Events INSIDER: Dec 29, 2014 – Jan 6, 2015

Johnnys Picks
Hummus 101: Make your own hummus!
An MIT Alum shares the secrets needed for the best homemade hummus! This class is first come, first served – perhaps literally. Hummus 101: Make your own hummus!MIT lobby 10 and 13 Cambridge, MA, .
New Years Day Walk
Not sure why theyre still calling this a New Years Day walk, even though its on the 3rd! But its a conveniently located place for a nice jaunt. Go out, get some exercise, and get back on track with that New Years resolution youre surely already slacking on. New Years Day Walk Boston, MA, .
MIT IAP (Independent Activities Period)
The school that never sleeps, MIT, holds a month of creative classes, lectures, and special events. Almost all of these are just for the MIT community or fully registered by now (I checked), but click through to see if anything is available that might catch your fancy! MIT IAP (Independent Activities Period)MIT Cambridge, MA, .
Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
The Regent takes this classic film to a new level with a sing-a-long spectacular! Sing-A-Long Sound of MusicRegent Theatre Arlington, MA, .
Not Just a Nut: The Essential Bill Murray
Nothing to do after Christmas day? The Brattles open, and theyre all about Bill Murray. Get ready to laugh! Not Just a Nut: The Essential Bill MurrayThe Brattle Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Meteor showers arent always easy to see, but this one should be great! Go someplace without any city lights, like a large field or lake, bring a blanket, and someone you can chat with while waiting, because the Quadtrantids are unpredictable. Quadrantids Meteor ShowerVarious locations All Over, , .
Full Moon Snowshoe Walk
Explore Laconia by snowshoe under the light of a full moon. Bundle up and enjoy the scenery! Full Moon Snowshoe Walk Laconia, NH, .
Moby Dick – The Marathon
Heres a gem. People gather and listen to a nonstop reading of Herman Melvilles classic, Moby Dick. It takes 25 hours and there is a buffet and lecture beforehand. Moby Dick - The MarathonJacobs Family Gallery New Bedford, MA, .
Full Moon Trek & Bonfire
Enjoy an adults-only one-and-a-half hour hike that includes Native American traditions pertaining to moonlight, a wine tasting, and the quintessentially American tradition of lighting things on fire for our entertainment (and warmth). Full Moon Trek & BonfireHilltop Orchards Richmond, MA, .
New Years Eve
Ice Skating at First Night Boston
Boston Commons pond has ice skating all winter, including New Years Eve from 6pm. Ice Skating at First Night BostonThe Frog Pond Boston, MA, .
Bostons NYE Country Countdown
Bostons NYE Country Countdown. Bostons NYE Country CountdownSheraton Bostons Grand Ballroom Boston, MA, .
A New Years Eves The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra
A New Years Eves The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra. A New Years Eves The Ultrasonic Rock OrchestraThe Regent Theatre Arlington, MA, .
New Years Eve with The Donkey Show
Everyone loves the Donkey Show – and for those of you that have seen Bachelor Party NO it is not THAT ya creep. This Donkey Show takes Shakespeare and mix it with a disco performance and a dance party you can take part in! So its like seeing Rocky Horror Picture Show without the movie part. What a creative idea for New Years Eve! New Years Eve with The Donkey ShowClub Oberon Cambridge, MA, .
Resolution Ball
Resolution Ball. Resolution BallSheraton Bostons Grand Ballroom Boston, MA, .
Mayors Open House
Mayors Open House. Mayors Open House Newton, MA, .
First Night Tours at Otis House
Free with your First Night button are tours at this historic 1796 mansion right in downtown Boston. First Night Tours at Otis HouseOtis House Boston, MA, .
World Fusion New Years Eve Party
World Fusion New Years Eve Party. World Fusion New Years Eve PartySheraton Bostons Grand Ballroom Boston, MA, .
Spirit of Boston New Years Cruise
If youve got your sea legs from summer and money to throw overboard, watching the fireworks from a cruise ship that has its own buffet and DJ sounds like a creative idea! Call for reservations. Spirit of Boston New Years Cruise Boston, MA, .
First Night Grand Procession and Fireworks
This parade is described as the heart of the First Night festival. The cavalcade marches down Boylston at 5:30pm, then from Hynes Convention Center to Boston Common, and then the party *really* starts. First Night Grand Procession and FireworksHynes Convention Center Boston, MA, .
Figment in First Night Boston
Figment First Night. Figment in First Night Boston Boston, MA, .
First Night Boston
This is, of course, THE New Years event. Buy a pass and spend the last night of the year out on the town. Refer to the insanely jam-packed schedule to find the events that will please you most, my pick is The Blind Boys of Alabama. First Night Boston Boston, MA, .
First Night Billerica
Skipped 2013. In Billerica theyll have music and entertainment in front of city hall, but no town-wide performances. Not much info is given, but last year they had ice sculptures and a parade. 2012: 4-8pm. First Night BillericaBillerica Town Hall Billerica, MA, .
