Thanksgiving in Phoenix

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Thanksgiving is a time for family get togethers and what better place to gather than in Phoenix, Arizona. Average temperatures around Thanksgiving are in the low 80s or high 70s with shockingly blue skies, so it is a great place to getaway from the snows that are already flying in the northern states. And there is no lack of things to do when you visit.

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Top Five Things To Do in Phoenix at Thanksgiving:

1. ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo – the zoo puts up its holiday light display just before Thanksgiving and this magical display is fun for the whole family. And, of course, the Phoenix Zoo has animals and exhibits to entertain and amaze.

2. Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade – Parada de Los Cerros started in the 1980s and since has been an annual event featuring large floats, marching bands and Marines navigating the Saguaro and El Lago boulevards before converging at Palisades Boulevard. Then stop by the tallest fountain in Arizona

3. Broadway Palm Dinner Theater – enjoy dinner and a show as the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater presents “A Christmas Carol” November 17 – December 25.

4. SHOP! – Start your holiday shopping here. There are endless shopping malls, art galleries and boutiques shops in Phoenix and the surrounding communities to shop ’til you drop! Here are a few of our favorites: Biltmore Fashion Park, Paradise Valley Mall, Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Old Town Scottsdale and Scottsdale Waterfront, Arizona Mills, Historic Downtown Glendale and Fiesta Mall.

5. Desert Botanical Garden – Las Noches de las Luminarias begins Dec. 1 and goes through Dec. 22. Enjoy 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and 10 musical groups that perform nightly.

Don’t feel like cooking? Don’t worry, Phoenix will spoil you rotten with fantastic holiday fare. Most of the resorts and restaurants go all out on Thanksgiving Day to make guests to the city feel at home. Here are a few of our top picks to helped you get your stuffing and eat it too! Expect to pay premium rates for these elegant meals —pricing ranges from $45 – $80 per person. Keep in mind that menu items change from year to year, but you’ll never be disappointed.

Top Five Resorts for Thanksgiving Dinner

1. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa – everything from plate dinners to buffets at available at one of the three restaurants. The Family Style Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings includes Roasted Butternut Squash Soup or Baby Spinach Salad; Sliced Oven-Roasted Free-Range Turkey Breast; Schnepf Farm’s Pumpkin Pie or Chocolate Pecan Pie.

2. Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa – five course meals that, in the past, have included lovely items like Roasted Sugar Pumpkin Veloute with Chorizo dumplings and Roasted Free Range Turkey with traditional garnishes like cornbread chestnut stuffing and sage-giblet gravy.

3. JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort & Spa – mouthwatering temptation include Iowa ham with honey-mustard glaze; slow-roasted turkey with sage giblet gravy; or applewood-smoked prime rib.

4. Royal Palms – savor your choice of pan roasted Bronzini, beef tenderloin, organic Irish salmon, an roasted duck breast , braised lamb shank, turkey breast, pork tenderloin.

5. Sanctuary on Camelback – sink your teeth into pumpkin risotto, butternut squash ravioli, a traditional turkey dinner, braised beef shortribs, sage roasted halibut, grilled veal chop, and grilled miso marinated tofu.

Special Locations for Thanksgiving Feasts

1. Heard Museum – The Thanksgiving Day Harvest Feast offers five sumptuous buffets featuring Native American foods and celebrates the generosity shown by American Indians at the first Thanksgiving. Navajo Chef Freddie Bitsoie has created five “edible galleries.” Explore Native American foods from all four regions of America, as well as a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with a southwestern influence. Then take some time to wander through the museum dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, the Heard is an institution that successfully combines the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of art.

2. Rawhide – Rawhide offers up a fabulous traditional Thanksgiving menu including: Slow Roasted Breast of Turkey & Oven Baked Glazed Smoked Ham, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes & Giblet Gravy, dressing, cranberry relish, pie and more. Then explore this recreation of a Western frontier town. There’s a gun fight, burro and train rides, a petting zoo, gold panning and years and years of history that the citizens of the town love to tell you.

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