Events INSIDER: Dec 3-11, 2012, Ho Ho Ho and Oy Oy Oy

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My List of 60 Xmas Attractions
I list more ongoing Christmas light attractions and other Santa events than any other source. Most are not too churchy, just fun. Click to see or scroll way to the bottom of this page. My List of 60 Xmas Attractions All Over, , .
Boston Santacon
This raucous event is basically a Santa-themed flash mob and bar crawl. Starts at noon and ends at last call, I suppose! Boston SantaconStart at Faneuil Hall (Purple Shamrock) Boston, MA, .
Santa Speedo Run
This is a charity event where you race naked except for sneakers, speedos and santa beards & caps. 1pm run, check in starts at 10am. Starts and ends at Lir. And there’s a post-run celebration. They run east on Boylston and then west on Newbury St. Santa Speedo RunLir Boston, MA, .
Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride
Or perhaps you’d prefer to ride a bicycle than run in a speedo. This is a 22 mile ride from Arlington to Boston and back, while caroling, with a holiday party afterwards. 11am-2:30pm. RSVP. Rain date 7 days later. Ciclismo Classico Jingle RideFrom Jam N’ Java Arlington, MA, .
Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting
If you’re going to attend one of these merchant-driven Holiday Strolls, this is a nice place to do it. Charles Street has a lot to offer: Old-Boston charm, legendary art and antiques dealers, cool architecture, and fanciest convenience store I’ve ever seen. 6-9pm. Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting Boston, MA, .
Brighton Center Tree Lighting
Oldies 103, hot cocoa, cookies, participatory caroling, tree lighting, and Santa on a fire truck. 6pm. Brighton Center Tree LightingBrighton Center Boston, MA, .
Newton Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Non-denominational Christmas, um, Holiday tree lighting. Sing-along caroling, and Dah Mayor. 4:00pm. Newton Holiday Lighting CeremonyCity Hall Newton, MA, .
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Everyone Loves Latkes Party
We’re about to get bowled over by Xmas, but let’s acknowledge this free latkes event in Harvard Square. A latke is a potato pancake, from Jewish Eastern Europe. Last year they had dancing to klezmer music, too. 1-3pm. Everyone Loves Latkes PartyCrema Cafe Cambridge, MA, .
Chanukkah Lego Party
They’re going to build a giant, Lego menora at this Chanukkah kids event. Sounds really cool! And it’s free. (I don’t see any Christians building Lego crucifixes, do you?). Chanukkah Lego Party Boston, MA, .
Lights & Strikes Chanukkah Party
This Chanukkah party has got bowling and cocktails, and is aimed at the twenty-something crowd. 7:30pm. Lights & Strikes Chanukkah PartyJillian’s Boston Boston, MA, .
Chanukkah Wonderland
Meanwhile, this one is for kiddies and has lots of food and crafts. 3pm-5pm. Chanukkah WonderlandTemple Sinai Brookline, MA, .
Grand Menorah Lighting on Boston Common
I worked hard to find some Hanukkah events as well. This menorah lighting on Boston Common occurs nightly from today through the 15th at 4:30pm. Grand Menorah Lighting on Boston CommonBoston Common near Park St. Subway Boston, MA, .
Chanukah Festival of Lights – Majestic Theater Lobby
Not much info on this one, but it’s happening from 4-5pm. Chanukah Festival of Lights - Majestic Theater Lobby West Springfield, MA, .
Menorah Lighting on Needham Town Common
And this one also features Gelt. What is Gelt? Well, it also features donuts. 6pm. Menorah Lighting on Needham Town CommonNeedham Town Common New Bedford, MA, .
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‘Lightwaves’ Opening and After Party
This is an annual holiday lightshow in the Greenway accompanied by two art works by Boston CyberArts! It opens at 6 and then there’s an after party at 7pm at the Long Wharf Hotel. Rain date: 12/12/. 'Lightwaves' Opening and After PartyRose Kennedy Greenway Boston, MA, .
ICA First Fridays: 80s Night
This looks awesome! To celebrate their latest exhibition of ’80s art, the ICA is hosting an ’80s dance night! ICA First Fridays: 80s NightInstitute for Contemporary Art Boston, MA, .
The Prestige witih Physicist Peter Fisher
This is part of Coolidge Corner’s ‘Science on Screen’ series. A bit overlooked when it came out, The Prestige is a stylish period flick about two rival turn-of-the-century magicians, played by Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. Before the film, an MIT physicist will tell you about Nikola Tesla, whose experiments in electricity were groundbreaking and who is played in the film by DAVID BOWIE! Bowie as Tesla? Epic win. 7pm. The Prestige witih Physicist Peter FisherThe Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline, MA, .
The Society for Creative Anachronism’s Bergental/BBM Yule
The Society for Creative Anachronism is a club for people who like to re-enact how history was, or maybe should have been, with caroling, sparring, dancing, games, and kids activities. Oh, and merchants, of course. 10am-10pm. The Society for Creative Anachronism's Bergental/BBM Yule New Britain, CT, .
