Turkey TrotMile High United Way Turkey Trot (credit: CBS)
Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 26. On this day, families will gather to give thanks and celebrate with a delicious feast. Activities like the Grand Illumination and the Turkey Trot will bring these families together, to spread the holiday cheer and unify the community. These are five activities for families to take part in during the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Downtown Denver Grand Illumination
City and County Building
1437 Bannock
Denver, CO 80202
www.denver.org

Union Station
1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80211
www.denver.org

The day after Thanksgiving, downtown Denver will bring on the festive holiday cheer with the Grand Illumination of the City and County Building, the Denver Pavilions and 16th Street Mall, Union Station, Larimer Square, Skyline Park and the D&F Tower. The Light the Lights ceremony will take place at the City & County Building, where the official countdown will start at 6:30 p.m. Meanwhile, at Union Station, in addition to the illumination of the station, there will also be a tree lighting event with entertainment, drinks and food.

Denver Center For The Performing Arts
1101 13th St.
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 893-4100
www.denvercenter.org

The holidays are about making memories to cherish for a lifetime. What could be more memorable than dressing the kids up in Thanksgiving holiday attire and going to the theatre to see a play? The holiday spirit is in the air at DCPA. On Thanksgiving Day, the kids might want to see The Lion King, and the day after is the highly anticipated opening of A Christmas Carol and the SantaLand Diaries.

Mile High United Way Turkey Trot
S. Downing St. & E. Louisiana Ave
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 433-8383
www.unitedwaydenver.org

Run a race before you stuff your face. On Thanksgiving Day morning, join Mile High United Way for the annual run or walk Turkey Trot. In its 42nd year, the Turkey Trot at Washington Park is a four-mile run benefiting important Denver community programs in early to high school education and adult/family economic self-sufficiency. Day-of registration starts at 8 a.m. Get there early for coffee and other fun stuff at the Start Village. Your entry fee will include some really awesome swag and a beer from Great Divide (21+) at the end .

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Denver Christkindl Market
Arapahoe St. & 16th St. Mall
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 837-1146
www.denverchristkindlmarket.com

The Denver Christkindl Market runs through December 23rd on the 16th Street Mall and yes, it’s open on Thanksgiving although it closes at 4 p.m. It’s a chance to get some holiday shopping down in a festive outdoor atmosphere, maybe even pick up a few crafts or foods to complete the Thanksgiving feast.
Before sitting down to your meal, spend the day preparing for the quickly approaching holiday season by perusing Denver’s Christkindl Market.  While there, take the kids to story time from 11:30 – 11:45 in the Holiday Tent. Thanksgiving is the true start of the holidays, so come out and get into the spirit.

Southwest Rink At Skyline Park
16th and Arapahoe
Denver, 80202
www.denver.org

On 16th and Arapahoe is the Southwest ice skating rink, sponsored by Southwest Airlines in partnership with Downtown Denver. It opens Nov. 24, just in time for the holiday season. If Thanksgiving dinner concludes early, this is something the whole family can enjoy, even if you prefer to watch from the sidelines. And, it’s absolutely free if you have your own skates. Skate rental is just $2.

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