Albuquerque Thanksgiving Guide

If you find yourself traveling to, stuck in, or living in Albuquerque, New Mexico for Thanksgiving, there are fortunately a number of great activities and dining options available during the holiday. Albuquerque Thanksgiving traditions include the River of Lights, delicious home cooked meals, Nutcracker ballets, and plenty of after Thanksgiving Black Friday sales.

The following links will help you find out where you might get a Thanksgiving dinner, or if you want to get out earlier in the day, where you can find a brunch buffet. If you're not in the mood to go out, there are also several options available for you for Thanksgiving feasts—while local supermarkets will prepare the feast for you, several restaurants are also willing to do the work for you as well.

Explore the following links for complete guides to dine-in and take-out dinner, special events, performances, and sales so you can plan your Thanksgiving trip to Albuquerque appropriately.

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    A full plate at Thanksgiving dinner symbolizes American abundance, belonging, and identity.
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    Sometimes cooking just isn't on the menu for Thanksgiving—it takes hours of preparation and hard work and can get to be rather expensive, all things considered. This can be especially difficult if you're traveling for the holiday season, so why not take your family out to eat for Thanksgiving in one of Albuquerque's many fining dining establishments? 

    The city offers a variety of exquisite Thanksgiving meals—or for the more adventurous, something entirely different than traditional turkey dinner—including buffet and brunch options, from down-home cooking to the elegantly sublime.

    We recommend the traditional feast served at the  Corn Maiden at the Tamaya Hyatt Resort or the New Mexico fusion style of Pueblo Harvest Cafe inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for a real taste of Albuquerque.

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    Canadian French Quebec words and expressions: pour emporter.
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    Maybe you have to work Thanksgiving Day, or just need that extra bit of help—not to worry, there are lots of takeout options in Albuquerque! Buy the side dishes, get the entire meal to go, or just pick up a pre-cooked bird at one of these fantastic New Mexican restaurants.

    Thanksgiving takeout options include whole meals, meals with a variety of meat choices, meals with all the fixings, meals from grocery stores, or meals from restaurants.

    We recommend stopping by Keller's Farm Stores (there are two in the city) for their chemical-free, organic selections or Mimi's at the Shops at Arbor Walk—but be warned: you need to reserve your feast ahead of time!

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    Turkey Trot
    Turkey Trot. © Phil Roeder

    It isn't often you get two for one, but turkey trots combine outdoor fitness with charitable causes, making for a win-win all the way around this Albuquerque Thanksgiving tradition.

    With the city's mild Thanksgiving weather, it's a great way to spend time with family and friends before the big meal. You've got to burn the holiday calories somewhere, why not sign on for a Thanksgiving day Turkey trot?

    Head over to Kit Park for the annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Run or check out the 17th Annual Turkey Trek if you're in the mood to run this holiday season.

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    Shop Black Friday
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    Some shoppers are so serious, they get out with their lists and hit the road the day after Thanksgiving—or even the day of. If the discounts and sales available the day after Thanksgiving, or the following Monday, Cyber Monday, appeal to your shopping style, then start with some of these strategies.

    Stores open earlier each year for the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy. While midnight was once the earliest time store doors opened post-Thanksgiving, some stores are now open Thanksgiving Day or in the evening after Thanksgiving dinner. Find electronics, clothing, video games and more at these local stores and national chains in the Albuquerque area by checking out Black Friday Hours and planning accordingly.

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    The snow scene from Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker.
    The snow scene from Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker. Photo © Angela Sterling

    Thanksgiving weekend is the start of the "Nutcracker" season. See a performance at Popejoy Hall with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, or see the world's one and only "Russian Nutcracker" put on by the Moscow Ballet at the Kiva Auditorium at Albuquerque Convention Center.