Model Train Weekend at National Heritage Museum
There are plenty of non-Xmas events this week, and thank goodness. This one is the annual display by the National Railroad Association, which is only $7, but the museum itself is free and is always free, and features revolutionary war exhibits and other New England history. Sat 10am-4:30pm, Sun 12-4pm. Model Train Weekend at National Heritage Museum Concord, MA, .
Pearl Harbor Day at Battleship Cove
On a more somber note, this week we remember those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. A small and dignified ceremony will be performed on the Battleship Massachusetts at 12:55pm, the exact time of the strike. Pearl Harbor Day at Battleship Cove Fall River, MA, .
MassArt Annual Holiday Sale
Student art sales are a great way to find a creative holiday bargain. This one’s at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. At least there’s no merchant mark-up and you’re benefiting the students directly. Who knows?— You might land a piece by the next Kiki Smith or Damien Hirst! MassArt Annual Holiday SaleTower Building Lobby Boston, MA, .
Le March de Nol
Yes, more holiday-themed food and shopping. But it’s all lovely French things. Worth going. 10am-3pm. Le March de NolThe Boston French Cultural Center Boston, MA, .
Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing-Along
This country fusion act is another great-looking show at Club Passim this week. Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing-AlongClub Passim Cambridge, MA, .
BLINK! At Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Talk about Xmas bombardment! This ‘LED light & sound extravaganza’ features the Holiday Pops, with performances every half hour from 4pm-10pm. EVERY night. For the next SIX WEEKS. That might be a little too much holiday cheer for me. BLINK! At Faneuil Hall MarketplaceFaneuil Hall Boston, MA, .
Dover Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Another standard town tree-lighting event. Dover Holiday Tree Lighting CeremonyDover Town Hall Dover, MA, .
Messiah Sing
I think people just like these things so that they can belt out the ‘Hallelujah!’ part that everyone knows. It’s like the high-brow equivalent of ‘Fiiiive gooolden rings!’ Anyway, a rehearsal takes place Friday and then the ‘show’ happens Sunday, 3-6pm. Messiah SingChurch Sutton, MA, .
Santa Arrives in Salem
They will have carolers (possibly participatory?) and Santa will descend ‘off’ the Hawthorne Hotel. In a reversal of the traditional Santa gift-giving role, then Santa will lead everyone to a place they can spend money. 6:00pm. Santa Arrives in Salem Salem, MA, .
Haverhill Annual Christmas Stroll
This one’s also a straightforward merchant event. 5-8pm. Haverhill Annual Christmas StrollEssex, Washington & Wingate Streets Haverhill, MA, .
TubaChristmas – Ayer
Bringing 200 tubas together — and no other instruments — is both crazy fun and a real treat for those brass players who rarely (okay, never) get the limelight. It’s always those damn violinists and trumpeters. There are a TON of TubaChristmas events all over New England. Here are two. TubaChristmas - Ayer Ayer, MA, .
Christmas with Dickens
Dickens inspired dramatics, dances, music, carolers, and carriage rides, all to benefit charity. Makes a nice change from all these merchant events! Christmas with Dickens Salem, MA, .
Christmas Holiday Gallery Stroll
If you’re looking for a holiday stroll, Rockport is a quaint, seaside place to do it. Lots of other great towns are nearby and it’s close to Boston! 12pm-4pm. Christmas Holiday Gallery StrollBearskin Neck Rockport, MA, .
Wareham Village Association Christmas Parade
Ooo! A parade, tree lighting, caroling, Santa, zombies. No, wait. No zombies. 12:30pm festival, 3:30pm parade, 5pm caroling & tree lighting. Rain date 7 days later. Wareham Village Association Christmas Parade Wareham, MA, .
Christmas in the Square – Hingham
This one seems to be heavy on shopping and children’s amusements. Christmas in the Square - Hingham Hingham, MA, .
The Polar Express at Edaville USA
One of several Polar Express-themed train rides opens this weekend. It’s just a regular train ride where you wear pajamas, drink hot chocolate, and hear a reading and singing. But kids might really love it, especially if they’re fans of the book or movie. The Polar Express at Edaville USA Carver, MA, .
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village
Beginning today and running throughout the month are special holiday evenings authentic to early New England. Whether you want to take the kids or have a romantic dinner, there’s lots of stuff. Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge VillageOld Sturbridge Village Sturbridge, MA, .
Caroling on the Green at West Springfield
This year’s caroling celebration begins at 5:45pm. 2012. Caroling on the Green at West SpringfieldElm Street Gazebo West Springfield, MA, .
Lenox Caroling Festival
Beginning at 11am on Saturday, there will be more than 20 caroling performances culminating in a contest at 4:30pm. That’s a lot of singing! Lenox Caroling Festival Lenox, MA, .
