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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.

Catch the Glow Parade

The Annual Catch the Glow Parade will brighten Estes Park at 5:30 p.m., the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 24, 2023.

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

Dunraven at The Estes Park Resort

Duraven's Thanksgiving buffet is back! It will be offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 23. Reservations are required. 1700 Colorado Peaks Dr, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-6409;

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;

The Post Chicken & Beer

Feed your crew with family-style Post favorites and shareable sides. Feeds 10-12. Place your order by November 20 for pick-up November 22 from 4-6 p.m. 333-D E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 287-5001;

The Stanley Hotel

Celebrate the holiday at The Stanley Hotel! Their culinary team will be setting a decadent table for you and your family at the Cascades Restaurant & Lounge with a 3 course dinner. 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 577-4000;

Twin Owls Steakhouse

Twin Owls Steakhouse is hosting Thanksgiving dinner from 4-8pm on Thursday, November 23. In addition to traditional holiday favorites, they'll be serving up some unforgettable delectable dishes. Reservations are highly recommended as space is limited. 3110 S. Saint Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, CO, 80517; (970) 586-9344;

The View Restaurant

Celebrate Thanksgiving at The View Restaurant. They'll be serving a buffet from 4pm-9pm on Thursday, November 23. Reservations are highly recommended. 300 Riverside Dr, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-1087;

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 20 for pick-up on Thanksgiving Day.;

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;

YMCA Turkey Trot 5K

Join YMCA of the Rockies on Thanksgiving morning, November 23, for the annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk! Get out and get active before celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. Walkers and strollers are welcome to participate in the race. Dogs are also welcome, as long as they remain on a leash. 2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO 80511; (970) 581-4198;