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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
Kick off the season on November 27th at Coward’s Farm in Southwick.

First Day Activities across the Commonwealth.

GREATER BOSTON

12th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special

Elf The Musical - Citi Performing Arts Center – November 17-December 6

Historic Holiday Stroll – The Freedom Trail – begins November 19

Faneuil Hall Annual Tree Lighting – November 21 @ 7:00pm

Blink! Light & Sound Extravaganza – Faneuil Hall Marketplace – November 22-January 3

Handel’s “Messiah” – Symphony Hall, Boston – November 27-29

Mass Horticultural Society: Festival of Trees – November 27 –  December 13

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” – November 27-December 31

Harvard Square Tree Lighting – Charles Hotel – November 28

Tuba Christmas Concert – Faneuil Hall Marketplace – November 28

Holiday on the Natick Common – November 29

American Girl Welcomes Santa – Natick Mall – November 29, December 6 & 13

Quincy Christmas Parade & Celebration – Hancock Street, Quincy – November 29

Annual State House Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House - December 1

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

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Citi Performing Arts Center – December 1-6

Holiday Pops – Boston Pops – December 2- 31

Boston Common Tree Lighting – December 3

Franklin Holiday Stroll – December 3

Holiday Open House – Longfellow House, Cambridge – December 3-4

“A Dramatic Dickins Christmas Carol” (Full Historic Script) – Longfellow’s Wayside Inn – December 4

Medway Holiday Art & Craft Stroll – December 4

Holiday Open House – Old South Meeting House – December 4 & 5

Hopkinton Center For The Arts Holiday Boutique – December 4-6

Black Nativity – December 4-20

Holiday Duck Tours – Boson Duck Tours –  December 4-20, Friday-Sunday

Hopkinton Holiday Stroll - December 5

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Hopkinton Arts Center – December 5

Santa at the Franklin Park Zoo – December 5, 12, & 19

American Girl & Elf – Natick Mall – December 5

“A Christmas Carol Times Too” (Short Script with Organ Music) Longfellow’s Wayside Inn – December 5

Back Bay Ringers Holiday Handbell Concert –  December 5, 6, 12 & 18

Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair and Music Day – December 6

8 Nights, 8 Windows – December 6-14

KISS 108 Jingle Ball – TD Garden – December 10

American Girl at The Nutcracker - Natick Mall – December 11

Craftboston Holiday Show – December 11-13

Harvard Square Holiday Fairs – December 11-13, 18-23

Christmas Celtic Sojourn – December 11-14 & 17-20

Metro West Festival of Trees – December 11-13

Urban Nutcracker -John Hancock Hall, Boston – December 11-13, 18-20, 26-27

The Christmas Revels – Sanders Theatre, Cambridge – December 11-27

River’s Edge Holiday Shoppe & Concert – Hudson – December 12

Bell Ringing Concert – Longfellow’s Wayside Inn – December 13

The Nutcracker – Wellesley – December 17

Bach Christmas - Handel & Haydn Society, Jordan Hall – December 17 & 20

Blue Heron: “Christmas in Medieval England” – First Church, Cambridge – December 18-19

Candlelight Carols - Trinity Church – December 19-20

Boston Camerata: “A Mediterranean Christmas” – December 20

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise – December 31

First Night Boston – December 31

First Night Trail Walk – Holliston Rail Trail – December 31

NORTH OF BOSTON

Discovery Museums – Holiday Events

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature – Concord Museum – November 25-January 3

Zoo Lights – November 27-January 4

Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting – November 29

Essex Holiday Festival – December 3-5

Marblehead Christmas Walk – December 3-6

Winter Arts Festival - Concord – December 3-6

Concord Winter Market – December 4-6

Lexington Symphony Holiday Pops – December 5

Christmas in Salem – December 4-6

A Christmas Carol – North Shore Music Theatre – December 4-23

Santa’s Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting – December 5

Sudbury Holiday Stroll - December 12

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Enchanted Village, Jordan’s Furniture, Avon – Through January 4

Edaville Railroad: Christmas Festival of Lights – November 20-January 1

Festival of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Attleboro – November 26-January 3

Christmas in Historic Plymouth – December 4

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress – A Christmas Carol on Burial Hill - December 5

11th Annual Christmas Designer Show House “The Season’s Best” - Daniel Webster Estate, Marshfield – December 5

A Very British Christmas, Pilgrim Festival Chorus – December 5-6

Christmas at the Mill – Plimoth Plantation –  December 5, 6, 13, 23

Menorah Lighting – Boston Common –  December 6-14

Scituate North Pole Express – December 13

Holiday House Tour, New Bedford – December 12-13

Holiday Pops, Plymouth Philharmonic – December 12-13

Middleborough Festival of Lights – December 12-20

CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

Train to Christmastown, Buzzards Bay to Hyannis – Check website for dates and times

