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6 Festivals of Light in Massachusetts


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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

The cities and towns of Massachusetts light up each December as the holidays approach, offering festive, cheerful ways to celebrate as winter closes in!

Here are some of our favorite light displays.

Edaville’s Christmas Festival of Lights
Edaville USA, Carver
Edaville’s Christmas Festival of Lights is possibly the most beloved festival of its kind, having earned generations of loyal fans. Visitors relax comfortably in warm and dry coaches while riding through a spectacular holiday setting featuring an explosion of lights. Kids of all ages enjoy an array of vintage amusement rides as well as Thomas Land rides, and a visit with Santa in one of our indoor play areas. Seasonal treats and full dining is available while roaming our sprawling and beautifully decorated grounds featuring thousands of Christmas displays. Trains typically run on an hourly schedule.

winter reimagined

Winter Reimagined, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston

Winter Reimagined
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston
Visitors talk about the magic of Tower Hill in the winter as the lights transform the landscaped. Now through January 3, 2016, the 132 acre facility becomes a dazzling display of 15 miles of winter lights, indoors and outdoors, is complemented by thousands of handcrafted ornaments, fire pits, live music and children’s activities. nature-inspired special event to support operations, programming, and new initiatives.



Bright Nights at Forest Park, Springfield

Bright Nights at Forest Park, Springfield
Making Bright Nights even brighter this year are the 9,185 LED lights used to replace incandescent bulbs in Never, Never Land and the Victorian Village. In total, the Springfield Park Division staff replaced 40,000 bulbs before opening night. Now in its 21st year, the Bright Nights display runs through January 3, 2016.


Gardens Aglow, Heritage Museum & Gardens, Sandwich

Gardens Aglow
Heritage Museum & Gardens, Sandwich, Cape Cod
Gardens Aglow, featuring over nine miles of holiday lights throughout the gardens, a stunning model train exhibit in the Special Exhibitions Gallery, and music and dance performances in the Automobile Gallery. St. Nick will hold court in the Model T. Other activities include holiday crafts, rides on the vintage carousel, and marshmallow roasting over outdoor fire pits. Stroll the gardens with family and friends, and enjoy Heritage in a whole new light. The display runs through December 27.


Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

Downtown Boston
Boston comes alive each December with festival lighting displays all across the city. Thanks to the Boston Parks & Recreation Department, you can enjoy the bright lights on Boston Common, where you can also enjoy open air ice skating. Check out the white light display along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, and the Trellis Lighting at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End. Also worth seeing: the Blink! Display at Faneuil Hall and the lighted carousel along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.


Zoo Lights, Stone Zoo, Stoneham

Zoo Lights
Stoneham Zoo, Stoneham
The Stone Zoo is a magical place to go any time of year, but the holidays turns it into a winter wonderland of festive lights. Stroll through tree-lined paths, and visit Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, Canada lynx, reindeer and artic foxes. Expect a visit from Santa Clause on December 16. The display runs through January 3, 2016.

For more holiday activities, visit MassVacation.com


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