Thanksgiving in New England

November 8, 2017 / New England

The first Thanksgiving took place in Massachusetts, making New England a perfect spot to celebrate the holiday. From skiing to shopping, you’re sure to be thankful for all the activities offered in the region.

Thanksgiving 2017: Where to go and what to do in New England

1. Plimoth Plantation

Step into the 17th Century as you wander through a replica of Plimouth Colony, the birthplace of Thanksgiving. Explore the timber-framed houses furnished with reproductions of items owned by the pilgrims, and engage with the costumed townspeople. The Wampanoag Homesite shows how Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe lived in houses covered in tree bark and explains how techniques such as hunting and gathering were vital to their livelihood. This is an educational day out for the entire family.

When: Every day, 9am – 5pm
Where: 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA

2. Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument

Celebrate the pilgrims’ first landing in the New World by attending the annual lighting of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, Massachusetts. More than 3,100 “landing lights” will illuminate the structure, with this year’s lighting dedicated to “everyone who needs a little light and love.” Refreshments and entertainment will also be part of this free event, which has become a beloved tradition for the community.

When: Nov 22, 5 – 7pm
Where: 1 High Pole Hill Rd, Provincetown, MA

3. Parade of the Big Balloons

Join 70,000 of your closest friends for this annual parade, which boasts giant floats, live music, and local dance troupes. The 75-foot inflatable Cat in the Hat, which was made locally, is a fan favorite. However, the real star of the show is Santa Claus, who will wave to the crowd from a Springfield Fire Department truck. Stick around after the parade for free family entertainment at Tower Square’s Holiday Open House.

When: Nov 24, 11am
Where: Main St, from Lyman St to Locust St – Springfield, MA

4. Ski resorts

Snow season has arrived in New England, so grab your skis and head to the slopes at Stowe, Sugarbush, or Sunday River, all of which plan to open the week before Thanksgiving. The resorts at Bretton Woods, Killington, and Loon Mountain will announce their opening dates soon. Of course, snow-based activities are always weather dependent, so be sure to check the websites of your favorite mountainsides before making plans.

When: Various opening times
Where: Various locations

5. Black Friday

Shop ’til you drop on Black Friday, the day when bargain hunters wake up before the crack of dawn to take advantage of amazing sales. Newbury Street in Boston offers shoppers a ton of variety, from designer boutiques to popular chain stores. Head to Maine for a more relaxed day of shopping, with Portland’s historic Old Port offering unique stores situated on quaint cobblestone streets. If you live in Rhode Island, be sure to head to Westminster Street for chic shops, antiques, and hip eateries.

When: Nov 24
Where: Various locations

Whether you wish to experience Thanksgiving like the pilgrims or simply want to kick back and relax, New England offers an abundance of events to keep the entire family entertained during the holiday period.