Wondering what to do in Boston after Thanksgiving Dinner?

Find out about the top Thanksgiving events and activities happening in Boston throughout the holiday weekend.

If you're spending Thanksgiving in Boston, you'll find plenty of fun things to do throughout the long weekend: Black Friday bargain shopping, a Bruins game at TD Garden, sparkling displays of Christmas lights at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 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!

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1.  Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in Top Boston Restaurants

Turkey dinner in Boston restaurants
Turkey dinner - Photo credit: iStock.com/evgenyb

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. 

Check our guide to tasty Boston Thanksgiving dinner choices and make reservations.

After dinner, work off those calories by exploring historic Beacon Hill, strolling along Boston's Freedom Trail, or relaxing on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. 

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 Week Game or Concert at the Garden

TD Garden, where Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics play home games over Thanksgiving weekend
Statue of famous Boston Bruin Bobby Orr in from of TD Garden at North Station

Thanksgiving week and watching sports go together - and with TD Garden's convenient in-town location, attending a Boston Bruins or Boston Celtics game or even a concert couldn't be easier. 

Here's the TD Garden schedule for Thanksgiving week and a ticket discount code:

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3.  Get into the Holiday Spirit at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Christmas lights at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston
Holiday lights at Faneuil Marketplace

Get into the spirit of the holiday season by stopping by Faneuil Hall Marketplace.  The Marketplace's festive Christmas tree lights go up a few days before Thanksgiving, plus you'll see plenty of decorations in the stores and restaurants.

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, visit 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 Bostonian Boston Hotel.

Find Boston's Christmas tree lighting ceremonies schedule 

Hotels near Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Want to stay near superb shopping, TD Garden, the New England Aquarium, the Waterfront, the Freedom Trail, and many more attractions near Boston's historic Downtown and Waterfront?

Check out these top hotels near Faneuil Hall Marketplace

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4.  Black Friday Shopping in Boston - Where to Go for Huge Savings after Thanksgiving

Sale signs and holiday decorations along Back Bay's Newbury Street
Sale signs and holiday decorations along Back Bay's Newbury Street

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.  

In addition, look for big sales at nearby Prudential Center

For the biggest bargains, head down to Wrentham Outlets - but expect massive crowds, so go very early to get parking.

For an alternative for outlet shopping, consider Assembly Row- only 5-10 minutes from Boston by subway. 

If you're visiting Boston for Thanksgiving weekend and looking for a place to stay, the trendy Row Hotel at Assembly Row puts you right in the middle of everything this shopping/entertainment complex offers.

Black Friday sales on travel to Boston (or anywhere else)

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5.  Boston Concerts and Theater during Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving shows and concerts in Boston - schedule
Boston's downtown Theatre District during the last week in November

With the fall theater and concert season in full swing, Thanksgiving is the ideal time to take a break from cooking, eating, and shopping, and attend an exciting performance.

Save with these ticket discount codes when you book:

Enter DISCOVERY10 to save 10% on TicketLiquidator & TicketNetwork tickets.  Good for purchases made through 12/31/24.

Concert Schedules & Tickets:

You'll find lots of performances throughout the holiday week.

Here's a lineup of the biggest shows:

Top concerts in Boston in November 2024 include The Nutcracker Suite.  Get your tickets now:

More concerts for November 

Theatre Schedules & Tickets:

Holiday favorites including Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker dominate Boston's theater scene during Thanksgiving week:   

Boston theater during November includes touring Broadway hit shows, kids shows, comedy, and toward the end of the month, holiday classics:

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7.  Plimouth Plantation on Thanksgiving Day

Plimouth Plantation - show your kids how the Pilgrims lived
Visitors at Plimouth Plantation - Photo credit: Nicolás Boullosa, cc by 2.0

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 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!

8.  Boston Tuba Christmas Concert at The Steps in Downtown Crossing

To enjoy one of Boston's most unique holiday concerts, head over to "The Steps" at Downtown Crossing on Saturday, November 25 at 2pm, when 200 tuba players will delight the crowd when they perform their annual free Holiday Concert of Christmas classics in front of the Marketplace's huge Christmas tree.

Never heard so many tubas in concert before?  Then you should definitely attend - this is an awesome concert!

Closest T station: Red Line/Downtown Crossing

9.  Ski Resorts Open on Thanksgiving Weekend (Ice Skating Too!)

Mount Snow, New England ski area in West Dover, VT
Skiing at Mount Snow in West Dover, Vermont - Photo courtesy of Jessica Shi

New England ski areas open on Thanksgiving weekend include:  Killington, Stowe Mountain Resort, Loon Mountain, Bretton Woods, Sunday River, Wildcat Mountain, MOunt Sunapee, and Sugarbush. 

Several other resorts are opening earlier than usual, with at least some lifts and trails open before or just after Thanksgiving:  Wachusett Mountain (opening on Friday, 11/24), Jiminy Peake (opens 11/24) here in Massachusetts, Waterville Valley (11/25), Smugglers' Notch Resort (opens 11/24), and Sugarloaf (opens 11/18).

Be sure to check conditions before heading to any of these ski resorts, because New England weather is tricky in November.  All of these dates are "weather permitting" - especially because we've had a warmer than usual fall this year.

Massachusetts Ski Areas - More information

New England Ski Areas - More information

Ice Skating at Frog Pond

Although Frog Pond on Boston Common occasionally opens before Thanksgiving, this is not one of those years due to too-warm weather.  

The opening date for this year has not yet been announced.

More about ice skating on Frog Pond

10.  Boston Museums Open on Thanksgiving Weekend

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, open on Thanksgiving weekend
Painting by John Singer Sargent at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts

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:

11.  The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House - Kicking Off in November

Photo courtesy of KCBalletMedia
Boston Ballet photo courtesy of KCBalletMedia, cc by 2.0

Get your holiday season off to a great start by getting tickets 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 at the end of November this year, and performances continue throughout December.

Get your tickets now:

Enter DISCOVERY10 to save 10% on TicketLiquidator & TicketNetwork tickets.  Good for purchases made through 12/31/24.

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12.  Boston's Winter Holiday Markets

Boston's Winter Holiday Market & Ice Rink
Stall at Boston's Winter Holiday Market

For another fun post-Thanksgiving excursion, visit Boston's winter holiday markets.

Several of the biggest markets such as Seaport's Snowport and the SoWa Winter Festival will be open, and you'll find lots of appealing gifts, yummy food and beverages, and festive decorations.

Out on Cape Ann along the beautiful Rockport and Gloucester coast, the Cape Ann Makers Holiday Market features coastal-inspired and holiday-themed handmade jewelry, art, photography, locally-harvested artisanal sea salts, nature-based body care, and other wonderful creations and holiday gifts.

Find out more about Boston's Winter Holiday Markets

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