Edgartown Caroling Stroll and Holiday Parade
This one is my favorite Xmas celebration this week, but the catch is, you have to be on Martha’s Vinyard to participate. They’ll have tons of events all throughout the weekend, with a parade, gingerbread & wreath workshops, arts & crafts show, Santa, music, hay ride, lighthouse lighting, and contests for chowder and cookies. So this is what they do off the tourist season! Edgartown Caroling Stroll and Holiday ParadeEdgartown Edgartown, MA, .
Mashpee Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
I love parades! This one has community floats and seems real, not overly commerical. 5:30pm. Mashpee Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Mashpee, MA, .
Christmas at the Museums on the Green
This has a similar premise to the Storrowton event, but this is more like a museum tour than a festival. Take your pick. Christmas at the Museums on the Green Falmouth, MA, .
A Dickens Christmas Feast
The place to be in Newport this week is at this 19th century re-enactment ‘feast’ with singing and dancing. A Dickens Christmas Feast Newport, RI, .
Christmas at the Newport Mansions
Beginning this weekend through the New Year, the famous Newport mansions will be decked out for the holidays. Tours and events vary from estate to estate. Christmas at the Newport Mansions Newport, RI, .
Midnight Merriment and Join-in Caroling
And here’s another thinly veiled ‘stores stay open late’ event. Merry Giftmas! 5:30pm-12am. Midnight Merriment and Join-in Caroling Concord, NH, .
Christmas in the Village at Remick Museum
Tamworth is pretty far north, but if you’re heading up to the White Mountains for skiing, you’ll find wagon rides, storytelling, kids activities, and a bonfire at this museum event. 1-4pm. Christmas in the Village at Remick Museum Tamworth, NH, .
Hampstead NH Christmas Parade
Another holiday parade. This one begins at 2pm and its theme is the 12 Days of Christmas. Hampstead NH Christmas Parade Hampstead, NH, .
Christmas at Canterbury
Here’s a day of holiday cheer, Shaker style. I bet their shop is stocked with lots of Simple Gifts. Christmas at Canterbury Canterbury, NH, .
Traditionally Yours Holiday Celebrations
There are tastings, open houses, performances, sleigh rides, and other activities to get you in the holiday mood starting the day after Thanksgiving! Traditionally Yours Holiday Celebrations Jackson, NH, .
Jefferson Christmas Festival
I wouldn’t normally list a merchant event this far out — but it has a bonfire, dog sled demonstration, and horse-drawn wagon rides! And you can go skiing nearby! 10am. Jefferson Christmas Festival Keene, NH, .
Secular Fun
Ricardo Corts – A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola
The awesome guy who illustrated Go the F*ck to Sleep has a new book, and it looks just as cool. Don’t miss the chance to meet him this week. Ricardo Corts - A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & ColaBrookline Booksmith Brookline, MA, .
Kristin Chenoweth at Farkass Hall
She originated the role of Glinda in Wicked, won an Emmy for Pushing Daisies, and will be in our backyard this week to answer questions about her career. 2pm, free, first-come, first-served. Kristin Chenoweth at Farkass HallFarkass Hall Cambridge, MA, .
3rd Annual New England Native American Art Show and Sale
Native American imagery has been really popular this year. But if I see one more photo of a hipster wearing a war bonnet, I am going to scream. If you love Native American arts, please skip the cultural appropriation and buy something meaningful directly from Native artists and artisans. The event is free, so even if you can’t buy anything, it’s a great opportunity to learn about various Native cultures. 3rd Annual New England Native American Art Show and SaleSheraton Commander Hotel Cambridge, MA, .
Angela Davis and Noam Chomsky- Radical Futures and Prospects of Freedom
An evening of community discourse with two HUGE intellectual heavyweights. I’m surprised this isn’t getting more press! Angela Davis and Noam Chomsky- Radical Futures and Prospects of FreedomBerklee Performance Center Boston, MA, .
Candy Land Tournament
This event may go into the ‘so what’ category, but apparently it’s a CandyLand tournament! It’s based on the board game that any 2 year old can play because it involves no skill whatsoever. And meant to get you to come shop at Faneuil Hall, of course. 10am-12pm. Candy Land TournamentFaneuil Hall Boston, MA, .
Get your picture taken with Rags the Santa-Cat
I don’t usually feature stuff like this and encourage you to shop, but I do support great local businesses like The Garment District! While you’re there from 12-3pm, look into their Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest! Get your picture taken with Rags the Santa-CatThe Garment District Cambridge, MA, .
Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander
When I first looked at this I definitely thought this was Iron Chef-related. Oops. Nope, this guy is a champion cyclist! And he’s talking about and signing his new book today from 4-7:30pm. Ironman World Champion Craig AlexanderW Hotel Boston, MA, .
