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Clockwise from top left:  Boston Bluegrass annual Joe Val Festival; 

North Adams Fall Foliage Parade; Pilgrim girl at Plimoth Plantation, credit Don Teague; Central Massachusetts; American Textile History Museum in Lowell

 

 

December 2018

 

Massachusetts is rich in arts & culture, so it's no surprise that exciting events, exhibits and festivals are held in the state's 16 regions all year long. Find out more!

 

Featured Region: Greater Boston

It's the most wonderful time of the year and even more so in BOSTON! Make a date with family and friends for a classic holiday performance: The Nutcracker, Black Nativity, Messiah, Holiday Pops, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn or The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Take advantage of the Mayor's Holiday Special, half-price tickets & dining deals all season long. Tree and Menorah lightings, BLINK, the sight & sound extravaganza, Holiday Strolls and open-air Artisan Markets add to the spirit of the season. There are Teddy Bear Teas, a Latke Party, Gingerbread decorating and Mixology classes and photos with Santa, himself! While enjoying the sights and sounds of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, be sure to add a pair of mittens or gloves to The Mitten Tree in the North Market.

Boston's holiday landscape also includes some very "cool" igloos atop the Envoy Hotel, where you and friends can enjoy some holiday cheer. And Frog Pond, in the heart of Boston Common, invites you to lace up some skates and take a few spins around this charming skating rink. Hot chocolate and treats await you afterwards at Pond Café. Boston's 5+ week holiday season culminates in the renowned festivities of First Night/First Day 2019 in Copley Square!

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Cape Cod

Join us for Christmas on Cape Cod and create memories that will be cherished for generations! Every town and village puts their special stamp on holiday-inspired events throughout the month, including quaint village strolls, theater performances, festive parades, spectacular light displays, and Santa's arrival....by boat! Families will love the Train to Christmas Town aboard Cape Cod Central Railroad and Gardens Aglow at Heritage Museums & Gardens. First Night celebrations in Chatham, Provincetown and Sandwich round out the month-long festivities. Visit ChristmasonCapeCod.com for a full list of fun-filled events, holiday shop-portunities and getaway packages!

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Greater Springfield

The Greater Springfield holiday season is in full swing with so much to do and see, like the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Holiday Celebration hosted by NBC's "The Voice" winner Brynn Cartelli, or Bright Nights at Forest Park's lighting display, featuring a new Thunderbirds hockey exhibit. Step back in time to a 19th Century Christmas at the Old Sturbridge Village, take in the fragrance of the holidays at Yankee Candle Village, and skate on the new outdoor rink at MGM Springfield.  For more ideas, go to explorewesternmass.com.

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Hampshire County

The first flakes have fallen, and we say: "let it snow!"  Our "city sidewalks, busy sidewalks" are lined with unique shops and artists' studios, ready for holiday shopping. Get your "fa la la's" in with The Weepies during their holiday show at the Academy of Music. If you're "Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas," come out for the film screening at the Yiddish Book Center. Celebrate "the most wonderful time of the year" at the Arcadia Mass Audubon's Winter Solstice & Forest Luminaria Walk. "What are you doing New Year's Eve?" Planning a trip to the city-wide celebration, First Night Northampton, of course!


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Johnny Appleseed Country

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Johnny Appleseed Country! Cities and towns welcome the season with Winter Strolls, Tree Lightings, and even a Jack Frost Festival. Take the Country Roads Christmas tour of local shops - and linger over cocoa and cookies, or stop by a local farm or farmers' market to fill your holiday table. Love Christmas lights? Swing by Leominster City Hall to start your self-

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Martha's Vineyard 

Christmas In Edgartown will be celebrated December 6-9! Voted "Best of the Vineyard" for the fourth year in a row, Christmas in Edgartown is a weekend festival you don't want to miss. More than 100 Vineyard businesses participate in the weekend festivities.  Anchor events include the holiday music concerts, Donaroma's Twelve Days of Christmas, Hanukah Service and Celebration including Outdoor Menorah Lighting, the Annual Chowder Contest, Teddy Bear Suite and Trot, and the iconic Breakfast With Santa. Come be a part of the holiday magic! In addition to the Steamship Authority year-round ferry service you can also sail into Edgartown from Hyannis on the Hy-line ferry or from New Bedford on the SeaStreak ferry. Find the full calendar of events HERE.

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Mohawk Trail Region

Holiday sounds and spirit will fill Spring Street in Williamstown on Saturday, December 1 for the 35th Annual Williamstown Holiday Walk! Holiday festivities with traditional New England flair: old-fashioned caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Reindog Parade, a Penny Social, Santa Claus, and much more. Kick-off with the ever popular Reindog Parade will begin at 3 pm. For a schedule of holiday fun, visit williamstownchamber.com or call 413-458-9077.

