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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, and we've compiled a list of festive feasts and happenings below to get you started.

This list is not all-inclusive and will be updated as more information becomes available.

You'll also find holiday meals and other offerings on our Holidays page.

Thanksgiving Meals & More


Thanksgiving Brews at Avant Garde Aleworks

Avant Garde Aleworks is open with limited hours on Thanksgiving Day. Warm up with a pint of their Winter Strong Ale in the taproom! This dark beer has notes of chocolate and toasted bread crust paired with fruity notes of cherry and plum. 920 Dunraven St., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 591-2700;

Thanksgiving Day BBQ at The Barrel

The Barrel is open on Thanksgiving Day, and WesTex BBQ is serving up some delicious, mouthwatering food! Open 11am-7pm. 251 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 616-2090; TheBarrel.Beer

Thanksgiving Buffet at The Dunraven

Enjoy a mouthwatering meal with The Dunraven's Thanksgiving Buffet, featuring a Bloody Mary bar, turkey, prime rib & ham, and an array of desserts. Seatings at 11am and 2pm. Reservations required. Not available for take-out. 1700 Colorado Peaks Dr., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-6409;

Thanksgiving To-Go at The Post Chicken & Beer

Feed your crew with family-style Post favorites & sharable sides. Feeds 10-12. Place your order by November 21 for pick-up November 23 from 4-6pm. 333-D E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; 970-287-5001;

Thanksgiving Dinner at Twin Owls Steakhouse 

Twin Owls Steakhouse is hosting Thanksgiving dinner from 4-8pm on Thursday, November 24. In addition to traditional holiday favorites, they'll be serving up some unforgettably delectable dishes. Reservations are required and space is limited. 3110 S. Saint Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, CO, 80517; (970) 586-9344;

Thanksgiving Family Dinner at The Stanley Hotel

Gather with family and friends and kick off the holiday season with a 3-course Thanksgiving Family Dinner reservation at Cascades Restaurant at The Stanley on Thursday, November 24. 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 577-4000;

Thanksgiving at WayFinder

Find your way to this locally owned and operated eatery for a 3-course meal featuring your choice of turkey, ham or prime rib. Call today to make your reservation. 900 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-3098;

Thanksgiving To-Go from WesTex BBQ

Take your Turkey (or Smoked Cajun Chicken, Brisket and Ribs) to-go from WesTex BBQ! Place your order by email or Facebook message by Monday, November 21 for pick-up Thanksgiving Day.;;

Holiday Pies from You Need Pie Diner & Bakery

Thanksgiving means pie, and You Need Pie's got what you need! Can't pick your pie up? No problem - they ship nationwide! Place your orders online or by calling the shop. 509 Big Thompson Ave, Unit 300, Estes Park, CO 80517; (907) 577-7437;

Thanksgiving Weekend Happenings


YMCA Turkey Trot 5K

Join the YMCA of the Rockies on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 24th for the Annual Turkey Trot! Walkers and strollers are welcome to participate. Dogs are also welcome, as long as they remain on a leash. Check in at the Sweet Memorial Building beginning at 8am and the race will begin shortly after 9am. Celebrate afterwards with refreshments and door prizes! 2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO 80511; (970) 586-3341, ext. 1104;

Catch the Glow Parade

The Annual Catch the Glow Parade will brighten Estes Park at 5:30 PM, the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25, 2022.

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, Learn more about Catch the Glow