New Years Eve Dance Party at Folk Arts Center of New England
Folk dances are a great alternative to nightclubs. The social dances are constructed so everyone can join in and meet people – and if 6 Step Up movies are any indication, theres nothing more romantic then dancing! New Years Eve Dance Party at Folk Arts Center of New EnglandPayson Park Congregational Church parish hall Belmont, MA, .
New Years Eve at the Irish Cultural Center of New England
Irish music, a buffet, and Champagne toast at the sprawling Irish Cultural Center. The coolest part about this venue is that there are lots of little nooks and crannies to explore for the adventurous, or romantically inclined – including a covered bridge! Not that Id encourage such debauchery, but Im encouraging such debauchery. That aside, the Irish Cultural Centre generally has good entertainment. New Years Eve at the Irish Cultural Center of New England Canton, MA, .
New Years Eve Fireworks: New Bedford
New Years Eve Fireworks and skiing in Western Mass make for an exciting, adventure filled getaway. Lots of pre-fireworks activities too, including live music! New Years Eve Fireworks: New BedfordJiminy Peak Hancock, MA, .
Bessies New Years Eve PJ Dance Party
Have kids? Attend the Discovery Museum and dance around in your pajamas with special guest Bessie who is likely a cow of some kind. Bessies New Years Eve PJ Dance PartyDiscovery Museum Acton, MA, .
New Years Needham, MA
This ones the closest real first night to Boston, with live music, dance, a quilters guild (what?) and lots more. They have a trolley so you can get around without worrying about driving, too. No fireworks, but theres a Countdown Party at Powers Hall. New Years Needham, MA Needham, MA, .
Rockports New Years Eve
Rockports New Years Eve. Rockports New Years EveDock Square Rockport, MA, .
Wenham Museums New Years Countdown
Although its meant for kids, you could do worse than see a magic show and sing silly songs, all at a convenient 10am-1pm. Thats AM as in morning. :). Wenham Museums New Years CountdownWenham Museum Wenham, MA, .
New Years Eve
Dinner at the Hawthorne, A party on a boat house, something called a Gulu ball all make New Years Eve in Salem worth checking out! New Years EveOld Town Hall Salem, MA, .
Beverlys New Year
Heres another kids oriented New Years Festival, with clowns, a train, and admission to various museums reduced. Seems cool for wee ones who might not be able to make it to Midnight for the real deal. Theres a parade but there dont seem to be fireworks. Beverlys New Year Beverly, MA, .
New Years Eve Fireworks: Nashoba Valley
Nashoba Valleys Events page is stuck in constant load, but I promise you two things: 1) Fireworks at Midnight, and 2) skiing and other winter-wonderland related activities for New Years Eve. If youre in the area, you can probably see the fireworks from the surrounding area. New Years Eve Fireworks: Nashoba ValleyNashoba Valley Ski Area Westford, MA, .
Starry Starry Night
Orange has fireworks! And hayrides! And a parade with giant puppets! And its named after my favorite Van Gough painting! But no oranges! What gives!. Starry Starry NightDowntown Orange Orange, MA, .
New Years Eve Midnight Masquerade
New Years Eve Midnight Masquerade. New Years Eve Midnight MasqueradeMemorial Hall Plymouth, MA, .
New Years Eve Fireworks: Whitman
Watch Whitman (home to my loving parents), drop a giant toll-house cookie to top ring in the new year, then top off the evening with fireworks! Delicious and exciting. New Years Eve Fireworks: WhitmanWhitman Center Whitman, MA, .
New Years Eve Bash – Whaling Museum
Local restaurants and AHA (not the band that did Take on Me) combine for a free, delicious, event. Ice carving, fire dancing, magic, and fireworks! Sounds like the perfect South Shore New Years party to me! New Years Eve Bash - Whaling MuseumCity Celebrates! New Bedford, MA, .
New Years Eve Fireworks: Edgartown
Not much is known about these fireworks, except they are happening at Midnight, and seem to be related to the classy party occurring at the Harbor View Hotel that evening. Check em out if youre in the area! New Years Eve Fireworks: EdgartownEdgartown Harbor Edgartown, MA, .
Moulin Rouge Ball
Moulin Rouge Ball. Moulin Rouge BallNantucket Hotel Nantucket, MA, .
Nantucket New Year
Nantucket spends more than a week ringing in the new year with lots of fun activities! Nantucket New Year Nantucket, MA, .
First Night Worcester, MA
Worcester has events all day, including, synchronized swimming, ice skating, a parade, live music, and two fireworks shows. First Night Worcester, MA Worcester, MA, .
New Years Eve Fireworks: Wachusett Mountain
10pm New Years Eve fireworks at…Waaaaa…Wachusett! Sorry, I love that song. Anyway, yes, fireworks at 10pm, then a balloon drop at 12midnight. Cool! New Years Eve Fireworks: Wachusett MountainWachusett Mountain Ski Area Princeton, MA, .
