10 THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR FAMILY THIS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND 2017

1. JENNY’S CANYON

Jenny’s Canyon is a nice short walk up into a slot canyon and an overlook. This is a great hike for families and small children. There is also climbing available up the slot canyon walls. The trail winds down a path and crosses a dry wash that may be impassible in a rain storm. A few steps up to the left take you into the canyon. To the right is a nice overlook where you can see the Snow Canyon Sand Dunes across the way.

2. OWEN’S LOOP

Owen’s Loop is a fantastic little single track hike that provides incredible views of St. George, Santa Clara, and Ivins. It is a well maintained single track trail that meanders along the cliff side of the Red Hill and loops around to give you a nice view of Red Hills Golf Course. Most people don’t even know this trail exists so you can enjoy it pretty much by yourself!

3. SANDSTONE QUARRY

The Sandstone Quarry Trail is a fun, short, family friendly trail that passes along next to the Red Hill Golf Coarse in downtown St George. This trail is suitable for small children (with help in a couple of places), and leads to a cool little historic site where a monument has been erected by the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. The Sandstone Quarry was where they quarried rock for many of the historic buildings in town, including the St George LDS Temple and Tabernacle, the Historic Courthouse (Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum), the Washington Cotton Mill and many other buildings and homes. This hike provides beautiful desert views along side luscious golf course greenery.

4. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT RED HILLS DESERT GARDEN

The Red Hills Desert Garden is a nice, relaxing place to visit and showcases many of the local plants and fishes. Add to that a wonderful Christmas and Holiday light display, and this is a fun and magical place to take your family to work off that last piece of apple pie! Runs from November 24th at 5:30pm until December 31 at 11pm and is free of charge.

5. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT ST GEORGE LDS TEMPLE

Every year the St George LDS Temple Visitor’s Center hosts a Temple Lighting Ceremony that is free and open to the public. They will typically have some Christmas choral music, followed by a short ceremony to kick off the season and turn on the lights! The lighting ceremony is on November 24th at 5:30pm, and the lights will be on each evening throughout the season.

6. GOURMET HOT CHOCOLATE AT THE CREPERY

This isn’t your standard hot chocolate packet with mini marshmallows in it! The Crepery does things right when it comes to their drinks. Go ahead, sit up to the bar and order your family some nice hot cups of hot chocolate and drink it in!

7. CHEESECAKE AT THE FISH ROCK GRILLE

Looking for a delicious seasonal dessert? Try the handcrafted Sweet Potato Cheesecake at the Fish Rock Grille at The Ledges! The rich, buttery blend of spices and texture will keep you coming back for more!

8. CHOCOLATE CAKE AT MAGLEBY’S

If you haven’t tried Magleby’s chocolate cake, you are missing out on one of life’s finer things! This moist chocolate dessert will melt in your mouth and make you think you have died and gone to heaven! Magleby’s is new to St George, but has been serving great food for over 20 years. Check them out!

9. CHRISTMAS IN THE CANYON AT TUACAHN & ICE SKATING

Tuacahn Amphitheater hosts crowds in the the thousands each year with their Broadway style productions. This production is a little bit different. It is put on by volunteers, is free of charge and open to the community as a “thank you” for all their support throughout the year. This is a great activity to take the whole family to as you gear up for the Christmas Season! To top it all off, they have added an ice skating rink this year! Shows run November 24 – December 23.

10. GINGERBREAD TOUR DOWNTOWN ST GEORGE

The Gingerbread Tour is presented by the Children’s Museum and sponsored by several downtown businesses. The tour takes you to businesses where the gingerbread houses are displayed. Make sure to download your map and punch card so you can vote on your favorites and be entered for a chance to win prizes! The tour is free goes from November 24 – December 1.

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