It's the first weekend for the Festival of Silver Lights in Meriden. Photo by Clementina Verge
It's the first weekend for the Festival of Silver Lights in Meriden. Photo by Clementina Verge

Thanksgiving Weekend Best Things To Do in Connecticut: Silver Lights, Reindeer Festival, Holiday Trains

Thanksgiving week is finally here, and Connecticut families will be looking for things to do close to home. Kids can find turkeys on scavenger hunts and strolls, or turn their attention to all things reindeer: There's the annual Reindeer Festival in Greenwich and reindeer-themed train rides starting up in Essex. Holiday trains are leaving the station in East Windsor and East Haven, too. Christmas lights are turning on across the Nutmeg State; we'll be at Hubbard Park, which is all decked out for the fabulous Festival of Silver Lights.

Looking for even more seasonal fun to have with kids? It's time to plan that family ski trip at a local mountain or take advantage of the gorgeous crisp weather on a family-friendly hike. Get ahead on holiday plans by booking a holiday train ride with Santa or making a reservation to see a drive-thru Christmas light display. Just remember to bring your masks and practice social distancing whenever out and about with your family. If your snuggling in at home, make sure to check out our free November online events and classes to stream virtually. As always, keep tabs on our Connecticut events calendar for daily updates on local events and virtual opportunities to make memories with your kids.

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.

Places featured in this article:


Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses

Fairfield Museum and Historical Society

Connecticut Trolley Mueum

Lighthouse Point Park

Shore Line Trolley Museum

Light up Middletown

Sand Hill Road Holiday of Lights

First Congregational Church of Meriden

Connecticut Trolley Mueum

Lakewood-Matthews Mansion2

Holiday Light Fantasia Goodwin Park

Torrington Christmas House

New Haven Green

Intstitute for American Indian Studies

Three Monkeys and Me Boutique

Flanders Nature Center

John J. McCarthy Observatory

Litchfield Hills Farm Fresh Market

Skyland Stadium Christmas Light Show

South Jersey Holiday Light Show at Bridgeport Speedway

Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Point Park

Magic of Lights, Toyota Oakdale Theater

Goodwin Park, Holiday Light Fantasia

India Rock Nature Center, Santa Lights Up the Lake

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses

Jones Beach State Park

The Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Hunter Mountain Ski Resort

Jack Frost and Big Boulder Moutain
S’mores & Slides (& Mini Golf!)
Stamford Mueum & Nature Center - 6:00 PM Pick
The Wedding Singer
Center Stage Theatre - 7:00 PM Pick
The Wedding Singer
Center Stage Theatre - 7:00 PM Pick
Ride the Lavender Express
Lavender Pond Farm - various times Pick
Comic-Con@Home 2021
- various times Pick
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