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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

Winter Solstice Celebrations

GREATER BOSTON

Mayor’s Holiday Special

Hub for the Holidays

Commonwealth Ave. Mall Lighting – November 21

Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Windows Unveiled – November 22

Zoolights – Franklin Park Zoo – November 22-January 4

Boston Modern Orchestra Project: “Klezmer Madness” – November 23 – Jordan Hall

Columbus Park Trellis Lighting – November 25 @ 5:00 pm

Massachusetts State House Tree Lighting – November 26

Light Up The Seaport – November 29

Miracle on 34th Street – November 29-December 22 – Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham

Mass Horticultural Society: Festival of Trees – November 29 –  December 29

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

Handel’s “Messiah” – Symphony Hall, Boston – November 29 – December 1

Boston Tuba Christmas – November 30 – Faneuil Hall Marketplace

69th Quincy Christmas Parade – Hancock Street, Quincy – December 1

Copley Square Tree Lighting – December 2

WBZ-TV Holiday Spectacular – December 3

Holiday Pops – Boston Pops – December 4-24

Blink – Faneuil Hall – December 4-January 1

Boston Common Tree Lighting – December 5

Christmas on Uranus – December 5-22

Medfield Holiday Stroll – December 6

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – December 6 – Wang Theatre

Boston Baroque: Handel’s “Messiah” – December 6-7 – Jordan Hall

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – December 6-8 – Shubert Theatre

Black Nativity – December 6-8, 13-15, 20-22

Holiday Open House – Old South Meeting House – December 7

Back Bay Ringers Holiday Handbell Concert –  December 7, 8, 13 & 15

Harvard Square Holiday Fairs – December 7-8, 13-15, 19-22

What Makes It Great? Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas – December 8 – Jordan Hall

Christmas Celtic Sojourn – December 11-22

Craftboston Holiday Show – December 13-15

Musicians of the Old Post Road: “Christmas Pilgrimage” – December 13 & 15

The Christmas Revels – Sanders Theatre, Cambridge – December 13-29

What the Dickens – December 14-22 – John Hancock Hall

KISS 108 Jingle Ball – TD Garden – December 15

Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms Society: “A Brandenburg Christmas” – December 15 – Faneuil Hall

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – December 17-19 – Wang Theatre

Urban Nutcracker -John Hancock Hall, Boston – December 19-28

Boston Camerata: La Estrella: A Hispanic Christmas- December 20-22

The Nutcracker Ballet – December 22 – Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Lighting of the Boston Common Menorah – December 22

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise – December 31

New Year’s Day Brunch Cruise January 1

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NORTH OF BOSTON

Winterlights – Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover – November 21 – December 29

Methuen Annual Festival of Trees – November 22-December 7

Zoo Lights – November 22-January 4 – Stone Zoo

Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting – December 1

Gloucester Parade and Tree Lighting – December 1

Handel’s “Messiah” – December 2 – Rockport

Essex Holiday Festival  – December 5-7

Marblehead Christmas Walk –  December 5-8

Holiday Party and Art Auction – December 6 – Whistler Museum of Art

Lexington Symphony Holiday Pops – December 6 & 8

40th Annual Christmas in Salem House Tour – The House of The Seven Gables – December 6-8

A Christmas Carol – December 6-22 – North Shore Music Theatre

Santa’s Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting – December 7

Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting – Amesbury – December 7

Annisquam Christmas Fair – December 7

Holiday Craft Fair – December 7 – Hammond Castle

A Visit with Saint Nicholas- Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Concord – December 7-8

Old North Festival Chorus: Holiday Concerts –  Old North Church, Marblehead – December 7-8

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live– Lowell Memorial Auditorium – December 7

