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Guide to American Thanksgiving in Whistler

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Here in Whistler, we like to think we’re extra lucky.

That’s because we get to celebrate Thanksgiving not once, but twice. That means double the turkey, double the stuffing, and double the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you spend time with your favourite people.

Back in October, we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving, which makes sense, given that Whistler is in Canada.

But it just so happens that plenty of Americans like Whistler quite a bit – and we’re rather fond of them too. So, we get to celebrate Thanksgiving once again at the end of November!

If you’re planning on coming up to Whistler for the American Thanksgiving Day weekend, here are a few of the things you can do to stay busy and celebrate.

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast

Just because you’re away from home, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast! Many local restaurants put together a special menu for our visiting Americans complete with turkey, side dishes, and all the fixings. You can even plan ahead for a catered meal from the comfort of your home (or rental!).

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Cheer on the Hawks

Though we cheer a little louder for hockey than football, we know that football holds a special place in the hearts of our American friends. Watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers in good company at the Longhorn’s special tailgate party on November 27. Yes, nachos are definitely on the menu!

Go Skiing

Come November 27, you’ll have something extra to be thankful for: skiing! American Thanksgiving just so happens to coincide with the official opening day of the mountain, so be sure to tune your skis and snowboards and get a few turns in. Think of it as making a little extra room for all that pumpkin pie.

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Celebrate Snow

The mountains are white, the trees in the Village are covered in Christmas lights, and it’s mighty hard not to feel like you’re in a real live snow globe in Whistler this time of year. Stoke your winter stoke by taking in Warren Miller’s latest and greatest ski film – No Turning Back premieres at Millenium Place on November 29, with two shows: one at 5 PM, and another at 8 PM.

Get Bizarre

Athletes, artists, photographers, writers – there is no shortage of talent in Whistler. The Bizarre Bazaar showcases some of Whistler’s most creative and talented folks. It’s like a craft sale with a unique Whistler spin, only it’s so much more than crafts. Expect edible treats, handmade winter wear, and items to please every person on your holiday shopping list. The Bizarre Bazaar takes place November 29 and 30 at the Whistler Conference Centre, and entry is by donation.

Try Your Hand at Nordic Skiing

Whether you’re a lifelong fan of cross-country skiing or you’re brand new to the sport, this just so happens to be the perfect weekend to check out Whistler’s Nordic skiing scene. Head down to the Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley – home to the Nordic skiing events of the 2010 Winter Olympics – and check out the first Teck Coast Cup race series of the season. These races are relatively short distances and are perfect for easing your way into the sport. If that sounds like too much, then you can still check out the free technique sessions in both classic and skate styles. It all takes place on November 30.