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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.

Note: Please check back in early fall for 2022 events.

Thanksgiving Dining

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


Trevor Hall at Boulder Theater

Fri. and Sat., Nov. 26 and 27, 2021, 8pm
Come hear this singer-songwriter in his element at the intimate and historic Boulder TheaterTicket prices vary.

St. Nick on the Bricks

Fri., Nov. 26 and Sat., Nov. 27, 2021, 11am-2pm
On the Pearl Street Mall in historic downtown Boulder, kids of all ages can visit with Santa during St. Nick on the Bricks. Have your camera ready!

Friday Night Jazz at Hotel Boulderado

Fri., Nov. 26, 2021, 5-8pm
Enjoy some live jazz in Hotel Boulderado's historic lobby lounge. Try cocktails and food from a special happy hour menu. More details here.

Fresh Air Friday

Fri., Nov. 26, 2021
Free access to all 41 Colorado state parks on Fresh Air Friday, including Eldorado Canyon State Park, just 15 minutes from Boulder.

Find Freezie Bingo

Fri., Nov. 26, 2021
Head to downtown Boulder and visit participating businesses for Find Freezie Bingo. Find enough "Freezie" plush snowmen and be entered to win a $25 gift card.

The Song of the Lorax at Dairy Arts Center

Fri., Nov. 26 and Sat. Nov. 27, 2021
Watch and learn from this immersive, multi-media show, including original live music performed by the Ivalas String Quartet, a forest sound installation, spoken word and photography by conservation photographer T.J. Watt. Tickets and more details here.

Yoga Pearl's Small Business Saturday Market

Sat., Nov. 27, 2021, 10am-5pm
Shop from local makers, creators and small businesses in Yoga Pearl's studio. A percentage of sales will be going to BIPOC holistic wellness.

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

Nov. 21, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022
During Snow Much Fun, more than 275,000 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. Each year there are fun, themed light displays (like a candy cane forest and gumdrop lane). Grab a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy a wonder-filled stroll outside. This year, also enjoy warm refreshments, seasonal caroling, free train rides around the park, and self-guided tours each Friday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17, 2021, 5-7pm in the Civic Plaza next to the Boulder Dushane Teahouse.

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 (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.