Film Series: Jan vankmajer, Conspirator of Pleasure.
Jan vankmajer is a Czech surrealist film maker who is known for his brilliant stop-motion animation. The HFA is screening some of his films this weekend. If you’re new to vankmajer, his take on Alice in Wonderland is the one to see. It combines live action with stop-motion and is AMAZING! Film Series: Jan vankmajer, Conspirator of Pleasure.Harvard Film Archive Cambridge, MA, .
Panel Discussion – Programming and the Kinect Device in Artwork Creation
Now this is 3D modeling! Check out these technology-based art projects. 7:30pm. Panel Discussion - Programming and the Kinect Device in Artwork CreationMassArt’s Trustee’s Room Boston, MA, .
First Fridays ArtWalk
This is the kind of merchant event that’s been happening all over, except this one is a little more like an open studios, with a real focus on local artists. Thumbs up! First Fridays ArtWalk Pittsfield, MA, .
The Lost & Found Project presents ‘Doroga’
This is an ‘experimental, interactive play that explores the Russian-Jewish immigrant experience.’ Looks like a really invigorating evening of theatre. Highly recommended! The Lost & Found Project presents 'Doroga'Shapiro Campus Center Waltham, MA, .
Winter Celebration at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
While the museum itself is small, it’s worth stopping by for this festival, especially if you’re traveling up to the White Mountains for skiing. Lots of games for kids, and you really haven’t lived until you’ve had an authentic fry bread. 10am-4pm. Winter Celebration at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Warner, NH, .
Open House and Fine Art Silent Auction
From 1-4pm today, there will be a number of historical demonstrations, children’s amusements, and an art auction for the grown-ups. Open House and Fine Art Silent AuctionPeabody Historical Society Peabody, MA, .
Wenham Museum’s Gingerbread Contest
This is a gingerbread house contest, with all kinds of surprisingly large and intricate displays, including one with model trains. I’ve been to the Wenham Museum and it’s one of these New England-y places in the middle of nowhere with a world class attitude and really worth a visit. Wenham Museum's Gingerbread Contest Wenham, MA, .
Review: Rudolph the Red Necked Reindeer
This adult show is not for kids, but it is for those wanting a Xmas parody! Click for our review. Review: Rudolph the Red Necked ReindeerMachine Night Club Boston, MA, .
Review: The Screwtape Letters
Why is the story of angels and demons always told from the angels’ point of view? Read our review about this show centered on demons. Review: The Screwtape LettersCutler Majestic Theatre Boston, MA, .
Handel’s Messiah with Boston Baroque
What sets apart this particular Messiah concert is its pedigree: Boston Baroque is one of New England’s finest groups, certainly for early music, and Jordan Hall is one of its most beautiful and accoustically perfect venues! Tickets are priced accordingly, though. Handel's Messiah with Boston BaroqueJordan Hall Boston, MA, .
Also Handel’s Messiah with Boston Baroque
This one starts at 3pm. Tix range from $5-$45. Also Handel's Messiah with Boston BaroqueTrinity Church Boston, MA, .
A Far Cry performs at the ISG
We’ve featured A Far Cry before, and that’s because they’re awesome and unusual. They’re playing a John Cage- heavy program tonight at the ISG, where they are the chamber orchestra in residence. A Far Cry performs at the ISGIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, MA, .
The Ape Woman: A Rock Opera by May V.Oskan
Interesting subject for a rock opera! Julia Pastrana, known as the Victorian Ape Woman, was born with a condition called hypertrichosis that caused her face and body to be covered in hair. She was married to her sideshow manager, who continued to make money off of her stuffed remains when she died in childbirth. Whelp. Sounds like this musical could get hairy. (Yeah, yeah, you see what I did there.). The Ape Woman: A Rock Opera by May V.OskanClub Passim Cambridge, MA, .
Shirim – Klezmer Nutcracker
Klezmer is an amalgam of various Eastern European and Russian Jewish folk music, and it is VERY hard not to tap your toes to it. Good stuff. If you dig Gogol Bordello or the Luminescent Orchestrii, this concert by Shirim will appeal. Shirim - Klezmer NutcrackerClub Passim Cambridge, MA, .
Hildegard von Bingen’s ‘Order of the Virtues’
Hildegard von Bingen was a 12th century Abbess who wrote some truly gorgeous music. ‘Ordo Virtutum’ is like a medieval morality play in which each singer is a different virtue. The devil is also a character, but he cannot sing- he just shouts. It’s a cool piece of music but rarely performed, and you can see it for free! Hildegard von Bingen's 'Order of the Virtues'Wellesley College Wellesley, MA, .
Free Holiday Concert by the U.S. Air Force Liberty Concert Band
Here’s an opportunity to enjoy a free concert of Holiday music in the fancy pants Symphony Hall. 7pm. Free Holiday Concert by the U.S. Air Force Liberty Concert BandSymphony Hall Springfield, MA, .
