Dreading the debates and cringe questions that tend to take over holiday meals? Consider employing one of these five local table topics — they may just lead to your favorite conversation yet.
💬 Thoughts on the “Beantown” nickname
Ah yes, a classic Boston conversation starter. Check out our explanation of how our city first earned the “Beantown” nickname and discuss whether or not it fits our city. For what it’s worth, the BOStoday team thinks we should swap nicknames with Chicago, aka “The Windy City.”
💬 Choose your fighter: North End cannoli edition
Skip the debates on which sports team is best (those can get heated with Bostonians) and opt for the ultimate foodie question: Mike’s or Modern? If you want to know our hot takes, read our cannoli taste test — complete with pro tips for visiting both North End shops.
💬 Is Chris Evans really the Sexiest Man Alive?
Sudbury’s finest was recently dubbed “The 2022 Sexiest Man Alive” by People. You can either chat about whether or not the title was earned (we say absolutely yes) or your favorite films featuring the Massachusetts native.
💬 Chat about (local) cranberries
Here’s a fun foodie fact you can share to flex your local knowledge — cranberry is our state’s official berry. This talking point goes pairs with a side of homemade cranberry sauce.
💬 Dive into the history of the Great Molasses Flood
Any history buffs out there? Tell the tale of Boston’s Great Molasses Flood of 1919 and teach friends and family about the sticky situation.
When all else fails, you know have Dunkin’ talk to lean on. Bonus points if you bring iced coffees for the group to sip.
Thanksgiving Dinner | Thursday, Nov. 24 | Multiple locations | All day | Price of purchase | Check out our list of local restaurants offering holiday dine-in service, from Bistro du Midi to The Merchant.
Friday, Nov. 25
Black Friday Record Store Day | Friday, Nov. 25 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Tres Gatos, 470 Centre St., Jamaica Plain | Free to attend | Visit the local JP record store to check out books, tapas, and rare vinyl all under one roof.
Shop the Block: Small Business Saturday | Saturday, Nov. 26 | 1-6 p.m. | Bruce C. Bolling Building, 2300 Washington St., Boston | Free | Explore three floors of the Roxbury building to shop more than 50 small businesses and enjoy lunch and brunch from local restaurants.
Sunday, Nov. 27
CeleBETTY Sighting in Snowport | Sunday, Nov. 27 | 12-3 p.m. | 88 Seaport Blvd., Boston | Catch “Betty the Yeti” outside of Present Place. Pro tip: if you have a $50 receipt from a participating store, you can snag Betty swag.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Happy Thanksgiving. However you celebrate, make today a day of rest, reflection, and community. We here at BOStoday are thankful for our city, and of course, our readers. Yes, we mean you.
Another holiday weekend, another traffic advisory. See the city’s list of parking restrictions + street closures ahead of the Thanksgiving Day 5K and upcoming tree lighting events here. 🚗
The JFK/UMass Columbia Road concoursewill be closed for at least a month due to structural issues. MBTA riders can access the station through the busway ramp + van service is available between the street and the busway. (Boston Globe)
Non-MBTA buseswill be free throughout Massachusetts for the holidays. Regional transit authorities with bus services in areas like the Berkshires and CapeCod will eliminate fares from Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 31 as part of the “Try Transit Holiday” initiative. (WBUR)
$40,000. That’s how much The New England Revolution Players Collaborative Funddonated to local organizations working to promote social equity. The soccer group donated $10,000 each to Chica Project and Breakthrough Greater Boston + $20,000 to the Women of Color Entrepreneurs. 💸
According to TripsToDiscover, three of the bestsmall towns to visit for Christmas are in New England. Take a day trip to Taunton, MA, Woodstock, VT, or Newport, RI to get in the holiday spirit.
If you love this newsletter (and supporting local) as much as we love strolls in Piers Park, morning lattes from Gracenote Coffee + Saturdays spent on Newbury Street (which is a lot) — we’ve got something for you: BOStoday just launched a membership program. Learn more + sign up. 🎉
Editor’s pick: There’s nothing better than a cozy neighborhood tavern during the holidays.
I recently checked out Warren Tavern in Charlestown, which dates back to 1780 and is dubbed the oldest tavern in our state. I’d recommend checking it out for a little side of history with your beer + fish and chips.