Thanksgiving Week + Weekend Event Mega-Roundup!

Here we are at Thanksgiving week! We’re going to go offline later this week, so today we’re sharing a mega-roundup of events to carry you through the Thanksgiving week + weekend! The first section includes recurring events, and then following are events broken out by day November 19-25. Stay tuned for more great content through Wednesday and have a wonderful holiday!


November 19-December 2: Discover 150 sparkling holiday trees at the SeaFestival of Trees, along with live performances, a Seaside Ice rink and skate rentals, visits with Santa, a Giant Gingerbread House, Santa's Treetop Shop, and more (Salisbury)

November 19-December 8: Stop by the 25th Annual Festival of Trees (Methuen)

November 19-December 24: Pose for a photo with Santa in his winter wonderland at the Prudential (Boston)

November 19-January 1: Visit a beautifully restored holiday display plus take a photo with Santa at The Enchanted Village (Avon)

November 19-January 1: Take in the bright Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville, an enchanted wonderland with millions of lights, attractions, and holiday train rides (Carver)

November 19-January 1: Take in 30 fanciful trees and wreaths with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites at Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature (Concord)

November 23-25: The Vintage Holiday Bazaar returns with thoughtfully decorated and curated booths, vintage treasures, holiday treats, upcycled salvage styles, and unique handmade gifts (Amesbury)

November 23-25: Watch Elf on a big screen (Lowell)

November 23-25: The 24th Annual Castleberry Faire Craft Festival celebrates American handiwork with arts and crafts from regional artisans and a food extravaganza (Wilmington)

November 23-December 9: The Festival of Trees and Snow Village features decorated trees, model trains in holiday villages, Santa visits, horse-drawn carriage rides, and music on weekends (Wellesley)

November 23-December 30: Celebrate the winter season with thousands of lights and enchanting landscapes, plus enjoy s’mores and seasonal drinks at Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s Night Lights (Boylston)

November 23-December 30: Catch a performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (Cambridge)

November 23-December 30: The gardens at Naumkeag and Stevens-Coolidge Place sparkle with thousands of shimmering lights, plus weekend performances and activities during Winterlights (Stockbridge and North Andover)

November 23-December 31: Feel the holiday spirit at Zoolights, where you’ll meet reindeer up close, walk along paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights, and pose for photos with Jolly Old St. Nick in Santa’s Castle (Stoneham)

November 23-January 6: Southwick’s Zoo hosts its own Winter Wonderland every weekend (Mendon)

November 19-25 Events

Monday, November 19

Take part in design challenges like the Ewok Escape, Create-A-Claw, or Soaring Satellites (Boston)

Join this month’s Children’s Book Club to discuss “Shiloh” (Boston)

Head to the annual Trellis Lighting Ceremony for Christmas carols, snacks, hot cocoa, and good cheer (Boston)

Build, create, and play with LEGOS, then take your invention home (Dedham)

Enjoy a Thanksgiving and fall-themed circle time, paint with food, sculpt with pumpkin pie play dough, and take home a handprint turkey keepsake during this Gobbles and Giggles Art and Music Class (Norwell)

Plant trees in Foss Park (Somerville)

Tuesday, November 20

Make a mess with Spray Paint Art Resist and enjoy hands-on painting experiments (Acton)

Participate in a family clay ornament design workshop (Bellingham)

Take a hike, listen to stories, create art, and play games at the Fall Nature and Art Discovery Program (Canton)

Take in a performance of Mary Poppins (Cotuit)

It’s a fun-filled hour of songs, crafts, and picture books at Stories, Stories, Stories (Dorchester)

Join the After School Farm Club to discover life as a farmer while participating in afternoon chores and playing games on the farm (Edgartown)

Try this Mom and Baby Barre Class (Melrose)

Teens can drop in to a Studio Art Class (Wakefield)

Enjoy musical performances, winter skating, and more at the Patriot Place Holiday Giving Tree Lighting, plus take a Cradles to Crayons ornament and fulfill the holiday wish of a child in need (Foxborough)

Wednesday, November 21

Bring dancing feet and groovy moves to this Family Dance Party (Boston)

Enjoy songs, rhymes, and fingerplays in English and Spanish at the Bilingual Sing-along (Brighton)

Wednesdays mean free admission to the Harvard Art Museums through the end of the year (Cambridge)

Head out for a walk in the woods, then gather by the rocks for hot chocolate, cookies, and a little local history around the fire at the annual Day Before Thanksgiving Walk (Chelmsford)

