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Thanksgiving in Boston

It's time to make your plans for Thanksgiving in Boston, from holiday activities to Thanksgiving dinner prep.

By Time Out Boston Staff

Looking for something to do around Thanksgiving in Boston? Prepping for a holiday feast at home? We've got you covered. From Thanksgiving traditions (slightly altered this year) to calorie-burning outdoor activities and holiday meal prep, these seasonal festivities are fun for all. If you don't feel like cooking this Thanksgiving, this list of Boston restaurants open on Thanksgiving will come in handy. For more outdoor activities to fill your holidays, check out our list of the best parks in Boston, or go a bit further and consider one of the best winter day trips from Boston.

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Thanksgiving in Boston

Formaggio Kitchen
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1. Find treats for entertaining at Formaggio Kitchen

Shopping West Cambridge

An impressive Thanksgiving dinner begins with impressive hors d'oeuvres. Formaggio Kitchen has everything you need to wow your guests. Peruse cases full of artisanal cheeses from around the world, then move on to charcuterie and the perfect complementary condiments. Pick up a few sweet treats for after dinner, too. For dinner itself, you’ll find plenty of interesting grains, beans, salts, spices, and other ingredients to make a spectacular dish.

Concord Bridge
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2. Take a hike for your health


You're going to have to earn those Thanksgiving calories, so why not take a hike or two? There are plenty of quality hikes near Boston that are easy to get to. Whether it’s climbing a lung-busting hill or exploring trails through scenic wooded reservations, these Boston hikes offer relaxation and a healthy dose of fresh air that will have you ready for Thanksgiving.

Brix Wine Shop
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3. Find the perfect wine at Brix Wine Shop

Shopping Liquor stores South End

Brix offers a hand-picked selection of wines and exceptional service—staff are happy to help pair the perfect wines with your Thanksgiving meal. Stop by and have a chat about what kind of dishes you’ll be serving, and you’ll walk away with pairings for everything from the appetizers to the pie.

Whitney Hotel
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4. Take a staycation at the Whitney Hotel

Hotels Beacon Hill

The Whitney in Beacon Hill the perfect change of scenery for families cooped up in recent months. Even four-legged friends are welcome. As part of your stay, Thanksgiving dinner is held at Peregrine where your family can indulge in a traditionally-inspired Thanksgiving meal. Priced at $399, the Thanksgiving at The Whitney package includes a classic king guest room and Thanksgiving dinner for two from Peregrine. Each additional person for dinner $75 inclusive.

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5. Pick up one of the best pies in Boston


You’ll find Boston’s best pies served up in style at diners, coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants. Some are new school, with creative fillings and balanced flavors, while others offer up classic dessert flavors, heavy on the sweetness. Many of these spots offer whole pies for sale, so pick one and impress your dinner guests.

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7. Pick up a dinner kit from Bambara and benefit No Kid Hungry

Restaurants Seafood East Cambridge

Bambara is offering dinner kits for $25 per person. The kit includes sous vide turkey breast and turkey leg confit, mashed potatoes, chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts, gravy, and a choice of apple or pumpkin pie. Turkey, sides, and pies are also available a la carte, as well as spiked cider and wine add-ons. A portion of the proceeds benefits No Kid Hungry. Order by November 18 for pickup on November 25.

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8. Order your spread from Mamaleh’s Delicatessen

Restaurants Delis Kendall Sq

Mamaleh’s a la carte Thanksgiving options include confit turkey by the pound with gravy, braised brisket by the pound, sides such as challah stuffing and roasted cranberry sauce, and desserts like pies (whole or by the slice), rugelach, chocolate layer cake, and more. Order online for pickup or delivery on November 24 and 25.

Franklin Park
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9. Work up an appetite with the virtual Franklin Park Turkey Trot

The best way to prepare for a massive turkey dinner is a brisk 5K on Thanksgiving morning. The Franklin Park Turkey Trot is a beloved Thanksgiving Day tradition, coming to you virtually in 2020. Diehards will stick to the Turkey Day schedule, but this year you can run your 5K any time between now and November 30. Tag your creative route on social media with #FPTurkeytrot and you could win a one-year membership to some of Boston's best cultural attractions.

eataly boston
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10. Host and Eataly-style Thanksgiving

Shopping Grocery stores Back Bay

Eataly is offering a wide range of items for Thanksgiving preorder. In addition to turkey, ham, and ribeye, choose from pastas and sauces, meat and cheese platters, breads, caviar kits, desserts, and more. Or go for fully-prepared dinners for four or eight, including rotisserie roasted maple syrup brined bone-in turkey breast, apple cider braised turkey leg, meats and cheeses, an autumn pasta dish, and more. Order before November 19 for pickup between November 23 and 25.

Arnold Arboretum, Sights and attractions, Boston
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11. Visit the Arnold Arboretum

Attractions Parks and gardens Jamaica Plain

Walk off all the turkey and sides by strolling around the famous arboretum, open daily including on Thanksgiving. Search for the last remaining splashes of fall color as you enjoy fresh air and natural beauty. After some fresh air and a brisk stroll, you might just be ready for some leftovers.

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12. have a Mediterranean Thanksgiving courtesy of Sarma

Restaurants Mediterranean Somerville

Sarma is offering two Thanksgiving feasts for your enjoyment, with ($130 for two) or without ($100 for two) turkey. The meal includes sweet potato challah, pita bread stuffing, Persian jeweled rice, pistachio creamed greens and other delightful bites. You can also add cocktails and wine to your order. Order for pickup on November 25.

Davio's Thanksgiving
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13. Let Davio’s cook your meal

Restaurants Italian Back Bay

Davio’s Thanksgiving to-go includes turkey, Yukon Gold creamy potatoes, butternut squash, challah bread herb stuffing, cranberry apple chutney, and additional sides. The meal is $55 per person. Add dessert — homemade apple pie, pumpkin pie, or pecan tart — for $12 each. Order by November 24 for pickup on November 25 or 26.


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