Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones over delicious food. For many, it is a time to host out-of-town family over an extended weekend. Look no further, we’ve prepared a curated list of things to do with your family this holiday season. From outdoor adventure to holiday shopping, we’ve got you covered. 

The Amarillo weather in November you can expect is mid-50s°F to low 60s°F. At night the lows can fall to the low 20s to mid 30s°F so remember to pack warm clothing!


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Things to do over Thanksgiving Break in Amarillo


Outdoor Adventure

November in Amarillo is the perfect time for outdoor enthusiasts. The summer temps have given way to more pleasant weather, ideal for hiking and more. 

  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park is home to nearly 30,000 acres dedicated to outdoor adventures and a beautiful spot to see our famous sunrise. Drive a completely paved road through the canyon, stop for a hike, or bike your way through the canyon walls.
  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument highlights ancient flint used by Native Americans for tools and weapons. Ranger-led hikes are available by reservation.
  • Wildcat Bluff Nature Center gives you the opportunity to take a cool morning hike through grasslands and rocky bluffs surrounded by 600 acres of Amarillo's native environment.
  • Palo Duro Creek Ranch offers guided open-air Humvee tours through breathtaking Palo Duro Canyon.



Arts & Culture

Amarillo is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene perfect for the art enthusiasts in your group. Our cultural offerings span a diverse spectrum from nostalgia to Western arts and history to modern expressions. 




Route 66 Nostalgia

Explore the nostalgia of Route 66 right here in Amarillo. Visitors can time-travel to the mid-20th century, exploring iconic landmarks, the famous Cadillac Ranch, and more. It’s a unique glimpse into the history of the historic Mother Road.


  • Route 66 Historic District is over a mile of antique and boutique stores, art galleries, restaurants, bakeries, and bars along a restored section of The Mother Road.
  • Cadillac Ranch is a unique outdoor interactive art installation featuring a row of brightly painted Cadillacs buried nose-first in the ground. Don't forget the spray paint!
  • Jack Siesmore RV Museum is home to a collection of vintage RV's and campers, providing a nostalgic journey through the history of American road travel.
  • Bill’s Backyard Classics has vehicles that take you back in time. Their inventory consists of over 120 vehicles of all makes and models, spanning a period from 1921 to 2012. All are in working condition and maintained by on-site mechanics.



New in Amarillo 

Discover the latest attractions! These new experiences add a vibrant and interactive dimension to Amarillo’s diverse cultural landscape. 

  • Tangled Lights - Starlight Ranch Event Center: Visit the Tangled Lights Productions at Starlight Ranch Event Center! Your ticket grants access to 3 stunning Christmas light shows. Enjoy the Tangled Lights Productions Main Show that runs at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. (25 min. runtime) and features over 20,000 lights dancing to music! Sip some hot chocolate in The Hanging Pixel Gardens. Join Santa and his friends in the Moon Palace to experience more holiday cheer. Entry is anytime between 6 - 8:45 p.m. 
  • Golden Rose Tea Room, a locally owned gem, marries tradition and modernity. Experience an elegant tea-time tradition and choose from their large tea selection. Pair the tea with finger sandwiches and desserts to add to the experience. 
  • The Simulated Universe is an interactive art exhibit that redefines the boundaries of creativity. The exhibit invites exploration, offering an ever-changing experience based on the seasons and other themes.  



Shop til’ You Drop

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list. From the trendiest threads to unique antiques, there’s truly something for everyone at these local shops.


  • From 6th Collective is home to 50 local and regional vendors all in one space. The shop focuses on vintage furniture, eclectic textiles, unique gift items, and a variety of works by local artists. This space is a hub that reflects the wide variety of artisans, makers, and designers in the area.
  • In the Route 66 Historic District, you'll uncover a treasure trove of distinctive gifts, antiques, vintage vinyl records, and so much more, making your shopping experience truly one-of-a-kind. 
  • Wolflin Village offers an array of shopping experiences, from stylish home decor at Reserve, purpose-driven finds at Purpose & Passion, luxury furs at Marcella Furs & Leather, outdoor gear at Top Notch Outfitters, to high-end fashion at Raffkind's for the entire family. View their merchant directory here.
  • Explore The Shops at Wolflin Square, where you can discover the latest in fashion at boutiques like Dotsy's and Makie Black, find the perfect gift for every occasion at Et Cetera, gear up for running at Get Fit, and much more, making it your go-to destination for holiday shopping to delight every family member. View their merchant directory here



Amarillo Iconic Eats

Give your holiday cooking a well-deserved rest and savor the iconic flavors of Amarillo.


