Celebrate Thanksgiving In Boston: History, Heritage & Holiday FunAlmost 400 years ago, a group of Pilgrims gathered around a table to give thanks for their first autumn harvest in their new home. It happened just 38 miles south of Boston, and this rich piece of American history makes New England a fantastic place to celebrate the holiday.
Unique Things to Do in Boston on Thanksgiving WeekendWhether you want to hunt for deals on Black Friday or hang out in historic Boston Harbor, you'll find a cornucopia of activities to enjoy on Thanksgiving weekend.
- Sightseeing Cruises – Set sail on Boston Harbor on daily boat tours that take you by famous monuments, historic islands, and the oldest lighthouse in America.
- Plimouth Plantation – Explore the site where the Pilgrims first landed and settled in 1620 on a day-trip from Boston. Tour authentic reproductions of the Mayflower and of the Pilgrims' settlement. Open Thanksgiving through the following Sunday.
- Winter Holiday Market & Ice Rink – Shop for handmade gifts at this European-style chalet market at City Hall Plaza, which opens the day after Thanksgiving.
- Bruins Hockey – Boston's NHL team takes on the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Center on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
- The Nutcracker Ballet at Boston Opera House – This magical holiday performance opens the Friday after Thanksgiving, with shows continuing until the end of December.
- Black Friday Shopping at Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Find shops with a Boston flavor at this historic marketplace, which opens on Black Friday fully decked out for the holidays with lights and decor.