The First Race Against Time
The First Race Against Time. The First Race Against TimeWestfield Clock Tower Westfield, MA, .
First Night, Jr. at Holyoke
This ones also for kids, with a carousel, a magician, ice sculptures, juggler, and balloon animals. First Night, Jr. at HolyokeHolyoke Heritage State Park Holyoke, MA, .
Jiminy Peak New Years
Cinnamon Buns (Take that cookies and smores!), a parade and fireworks are fine excuses to go skiing in Hancock, MA for New Years Eve! Jiminy Peak New YearsJimny Peak Mountain Resort Hancock, MA, .
New Years Eve Magic with David Hall
New Years Eve Magic with David Hall. New Years Eve Magic with David HallBerkshire Museum Pittsfield, MA, .
First Night Northampton, MA
Further away but trying hard is First Night Northampton, with over 20 venues and performances. First Night Northampton, MANorthampton Town center Northampton, MA, .
New Years Jam at Earthdance
Peace, love, and New Years at this Plainfield, MA, event. Im not saying this is for hippies, but if you like Dave Matthews Band and Phish, this is probably for you. They claim this all-weekend dance festival sells out, so buy early. Its an off-beat way to spend New Years. New Years Jam at Earthdance Plainfield, MA, .
First Night Sandwich, MA
Yes! Theres puppeteers and magicians at the second ever First Night event in Sandwich! Those guys make a festival complete. Sandwhich is a quaint town and the schedule looks especially arts-driven. If I were spending New Years down the Cape, this would be my first choice. 4:30pm-1am. First Night Sandwich, MATownwide Sandwich, MA, .
First Night Chatham
Chatham puts on TWO fireworks displays, one at 6:30pm for kiddies, and one at 12am for kids at heart who want to ring the new in with a bang! Well, several bangs in quick succession! First Night ChathamOver Oyster Pond Chatham, MA, .
New Years Eve Annual Bonfire
Hey its a bonfire in Charlestown, RI! Cool! Not much else is known, but theres nothing quite like glancing into a fire and reflecting upon a year well done. New Years Eve Annual BonfireNinigret Park Charlestown, RI, .
New Years Eve Gala at the Ocean House
This black tie affair features gourmet food paid special attention by the chefs. I feel all important and junk, so much so Ill be sure to wear pants and a shirt, along with my black tie. This is pricey, but definitely looks to be worthwhile for a certain kind of clientele. New Years Eve Gala at the Ocean HouseOcean House Watch Hill, RI, .
A New Years Eve Gala
A New Years Eve Gala. A New Years Eve GalaM&D Productions North Conway, NH, .
New Years Eve Fireworks: Gunstock Mountain
Fireworks at midnight at Gilford, NHs Gunstock mountain, in addition to tubing, live music, and skiing. if you ask me, I think skiing and fireworks are the best holiday combo sing Jimmy Stewart and zsu zsu petals, or hickory farms and egg nog. Dont judge me. New Years Eve Fireworks: Gunstock MountainGunstock Mountain Gilford, NH, .
First Night Wolfeboro, NH
Heres some good, clean, alcohol free fun, with food, banners, all sorts of illuminations. get tipsy off of holiday cheer and community, and ring in the New Year clear eyed and bushy-tailed. Fireworks at 5pm and midnight! First Night Wolfeboro, NH Wolfeboro, NH, .
New Years Eve Fireworks On the Beach!
I wouldnt normally top-list a festival of arts & crafts vendors. Buuuuut this takes place at a beach, and theyll have fireworks – other details are sketchy, so if you like surprises, check this out! New Years Eve Fireworks On the Beach!Hampton Beach Hampton, NH, .
New Years at Santas Village
Santas Village is an amusement park hosting a kids party with a DJ and fireworks at 8pm. New Years at Santas VillageSantas Village Jefferson, NH, .
New Years Cranapalooza!
The 6:30pm, Cranapalooza fireworks have very little to do with cranberries. Which is good. Theyre so tart, even in juice form. Instead Cranapalooza features live music, skiing, tubing, and the aforementioned fireworks. And again, no cranberries. New Years Cranapalooza!Cranmore Mountain Conway, NH, .
First Night Portsmouth, NH
This has Ice sculptures! Theres something neat about creating these works of art that will only be around for a week or so before melting away into memories.This First Night celebration in Portsmouth also has magic, puppet shows, and mentalism! Nice! First Night Portsmouth, NH Portsmouth, NH, .
New Years Eve Fireworks: Waterville Valley
7:30p.m.Fireworks over Corcorans Pond at Waterville Valley are great. Also great are the offered dog-sled ride, sleigh ride, ice skating opportunities. If I knew how to ski, I know where Id be! New Years Eve Fireworks: Waterville ValleyWaterville Valley Resort Waterville Valley, NH, .
