Train lovers can marvel at Mr. Gilbert's Railroad. Photo courtesy of the Eli Whitney Museum
Train lovers can marvel at Mr. Gilbert's Railroad. Photo courtesy of the Eli Whitney Museum

Thanksgiving Weekend Things To Do in Connecticut: Fun Runs, Lighted Boat Parade, Winterfest

This weekend unofficially marks the start of the holiday season, and Connecticut does not disappoint! Nutmeggers won't have to look far to find some festive fun. The state is soon to be covered in holiday lights, including the opening weekend of annual displays in New Haven, Hartford, and Meriden. There's the famous Lighted Boat Parade in Mystic, too, and Winterfest kicks off in Hartford. Or, you can work off some Thanksgiving calories at holiday-inspired fun runs in New CanaanNew Milford, and Fairfield

Hopefully, you will have a chance to enjoy the company of friends and family, and have safe and easy travels if you are on the road this holiday weekend. Pass the downtime by checking out our Connecticut Holiday Fun Guide, updated with all the latest Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's Eve events for the 2019 season. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Mommy Poppins!


Wakeman Boys/Girls Club
385 Center Street
Southport, CT 06890

Wonderland at Roseville
226 Roseville Terrace
Fairfield, CT 06824

Ambler Farm
257 Hurlbutt Street
Wilton, CT 06897

Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, , 06897

Historic Downtown Bethel
Greenwoood Ave
Bethel, CT

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
One Green Hill
Washington Depot, CT 06794

Lake Compounce Family Theme Park
822 Lake Avenue
Bristol, 06010

Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses
437 North Street
Greenwich, CT

Blue Slope Farm
138 Blue Hill Rd
Franklin, CT 06254

The Wood Memorial Library & Museum
783 Main Street
South Windsor, CT 07064

Bushnell Park
Trinity Street at Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06103

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT

Harrybrooke Park
64 Lanesville Road
New Milford, CT 06776

Niantic Town Green
Niantic, CT

Eli Whitney Museum
915 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517

Mystic River Park
28C Cottrell Street
Mystic, CT 06355

First Congregational Church of Meriden
62 Colony St
Meriden, CT

Simsbury Center
Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury , CT 06070

Maple View Farm
603 Orange Center Road
Orange, CT 06477

Pinkney Park
Norwalk, CT

Downtown Putnam
Main Street at Front Street
Putnam, CT 06260

Norwalk Library
1 Belden Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850

Lachat Town Farm
106 Godfrey Road West
Weston, CT 06883

Carriage Barn Arts Center
681 South Ave. Waveny Park
New Canaan, CT 06840
Downtown Mystic Ghost Stroll
Downtown Mystic - 7:00 PM
The "Ride" at Pumpkintown USA
Pumpkintown USA - various times
Scarecrows Along Main Street
Downtown Wethersfield - various times
Pumpkins on the Go!
Walnut Beach Pavilion - various times
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