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A Thanksgiving to be grateful for - Holiday with all the trimmings at Waterville Valley Resort - and an ice cold plunge!

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WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH – Ah, Thanksgiving: Turkey, a fall hike, Santa on a dogsled, and taking a plunge into icy cold water… Sounds fun! Waterville Valley will offer all that, and more.

With late Fall there are miles of trails to hike and explore in the surrounding White Mountain National Forest; a great way for families to reconnect and work up an appitite.

Then Thanksgiving dinner, with all the trimmings, will be served at the Blue Moon Cafe, home of inspired local dining right in the Town Square. The next day, a new restaurant opens in Waterville Valley: The Valley Pub & Grill. Chef Michael "Woody" Woodman’s new Valley Pub is set above the Town Square. Look for family-friendly pub fare featuring New England products such as grass-fed beef from Pineland Farms Natural Meats in Maine, fresh haddock from New Hampshire’s Seacoast, and fresh produce from Black River, Vermont.

Also on Saturday November 29th at 1 p.m. grab your bathing suit (or costume) and dive into the icy waters of Corcoran Pond at the 2nd Annual Cold Turkey Plunge. The Cold Turkey Plunge is a fundraising event benefiting the Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports program, which provides athletic opportunities for people with cognitive and physical disabilities.

Anyone looking to take the plunge is asked to raise a minimum of $50 in donations, which earns you a Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports “empowered bracelet,” an official Cold Turkey Plunge long sleeve t-shirt and a tasty cold turkey sandwich made by Chef Sean Stout of the Coyote Grill.  Plus the respect and amiration of those looking on….

Last year, after clearing ice measuring eight inches thick, more than 70 participants plunged and raised more than $12,000 for Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports.

Check out video from last year’s event:


Learn more about the Cold Turkey Plunge and download a registration form at Or go to to set up a on-line Cold Turkey Plunge Page.

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Following the Plunge, Santa and his elves will arrive at the Waterville Valley Town Square at 3:30 p.m. pulled by the dogsled team from the Valley Snow Dogz.  Santa will visit with children until 7 p.m. and then light the holiday tree in the Town Square to signal the start of a spectacular fireworks show over Corcoran Pond. Suggested donation, from those who are able, of $5 per child/$10 per family will be gratefully accepted.  All proceeds will be donated to the Whole Village Family Resource Center.

Waterville Valley Resort was designed and planned as a self-contained four-season resort. Today in addition to its world class ski area, Waterville Valley Resort offers an award winning tennis center, golf, hiking, lift served mountain biking, summer chairlift rides, indoor ice skating, skateboard park, cultural activities, summer theatre and a host of outdoor activities... Dining features a variety of traditional fare as well as fine dining presentations. For more information:  Call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit




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