Events INSIDER: Dec 22-31, 2014

Johnnys Picks
Exploring Jewish Boston by Foot
This is a cultural heritage walking tour that explores the neighborhoods Jewish residents lived in around Beacon Hill. Exploring Jewish Boston by FootLandmark Theatre Boston, 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, .
Boxing Day at the Old Manse
Calling all ex-pats and Anglophiles! In honor of the traditional British holiday, the Old Manse is hosting a a celebration of British culture, including sales, food, and tours. Boxing Day at the Old ManseThe Old Manse Concord, 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, .
Oy Oy Oy
Dont bring the kids to this raucous night of music and laughs at Club Passim. JewmongousClub Passim Cambridge, MA, .
The Moo Shu Jew Show
Heres a Jewish-inspired night of comedy and Chinese food on Christmas Eve. Fun! The Moo Shu Jew ShowHei La Moon Restaurant Boston, MA, .
The number one Jewish singles night is back again promising an amazing dance party! MatzoballRoyale Night Club Boston, MA, .
State House Menorah Lighting
The State House has an eighteen foot tall Menorah, and you can see it light up at 4pm. State House Menorah LightingMassachusetts State House Boston, MA, .
Menorah Lighting on Needham Town Common
Music, dancing, and refreshments are part of this townwide Menorah lighting ceremony. Menorah Lighting on Needham Town CommonNeedham Town Common Needham, MA, .
Chanukah Festival of Lights
Chanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight-day celebration. West Springfields celebration will be Monday night! Chanukah Festival of LightsMajestic Theater Lobby Springfield, MA, .
Ho Ho Holidays
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, .
Festive Christmas Eve Mass with Caroling
This is a religious Christmas Mass, but it does come with community caroling. Festive Christmas Eve Mass with CarolingBethlehem Chapel Waltham, MA, .
Stroll lit up tree-lined paths, meet real reindeer, and maybe even see Santa! Its ZooLights, through January 4th. ZooLightsStone Zoo Stoneham, MA, .
Harvard Square Holiday Fairs
Fifty artists bring their best handmade wares to Harvard Square for you to enjoy! Dont miss this holiday shopping event. Harvard Square Holiday FairsFirst Parish Unitarian Church Cambridge, MA, .
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, .
Brattle Theatre on Xmas
Dont have much of a Christmas spirit? Check out the Brattle theatre for a screening of Scrooged on the big day! Brattle Theatre on XmasThe Brattle Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
A Holiday Blues, New Orleans, Southern Rock Blast
Give the holidays a musical encore at this bluesy, southern rock show featuring the son of a classic rock icon. A Holiday Blues, New Orleans, Southern Rock BlastRegent Theatre Arlington, MA, .
Twas the Night After Christmas
Twas the Night After Christmas and the Middle East was rockin…! Twas the Night After ChristmasMiddle East Cambridge, MA, .
Caroling at Hawthorne Hotel
Christmas Eve Caroling in the Hawthornes Grand Hall that doubles as a tavern, open to the community for a donation for those in need. Caroling at Hawthorne HotelHawthorne Hotel Grand Ballroom Salem, MA, .
Santa Visits Dock Square
If youre opening presents near Rockport, do it quickly and come see Santa one last time as he visits the harbor! Santa Visits Dock SquareDock Square Rockport, 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 in the Barnyard
Spend the morning doing farm chores followed by a proper barnyard breakfast at Coggeshall Farm on Christmas Eve. Christmas in the BarnyardCoggeshall Farm Museum Bristol, RI, .
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, .
Polar Express
Live the Polar Express story, complete with Santa himself, who greets everyone upon their arrival to Christmas Town. Polar ExpressCape Cod Central Railroad Depot Hyannis, 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, .
Gardens Aglow Celebration of Lights
Santa on a train, Santa on a boat, Santa in a sleigh, and now, Santa in a Ford Model T at the Heritage Museums and Gardens. A vintage carousel adds entertainment value, as does live music and dance performances. Also the crafts and decorating youd come to expect from such events are present and accounted for. Gardens Aglow Celebration of LightsHeritage Museums and Gardens 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, .
Messiah Sing at Portsmouth Music Hall
Do you think Christmas caroling is serious business? Do you give death stares to anyone who chimes in with a Batman Smells, Robin laid and egg? Then this is for you. Show off your pipes by caroling your heart out with people who also want to carol their hearts out. Messiah Sing at Portsmouth Music HallThe Music Hall Portsmouth, NH, .
Santas Holiday Express
All aboard Santas Holiday Express for hot chocolate, cookies, elves, and one great train ride. Santas Holiday ExpressConway Scenic Railroad North Conway, NH, .
Polar Express
Relive the Polar Express as you ride the rails around a Christmas wonderland sipping hot chocolate. Awesome! Polar ExpressConway Scenic Railroad North Conway, NH, .
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, .
Figment in First Night Boston
Figment First Night. Figment in First Night Boston 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, .
Mayors New Year Open House
This is the closest alternative to Bostons First Night thats on public transit. Free performances at City Hall, and Balloon Animals! Mayors New Year Open HouseCity Hall Newton, 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 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, .
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, .
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 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, .
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, .
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, .
Nantucket New Year
Nantucket spends more than a week ringing in the new year with lots of fun activities! Nantucket New Year Nantucket, MA, .
