Within our, relatively, young nation, the east coast has the longest running traditions around Thanksgiving. The fateful year of 1621 brought our nation a beloved annual tradition of gathering loved ones around the common interest of food. At that time, food represented survival for the newly arrived Pilgrims, and the Wampanoag Indians generously came to their aid. Fast forward 397 years later to today, and the celebration of Thanksgiving still lives on in our nation!
Thanksgiving in Boston
Visiting Boston during Thanksgiving is an incredible experience, one that can be filled with traditions new and old. With an abundance to see, eat, and experience, you might find it useful to have a quick guide to the Thanksgiving happenings in, and around, Boston.
Experience The First Thanksgiving
Boston is a mere hour north from Plymouth, the site of the first Thanksgiving, and traditions around the holiday have remained strong. Though we can’t offer you a time machine to 1621, the next best thing is a day trip to Plimouth Plantation. Considered a living museum, Plimouth Plantation is a recreation of the small English colony, complete with actors speaking in old English. You can see how blacksmithing, cooking, and farming was done back then, ask questions, and in general have a unique glimpse of life in early America. By far one of our favorite activities during the Thanksgiving holiday season, each year!
Magical Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Whether you visit the Marketplace to shop, watch the incredible Blink! Holiday Light & Sound Extravaganza, or to eat a delicious meal, it’s the ideal place to be around the holidays. One of Boston’s classic sights, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is one of the most festive places to be throughout the entire city.
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Catch the Spirit of the Season at The Ballet
Is there anything more wonderful during the holidays than watching professional ballerinas twirl across a vibrantly decorated stage performing the Nutcracker? We think not. If you’re unfamiliar with the Boston Ballet, let us assure you they’re mind-blowingly talented. This year’s Nutcracker is featuring choreography by Mikko Nissinen and is set to be as vibrant and enchanting as ever. The season kicks off on November 29th and will go until the end of December.
Head to a Boston Bruins Game
Especially if you are visiting Boston from a place that doesn’t have a hockey team, we highly recommend getting tickets for a Bruins game at TD Garden! Located in the heart of Boston, it’s an easy arena to get to, and every game will be filled with cheerful and passionate fans. Hockey is the kind of sport that you can know little to nothing about, and still be on the edge of your seat with excitement!
Next Level Black Friday Shopping
Boston is a major shopping destination any time of the year, but, as you might imagine, it transforms into Black Friday paradise each Thanksgiving season. There are a variety of ways to enjoy shopping in Boston during the holidays; it all depends on what you are looking for.
-Newbury Street – High-end shops in one of the quintessential Boston neighborhoods, this will be the most aesthetically pleasing shopping experience
-Prudential Center – More traditional Black Friday shopping, an array of shops from mid-price to higher-end
-Wrentham Outlets – Where the biggest bargains will be found
Being in the City
Above all else, simply being in Boston is deeply satisfying during the Thanksgiving season. Cool crisp air, fall foliage, centuries-old traditions, enchanting decor, and various activities throughout the city combine to create an atmosphere of holiday bliss. Every square and park will be decorated and the rows of brick houses form the perfect backdrop for precious seasonal photos. Being in the city is second to none, which is also why you should be sure to book your hotel stay somewhere central.
However you choose to enjoy the holiday while in Beantown will be lovely. Our last piece of advice is to stay with us! Book your room at Copley Square Hotel, and place yourself in the heart of the city, merely steps from icons such as Boston Common and the Back Bay.