If your idea of a perfect Thanksgiving adventure includes amazing wildlife spotting, snow-capped mountain peaks, and festivities to fit the season, booking a trip to Estes Park promises to inspire! Whether you’re looking to enjoy holiday parades, focus on the food, or make the most of indulgent relaxation this year, Estes Park has something exciting waiting for everyone. The following are a few of the reasons you’ll want to book your stay for Thanksgiving in Estes Park today!

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Attend the 10th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

If your Thanksgiving stay in Estes Park bring you to town just a little earlier than the holiday itself, you’ll find you’re just in time to enjoy the 10th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! In 2022, this highly-anticipated local event will be held on November 19th from 3:30 pm through 5:30 pm. The tree lighting always happens the weekend before Thanksgiving in Estes Park at the George Hix Riverside Plaza downtown.  Live music adds to the fun holiday ambiance while participants will find everything from kid’s craft centers to wagon rides available to be enjoyed. There will also be free hot chocolate and cookies for all as well as pictures with Santa and llamas to check out! The tree lighting happens at 5:30 and activities are free of charge. If you choose to donate, proceeds go to the Blue Santa program which serves the elderly and disabled across Estes Park.

Check Out the Estes Park Holiday Wine Festival

Those looking to incorporate some delicious flavor into their holiday fun in Estes Park this year will find the 3rd Annual Estes Park Holiday Wine Festival to be a great addition to the itinerary. Held on November 26th and 27th, this festival is a fantastic follow-up to the Thanksgiving festivities and will be hosted at the Estes Park Events Complex at 1125 Rooftop Way. The fun kicks off at 11:00 am Saturday and continues through 4:00 pm Sunday. On-site, guests will find over 100 wines produced in the state of Colorado to check out. The festival also hosts craft vendors for those looking to get a head start on holiday shopping. Every ticket purchased to this festival includes a commemorative wine glass as well as a tote and unlimited tasting options during the festival. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.

Enjoy the Catch the Glow Parade

Another fan-favorite event that takes place in Estes Park the day after Thanksgiving is the Catch the Glow Parade! This family-friendly experience will happen on November 25, 2022, beginning at 5:30 pm. The parade makes its way down Elkhorn Avenue and includes options for visitors to meet with Santa and explore a greater downtown area after that’s decked out in its holiday best. The parade is filled with handcrafted gloats to enjoy and also includes specialty vehicles, fire trucks, and marching bands as well. Typically, over 20,000 people show up to enjoy this exciting event so make sure to stake out your spot early.

Have a Thanksgiving Meal at Dunraven

For those with a passion for history and flavor alike, booking a Thanksgiving dinner experience at Dunraven this year is a must! The Thanksgiving meal will have everything from a savory carving station with turkey, ham, and prime rib to mouthwatering seafood and traditional favorites that are sure to delight. Reservations for this event will be required before attending! Located at 1700 Colorado Peaks Drive, Dunraven has everything you could want for a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner. Even if you don’t drop by for Thanksgiving dinner, Dunraven has great food options that are well worth eating at over the holiday weekend or anytime you’re here.

Pick up a Holiday Pie in Style

Estes Park travelers that have a sweet tooth to satisfy this Thanksgiving will find they can always indulge at the Estes Park Pie Shop & Bakery when they’re in town. Located at 509 Big Thompson Avenue in Stanley Village, this bakery has built its reputation around mouthwatering pie selections that are a perfect pairing with Thanksgiving fun. Order one to pick up in advance or drop by and see what inspires you to treat your tastebuds in style.

After Dinner Relaxation

When a delicious Thanksgiving dinner in Estes Park has left you looking to relax and unwind, booking a massage at QI Lounge Wellness Spa could be just the ticket. This locale is located inside our resort and offers up a restorative atmosphere as well as service options ranging from massage therapy and spa packages to body treatments, facials, and acupuncture sessions too. The spa is open Monday-Saturday from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm.

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