Lenox 250th Anniversary
January – November, 2017
A year-long celebration of events culminating with a festive Gala in November.
Holiday Artists Market
November 12-December 31; deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln
The Annual Artists’ Market at deCordova Store returns with hand-crafted jewelry and wearables, paper goods and ornaments, home goods to intrigue and delight–find them ALL in one extraordinary place! During the holidays, deCordova | Store expands its fantastic collection of gifts into the adjacent gallery space. ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY HOURS: December 5–23 Monday–Thursday 10 am–7:30 pm Friday–Sunday 10 am–5:30 pm Open December 24 from 10 am–5 pm. Also open December 26.
Nantucket Atheneum Cold Turkey Plunge!
Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM Children’s Beach, Harbor View Way, Nantucket
2016 Marks the 15th year of the Nantucket Atheneum Cold Turkey Plunge! This annual Atheneum fundraiser features hundreds of spectators and swimmers who brave the cold waters at Children’s Beach on Thanksgiving morning to benefit the Weezie Library for Children. Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and pastries are generously provided by local businesses.
November 25, 2016 , Time: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Sherbourne Falls
This event will be kicking off Franklin County’s holiday season! Join in for the lighting of the Village where stores, galleries and restaurants will stay open late for special holiday promotions. Vendors will be offering a rich assortment of items, including baked goods, crafts, delicious food, hot drinks and entertainment! This event is hosted by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association.
Festival of Trees
November 25-December 11; Mass Horticulture Society’s Elm Bank Reservation, Wellesley
Festival of Trees and Snow Village features trains winding through holiday villages, Santa visits, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music weekends, and much more. Free parking.
2016 City of Lights Parade and Holiday Celebration
Saturday, November 26, 2016, 12:00pm- 6:30pm, Downtown Lowell
Ring in the holidays in Lowell and join us for this year’s City of Lights Parade and Holiday Celebration! Take the afternoon to stroll the city streets and enjoy live performances, holiday shopping, photos with Santa, AND the crowd favorite, our Annual Hot Chocolate Competition! The daytime fun leads to the nighttime extravaganza — The City of Lights Parade and City Hall Lighting — which marks the City’s official start to the holiday season!
Festival of Wreaths presented by the Brush Art Gallery
Saturday, November 26, 2016, 11am-4pm, Lowell Masonic Center
Join us during the City of Lights Parade and Holiday Celebration at the Lowell Masonic Center to view and vote for your favorite wreath made by local artists and local businesses.
Where’s Santa? Train
Wednesday & Thursday Nov. 30 – Dec. 29, 5:00pm and 6:00pm – Edaville USA
Embark on a real-life, interactive 45 minute train ride adventure, by hopping aboard the Edaville Express, in search of Santa. Dancing elves serve chocolate milk, HOOD egg nog and cookies on board the train while guests help Mrs. Claus & the elves search for Santa. Keep your eyes peeled you may spot Santa as the train passes through Thomas Land, takes a turn into a magical land filled with over 12 million lights, all while being fueled by Christmas cheer including: singalongs to your favorite Christmas songs & elves dancing all night long. Suddenly, Mrs. Claus hears bells jingling, which means Santa is close! POOF! The elves find magic bells in each train car & each guest is given a bell to jingle in hopes to find Santa! The train approaches a magical secret toy shoppe and Santa is there, creating special gifts for our special guests at the best place on Earth, Edaville! Santa joins in on the fun, riding back to Edaville, greeting every little boy & girl, with an exclusive Edaville train whistle.
Admission includes access to Christmas Festival of Lights, Thomas Land & Edaville Proper.
Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Holiday Marketplace
December 2-24, 2016 130 Waltham Ave Lexington, MA
Come and shop thousands of one-of-a Kind Gift Items including basketry, ceramics, fine Jewelry, polymer clay/Beading Paintings, wood, decorative arts, needle arts, cards, weaving and photography. Perfect handmade holiday gifts!
December 2, 2016 , Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00PM – Downtown Greenfield
Join the Greenfield Business Association and the downtown merchants. Visit Santa in Wilson’s from 5-6:30 and get a gift, see the Town Tree light up on Veterans Mall at 5:30, get cocoa from the GBA for a quarter at Frosted Bake Shop (while supplies last), hearing caroling on Veterans Mall, see A Charlie Brown Christmas for free at 6:30 at the Garden Cinema, attend a free craft workshop for kids, and vote for your favorite holiday window and win a shopping spree!
Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00am-4:00pm, Throughout Concord
A selection of Concord’s most beautiful private homes will be professionally decorated in the holiday spirit by local and Boston-based interior designers. Guests will be welcomed inside the front doors of these gracious private residences to visit the charming ground floor rooms. From Colonial to Victorian to Shingle Style and more, each house will be decorated in a different holiday theme. The Concord Museum welcomes you to spend the day in Concord, a small town with a big history, and enjoy the elegant streets, charming cafés and shops, as well as the many historic homes. The Guild of Volunteers is organizing this event as a benefit for the education initiatives of the Museum. Tickets and maps must be picked up at the Museum the day of the tour. Advanced discount tickets through December 1: $40 Museum Members, $45 Non-Members. December 2 or day of: $45 Members, $50 Non-Members.
Holiday Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios
December 3 & 4 and 10 & 11, 2016, 12:00pm-5:00pm, 122 Western Ave, Lowell
So much to see – you’ll be amazed at what you find. Every month is an opportunity to talk to artists about their work, how they make it, what inspires them. It’ll take you more than one visit to check out all the art you’ll find at Western Avenue. There is free parking on site. If the parking lot if full there is a free shuttle bus that runs to offsite parking 3 minutes away. There are docents at the entry doors to help you get started on your visit – make sure to chat with them if you have any questions.
It’s a Wonderful Night in Turners Falls!
Date: December 9, 2016 , Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Downtown Turners Falls
Presented by RiverCulture. Planned throughout downtown are holiday activities for the whole family, art exhibitions, live music, restaurant specials, performances and unique gift buying opportunities. Children and adults alike are encouraged to put a wish list in the Magic Mailbox, as well as notes of hope for themselves, friends, family and the world! Santa will arrive at Spinner Park to collect the notes at 6:30 p.m. For more information and a performance schedule go to www.turnersfallsriverculture.org.
- Santa Collects Wishes from the Magic Mailbox
- Live Music & Hot Chocolate
- Spinner Park, Avenue A & Fourth Street 6:30pm
- Take Your Picture in a Winter Photo Booth and view the fabulous Winter displays on Avenue A
Lights of Boston 2016
Dec 9 & 10 – Copley Place, Boston
An unprecedented and dynamic addition to Boston’s winter celebrations using innovative mapping technology in a civic forum.
Downtown Holiday Stroll
Friday, December 9, 2016, Downtown Northampton
To celebrate the holiday season, Main Street in Northampton will be closed to vehicular traffic from the Academy of Music down to Strong Avenue for the first annual Holiday Stroll during December’s Arts Night Out. Holiday lights will be lit and programming will include music throughout the downtown area, sleigh rides, food and drink, community group involvement, vendors and more!
Special Day in Northfield: Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebration
December 10, 2016 , Time: 10:00 AM – 6:15 PM – Downtown Northfield
This lively and popular annual event features free horse-drawn hay rides, seasonal foods and a variety of craft, theater and musical events throughout the day, including Victorian carolers and visits with Santa.