  • Goldenlight Cafe is the oldest restaurant in Amarillo and perhaps the oldest restaurant continuously operating in the same location anywhere on Old Route 66. It’s a local favorite and go-to for burgers and American fare.
  • The Big Texan Steak Ranch & Microbrewery is famous for its 72oz steak challenge and is a Route 66 icon. They have their own microbrewery serving up seasonal drinks from their beer gardens. Add a concert at Starlight Ranch Event Center to your must-do list in Amarillo. 
  • Coyote Bluff has been an Amarillo legend since its opening in 1994. It’s home to the famous Burger from Hell and has been featured on Travel Channel, The Texas Bucket List, and Texas Monthly. 
  • Tyler’s BBQ is renowned for its mouthwatering smoked meats, earning widespread acclaim and recognition. Their exceptional barbecue has been featured in Texas Monthly and garnered attention from various media outlets, solidifying its status as a must-visit destination for barbecue enthusiasts.


Other Can't-Miss Amarillo Eats

  • Yellow City Street Food is a culinary gem celebrated in publications such as Texas Monthly, The Texas Bucket List, Texas Highways, and the Travel Channel. They’re a true Amarillo local staple known for its vegan and stellar fusion offerings.
  • OHMS Cafe & Bar is a culinary standout nestled in the historic downtown of Amarillo. This upscale eatery fuses the soul of Santa Fe with the Panhandle. 
  • Shi-lee’s BBQ is everything you want when it comes to down-home southern cooking. This family-owned joint serves up dishes like oxtails, necks, barbeque, and more. 
  • It’s a Punjabi Affair’s menu includes several Indian favorites, along with other dishes that showcase their passion for food. They have specials every day!
  • Girasol Bakery & Cafe serves up delicious handmade baked goods, breakfast, and lunch. The menu changes seasonally. You won’t be disappointed!
  • Pizza Nomadz is a beloved pizzeria that is known for its fresh ingredients and Neapolitan-style pizza. We love their butter chicken pie that is served as their special.
  • Ichiban is another local gem that seamlessly blends the flavors of Japan and Thailand. You can find authentic Japanese and Thai dishes as well as a comforting bowl of ramen. Local tip: be sure to double-check their hours by calling--they have non-traditional hours.


Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Apple Bee's 
2810 Soncy Rd, Amarillo, TX 79121

Aspen Creek
4110 Interstate Hwy, Amarillo, TX 79102 

Asian Buffet
3347 Bell St, Amarillo, TX 79121

Black Bear Diner 
7000 E Interstate 40 Hwy, Amarillo, TX 79118

Buffalo Wild Wings
5416 Coulter St, Amarillo, TX 79118 & 9511 E Interstate Dr East, Amarillo, TX 79118

The Big Texan 
7701 I-40 East, Amarillo, TX 79118

Cattleman's Cafe
38001 E Amarillo Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79107

Cracker Barrel
2323 I-40, Amarillo, TX 79104

Crackin' Crab 
3350 S Soncy Rd, Amarillo, TX 79121

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8101 I-40 W, Amarillo, TX 79121

Golden Corral 
7720 I-40 W

House Divided
7609 Hillside Rd, Amarillo, TX 79109

J's Bar & Grill 
3130 S Soncy Rd Suite 100, Amarillo, TX

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Iron Skillet 
8500 I-40, Amarillo, TX 79118

It's a Punjabi Affair 
4201 Bushland Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79106

Logan's Roadhouse
8310 I-40 W, Amarillo, TX 79106

Lin's Grand Buffet
8440 I-40, Amarillo, TX 79106

Pollos Sinaloa
2618 E Amarillo Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79107

Red Robin 
8720 IH 40 W Frontage Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124

Route 66 Buffet
2221 S Soncy Rd

8300 I-40 W, Amarillo, TX 79106

Texas Roadhouse 
2805 W Interstate 40 Frontage Rd, Amarillo, TX 79109

Thai Arawan 
2834 Wolflin Ave, Amarillo, TX 79109

Toscana Italian Steakhouse
6:30 AM - 10 PM (Thanksgiving Menu)
600 S Polk St, Amarillo, TX 79101

Waffle House
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