Toddler Storytime and Art Making offers a creative morning of hands-on activities and movement (Salem)

Bright Nights at Forest Park opens for its 24th season, featuring 650,000 lights along a three-mile drive with admission prices rolled back to 1995 when it was just $6 per car (Springfield)

Thursday, November 22

Angels, snowflakes, and over 300,000 lights abound at the 2018 Christmas Festival of Lights (Attleborough)

United Parish hosts its annual free Community Thanksgiving Dinner (Brookline)

Take an Historic Holiday Stroll led by 19th-century Dickensian costumed guides and visit holiday lights and Christmas trees along the Freedom Trail (Boston)

Friday, November 23

Join the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers as they share their history and modern culture in a performance that culminates with a full audience powwow in honor of Native American Heritage Month (Boston)

Celebrate the annual Macy’s tree lighting with Santa and his elves while enjoying live musical performances, and holiday family fun (Boston)

Be part of a one-of-a-kind engineering triumph at MIT’s Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction (Cambridge)

Take a Full Moon and Folklore Hike in honor of November’s Beaver Moon (Ipswich)

Circle Jamaica Pond and light candles in memory of lost loved ones before enjoying hot chocolate and cookies at this family-friendly Night of Remembrance and Light (Jamaica Plain)

Reclaim the day after Thanksgiving from shopping to spend the day outside enjoying nature, family activities, crafts, and trail-side performances at Drumlin Farm’s Giving Thanks for Nature and Our Senses (Lincoln)

Attend this tree lighting and lantern parade with Santa (Salem)

Winterlights opens at Naumkeag with thousands of shimmering lights, plus performances and activities (Stockbridge)

Zoolights opens for the season (Stoneham)

The Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary Fall Festival draws a special crowd every year with its day-after-Thanksgiving hayrides, face painting, live music, and crafts for kids (Vineyard Haven)

The City of Waltham hosts its annual Holiday Lighting event with live music, a visit from Santa, and Santa’s mailbox all set up to receive kids’ letters (Waltham)

Take a moonlight tour of Gore Place (Waltham)

The Festival of Trees and Snow Village opens, featuring decorated trees, model trains in holiday villages, Santa visits, horse-drawn carriage rides, and music on weekends (Wellesley)

Join the third annual #OptOutside Scavenger Hunt, a free, self-guided adventure involving scenic trail hikes and fun activities (Westwood)

Saturday, November 24

Take in a screening of The Brave Little Toaster (Brookline)

Make binoculars, take in a dance performance, and create portraits at this month’s ICA Play Date (Boston)

Attend the annual tree lighting in Charles Square (Cambridge)

This Historic Holidays event features reenactors from various time periods, hearth cooking demonstrations, mulled cider, holiday music from across the centuries, a dress-up booth, and a pomander craft table (Danvers)

The Blue Bunny Bookstore host Jan Brett to present her new book, The Snowy Nap (Dedham)

Participate in a free Kids Reindeer Dash Run (Norwood)

Take part in the Peabody Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting (Peabody)

The 34th annual Roslindale Tree Lighting features live musical performances, ornament-making, hot chocolate, and visits with Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Santa, who arrive on the Ladder 16 truck (Roslindale)

Trade-in up to a pound of mediocre chocolate for free stone ground excellence at the Taza Trade-In (Somerville)

Check out this sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker (Weston)

More than 150 tuba players take over Faneuil Hall with a free concert at Boston Tuba Christmas (Boston)

Sunday, November 25

Storytime with Mrs. Claus at Cider Hill Farm returns, along with her fresh baked cookies and the chance to decorate gingerbread men, plus create holiday cards for soldiers overseas (Amesbury)

Larry Spotted Crow Mann talks about “The Mourning Road to Thanksgiving” (Boston)

The 2018 Festival of Trees Marketplace opens for one day only with holiday craft shopping in the glow of the 50+ decorated trees (Easton)

It’s carols, cocoa, and cookies at the North Andover Tree Lighting Festival (North Andover)

This Holiday Lighting Festival features photos with Santa, a horse drawn hayride, trolley rides, a bounce house, strolling characters, Jenny the Juggler, live ice sculptures, a digital photo booth, great local food, and more (Reading)

Visit with Santa and enjoy craft tables, cocoa & cookies, hot food sampling, caroling, games, and activities at the Tree Lighting Festival on the Common (Stoneham)

Somerville Local First returns with 40+ vendors ready to make your shopping list obsolete (Somerville)