New Years Eve at King Pine and Purity Spring Resort
King Pine is having a number of family-oriented New Years events including night skiing, tubing, and fireworks. New Years Eve at King Pine and Purity Spring ResortNew Hampshire Ski Resort East Madison, NH, .
First Night Hartford, CT
A carousel, 16 venues of performances, caricaturists, raconteur Cowboy Billy, and two, count em, TWO fireworks displays — at 6pm and midnight. Im not saying Mystic, CT should be shaking in their boots or nothing, but Hartford may just win New Years this year. First Night Hartford, CT Hartford, CT, .
First Night Danbury, CT
New Years Eve with a traditional vaudeville act and ventriloquist? Im there! Theres also arts, crafts, and street performers for those of us who dont hold the days of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Abbott and Costello in high regard. First Night Danbury, CTCity Center Danbury Danbury, CT, .
First Night Chatham, MA
Over 4 dozen entertainers, 14 special events, a pumpkin village make Chatham quite the quaint New Years Eve celebration. There arent many NYE festivities down the Cape, but heres one of only two, official, First Nights. Theres a full schedule of daytime events for kids and an evening schedule for adults. Fireworks at midnight over Oyster Pond. First Night Chatham, MA Hartford, CT, .
First Night Westport, CT
See whatd youd look like as a cartoon animal via Pat Mason, Animal cartoonist. Or maybe youd prefer to hear Dennis The Train man tell fascinating stories about model trains and model train history. Or, maybe you want to partake in the bouncy house, see if the ventriloquists lips move, or rub The Magic Genies belly (do not rub his belly). This First Night celebration in Danbury has quite the mix of entertainers. A little something for everyone. If you go, be well aware I am jealous of you. First Night Westport, CTDowntown Westport Westport, CT, .
Nudist resort New Years
Perhaps youd like to be adventurous and try a New Years party at a nudist resort. The menu includes shrimp, ribs, and breasts. I cant make this stuff up. The theme this year is Leather & Lace. which is kind of conservative all things considered. 7pm-1am. Nudist resort New Years Woodstock, CT, .
New Years Eve at Sugarloaf
New Years Eve at Sugarloaf. New Years Eve at SugarloafSugarloaf Mountain Carrabassett Valley, ME, .
New Years Eve Fireworks at Saddleback Mountain
New Years Eve Fireworks at Saddleback Mountain. New Years Eve Fireworks at Saddleback MountainSaddleback Mountain Rangeley, ME, .
New Years Eve Bash at Mt. Abram Resort
Ahhhh skiing, fireworks, and music from a country where it doesnt snow. Check out Mt. Abrams New Years Eve fireworks and reggae music spectacular! New Years Eve Bash at Mt. Abram ResortMt Abram Greenwood, ME, .
L.L.Bean New Years Celebration
Over 25 thousand lights set to music and other awesome attractions at…L.L. Bean?! Really? Alright. Well, L.L Bean brings it with live music and fireworks, at this kid-and-commerce oriented event that ends early enough that you can put the wee ones to bed early before the real festivities begin. L.L.Bean New Years CelebrationL.L.Bean Freeport, ME, .
New Years Eve at Northern Outdoors
Sounds pretty basic: Buffet, champagne, a DJ, etc. But there is a brewery here, so if you really like skiing and beer, check it out.They are offering a special NYE weekend package. But please, Ski responsibly. New Years Eve at Northern OutdoorsNorthern Outdoors Ski Resort The Forks, ME, .
New Years Eve Old Orchard Beach
This party on the beach features a bonfire,marshmallow toasting, Cotton Candy (theres a new one!), and cocoa. It starts at 4:30pm with fireworks display at 6:30pm. New Years Eve Old Orchard BeachTown Square Old Orchard Beach, ME, .
New Years Eve Fireworks: Saddleback Mountain
Saddleback Mountains 8pm fireworks come with live music and something called a Swig n Smelt which obviously combines drinking booze with blacksmithing. Can you think of a better combination? Yes, yes you can. New Years Eve Fireworks: Saddleback MountainSaddleback Mountain Rangeley, ME, .
New Years Eve at Sunday River resort
Sunday Rivers Holiday Dinner claims theres more Champange then Id know what to do with. What Sunday River doesnt know is that Ive always wanted a champagne moat. Just cause. Once youve had your fill, theres a organ-driven rock band, fireworks, and general ski-resort related debauchery until 2014, and probably for several minutes after. 4pm-12:30am. Fireworks at 8:30pm! New Years Eve at Sunday River resortSunday River Resort Newry, ME, .
Belfast New Years By the Bay
This ones got over half a dozen performance venues with dancing and life music. It also prides itself on being chem-free, which may not mean what I think it means. Belfast New Years By the BayDowntown Belfast Belfast, ME, .
Bangors NYE Celebration
With live music, dancing, street performers, their own ball drop, and a Paul Bunyan look-alike contest, this presumably outdoor celebration seems fun. Bangors NYE CelebrationWest Market Square Bangor, ME, .
