Wondering what to do in Boston after Thanksgiving Dinner?
Find out about the top 10 Thanksgiving events and activities happening in Boston throughout the holiday weekend.
If you're spending Thanksgiving in Boston, fun things to do take place throughout the long weekend: The Nutcracker, sparkling displays of Christmas lights at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Black Friday bargain shopping, plenty of Bruins and Celtics games at TD Garden, and ice skating on Frog Pond.
You can even hit the ski slopes, especially north of the city.
And of course, don't forget Thanksgiving Dinner!
Turkey takes center stage as Boston restaurants serve delicious Thanksgiving Dinners - but you'll find plenty of non-traditional and vegetarian options as well. You'll find everything from elegant 3- and 4-course spreads to lavish buffets. For something different, try one of the restaurants offering a la carte choices and even jazz.
Thanksgiving and games go together - and with TD Garden's convenient in-town location, watching the Boston Bruins or Celtics play couldn't get easier.
Thanksgiving weekend home game schedule at TD Garden:
- Friday, November 28 vs Jets - 7:00 pm
- Friday, November 28 vs Chicago Bulls- 1pm
- Sunday, November 30 vs San Antonio Spurs - 1pm
Get into the spirit of the holiday season by stopping by Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where Blink!, gorgeous Christmas tree and festive Christmas lights, have been in place since the previous weekend.
Faneuil Marketplace is closed on Thanksgiving Day but open throughout the rest of the weekend. Friday will be crazy but fun due to Black Friday bargains and shoppers, one of the biggest post-Thanksgiving events in Boston. Shop for unique gifts with a Boston flavor, and enjoy the Marketplace's famous street performers. Visit historic taverns right around the corner and sample the authentic New England clam chowder at North 26.
More Faneuil Hall Marketplace events on Thanksgiving weekend - Blink! lights and entertainment, Boston Tuba Christmas Concert (check date/time), and a huge LEGO art show on the 2nd floor of the Rotunda in Quincy Market Building.
Black Friday shopping doubles as a competitive sport, so be prepared to get up early - really early - to snag the biggest bargains.
My personal pick for prime Black Friday bargain-scoring territory in the middle of Boston is Newbury Street, where you'll find everything from designer boutiques to top-end consignment stores to big-box discounters such as H&M. Look for big sales at nearby Prudential Center.
For an alternative, consider Assembly Row - only 5-10 minutes from Boston by subway.
Get your holiday season off to a great start by heading to the Boston Opera House for a soaring performance of Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker.
Enchanting dancers, Tchaikovsky's magical music, and the beauty of the Boston Opera House will transport you to another world. Opening night is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and performances continue throughout December.
Missed Thanksgiving dinner at Boston's Top of the Hub Restaurant in Prudential Center?
Go at some other point during the weekend to hear the legendary jazz trios (normally after 8pm), enjoy sweeping 52nd floor views of Boston, and dine on delicious casual food in the Lounge.
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Top Thanksgiving weekend events in Boston include a variety of concerts and shows:
- Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band @ TD Garden
- Blind Boys of Alabama @ Wilbur Theatre
Nov 26, 28-30:
- Boston Ballet: The Nutcracker - Boston Opera House - Get tickets
Nov 26, 28-30: :
- Blue Man Group @ Charles Playhouse - Get tickets - Check Goldstar for discount tickets
- The Trip to Bountiful @ Cutler Majestic Theatre - Get tickets
Visit the site of the first Thanksgiving by making a day trip to where the Pilgrims first landed and settled back in 1620: Plymouth MA, just south of Boston, where you can see the Pilgrim Monument, go on board a reproduction of the Mayflower ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World, and explore Plimouth Plantation, an amazingly authentic re-creation of the Pilgrim's first settlement where you can interact with actors playing the role of each of the 17th century settlers and members of the Wampanoag Nation who helped them survive.
Most convenient way to visit: Join this special Plimouth Plantation tour - you'll be picked up at your Boston hotel, and will get to visit Plimouth Plantation, Mayflower II, and explore the waterfront. Includes pick-up, transportation, admission - a terrific deal!
Free admission to Plimouth Plantation and the Mayflower II when you have a GoBoston Discount Card. Note: Plimouth Plantation is open through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, and then closes for the winter, reopening in mid-March - so don't miss this last chance to visit this year!
Photo courtesy of Muns, distributed under the Creative Commons license.
New England ski areas open on Thanksgiving weekend include: Killington, Stowe Mountain Resort, Loon Mountain, Bretton Woods, Sunday River (shown in photo, courtesy of Sunday River), and Sugarbush.
Several other resorts are a "maybe," depending on weather conditions: Jiminy Peake here in Massachusetts, Waterville Valley, and Sugarloaf.
Be sure to check conditions before heading to any of these ski resorts, because New England weather is tricky in November.
Boston museums are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but almost all major museums will be open for the rest of Thanksgiving weekend. Top museums to consider:
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