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Christmas/Hannukah/New Years

It’s the holiday season and that means lots of events across the state. Whether you want holiday strolls, open house tours, winter carnivals or first night celebrations it’s all here in Massachusetts.

GREATER BOSTON  |  NORTH OF BOSTON | SOUTH OF BOSTON  |  CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS | CENTRAL MASS | WESTERN MASS

STATEWIDE

Cut Your Own Christmas Trees

GREATER BOSTON

13th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special

Faneuil Hall Annual Tree Lighting – November 19 @ 8:00pm

Blink - Faneuil Hall – November 20-January 1

Handel’s “Messiah” – Symphony Hall, Boston – November 25-27

Mass Horticultural Society: Festival of Trees – November 25 –  December 11

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” – November 25-December 31

Harvard Square Tree Lighting – Charles Hotel – November 26

Tuba Christmas Concert – Faneuil Hall Marketplace – November 26

Holiday on the Natick Common – November 27

Quincy Christmas Parade & Celebration – Hancock Street, Quincy – November 27

Annual State House Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House - November 29

Holiday Pops – Boston Pops – November 30-December 31

Teddy Bear Tea – Four Seasons Hotel Boston – December 1-23

Boston Common Tree Lighting – December 1

Frog Pond Skating Spectacular – December 1

Franklin Holiday Stroll – December 1

Medway Holiday Art & Craft Stroll – December 2

Medfield Holiday Stroll – December 2

Craftboston Holiday Show – December 2-4

Holiday Open House – Old South Meeting House – December 2 & 4

Black Nativity – December 2-18

Boston Camerata: Puer Natus Est: A Medieval Christmas – December 2, 3, 4, 9

Hopkinton Center For The Arts Holiday Boutique – December 3

Santa arrives by helicopter (followed by holiday crafts boutique) – December 3 – Southborough Community House, Southborough

Hopkinton Holiday Stroll - December 3

Santa at the Franklin Park Zoo – December 3, 10, & 17

Back Bay Ringers Holiday Handbell Concert –  December 3, 4, 10, 11 & 16

Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair and Music Day – December 4

The Nutcracker – December 7-17 – Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick

Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll – December 8

Holiday Open House – Longfellow House, Cambridge – December 9

The Christmas Revels – Sanders Theatre, Cambridge – December 9-27

Christmas Celtic Sojourn – December 9-11, 16-18, 21

Caroling on the Common – December 10 – Framingham History Center, Framingham

River’s Edge Nutcracker Tea Party – Hudson – December 10-11

Harvard Square Holiday Fairs – December 10-11, 16-18, 21-24

KISS 108 Jingle Ball - TD Garden – December 11

Bach Christmas - Handel & Haydn Society, Jordan Hall – December 15 & 18

Blue Heron: “Christmas in 15th Century France & Burgundy” – First Church, Cambridge – December 16-17

Urban Nutcracker -John Hancock Hall, Boston – December 16-18, 22-24, 29-31

Candlelight Carols - Trinity Church – December 17-18

Family Concert with the Nutcracker Ballet – December 17 and 18 – Symphony Pro Musica, Hudson

Brunch with Santa – December 18 – Verve-Crowne Plaza Hotel, Natick

Boston Camerata: In Dulce Jubilo: A German Christmas – December 18-19

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise – December 31

First Night Boston – December 31-January 1

NORTH OF BOSTON

Holiday House Tour – Weekdays in Decmeber – Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Concord

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature - Through January 8 – Concord Museum

Methuen Annual Festival of Trees – November 19-December 3

Zoo Lights – November 25-January 1 – Stone Zoo

Lowell Festival of Lights Parade and Holiday Arts Stroll – November 26

Holliston Holiday Stroll - November 26

Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting – November 27

Holiday Artists Market – Through Dec. 31 – DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln

Holiday House Tour – Concord Museum – December 3

Essex Holiday Festival – December 1-3

Marblehead Christmas Walk – December 1-4

Lexington Symphony Holiday Pops – December 2

Holidays at Buckman – December 2-4 & 9-11 – Buckman Tavern, Lexington

Christmas in Salem – December 2-4

Santa’s Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting – December 3

Old North Festival Chorus: Holiday Concerts – December 3 & 4 – Old North Church, Marblehead

An Alcott Christmas Stocking – December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 – Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Concord

A Christmas Carol (one-man show) – December 9 – Wayside Inn, Sudbury

A Christmas Carol – North Shore Music Theatre – December 9-23

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Enchanted Village, Jordan’s Furniture, Avon – Through January 1

Edaville Railroad: Christmas Festival of Lights – November 18-December 31

Illuminate – Hedge House Museum, Plymouth – November 19

Festival of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Attleboro – November 24-January 1

