11 Things To Do Thanksgiving Weekend 2023


Friends and family in town? We rounded up a bunch of festive activities to keep you going through the weekend!

*Lobster Trap Tree Photo Credit: Jeff Maletski

Artistry at the Guilford Art Center – 11/2 – 1/7/24. Over 300 fine American crafters, artisans and jewelers are featured at this celebrated annual sale. Enjoy the new Accessories Showcase, featuring an expanded selection of contemporary accessories from small-batch and New York boutique designers.Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am-5:00pm and Sunday 12-5pm. Details.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade & Santa Arrives by Tugboat in Mystic on 11/25:  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. 

Holiday Magic at Florence Griswold Museum, 11/24 – 12/31: This year’s celebration features new twists on the traditional décor in Miss Flo’s house. Three Fantasy Trees add bespoke sparkle in the historic house and in the Krieble Gallery, over 220 painted palettes, adorn four stunning Artist Trees. Find out more.

A Magical Cirque Christimas Show at The Garde, 11/26 at 4pm: Get ready to be dazzled, enchanted, and filled with holiday cheer as you witness the incredible talents of world-class entertainers performing to your favorite holiday music.

Madison Beach Hotel Bonfire & Tree Lighting, 11/25 at 4pm. Caroling, complimentary hot cocoa, hot cider and live holiday themed music. Reserve for dinner after at The Wharf.

Niantic Holiday Stroll on 11/25 from 3 – 7pm: Enjoy store specials, sales and giveaways while shopping local this Small Business Saturday from 11am to 7pm. Stop by the Food Truck court to warm up with delicious bites.

Stonington Lobster Trap Tree at Stonington Town Dock 11/25 – 1/9: Lit from 4:30 to 9:30pm through January 9.

Winter Nights at Stone Acres Farm: With a spirit of a Charles Dickens novel, you’ll enjoy a charming evening surrounded by crackling fireplaces and candlelit dining rooms. Enjoy locally sourced seasonal fare and expertly curated cocktail menus provided by the talented 85th Day team.

Trees in the Rigging, Essex, 11/26: Starting at noon inside the CT River Museum, craft projects for kids, and a holiday fair on the North dock, plus the 30th Annual Train show, lantern lit carol stroll from Essex Town Hall to the CT River Museum to see the dazzling display created by local boaters during the boat parade. Find the schedule here; https://ctrivermuseum.org/events/trees-in-the-rigging-2023/

New London’s Small Business Saturday, 11/25, 11am – 8pm. Shops will have specials, sales, and more including entertainment options.

Gillette Castle will be bedecked in splendor for the holidays!  Loads of free events on the grounds including live music, guided hikes, hot cider and a bonfire!  Black Friday plus all weekend days between Thanksgiving and Dec 17.