Thanksgiving Weekend

Fun Things to Do in Boston

Thanksgiving Weekend Events in Boston- 2018

Top Things to Do on Thanksgiving Weekend

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!

1.  Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in Top Boston Restaurants

Turkey dinner in 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. 

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 Weekend Game at the Garden

TD Garden, where Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics play home games over Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving and watching games go together - and with TD Garden's convenient in-town location, attending a Boston Bruins game couldn't be easier.

Check out the Thanksgiving weekend home game schedule at TD Garden, and get your tickets now:

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3.  See Christmas Lights & More at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Christmas lights at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston

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.  

Find more info about Christmas tree lighting ceremonies 

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 Bostonian Boston Hotel.

More Faneuil Hall Marketplace events on Thanksgiving weekend - Blink! lights and entertainment and the Boston Tuba Christmas Concert  - Check November Events Calendar for dates and time

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

Thanksgiving events in Boston Newbury St Black Friday sales

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 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 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, newly-opened The Row Hotel lets you everything this shopping/entertainment complex offers.

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5.  Boston Concerts and Theater during Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving shows and concerts in Boston - schedule

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.

With the exception of Thanksgiving Day itself, you'll find lots of performances throughout the holiday weekend.

Check for Concert Tickets  

Theater Schedules & Tickets:

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6.  Top of the Hub Boston Views and Jazz

Skywalk Observatory and Top of the Hub in Boston's Prudential Tower

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. 

Another way to enjoy even better views: head up to the 54th floor Prudential Skywalk Observatory, also in Prudential Center.  Enter free when you have a GoBoston Discount Card.

7.  Plimouth Plantation on Thanksgiving Day

Plimouth Plantation near Boston MA - photo courtesy of Muns via Wikipedia

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!

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8.  Ski Resorts Open on Thanksgiving Weekend

Photo of Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort north of Boston, 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. 

9.  Boston Museums Open on Thanksgiving Weekend

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 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:

- New England Aquarium
- Children's Museum
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Museum of Science
- Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

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

The Nutcracker at Boston's Opera House - schedule information

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 the weekend after Thanksgiving this year, and performances continue throughout December.

Get your tickets now:

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Cancelled for 2018:  Boston's Winter Holiday Market & Ice Rink

Boston's Winter Holiday Market & Ice Rink

Upgrades to City Hall Plaza have sidelined the Winter Holiday Market and ice rink on City Hall Plaza next to the Government Center T station for this year.

Pop-up Christmas Markets in other parts of the city are anticipated - so stay tuned for details!

More about Boston's Winter Holiday Market

Fun Things to See & Do in Boston

VIP Freedom Trail & Fun Tales Tour by Pedicab - Explore the Freedom Trail from the comfort of a pedicab, or customize to fit your interests; for 1-3 people, and includes pickup at most central Boston hotels.  More

Food Walking Tour in Boston's North End - Limited to just 12 people, this 3-hour walking lets you sample seafood, Italian dishes, and other fare in Boston's premier food-centered North End neighborhood.  More

Round Trip Transportation to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets from Boston - Shop for huge discounts and bargains on designer brands at the biggest outlet mall in Massachusetts and pay NO sales tax on items less than $175!  More

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