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Thanksgiving in Estes Park

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to come together with friends and family in the Rocky Mountains. Estes Park offers the perfect gathering place. Whether you're going to start your Black Friday shopping amidst the Twinkling lights of Estes Park, or opting outside on the many trails, you can do Thanksgiving in Estes Park. Check out lodging options that'll offer you a kitchen if you'd like to prep your own feast. Otherwise, many Estes Park restaurants are offering bountiful Thanksgiving meals this holiday. 

If you're going to miss putting up the tree, Catch the Glow Parade, the Friday following Thanksgiving, will get you in the holiday spirit! If you're looking to make a week out of it, the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving truly kicks off the holiday season in Estes Park with the Tree Lighting Ceremony.


Thanksgiving, November 25


YMCA Turkey Trot 5K

Join the YMCA Estes Park Center on Thanksgiving morning at 9am for the Annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk. The Turkey Trot is free to participate and donations will be accepted to support our summer day camp scholarship program. Leashed dogs, strollers and those who would like to walk are all welcome to participate. Stick around for fun prize drawings after the race in the Sweet Memorial Building! 2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO 80511; (970) 586-3341;


Thanksgiving Meal at Cascades Restaurant and Lounge at the Stanley Hotel

​Join Cascades Restaurant and Lounge at the Stanley Hotel for a three course plated meal in the MacGregor Ballroom for Thanksgiving Dinner with live entertainment, spectacular mountain views, and community. 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 577-4000;


Thanksgiving Meal at Latitude 105

This year you can skip all the hassle of cooking and doing dishes all day by joining us for a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner at The Ridgeline Hotel's Latitude 105! Let our professional culinary staff take care of the cooking and the cleaning while you relax and dine with your family and friends, keeping your focus on what is truly important, rather than the next round of chores that needs doing. 101 South Saint Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO, 80517;


Thanksgiving Meal at The Dunraven

The Dunraven at the Estes Park Resort will be offering a special Thanksgiving Menu from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1700 Colorado Peaks Dr., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-6409;


Thanksgiving Menu at Twin Owls Steakhouse 

Twin Owls Steakhouse will have a prix fixe menu available for Thanksgiving Dinner from 4-8 p.m. 3110 S. Saint Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, CO, 80517; (970) 586-9344;




Friday November 26


The Enchanting “Catch the Glow” Parade Returns to Elkhorn Ave

The Annual "Catch the Glow" Parade will brighten Estes Park at 5:30 PM, the day after Thanksgiving - Friday, November 26, 2021. Each year as many as 20,000 people line Elkhorn Avenue to “Catch the Glow” of this whimsical holiday parade, as well as spend the afternoon visiting Santa and strolling through downtown Estes Park. The parade features more than 40 units, including hand crafted floats from the Town of Estes Park and nonprofits, marching bands, fire trucks and other specialty vehicles. Downtown Estes Park


Random & True live at the American Legion 5-8 p.m.

Join the American Legion Post 119 and enjoy the live music from Random and True: picking, plucking and vocals. 850 North Saint Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, Colorado 80517; (970) 586-6118;