Thanksgiving should be spent enjoying quality time with family, not slaving away in the kitchen. From hitting the slopes to hitting the buffet, the whole family will have a blast together with these fun Thanksgiving activities.
1. Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
Get an early start to Thanksgiving festivities with a morning 5K race through town! The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is an annual tradition in Jackson Hole sponsored by St. John's Medical Center. The 5K begins at 9:00 AM at the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center, or children 10 and under can participate in the Lil’ Gobblers fun run at 8:40 AM.
2. Go Skiing at a Resort
The opening day of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort 2019-2020 winter season is on Thanksgiving this year, which means you and your family can spend the holiday hitting the slopes before settling down for Thanksgiving dinner. The Grand Targhee Resort also opens for the season the week before Thanksgiving, and Snow King Mountain is opening the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is one of their earliest opening dates ever! There are plenty of options for your holiday ski outing, so you can choose whichever works best for you. If you’re not into skiing, check out showshoeing, biking, and other winter activities available at the resorts.
3. Hike the National Parks
Fall is a beautiful season in Jackson Hole, with plenty of opportunities to see the everchanging foliage of the trees and bushes surrounding the hiking paths. Although Thanksgiving is in late November, you might still catch sight of the autumn-toned leaves before they fall from the trees. Work up your Thanksgiving dinner appetite hiking at one of Jackson’s National Parks for some truly beautiful fall views.
4. Thanksgiving Buffets
If you’re spending Thanksgiving day skiing or hiking in Jackson Hole, you most likely won’t have time to cook an entire Thanksgiving feast for dinner. Make the most of your day and skip the dinner preparations… let local restaurants do all the work with their Thanksgiving specials! The Silver Dollar Bar & Grill at The Wort Hotel offers a Thanksgiving buffet including a carving station, traditional sides, and desserts. Or, visit Spring Creek Ranch for their Thanksgiving menu that has delicious options such as acorn squash soup and grilled lobster tail.
5. Visit the Town Square Arches
The Town Square Antler Arches will officially light up for the holiday season on November 22nd, 2019, the week before Thanksgiving. Since the lights will be on in time for the holiday, we recommend a post-Thanksgiving dinner stroll through Town Square to check out the display. Thousands of twinkling LED lights will be wrapped around the Arches, creating a photo-worthy spectacle that’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
6. Small Business Saturday
If you’re sticking around Jackson Hole all weekend, check out Small Business Saturday, which always falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Jackson Hole has plenty of local shopping around Town Square with lots of variety. Browse around for unique art, apparel, ski gear, and of course Jackson Hole souvenirs to find special gifts for loved ones and support small businesses.
Town Square Inns has plenty of accomodations for those looking to visit Jackson Hole for Thanksgiving. Explore our properties to see which one best suits you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving!