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    Things to Do Over Thanksgiving in Boulder

    This Thanksgiving, we hope you get to dine on delicious food prepared just for you, spend quality time with the ones you love, and enjoy getting outside to soak up the Boulder sun on a hike or stroll.

    Get Thanksgiving Dinner to Go

    A number of Boulder restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day, with special menus and fabulous feasts. Check the Thanksgiving Day options listed on our Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving page.

    Black Cat squash

    Things to Do


    After you've had enough pie and need to get up and move, explore Boulder's vast trail system. Here are 5 great winter trails, although the weather over the Thanksgiving holiday is as likely to be sunny as it is snowy. Find more trails here.

    Wintertime hiking group in Flatirons in Boulder, CO

    Snow Much Fun Light Displays

    During Snow Much Fun (which runs late November to early January), hundreds of thousands of colorful LED lights illuminate Boulder’s Civic Area, next to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and throughout downtown Boulder, including all along historic Pearl Street. It's all free to enjoy on foot! Check here for the map and updates.

    Snow Much Fun Lights

    Ski Like a Local

    An easy, 30-minute drive from downtown Boulder, Eldora ski resort offers snowboarding, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Eldora has a laid-back local vibe with enough skiing and riding for skiers and boarders of all levels.

    Group Skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort

    Sign Up for a Race

    Wake up early for the 2021 Boulder Thanksgiving Day 5K and earn your dinner while doing some good. A donation from all race proceeds will go to Boulder's Harvest of Hope Pantry. There is also an opportunity to donate non-perishable packaged and canned foods on the morning of the event.

    Play a Round of Family Disc Golf

    Boulder has a great disc golf course with beautiful Flatirons views that could be the scene of a fun, new family tradition. All you need is a frisbee and yourselves. The course is located off Valmont Road, across the street from the amazing Valmont Bike Park (another great option that even has a toddler course).    


    Small Business Saturday

    Nov. 27, 2021
    Shopping local is the Boulder way, and Small Business Saturday is a great day to do so. Head to Pearl Street, where historic buildings are filled with boutiques and indie shops, plus cute eateries, bookstores, and coffee shops. Holiday lights will be twinkling overhead. Don’t forget to explore "off the bricks" on West Pearl and East Pearl, too.  

    Pearl Street Holiday Shopping

    Twenty Ninth Street 

    Twenty Ninth Street is an outdoor center with amazing views of the Flatirons (spectacular when dusted in snow) and plenty of popular national retailers such as Anthropologie, H&M, Apple, Sephora and Nordstrom Rack that are sure to have great Black Friday deals. 

    Twenty Ninth Street and Flatirons

    Shop the Makers

    Boulderites are a creative bunch, and their wares make perfect holiday gifts. On East Pearl Street (between 17th and 21st streets), you'll find Angie Star or Bohemi (handmade jewelry) and Sherpani (bags designed in Boulder). Elsewhere on Pearl are emporiums that house several local makers under one roof: R Gallery & Art Bar and Art Mart.