The Big 2018 Phoenix Thanksgiving Guide

Cooking, Eating, Travel and Fun on Thanksgiving

Whether you are eating out on Thanksgiving, or looking for a place to order a Thanksgiving dinner to go, or just trying to figure out what to do with those Thanksgiving weekend guests, here is a guide to Thanksgiving in the Phoenix, Arizona area. In 2018, the date for Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 22.

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Eating Out on Thanksgiving

Eating out on Thanksgiving: Turkey and the Trimmings
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Enjoying a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal doesn't mean that you have to slave in the kitchen for two days before the holiday, and then drop from exhaustion when your guests finally leave. There are many restaurants in the Phoenix, AZ area where you can go out on Thanksgiving Day. Buffets or multi-course prix fixe menus, these restaurants may be associated with local hotels and resorts, casinos, chains or they may be independently owned and operated restaurants. All price ranges are included here. This listing is updated often throughout the month of November.

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Order Thanksgiving Take Out From Local Phoenix Area Restaurants

Ordering a complete dinner to go from a local restaurant might be a good choice this year.
Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ

Maybe you'd rather stay at home for Thanksgiving, but you still don't want to or don't have the time to prepare the meal. Take out might be the answer. You can get the entire meal, or just the turkey or ham and pie and add your own sides. Or get your own turkey and just order the sides and dessert. Here are several restaurants in the Phoenix area that offer take out. Check to make sure how far in advance you have to reserve your meal, and when you can pick it up.

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Order Thanksgiving Take-Out From Local Phoenix Area Markets

Take a moment out of the holiday rush to just feel grateful.
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You can order your Phoenix Thanksgiving take-out from a local restaurant. Alternatively — and less gourmet and cheaper — you can also order your Thanksgiving-to-go from your local market or grocery store.

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Fall Recipes From Local Chefs

Recipe Pumpkin Cheesecake
The Capital Grille

We have many highly acclaimed restaurants in the Phoenix area, and several of them have joined me in helping you create some very special holiday meals.

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Frying a Turkey?

Turkey Frying
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The Avondale Firefighters want everyone to be safe this Thanksgiving. If you are determined to deep fry a turkey this year, make sure you read these safety tips first!

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Find a Turkey Trot

Fountain Hills Turkey Trot
Courtesy Fountain Hills Office of Tourism

How about a little exercise and family fun before sitting down to eat and drink and watch football all day? There are several competitive and non-competitive walks and runs in the Greater Phoenix area on Thanksgiving Day.

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Attractions and Activities that Are Open on Thanksgiving Day

Inside the Mirror Maze. Is that me? Or a mirror image of me?
Judy Hedding

As long as it might take to prepare your Thanksgiving meal, it doesn't usually take very long to eat it! What do you do with the rest of your day? While some people look forward to watching football on TV all day, some of you might want to get and and do something else with your day off. Here are some ideas.

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Stores That Are Open on Thanksgiving Day

Walgreens is one of several stores that are open on Thanksgiving.
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Sometimes you need to head to the store and pick up one little thing that you forgot. Here is a listing of stores that are open on Thanksgiving in the Phoenix area.

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Volunteer Your Time

Volunteer for the Holidays
Courtesy Salvation Army, Phoenix

We should think about it all year long, but if we can't volunteer during the rest of the year, here are some opportunities to do something for others in our community during the holidays.

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After Thanksgiving: Small Business Saturday

I shop on Small Business Saturday!
Judy Hedding

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving we are all encouraged to think twice about where we shop, and make a special effort to spend our holiday dollars at locally owned and operated businesses. You might even get a bonus!

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After Thanksgiving: Find a Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree

Salvation Army
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The Salvation Army's Christmas Angel program is a tradition in Arizona. Each of the trees is decorated with Christmas Angel tags that represent a boy or girl under 12 years of age. These are children whose families have qualified for holiday assistance through The Salvation Army. Simply remove the tag from the tree, register the angel with a volunteer and then shop for your angel.

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Average Holiday Temperatures

The Phoenix area is usually a great place to spend the holidays if you enjoy mild weather.
Judy Hedding

Check out what the weather is likely to be like when the relatives come to visit.

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Holiday Travel Tips

Sky Harbor International Airport
Judy Hedding

If you are flying wither in or out of Sky Harbor International Airport for the Thanksgiving holiday, here are some tips for parking and handling this busy travel period.

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