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Thanksgiving Planner For Phoenix

Cooking, Eating, Travel and Fun on Thanksgiving

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Whether you are eating out on Thanksgiving, or looking for a place to order a Thanksgiving dinner to go, or just trying to figure out what to do with those Thanksgiving weekend guests, here is a guide to Thanksgiving in the Phoenix, Arizona area. In 2013, the date for Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 28th.

1. Eating Out on Thanksgiving

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Enjoying a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal doesn't mean that you have to slave in the kitchen for two days before the holiday, and then drop from exhaustion when your guests finally leave. There are many restaurants in the Phoenix, AZ area where you can go out on Thanksgiving Day. Buffets or multi-course prix fixe menus, these restaurants may be associated with local hotels and resorts, casinos, chains or they may be independently owned and operated restaurants. All price ranges are included here. This listing is updated often throughout the month of November.

2. Order Thanksgiving Take Out From Local Phoenix Area Restaurants

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Maybe you'd rather stay at home for Thanksgiving, but you still don't want to or don't have the time to prepare the meal. Take out might be the answer. You can get the entire meal, or just the turkey or ham and pie and add your own sides. Here are several restaurants in the Phoenix area that offer take out. Check to make sure how far in advance you have to reserve your meal, and when you can pick it up.

3. Order Thanksgiving Take Out From Local Phoenix Area Markets

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You can order your Phoenix Thanksgiving take-out from a local restaurant. Typically less gourmet and cheaper, you can also order your Thanksgiving to go and serve at home from your local market or grocery store.

4. Holiday Recipes From Local Chefs

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We have many highly acclaimed restaurants in the Phoenix area, and several of them have joined me in helping you create some very special holiday meals.

5. An Arizona Thanksgiving Meal

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There's no law that says you have to have turkey on Thanksgiving, or that you are limited to sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and green beans as sides. Be creative! Here's a small collection of recipes from Arizona sources that will add some southwest flair to your special meal. There are appetizers, entrées, sides, and desserts.

6. Frying a Turkey?

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The Avondale Firefighters want everyone to be safe this Thanksgiving. If you are determined to deep fry a turkey this year, make sure you read these safety tips.

7. Stores That Are Open on Thanksgiving Day

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I hope you aren't sick today, and that maybe you just need to pick up one little thing that you forgot. Here is a listing of stores that are open on Thanksgiving in the Phoenix area.

8. Find a Turkey Trot

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How about a little exercise and family fun before sitting down to eat and drink and watch football all day? There are several competitive and non-competitive walks and runs in the Greater Phoenix area on Thanksgiving Day.

9. Attractions and Activities that Are Open on Thanksgiving Day

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As long as it might take to prepare your Thanksgiving meal, it doesn't usually take very long to eat it! What do you do with the rest of your day? While some people look forward to watching football on TV all day, some of you might want to get and and do something else with your day off. Here are some ideas.

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