Thanksgiving in Boston 2022

Find events for Thanksgiving 2022 across the Boston area.  We will have a full calendar of things to do across the nation, including Thanksgiving Eve parties, Black Friday alternatives and family friendly activities for Thanksgiving Weekend.

2022 Events

Concord Turkey Trot - Concord, MA - Nov 19, 2020
Was a virtual race in 2020. This family friendly events has attracted over 2,000 runners each year and benefits the Open Table of Concord and Maynard. Proceeds have also supported local youth running programs.

Great New England Pumpkin Pie Contest - Plymouth, MA - Nov 6, 2021

Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument - Provincetown, MA - Nov 11, 2021
Virtual lighting for 2021.

Festival of Wreaths - Nantucket, MA - Nov 19 to Nov 27, 2021
The Festival of Wreaths is the NHA’s kickoff celebration to the holiday season! This community driven event features an array of beautifully crafted wreaths made by islanders from local businesses, non-profits, schools, and organizations. From traditionally decorated greens to unconventional arrangements, the Festival of Wreaths truly captures the creativity of Nantucketers! Visitors can bid on their favorite wreaths in a silent auction to benefit the NHA’s year-round outreach efforts. FREE for NHA members and Island Residents.

ZooLights at Zoo New England - Stoneham, MA - Nov 19 to Jan 9, 2022
This winter wonderland takes you on a stroll through the Zoo, along tree-lined paths lit by twinkling lights. Spanning the Zoo’s 26 acres, walk through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes, and even reindeer!

Essex Turkey Trot - Essex, MA - Nov 21, 2021

Thanksgiving Eve Party at Howl at the Moon Boston - Boston, MA - Nov 24, 2021
Turkey is good, but booze is better! Celebrate the long holiday weekend with some live music, dancing and drinks, with featured drinks, games, dancing and a great night out!

Greater Newburyport Turkey Trot - West Newbury, MA - Nov 25, 2021

Boston Volvo Thanksgiving Day MS Run - Allston, MA - Nov 25, 2021
The Boston Volvo 5k and the Wilmington Thanksgiving Day MS Run have combined into this annual event. Run while raising funds for MS research while working up an appetite for pie.

Northborough Turkey Trot - Northborough, MA - Nov 25, 2021
Each Thanksgiving morning, close to 1,000 runners and walkers gather at the Marion E. Zeh school on Howard Street in Northborough to raise money for the Northborough Food Pantry. Over the years, the Turkey Trot has raised more than $65,000 for the Northborough Food Pantry. This year, support Northborough families in need by helping subsidize summer camps through the Northborough Recreation department.

Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race - Andover, MA - Nov 25, 2021
5k or 5 Mile, plus Kids K fun run. The Proceeds from the race benefit the The Bellesini Academy, The Merrimack Valley Y, the MVS high school scholarship fund, and Groundwork Lawrence

Dreamcatcher Classic - Weymouth, MA - Nov 25, 2021
Proceeds go to Dreamcatcher Scholarship for Weymouth High School students to assist with athletic fees and new Julie Rodick Scholarship Fund for Weymouth High School graduates.

Greater Newburyport Turkey Trot - West Newbury, MA - Nov 25, 2021
Enjoy Thanksgiving morning with family and friends (and possibly some genuine wild turkeys) at the WCRC Wild Turkey Trot at Pipestave Hill / Mill Pond Recreation Area, West Newbury, MA.

Gobble Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving Race - Somerville, MA - Nov 25, 2021
The Gobble Gobble Gobble Gobble starts and ends in Davis Square (at the heart of Somerville), features a unique 4 mile course, and offers a fun opportunity to start Thanksgiving on a high and healthy note! Proceeds benefit Somerville Homeless Coalition, Somerville Track PAC, and Dilboy VFW Veterans Relief Fund.

Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K - Dorchester, MA - Nov 25, 2021
The Franklin Park Coalition’s now-famous Turkey Trot started in 2013. After another record-breaking year, with more than 1,400 runners participating in 2019, it went virtual in 2020, but the Turkey Trot is back to its orgins in 2021 (with appropriate safety protocals in place). With runners and walkers coming primarily from the neighborhoods that border the park, including Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan, the Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the City of Boston.

Parade of the Big Balloons - Springfield, MA - Nov 26, 2021
Main Street in downtown Springfield will be filled with people, bands, motorized contingents, huge balloon characters and more on the day after Thanksgiving, as the Spirit of Springfield launches the annual Parade of the Big Balloons. The helium-filled balloons will include the 75-foot Cat In the Hat, the MGM Lion balloon, and a balloon of the American flag. The rest of the parade will feature cold-air inflatables that rise 20 feet in the air. Don’t miss the arrival of Santa near the end!

Vineyards Artisans Festival - West Tisbury, MA - Nov 26 to Nov 27, 2021

Parade of the Big Balloons - Springfield, MA - Nov 26, 2021
Main Street in downtown Springfield will be filled with people, bands, motorized contingents, huge balloon characters and more on the day after Thanksgiving, as the Spirit of Springfield launches the annual Parade of the Big Balloons. The helium-filled balloons will include the 75-foot Cat In the Hat, the MGM Lion balloon, and a balloon of the American flag. The rest of the parade will feature cold-air inflatables that rise 20 feet in the air. Don’t miss the arrival of Santa near the end!

Vineyards Artisans Festival - West Tisbury, MA - Nov 26 to Nov 27, 2021
This largest holiday art show by Islanders, features many holiday gifts such as one of a kind winter hand-made sweaters, hand-made soaps, Island lavender, and fine crafts including leather and vintage material bags, wood butcher block cutting boards, and so much more. The best part of coming to the Vineyard Artisan Festivals is meeting the artists and listening to how they love there art and enjoy making these beautiful gifts. Great food and live music. A $2.00 parking fee is for the Vineyard Artisans Scholarship Fund, which awards several scholarships to graduating MV High School students for studies in the Arts each year.

Lowell City of Lights Parade and Festival - Lowell, MA - Nov 26 to Nov 27, 2021
The Annual City Of Lights Holiday Parade welcomes the holiday season with the arrival of Mr and Mrs Claus and the traditional lighting of JFK Plaza and the Wannalancit smoke stack. In addition to a parade and tree lighting at City Hall, enjoy the festival of wreaths, pictures with Santa, carolling, the Holly Jolly Trolley, holiday movie screenings, ice skating, food trucks, holiday craft market and more.

More Fall Activities near Boston:
Apple Picking
Oktoberfest
Haunted Houses
‎Halloween Events
Ghost Tours

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