Top Thanksgiving Celebrations And Events For The Family In Denver

November 16, 2012 6:00 AM

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Thanksgiving time is here, and before you sit down for the biggest meal of the year, take a look at some of these great Thanksgiving weekend events and activities. Sure, the Friday after Thanksgiving is reserved for shopping and the big day itself is reserved for football, but there are plenty of other hours in this big four-day weekend and lots of fun events for you to fill that time with.

39th Annual Turkey Trot
Washington Park
1700 E. Louisiana Ave.
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 561-2259

Date: Thursday, November 22 at 10 a.m.
Price: $39 registration fee, $45 day of the race

For the past 38 years, Mile High United Way has hosted the annual Turkey Trot. More than 10,000 people flock down to the race, with proceeds benefitting the United Way’s School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self-Sufficiency programs. It is a four-mile fun run starting at the west lawn of South High School, circling and ending in Washington Park. This Thanksgiving tradition is a wonderful way to raise money for a very worthwhile organization and it will even help burn some calories before that huge meal.

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Thanksgiving High Tea
Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-4092

Date: Wednesday, November 21 at 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Price: $25 per person

Enjoy a special day with family and friends giving thanks and enjoying High Tea at the Molly Brown House Museum. The event includes a guided tour of the house, tea, sandwiches and desserts. It is sure to be a classy and extra special way to spend some time with those that you love, while giving thanks for all that you have. There are two tea times for this event, but you can be certain that seats are limited. So be sure to get your tickets online early.

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Thanksgiving Food and Wine Pairing Class
A Bottled Affair
1543 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-1955

Date: Sunday, November 11 at 4 p.m.
Price; $40 per person, 21 and up

What wine goes with turkey? If you aren’t sure or if you just want to learn a bit more about wine, then be sure to check out this great food and wine class brought to you by A Bottled Affair. This special Thanksgiving class will teach you the perfect pairings of food and wine for the Thanksgiving table. It promises to match up to eight different wines and you’ll be able to sample four tasting-sized courses paired with two wines each. Your sommelier for the evening will be wine expert Lauryn Shabanowitz.

Victorian Holiday Home Tour
Starting at Castle Marne
1572 Race St.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 331-0621

Date: Saturday, November 24 at 11 a.m.
Price: $12 in advance, $15 the day of the tour

It’s the day after Black Friday, and what are you to do? Well yes, there is always more shopping, but why not spend some time touring some amazing holiday-themed homes in historic Upper Colfax? This Third Annual Victorian Holiday Home Tour includes five hours of viewing beautiful homes all decked out in their holiday best. You’ll be touring some of the best gems in all of historic Denver and there will be plenty of live music and lots of nearby restaurants to make it a full day out. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Denver Children’s Home.

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Thanksgiving Eve Turkey Pub Crawl
Various venues
Denver, CO 80201

Date: Wednesday, November 21
Price: Two-Day All Access Pass $2

It’s the night before Thanksgiving and what to do? How about the Thanksgiving Eve Turkey Pub Crawl? Just what is a pub crawl? Well, you could call it a night of going from bar to bar, but it’s so much more than that. If you participate in this crawl, all the planning and organizing is done for you. You just show up and get ready for some drinking. Come dressed as your favorite pilgrim or Native American, and this pub crawl will take you to some of the biggest and best watering holes all over the Denver area. This event can be great for the older cousins visiting for the holidays as it only caters to the over-21 crowd. Enjoy a few libations while catching up on each other’s lives.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at