Santa at Sea – December 8 – Gloucester

Lobster Trap Lighting – December 14 – Gloucester

Holiday Artisan’s Market – December 7-8 & 14-15 – Western Ave. Studios, Lowell

Rockport’s Live Christmas Pageant – December 21

Holiday Pops – Lowell Memorial Auditorium – December 22

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SOUTH OF BOSTON

Edaville Railroad: Christmas Festival of Lights – November 18 – January 1

Marshfield Holiday Light Show – November 22-December 29

Winterlights: Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate – Canton – November 22-December 29

Enchanted Village – Jordan’s Furniture, Avon – November 23-January 1

Festival of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette – Attleboro – November 28-January 5

Middleborough Festival of Lights – December 7-15

Christmas at the Estate – Daniel Webster Estate, Marshfield – December 7-15

A Spirited Winter Village – Plimoth Plantation – December 7, 13, 14, 20, 21

28th Annual Historic Holiday Tour – December 14-15 – New Bedford

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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

Glassblowers ChristmasSandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich -November 15-December 30

Holiday Gift Shop at Featherstone Center for the Arts – Oak Bluffs – November 15 – December 13

Festival of Wreaths – Nantucket – November 27-December 1 (closed Thanksgiving)

Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument – Provincetown – November 27

Train to Christmastown, Buzzards Bay to Hyannis – Weekends November 29-December 23

Gardens Aglow – Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich – Weekends November 29-December 29

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

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!

Christmas Tree Lighting – December 6 – Plymouth

10 Annual Festival of Trees – December 6-7 – Osterville

Brewster for the Holidays – December 6-8

Christmas in Harwich – December 6-8

Nantucket Christmas Stroll – December 6-8

Festival of Trees – Nantucket – December 7-31

Sandwich Holly Days

Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll– December 7

Holiday Tree Lighting and Sing Along – December 7 – Wellfleet

Holidays on the Green and Reindog Parade – December 7 – The Village Green at The Pinehills

Pilgrim Festival Chorus presents Wintersong – December 7-8

It’s a Wonderful Life live radio play – December 7-22 – Plymouth Center for the Arts

14th Annual Holiday House Tour – December 7 – Pilgrim Hall Museum

Mashpee Christmas Parade – December 7

Christmas In Edgartown Festival – Edgartown – December 12-15

Annual Holiday Cookie Stroll – Yarmouth – December 14

Holiday Pops With the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra – December 14-15

Winter Solstice Hayride – Deccember 21 – Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

First Light Reception + Fireworks – December 29 – Pilgrim Monument

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CENTRAL MASS

Celebrating the Season in Sturbridge

Christmas Memories at the Salem Cross Inn

Winter Wonderland – Southwick’s Zoo – November 19-December 29

Winter Wonderland– Tower Hill Botanic Garden – November 29-December 30

Holiday Festival of Crafts – Worcester Center for Crafts – November 30-December 1

Dickens Weekend: A Christmas Carol (and more) with Gerald Charles Dickens – Vaillancourt Folk Art, Sutton – November 30-December 1

2019 Pops Tour – The Hanover Theatre – December 6

Festival of Lights Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration – Worcester Common Oval – December 6-7

Christmas By Candlelight – Old Sturbridge Village – Weekends December 6-29

Sutton Chain of Lights – December 7

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

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn – The Hanover Theatre – December 17

The Hip Hop Nutcracker – December 29 – Hanover Theatre

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WESTERN MASS

Holiday Happenings in the Berkshires

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

Annual Gingerbread Competition & Exhibit – Springfield Museums

Holiday Shows– Berkshire Theatre Group

A Christmas Carol – December 7-8 – Ventfort Hall – British actor Gerald Charles Dickens performs a one-man show of A Christmas Carol 

Winterlights – Naumkeag in Stockbridge – November 21 – December 29

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

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

Moonlight Magic – Shelburne Falls – November 29

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Downtown’s Only Outdoor Ice Rink – November 29 – MGM Casino, Springfield

Menorah Lighting – North Adams – December 1 @ 5:00 p.m.

Merry Maple Lighting – Amherst Common – December 6

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas –  December 6-8

Greenfield Holiday Pop Up Market – December 6

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