Holiday Guide: The Quintessential Thanksgiving in Idaho

Home for the holidays? Get ready for more than just a Thanksgiving celebration. To make the most of your holiday in Idaho, we’ve compiled the perfect 2022 turkey day itinerary. Check out all the pie shops, turkey trots, and volunteer opportunities to make a quintessential Thanksgiving.  

Space Bar, Boise, ID

Space Bar Arcade in Boise, Idaho, combines two of our favorite things: old-school arcade games and beer. It’s the perfect, laid-back environment for reunions with friends or to blow off a little steam before a long Thanksgiving Day.

Pie Hut, Sandpoint, ID

Not to be mistaken with Pizza Hut, Pie Hut in Sandpoint, Idaho is Spoon University’s top location to buy pie in the state—and we tend to agree. Try the huckleberry pie, pumpkin pie, or apple pie. They’re all great picks. 

Boise Co-Op, Boise, ID

Sure, you could buy your turkey at a nameless big-box grocery store, but why do that when you could support a local business and ethical animal raising practices? The Boise Co-Op offers non-GMO turkeys for $2.79 a pound, as well as certified organic turkeys for $3.99 a pound.

Holiday Light Show, Coeur d’Alene, ID

Come see one of the best Holiday Light Shows in America, according to USA Today’s Readers’ Choice list, and ring in the rest of the holidays in Coeur d’Alene. The show starts the day after Thanksgiving and features over 1.5 million lit bulbs in dazzling displays.

Boise Towne Square Mall, Boise, ID

The Boise Towne Square Mall is USA Today’s “Best retail location to shop” in Idaho for this year, and we agree. With over 145 stores to peruse, many with door buster and Black Friday sales, it is the Black Friday destination in the state.  

Shoshone Bannock Tribal Museum, Fort Hall, ID

Lest we forget, Thanksgiving is the celebration of the Native Americans helping America’s first settlers reap a successful harvest. In your free time surrounding the holiday, it may not be a bad idea to visit Idaho’s Shoshone Bannock Tribal Museum to see “exhibits showcasing tribal history, old photographs, artifacts from the Old Fort Hall,” and much more. 

Boise Turkey Day Run, Boise, ID

The Boise Turkey Day Run grants you the perfect opportunity to earn that extra slice of pie during Thanksgiving dinner by running off as many calories as you can earlier in the day! Participants will receive a limited edition long-sleeve shirt, race photos, post-race food and beverages, and more.

Boise Rescue Mission, Boise, ID

The Boise Rescue Mission Ministries attracts volunteers from all over Idaho to help provide meals, donated items, mentoring, repair work, and other needs to the less fortunate. Check out their website for a full list of needed volunteers and event calendar.

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Empty Bowls, Boise, ID

On the Friday after Thanksgiving each year, the Idaho Food Back puts on the Empty Bowl event. Participants choose a bowl out of thousands to choose from to enjoy a hot bowl of soup from the best local restaurants. Bowls start at $10 and proceeds go to help the food bank. 

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27 Bannock Street, Malad City, ID
This Building was built in 1914 by R.B. Davis and used as a Drug Store for many years. Miles Slater was the pharmacist. The original pressed-tin ce... Read More
4951 Building Center Dr.#105, Coeur D Alene, ID
Mission: Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre is committed to producing live performances of theatre for the benefit, education and appreciation of our au... Read More
300 North First Avenue, Sandpoint, ID
Our History: The Panida theater opened as a vaudeville and movie house in 1927. Then, as now, its name reflected its mission: to showcase great per... Read More
805 6th Avenue, Lewiston, ID
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2720 West Pullman Road, Moscow, ID
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212 Sixth Street, Wallace, ID
About Us : In 1983, a dream of having summer entertainment became a reality when a small group brought live theater to our community. Don and Joan... Read More
670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, ID
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300 South Capital Avenue, Idaho Falls, ID
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611 Grove Street, Boise, ID
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4692 West Harvard Street, Boise, ID
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218 North Main Street, Hailey, ID
The museum is located in Hailey in the Gem State of Idaho. It was established in August, 1962 to "Discover, procure and maintain whatever may relat... Read More
200 North Eastern Avenue, Idaho Falls, ID
The Museum of Idaho is a non-profit organization and is the intermountain west’s premier museum in bringing exceptional exhibits to the publi... Read More
212 East First Street, Jerome, ID
About Us: The Jerome County Historical Society was established in 1981. There is a public "Research Room" located at 212 East First Street next to... Read More
698 East Dillon Street, Pocatello, ID
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51 North Center Street, Rexburg, ID
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