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November 22, 2021
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10 Things To Do Thanksgiving Weekend


You’re hosting a crowd and need to get out of the house? Here’s what’s going on Thanksgiving weekend:

Head to the Florence Griswold Museum for an afternoon of perusing the Currier & Ives Exhibit, plus the incredible trees featuring over 220 artist designs palettes, and a stop in the Museum Shop for a curated selection of holiday gifts.

Menorah Lighting and Fireshow on the Guilford Green on 11/28, 4PM:  Join the Jewish community with a fire show, holiday treats and music.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade & Santa Arrives by Tugboat in Mystic on 11/27:  Santa Claus is coming to town and so is Mystic’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade in Historic Downtown Mystic. Thousands gather at the Mystic River Park to watch Santa arrive at 2 pm on a 60’ tugboat, the John Paul.

A Farm Outing: Stop by Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm in Lyme to commune with nature and the animals, pick up some wooly socks, stock your pantry with farm-fresh meat and cheeses and don’t forget a few tubs of the best pesto on the Shoreline.

Holiday Train Show at CT River Museum: Bring the whole family to this 28th Anniversary exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, featuring more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout.

Field Days at Mystic Seaport: Try your hand at a 19th-century lawn game, make a seasonally-themed craft, explore the Museum grounds with a scavenger hunt activity, and learn about how Thanksgiving and the fall harvest were celebrated in earlier times.

Downtown Madison: Small Business Saturday coincides with Santa’s annual visit to Madison. Shop all the sales while enjoying food trucks, music, hayrides, hot cocoa, and a dance performance. Santa will arrive by carriage at the Cafe Allegre steps (725 Boston Post Rd, Madison) at noon and will be offering socially-distanced visits until 2 pm.

Shop Chester Village: Shop the galleries and boutiques, stop for a brew at Little House, enjoy a fresh wood-fired pizza at Otto.

Walk off the stuffing: stroll or bike the Hammonasset Greenway Trail.

Take a hike: here’s a listing of trails by town.


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