Get ready to enjoy Boston Events for November 2022!

Soak up the last few weeks of gorgeous fall foliage in Boston while enjoying the Boston Comedy Festival, opening days of ice skating on Boston Common's Frog Pond, Black Friday sales, Veterans Day parades, and the season's first performances of The Nutcracker at our stunning Opera House.  

Sports fans love Boston during November because we have three top teams to watch and cheer: the Celtics, the Bruins, and New England Patriots, with plenty of local games scheduled throughout the month.

By the second half of the month, you'll see holiday tree lighting ceremonies taking place all over the city, lighting up the night. 

If your Boston plans put you here at the end of November, be sure to make restaurant reservations for a special Thanksgiving dinner. 

Boston's theaters offer an exciting line up of Broadway hits and toward the end of the month, Christmas favorites.

Performances of holiday favorite The Nutcracker begin on the Friday after Thanksgiving - so get your tickets now because the best seats go fast. 

Find out about more Thanksgiving Weekend events.

Official November 2022 holidays in Boston : 

  • Veteran's Day - Thursday, November 11 (Veteran's Day is always observed on November 11, regardless of which day of the week it falls on, but the Veterans Day Parade this year will be on Saturday, November 5th)
  • Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November)
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 1 (not an official holiday, but some public buildings such as schools may be closed)

Top photo: Crimson leaves on cherry trees along Boston's Esplanade overlooking the Charles River - early November

Boston Theater & Shows for November 2022

Theater productions and shows for November in Boston

Schedules & Tickets

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Top Hotels near Boston's Theatre District

Enjoy your Boston performance or show experience to the fullest when you stay in one of the nearby Theatre District hotels, such as the hip and glamorous Revere Hotel:

Revere Boston Hotel, top choice near Boston's Theatre District

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Fall Foliage Boston Harbor Cruises on the Northern Lights during Early November 2022

Fall Foliage Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights
Boston Light on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor - the first lighthouse built in North America in 1716 and restored in 1783, after being destroyed by the British in 1776

Combine a scenic fall foliage cruise around Boston Harbor with a delicious brunch or lunch on the elegant Yacht Northern Lights throughout this month and early November.

Special Holiday Cruises on the Northern Lights

Holiday cruises around Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights

Celebrate the holidays while relaxing and sightseeing on the festively decorated Yacht Northern Lights on these special cruises around Boston Harbor:

  • Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise - Sip hot chocolate and treats as you listen to jazzy holiday favorites on this festive cruise - Book now
  • Holiday Brunch Cruise - See historic sights and panoramic views around Boston Harbor with friends and family as you enjoy this relaxing cruise with brunch, hot chocolate, and holiday cheer - Book now
  • An Irish Christmas Carol Cruise - Get into the holiday spirit on the Northern Lights as you raise your glass and toast the holidays with festive holiday music playing in the background on this popular Harbor cruise - Book now
  • Holiday Sunset Cruise - As the ship's captain points out highlights of passing landmarks and soft music plays in the background, watch the ever-changing sunset colors as the sun sets behind Boston's city skyline on this relaxing 90 minute cruise around the Harbor.  Book now
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The Nutcracker Ballet at the Opera House 

Photo courtesy of KCBalletMedia
Boston Ballet photo courtesy of KCBalletMedia

Attending a performance of The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition in Boston, and for good reason. 

Enjoy the magic as Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and all the other dancers twirl around the stage as Tchaikovsky's music soars in Boston's gorgeous Opera House.  As you walk out of Boston's Opera House after the show ends, you may even see snowflakes softly falling. 

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See schedules and tickets for Nutcracker performances in Boston

Tickets for the most popular dates such as weekends and around Christmas can be hard to get, and they're expensive. 

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Where:  Opera House, 539 Washington Street
Closest T station: Gr

een Line/Boylston

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Veterans Day Parade & Events in Boston 

Marchers in Boston's Columbus Day Parade

Parade:  Saturday, November 6, 12 noon

A bigger-than-ever grand Veterans Day Parade marching through downtown Boston to Government Center, exciting Veterans Day sales, a military history Harbor Island cruise to Fort Warren, and special restaurant deals for veterans are just a few of the special events happening in Boston on Veterans Day.

Find out more about what to do on Veterans Day in Boston

Thanksgiving Day - Where to Enjoy a Delicious Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner in Boston

Thanksgiving is celebrated on Thursday, November 25.

Enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving by making reservations . . . let someone else do the cooking!  

Some of Boston's top restaurants serve special once-a-year Thanksgiving dinners where you can enjoy a memorable meal, ranging from formal traditional dinners to more casual buffets.

To be sure of getting a table, you must make reservations.

Find out more about Boston restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner

Black Friday sales on travel to Boston (or anywhere else)

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Fun Boston Tours for November

Fenway Park Tour Group
Fenway Park Tour Group
  • Hop On Hop Off Trolley - Explore at your own pace, get off and on the fun trolley as often as you'd like, and take advantage of the winter special, which gives you a second consecutive day on the trolley free, plus free admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.  Find out more
  • Photography Tour of Boston's Freedom Trail - Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the famous Freedom Trail led by a professional photographer who will give you creative tips for taking super photos as you visit Boston's most historic Independence War sites.  Find out more
  • Boston Wine Tasting & Walking Tour - During this small-group tour limited to only 12 people, you'll stroll around a historic Boston neighborhood and sample up to 6 different wines (paired with food) at up to 3 top venues, while your guide entertains you with infomration about wine and Boston's exciting restaurant scene.  Find out more

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New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium - November 2022 

Two New England Patriots home games take place at Gillette Stadium during November - including a game against the Tennessee Titans on Thanksgiving Weekend.

