Enjoy Thanksgiving in Mammoth Lakes

Nov 16, 2022

Thanksgiving is a special time in Mammoth Lakes. It’s the perfect place to kick off the holiday season with your loved ones. From holiday activities to outdoor adventures (plus, delicious food, of course) here’s a rundown of everything happening for Thanksgiving in Mammoth Lakes.

Plus if you’re joining Thanksgiving celebrations at the last minute, flights from Southern California to Mammoth Lakes on Advanced Air begin on November 23—perfect for a quick trip.

Thanksgiving Events in Mammoth Lakes

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, organized by the Mammoth Track Club, is the perfect way to spend some time outside before Thanksgiving dinner. Costumes and fun are encouraged!

Holiday Tree Lighting in the Village

Kick-off the Christmas season with the annual Holiday Tree Lighting in the Village. Join Woolly and Santa for photos, kids’ activities and live music outdoors in a festive holiday atmosphere. After the tree lighting, head to the Mammoth Ice Rink for opening night.

Activities to Enjoy Over Thanksgiving Week

Explore the Trails

Mammoth Lakes trails are open to hiking year-round, weather and snow permitting, so this Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to explore on foot. Take the Town Loop for a low-key walk in town, or head down to lower elevations for a walk around Convict Lake. 

The paved path and bike-friendly trails are also great for a bike ride after a day of eating and drinking. And, if you don’t have your own bike, some local shops have late-season rentals still available. 

Hit the Slopes

Mammoth Mountain will be open for skiing and snowboarding throughout the holiday week. Check the Mammoth Mountain website for details on what lifts and trails are open.

Go Sightseeing

Nothing beats being one of only a few people at popular sightseeing spots. During this time of year, scenic spots, including Inyo Craters, Earthquake FaultMono Lake or Bodie State Historic Park, are much quieter than in the summertime. Depending on conditions you may need to check with the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center to see if access roads are passable.

Ice-Skate Outdoors

The Mammoth Ice Rink opens on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Bundle up for outdoor skating at the rink during open skate hours.

Get Out on the Town

This time of year is great for cozying up to the fire with a drink in hand or enjoying how festive the town feels.

Plan Family-Friendly Indoor Activities

No matter the weather, indoor activities are a great way to wind down after a day of adventuring. Mammoth Rock ‘N’ Bowl is a one-stop shop for indoor fun. Reserve a lane for bowling or check out the golf simulator, ping pong and video games.

Axe throwing is another fun indoor option that’s new to Mammoth Lakes. Book an hour in a private throwing lane at Yosemite Axe Throwing for up to two people, or if you have the whole family in tow then rates are available for groups of six or more.

When the Mammoth Mountain scenic gondola is running, the Eleven 53 Interpretive Center offers family-friendly interpretive exhibits and amazing views.

Black Friday Shopping in Mammoth Lakes

Black Friday in Mammoth Lakes is pretty mellow compared to other places, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t deals! It’s a great time to update your winter gear setup or find a unique locally-made gift.

Mammoth Lakes is also a terrific place to support Small Business Saturday and many Mammoth-made products. Local merchants offer customized, friendly small-town service and really appreciate your business.

Thanksgiving Dinner in Mammoth Lakes

Dine-In Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’d prefer to take the family out, the Mountainside Bar & Grill at the Mammoth Mountain Inn across from the mountain’s Main Lodge serves up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixin’s. Seating times are available at 2:30 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm. Call 800.MAMMOTH for reservations.

Smokeyard BBQ & Chop Shop is hosting a sit-down Thanksgiving meal. Reservations are available from 4 pm to 8:30 pm with seatings every 15 minutes. Time slots are available every 15 minutes. Book online to reserve a table. They will also have a limited amount of Take-out meals available.

If you’re looking to take things up a notch with some fine dining, the intimate Lakefront Restaurant at historic Tamarack Lodge offers a four-course holiday menu with available seating times at 3 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm. *As of 11/14/22, reservations for dinner at Lakefront are currently full.

The Brasserie at Mammoth Rock N Bowl offers an upscale non-traditional menu for Thanksgiving Dinner. Reserve a table by calling the Brasserie at 760-934-4200.

The Westin’s Whitebark Restaurant & Lounge is offering a delicious feast of all the Thanksgiving favorites. Dinner is offered at three convenient seating times: 2:30 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:30 PM. Reservations required; must pay in full at time of booking. Call 760-934-0460 for reservations. If you’re looking to take things up a notch with some fine dining, the intimate Lakefront Restaurant at historic Tamarack Lodge offers a four-course holiday menu with available seating times at 3 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm. *As of 11/16/22, reservations for dinner at Whitebark are currently full.

Dos Alas CubaRican Cafe & Lounge is offering a prix fixe tropical Caribbean and Spanish influenced Thanksgiving dinner. Reservations are strongly encouraged, but walks-ins are welcome dependent on available space. Please call (760) 965-0345 to reserve.

Austria Hof is serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with some additional regular menu items. Call ahead for reservations at 760-934-2764.

Toomey’s in the Village is hosting a sit-down dinner. Call 760-924-4408 for details about the menu and to reserve a table.

Petra’s Bistro & Wine Bar will be offering an upscale traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which will pair perfectly with your favorite wine from their diverse wine list. Call Petra’s at 760-934-3500 for more information.

If you’re on the hunt for something more casual, head to Liberty Sports Bar & Grill. Grab a turkey plate with all the fixings and watch some football from 9:30am on. For more information call 760-965-0514.

Thanksgiving Dessert

No holiday dinner is complete without a piece (or two) of pie. Find out where else you can pre-order your Thanksgiving desserts.

Carry Out & Delivery Thanksgiving Options

Staying in? For a truly hassle-free experience, Doorstep Deliveries can arrange everything you need, from decorations to holiday prep and shopping to meal delivery.

Shea Schat’s Bakery will be offering a pre-made Thanksgiving meal in addition to all their usual delicious baked goods. For more information or to reserve, please call 760-934-6055, or stop into the bakery to order.

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