The Polar Express officially leaves the station in Cape Cod this Friday. Photo courtesy of Cape Cod Central Railroad
The Polar Express officially leaves the station in Cape Cod this Friday. Photo courtesy of Cape Cod Central Railroad

Thanksgiving Weekend Best Things To Do in Boston with Kids: Goat Hike, Holiday Light Shows, Elf on the Shelf

With Thanksgiving giving way to holiday magic this week, the Boston calendar is filling up with fun and festive activities that Boston families can enjoy—safely! In-person turkey trots may be out this year but you can go for a Thanksgiving Day hike with goats in Georgetown or get outside for a family scavenger hunt at Hale Reservation. Already have your radio tuned to the Christmas station? 'Tis the weekend to lean into the holiday spirit, with family-favorite Christmas light displays from La Salette Shrine to WInterlights flickering on this weekend. Kids can also write their Elf on the Shelf a letter at a holiday drive-in movie, decorate delicious gingerbread houses, and more.

Looking for ways to spend time at home as a family this long weekend? Try out one of these easy Thanksgiving crafts or games and stream the Macy's parade. You can also start planning a New England Christmas adventure, teach your kids to give back to the community with these holiday family volunteering opportunities, make a reservation to see Boston's best holiday lights, or book your tickets for a Polar Express train ride. Just remember to bring your masks and practice social distancing whenever out and about. If your family is snuggling in together, make sure to check out our free November online events and classes to stream from home. As always, keep tabs on our Boston events calendar for daily updates on local and virtual happenings.

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our events calendar to find something else to do. Note new travel restrictions for out-of-state events.


Mayflower II
State Pier (across from 74 Water St.)
Plymouth, MA 02360

Seaport Common
85 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Crescent Farms
140 Willow Avenue
Bradford, MA 01835

Marshfield Fairgrounds
140 Main Street
Marshfield, MA

Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Gillette Stadium
1 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA

Burke's Gym
21 Elm Place
Swampscott , MA 01907

Goats to Go
201 Pond St
Georgetown, MA 01833

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1122 Route 106 North
Loudon, NH 03307

La Salette Shrine
947 Park Street
Attleborough, MA

Cape Cod Central Railroad Depot
252 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

Charles W. Ward Reservation
65 Prospect Road
Andover, MA 01810

Massachusetts Horticultural Society
900 Washington Street Elm Bank Reservation
Wellesley, MA 02482

Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate
Canton, MA

Naumkeag
Stockbridge, MA

Southwick Zoo
2 Southwick Street
Mendon, MA

Former Fernald School
200 Trapelo Rd.
Waltham, MA 02452

Stone Zoo
149 Pond Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Pingree Park
211 Main Street
Wenham, MA

Blue Ocean Event Center
4 Ocean Front North
Salisbury Beach, MA

Taste Buds Kitchen Beverly
131 Rantoul Street
Beverly , MA

Castle Hill
290 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA

Hale Reservation
80 Carby Street
Westwood, MA

The Stevens-Coolidge Place
86 Andover Street
North Andover, MA

Chestnut Hill Farm
Chestnut Hill Road
Southborough, MA 01772

Gore Place
52 Gore Street
Waltham, MA 02453

Appleton Farms
Route 1A
Ipswich, MA

Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566

Smolak Farm
314 South Bradford Street
North Andover, MA 01845

Labella Winery
345 NH-101
Amherst , NH 03031

Stone Zoo
149 Pond Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

La Salette Shrine
947 Park Street
Attleboro, MA 02703

Illuminations Tour--Somerville High School Field House
81 Highland Avenie
Somerville , MA 02143

Naumkeag
5 Prospect Hill Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262

Gillette Stadium
1 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA

Crescent Farms
140 Willow Avenue
Bradford, MA 01835

Stone Zoo Parking Lot
149 Pond St
Stoneham, MA 02180

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1122 Route 106 North
Loudon, NH 03307

Southwick Zoo
2 Southwick Street
Mendon, MA

Former Fernald School
200 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452

Shoreline Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512

Connecticut Trolley Mueum
58 North Rd
East Windsor,, CT 06088

Polar Express
70 Main Street
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Hobo Railroad
64 Railroad Street
Lincoln, NH 03251

Conway Scenic Railroad
38 Norcross Circle
North Conway, NH 03860

Bretton Woods Ski Area
99 Ski Area Road
Bretton Woods, NH 03575

Waterville Valley Ski Area
1 Ski Area Road
Waterville Valley, NH 03215

Loon Mountain Resort
60 Loon Mountain Rd
Lincoln, NH 03251

Stratton Mountain Ski Resort
5 Village Lodge Road
South Londonderry, VT 05155

Sunday River Resort
15 South Ridge Road
Newry, ME 04261

Butternut Ski Area
380 State Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Hunter Mountain Ski Resort
64 Klein Avenue
Hunter, NY 12442

Camelback Mountain
301 Resort Drive
Tannersville, PA 18372

Jack Frost and Big Boulder Moutain
357 Big Boulder Drive Lake
Harmony, PA 18264

Massanutten
1822 Resort Drive
McGaheysville, VA 22840
Fall Family Scavenger Hunt
Hale Reservation - 8:00 AM Pick
Polar Express Train Ride on Cape Cod Central Railroad
Cape Cod Central Railroad Depot - various times Pick
"Go Out Doors" Exhibit
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail - 8:00 AM
Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston - 10:00 AM
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