Thanksgiving holiday fun near Franklin MA

Looking for fun things to do as we near Thanksgiving 2013?  You’re in luck if you live in or around Franklin, MA!  There are plenty of top quality destinations and events this November within a 30 minute to one hour’s drive of Franklin. Just follow the links below (or tap on the images) to access some of the best choices for Thanksgiving family fun in Massachusetts in 2013!

Thanksgiving USA in Plymouth

Plymouth MA Thanksgiving events 2013

November 22  – 24, 2013
America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration
Plymouth, MA
50 minutes from Franklin, MA

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Chosen by both Fodor’s and the Weather Channel as one of the nation’s top ten Thanksgiving holiday destinations, Plymouth holds its annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration over a 3 day period November 22 through 24. With a parade, food festival, costumed re-enactors and lots of activities on the Plymouth waterfront, there’s plenty to do for people of all ages and interests.  Download a brochure describing all the 2013 events in Plymouth, MA; the event website has a lot more information.

See the Signatures: People Who Attended the First Thanksgiving

Pilgrim hall

November 28 – 29, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pilgrim Hall Museum
75 Court St, Plymouth, MA
(508) 746-1620
50 minutes from Franklin, MA

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Take advantage of a rarely offered opportunity to view original documents and signatures of Pilgrims who celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621. The papers will be displayed along with an original copy of Mourt’s Relation, the book that was the inspiration for our Thanksgiving holiday.  You’ll also get to tour a large collection of authentic possessions of the Pilgrims in the oldest continuously operating public museum in the country.  Pilgrim Hall’s extraordinary collection of 17th century artifacts, some of which  arrived on the Mayflower, brings the Pilgrims and the Plymouth Colony to life.

Thanksgiving at Old Sturbridge Village

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Weekends through Dec 1, 2013
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Phone: 800-733-1830
50 minutes from Franklin, MA

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In addition to touring the extensive grounds recreating rural and village life in the early 19th-century, you’ll see how Thanksgiving food was prepared and hear Thanksgiving proclamations (Saturdays) and sermons (Sundays) at the Center Meetinghouse. Also witness target shooting matches, a favorite after-dinner pastime of the era.  Special events Thanksgiving Day.

Grist mill demonstrations at the Wayside Inn

grist mill wayside inn

Weekends through November 2013 – call to confirm
Grist mill demonstrations
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn
72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA
978/443-1776
800/339-1776
info@wayside.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           40 minutes from Franklin, MA

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Part of the Wayside Inn Historic Site, a non-profit MA historic landmark set on a village-like campus of 125 acres, the Wayside Inn offers informative exhibits as well as a distinctive dining and guest experience. You’ll be able to view three museum display rooms on two floors, a colonial era one room school house, and a vintage water powered grist mill that will be in operation and holding live demonstrations with a trained interpreter.  Call ahead to confirm your visit.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Tour at Gore Place

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Friday, November 29th, 2013 7:30pm
At Home With the Gores: the Thanksgiving Holiday Tour
Gore Place
52 Gore St., Waltham, MA, 02453
(781) 894-2798
40 minutes from Franklin, MA

Learn about early 19th Century traditions of Thanksgiving as you tour Gore Place, the “Monticello of the North”.  The elegantly furnished Federal period mansion in Waltham belonged to US Senator and MA Governor Christopher Gore.

Festival of Lights at Edaville

Edaville Festival Lights 2013

November 22 , 2013 – Jan 1, 2014
Christmas Festival of Lights
Edaville USA
5 Pine Street, Carver, MA 02330
508-866-8190
info@edaville.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             45 miles from Franklin, MA

Get a jump on Christmas and view the famous Christmas Festival of Lights at this landmark Massachusetts attraction.  Perfect for a family outing, there’s a wonderful amusement park, lots of exhibits and of course the signature train ride through a wonderland of Christmas lights.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival

craft fair worcester ma 2013

November 22 – 24, 2013
Castleberry Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival
DCU Convention Center,
50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA

Featuring the American-made handiwork of over 225 crafters, this indoor craft festival at the DCU Center will offer home décor, art pieces, wearable art, comfy apparel, and upcycled craft creations. Sample gourmet homemade fudge, dips, honey and maple products, pastries, and much more! Live holiday music.

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Thanksgiving Day Dinner Train

Thanksgiving train cape cod

November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving Day Dinner Train
Cape Cod Central Railroad
252 Main Street, Hyannis MA
Departs Hyannis 1:00pm – Returns at 4:00pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 hour 30 minutes from Franklin, MA

Enjoy a five course meal and three-hour train ride through the beautiful scenery of Cape Cod.  The railway promises “all the elegance of a bygone era”.  This is the only event in this post that is farther than one hour away from Franklin.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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