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2018 Thanksgiving events

Happy Thanksgiving! There is a lot going on this weekend, but the list below is not complete! Know of an event not listed? Email who, what, when, where and all other information to so we can update the list.

IDAHO FALLS Thursday, November 22 Race to Feed the Hungry – 9 a.m. at Freeman Park with announcements and a warm-up led by CrossFit AMROCK at 8:30.

Food Donations will be accepted at packet pick-up as well as on the day of the race. Register HERE.

Thanksgiving at The Soup Kitchen – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen. More HERE. Community Thanksgiving Dinner – 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Doors open at 11:20 a.m.) at Idaho Falls Elks Lodge (640 E Elva St). “If you are homebound and need a meal delivered, please call The Salvation Army at (208) 522-7200 to get on the list. The deadline for a home delivery is Tuesday, November 20 at 5:00 p.m.” More HERE. Saturday, November 24 $20 Microchip Special by Snake River Animal Shelter – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Snake River Animal Shelter 3000 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls) – “This is an amazing deal! Don’t risk losing your pet, get them microchipped! Please bring your pet(s) in a pet carrier or on a leash. Call (208) 523-4219 with any questions!” Horse Drawn Trolley Rides – 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation (381 Shoup Avenue, Suite 207, Idaho Falls) – All rides are FREE! More HERE. The Forgotten Carols in Idaho Falls – 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium (501 South Holmes Avenue, Idaho Falls) – “Doors into the auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Doors to the lobby, the box office and merchandise sales will open 1 hour prior to showtime. The show is 2 hours and 20 minutes with an intermission.” More information HERE. Downtown Tree Lighting – 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation (381 Shoup Avenue, Suite 207, Idaho Falls) “Join us at Civitan Plaza (Corner of Park Ave & B Street) for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Beginning at 3:00: County Line will be performing live
3 pm: Complimentary hot cocoa will be available courtesy of the Bank of Idaho
5:30 pm: Tree Lighting with Mayor Casper, Jeff Newgard and Santa.

Christmas trees in the Plaza that have been donated by sponsors and decorated by local schools and other groups. You’ll be entertained with a color guard presentation, the singing of the national anthem, and then Christmas carols. We’ll have free hot chocolate just before the tree lighting. Special thank you to the Civitans for providing the lights!” More HERE. Monday, November 26 Pet Photos with Santa – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grand Teton Mall (2300 East 17th Street, Idaho Falls) – “Mondays from 5 PM – 8 PM (November 19 – December 17) Bring your pet (dogs and cats only, please) for a photo with Santa! Leave with an adorable pic to share with your friends & followers.” More HERE. Tuesday, November 27 GivingTuesday – at the Community Food Basket (245 N Placer Ave, Idaho Falls) “One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community – please consider supporting your local food pantry, the Community Food Basket – Idaho Falls with either a one time or a recurring monthly donation to support our fight against hunger and food insecurity.” More HERE.

AMMON All holiday season long: Santa’s Wonderland- Free 4×6 Photo with Santa & Activities at Cabela’s (3693 S 25th E, Ammon) For more information and times, go HERE. Saturday, November 24 The Annual Ammon Winter Light Parade and Gazebo Lighting – at 6 p.m. ” The Annual Winter Light Parade and Gazebo Lighting is the kick off to the holiday season. This family free event is one you will not want to miss.
Parade will start at 6pm at Eagle and Sunnyside intersection and goes up Sunnyside , left onto Ammon Rd and turns left on 17th and then left on Midway to McCowin Park. Where you can enjoy the gazebo lights and visit Santa.” More HERE.

POCATELLO Friday, November 23 Community Pot Luck – 11 a.m. at Idaho Hyperbarics Healing Center (1151 W Alameda Rd.) – “We will have 8 turkeys, ham and turkey gravy. If people have a way to cook they are welcome to bring a dish to share and if not they are welcome to come help us eat what we have.” Saturday, November 24Animals! Santa! & Candy Cane Hunt! – Officials Candy Cane Lane Locations – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Station Square, Pocatello (200 S Main St, Pocatello) – (Limit one candy cane per adult, per location.) Portneuf Valley Brewing, 615 S. 1st Ave. Center Street Clubhouse, 542 E. Center Her Alibi Antiques & Treasures, 211 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello Pet Lodge, 145 S. 3rd Ave. Pocatello Pet Lodge, Too, 143 S. 2nd Ave. The Yellowstone Restaurant, 230 W. Bonneville Kanda’s & Co., 410 S. Main A Different Cup, Station Square, 200 S. Main Blades Salon & Spa, Station Square, 200 S. Main A Taste of Hawaii, Station Square, 200 S. Main Playtime Cafe, 123 S. Main Deckadence Board Shop, 326 W. Center Old Town Mercantile & Antiques, 134 N. Main J & Company, a JD Hansen Salon Spa, 127 N. Main Vain & Vintage, 149 N. Main Villano’s Italian Restaurant 165 N. Main Poky Dot Boutique, 201 N. Main Maggie’s Place Learning Center, 348 W. Clark The Purple Moon, 218 N. Main Main Steam Coffee & Desserts, 234 N. Main Enchantments, 233 N. Main Grecian Key Restaurant, 314 N. Main The Elwen Cottage, 334 N. Main Main Street Music, 401 N. Main Ritzy Repeats, 401 1/2 N. Main One Up VR, 928 N. Main Monday, November 26