New Haven Tree Lighting Celebration
Tree lightings continue out of stateI wonder what on earth they mean by an ‘animated alpine safari?!’ 4-8pm. New Haven Tree Lighting Celebration New Haven, CT, .
Festival of Lights at Mystic Aquarium
The festival of lights is at Mystic Aquarium, not the Old Mistick Village or Mystic Seaport Museum. Just two hours’ drive from Boston, this fundraiser Dec 10 will have carolers, music, a visit from Santa, holiday lights, and the ubiquitous facepainters. 5:30pm. Then Dec 11, Santa comes in their ‘Santa by the Sea’ event. Festival of Lights at Mystic Aquarium Mystic, CT, .
Festival of St. Lucia
Here’s a Saint Lucia festival, a traditional Swedish Christmas celebration. This one looks pretty religious, though, so if that isn’t your thing, you might be better off staying home and watching Fanny and Alexander. (Nothing says Christmas cheer like an uplifting Bergman film, right?!) 5pm and 8pm performances. Festival of St. Lucia Putnam, CT, .
Celebration of Light and Song throughout the World
In addition to a traditional tree lighting, there will be participatory caroling, an ice skating performance, and then an opportunity for everyone else to skate! 4-8pm. Celebration of Light and Song throughout the WorldParade Plaza New London, CT, .
And there’s also one going on in Hartford. Santacon Hartford, CT, .
LEGO KidsFest
Also known as a great way for kids to spread illness to each other, you’ll find a mountain of LEGO building bricks and professional sculptures on display. This will blow your mind. Try to resist the urge to actually buy the overpriced plastic bricks. Just buy your kid some wood and a nail gun. Note that tickets are only available for the Sunday sessions; Saturday is sold out. LEGO KidsFestConnecticut Convention Center Hartford, CT, .
TubaChristmas – CT
Tuba events continue… See the website for all locations. 2pm. TubaChristmas - CT Old Saybrook, CT, .
Do you like gaming? So do these people! At least some of them are live roleplaying games,which is sort of a improvisational theatre in which the audience is all the other actors, but also sort of like a bunch of grown-ups playing make-believe. AnonyCon Stamford, CT, .
East Lyme WinterFest and Light Parade
Wow! Ice sculptures, unspecified kids activities, carolers, horse-drawn rides, a chili/chowder competition, fireworks, and a parade. 12-6pm. East Lyme WinterFest and Light Parade East Lyme, CT, .
Olde Mistick Village’s Festival of Lights
This one at least has performances scattered throughout the evening and a good lights display. As I mention elsewhere, you should stop by the aquarium too! Olde Mistick Village's Festival of Lights Mystic, CT, .
Holiday Express Train Show
These model trains are on display all month, but this event is their opening celebration. 7pm. Holiday Express Train Show Fairfield, CT, .
Hartford Festival of Light
Can this be right? Hartford features free skating and free skate rentals for a month, plus professional skating shows every Friday and Saturday, 6-7pm. Awesome! Hartford Festival of Light Hartford, CT, .
Civil War Commemoration
Here’s an unusual Civil War history event if ever I saw one: It’s a 19th century church service, followed by a formal tea. Begins at 10am. Civil War CommemorationTrinity Episcopal Church Southport, CT, .
Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude
The Kennebunkport Prelude takes place this weekend and also the following two. This is a good one for a couple who want a quiet, Christmassy weekend getaway. It’s a beautiful town, but there’s nothing to do here but eat, buy useless trinkets, relax, and enjoy each other’s company. Kennebunkport Christmas PreludeTownwide Kennebunkport, ME, .
Freeport Sparkle Weekend
Santa, santa, Santa. Parade, hot chocolate, tuba concert. Freeport Sparkle Weekend Freeport, ME, .
Southern Maine Christmas Parade
This is a good parade option if you just want to make a day trip. Wells is a very easy distance from Boston. Southern Maine Christmas ParadeWells Junior High School Wells, ME, .
Christmas By The Sea – Ogunquit
Another great travel option! In addition to all the holiday events you might expect, it’s close and there are a lot of good restaurants and antique shops to visit. Ogunquit is also, of course, very LGBT friendly. Thumbs up! Christmas By The Sea - Ogunquit Ogunquit, ME, .
Wassail Weekend
This is another all-weekend excuse to travel around New England, with a traditional horse parade, a house tour, a 19th century re-enactment at a local farm, and performances. See the website to download a detailed schedule of events. Wassail Weekend Woodstock, VT, .
Manchester Merriment
Normally I’d ignore an event so far away, but this time the Santa parade is a tractor parade! Horse and wagon rides, live music. Manchester Merriment Manchester, VT, .
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 Holiday Light Displays & Santa Events – click map above to set region Mon 12/3 Tue 12/4 Wed 12/5 Thu 12/6 Fri 12/7 Sat 12/8 Sun 12/9 Mon 12/10
Stone Zoo’s ZoolightsStoneham, MA