Moulin Rouge Ball
Moulin Rouge Ball. Moulin Rouge BallNantucket Hotel Nantucket, 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, .
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, .
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, .
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, .
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 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 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, .
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 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, .
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, .
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: 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 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 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, .
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, .
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, .
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, .
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, .
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 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 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 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, .
New Years Bonfire Beach Party
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 Bonfire Beach PartyTown Square Old Orchard Beach, 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, .
Family New Years Eve
Family New Years Eve. Family New Years EveRoundhouse, Jackson Gore Village Ludlow, VT, .
James Taylor Special Benefit Concert
James Taylor Special Benefit Concert. James Taylor Special Benefit ConcertSpruce Peak Performing Arts Center Stowe, 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, .
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, .
Also Fun
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, .
Middle Eastern & Greek Holiday Affair
Heres a night of Middle Eastern and Greek music, food, and entertainment, Saturday night in Lowell! Middle Eastern & Greek Holiday AffairOlympia Restaurant Lowell, MA, .
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, .
This Midsummers adventure is a wild, sexy, and entertaining ride, on stage in Chelsea! MidsummerChelsea Theatre Works Chelsea, MA, .
The Wizard of Oz
Take the family to this big screen showing of The Wizard of Oz and help support this local theater! The Wizard of OzWheelock Family Theatre Boston, MA, .
The Christmas Revels
Want to spend a night in the Crystal Palace, set in Victorian London? Email for a chance to win a pair of passes to The Christmas Revels! The Christmas RevelsSanders 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, .
Meet Me in St. Louis Christmas
Meet Me in St. Louis Christmas at the Stoneham Theatre. Meet Me in St. Louis ChristmasStoneham Theatre Stoneham, MA, .
New York Voices
New York Voices. New York VoicesStoneham Theatre Stoneham, 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, .
The Christmas Revels
What was Christmas like in Victorian London? Find out firsthand at the Christmas Revels! The Christmas RevelsSanders Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Natural Selections: Work inspired by Forms in Nature
Take a look at nature in several different ways from realistic to inventive and imaginary in this new exhibit. Natural Selections: Work inspired by Forms in NatureWashington Street Somerville, 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, .
Juston McKinneys Last Laugh
Recently named the best comic in NH, Juston McKinney wants to have the last laugh of 2014 at this show in Portsmouth. Juston McKinneys Last Laugh Portsmouth, NH, .
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, .
A Christmas Carol at The Hanover Theatre
This performance of A Christmas Carol is running through 12/28 in Worcester! A Christmas Carol at The Hanover TheatreThe Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts Worcester, MA, .
Lantern Light Tours
I dont know what a tavern dance is, but I love it. Take a historical lantern light tour with Victorian era costumes and hundreds of lanterns, plus the promise of surprises along the way. Mystic, CT gets all the cool stuff. Santa on a tugboat, now this. Lantern Light ToursMystic Seaport Mystic, 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, .
Country Christmas in Bethel
County Christmas in Bethel, ME has a living nativity, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a Christmas tree lighting, suit you? Country Christmas in BethelDowntown Bethel Bethel, ME, .
Holiday Bazaar
Explore the friendship and Christmas traditions shared by Longfellow and Dickens at this fun and informative event. Holiday BazaarMaine Historical Society Museum Store Portland, ME, .
Ski & Ride with Calvin the Catamount and Friends
Can you catch Okemos mascot as you fly down the slopes? Try your best at this fun Christmas Day Event! Ski & Ride with Calvin the Catamount and FriendsOkemo Mountain Ludlow, VT, .
RUCKUS: a Cirque Spectacular
Poetic circus and vaudevillian fun await at this Cirque Spectacular in Stowe! RUCKUS: a Cirque SpectacularSpruce Peak Performing Arts Center Stowe, 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, .
Santa Balloon Parade
On Christmas Eve Eve, Santa and his elves will be handing out balloons @okemomountain! Santa Balloon ParadeJackson Gore Village Ludlow, VT, .
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, .
Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
Fireworks followed by a torch-lit skiing spectacular? Sounds like a fun night at Okemo Mountain. Torchlight Parade & FireworksClock Tower Base Area Ludlow, VT, .
Snickers Shakin Skate
A live DJ, games, and more compliment this family friendly night of skating at Okemo Mountain. Snickers Shakin SkateIce House Ludlow, 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
Holiday Light FantasiaHartford, CT