8th Annual Tree Light Festival – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Pond Student Union (921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello) – “The festival will include trolley rides, ice sculptures, treats, crafts, hot chocolate and the lighting of ISU’s 70-feet-tall Christmas Tree.ISU President Kevin Satterlee will speak at the festival and has the honor of lighting the tree. This event is free and open to the public.” More HERE.

November 28 – December 1

Festival of Trees – Idaho State University’s Stephens Performing Arts Center – More about tickets HERE or call 208-235-3231.

Friday, November 30

Kandy Land Holiday Gift Show – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (410 S. Main) – Bring your Christmas list along with the kids. Pet friendly photos with Santa from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Music by Ruth Hartman on flute and the Moment performing live on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 1

Kandy Land Holiday Gift Show – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (410 S. Main) – Bring your Christmas list along with the kids. Pet friendly photos with Santa from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Music by Ruth Hartman on flute and the Moment performing live on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

CHUBBUCK Friday, November 23 Christmas Night Lights Parade at Old Town Pocatello (420 N. Main Street, Pocatello) – “A Night So Bright” Christmas Night Lights Parade at 6:30 p.m., presented by ISU Credit Union.

The parade will begin winding its way through Old Town Pocatello at 6:30 p.m. Hundreds of floats, all with beautiful lights, will entertain the crowd and usher in the Holiday Season! Registration for parade entries is now open at More HERE. Saturday, November 24 Small Business Saturday at Old Town Pocatello (420 N. Main Street, Pocatello) The day will feature free photos with Santa, milk & cookies, free trolley rides and art projects for the kids at Station Square along with shopping specials throughout Old Town for Mom & Dad. More HERE. BLACKFOOT Tuesday, November 27 2nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. at Snake River Travel Plaza (320 W Highway 26 Blackfoot) SHELLEY Friday, November 23 Chili Cook Off – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Shelley City Park – “Join us for fun and some great Chili! Hosted by the City of Shelley and Mayor’s Youth Council.
4 pm start the Chili Cook off Competition
5 pm Come meet Santa Claus and Miss Russet
5:15 pm Lighting of the Christmas Lights
Judging and Prizes will be based on
Best Over all Prize-$100.00
Sweetest Prize-$50.00 and
Mayors youth council will be selling Hot Cocoa and Water for .50 cents. for more information contact Mikel Anderson 208.681.3390 ” More HERE. RIGBY Thursday, November 22 Turkey Day 5K 2018 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Jefferson County Lake Campground
(N 4000 E, Rigby) – “The Turkey Day 5k is back!

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard is pleased to be hosting the 2nd Annual Turkey Day 5k to benefit The Giving Cupboard.

What? A 5k fun run (or walk) – come burn some of the calories you will consume later on in the day!

Where? Meet at Rigby Lake – we will do three laps around the lake.

When? We will start at 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Why? To help restock The Giving Cupboard – admission is 5 cans of food.” More HERE.

REXBURG Thursday, November 22 Upper Valley Turkey Trot – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Porter Park (S 2nd W & 3rd W, Rexburg) – “Come out and make the 6th Annual Upper Valley Turkey Trot the best year yet! Funds help benefit local cross country runners as well as the Family Crisis Center. Last year we were able to donate $1500 to the Family Crisis Center that went to help those struggling. Race begins at 9AM Thanksgiving morning, kids race goes off shortly after.

Come Run Your Turkey Off!

Registration is open, so sign up HERE.” More information HERE.

Monday, November 26 AND Friday, November 30 Rexburg Tree Festival – “Join us for the third annual Rexburg Tree Festival. This two-day event will feature beautifully decorated Christmas Trees and Wreaths donated by the local community at the Rexburg Tabernacle.