Daily 5-9pm. 250,000 lights and lots of animals. But the animals are mainly sleeping in their holes and the rest are poorly lit. Only OK. Santa is available.
149 Pond Street, 617-989-2000. more
Holiday Landscapes – The Lights at Wolf HillStoneham, MA

It’s a private home but a really expansive lights display, with lights that flash in rhythm to music broadcast over an FM transmitter.
83 Franklin St more
A “Little Women” Christmas at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard HouseConcord, MA

This event includes re-enactors portraying historical characters found in “Little Women”. Reservations suggested. December 1st, 8th, & 15th: 10:00am-4:30pm. December 2nd, 9th, & 16th: 1:00pm-4:30pm.
399 Lexington Road, 978.369.4118 x106. more
Edaville Railroad’s Christmas Festival of LightsCarver, MA

The biggest and best “holiday lights” display in New England is quite non-religious, with Santa letting kids sit on his lap but also plenty of generic fare like Frosty the Snowman and a tip of the hat to Hannukah. They have a train ride, ferris wheel, carousel, and other rides, with 7 million lights. Tons of fun even for adults! Begins as early as November 16th! Whoa. Mon-Fri 4-9pm, Sat-Sun 2-9pm.
Pine Street, 877-EDAVILLE. more
Enchanted Village at Jordan’s FurnitureAvon, MA

Free! It’s a 1958 Jordan Marsh display that’s been restored to health by Jordan’s Furniture. Website is unclear for how long the display goes. Santa will be on hand every day; see the website for specific times.
Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Dr more
La Salette Shrine Festival of LightsAttleboro, MA

5-9pm. Very religious: it’s a shrine. But I’ve been and it was nice anyway. Over 300,000 lights covering 10 acres. Trolley rides Fri-Sun.
947 Park Street, 508-222-5410. more
Visit with Santa at Smolak FarmsNorth Andover, MA

Lots of different holiday events throughout the season, from a Roaming Railroad train and hayrides with Santa, to cookie decorating and crafts and a Santa’s workshop. Many family-oriented things to choose from. Tree lighting is November 24th this year. 2012.
Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St, 978-682-6332. more
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge VillageSturbridge, MA

Participatory caroling, Father Christmas, sleigh rides, magic shows, and more at my favorite re-enactment museum — an entire village of old-timey actors and buildings! 4-9pm. Ticket prices range from $10-$15 for non-members.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, 508-347-3362. more
A Christmas Journey at the Worcester EcotariumWorcester, MA

