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Winter Holidays

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

Hub for the Holidays

Frog Pond Skating Spectacular – Opens November 17

Columbus Park Trellis Lighting – November 19 @ 5:00 pm

Quincy Christmas Parade & Celebration – Hancock Street, Quincy – November 23-25

Zoolights – Franklin Park Zoo – November 23-December 31

Mass Horticultural Society: Festival of Trees – November 23 –  December 9

Copley Square Tree Lighting – November 26

WBZ-TV Holiday Spectacular – November 27

How The Grinch Stole Christmas –  Boch Center – November 28-December 9

Blink – Faneuil Hall – November 28-January 2

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Boch Center – November 29-December 2

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” – November 29-December 30

Boston Common Tree Lighting – November 29

Commonwealth Ave. Mall Lighting – November 29

North End Tree Lighting – November 30

Handel’s “Messiah” – Symphony Hall, Boston – November 30; December 1-2

Holiday Open House – Old South Meeting House – December 1

Holiday Pops – Boston Pops – December 1-24

35th Annual Menorah Lighting on the Boston Common – December 2 @ 5:00 p.m.

Back Bay Ringers Holiday Handbell Concert –  December 8, 9, 14 & 16

KISS 108 Jingle Ball – TD Garden – December 4

Cirque Dreams Holidaze – Boch Center – December 4-9

Franklin Holiday Stroll – December 6-9

Boston Camerata: Puer Natus Est: A Medieval Christmas – December 7-9

Black Nativity – December 7-23

Medfield Holiday Stroll – December 7

A Christmas Carol – December 7-23 – North Shore Music Theater

Harvard Square Holiday Fairs – December 8-9, 14-16, 19-22

Christmas Celtic Sojourn – December 12-23

Lighting of the Menorah at Copley Square – December 11 @ 5:30 p.m.

Craftboston Holiday Show – December 14-16

The Christmas Revels – Sanders Theatre, Cambridge – December 14-29

Boston Camerata: Gloria! An Italian Christmas – December 16-17

Urban Nutcracker -John Hancock Hall, Boston – December 20-30

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise – December 31

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NORTH OF BOSTON

Methuen Annual Festival of Trees – November 17-December 8

Zoo Lights – November 23-December 31 – Stone Zoo

Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting – November 25

Essex Holiday Festival  – November 29 – December 1

Marblehead Christmas Walk – November 29 – December 2

Winterlights – Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover – November 29 – December 30

39th Annual Christmas in Salem House Tour – The House of The Seven Gables – November 30

Christmas by the Sea – Castle Hill – November 30-December 2

Christmas in Salem – November 30 – December 2

Santa’s Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting – December 1

Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting – Amesbury – December 1

A Little Women Christmas – Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Concord – December 1-2, 8-9, 15, 16

Old North Festival Chorus: Holiday Concerts –  Old North Church, Marblehead – December 1 & 2

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Lowell Memorial Auditorium – December 2

Haverhill Christmas Stroll – December 7

Lexington Symphony Holiday Pops – December 7 & 9

A Christmas Carol – North Shore Music Theatre – December 7-23

Children’s Christmas Party – Castle Hill – December 11

A Not So Silent Night – Lowell Memorial Auditorium – December 15

Holiday Pops – Lowell Memorial Auditorium – December 16

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SOUTH OF BOSTON

Light in the Darkness – Plimoth Plantation

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

Enchanted Village – Jordan’s Furniture, Avon – November 17-January 1

Festival of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette – Attleboro – November 22-January 6

New England Holiday Craft Spectacular – Hanover – December 1-2

Christmas at the Estate – Daniel Webster Estate, Marshfield – December 7

Christmas at King Ceasar House – Duxbury – December 7-11

Annual Christmas in the Parks – Onset – December 8

Middleborough Festival of Lights – December 8-9, 15-16

Holiday House Tour – New Bedford – December 15-16

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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

Glassblowers ChristmasSandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich -November 12-December 30

Holiday Gift Shop at Featherstone Center for the Arts – Oak Bluffs – November 16 – December 16

Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument – Provincetown – November 21

Festival of Wreaths – Nantucket – November 21-25 (closed Thanksgiving)

Polar Express, Buzzards Bay to Hyannis – November 23-December 23

Gardens Aglow – Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich – Weekends November 23-December 30

Brewster for the Holidays – November 30-December 2

Nantucket Christmas Stroll – November 30-December 2

Festival of Trees – Nantucket – November 30-December 31

Enchanged Village at the Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis – November 30 – December 23

Christmas in Harwich – November 30-December 2

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

Hyannis Main St. Christmas Stroll – December 1

Christmas In Edgartown Festival – Edgartown – December 6-9

Annual Holiday Cookie Stroll – Yarmouth – December 8

Wellfleet Winter Stroll – December 8

Mashpee Christmas Parade – December 8

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CENTRAL MASS

Christmas Memories at the Salem Cross Inn

Winter Wonderland – Southwick’s Zoo – November 16-January 6

Holiday Festival of Crafts – Worcester Center for Crafts – November 23-25

Night Lights – Tower Hill Botanic Garden – November 23-December 30

Dickens Weekend: A Christmas Carol (and more) with Gerald Charles Dickens – Vaillancourt Folk Art, Sutton – November 24 & 25

The Nutcracker – The Hanover Theatre – November 25

Worcester Chamber Music Society’s Christmas Concerto – November 29

Elf The Musical – The Hanover Theatre – November 29-December 2

Festival of Lights Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration – Worcester Common Oval – November 30

Christmas By Candlelight – Old Sturbridge Village – Evenings November 30 – December 2, 7-9, 14-16 & 20-23

Sutton Chain of Lights – December 1

Wild About Winter – EcoTarium – December 1, 2, 8, 9

Grafton Celebrates the Holidays – December 2

2018 Pops Tour – The Hanover Theatre – December 7

Winter Carnival – Worcester Historical Museum – December 8

Holiday Concert – Worcester Art – December 9

A Christmas Carol – The Hanover Theatre – December 15-23

Family Holiday Concert – Mechanics Hall – December 16

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn – The Hanover Theatre – December 18

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WESTERN MASS

Old Fashioned Holidays – MGM Springfield – Check website for a list of dates and events

Grinchmas at the Springfield Museums – Check website for a list of dates and events

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 21

Moonlight Magic – Shelburne Falls – November 23

Festival of Trees – Mass Mutual Center, Springfield – November 23-December 9

Annual Gingerbread Competition & Exhibit – Springfield Museums – November 23-December 30

Holiday in the Park – Six Flags New England – November 23 – January 1

A Christmas Carol – November 28 – Ventfort Hall – British actor Gerald Charles Dickens performs a one-man show of A Christmas Carol 

Winterlights – Naumkeag in Stockbridge – November 29 – December 30

Merry Maple Lighting – Amherst Common – November 30

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas – November 30 – December 2

Albany Ballet presents: The Nutcracker – Colonial Theater, Pittsfield – December 1-2

Menorah Lighting – North Adams – December 2 @ 5:00 p.m.

Jinglefest – Greenfield – December 8

A Christmas Carol – Berkshire Theater Group – (Check website for dates)

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