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10 Things Explore Steamboat is thankful for in November

Chris and Jessica Sword trotted through the 2014 Steamboat Springs Turkey Trot in some very traditional attire.

— October has relentlessly come and gone — hopefully everyone survived Halloween — and with the arrival of the season's first dumping of snow, we can only hope El Niño will grace us with plenty of Champagne Powder.

Not only that, it's almost time for the holidays. While many of us will soon begin listening to beloved Christmas tunes, drinking peppermint mochas or festively decorating sugar cookies in the shape of reindeer or Santa Claus, let's not forget about one of the most important holidays, a day in which gratitude goes a long way — Thanksgiving.

This month, give a little and show some appreciation. It is, after all, the Holiday season.

Following are 10 things Explore Steamboat is thankful for this month.

1.) The first snowfall.

Come on, admit it. You’re a little caught up in the anticipation the first snowfall brings.

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2.) Opening Day celebrations

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, it will be time to celebrate the first day of the season with the Steamboat Winter Sports Club Scholarship Day. Revenues from the day's specially priced tickets will benefit the local club's scholarship fund, which has raised as much as $850,000 since 1991. Following that, on Thursday, Nov. 26, comes possibly be the most exciting day of this month, with Steamboat's official Opening Day of ski season.

Scholarship Day | 8:30 a.m. | Wednesday, Nov. 25 | Steamboat Ski & Resort, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

Steamboat’s Official Ski Season Opening Day | 8:30 a.m. | Thursday, Nov. 26 | Steamboat Ski & Resort, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

3.) Routt County United Way's annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Routt County United Way says "thank you" by organizing and serving a full-course traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner for the entire community. Everyone is invited — from seniors to students, seasonal workers to visitors. There’s even room at the table for those who simply want to spend Thanksgiving Day with friends. Local restaurants and volunteers donate their time to provide more than 25 cooked turkeys, sides and a delicious assortment of desserts.

Routt County United Way's annual Thanksgiving Dinner | 1 to 5 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 26 | Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

4.) Turkey Trot

Just think — after Thanksgiving dinner comes the dreaded food coma. The Turkey Trot is a 4.6-mile run on paved roads near Strawberry Park, starting and ending at the Steamboat Springs High School. Not only can you get a workout in before the feast, proceeds from the run will benefit the Steamboat Springs High School Track and Cross Country programs and LiftUp of Routt County.

Turkey Trot | 9 a.m. | Thursday, Nov. 26 | Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St.

5.) Tread of Pioneers Museum's 21st Annual Festival of Trees

It's another Steamboat tradition. Tree decorators, including school groups, organizations and local businesses, create unique decorations that will transform the museum into a holiday wonderland. The museum holiday fundraising event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 23. There will also be a Senior Tea in the Trees event from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 19, along with a Pioneer Christmas Stories in the Trees event for kids from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 21.

Tread of Pioneers Museum's 21st Annual Festival of Trees | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 14 through Monday, Nov. 23 | Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.

6.) Holiday Shopping

Here is your friendly reminder to start thinking about gifts for friends and family. Not sure what to get? Maybe one of these local holiday markets will inspire some festive presents.

Hometown Holiday Marketplace | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 14 | Library Hall, Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

18th Annual Work of Human Hands Craft Fair | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 21 | Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St.

7.) Holiday Ornament Making Party

Get crafty this weekend with Susan and Candice as they host this year's ornament-making party. Equipped with plenty of sparkly materials for a variety of projects, half the ornaments you make can be kept and distributed as gifts. Ornaments can also be donated to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council for display or for sale during its December exhibition on the main gallery's Holiday Tree.

Holiday Ornament Making Party | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 14 | Depot Art Center, 1001 13th Street.

8.) Light Up the Night

Mainstreet Steamboat knows how to welcome the holidays (compliments of Christmas Decor). On the courthouse lawn, join fellow community members for the annual lighting of the trees. Sing holiday songs, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies and watch as downtown lights up in festivity. Santa will even be in attendance, and everyone will have a chance to win Downtown Dollars.

Light Up the Night | 6 to 7 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 27 | County Courthouse Lawn

9.) Chocolate Tasting

Indulge that sweet tooth and join Mainstreet Steamboat for the annual Small Business Saturday event featuring a chocolate tasting from downtown businesses. Kick off the holiday season at participating shops with a "Chocolate Tasting Here" poster in the window for tasty treats and chocolate goodies.

Chocolate Tasting | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 28 | Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Ave.

10.) Steamboat Style Strut and Fashion Show

Channel your inner diva and strut your stuff down Lincoln Avenue. Purchase a passport to take part in the events happening at a few of your favorite local retailers. Discounts, demonstrations, makeovers and wardrobe sessions will be offered. Passports can be purchased for $15 at any of the 13 Strut locations, with a chance to visit each location from 4 to 7 p.m. and get that passport stamped. A fully stamped passport will grant you access to the after-party at Schmiggity's and a chance to win more than $1000 in prizes. Grand prize is dinner for four in the wine cellar at Harwig’s with limo service provided. Strut locations include FM Light & Sons, Moose Mountain Trading Company, Chrysalis, Gigi’s Closet, Straightline, Overland, Kali’s Boutique, All That, Impulse, Zirkel Trading, Urbane, Chez Nous and Embellishments.

Steamboat Style Strut and Fashion Show | 4 to 7 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 19 | Various Locations, Lincoln Avenue | Tickets (passport) $15

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1