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 - 2023

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.  Although the Marketplace's festive Christmas tree lights don't go up until the week after Thanksgiving, 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, and enjoy the Marketplace's famous street performers.  Enjoy the Annual Tuba Christmas Concert (150+ tubas!) on Saturday (check our November Events page to confirm date/time). 

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 

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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, or relax while a luxury coach (currently not available) takes you there.

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.

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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 2023 are just now beginning to be announced - look for more soon!

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Theatre Schedules & Tickets:

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

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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.  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, 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 (open now; closed on Thanksgiving, and open again on Friday, 11/29) Jiminy Peake (opens 11/23) here in Massachusetts, Waterville Valley (11/23), and Sugarloaf (open now).

Be sure to check conditions before heading to any of these ski resorts, because New England weather is tricky in November - although Thanksgiving Day in Boston this year is predicted to be the coldest on record.

Massachusetts Ski Areas - More information

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Ice Skating at Frog Pond

Although Frog Pond on Boston Common is not always open before Thanksgiving due to too-warm weather, it will be open this year except for Thanksgiving Day. 

More about ice skating on Frog Pond

9.  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:

10.  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.

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Boston's Winter Holiday Markets

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

Because Thanksgiving is so late this year, Boston's winter holiday markets don't open until early December. 

Get ready for SoWa Winter Festival 2023, the biggest and one of the best, on December 3-15 (to be confirmed) (460 and 500 Harrison Ave in the South End). 

Sip on hot mulled wine and hot chocolate (or other tasty brews), and enjoy the live ice sculpting, holiday workshops, artists studios and galleries, and over 130 of the area's best artisans and specialty food vendors.

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