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Looking for a fun fall activity? We know the weather is taking a turn and while that might send most folks indoors, here is a great list for ones who like to head on out.

1627 Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims – Public Historical Dining

Select dates throughout November
Plimoth Plantation – Plymouth, Massachusetts

Step back into the year 1627 for an evening of entertainment and hospitality with the residents of the English village. Sit down to a “groaning board” filled with the finest food that this season of plenty has to offer. Discover the table manners that traveled across the Atlantic with the “Pilgrims,” (remember not to wipe your mouth with the tablecloth!) and find out about what really happened at the harvest celebration of 1621. During dinner, you will be entertained with psalms and songs and perhaps you will be convinced to join in singing a round or two.

Coggeshall Farm Museum Historic Foodways & Hearth Cooking Workshop

Every Sunday in November
Bristol, Rhode Island

Participants in this workshop will spend an evening at Coggeshall Farm Museum exploring what it meant to “eat local” in 1790s Rhode Island.  Working from Amelia Simmons’ American Cookery, the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests will prepare several receipts at the hearth using meat and produce raised on the farm before setting the parlor table in the fashion of 18th century New England. Space for this workshop is limited and is intended for ages 16 and up. Reservations are required.

Blackstone Valley Polar Express

Select dates November 22, 2014 through December 21, 2014
Historic Woonsocket Depot (One Depot Square, Woonsocket, Rhode Island)

A 90-minute train ride on the Providence & Worcester Railroad. Enjoy story reading of the Polar Express; hot chocolate and cookies, special Christmas gift; coloring books and crayons, and a holiday sing-a-long. Visit the holiday shop under the tent! Be sure to bring a camera for photos with Santa!

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration

November 21-23, 2014
Plymouth, Massachusetts

This event is held at the birthplace of Thanksgiving, Plymouth, Massachusetts, on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history brought to life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, soldiers, patriots and pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth. The festivities include historical reenactments, patriotic concerts, vintage cars and a food festival with the area’s best chowders, soups and desserts. The unique Thanksgiving Day parade offers spectacularly creative floats, individually produced by local craftsmen.

Blink! at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Late November through December 31, 2014
Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Blink!, featuring the programmed music of the Holiday Pops, is a fun new experience at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Each night, an LED light & sound production fills the marketplace with the sounds and scenes of the holiday season. There will be 12 productions each night starting at 4:00 pm and running every half an hour through 10 pm.

Festival of Trees

November 22 – December 6, 2014
Valley Office Park, Methuen, Massachusetts

The Festival of Trees has been a marvel of the Merrimack Valley for more than two decades. Start the holiday season with this family celebration of the sights and sounds of the holidays. Featuring over 240 trees, wreaths and displays that you could win, the Festival of Trees has something for everyone. Make this 21st annual Festival of Trees a part of your holiday season.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

November 22, 2014 through January 4, 2015 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
Newport Mansions – Newport, Rhode Island

The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House — three National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age in America — are filled with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths. A total of 28 decorated Christmas trees reflecting individual room decor anchor many of the magnificent spaces. Dining tables set with period silver and china complete the elegant setting. And, windows of each mansion are lit with individual white candles, in keeping with the colonial tradition. Make holiday memories with your family by visiting these magnificent historic houses dressed in their Yuletide finery. (All properties closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).

Bright Nights at Forest Park/Spirit of Springfield

November 26, 2014 – January 2, 2015 (closed December 1 & 2)
Springfield, Massachusetts

One of New England’s best holiday lighting experiences with more than 600,000 lights along a 3-mile route. Follow the lit path through Santa’s Magical Forest to Santa’s Cottage. Enhance your Bright Nights experience with Dinner with Dickens at the Barney Carriage House. Guests will be greeted by carolers from the grand Victorian era, welcoming them to the historic Barney Carriage House. They will be served a sumptuous buffet dinner and hear Charles Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.

Old Sturbridge Village Thanksgiving Weekend & New England Wedding

November 27-30, 2014
Sturbridge, Massachusetts

To mark one of just a handful of holidays on the early New England calendar, Old Sturbridge Village re-creates various activities from an early New England Thanksgiving Day, including cooking at the hearth, demonstrations of 19th-century table manners, a Thanksgiving sermon, and after-dinner entertainment. As part of the celebration, the village will host a New England wedding. Thanksgiving was a favorite time for many early 19th-century marriages, as family gathered for the holiday. Visit with the bride as she prepares for the wedding and enjoy a dramatic presentation about the couple’s courtship and marriage, including their re-created wedding ceremony.

Stay tuned for more posts on things to do. The holidays are here!