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Christmas/Hanukkah

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

Polar Express Trains

First Night Celebrations

GREATER BOSTON

Mayor’s Holiday Special

Columbus Park Trellis Lighting – November 20

Zoolights – Franklin Park Zoo – November 24-December 31

Mass Horticultural Society: Festival of Trees – November 24 –  December 10

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” – November 24-December 31

Boston Tuba Christmas – November 25

Quincy Christmas Parade & Celebration – Hancock Street, Quincy – November 26

Copley Square Tree Lighting – November 27

Faneuil Hall Holiday Spectacular – November 28

Elf – Nov. 28- Dec. 10 – Boch Center

Faneuil Hall Annual Tree Lighting – November 29

Blink – Faneuil Hall – November 29-January 1

Boston Common Tree Lighting – November 30

Commonwealth Ave. Mall Lighting – November 30

Frog Pond Skating Spectacular – Novmeber 30

Holiday Pops – Boston Pops – December 2-24

Handel’s “Messiah” – Symphony Hall, Boston – December 1-3

North End Tree Lighting – December 1

Medfield Holiday Stroll – December 1

Black Nativity – December 1-17

Holiday Open House – Old South Meeting House – December 1-2

Craftboston Holiday Show – December 1-3

Boston Camerata: A Mediterrian Christmas – December 1-3, 9-10 & 12

Medway Holiday Art & Craft Stroll – December 2

Back Bay Ringers Holiday Handbell Concert –  December 3, 10, 15 & 17

Franklin Holiday Stroll – December 7

A Christmas Carol – December 8-23 – North Shore Music Theater

The Christmas Revels – Sanders Theatre, Cambridge – December 8-27

Christmas Celtic Sojourn – December 12-22

Harvard Square Holiday Fairs – December 9-10, 15-17, 20-23

KISS 108 Jingle Ball – TD Garden – December 10

34th Annual Menorah Lighting on the Boston Common – December 12 @ 5:00 p.m.

Lighting of the Menorah at the Massachusetts State House – December 12 @ 4:00 p.m.

Lighting of the Menorah at Copley Square – December 12 @ 5:30 p.m.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – December 14-17 – Boch Center

Urban Nutcracker -John Hancock Hall, Boston – December 15-17, 22-24, 26-28

Candlelight Carols – Trinity Church – December 16

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise – December 31

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NORTH OF BOSTON

Methuen Annual Festival of Trees – November 18-December 2

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature – November 22 – January 2 – Concord Museum

Zoo Lights – November 24-December 31 – Stone Zoo

Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting – November 26

Essex Holiday Festival – November 30 – December 2

Marblehead Christmas Walk -December 1-3

Lexington Symphony Holiday Pops – December 1 & 3

Christmas in Salem – December 1-3

A Little Women Christmas – Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Concord – Decmeber 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17

Santa’s Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting – December 2

Old North Festival Chorus: Holiday Concerts – December 2 & 3 – Old North Church, Marblehead

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SOUTH OF BOSTON

Edaville Railroad: Christmas Festival of Lights – November 17 – January 1

Enchanted Village, Jordan’s Furniture, Avon – Opens November 18

Illuminate – Hedge House Museum, Plymouth – November 18

Festival of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Attleboro – November 23-January 1

Duxbury Holly Days – November 26

Christmas Holiday Stroll – Plimoth Plantation –  December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-23

A Hometown Christmas– Pilgrim Festival Chorus – December 2-3

13th Annual Christmas Designer Show House “The Season’s Best” – Daniel Webster Estate, Marshfield – December 2-10

12th Annual Holiday House Tour – Plymouth – December 3

Holiday House Tour – New Bedford – December 9-10

Christmas at King Ceasar House – Duxbury – December 9-12

Middleborough Festival of Lights – December 9-10, 16-17

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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

Polsar Express, Buzzards Bay to Hyannis – November & December dates

Glassblowers ChristmasSandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich -November 13-December 20

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

Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown – November 22

Festival of Wreaths – Nantucket – November 22-24-26

Gardens Aglow – Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich – Weekends November 24-December 17

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 2-3

Brewster for the Holidays – December 1-3

Nantucket Christmas Stroll – December 1-3

Festival of Trees – Nantucket – December 1-24 & 26-31

Enchanged Village at the Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis – December 1-23

Christmas in Harwich – Decmeber 1-3

Hyannis Main St. Christmas Stroll – December 2

Christmas In Edgartown Festival – Edgartown – December 7-10

Annual Holiday Cookie Stroll, Yarmouth – December 9

Wellfleet Winter Strroll – December 9

Mashpee Christmas Parade – December 9

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

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CENTRAL MASS

Holiday events at the EcoTarium

Christmas Memories at the Salem Cross Inn

Winter Re-imagined at Tower Hill Botanic Garden – November 24-January 7

Dickens Weekend: A Christmas Carol (and more) with Gerald Charles Dickens – Vaillancourt Folk Art, Sutton – November 25 & 26

Christmas By Candlelight – Old Sturbridge Village – Evenings December 2-3, 8-10, 15-17 & 21-23

Sutton Chain of Lights – December 2

Grafton Celebrates the Holidays – December 3

Boston Pops Holiday Concert – Hanover Theater – December 9

A Christmas Carol – Hanover Theater – December 15-23

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn – Hanover Theater – December 18

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WESTERN MASS

Decembers in Deerfield – Traditional, festive events all season long

Hancock Holidays – Hancock Shaker Village – Various Dates

Bright Nights at Forest Park – Check website for dates

Whimsical, Wonderful Festival of Trees – Berkshire Museum – November 18-January 7

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Hometown Holidays – North Adams – November 22

Moonlight Magic – Shelburne Falls – November 24

Festival of Trees – Tower Square, Springfield – November 24-December 10

Annual Gingerbread Competition & Exhibit – Springfield Museums – November 24-December 31

Adams Holly Days – November 26

Merry Maple Lighting – Amherst Common – December 1, 3-7 pm

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas – December 1-3

Candlelit Evening at the Village – Hancock Shaker Village – December 2 & 9

Albany Ballet presents: The Nutcracker – Colonial Theater, Pittsfield – December 2-3

Jinglefest – Greenfield – December 8

A Christmas Carol – Berkshire Theater Group – December 9-22

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