Hull Holiday Showcase – November 27

Duxbury Holly Days – November 27

Christmas Around the World – Pilgrim Festival Chorus – December 2-4

11th Annual Christmas Designer Show House “The Season’s Best” - Daniel Webster Estate, Marshfield – December 2-11

11th Annual Holiday House Tour – Plymouth – December 3

Christmas at the Mill – Plimoth Plantation –  December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18

Holiday Pops, Plymouth Philharmonic – December 10-11

Holiday House Tour, New Bedford – December 10-11

Christmas at King Ceasar House – Duxbury – December 10-11

Middleborough Festival of Lights – December 10-11, 17-18

Scituate North Pole Express – December 11

CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

Polsar Express, Buzzards Bay to Hyannis – November 18-December 23

Glassblowers ChristmasSandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich -November 14-December 30

Holiday Gift Shop at Featherstone Center for the Arts – Oak Bluffs – November 18 – December 18

Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown – November 23

Festival of Wreaths – Nantucket – November 23-27

Gardens Aglow, Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich – Weekends November 25-December 18

Christmas on Cape CodDecember 1-31
Visit ChristmasonCapeCod.com for a list of festive Christmas strolls, concerts, fairs, harbor lightings and parades across Cape Cod, as well as accommodations package, holiday shop-opportunities and the chance to win hundreds of dollars in Santa’s Helpers gift cards!

Sandwich Holly Days – December 1-31

New England Holiday Craft Spectacular – Hanover – December 2-4

Brewster for the Holidays – December 2-4

Nantucket Christmas Stroll – December 2-4

Festival of Trees – Nantucket – December 2-31

Enchanged Village at the Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis – December 2-23

Santa Stampede 5k and Family Fun Run – December 3

Christmas in Harwich – Decmeber 4-6

Yarmouthport Christmas Stroll – December 4

Hyannis Main St. Christmas Stroll – December 5

Christmas In Edgartown Festival – Edgartown – December 8-11

Chatham Christmas Stroll – December 9-10

Annual Holiday Cookie Stroll, Yarmouth – December 10

Mashpee Christmas Parade – December 10

Vineyard Artisans Holiday Festival – West Tisbury – December 10

Nantucket New Years – December 30-January 2

First Light Provincetown – December 30-January 2
New this year! Spectacular fireworks display, craft fair, New Year’s Dance Parties and live performances, cocktail parties and the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge (followed by a warm-up Chili Party).  In true Provincetown style, look for the dropping of a drag queen at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

First Night Chatham – December 31

First Night Sandwich – December 31

For more Cape Cod holiday events, visit the Cape Cod Chamber’s holiday page

CENTRAL MASS

Holiday events at the EcoTarium

Christmas Memories at the Salem Cross Inn

Winter Re-imagined at Tower Hill Botanic Garden – November 25-January 8

Dickens Weekend: A Christmas Carol (and more) with Gerald Charles Dickens – Vaillancourt Folk Art, Sutton – November 26 & 27

Brunch with Santa at Old Sturbridge Village – November 27, December 4, 11, 18

Christmas By Candlelight – Old Sturbridge Village – Evenings December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18 & 23

Sutton Chain of Lights – December 3

Grafton Celebrates The Holidays – December 4

Boston Pops Holiday Concert - Hanover Theater – December 9

Holiday Pops - Mechanics Hall – December 10

Denholms for the Holiday - Preservation Worcester – December 10

A Christmas Carol – Hanover Theater – December 16-23

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn – Hanover Theater – December 20

First Night Worcester – December 31

WESTERN MASS

Holiday Events in the Berkshires

Holiday Dining in the Berkshires

Taste Berkshires Holiday Events

Hampshire County Holiday Events

Bright Nights at Forest Park – Check website for dates

Now Playing: Festival of Trees 2016 – Berkshire Museum – November 18-December 31

Holiday Sampler Craft Fair – Deerfield – November 19-20

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Hometown Holidays – North Adams – November 23

Adams Holly Days – November 27

Festival of Trees – Tower Square, Springfield – November 25-December 11

Annual Gingerbread Competition & Exhibit – Springfield Museums – November 25-December 31

Family Holiday Concert - The Clark – December 2

Getting Ready For a Winter’s Ball – Hisotirc Deerfield – December 2 & 9

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas – December 2-4

Festive Concert - The Clark – December 3

Williamstown Holiday Walk – December 3

Yuletide at Storrowton – December 3-4

Albany Ballet presents: The Nutcracker - Colonial Theater, Pittsfield – December 4

Holiday Concert – Adams – December 4

Family Hanukkah Celebrations at the Yiddish Book Center – December 18

A Christmas Carol – December 10-22

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea – The Clark – December 18

The Nutcracker – The Clark – December 18

First Night Northampton – December 31

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