Thanksgiving in Colorado Springs

Thanksgiving in Colorado Springs means something different to every family. For some, it’s gathering at a relative’s home and enjoying a meal. Others may like to volunteer to serve the homeless, attend an event, or run in a race to burn calories before the big meal. Some families would rather skip the work and chaos and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant. No matter what your ideal Thanksgiving may be, there are ways to celebrate in Colorado Springs. Here are some ideas. 


There are several volunteer opportunities available on and near Thanksgiving.  If you’d like to help, check with the Springs Rescue Mission. If you can’t go in person, make a donation to help feed someone in need this Thanksgiving. The Springs Rescue Mission is accepting donations here

Other organizations that welcome volunteers and donations throughout the year include:

  • Care and Share Food Bank
  • Pikes Peak United Way
  • The Salvation Army
  • Dine Out

Enjoy Dinner with friends or family without making a mess in your home or needing to cook at all! There are many restaurants open in town on Thanksgiving. Here is a list of a few to consider:

  • The Cliff House
  • MacKenzie’s Chop House
  • Cheyenne Mountain Resort
  • Edelweiss Restaurant
  • The Famous Steakhouse
  • Front Range Barbecue
  • Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar
  • Joseph’s Fine Dining
  • Patty Jewett Clubhouse
  • Prime25
  • Springs Orleans
  • The Summit Interquest
  • Romano’s
  • La Baguette
  • The View House

Attend a Thanksgiving Themed Event

There are many Thanksgiving-themed events scheduled around the area. Some are fundraisers, some allow you to create something, and some are for pure entertainment. Here are a few Thanksgiving-themed events in Colorado Springs.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Toss: Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

Enjoy an interesting and educational outdoor experience with your family on Thanksgiving morning. Come to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center to watch resident wolves, coyotes, and fox families enjoy a turkey dinner. Note that no turkeys will be alive or harmed during this event. Limited space is available for this pre-paid event. The cost is $40 for those 12 and older and $20 for those ages 6-11. Call 719.687.9742 to make your reservations and find more information about this and future events here

Thanksgiving Table Arrangement

Create a beautiful table arrangement to adorn your Thanksgiving gathering. Come to Sweetwater Studio on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM for this event. Sweetwater Studio is located at:

1163 Voyager Parkway

Colorado Springs, CO 80921

 All participants will receive personalized instruction to create their centerpieces. In addition, all supplies, including miniature pumpkins, greens, and flowers are included. Participants will also have access to all needed tools. The cost to participate is $125. Find more details and purchase your tickets here

Handprint Turkey Class

Get ready for Thanksgiving by painting your own turkey plate. An artist will help all participants pick out brushes, paints, and other utensils and provide instruction for creating a turkey plate. It is a great addition to any Thanksgiving table. This event will take place on Wednesday, November 23 from 2 to 3 PM. The cost is $29 per person plus tax. Find more information and register here. The class will take place at:

Brush Crazy

4416 Austin Bluffs Parkway

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Run in a Race

Several races around town are available near Thanksgiving. Here are some of the most popular:

Turkey Trot 5K and Kids’ Tiny Trot

The Briargate YMCA is hosting this event on November 24, 2022. This is the 25th year of this event, which serves as a fundraiser for the YMCA. Funds raised go to provide scholarships for families in need. The Kids’ Tiny Trot is free and begins at 8:15 AM. The 5K starts at 9 AM and is $40 for adults and $30 for those aged 19 and under. The Tiny Trot is for children 12 years and younger. Furry friends may also join the race. The cost is $15 and these participants will receive a Creepy Crawl 5K bandana. Find all the details and register here

2022 Gobble Til You Wobble 

For more flexibility, run in a virtual race. Choose from a 1 mile, 5K, 10K, 13.1, or 26.2! You can run anytime in November, but it’s great fun to run on Thanksgiving to burn some calories before or after the big meal. A percentage of race registration fees will be donated to Feeding America and participants will receive a Gobble Til You Wobble medal after completing their event. The registration fee is $18, which also includes a bib. Those who participate can walk or run anywhere. Choose a trail, run on the road in your neighborhood, on a track, or at the gym on a treadmill. Learn more about this race and register here

Lululemon COS Turkey Trot

If you’d like to run a race after Thanksgiving, consider the Lululemon COS Turkey Trot. This race will take place on Saturday, November 26, 2022, from 9 AM to 11 AM. Choose from a 5K or 10K that starts in Pinon Valley Park and continues into Ute Valley Park in West Colorado Springs. The race is free, but donations to One Nation Walking Together are appreciated. This event is capped at 50, so register early. All participants will need a smartphone or watch to view the course GPS links. Find out more and reserve your spot here

Enjoy Thanksgiving in Your Colorado Springs Home

For some, cooking a big meal and inviting friends and family over to your house is the best way to spend Thanksgiving. Make all the food yourself or share the burden of preparing food with those coming to your house. Enjoy football, give thanks for living in such a beautiful city, and for friends and family. 

If you are currently renting and are hoping to purchase a new home to host Thanksgiving dinner, work with an experienced local realtor. Mark Main can help you find the perfect home to prepare and share your next Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones. Start your home search on Best CS Homes and reach out to Mark today.

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