11 Things To Do Thanksgiving Weekend 2022


Thanksgiving weekend isn’t just about shopping! Here’s a list of outdoor, cultural, and holiday events to enjoy with your family.

Field Days at Mystic Seaport, 11/26 – 11/28. Spend some time outdoors at the 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 the 19th-century. https://www.mysticseaport.org/events/field-days/

Mystic Lighted Boat Parade: 11/26. Following Santa arriving by tugboat and the lighting of the Mystic River Park Christmas tree, spectators flood both sides of the Mystic River to see the decorated and decked out boats pass by. https://thisismystic.com/event/lighted-boat-parade-2022/

Take a hike! Here’s a list of  trails by town: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Explore/Hiking

Forest Bathing at the Flo Gris Museum, 11/26. Awaken your senses and reconnect to nature through a guided Forest Bathing experience along the Museum’s Artists’ Trail. https://florencegriswoldmuseum.org/calendar/mindfulness-event-forest-bathing-along-the-artists-trail-17/

The Henry Whitfield State Museum will be open on Thanksgiving Friday with self-guided tours of the Old Stone House and Guilford architecture exhibit, indoor and outdoor activity sheets for all ages, and holiday shopping in the museum gift shop. Visitors are invited to bring donations for the Guilford Food Bank and new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. https://www.shorelinechamberct.com/events/details/thanksgiving-friday-8516

Head to Westerly for an afternoon of outdoor skating at the giant Washington Trust Rink: rentals available. More info here: https://oceancommunityymca.org/locations/washington-trust-ice-rink/

Glow in the Park at Tree Trails Adventures! Glow in the Park Party turns TreeTrails into a night-time adventure complete with a live DJ! Jam out to music during your climb that includes 53 aerial challenges and 7 zip lines.  https://treetrails.com/glow-mystic/

Rose Vineyards, Branford, 11/25 from 4 – 8pm. Lighting of the vineyards with caroling, ice carving demos and local wreaths and decor to purchase. Winery kitchen is open and enjoy hot mulled wine, cocoa and warm apple cider. https://rosevineyards.com/

Tahqôk (Autumn) FEAST! A Native Thanksgiving Buffet, 11/26, 3 – 5pm: Head to the Pequot Museum for this Tahqôk (Autumn) feast along with a special presentation of 13 Moon’s: A Traditional Thanksgiving program, giving an in-depth view of our relationship to the seasons and addressing common Thanksgiving misconceptions. RSVP is required. https://www.pequotmuseum.org/explore/events/

Drop in Artmaking at The Lyman Allyn Museum, 11/25, 11 – 1pm.  Make a decorative garland for your home inspired by the many colors presented in Chromatopia: Stories of Color in Art. Free with admission. While you’re there, explore the Museum and enjoy ongoing exhibits.  https://www.lymanallyn.org/events-2/friday-after-thanksgiving-drop-in-art-making-2/

It’s a Wonderful Life at The Kate, 11/27, 2pm. Live from WVL Radio Theater: This 1940s radio style adaptation of Frank Capra’s film classic is a guaranteed holiday winner. The four-member company masterfully conquers multiple characters & sound effects while saving their radio station from a winter blizzard’s doom. Get tickets: https://www.katharinehepburntheater.org/events/its-a-wonderful-life/