James Taylor Special Benefit Concert
James Taylor Special Benefit Concert. James Taylor Special Benefit ConcertSpruce Peak Performing Arts Center Stowe, VT, .
First Night St. Johnsbury, VT
St. Johnsbury, VT is about as far north as Montpelier. Maybe you could visit and go skiing, too. Theyll have 50 performances, fireworks, and dancing sky lanterns. Intriguing! First Night St. Johnsbury, VT St. Johnsbury, VT, .
First Night Burlington, VT
This event has a Cartoon Fest! Playing classic Looney Tunes! Score! For the more…mature, it also has Bill Mares, a New England public radio ponderer, and a variety of other low-key, arts focused events. Vermont is getting in on the New Years Eve thing, and theyre especially well organized, with 15 arts venues. 12pm-12am. There are two fireworks displays: One at 6pm and one at midnight. First Night Burlington, VT Burlington, VT, .
Family New Years Eve
Family New Years Eve. Family New Years EveRoundhouse, Jackson Gore Village Ludlow, VT, .
New Years Eve Fireworks: Burlington
Burlington delivers two fireworks shows, one at 6pm and one at midnight, amongst a whole bevy of family friendly and fantastically fun events. New Years Eve Fireworks: Burlington Burlington, VT, .
New Years Eve Fireworks and Torchlight Parade (Sugarbush Resort)
In addition to being my stripper name, Sugarbush is offering up a dog parade, live music, street performers, a parade of torch-lights, and fireworks. New Years Eve Fireworks and Torchlight Parade (Sugarbush Resort)Sugarbush Resort Warren, VT, .
New Years Day
L Street Brownies New Years Day Swim
Every New Years Day, crazy people go for a swim on New Years. Why not show up and cheer them on? What a way to eliminate a hangover. I list a few more below, as well. L Street Brownies New Years Day SwimCurley Community Center Boston, MA, .
New Years Ice Skate
Lookie! Theres a ton of ice skating with free rinks all over on New Years. New Years Ice SkateVarious state parks Allston, MA, .
Joeys Plunge
Heres another polar plunge in Boston, this time to benefit kids with terminal illness. Crazy people jump into the water. Wow. Joeys Plunge Boston, MA, .
First Day Hike: Chestnut Hill
Take a healthy heart hike through Chestnut Hill to ring in the new year with this DCR-led walk. First Day Hike: Chestnut Hill Brighton, MA, .
Seafarers Island Holiday
Bring a picnic lunch on this (heated!) boat trip and island excursion on New Years Day. Seafarers Island Holiday Boston, MA, .
Somervilles Flag Raising
This is interesting! After the American War of Independence, the first American flag was raised in Somerville. Re-enactors will be doing it again! Somervilles Flag Raising Stonington, CT, .
Marx Brothers Marathon
Ring in the year with some good ol fashioned slapstick at the Brattle. Its Marx madness! Marx Brothers MarathonThe Brattle Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Boston Vegetarian Society New Years Banquets
Are vegetarians insane? Not any more so than people who dive into icy water for charity. Maybe its the future! Meet some at this New Years meal. Boston Vegetarian Society New Years BanquetsGrasshopper Arlington, MA, .
Miss Tess and Girls Guns and Glory
This fun annual Hank Williams tribute show is back again at the Lizard Lounge! Miss Tess and Girls Guns and GloryLizard Lounge Cambridge, MA, .
First Day Hike: Walden Pond
Meet at the Thoreau House Replica for a guided walk and some historic, literary fun. Refreshments too! First Day Hike: Walden PondWalden Pond State Reservation Concord, MA, .
First Day Hike: Breakheart
Meet at the Visitor Center, head out for a hike, then enjoy free clam chowder, coffee and hot cocoa! First Day Hike: BreakheartBreakheart Reservation Saugus, MA, .
First Day Hike: Bradley Palmer State Park
Choose one of two hikes and hit the trail at this popular State Park in Topsfield! First Day Hike: Bradley Palmer State ParkBradley Palmer State Park Topsfield, MA, .
Frosty Four New Years Day Race
There are also a bunch of New Years Day races. Here is one, a great excuse to check out Salems many attractions, like where Hocus Pocus was filmed! Frosty Four New Years Day RaceStarts at Old Town Hall Salem, MA, .
Hangover Classic (race and polar swim)
This ones near Newburyport, MA on the North Shore. Sure, lets both race AND swim in the cold. A doubly-bad idea in theory, and a worse one in practice – but whatever floats your boat! Hangover Classic (race and polar swim)Salisbury Beach Salisbury, MA, .
Penguin Plunge
This dip into the icy Atlantic helps raise money for the Special Olympics. If youre looking for a good cause to support by freezing yourself, this is definitely one of them. Penguin PlungeRoger Wheeler State Beach Narragansett, RI, .
Frozen Clam Plunge
Help get kids the mentors they need in Rhode Island by jumping in the ocean. Whatever works, right? Frozen Clam PlungeGoddard State Park Beach Warwick, RI, .