The Tree Lighting on Center Street has been moved to Monday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. This is also the kick off of our Rexburg Tree Festival. Santa will be there and help light the tree. He will then be inside the Romance Theater to see the kids.
This will replace Santa being at the Carousel like we did last year, and in years past. There has been some concern of running that 100-year-old carousel in the cold weather. So we will be having the following activities as part of the Tree Festival at our two historic buildings:

Monday, Nov. 26 & Friday, Nov 30 6-8 p.m.

The Rexburg Tabernacle Civic Center:
Trees & Wreaths on display to bid on to buy
Live Entertainment
Free Hot Coco
Crafts for the kids
Christmas movie

The Romance Theater:
Santa Claus
Legos for kids to play with

More HERE. Monday, November 26 Santa’s Lego Workshop with Kiwanis – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Rexburg Centennial Carousel (W 2ND S AT 2ND SW, Rexburg) – “Santa’s Lego Workshop is fun for children and the whole family. This event is sponsored by the Rexburg Kiwanis Club and welcomes all.” More HERE. ISLAND PARK Thursday, November 22 Community Thanksgiving Dinner – 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lakeside Lodge
(3857 Lakeside Lodge Lane, Island Park) – “Our Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be on November 22nd starting at 2pm. Lakeside will provide the Turkey, Ham, Potatoes, and Dressing. Potluck for sides.
The Restaurant will be closed but the Bar will open at 10 am.” More HERE. SUGAR CITY Thursday, November 22 Join Us For Thanksgiving – 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church (811 S. Railroad Avenue, Sugar City) – “Do you not have family close to share Thanksgiving with? We would like you to share it with us, at Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church. We will provide the meal, just let us know you’re coming and we will be looking forward to meeting you. We will serve dinner at around 3 pm. If you would like to bring a dessert, feel free, but nothing is required or expected. Our gray building is located between the two Salt Lake Express bus properties on HWY 33, just down from the drive-in theater. You can call or text 208-821-6997 or email to let us know if you’d like to come; walk-ins are also welcome. If we don’t see you we hope you have a very blessed and happy day of giving thanks to God for his blessings and provisions.” More HERE. JACKSON Thursday, November 22 Free Community Thanksgiving Meal – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.- Jackson Elks
Lodge No. 1713 will once again be hosting a free community Thanksgiving Day meal. This free event is open to the entire community regardless of need. Turkey, all the traditional Thanksgiving sides, plus desserts, will be available. More HERE. Friday, November 23 Town Square Lighting Ceremony – 5 p.m. to 7 pm on Jackson’s Town Square. “This favorite holiday event features a visit from Santa Claus, holiday music and Christmas carols, cookies, and hot chocolate. Thousands of LED bulbs will be wrapped around the famous elk antler arches and strung around the stately trees. The lighting of the Town Square is a breathtaking moment as the bulbs sparkle to life. The traditional schedule of events features the official lighting at 5:30 pm. Santa will arrive shortly after, with help from the Jackson Hole Fire Department. He will stay no later than 7:00p m.” More HERE. DRIGGS Thursday, November 22 Teton Valley News Turkey Trot 2018 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m at 5th Street Park (235 South 5th Street, Driggs) – “Run around in the snow and mud with your family and friends. Check out the cool in-town singletrack in Driggs. Burn off some calories to prepare for your Thanksgiving feast.

Teton Valley’s first annual Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day on the trails and pathways of 5th Street Park in Driggs, sponsored by Teton Valley Health and Peaked Sports. The distance is five kilometers, give or take. Mostly take.

It might be muddy, with possible precipitation, but it’ll be for sure fun. Costumes are encouraged.

Registration is now open at Pre-registration is $20 for adults, plus a $3 online processing fee. Day-of is $30. Kids age 10 and under race for free.

Day-of registration opens at 9 a.m., race starts at 10 a.m.

On the pre-reg form, make sure to include your favorite valley nonprofit. The nonprofit with the most registered runners will win a free advertising campaign from the Teton Valley News.

Between now and Thanksgiving, you race for free if you purchase a TVN subscription or renew your subscription online at Already a subscriber? Just sign your friend up and steal their race entry!” More HERE. AFTON Saturday, November 24 Parade of Lights – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. “Come start the Holiday’s with the Town of Afton at the Parade of Lights. We will be giving a $100 cash to the best parade entry so start putting your creative ideas together!” More HERE. ALPINE Thursday, November 22 Alpine Community Thanksgiving – at the Alpine Civic Center – Everyone Welcome…


2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Dinner Served

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Meal Delivery available within 3 miles of Town

Donation to the Alpine Food Bank is greatly appreciated but not required.” More HERE.

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