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    Things to Do Over Thanksgiving in Boulder

    Stuff yourself silly, and then feel less guilty about it by getting out and about to enjoy Boulder's bevy of fresh-air fun, stimulating events and legendary outdoor shopping. Looking for places to eat? Check out our page devoted to restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving.


    Trevor Hall at Boulder Theater

    Fri. and Sat., Nov. 29 and 30, 2019 at 8pm
    Come hear this singer-songwriter in his element at the intimate and historic Boulder TheaterTicket prices vary.

    Boulder Theater Concert

    Boulder Ballet’s 'The Nutcracker'

    Fri., Nov. 30-Sun., Dec. 1, 2019
    This annual performance of America's favorite ballet is a full-scale production featuring a professional ballet company and live orchestra. The classic story is brought to life by the Boulder Ballet and a live performance by the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra in a grand, 100-year-old theater. Ticket prices vary.

    Ballerina performing during Boulder Ballet's Nutcracker

    Photo: Eli Akerstein, Courtesy of Boulder Ballet

    St. Nick on the Bricks

    Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 21, 2019, 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!

    Santa hugging a child at St. Nick on the Bricks

    'Dude, It's Boulder'

    Fri., Nov. 29-Sat., Nov. 30, 2019
    Viva Theater’s sold-out stage event returns in a new production featuring 100 years of Boulder history. Award-winning playwright Jane Shepard brings a funny, touching, and irreverent take on our city featuring 10 decades, 75 characters and live music to the Dairy Arts CenterTicket prices vary.

    Dairy Arts Center Front Entrance

    Thanksgiving Dining

    A number of Boulder restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day, with special menus and fabulous feasts. There's a special holiday buffet at the Hotel Boulderado, plus several more 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 off the couch, explore Boulder's vast trail system. Here are 5 great winter trails, although the weather over the Thanksgiving holiday is as likely to be summery as it is snowy. Find more trails here.

    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.

    View of the Mountains and ski lift at the Eldora Mountain Resort

    Tour Breweries

    There are 21 breweries in Boulder. What better way to celebrate the kickoff to the holiday season than with a chocolatey porter or a pumpkin-infused brew. 


    Small Business Saturday

    Nov. 30, 2019
    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 and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Visitor Information Center from 11am to 2pm. Kiddos can enjoy rides on the Snowflake Express kiddie train and Holiday carolers in nostalgic attire will stroll downtown throughout the day. Don’t forget to explore "off the bricks" on West Pearl and East Pearl, too.

    Man and woman Pearl Street Holiday Shopping

    Twenty Ninth Street 

    Twenty Ninth Street is an outdoor center with amazing views of the Flatirons 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. 

    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 By Elke (handmade purses), Truman Boot Company (handmade footwear), Sherpani (bags designed in Boulder) and madelife (jewelry, pottery, furniture and so much more). Elsewhere on Pearl are emporiums that house several local makers under one roof:  Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery and Art Mart.