Block Island Polar Plunge
Brrr!!! Watch crazy people jump into the icy water for charity. Or be one! I like that this one has hot chocolate. Yum! Block Island Polar PlungeEastons Beach Newport, RI, .
Jamestown 1st Day Plunge
This polar plunge helps the local PTO AND the fight against cancer. Thats worth being a human icicle for a few minutes! Jamestown 1st Day PlungeEast Ferry Square Jamestown, RI, .
First Day Hike: Blue Hills
Heres a guided hike through the Blue Hills in Milton. Meet in the Houghtons Pond Parking Lot at 840 Hillside St. and follow First Day signs. Arrive early to allow sufficient time for parking and enjoy a free cup of soup beginning at noon. First Day Hike: Blue HillsBlue Hills State Reservation Milton, MA, .
First Day Hike: Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center, which will open at noon for registration and a special interpretive program. First Day Hike: Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State ParkBlackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park Uxbridge, MA, .
First Day Hike: DAR State Forest
For those starting their new year in the Berkshires, why not go for a First Day Hike too? First Day Hike: DAR State ForestD.A.R. State Forest Goshen, MA, .
First Day Hike: Nantasket Beach Reservation
This three mile walk along the boardwark is followed by light refreshments and snacks! My resolutions are confused, but Im happy. First Day Hike: Nantasket Beach ReservationNantasket Beach Reservation Hull, MA, .
First Day Hike: Shawme Crowell State Forest
Tell 2014 to take a hike on this guided 2.5 mile trek through the forest. Sounds fun! First Day Hike: Shawme Crowell State ForestShawme Crowell State Forest Sandwich, MA, .
Punk Rock Plunge
This Punk Rock Plunge asks people to pay 25 bucks to run in the ocean on New Years Day! Crazy. But, it is for Childrens Hospital. Punk Rock PlungeC Note Hull, MA, .
Lobster Dip at Old Orchard Beach
Anyone who does this Lobster Dip deserves to treat themselves to a lobster dinner after they dry off and warm up! Brrrr! Lobster Dip at Old Orchard Beach Old Orchard Beach, ME, .
New Years Day Kite Fly – Portland, ME
Ive been to a kite fly. Youll meet a lot of big hobbyists to show you how to fly properly, and you can get a two-stringed stunt kite! New Years Day Kite Fly - Portland, MENo address given. South Portland, ME, .
Ho Ho Holidays
A Visit from St. Nicholas
Santa Claus will sing-a-long with you and the Boston Pops this season. A Visit from St. NicholasSymphony Hall Boston, MA, .
The Nutcracker
This magical version of the Christmas classic The Nutcracker is back again! With shows all December, dont miss it! The NutcrackerBoston Opera House Boston, MA, .
BLINK! At Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Dont Blink! Ok, ok, you can blink. The lights will be on through January 4th but the fun gets going on November 22rd with all day fun including musical and dance performances. BLINK! At Faneuil Hall MarketplaceFaneuil Hall Boston, MA, .
Stroll lit up tree-lined paths, meet real reindeer, and maybe even see Santa! Its ZooLights, through January 4th. ZooLightsStone Zoo Stoneham, MA, .
Late Night Catechism – The Mystery of the Magis Gold
CSI Bethlehem comes to Beverly in this one of a kind rendition of the biblical Christmas story. Late Night Catechism - The Mystery of the Magis GoldThe Larcom Theatre Beverly, MA, .
Christmas at the Newport Mansions
Its hard enough to decorate my house for Christmas, how do they decorate these mansions? In any case, for a really huge holiday display, tour these Newport mansions all month long. Christmas at the Newport MansionsVarious Locations Newport, RI, .
Christmas at Blithewold
Theres a different theme every year at Christmas at Blithewood. The 18 foot tall Christmas tree and every room in this sprawling mansion is decorated with this theme in mind. This year, the theme is you are invited, so go! Christmas at BlithewoldBlithewold Mansion Bristol, RI, .
Edavilles Christmas Festival of Lights
All Holiday season long you can head to Edaville USA to see their light display. This might be a great thing to check out after you visit their Polar Express adventure. Plus, you get to see beautiful lights from a warm, dry train…now that is ideal! Edavilles Christmas Festival of LightsEdaville USA Carver, MA, .
Nantucket Noel
Watch 100 trees come to life in the night to the sounds of a youth choir in Nantucket! Nantucket NoelTop of Main Street Nantucket, MA, .
Nantucket Noel & Christmas Stroll
All the way through New Years Eve, Nantucket will be having lots of holiday activities that even include things like ghost walks. Nantucket Noel & Christmas Stroll Nantucket, MA, .
Bright Nights in Springfield
Bright Nights appears to be a drive-through safari, but instead of wild animals, youre checking out thousands of Holiday lights. And if the website is to be believed, theres a Dr. Seuss land. Bright Nights in SpringfieldForest Park Springfield, MA, .