Trips at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm. Elves help you board the The Polar Express train ride, and afterwards there’s Santa and cookies. Note that tickets for this event do not include EcoTarium admission, which must be purchased separately.
222 Harrington Way, 508-929-2700. more
Santa’s HouseWest Springfield, MA

Mon-Fri 5:30-7:30pm. Sat & Sun 2:30-4pm, 5:30-7:30pm.
Mittineague Park more
Look Park’s Winter WonderlandFlorence, MA

Hayrides, night lights, zoo. 39,000 bulbs. 4-9pm.
300 North Main Street, 413.584.5457. more
Heritage Museum Gardens AglowSandwich, MA

1 million lights. Toast marshmallows. Carousel. Santa in a Model T Ford. New this year, the Hidden Hollow is open to visitors. Music. 5-9pm.
67 Grove Street, 508-888-3300. more
Cape Codder Enchanted VillageHyannis, MA

100,000 lights, daily to 10pm, with caroling and Santa on Fri-Sat 5:30-8:30pm, Sun 5-7pm. The holiday events end on December 23rd, but the lights will remain on display until January 2nd.
1225 Iyannough Road, 888-297-2200. more
Pawtucket Winter WonderlandPawtucket, RI

See 400 decorated Christmas trees, twenty Victorian buildings, and a talking snowman, and enjoy free visits and photos with Santa, train rides, hay rides, carousel rides, food court, and entertainment. Free admission and parking. 2012.
Slater Park, Armistice Blvd, 401-728-0500 x251. more
Christmas at the Newport MansionsNewport, RI

The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House will be decorated in period detail for the holidays and open daily for tours. On Christmas Eve, the last tour begins at 3pm. Houses are closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Various locations more
Lighted Winter Wonderland & Santas Big Party at Charmingfare FarmCandia, NH

Thousands of lights, a 30-minute horse drawn night ride. Live reindeer, Santa, costumed characters. Petting zoo. Evenings.
Route 27, 603-483-5623. more more
Christmas at CanterburyCanterbury, NH

On weekends from November 10th to the 25th (and Friday the 23rd), enjoy a special Shaker Holday traditions tour, a discount from the Museum Shop, and a Shaker lunch. On December 8th and 15th, the real Christmas events happen: Candlelight stroll, horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides, cider, music, performances, crafts, etc.
288 Shaker Road, 603-783-9511. more
Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayLoudon, NH

More than a mile of LED lights to drive through in your car. Santa’s Village, costumed characters. Monday-Thursday: 4:30pm-9pm, Friday-Saturday & holidays: 4:30pm-10pm; Sunday: 4:30pm-9pm.
1122 Route 106 North, 888-926-7403. more
La Salette Shrine & CenterEnfield, NH

Another very religious site has 45,000 evening lights spread across 30 acres. Here’s the idea. Two kids said they saw the Virgin Mary, and the parents based an entire church on that. And I couldn’t even get away with “the dog ate my homework”! 5-9pm except opening celebration 11/26.
410 NH Route 4A, 603-632-7087. more
Santa’s Village Christmas MagicJefferson, NH

Lights display, Santa, reindeer, rides. Days & Eves. Special New Years event 12/31.
Route 2, 603-586-4445. more
Polar ExpressNorth Conway, NH

This is a Polar Express-themed train ride that ends with a reading of the book at the “North Pole Theater.” Tickets available for the Lincoln ride only.
Santa’s Holiday ExpressNorth Conway, NH

This is a more generic train ride- it’s just got Santa, elves, and hot chocolate.
Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery BankePortsmouth, NH

Strawbery Banke is a re-enactment museum focusing on the 18th century. This event features live music, a bonfire, participatory caroling, performances on period instruments, Masonry, hundreds of candles, a gingerbread house contest, and more. Sounds really great! Saturdays 5-9pm, Sundays 4-8pm.
Marcy Street, 603-422-7514. more
Horse and Wagon Rides at the Rocks EstateBethlehem, NH

Free horse-drawn wagon rides are reserved for package customers up until Sunday at noon, and open to the general public after. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Basically a marketing ploy to get you to buy a tree.
The Rocks Estate, 4 Christmas Lane, 603-444-6228. more
Lake Compounce plans holiday lights eventBristol, CT

There are light shows every half hour set to music 12 light displays for the 12 days of Christmas throughout the park. There are also rides, costumed performers, fire pits, a North Pole Railway, and the ubiquitous cocoa/cookies/shopping.
822 Lake Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010, 860-589-7974. more
Quiet Corner ChristmasBrooklyn, CT