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MetroWest

The weather outside may be frightful, but that can't stop MetroWest from getting outside and spreading holiday cheer! We begin the month with Hopkinton's Holiday Stroll event (December 1), featuring carolers, live music, and holiday treats. Franklin joins the festivities with an array of Holiday Happenings through the 9th, including tree lighting and much more. Not to be outdone, community members will gather in Framingham to raise their voices at Caroling on the Common on December 8.

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Nantucket Island

Nantucket is America's December holiday wonderland during Nantucket Stroll Weekend and Nantucket New Year's Eve! But there's more - including live performances, wine tastings and art auctions! NHA Festival of Trees (through December 31); A Nantucket Christmas Carol (December 1, 2, 6, 7, 8); Wreath Workshop (December 2);  Miracle on 34th St Musical (through December 9); MET Live La Traviata (December 15); plus Holiday Small Works art exhibition (through December 23). In December, it's all ACK!

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North of Boston

The Marblehead Christmas Walk from November 29-December 2 is a signature event that captures the warmth of the holiday season throughout the entire town! During Amesbury's Winter Fest Weekend December 15-16, the beautiful and historic Market Square will be the center of a two-day winter celebration to ring in the season. Join the North Shore Music Theater for the production of "A Christmas Carol" December 7-23!

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Plymouth County

Pilgrim Festival Chorus presents "Celebrate! Messiah and Carol Sing-Along"  on Friday, December 14 from 7:30 to 9 pm at First Congregational Church in Middleborough. Sing the Christmas portion of the Messiah or just come to listen and enjoy! Bring your own score or borrow one of ours. You are part of the performance! Tickets are $10 for adults and youth ages 12 and up, at the door or online. No charge for children under 12. Don't miss this wonderful Christmas tradition! Buy tickets now.

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Southeastern Mass

Join race-lovers on Saturday, December 8 for The Annual New Bedford 5k Santa Run! The race kicks off at MacArthur Drive and Union Street at 1 pm. A Santa suit is included in each entry fee. The Youth Race for kids 14 and under begins at 12:30 pm. There will be post-race parties at the following downtown New Bedford localities: Slainte, Rose Alley, Pour Farm, Cork, Black Whale and Freestones. More information can be found here.

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The Berkshires

Enjoy Live at the Met performances in the Berkshires! The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington and Clark Art Institute

in Williamstown offer opera fans a chance to take in the Metropolitan Opera's New York City shows live in HD. The Met transmits about 10 productions per year to venues in more than 70 countries - nearly 800 sites in the U.S. - and we are lucky to be one of those locations. In addition to interviews with cast members during intermissions and behind-the-curtain scenes, the audience will get to see the action onstage in vivid detail. Get your tickets now and enjoy!


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Greater Merrimack Valley

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature is a month-long celebration of 31 trees and wreaths of all shapes and sizes, ornamented with inspiration from contemporary and classic children's books. It will run through January 1 at the Concord Museum's new Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center! Visitors will see trees creatively decorated in the themes of such books as Grandma's Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, A Snowy Nap by Jan Brett; The Book Tree by Paul Czajak; Unplugged by Steve Antony and 100 Bugs by Kate Narita. In celebration of the Louisa May Alcott's 150th anniversary, a special Little Women tree will also be  featured. For tickets and information. visit concordmuseum.org.

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Central Massachusetts

Experience the magic of the holidays in Central Mass! Tower Hill Botanic Garden kicks of the season with  Night Lights, featuring thousands of colorful lights and special programming from November 23-December 30. Enjoy a stroll through Old Sturbridge Village during their annual celebration of Christmas by Candlelight from November 30-December  23. Check out the newest installation at the Worcester Art Museum, lumina throughout the month of December. Visit Santa and shop local at Douglas Farm and Orchard December 15-16. Listen to sounds of the season on December 16th when the Worcester Youth Orchestra presents their Annual Family Holiday Concert at historic Mechanics Hall.

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Franklin County

The 34th Annual Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration will be held December 7-9 at Shea Theater in Turners Falls! Celebrate the return of the light with a festive family show filled with music, dance, songs and stories to drive the dark away. The coming of winter foreshadows cold dark times, but with the Yule sunrise comes the promise of the return of light, warmth and rebirth. Celebrate the bounty of the harvest at the end of the old year and the magical beginning of the new year in different centuries and cultures.

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