Holidays at Worcester Art Museum
WAM, the Worcester Art Museum, isnt kidding around. Expanded Cafe Hours, seasonal decorations, changing programming for the kiddies, if youve never been, nows the time to go, and and if you have, why not check out what changed! Holidays at Worcester Art MuseumWorcester Art Museum Worcester, MA, .
Glassblowers Christmas
See the beauty of hundreds of glass ornaments all the way through christmas. Ornaments are a great way to honor memories and this event could be a great way to make some new ones! Glassblowers ChristmasSandwich Glass Museum Sandwich, MA, .
Holly Days Home Tour
In addition to Holiday Home Tours, Holly Days in Sandwich, MA, taught me a new word. Docent. Do you know what a docent is? No? Well every single home tour will have one stationed inside it. You can cheat and google, or you can actually go and find out for yourself. Holly Days Home TourThe Fessenden House Sandwich, MA, .
Holiday Trains at Conway Scenic Railroad
Take an old fashioned train ride on this scenic railroad! Two trips a day during school vacation. Holiday Trains at Conway Scenic Railroad North Conway, NH, .
Also Fun
Full Moon Tour: Warm and Cozy
Learn how people kept warm long before snuggies as you tour this historic, warm, and cozy mansion. Full Moon Tour: Warm and CozyThe Gore Place Waltham, MA, .
Trash Can Drumming
Banging on a Trashcan is not just for Nickelodeons Doug anymore, as a special performance / workshop for aspiring trashcan drummers comes to MIT. Trash Can DrummingMIT W20 Basement Conference Room (W20-027) Cambridge, MA, .
Learn To Play Bridge
Come explore the world of Contract Bridge with some enthusiasts from MIT! Learn To Play BridgeMIT Cambridge, MA, .
Goya – Order and Disorder
A major exhibition of the works of Spanish master Francisco Goya opens this week at the MFA. Goya - Order and DisorderMuseum of Fine Arts Boston, MA, .
Boston Antiques and Design Show
Do you miss hunting for cool stuff at flea markets, now that its too cold? Check out this indoor antiques show, considered to be the flagship show of the season. Boston Antiques and Design ShowShriners Auditorium Wilmington, ME, .
Winterfest Weekends at Fruitlands Museum
The Fruitlands museum, Candy Lands healthier, slimmer, cousin, has a slope called the OMG Hill during its Winterfest festival! I mean, its not really a festival if it lasts until spring, but theyll have bonfires, sledding, ice skating, and snowshoeing, every weekend. It would be a good idea to call ahead, since there may be last-minute cancellations due to the weather. Winterfest Weekends at Fruitlands MuseumFruitlands Museum Harvard, MA, .
Winter Wonder Days at the Roger Williams Park Zoo
Nothing to do? How about the zoo? Roger Williams Park offers half price admission January through February thanks to its Winter Wonder Days promotion. Winter Wonder Days at the Roger Williams Park Zoo Providence, RI, .
Rogues & Scoundrels Tour
See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited, and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as Rogues Island. Rogues & Scoundrels TourMuseum of Newport History Newport, RI, .
Vacation Days at Mass Audubons Moose Hill
Visit a different part of the world each day as part of Moose Hills vacation week activities! Vacation Days at Mass Audubons Moose HillMoose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary Sharon, MA, .
Moonlight Skiing in Windsor
For one night only this winter, Notchview will be open after-hours for night-time skiing – This is not the setup to Hot Tub Time Machine 2, honest. There is also popcorn and cider post-ski. Moonlight Skiing in WindsorNotchview Windsor, MA, .
MassMouth Story Slam
Come to hear great stories, or maybe even get the chance to tell your own. Story slams are fun and competitive and worth checking out. MassMouth Story SlamTrident Booksellers and Cafe, 338 Newbury Street Boston, MA, .
An Evening of Comedy, Commentary, and Conversation – With Comedian Jimmy Tingle
See a standup standout perform, and its even for a good cause! Thats the best way to laugh. An Evening of Comedy, Commentary, and Conversation - With Comedian Jimmy TingleSanders Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Tower of Power: Holiday Jam
This band is said to have some of the best rhythm and blues around, and theyre live Monday night in Boston! Tower of Power: Holiday JamWilbur Theatre Boston, MA, .
New York Voices
New York Voices. New York VoicesStoneham Theatre Stoneham, MA, .
Necessary Monsters
This Monstrous play gives a dark humor look at the human psyche. Merry Xmas! Necessary MonstersCalderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts Boston, MA, .
Obsessive Political Correctness
Politics, family, and core beliefs come to a head in this new play opening in Cambridge Friday! Obsessive Political CorrectnessLoeb Drama Center Cambridge, MA, .
This Midsummers adventure is a wild, sexy, and entertaining ride, on stage in Chelsea! MidsummerChelsea Theatre Works Chelsea, MA, .
Stand up with Paul DAngelo
Stand up with Paul DAngelo. Stand up with Paul DAngeloThe Larcom Theatre Beverly, MA, .
A Christmas Carol
Dont be a Scrooge! Catch a showing of this Christmas Classic through the end of the year at the Chace Theater in Providence. A Christmas CarolChace Theater Providence, RI, .
Free First Saturday at Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Its your last chance to catch the butterfly exhibit at this museum with free admission on Saturday! Free First Saturday at Lyman Allyn Art MuseumLyman Allyn Art Museum New London, CT, .
Festival of Silver Lights
More than 200,000 lights await visitors by car and by foot at this lit-up masterpiece. Festival of Silver LightsBeaches and Parks Meriden, CT, .
Festival of Trees
Community decorated trees take center stage at this event, where special museum items are also on display. Festival of TreesBennington Museum Bennington, VT, .
Christmas at Billings Farm (weekends)
Learn how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th century Woodstock in the farmhouse and linger in the cozy kitchen as treats are baked in the woodstove. Holiday programs and making historic ornaments. Dont miss a winter visit to the farm. Christmas at Billings Farm (weekends)Billings Farm & Museum Woodstock, VT, .
Xmas Lights & Santa Events
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Enchanted Village at Jordan’s FurnitureAvon, MA

Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, Jordan Marsh displayed the Enchanted Village in its Downtown Crossing store. The heart-warming display quickly became an integral part of New England’s seasonal celebrations. Until 1972, when Jordan Marsh closed the display, a trip to The Village was a traditional event.
Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Dr more
Stone Zoo’s ZoolightsBoston, MA

ZooLights promises to dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season. Enter a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, North American porcupines, Canada lynx (including three kittens born earlier this year), reindeer and arctic foxes. Meet Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during nightly photo opportunities.* Visit with Santa, who awaits your arrival in Santa’s Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be available for photos through Dec. 23. After visiting with Santa, enter a magical holiday world filled with fairy tale characters and dancing plush animals. 2014: 5-9pm.
149 Pond Street, 617-541-5466. more
Edaville Railroad’s Christmas Festival of LightsCarver, MA

Edaville’s Christmas Festival of Lights is arguably the most-loved festival of its kind, having earned generations of loyal fans. Passengers relax comfortably in warm and dry coaches while riding through a spectacular holiday setting featuring an explosion of lights.
Pine Street, 508-866-8190. more
WinterFest at Connecticut Trolley MuseumEast Windsor, CT

Join hundreds of others and start a family tradition of coming for a trolley ride during the holiday season. Whether you ride a closed car or brave the cold to ride the open “electric sleigh”, we promise you a good time and one that you’ll remember for years. Join your motormen in singing traditional Christmas carols as the trolley makes its way through the “Tunnel of Lights”. Returning to the Visitor Center, it’s always a race to get into the warmth and enjoy a nice steaming cup of hot cocoa as you listen to the entertainment and admire all the model trains and displays.
58 North Road, 860-627-6540. more
Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayLoudon, NH

Get the entire family into the Christmas spirit by heading to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and seeing how over-the-top decorating looks while being able to brag you’ve driven around the track.
1122 Route 106 North, 765-664-3918. more
That House in MilfordMilford, CT

5:00 to 10:00 Sunday through Thursday and 5:00 to 11:00 Friday and Saturday.  Also 5:00 to 11:00 on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Years Day.
 75 Meadows End Road more
Fantasy of LightsNew Haven, CT

Check out over 60 attractions that include animated and LED light displays! While you’re there, share your experience with your friends on social media using #fantasyoflights. You can show off your favorite displays all while participating in a great cause. So whether it’s your first or twentieth year enjoying the Fantasy of Lights, get ready to be dazzled by over 100,000 lights!
Light House Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road, 203-777-2000. more
Christmas at the Newport MansionsNewport, RI

The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions.
Various locations more
A Grand Holiday at the Mansion- From Victorian to ModernNorwalk, CT

Come join us for a guided tour of our historic period rooms, displaying Victorian holiday traditions decade by decade. See how the small table-top trees of the 1850s transformed into the magnificent floor-to-ceiling trees of the 1890s. Learn about the different types of gifts that were enjoyed throughout the era, and discover the origins of some of your own favorite traditions. As a special feature this year, the Magnificent Victorian Holiday at the Mansion will connect to the mansion’s Hidden Treasures exhibit of exquisite artifacts belonging the Lockwood and Mathews families.
295 West Avenue more
Springfield’s Bright Night at Forest ParkSpringfield, MA

Bright Nights at Forest Park” is the Northeast’s premier holiday lighting experience with nearly three miles of lighting displays.
Rt 83, 413-733-3800. more

Boston’s concert season is rocking this year! Some of the concerts in Boston you can get tickets to online include John Legend at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Fleetwood Mac, teen superstar Justin Bieber and even Tom Petty at Fenway Park. Boston seems to always have lots of events going on, even stuff for the kids like Disney on Ice Frozen at the Fleet Center.