Thanksgiving Week + Weekend Roundup

I'm really looking forward to some cozy, quiet time later this week and I hope you are as well! If you're looking for something to do this holiday week and weekend, enjoy this mega-roundup!


November 20: Attend the trellis lighting at Columbus Park (Boston)

November 20: Create a Thankfulness Craft to take home (Boston)

November 20: It’s time for a free Toddlerbilly Taco Takeover with Matt Heaton (Somerville)

November 20-December 24: The Bass Pro Shops once again offer a free photo with Santa, games, crafts, and more at Santa’s Wonderland (Foxborough)

November 20-December 24: Santa visits with kids at malls around the area (Various Locations)

November 20-January 1: Ride The Polar Express 4D (Avon)

November 20-January 1: The Christmas Festival of Lights at continues with more than 18 million lights (Carver)


November 21: Grab some tools and discover resistors, capacitors, gears, and more (Acton)

November 21: It’s time for the 46th Annual Agassiz Baldwin Thanksgiving Potluck Feast (Cambridge)

November 21: Create an ornament to hang from the Fields Corner community tree with guidance from local artist Leslie MacWeeney (Dorchester)


November 22: Read a book, sing songs, and enjoy circle time activities during Story Time at Imagine (Cambridge)

November 22: Take a Parents and Tots Nature Walk (Norwell)

November 22-January 2: The Concord Museum’s Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature returns with more than 30 fanciful trees adorned with original ornaments inspired by classic and contemporary literary favorites (Concord)


November 23: Join the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race, one of the largest Thanksgiving day races in New England (Andover)

November 23: Take part in the Franklin Park Turkey Trot (Boston)

November 23-24: Take the Train to Christmas Town on Cape Cod Central Railroad (Buzzards Bay)

November 23-24: Enjoy Thanksgiving at Old Sturbridge Village through observation of colonial meal preparation, Native American traditions, and wedding festivities that often took place on the holiday, along with post-dinner competitions (Sturbridge)

November 23-January 1: The LaSalette Shrine Lights turn on for the season (Attleborough)


November 24: Celebrate! with Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers (Boston)

November 24: Catch the annual Macy’s Tree Lighting and unveiling of holiday window displays (Boston)

November 24: Check out the annual F.A.T. (Friday After Thanksgiving) Chain Reaction at MIT, where participants link mini chain reactions together to form one mega giant chain reaction (Cambridge)

November 24: Underground Railway Theater uses puppetry, live music, dancing, and live storytelling to stage A Christmas Carol (Cambridge)

November 24: Give Thanks for Nature with a free walk through Drumlin Farm, when local artists perform trailside, and participants contribute their own expressions of thanks with family-friendly crafts and activities (Lincoln)

November 24: Enjoy a Thanksgiving Courtyard Buffet at Plimoth Plantation (Plimoth)

November 24: Burn off the turkey and stuffing with a play date at this free Post-Turkey Play at the Park event (Walpole)

November 24-26: Game On returns to the Discovery Museums with Giant Chess, Colossal Connect Four, and Yard Yahtzee, as well as picnic table mancala, dominoes, and made up games (Acton)

November 24-26: Create holiday crafts for grandparents, teachers, coaches, and friends at ARTBeat (Arlington)

November 24-26: The Perils of Mr. Punch comes to Puppet Showplace Theater (Brookline)

November 24-26: Support local and regional artisans at the Castleberry Faire Holiday Craft Festival (Wilmington)

November 24-December 10: Commonwealth Ballet’s The Nutcracker opens (Weston)

November 24-December 10: The Mass Horticultural Society’s Festival of Trees returns with more than 75 themed and spectacularly decorated trees, plus a new Snow Village, featuring model trains that wind through holiday villages (Wellesley)

November 24-December 31: The Boston Ballet Nutcracker opens (Boston)

November 24-December 31: ZooLights begins at the Stone Zoo (Stoneham)

November 24-January 7: Winter ReImagined provides a dazzling display with fifteen miles of lights, decorated trees, fire pits, thousands of handcrafted ornaments, as well as children’s activities, live music, and more (Boylston)

November 24-January 14: Boston Winter returns to town for its second season with skating, shopping, and more (Boston)


November 25: Check out Where the Wild Things Are when it comes to life on a big screen (Brookline)

November 25: Families are invited to help decorate the trees at the Charles Hotel Tree Lighting, followed by live jazz and a visit from Santa (Cambridge)

November 25: Have Breakfast with Santa (Chestnut Hill)

November 25: Enjoy live music, ornament-making, hot cocoa, and visits with Santa when he arrives on a fire truck at this Annual Tree Lighting and Small Business Saturday (Roslindale)

November 25: Attend the Wintergreen Herbal Market (Somerville)

November 25-26: The CURIO Market + Whimsy is a new, curated indoor market with art, photography, fine crafts wood, clothing, holiday, vintage, and more (Norwood)

November 25-December 10: Attend A Charlie Brown Christmas (Beverly)

November 25-December 24:  José Mateo’s The Nutcracker opens for the season (Boston)


November 26: Learn about snoods, wattles, and gobbles, create turkey track posters, examine feathers under a microscope, and create a take-home craft during Why Did the Turkey Cross the Road? (Boston)

November 26: Tackle holiday gift shopping at the Somerville Local First Holiday Market 2017 (Somerville)

November 26: Have Brunch with Santa (Sturbridge)

Featured photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash