The trees are bursting with hues of auburn and gold, the air is crisp and the spooky season is officially over. While things might be feeling a bit hectic at the moment, there’s still plenty to do this November in Boston to enjoy the remainder of the fall season before it ends and the cheerful winter décor goes up. Check these events out!
1. Enjoy a cozy Candlelight Concert with a live string quartet
November is a peculiar month here in Boston, we never know what kind of weather we’re gonna get. On those freezing Boston nights, treat yourself and a close pal to a cozy toasty Candlelight Concert! The atmosphere here will keep you all warm and fuzzy while you jam out to classical renditions of timeless tunes from artists like:
Tickets for these candlelight concerts are selling wicked fast so you better hurry and secure your spot!
Locations and dates vary for more information click here
2. Explore a life-size Dino-Safari exhibit right in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Time travel this November to the Mesozoic Era! Fanueil Hall Marketplace has been completely converted into a life-size Dino Safari exhibit. Put on your adventure boots and talk a walk through this exhibition featuring 20 scientifically accurate and realistic life-size creatures! Get your tickets here for the Dino-Safari which ends in January 2023!
Find the exhibit at Faneuil Hall Marketplace 4 S Market St, MA 02109
3. Live out your Harry Potter fantasy
If you’ve always wanted to live in the world of Hogwarts and Bandicoots, your dreams are finally coming true! The expansive Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park will transform into the Forbidden Forest from Harry Potter itself! The illuminated sets and interactive exhibit are as realistic and immersive as it gets.
Cast spells with your glowing wand, enjoy food and drink inspired by the series and walk an enchanting trail filled with moments and creatures from Harry Potter. And while the wizarding world of Harry Potter awaits you in Westchester County, NY, it’s only a three-hour drive–which is a lot closer than Orlando or England!
Get tickets here and enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at 2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, New York, 10598
4.Enjoy the winter wonderland magic of ‘Snowport’
Seaport’s annual winter wonderland returns on November 11! The winter village is returning double in size, with over 140 vendors, a heated food and beverage tent with a ski lodge theme, and winter games for everyone to enjoy! There will be plenty of events throughout the duration of the market like a special lighting ceremony and surprise exhibits.
Find Snowport seven days a week at 100 Seaport Boulevard, Boston Seaport, MA 02210
5. Awe at the vibrant glow of one million winter lights
50-90 acres of historic estates will be covered with millions of colorful LED lights this November! Grab a hot cocoa and take a walk through this brilliant display. Winterlights return on November 25 to three properties:
- Canton (30 minutes south of Boston)
- North Andover (38 minutes north of Boston)
- Stockbridge (2 hours west of Boston)
Find out more about Winterlights entry and dates
6. Reconnect with nature by going on a hike
It’s safe to say Boston’s one of the best and most beautiful cities in the country, but our beloved Beantown is also surrounded by some absolutely stunning wilderness. From the more urban Emerald Necklace to the hilly paths of World’s End in Hingham, explore the great outdoors at these ten gorgeous spots, perfect for hikers of all levels.
Oh and don’t forget to bring your camera with you cause these gorgeous trails serve some equally gorgeous views! Plus this gorgeous outpost in Warren, VT, which is a popular summer swimming spot is the perfect place to escape the crowds of leaf peepers touring New England.
7. Gobble up a Thanksgiving feast brought to you by Boston’s best chefs
Leave your Thanksgiving dinner to the pros! Dozens of local chefs are offering up a la carte and all-inclusive Thanksgiving menus this year. Choose from a selection of expertly made sides, stuffings, and sweets, or get all of that plus the turkey. We won’t judge you if you tell your guests it’s homemade.
8. Catch the very last Gillette Stadium ‘Magic of Lights’
A little early holiday cheer in the shape of dazzling, magical light shows never hurt anybody, especially when you can enjoy the show from the warmth of your vehicle! The high-tech Christmas experience will feature thousands of LED lights and digital animations created using nothing but the latest technologies for a totally spectacular holiday display, according to Magic of Lights’ website. The show will open on November 18 and run through December 31 in Foxborough.
Find “Magic of Lights” at 1 Patriot Pl, Foxborough, MA 02035
9-10. And then there were more holiday light shows
There are so many holiday light shows to pick from, and they’re all returning bigger, brighter, and earlier this year! We guess New England just can’t contain its excitement for the holiday season! Check out some of these returning holiday light shows. Head to the closest one or map them out and go to them all! Dazzling lights never get old!
- Gardens Aglow (November 19-December 31 in Boothbay, Maine)-3 hour drive from Boston
- Zoo Lights is also returning to Stone Park Zoo( November 18-January 8 in Stoneham, MA)– 16 minute drive from Boston
11. Reward yourself with a hearty bowl of Ramen
There’s nothing quite like a bowl of hot ramen to warm you up on a cold November day. If you’re looking to slurp down on a steamy bowl of noodles in a flavorful broth we know a few places you may want to check out. From creamy vegetarian miso to 48-hour chicken broth all served with noodles cooked to perfection, here are some of our favorite spots to grab ramen in Boston. And the best part? They’re all open for delivery!
12. Cozy up with a cup of coffee
What better way to brave the dropping temperatures and the incoming winter season, than by grabbing a steaming cup of freshly-brewed coffee from one of the best coffee shops in Boston? Plus, if you’re a student, coffee shops always make for a great study spot–and an endless source of caffeine!
13. Take in the remnants of Boston’s beautiful fall foliage
With fall foliage in New England about well past its peak, Boston’s trees are still looking beautiful spectacular hues of gold and auburn! If you’re like us and you can’t get enough of the fall foliage, read on to discover some of our favorite places to watch the changing of the seasons in and around Boston.
14. Check out the country’s oldest tavern
New England is, of course, full of historical gems– Boston alone is home to at least a dozen of them–but despite their high status as museums, monuments and battlefields, none are quite like Newport’s White Horse Tavern. Built in 1652, the historic tavern has been welcoming hungry Americans since even before the US was born. The building is considered a national landmark and it’s even among the 10 oldest taverns in the world!
Find White Horse Tavern at 26 Marlborough St, Newport, RI 02840
15. Check out a film festival at the MFA
The MFA is showcasing all mediums of art and that includes the art of cinema! This November, the MFA will showcase two major Boston film festivals.
Find the MFA at 465 Huntington Avenue in Boston
16-17. Hang out in your own igloo enjoying a warming late fall menu
Lookout Rooftop is bringing back its popular igloos just in time for the winter season! The cozy enclaves overlooking the Boston Harbor will be available with a full menu starting in mid-November(date is still TBD)!
- If you can’t book your spot at Lookout, Seaport’s Woods Hill Pier 4 has also installed igloos for you to enjoy an upscale dinner by the water this winter season!
Find the Lookout Rooftop at 70 Sleeper Street above The Envoy Hotel
Find Woods Hill Pier 4 at 300 Pier 4 Blvd
18. Indulge yourself with the best waffle in Massachusetts!
Do you love sweets a waffle lot? We don’t blame you, there’s nothing quite like a sweet pick-me-up, especially when it comes in the shape of crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside, mouthwatering waffles. And we just found the best ones in the whole of the state of Massachusetts according to Yelp, right here in Cambridge’s Curio Coffee!
Find Curio Coffee at 441 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141
19. Test your ping-pong skills at this luxurious indoor venue in Seaport
SPIN is putting a spin on the perception of ping-pong. They’re adding all of the cool in this game with a neon-nighttime atmosphere, 14 tables, and a full menu. Grab some friends and get lost in a night of ping-pong!
Find SPIN Boston at 30 Melcher St, Boston, MA 02210
20. Check out the new pizza spot in Fenway!
Local celebrity chef, Tiffani Faison, you might know her from Sweetcheeks, Fool’s Errand, or Orfano, is opening up her second Tenderoni’s Boston location in mid-November! The pizza parlor will have a vintage feel and enormous 2.5-footlong pizzas, making for incredible cheese pulls!
Find Tenderoni’s Fenway at 1363 Boylston Street in Boston, MA 02215 in November 2022
In the meantime, check out Tenderoni’s Financial District at 100 High St, Boston, MA 02110