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.

Places featured in this article:


Marshfield Fairgrounds

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Cape Cod Central Railroad Depot

Charles W. Ward Reservation

Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

The Stevens-Coolidge Place

Appleton Farms

Illuminations Tour--Somerville High School Field House
Paleo Playdates
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - 10:00 AM Pick
Asian Lantern Spectacular
Roger Williams Zoo - 5:30 PM
Get Your Groove On Family Dance Event
Landmark on Main Street (online) - 7:00 PM
T-Rex Adventure
Stone Zoo Parking Lot - various times
Living History @ Home: Get Ready for Pinkster
Dimenna / New York Historical Society Online - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides