10 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in Massachusetts!

Thanksgiving might be one of the most underrated major holidays in the United States. After all, there’s no Thanksgiving tree. You don't buy gifts for your friends and family members, and you don't dress up in crazy costumes on the day of the celebration. Instead, you get together with family, enjoy tasty food, and simply enjoy each other's company. Here's how to make the most of your 2023, these 10 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in Massachusetts.

Tavern on the Wharf, Plymouth, MA

Mix the stuffing with family and friends for that pre-Thanksgiving celebration, then head to Tavern on the Wharf. Try their Tavern lemonade or maybe a red raspberry martini.

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade, Plymouth, MA

To get the most out of your Massachusetts Thanksgiving festivities, head to Plymouth the Saturday before the big day. America's Hometown Thanksgiving Parade kicks off at Benny's Plaza. Get their way ahead of time to secure a good spot for viewing this parade, that has been dubbed the No. 1 Thanksgiving parade in the United States by AOL. A chronologically accurate historical parade, marchers include military bands, a fife, drum and bugle corp, beautiful handmade floats, and more. This parade will surely get you in the mood to enjoy the most festive Thanksgiving ever.

Norwood Turkey Trot, Norwood, MA

November 19, 2023

To get in shape for that big Thanksgiving feast, consider signing up for the Norwood Turkey Trot and run. There's a fun run for the kids, too. Get out and enjoy your community at this wonderful annual event.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Museum, Mashpee, MA

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, learn something about local Native American culture by visiting the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Museum. Remember, it wasn’t only the Pilgrims who participated in that first Thanksgiving.

Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Lowell, MA

In the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, consider donating to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell. You may donate canned or boxed food or may make a monetary donation instead. Help make Thanksgiving a day of feasting and celebrating for those who might not be able to afford it otherwise.

Lyndell’s Bakery, Somerville, MA

Order your Thanksgiving pie at least a week ahead of time, then stop at Lyndell's the day before Thanksgiving. You'll be bringing the tastiest pie to the Thanksgiving feast. Think out of the box, too, and consider a coconut custard pie instead of the traditional pumpkin or apple.

Bongi’s Turkey Roost, Duxbury, MA

It's well worth your time to detour into Duxbury to buy the finest turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner. Bongi's Turkey Roost will sell you a farm fresh raw turkey or you can buy it already roasted and ready to warm up on Thanksgiving Day.

Boston Cares, Boston, MA

Head into Boston for countless volunteer opportunities in the days before Thanksgiving or even on Thanksgiving Day. Help fill bags and boxes at soup kitchens, deliver groceries to needy families, or serve the veterans Thanksgiving Dinner. Boston Cares will help match you with the appropriate volunteer opportunity that meets your schedule.

Thanksgiving Make-N-Take, Billerica, MA

November 17, 2023 at 9:30am

Kids can prepare for Thanksgiving at Billerica Public Library this year by making a fun craft. All ages are invited to participate on Friday, November 17th, and Saturday, November 18th, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No registration is required.

Kingston Collection, Kingston, MA

Watch the ads in the days before Thanksgiving, and then head out to Kingston Collection to do some Black Friday shopping on November 24. Featuring anchor stores including Macy’s and Target, you can also shop at Victoria’s Secret, Newbury Comics, and More.

This text was created by the author with the assistance of GPT-3, a large-scale language generation model developed by OpenAI. The author reviewed, edited, and revised the draft language to their satisfaction and is fully responsible for the content of this publication.

Share your favorites!
Massachusetts Search
Best Things To Do Near You
Best Things To Do Near You
Best Places To Go Near You
Best Places To Go Near You
123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA
Mission StatementThe Danforth Museum and School of Art actively engages its communities within an intimate environment to experience, create, and c... Read More
686 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA
About Opened in August of 2002 by two local women, Lori Karlsson and Maya Elisayeff, Whimsy represents the realization of their dreams and visions... Read More
61 Shrewsbury Street Route 140 North, Boylston, MA
The Cookie Club is the creative side business to Wicked Good Cookies where kids can choose and entirely make their own selection of biscuity treats... Read More
239 Concord Road, Marlborough, MA
FIELDS: The 2 Ghiloni Park fields (Dirico & Vietnam Veterans) serve as Multi-Purpose Fields. Inquire at the Recreation Department about hosting... Read More
180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA
The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse ... Read More
280 Eliot Street, Natick, MA
An expansive retreat along Indian Brook and the Charles River, Broadmoor is an ever-changing environment teeming with wildlife: dragonflies darting... Read More
After suffering her first bout with cancer in 2002, Pam Manikas Washek decided to turn her pain into purpose by helping others experiencing similar... Read More
2 Southwick Street, Mendon, MA
The Southwick Story It all started 200 years ago The Southwick homestead dates back over 200 years to 1803. As a working farm with dairy cows, the... Read More
1000 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA
History: Ski Ward Ski Area, once known as Ward Hill Ski Area and formerly Union Hill, has been in operation since 1939 and is one Think Snowof the ... Read More
3 Boston Rd, Sutton, MA
Posies N' Presents proudly serves the Sutton area. We are family owned and operated. We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangemen... Read More
336 Sugar Road, Bolton, MA
Ed and Brenda Laquidara have spent their entire lives working with animals, from farm animals to exotics. In 1997, Ed and Brenda turned their hobby... Read More
Show More
Select a Massachusetts town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Nantucket County