Salt Lake magazine's Thanksgiving Guide



Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Finca – November 24

A traditional American Thanksgiving meal and classic Spanish favorites will fill the Thanksgiving Day buffet Finca will prepare on November 24. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., come enjoy whipped mashed potatoes with a side of Spanish-cured meat, or herb-roasted turkey with Spanish tortillas.

Thanksgiving Day Menu – Hub & Spoke Diner – November 24

Hub & Spoke Diner will be open this Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for pre-dinner brunch or the main event. Choose from Hub & Spoke Diners menu of southern-inspired fair and boozy milkshakes or from their list of a la carte Thanksgiving specials.

Thanksgiving Day Brunch – Oasis Cafe – November 24

Visit Oasis Cafe on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch favorites, from eggs Benedict Florentine to a traditional Reuben sandwich. “Once the turkey is in the oven, families can pop over for a leisurely brunch before returning to their kitchens,” said Will Keesen, general manager.

Park City Restaurant Association Thanksgiving Specials – November 23-24

The Park City Restaurant Association is offering Thanksgiving feasts across the valley for those who want a formal Thanksgiving, a casual bite or no-stress catering. Choose from eight Park City favorites and their festival holiday spreads. Participating restaurants include Powder at the Waldorf-Astoria, Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Apex at Montage Deer Valley and Escala at Hyatt Centric Park City.

Thanksgiving Dinner – Caffe Niche – November 24

Caffe Niche will be open Thanksgiving Day serving a menu that includes a choice of grilled vegetables with balsamic and parsley sauce on ciabatta; signature Niche salad or sausage and fall vegetable soup; entrée selections of traditional turkey dinner, cherry thyme tenderloin or crispy tai snapper; and dessert of homemade pumpkin and vanilla gelato with graham cracker crust. Open from noon until 9 p.m., visit their website to make reservations.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Bambara – November 24

A new American bistro located at Hotel Monaco, Bambara will be serving up a meaty Thanksgiving with a turkey carving station, whole New York strip, oysters, shrimp, salad and soup. “Leave the kitchen and preparation and the dishes behind, and bring your riends and family, and join us for a really special dinner this holiday,” said executive chef Nathan Powers.

Thanksgiving Dinner – Kimi’s Chop and Oyster House – November 24

From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Kimi’s Chop and Oyster House will be serving dried cherry and crimini mushroom stuffed organic turkey roulade, lingonberry coulis, sweet potato mousse, whipped potato with lemon thyme gravy and haricot vertes. The special will be offered alongside their full dinner menu and reservations are recommended.


Race Day


Pilgrim 5k – Thanksgiving Point – November 24

Don your bonnet or buckle hat for Thanksgiving Point’s Annual Pilgrim 5k on November 24 at 8 a.m. The perfect location to spend the holiday, Thanksgiving Point will provide warm apple cider and pumpkin bars after you reach the finish line, Plymouth Rock.

Utah Human Race – Utah Food Bank – November 24

Help others have a filling and delicious Thanksgiving by running in the Utah Human Race, a fundraiser for the Utah Food Bank. Beginning Thanksgiving Day, dress up as your favorite Thanksgiving bird and run for a good cause. The race is located in Draper and can be run as a 5k or 10k.

Cold Turkey Run – The Road Home – November 24

In support of The Road Home, the Cold Turkey Run will be held in City Creek and Millcreek on Thanksgiving Day. Beginning at 9 a.m., participants will receive a commemorative pin, t-shirt, food and much more.

Turkey Day Burn – Salt Lake Power Yoga – November 24

For non-runners, who want a more restorative Thanksgiving Day exercise, check out Salt Lake Power Yoga’s Turkey Day Burn. From 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., start your Thanksgiving morning feeling grateful, refreshed and ready.

Other Harvest Fun


Winter Market – Rio Grande – November 5 and 19

Returning to downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, November 5, The Winter Market will host over 60 local vendors, selling winter vegetables, crafts, baked goods and more. The market begins at 10 a.m. on alternating Saturdays at the Rio Grande Depot.

Feast with the Beast – Hogle Zoo – November 24

Visit the zoo Thanksgiving Day while your turkey cooks and watch the animals play with pumpkins donated by The Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers Association and turkey-shaped pinatas. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., children can spend their holiday at the zoo, join in on the animal fun and make festive crafts.


Christmas in November


Salt Lake Family Christmas Gift Show – South Towne Expo Center – November 11-13

Shop the South Towne Expo Center floor for gifts for loved ones and holiday decor at the Salt Lake Family Christmas Show. The event will feature live entertainment, food and hundreds of booths and vendors. Stick around and you may even spot Ol’ Saint Nick!

Holiday Photobooth – Portraits for a Better Beehive – November 13

Portraits for a Better Beehive will be held Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and welcomes all to come take their holiday photos. Each instant film print and digital scan will cost $25 with proceeds going toward the Utah Food Bank and Candy Cane Corner.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Vivint Smart Home Arena – November 22

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, known for their robust and thrilling holiday music, will be returning to the Vivint Smart Home Arena on November 22 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Rock your way into the holiday season by going to the show and receive a free copy of their album, Welcome to Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Holiday Window Unveiling – Grand America Hotel – November 22

The Grand America Hotel begins their holiday season with new displays celebrating Christmas around the world. On Tuesday, November 22 at 4 p.m. the hotel will also reveal their life-sized gingerbread house (made with 800 pounds of royal icing!).

Messiah Sing-In – Abravanel Hall – November 26 and 27

A tradition for many Utah residents, this year’s Messiah Sing-In will feature the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera Resident Artists and Westminster Choirs performing along with the audience. Sing Handel’s classic Messiah piece with the backing of Utah’s largest combined choir this holiday season.

Festival of Trees – South Towne Expo Center – November 30-December 3

A holiday tradition for many Salt Lake residents, the Festival of Trees will hold their annual event at the South Towne Expo Center November 30-December 3. Take in hundreds of meticulously decorated and donated trees while supporting Primary Children’s Hospital.

Trees of Diversity – Utah Cultural Celebration Center – November 26-December 31

Closing out the year, the Utah Cultural Celebration Center celebrates with a Trees of Diversity exhibit that showcasing trees decorated by different ethnic groups, arts organizations and local businesses. The trees flow throughout the entire facility, allowing you to take in the holiday spirit while viewing the rest of the exhibits.

-Brieanna Olds

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