Thanksgiving is a magical time in Aspen. Turkey Day almost always either coincides with or falls after the opening of Aspen Mountain, so there’s lots of buzz around town as another highly anticipated ski season begins. Whether you’re local or visiting, here are six ways for the whole family to have a blast in Aspen over Thanksgiving Weekend.
1. Aspen T.R.E.E. Dinner
Every year, Aspen T.R.E.E. (Together Regenerating the Environment Through Education) hosts a free farm-to-table community meal several days before Thanksgiving. This is a wonderful event for families a great way for visitors to get a local taste of Aspen. All food is grown or raised by Aspen T.R.E.E. or purchased from local farmers. This year there will be six local chefs preparing each course. The ninth annual T.R.E.E. dinner will be held November 22nd at 5pm at the Hotel Jerome Ballroom. Pre-register here!
2. Go Ice Skating at the CP Burger Rink
Aspen’s favorite burger joint, CP Burger, features an ice skating rink in its backyard starting at the end of November or early December and lasting through the winter season. This makes the skating rink a great family destination for locals and anyone visiting around Thanksgiving. After you take the little ones for a fun spin around the rink in the crisp mountain air, satisfy your appetite with burgers and fries. And parents – there’s Peppermint Schnapps cocoa just for you!
3. Turkey Day Arts & Crafts at Home
For a quieter at-home activity, try some easy, fun Thanksgiving art and game ideas for the whole family. From a “Tabletop Turkey” to the Thanksgiving equivalent of an Easter-egg hunt to pumpkin painting, these fun crafts will keep the kids busy while parents prep the cranberry sauce.
4. The St. Regis Aspen
Bring your tots to Aspen’s St. Regis resort for the perfect family-friendly evening. First, dine at Trecento Quindici Decano for a delicious Italian meal complete with kid-friendly amenities. The menu offers kid-friendly dishes, but the best part? Children get a pre-dinner platter of raw cookie dough alongside an assortment of trimmings. Kids can play with the dough pre-dinner and design their own cookies, which will be baked and then served for dessert. Want even more sugar? The St. Regis features outdoor fire pits where families can top off the evening roasting s’mores at the base of Aspen Mountain.
5. Hickory House Thanksgiving Day Buffet
A longtime Aspen tradition, Hickory House offers a free Thanksgiving dinner to anyone and everyone, complete with awesome company and all the Turkey Day fixings. The dinner usually serves around 450 guests, locals and out-of-towners alike. The event begins at noon on Thanksgiving Day and typically lasts until 4pm, or when all the food is gone. If you want the true local Turkey Day experience that embraces Aspen’s close-knit community, bring the kids to Hickory House and enjoy a delicious meal at no cost.
6. A Family Walk on the Rio Grande Trail
Get outside and experience the beauty of Aspen during a family stroll along the Rio Grande trail. This forty-four mile trail runs from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, but much of it is paved so it’s perfect for a brief family excursion even in the colder months. The trail is also great for jogging, dog walking, road biking, and inline skating. Get some fresh air and tell each other what you’re thankful for this year!