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.
Thanksgiving takes place in 2016 on November 24.
If you're spending Thanksgiving in Boston, you'll find plenty of fun things to do throughout the long weekend: a spell-binding production of The Nutcracker at the ornate Opera House, sparkling displays of Christmas lights at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Black Friday bargain shopping, plenty of Bruins and Celtics games at TD Garden, ice skating on Frog Pond, and plenty more.
You can even hit the ski slopes, especially north of the city.
And of course, don't forget Thanksgiving Dinner!
1. Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in Top Boston Restaurants
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 a lot of choices - 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.
Want to find piles of leaves to play in like those in the photo at the top of the page? Head to Boston Common.
2. Catch a Thanksgiving Weekend Game at the Garden
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:
November 27 vs NY Rangers - 1:00pm
November 25 vs Philadelphia- 7:30pm
November 27 vs Washington - 7:30pm
Hotels near TD Garden
3. See Christmas Lights & More at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
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 authentic New England clam chowder at North 26 across the street at the Millennium Bostonian Hotel.
More Faneuil Hall Marketplace events on Thanksgiving weekend - Blink! lights and entertainment and the Boston Tuba Christmas Concert (check date/time).
Hotels near Faneuil Hall Marketplace
4. Black Friday Shopping in Boston - Where to Go for Huge Savings after Thanksgiving
Black Friday shopping doubles as a competitive sport, so be prepared to get up early - really early - to snag the biggest bargains.
A favorite spot 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 ... all competing for shoppers with low discount prices. Look for big sales at nearby Prudential Center.
For an alternative for outlet shopping, consider Assembly Row - only 5-10 minutes from Boston by subway.
5. The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House - Kicking Off on Thanksgiving Weekend!
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.
6. Top of the Hub Boston Views and Jazz
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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7. Boston Concerts and Theater during Thanksgiving Weekend
- Handel's Messiah - Symphony Hall - Nov 25-27 - Check Goldstar for discount tickets
- Jack Russo's Almost Dead - Paradise Rock Club - Nov 27-28
- Elf: The Musical - Wang Center - November 17 - December 6
- Boston Ballet: The Nutcracker - Boston Opera House - Get tickets - Nov 25, 27-29
- Falling in Reverse - House of Blues - Nov 28
- Blue Man Group @ Charles Playhouse - Nov 27-29 - Get tickets - Check Goldstar for discount tickets
8. Plimouth Plantation on Thanksgiving Day
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, is where you can see the Pilgrim Monument and go on board a reproduction of the Mayflower ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World.
Best of all, you can explore Plimouth Plantation, an amazingly authentic re-creation of the Pilgrim's first settlement where actors play the role of each of the 17th century settlers and Wampanoag Nation members 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!
9. Ski Resorts Open on Thanksgiving Weekend
New England ski areas open on Thanksgiving weekend include: Killington, Stowe Mountain Resort, Loon Mountain, Bretton Woods, 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.
10. Boston Museums Open on Thanksgiving Weekend
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: