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November Events in Boston

What to do in Boston in NovemberBoston November Events 2019

November in Boston is filled with a wide variety of activities and events as the Autumn season transitions to the holiday season.  From fairs to tree lightings to outdoor sporting adventures and more, there is plenty to keep your spirits warm in Boston during the chilly month of November!  Check out our robust list of things to do that are sure to stomp out those winter blues!

Wave your flags and wear your red white and blue at the Boston Veterans Day Parade! Celebrate the holiday that marks the anniversary of the  historic November 11, 1918 signing of the Armistice Agreement to end the fighting during World War I.

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Open a book at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, of the largest rare book fairs in the country! The Book Fair hosts more than 120 dealers from around the world that rendezvous every fall at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay to display their latest acquisitions to collectors. 

Celebrate Thanksgiving in style at the anual America's Hometown Thanksgiving Parade Celebration.  This fun weekend of festivities has become a beloved holiday traditionas well as an important link to our nation’s history and heritage. For over 20 years, hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life have traveled to the historic Plymouth Harbor and Waterfront to experience a bounty of authentic Americana. 

Photo Courtesy of America's Hometown Thanksgiving

The parade is ranked the #1 Thanksgiving parade in the nation by AOL. It features beautifully decorated floats, nationally recognized Drum and Bugle Corps, re-enactment units from every period of American history and military marching units.

The National Historic Landmark Fenway Studios building opens its doors to the public and hosts an exhibition which showcases where more than 20 artists display and  discuss their works.  Check back on their website for more details of their Fall Open Studios Event!

Sharpen your ice skates and go Ice Skating!  Nothing welcomes winter and the holiday season like an excursion at an outdoor ice skating rink! Boston has a few to offer throughout the winter with the Frog Pond on Boston Common Is a skating fan favorite.

Celebrate your departed loved ones at the Día de los Muertos altar at Peabody Museum Day of the Dead Celebration. Enjoy traditional Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto, and enjoy live music. Take part in the Day of the Dead costume contest is at 6:30 pm. 

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Take home a masterpiece of your very own at the big Annual Art Sale at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts.   Art collectors and those who simply love art are sure to discover incredibly appealing works of art available for purchase!   Visit often throughout the week, as the displayed art will be rotated with new art as pieces are sold.

November is a great month to attend professional sporting events in Boston!   Veteran fans or first timers at professional games are sure to feel the thrill of a Boston Celtics or a Boston Bruins game.  Grab your favorite jersey and foam finger and get ready for a fun night the whole family can enjoy! 

Gear up for your Thanksgiving Feast and get your fitness on at one of the many Turkey Trot Runs hosted in the Boston area!   

Discover new and emerging artists from around the country at the Renegade Craft Fair.  Browse the numerous booths and view the works of  some of the best independent and contemporary makers and designers at the Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts.

Boston Christmas Tubas

Another lively event that's sure to get you in the holiday spirit is the annual Boston Christmas Tubas concert at Quincy Market!  Enjoy the sweet sound of over 150 tuba players as they serenade Faneuil Hall with a selection of holiday classics on the West End Promenade of Faneuil Hall Marketplace. 

Boston Christmas Tubas Faneuil Hall

Bring on the brass at the annual Boston Tuba Christmas Concert

Get in the holiday spirit as you sit back and enjoy the talent of the Boston Ballet as they gracefully perform 'The Nutcracker'.  The 2019-2020 season runs from November 29th through December 29th.

Boston Ballet The Nutcracker

Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet

Tree Lightings

As temperatures plummet and the the daylight  wanes, nothing quite takes the chill out of the air better than displays of twinkling of holiday lights!  Thankfully,  Boston is aglow with lots of opportunities to light up the night and warm your soul.  

Numerous public Christmas trees and displays will be lit throughout the last week in November in Boston, ringing in the holiday season! Check out this exciting list of Christmas Tree Lightings so that you can bask in the joy of every illumination!

Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting

Photo Courtesy of WCVB Boston

Traditionally, tree lighting dates and times are finalized in the Fall, so be sure to check for times and dates as the holiday season approaches.

Join Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty as Copley Square comes to life with lights!  Enjoy the festive feel of wreaths with big red bows that adorn the Square, and prepare get goosebumps as the Old South Church bell tolls when the lights on the Copley Square tree illuminate the city.  

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View the lighting of the massive tree in Faneuil Hall Marketplace! By tradition this tree is the  tallest decorated tree in the Northeast and features over 30,000 brilliant lights! The spectacular tree lights are illuminated during a ceremony complete with live musical performances!. 

To add to the fun, the Marketplace begins its annual Blink! music and light spectacular which will add to that festive spirit daily on the half-hour from 4:30pm-10pm through January 1.

A giant Christmas tree in the Rotunda of the Boston Harbor Hotel lights up in the annual tree lighting event ceremony at the official kick-off of the holiday season!

Head to Christopher Columbus Park for a light extravaganza provided by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.   The celebration is the 16th annual lighting of the park’s signature trellis on Monday, November 18, beginning at 5 p.m.

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Located at 110 Atlantic Avenue on Boston’s historic waterfront, Christopher Columbus Park is transformed into a beautiful holiday display when the park’s 260 feet of trellis are illuminated with 50,000 blue lights along with 14 decorated trees near Tia’s.

Experience the magic of the season as Macy's lights up Boston's Downtown Crossing this year on Black Friday! Enjoy the vibrant lights of the festive evergreen trees on the Summer Street side of the store and view the unveiling of the  store's famous holiday window displays. 

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Keep and eye out for Santa and his Elves, as well as entertainment from the Boston Children's Choir and other local performers.  

Find more things to do next month in our December events in Boston guide.   And for a daily view of what's going on in Boston - visit our Boston Events Calendar any time of the year.