6 Things to Do in Boston on Thanksgiving Weekend

Spending Thanksgiving in Boston? While we’re sure you’ve already got plans for the big meal itself, there’s plenty to do the rest of the holiday weekend that’s sure to delight family and friends (besides Black Friday shopping, that is).

Check out a few of our suggestions for the top things to do in Boston on Thanksgiving weekend, and let us know what you think!

If you’re planning on enjoying a number of festive attractions with your friends and family, consider picking up a few all-inclusive Go Boston® Cards to help everyone save on admission costs – after all, it’s time to start saving up for holiday presents!

Pilgrim Thanksgiving

Plimoth Plantation
Thanksgiving Weekend

Image credit: Plimoth Plantation.

Image credit: Plimoth Plantation.

Get in the holiday spirit with a visit to Plimoth Plantation, a recreated seventeenth-century village that showcases authentic Native American and early Colonial settlements. Engage with compelling actors as you explore real and reconstructed artifacts from the time period.

Learn all about early relations between the Europeans and the Native Americans, and how the first Thanksgiving is said to have come about. There’s no better place to celebrate this holiday than at such a historic venue!

Also, be sure to check out our guide for visiting Plimoth Plantation.

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Boston Opera House
November 26 & 27, 2015

Image credit: Boston Discovery Guide.

Image credit: Boston Discovery Guide.

Attend a performance of the Christmastime classic, The Nutcracker.

The Boston Ballet performs this perennial favorite at the Boston Opera House each year and the choreography is more enchanting and more beautiful with every season.

The Nutcracker’s opening performance (the night after Thanksgiving) marks the start of the holiday season for Bostonians, and it’s a real treat for anyone who loves Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece and its gorgeous pageantry and scenery.

Boston Celtics Basketball

TD Garden
November 28 & 30, 2015

Image copyright: Boston Celtics / National Basketball Association.

Image copyright: Boston Celtics / National Basketball Association.

Are you or your family members big sports fans? Then you must catch a game at the world-famous TD Garden.

Celtics Basketball is sure to be an exciting event this season, with promising young talent and accomplished veterans on the team.

You could also opt to see the Boston Bruins NHL team in on November 28th in the evening – better yet, make it a double header and see the Celtics in the afternoon and the Bruins at night! Look out for special holiday pricing.

Holiday Decorations at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Quincy Market & Faneuil Hall
November & December

Image credit: Faneuil Hall Marketplace Facebook page.

Image credit: Faneuil Hall Marketplace Facebook page.

Stop by historic Quincy Market to get a taste of “Blink!,” a stunning collection of festive decorations and Christmas lights that festoon the tree and pathways of the Faneuil Hall neighborhood.

For many local folks, the lighting of the tree at Faneuil Hall also marks the beginning of the holiday season and the start of many festive events.

Lights will be up the week before Thanksgiving, but you might want to save your walk for after Thanksgiving dinner, when you can use the opportunity to digest as you enjoy the lights.

Family-Friendly Museums

Throughout Boston
Thanksgiving Weekend


The Boston Children’s Museum is another great option.

While most museums will be closed on Thanksgiving Day itself, there’s no better way to entertain out-of-town visitors than with a trip to one of Boston’s award-winning museums.

Got a lot of kids in the family? Bring them down to the Boston Museum of Science for an immersive educational experience that’s exciting and fun.

Hosting some art lovers? Spend an afternoon at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where art and history thrive in their magnificent collections of painting, craftwork, furniture, sculpture, and much more.

Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.)

MIT Museum
November 27

Image credit: MIT.

Image credit: MIT.

Join up with other smarty pants at MIT and create a massive chain reaction as participants contribute their individual inventions or contraptions to the larger picture.

Marvel at how they all fit together, and learn a ton about science and engineering along the way. It’s a great activity for the kids!

Save on Admission

These top Boston attractions are popular with travelers and locals alike and are guaranteed to make your experience special.

However you decide to spend the time with family and friends this Thanksgiving weekend, we’re sure you’ll find something rewarding and exciting to explore in Boston.

Remember, you can save up to 55% off many of these top attractions with a Go Boston Card. Happy Thanksgiving!
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