Thanksgiving Eve 2016 in Phoenix and Scottsdale

15 Things to Do on the Day Before Thanksgiving

You might be looking forward to a nice, long holiday weekend at Thanksgiving this year. You don't have to wait for turkey day to start the celebration. Here are some ideas for Thanksgiving-Eve food and fun.

While you are checking out holiday fun for the day before, why not take a look at what you can do on Thanksgiving Day? Even if you have plans for a holiday meal, that won't take the entire day, will it?

Parties, Events and Special Dining on November 23, 2016

Not seeing 15 things to do on this list? Just wait! More will be added right up until the middle of November.

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The annual Thanksgiving Eve Celebration at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Paradise Valley features Tito's inspired culinary creations and live entertainment by The Joe Costello Syndicate and DJ Jen Jones. Throughout the evening, guests can enjoy food and beverage pairings, while enjoying the lively atmosphere in Cortijo Plaza. A portion of the proceeds collected this evening will benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance as part of Omni’s Say Goodnight to Hunger Program. Help support the community by bringing non-perishable food items.

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On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 the refs will drop the puck for the Phoenix Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers in Glendale, AZ at Gila River ArenaHere is how you get tickets to the game.

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ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo will be open in the evening on the day before Thanksgiving. It will get you in the holiday spirit!

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If you are sure you have digested your dinner, roller coasters and ziplining might be the plan for the day at Castles 'n' Coasters in Phoenix. On the day before Thanksgiving (and on Thanksgiving Day!) the arcade and mini golf open at 10 a.m. and the bumper boats and go-karts are open from noon to 9 p.m.

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Sushi Roku at W Scottsdale is offering a four-course Thanksgiving feast on the evening before Thanksgiving! It is a mix of traditional dishes spiced up with bold Asian ingredients. Experience exotic flavors such as Red Kuri (aka Japanese) squash soup made with pork belly, brioche, smoked jalapeno and apple. All-natural turkey from the famed Diestel Family Farms in California will be offered, cooked sous-vide (or slow and low in a sealed container to preserve the moisture) and served with country bread stuffing, sweet potato puree, roasted haricot verts and maple pecan cranberry relish.

 Sushi Roku’s 2016 four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu is $42++ per person. Call 480-970-2121 for reservations.

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Another Comedy Slam: The Day Before Thanksgiving with Jared Campbell, JayMac, Steve Brown, JJ Williamson, along with host Pierre. Showing On Wednesday, November 23 at 8:30 p.m. at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Discounted tickets for this show may be available.

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The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is the place for ice skating, holiday lights, music, a carousel, s'mores, Santa and more. So much to do and see at Christmas at the Princess!

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Wind down with a few cocktails before the relatives invade your home at LUSTRE Rooftop Bar in Downtown Phoenix. Thanksgiving Eve on the Rooftop Party starts at 6 p.m. with guest DJ Kim E. Fresh mixing at 8 p.m. Seasonal cocktails all night. Open to the public, 21+ only, no cover.

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Kick-off your Thanksgiving weekend at Kelly’s at SouthBridge 5th Annual Friends-Giving Party. On Wednesday, November 23, don your best holiday ugly sweater. A photo booth will be there to capture all the fun! Drink specials, a pie eating contest, live music from Sassy & the Sneak Attack and more. Downtown Scottsdale.

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Enjoy a true Texas-style treat on the days leading up to Thanksgiving (November 20 - November 23) at TEXAZ Grill in Phoenix, where they will be serving Chicken Fried Turkey. The meal consists of a hearty turkey breast cutlet seasoned and lightly breaded with a crisp, golden, exterior and juicy interior. It comes with a savory, slow-cooked gravy, homemade mashed potatoes, and homemade cranberry sauce on the side. Price at lunch is $10 and at supper is $15. For supper, the Chicken-Fried Turkey meal includes a side of bread & butter and house salad.

 

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There are always new movies coming out during the holidays. Find out what's playing at your local movie theater on Thanksgiving Eve.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.