This is a private home, but features lots and lots of lights! This year’s event benefits Paws for Purple Hearts. The show runs about 30 minutes and repeats continuously from 5pm-10pm. The show runs “a little later” on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as on Christmas day.
251 Wauregan Road, Brooklyn, CT 06234 more
Holiday Light FantasiaHartford, CT

You drive through this one. Sun-Thu 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm. $12 per car, $25 per limousine… Wait, what? That’s a thing that happens?!
1130 Maple Ave, 860-742-2267. more
Hartford Festival of LightHartford, CT

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 10th, the skating rink will be open every day until January 1st. The Bushnell Park Carousel will also be open Fridays and Saturdays from 2-8m. Sanata will be present on December 10th & 11th and then at the Carousel on December 17th. Free hot chocolate!
99 Trinity St, Hartford, CT 06106, 860-232-6710. more
Fantasy of LightsNew Haven, CT

Benefits the Easter Seals. Open nightly.
Light House Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road, 203-777-2000. more
WinterFest at Connecticut Trolley MuseumEast Windsor, CT

Trolley ride through holiday lights, sing-along carols and meet Santa. 5-9pm. After December 25th: 6-pm.
58 North Road, 860-627-6540. more
Festival of Silver Lights at Hubbard ParkMeriden, CT

Dawn to dusk. No admission, just you drive through this decorated park anytime.
Hubbard Park, 203-630-4259. more
That House in MilfordMilford, CT

5:00 to 9:30 Sunday through Thursday and 5:00 to 10:00 Friday and Saturday.  Also 5:00 to 10:00 on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Years Day.
 75 Meadows End Road more
Lantern Light ToursMystic, CT

This is a walk through a re-enactment museum portraying Christmas eve 1876! Wow!! 5pm to 8pm. Tours fill up; register in advance.
Mystic Seaport, 860-572-5365. more
Lincoln LightsOrange, CT

The lights will be on Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm and on Friday-Sunday 5:30pm-11:00pm. This year they’ll also be collecting donations for the Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Lights On LovleyPlantsville, CT

Drive up and tune your radio to 96.1FM. Daily 5-11pm.
14 Lovley Dr more
Holiday Santa TrainsThomaston, CT

Santa visits ALL December train rides! Just pick your date. There is also a special “Northern Lights Limited to Santa’s Train Workshop” trip.
242 E Main Street more
Christmas at the FarmWoodstock, VT

Various events are scattered throughout the month of December, all focusing on Vermont’s 19the century heritage. Think crafts, food, and sleigh rides.
Billings Farm, Route 12 & River Road, 802.457.2355. more
The Picozzi Family ChristmasWarwick, CT

Another private home light display. Tune in to 97.1 FM to “listen” to the display. Donations will be accepted for the Make a Wish Foundation. They do cancel for inclement weather, so check the website before you go.
75 Gristmill Rd more
That Crazy Christmas HouseCoventry, RI

Over 63,000 lights and 64 computerized displaus. Tune in to 107.5. Every night until Christmas: 430pm – 11pm, Christmas Eve: 430pm-6am, and Christmas Night: 430pm-12am.
9 Blue Spruce Drive more
Leicester ChristmasLeicester, MA

Over 50,000 lights and 12 inflatables. Santa is there on Saturdays! Nightly from 4:30pm-9pm.
Waite Street more
Limington LightsLimington, ME

30,000 lights and an 18ft “Mega Tree.” Nightly from 4:30pm-10pm.
5 Coventry Drive more
A Grand Holiday at the Mansion- From Victorian to ModernNorwalk, CT

This is one of the best Victorian mansions in America that you’ve never heard of. Check out a picture! It is mighty impressive. There are holiday displays throughout the house with period rooms decorated to show the changing traditions from the 1850s-1890s. This year they’re including a 1930s room to honor the last resident of the mansion. Tours Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-4pm.
295 West Avenue more
Mousseau and Roy- TIMES?Hudson, NH

75 Pelham Street more
Rutland Area Christmas and Holiday Lights TourWallingford, VT

A heated bus will take you on a two-hour tour of the area to show you all the best lights. Tours leave Rutland at 4:30, 6:30, and 8:30 each evening in December and are $15 per person. Reservations are necessary.
2788 South Main Street Rt. 7 more
The Nubble LighthouseYork Beach, ME

The famous Nubble lighthouse is lit up for Christmas throughout the season.
11 Sohier Park Road more