Written by Thomas Walsh
December 15

Thanksgiving Holiday Hoopla

Remember that wonderful holiday right between Halloween and Christmas? You know, the one dedicated to eating delicious food with your friends and family and giving thanks? Oh, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, football and the National Dog Show. This all adds up to one magical day at home! But what do you do when you want to get off the couch and out of your turkey-coma? Look no further!

Start your Thanksgiving holiday right with the annual 6k Turkey Trot hosted by the Aspen Club on Thanksgiving Day. Pop that turkey in the oven then get out in the fresh air! Prizes will be awarded to the top male, female and kids plus there will be a raffle where anyone who participates can win.

After the feast is packed away, entertain guests and family with a trip to the Festival of Trees and Holiday Art Show. This annual holiday event is held the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving at the Northfork Lodge. View and bid on stunning holiday trees and wreaths mingled between booths showcasing our local artists. Sip a glass of wine or hot chocolate at this family-friendly fundraiser – proceeds from the tree auction go to benefit our local community service organizations!

From the Festival of Trees and Holiday Art Show, get the troops downtown to Art Robert’s Park for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Carolers will be on hand to sing us into the season, hot chocolate will be served up by the youth hockey and ice skating teams and Santa himself will make a grand entrance on a fire truck to hand out candy canes and hear what all of the kiddos want for Christmas! The fun starts at 5pm on Friday following Thanksgiving.

Directly following the Christmas Tree Lighting, join your fellow snow fans at the Pray for Snow Party at the Activity Barn! Tempt the snow gods with fellow powder hounds in a dance around a giant bonfire. Live music from Break & Circus, a huge raffle, tasty beer from Salmon River Brewery and a rail jam (conditions permitting) will keep you warm and toasty as we call down winter.

Ready to check some of those Christmas gifts off the list? Small Business Saturday is a great way to shop local AND find one-of-a-kind presents to spread the holiday cheer. Whether you’re looking for home goods, outdoor wear, recreational equipment, artwork, jewelry, stylish clothing and accessories, or a sweet treat, you’ll be delighted with the innovative products our local shops and boutiques have to offer.

Not ready to stop the fun? Stop by the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and pick up your copy of our Mountain Hollydays Guide to learn about the 50+ events happening throughout the month of December. We also have some great coupons and incentives for those who shop local!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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