Get your tickets now, and get ready to join in the fun at Gillette!

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Where: Gillette Stadium
Getting there:
The Patriot Train - plus more ways to get to Gillette from Boston
Where to stay:  Hotels near Gillette Stadium
Tickets: Check for great prices, great seats, and sometimes discounts

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Boston Concerts & Shows - November 2022

Boston concert schedule - November
Queen concert at TD Garden - Photo credit: bobnjeff

Top November Concerts in Boston

  • W.A.S.P. - Big Night Live - November 16

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Schedules & Tickets

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Bruins @ TD Garden - November 2022 Schedule & Tickets

New England Bruins February schedule at TD Garden in Boston

Get your Boston Bruins tickets for November home games, and head over to TD Garden for some fast action on the ice.

The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to reach on the T, Boston's subway, or on the Commuter Rail into North Station.

Don't miss the chance to see Boston's famous hockey team, winner of 6 Stanley Cup championships!

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Find Bruins schedule & tickets for November home games at the Garden

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More about the venue:  TD Garden schedule, directions, best ticket prices

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Hotels near TD Garden

If you're coming to an event at the Garden, spend the night or the weekend in a nearby hotel, such as the comfortable Wyndham (that's the Wyndham's outdoor swimming pool in the photo):

Wyndham Hotel, top choice near Boston's TD Garden

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Celtics Basketball at TD Garden -  November Schedule & Tickets 2022

 Boston Celtics playing at TD Garden

Get your Boston Celtics tickets for November home games, and head over to TD Garden for some fast action on the court.

The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.

Get ready for plenty of action at the net from Boston's champion basketball team.

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Where: TD Garden
Nearest public transportation: 
Green Line/Orange Line or Commuter Rail to North Station, next to the Garden
Where to stay:  Hotels near TD Garden

Snowport:  Winter Holiday Market in Boston's Seaport - 2022

Christmas Trees and artisan chalets at the Holiday Market in Boston's Seaport
Christmas Trees and artisan chalets at the Holiday Market in Boston's Seaport  

Seaport's popular European-style Winter Holiday Market at Snowport returns from November 19 through January 2 to light up the holiday season with shopping, fun activities, food, and beverages. 

The market will feature 100+ small businesses selling art, jewelry, home goods, apparel, and other gifts and crafts, plus seasonal treats such as hot chocolate, freshly-made waffles, craft beer, and more.  In addition, there will be lots of fun activities and events - check back later for the details.

Combine your trip to the market with a fantastic meal at a Seaport or Fort Point restaurant for a perfect day.

Dates/Hours:  November 19 - January 2  |  Free admission  |  21 Dry Dock Ave in Boston's Seaport District  |  Closest T station: Silver Line SL1 / Silver Line Way

Special Christmas Tree Arrives from Nova Scotia

Christmas Tree in Boston Common - Massachusetts State House in Background

A very special Christmas tree is expected to arrive at Boston Common on Thursday, November 17 - probably at around 11am.  (The exact arrival time and date are always subject to last-minute changes based on weather, travel time.) 

Look for this special tree near the Visitors Information Center at 139 Tremont Street.  By tradition, it is always the first tree on the Common to be lit - check Boston Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies for the exact time and date.

Although Boston fills up with displays of beautiful Christmas trees throughout November and December, this tree is special because it symbolizes the close friendship between Nova Scotia and Boston. 

Citizens of Nova Scotia send a huge, beautiful tree to the people of Boston every year in remembrance of Boston's help after the horrific explosion of a munitions ship in Halifax Harbor on December 6, 1917 killed almost 2,000 people and injured another 9,000.  Within 24 hours of the disaster, a train loaded with supplies and emergency personnel from Boston arrived in Nova Scotia - the first outside help to reach the disaster scene, and the last to leave.

This year's special tree is a 60-year old, 48 foot white spruce from Orangedale, Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, and will arrive by container ship rather than the usual tractor trailer.  The tree will display almost 7,000 multi-colored lights and will light up on Thursday, December as part of the city's big Tree Lighting Ceremony.  The LED star at the top measures four feet in height, and is hoisted in place by a crane.

126th Boston Marathon 2022 Registration Now Open 

Registration for the 2022 Boston Marathon is now open, and athletes meeting the qualifying requirements can register now through Friday, November 12, 5pm ET.  For information about registration, see the Boston Athletic Association website's registration page.

Once you register (and get accepted), here's a list of convenient hotels near the Marathon route at all price ranges if you're coming from outside of Boston.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Boston in November 2022

Christmas Tree in Faneuil Marketplace

Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in Boston during November and December signal the "official" start of the holiday season. 

These festive occasions are fun to attend and the lights are spectacular!

Find the complete schedule with dates and times for the exciting Holiday Lighting Ceremonies taking place in November and December

More about where to see special holiday decorations in Boston

Blink! at Faneuil Hall

Blink! lights at Faneuil Markeplace in Boston, with Custom House tower in the background

Faneuil Hall Marketplace puts up its giant lighted Christmas tree on November 18 this year.

Blink! features a spectacular new light show this year with over 350,000 (yes, that's a third of a MILLION) low-energy LED lights and recorded Boston Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops music.

Blink!'s 7-minute sound and light show takes place daily from 4:30pm-10 pm between November 26 and January 1.  The Marketplace also features carolers, local musicians, dancers, bell ringers, touring Broadway show companies, and other performers throughout the holiday season.

Check the exact dates and times for Blink!

Where to Stay Near Faneuil Marketplace