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The Ultimate Last-Minute Guide to Thanksgiving in Denver!

The Ultimate Last-Minute Guide to Thanksgiving in Denver

After a low-key holiday season last year, the grand festivities are back, and Thanksgiving is here to kick off the season!

We might still be waiting for the first snowfall here in Denver, but November has flown by, and we are already well into Thanksgiving week. We’ve created the ultimate, last-minute guide to Thanksgiving in Denver- covering everything from how to host the quintessential Denver Thanksgiving, to our favorite stores for last minute supplies, and of course local events happening this week.

 

A Denver Thanksgiving 

We have put together everything you need to know to host the quintessential Denver Thanksgiving!

 

Food 

Hopefully, by now you have already planned your Thanksgiving menu, but just in case, we recommend checking out Half-Baked Harvest’s Thanksgiving menu and guide. We love to support Colorado businesses and people, and Tieghan Gerard aka Half-Baked Harvest is one of our favorites. Tieghan’s recipes are inspired by her surroundings, and we couldn’t think of anything better than a Thanksgiving menu influenced by the Rocky Mountains.

Image Credit: Half-Baked Harvest

 

Drink

It wouldn’t be a Denver Thanksgiving without a sample of offerings from some of the (many) local breweries, especially the limited-edition seasonal brews that are made to be paired with the Thanksgiving classics. Epic Brewing Co. have created a new seasonal release, Cranberry IPA. If you usually pass on the cranberry sauce, you could try Denver Beer Co.’s Hey! Pumpkin, or Tivoli Brewing Co.’s festive Get Stuffed Holiday Ale.

If beer isn’t your thing, we recommend taking a look at Half-Baked Harvest’s roundup of the 14 most popular Thanksgiving drinks. If you have time today, you could always stop by Blue Sparrow or Tattered Cover and pick up a copy of the Happy Hour Handbook, a compilation of cocktail recipes from some of Denver’s most renowned and beloved spots and impress your guests by making some of Denver’s best cocktails yourself.

Image Credit: Half-Baked Harvest

 

Decor

We love paying tribute to the Colorado landscape and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to bring the Colorado outdoors in; natural elements and autumnal shades. We love using dried flowers and eucalyptus paired with decorative accents colored to the tone of Fall; burnt oranges and shades of moss. If you aren't able to stop by one of our favorite florists mentioned below you could always forage the flowers, greenery, and grasses yourself. 

Image Credit: McGee & Co.

 

Music

Of course, you know the classics, but it wouldn’t be a Denver Thanksgiving without creating your very own carefully curated playlist, featuring every artist you have seen at Red Rocks this year, bonus points for providing your guests with a tidbit from every concert before each song. As the evening progresses you might want to up the mood to bring everyone out of their food haze, and what better way to start than by giving all your guests a preview of après-ski season. An après playlist wouldn’t be complete without including some of the crowd favorites from Cloud Nine, Ajax Tavern, and The Surf Lodge’s mountain outpost, The Snow Lodge.

Image Credit: Slim Aarons via Getty Images 

 

Last Minute Shopping

Did you forget about the cheeseboard? Overlook the wine list? Wish you had picked up the perfect finishing touches for your tablescape? Maybe you have waited until the very last minute to get your host a gift? Don’t worry about panic rushing to King Scoopers or stopping by the gas station en route to turkey on Thursday, we are here to help!

We’ve rounded up our favorite stores to make sure that you have all your eleventh-hour essentials covered!

 

Food & Drink

Image Credit: Culture Meat & Cheese

 

Marczyk Fine Foods

770 E. 17th Ave.

5100 E. Colfax Ave.

Leevers Locavore

2630 W. 38th Ave.

Ideal Market

900 E. 11th Ave. 

Oliver’s Meat Market

1718 E. 6th Ave.

The Local Butcher

2669 Larimer St.

2242 Oneida St.

St. Kilian’s Cheese Shop

3211 Lowell Blvd.

The Truffle Cheese Shop

2906 E. 6th Ave.

Culture Meat & Cheese

2669 Larimer St.

Mondo Vino

3601 W. 32nd Ave.

Argonaut Wine & Liquor

760 E. Colfax Ave.

 

Florists

Image Credit: Pickletown Flower Co

 

Pickletown Flower Co

1801 Blake St.

Beet & Yarrow

3330 Brighton Blvd.

Sacred Thistle

1110 Acoma St.

Fern and Bloom

4014 Tennyson St.

Honeycomb & Co.

2240 W. 44th Ave.

 

Home Decor

Image Credit: Conifer

 

Miller Lane Mercantile

4315 W. 44th Ave.

Conifer

3377 Blake St.

Homebody

2920 E. 6th Ave.

The Lark

1219 E. 4th Ave.

 

Gifts

Image Credit: Modern Nomad

 

Bloom by Anuschka

300 University Blvd.

1701 Wynkoop St. #140

MEEK Modern + Vintage

2901 Blake St. #160

1712 E. 6th Ave. 

Wild Flowers

1201 Madison St.

Stanley Marketplace

2501 Dallas St.

Modern Nomad

2936 Larimer St. 

Dairy Block Free Market

1801 Blake St.

 

Local Events 

We've put together a list of local events happening this week, and we guarantee there is something for everyone, from sports events to the ballet, activities to keep the kids entertained and so much more. If you are staying local this holiday season we assure you that you won't be bored!

Image Credit: United Way

 

Denver Christkindl Market

When: November 19 - December 23

Where: Civic Center Park

Annual Light the Lights Ceremony

When: November 24

Where: City & County of Denver Building

The 48th Annual Mile High United Way Turkey Trot

When: November 25

Where: Washington Park

Trail of Lights

When: November 26 - January 2

Where: Chatfield Farms 

Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

When: November 26

Where: Ball Arena 

Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators

When: November 27

Where: Ball Arena 

Colorado Ballet: The Nutcracker

When: November 27 - December 24

Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House 

Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers

When: November 28

Where: Empower Field at Mile High

 

Image Credit: Keystone Resort

 

If all else fails you could always head to the mountains and get an early start on ski season, with several resorts open despite challenging snowmaking conditions! 

Happy Thanksgiving from the Schlichter Team!

 

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