySkate rink is different in design and size than in years past, but will still offer freshly surfaced ice, twinkling holiday lights and festive décor, all set within the heart of the city.
1 E. Washington St., Ste. 300, Phoenix
Enjoy kids entertainment, photos with Santa (cost applies), caricature artists, face painters, puppy adoptions, special Christmas character appearances, and end the day with our annual tree lighting ceremony and a holiday feature film.
15059 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Through Feb. 6, 2022
From creators of the blockbuster exhibit seen by over 2 million visitors in Paris and after a sold-out run in Toronto, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit makes its mark in Phoenix. Lose yourself in 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s oeuvre. Wander through entrancing, moving images that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color – truly illuminating the mind of the genius.
4301 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale