Things To Do Around Vail This Thanksgiving Week

By Tracey Flower | Monday, November 25, 2019

There’s a lot to be grateful for this week: Ski season in the Vail Valley is in full swing, there’s a snowstorm on its way, and the holiday season officially kicks off with Thanksgiving on Thursday! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about the quality time with friends and family, all the turkey and a little winter magic in my near future. Here are a few things to do to around Vail to celebrate over the next week.

Photo: Turkey Trot 5K, YouthPower365 Facebook

Eat Turkey*

*Or your favorite vegetarian substitute. 

My best Thanksgiving memories come from Vail Friendsgivings, where everyone pitches in by bringing their favorite dish and the wine flows late into the evening. There’s something so special about gathering with old and new friends to share a meal, conversation and laughter. 

A couple of years ago, though, I was in Denver with no plans for the holiday. A friend invited me to dine out with her on Thanksgiving, and I have to admit, I really enjoyed it. It’s so nice to leave the cooking (and clean up) to someone else and just enjoy the company of friends. 

Several Vail Valley restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meals this week. If you, too, want to skip the hosting, cooking and cleaning this year, here are a few options (don’t forget to make a reservation asap!). 

Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen at The Westin Riverfront Resort in Avon has a Thanksgiving dinner from 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The four-course menu has several options for each course, including a traditional turkey dinner. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available. 

La Tour in Vail is featuring a three-course Thanksgiving dinner menu on Thursday; you can order any dish a la carte or order all three courses for $51.

Can’t choose between dishes? Check out The Sonnenalp Hotel’s Thanksgiving buffet, from 12 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The menu is full of soups, salads and the crown jewels of Thanksgiving – sides! They’ll also have a kids' buffet.

Photo: Turkey Trot 5K, YouthPower365 Facebook

Burn Calories

If you’re like me and need to get a few miles in before the big meal, there are two Turkey Trots happening on Thursday.

The 13th Annual Eagle-Vail 5K Turkey Trot starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Eagle-Vail pool. It benefits YouthPower365 and the Eric Spry Memorial Fund.

The 9th Annual Brush Creek Elementary Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot takes place in Eagle and offers options for a 1-mile trot or a 5K family fun run. Proceeds benefit the school’s student enrichment programs.

Play Outside

Revely Vail, a new week-long Vail celebration that’s full of holiday-themed activities and events, wraps up this weekend with a roster of family-friendly things to do. A few highlights are the Kris Kringle Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30; the 10th Mountain Parade on Friday, November 29, at 6 p.m.; and the Tree Lighting celebration on Saturday, November 30, at 6 p.m. at Slifer Square. Be sure to check out their website for a complete list of events and activities.

Photo: Shop small and local at Revely Vail's Kris Kringle Market on Friday and Saturday. Revely Vail Facebook

Shop Small

The Vail Valley is the perfect spot to participate in Small Business Saturday, which is this Saturday, November 30. There are dozens of small and locally owned businesses to choose from. I love to shop for my coworkers at The Bookworm in Edwards, where you’ll find books (of course) along with all kinds of unique and thoughtful gift items. Wishes Toy Store, which has locations in Vail and Avon, is my go-to for shopping for my growing list of nieces and nephews. Finally, I’m planning to head to Hygge Life in Eagle-Vail to find a few cozy things for my sisters.

There is much, much more to do this week around the Vail Valley. Be sure to check our Daytime and Nightlife pages for the complete rundown.

Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll see you in Vail!

About the Author Tracey Flower
Tracey spent more than a decade living, working and playing in the Vail Valley and now splits her time between Denver and Vail. She's big fan of hiking, running, camping and biking and loves travelling around Colorado and throughout the West, visiting places she’s never been and exploring old favorites.