You came to Steamboat Springs for some much-needed time away and some Thanksgiving fun and flair. No matter how long you’re in town, there’s plenty to see and do in addition to your Thanksgiving plans. You’ll enjoy a mix of fun, excitement, adventure, and activities on your trip. Sing along to favorites, take a dip in the hot springs, or enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner in or out at on the town. There’s something to keep everyone busy.

‘Light up the Night’ Tree Lighting Ceremony

Main Street Steamboat Springs hosts the annual tree lighting ceremony “Light up the Night” on November 26th, 2021. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, gather on the Courthouse lawn from 6:00pm-6:30pm to count down the Christmas tree lighting. Enjoy cocoa, cookies and a visit with Santa before enjoying a wonderful evening in Steamboat Springs.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Check with local restaurants to see what the exact plan for the big day is. Some restaurants will be serving traditional Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings. You can ask about take out or delivery or other catering service is you would rather avoid the crowds.

Indoor Activities

If the cool Colorado weather keeps you indoors, you don’t have to stay at your rental the whole time. There are plenty of indoor activities in and around Steamboat Springs for everyone to enjoy. Get in your exercise skating at the indoor Howelsen Ice Arena or play indoor tennis or pickleball at the tennis center. Try for the elusive 300 at the newly remodeled Snow Bowl bowling alley. If a quiet time is more your speed, check out a library or bookstore and score some new reading material to pass the time and give your brain a workout.

Tread of Pioneers Museum

The museum is a great place to learn about Steamboat’s place in the history of Westward Expansion. The heart of the museum is a beautiful 1901 Queen Anne-style Victorian home that features turn-of-the-century furnishings just like what would have originally been in the home. Along with the exhibits this Thanksgiving, you can enjoy the Festival of Trees event. See beautiful Christmas trees and holiday décor throughout the museum. You can see the Christmastime display on various dates between November 12 and November 27.

Hot Springs

No trip to Steamboat Springs is complete without a visit to the natural wonders that give the town its name. You’ll want to carve out some time in your Steamboat Springs Thanksgiving plans to visit the springs of Steamboat Springs. Visit one or both of the springs that keep locals and visitors coming back time and again. Old Town Hot Springs is located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs and is a multi-use complex that gives you a full body workout and relaxation session in one visit. It boasts eight natural mineral water hot pools, two water slides, a fitness center, aquatic rock climbing wall, kid’s area, and much more to keep everyone happy and busy during the visit. Strawberry Park Hot Springs is located on the edge of the Yampa Valley and features thermal pools that range in temperature from 101-106 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure to check the COVID-19 restrictions before heading out. They may include limited capacity or schedule, and reservations may be required to control crowds. Make sure to bring a mask and wear it whenever you’re not in the water and observe social distancing when possible. Restrooms are still available, but changing rooms are limited. Only cash will be accepted for entry fees. No credit or debit cards.


Enjoy new fall tastes – with some Steamboat Springs Thanksgiving flavors mixed in – and some on-tap regulars at one of the breweries that call Steamboat Springs home. Choose from lagers, pilsners, IPAs, ales, and many others. Each brewery has its own unique flavors and choices, so you’re bound to find something to quench your thirst after visiting each one. Depending on the brewhouse you visit, you can enjoy a complete meal when you order from their food menu too. You can purchase some of the brews to enjoy at your rental or ask the staff where else in the area their beers are sold.

Outdoor Activities

There are plenty of fun outdoor activities to do in Steamboat before the snow falls. Gather your group and head out for a hike in the beautiful surroundings of Steamboat, rent some bikes and hit the trails on two wheels, or explore town on a scavenger hunt. Local ranches offer horseback rides through the mountains or visit the hot springs.

Thanksgiving in Steamboat Springs

You chose Steamboat Springs for a private, fun getaway with the ones you love this Thanksgiving. Extend the privacy and fun you crave to your accommodations by booking a vacation rental with Elevated Properties. If you’d rather handle the big Thanksgiving meal yourself, you can prepare it or any other meal you choose in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in the open living area for some football, Christmas movies, or other entertainment. For a sweetheart getaway or small family, choose a one-bedroom unit. If you’re planning a large group trip or reunion, there are units as large as six bedrooms! Choose a premium unit for upgrades and perks like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat screen TVs and more!

Contact us today to start planning your Steamboat Springs Thanksgiving getaway!