Thanksgiving Weekend 2022 in Boston: Santa's Wonderland, Holiday Light Shows, and the Polar Express

Music fills the air, as light festivals and winter wonderlands mark  Thanksgiving Weekend 2022 in Boston! Boston Tuba performance photo by Peter Lee, via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Music fills the air, as light festivals and winter wonderlands mark Thanksgiving Weekend 2022 in Boston! Boston Tuba performance photo by Peter Lee, via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Looking for the best things to do in Boston on Thanksgiving weekend 2022? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this Thanksgiving weekend.

It's Thanksgiving weekend 2022 in Boston, and the calendar is filling up with holiday magic and festive family activities. Cirque du Soleil's Twas the Night Before... opens in Boston. Families can explore the outdoors for a Green Friday hike in Medfield, decorate gingerbread houses in Beverly, or get outside for a free family scavenger hunt in Westwood. Cheer on runners at the Franklin Park Turkey Trot—the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the city of Boston. Witness the return of Bright Nights at Forest Park, hop aboard a Polar Express 4D Experience at the Museum of Science or listen to the Christmas tubas at Downtown Crossing

Looking for ways to spend time at home as a family this long weekend? Try one of these easy Thanksgiving crafts or games and have yourself an After-Thanksgiving Party with DJ Squirm-a-Lot. You can also start planning a New England Christmas adventure and go see Boston's best holiday lights. For more holiday and Christmas activities, explore our Holiday Fun Guide for Boston Kids.  

Places featured in this article:


New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Our Lady of La Salette National Shrine

Cape Cod Central Railroad Depot

The Stevens-Coolidge Place

Aleppo Shriners Auditorium

Downtown Crossing, Boston

Greenwood Tree Farm

Crane Neck Tree Farm

Deerfield Tree Farm

Sleigh Bell Christmas Tree Farm

Cranston Christmas Tree Farm

Radebaugh’s Christmas Tree Farms

Mistletoe Christmas Tree Farm

Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink at Larz Anderson Park

Kendall Square Community Outdoor Ice Skating

Market Street Lynnfield

Featherland Ice Skating Rink
Polkadog Bakery: Puppy Bowl 2023
Seaport - 10:00 AM Pick
Snowy Owl Prowl
Crane Beach on the Crane Estate - 10:00 AM
Wayne Potash
Coolidge Corner Theater - 10:30 AM
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