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

Holiday Gift Shop at Featherstone Center for the Arts – Oak Bluffs – November 20 – December 20

Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown – November 25

Festival of Wreaths – Nantucket – November 25-29

Gardens Aglow, Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich – Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, November 27 – December 27

Train to Christmas Town – November 27-December 26
Departing from Cape Cod Central Railroad’s Hyannis train depot

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

Brewster for the Holidays – December 4-6

Christmas in Harwich – Decmeber 4-6

Nantucket Christmas Stroll – December 4-6
Nantucket Noel – November 27-January 7

Enchanged Village at the Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis – December 4-January 3

Hyannis Main St. Christmas Stroll – December 5

Santa Stampede 5k and Family Fun Run – December 5

52nd Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade – December 6

Yarmouthport Christmas Stroll – December 6

Christmas In Edgartown Festival – Edgartown – December 11-13

Chatham Christmas Stroll – December 11-12

10th Annual Holiday Cookie Stroll, Yarmouth – December 12

Mashpee Christmas Parade – December 12

Vineyard Artisans Holiday Festival – West Tisbury – December 12

Nantucket New Years – December 30-January 2

First Light Provincetown – December 30-January 3
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

CENTRAL MASS

Holiday events at the EcoTarium

Christmas Memories at the Salem Cross Inn

Holiday events at Wachusett Mountain

Holiday events at Willard House & Clock Museum

Holidays at WAM – Worcester Art Museum

Festival of Crafts – Worcester Craft Center

Home for the Holidays – Worcester Historical Museum

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical – The Hanover Theatre

Boston Pops Holiday Concert – The Hanover Theatre

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas - The Hanover Theatre

WGBH Presents a Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan - The Hanover Theatre

The Nutcracker – The Hanover Theatre

WXLO’s ‘Almost’ Acoustic Christmas - Mechanics Hall

Mass Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops – Mechanics Hall

Worcester Organ Holiday Concert Featuring All Saints Choir – Mechanics Hall

Holiday Concert WPI – WPI Alden Memorial

Preservation Worcester Holiday Stroll

Assumption College Band Christmas Concert

Sparkle! Black-tie (Optional) event with Airspray Worcester - ArtsWorcester

Glass Blown Christmas Tree Holiday Workshop – New Street Glass Studio

Castleberry Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival – DCU Center – November 20-22

Discover St. Nicholas Family Day – Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton – November 20-January 23

Winter Market – Old Sturbridge Village – November 27

Edaville Railroad: The Polar Express – Hopedale
 – Weekends November 27-December 20

Winter Re-imagined at Tower Hill Botanic Garden – November 27-January 3

A Christmas Carol – Vaillancourt Folk Art, Sutton – November 28 & 29

Holiday Stroll – Westborough – November 29

Brunch with Santa at Old Sturbridge Village – November 29, December 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20

Fireworks Holiday Open Studio – December 4-6

Christmas By Candlelight – Old Sturbridge Village – Evenings December 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20

Sutton Chain of Lights – December 5

Handel Messiah – Mechanics Hall- December 5

Grafton Celebrates The Holidays – December 6

Millbury Chain of Lights – December 6

First Night Worcester – December 31

WESTERN MASS

Holiday Events at the Lord Jeffery Inn

Look Park Holiday Events

Annual Festival of Trees: Westward Ho, Ho, Ho Berkshire Museum – November 14-January 3

Bright Nights at Forest Park – Through November 25- January 3

Lighting of the Quadrangle – Springfield Museums – November 27

Old Deerfield Christmas Sampler – Eastern States Exposition – November 27-29

Annual Gingerbread Competition & Exhibit – Springfield Museums – November 27-January 3

The Mary Verdi Christmas Show – Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield – November 28

Santa’s Arrival – Yankee Candle Village – November 28-29

Holiday Concert & Supper – Clark Art Institute – December 4

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas – December 4-6

Williamstwon Holiday Walk – December 5

Albany Berkshire Ballet Presents: “The Nutcracker” - Colonial Theatre – December 5-6

Berkshire Botanical Annual Holiday Marketplace – December 5-6

Yuletide at Storrowton – December 5-6

Family Hanukkah Celebrations at the Yiddish Book Center – December 6

Free Holiday Concert - December 6 – The Adams Historical Society

Great Barrington Holiday Stroll – December 12

A Christmas Carol – December 12-22

First Night Northampton – December 31

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