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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Although Thanksgiving may be a little different for a lot of us this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some your favorite seasonal events. Here are five great events the whole family can enjoy safely.


November 27-January 3
A beloved holiday family tradition returns to Stone Zoo when ZooLights opens on Thanksgiving. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Upon entering the Zoo, guests will visit Yukon Creek, which not only features dazzling holiday lights but is also home to bald eagles, porcupine, lynx, a gray fox and a pair of reindeer. Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa’s Castle.
Stone Zoo, Stoneham

Zoolights – Stone Zoo

27th Annual Methuen Festival of Trees

November 21-December 20
Visitors are invited to attend the Festival and view the 200+ trees donated by individuals, businesses, organizations, and school groups from Methuen and several Merrimack Valley communities.  The proceeds from the Festival of Trees provide funding to preserve our heritage and the monuments that make Methuen so unique.
Valley Office Park, Methuen

Festival of Trees – Methuen

Plymouth 400 7th Annual Illuminate Thanksgiving

November 25
An annual tradition, Illuminate Thanksgiving 2020 will be held as a televised special on NBC 10 Boston, Plymouth 400’s Lead Media Sponsor.  The time of the broadcast is still to be determined, and we will include an update on this page.  The first half of the hour-long broadcast will tell the story of Plymouth 400 and the legacies of the 400th anniversary through projects, collaborations, and events. The second half of the program will focus on the signature event, Illuminate virtual event, the One Small Candle Award, and other details that are still being finalized. Past recipients of the award will be featured along with new recipients this year.

Illuminate Thanksgiving

Festival of Wreaths

November 12-21
Take a chance and bid on one of the many stunning wreaths made by Nantucket artists, designers, and merchants for this annual silent auction. Free admission.
Peter Foulger Gallery, 15 Broad Street, Nantucket

Festival of Wreaths – Nantucket


Tower Hill Botanic Garden
It is said that gnomes inhabited the property, long before Tower Hill was ever built, but strangely, over the past two years gnome activity has been on the rise. But why? Perhaps the gnomes are tired of hiding. Or maybe they are curious about the visitors, or the new gardens we’re building. All we know is that ever since they started showing up, things have been going awry. Every morning our horticultural staff finds pots turned over, tools missing, and muddy footprints in the Visitor’s Center.  

For more Thanksgiving events, check out our page.