Thanksgiving Weekend Things To Do in Boston with Kids: Goat Hike, Holiday Light Shows, and Christmas Tubas

One family at a time has a chance to visit with Santa at the Hometown Holidays Visit with Santa event in Hamilton. Photo courtesy of The Community House in Hamilton
One family at a time has a chance to visit with Santa at the Hometown Holidays Visit with Santa event in Hamilton. Photo courtesy of The Community House in Hamilton

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

With Thanksgiving kicking off 2021 holiday magic this week, the Boston calendar is filling up with fun and festive family activities. You can go for a Thanksgiving Day hike with goats in Georgetown, decorate gingerbread houses in Beverly, or get outside for a family scavenger hunt at Hale Reservation. 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, hear the Christmas tubas at Downtown Crossing, or enjoy children's literature at Concord Museum. 

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:


Marshfield Fairgrounds

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Our Lady of La Salette National Shrine

Cape Cod Central Railroad Depot

The Stevens-Coolidge Place

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

Illuminations Tour--Somerville High School Field House

Stone Zoo Parking Lot

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Christopher Columbus Park

Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink at Larz Anderson Park

Kendall Square Community Outdoor Ice Skating

Market Street Lynnfield

Featherland Ice Skating Rink
GroovyBabyMusic's Indoor Music Together Class
Holy Trinity Armenian Church - 9:00 AM
Mythical Creatures Scavenger Hunt Kick-Off
Harvard Museum of Natural History - 11:00 AM
Open House at Macomber Center
Macomber Center - 1:00 PM
Asian Lantern Spectacular
Roger Williams Zoo - 5:30 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides