Montana is chock-a-block full of mountains, snow, charming small towns, and gorgeous scenery. The perfect backdrop for a perfect Thanksgiving holiday, right? Indeed, but there are a just few more details to fill in to make it a wonderful Montana gathering. And we’re here to help. From good-as-Grandma’s pumpkin pies and gotta have locally-raised turkeys, to where to go alpine and cross country skiing, and the out-on-the-town hotspots, here is your 2018 guide to Thanksgiving in our corner of Montana.
WHERE TO SHOP for Thanksgiving dinner necessities
For the best groceries around: The Community Food Co-op in Bozeman has an amazing selection of local and organic produce and herbs, turkeys, spices, and everything else.
Specialty meat shops: We’re partial to Deemo’s Meats in Ennis and Daniel’s Gourmet Meats in Bozeman.
Pies and other amazing baked goods: The Community Food Co-op has holiday pies (made with honest to goodness real Montana pumpkins), The Coffee Pot Bakery at Four Corners, just west of Bozeman, has an incredible selection of pastries and pies. Their pies can be taken pre-baked or to bake at home. You should also check out their take and bake lasagnas, cookies and more. Other favorite bakeries are Wild Crumb, with a storefront in Bozeman and On The Rise, with breads sold in local stores.
On November 17th you can hit the Bozeman Winter Farmer’s Market to stock up on local products.
And don’t forget the hooch: Willie’s Distillery in Ennis and Bozeman Spirits in downtown Bozeman are both wonderful for the hard stuff. And for growlers, a few of our favorites breweries are Neptune’s in Livingston, Lone Peak in Big Sky, Map Brewing and Mountains Walking in Bozeman. And for the complete list of Montana breweries check out The Brew Trail.
DON’T LIKE TO COOK? Eat out!
There are a number of eateries that are open and serving turkey and all the fixings on Thanksgiving day. Here are our favorites.
WHAT TO DO to burn off holiday calories
Get in your first runs of the season: The lifts at Big Sky Resort open for the 2018/19 season on Thanksgiving Day!
Hit the Nordic trails: Folks travel from around the country for the Yellowstone Ski Festival in West Yellowstone. It includes big time races to never-ever-skied-before lessons and it goes on all week, so here’s the breakdown of all activities.
Go for a run: To burn the calories before the big feast, sign up for one of our local Thanksgiving morning fun runs. Huffing for Stuffing in Bozeman has a huge and very festive turnout with over 4,00 participants enjoying the 5K, 10K, 5K fun run and kids run, or head to Big Sky for the Turkey Trot with a 5K and a kids fun run.
CONCERTS and other EVENTS to get you outa the house:
November 15, 16 & 17 Kick off the winter season at The Emerson Cultural Center’s Holiday Bizarrre, a marketplace for local and regional products and crafts.
November 15, 16 & 17 If you haven’t seen them, it’s time…Broad Comedy is a Bozeman-born all, women comedy troupe that now has a home in New York City.
November 17 Get down to the Sweet Groovalicious Funk Machine! What is this, you say? Our sixth annual super fun Funksgiving is a ’70s dance party where costumes are a must and proceeds benefit our local land trust.
November 18 The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Bozeman!
November 21 We love any excuse to head to Map Brewing, and here’s a fun sounding one…
November 24 Between craziness of Black Friday and hunkered-over-your-computer Cyber Monday, you can get out and actually enjoy Small Business Saturday! Celebrated in Bozeman and other small communities around the country, the event encourages people to “shop small” with their local shop owners. It’s a fun and festive day in downtown Bozeman.
November 26 Cirque Musica is performing Wonderland, a holiday acrobatic extravaganza. At the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman.
And A FEW ADVENTURES to enjoy the great outdoors:
Take a day trip to Yellowstone. Most of the park roads close for the season in early November, but the north entrance at Gardiner stays open and plowed, allowing visitors to travel to Mammoth Hot Springs and over to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley.
Rent cross country skis or snowshoes from Bangtail Bike and Skis or Chalet Sports, both in Bozeman, from Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, or from Free Heel and Wheel in West Yellowstone and hit the trails!
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