This 4th annual park-wide lighted celebration captures the true spirit of the season! We hope our festive show offers an enchanting evening of fun for family and friends 2013: 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
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
Lantern Light ToursMystic, CT

Join us for the 35th annual theatrical production of Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport. Set on Christmas Eve in 1876, this play unfolds through five scenes in exhibits around the Museum’s 19th-century maritime village. Both young and old will enjoy seasonal delights that include a horse-drawn carriage ride, a spirited holiday dance, the beautiful glow of lanterns that light the way and, just perhaps, a visit with old St. Nick!
Mystic Seaport, 860-572-5365. 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
Santa’s Holiday ExpressNorth Conway, NH

Santa is on board with his mischievous elves, who will share their hot chocolate and cookies with everyone. They’ll also take your picture, if you ask nicely, so be sure to bring your camera!
38 Norcross Circle, 603-356-5251. 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
Lincoln LightsOrange, CT

Come see our Christmas synchronized display. There are 15 songs that will play. Tune your radio to 98.1FM and enjoy the show. Please don’t turn around in our neighbors driveways. And all donations go directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The lights will be on Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Friday-Sunday 5:00pm-10:00pm. Opens on Thanksgiving Night– Not sure when it ends.
Lincoln Rd more
Heritage Museum Gardens AglowSandwich, MA

Join us for our annual holiday event, featuring more lights and decorations than ever! New this year: The Holiday Train, a festive model railway display that will travel through the Special Exhibitions Gallery along elevated tracks and over a spectacular bridge made of all-natural materials. Enjoy music and dance performances at 6:30 in the Automobile Gallery. St. Nick will hold court in the Model T. Gingerbread houses created by local companies and students will be on display. Holiday crafts, carousel rides, Hidden Hollow by moonlight, and marshmallow roasting over a fire pit all add up to a great holiday celebration.
67 Grove Street, 508-888-3300. 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
The Picozzi Family ChristmasWarwick, RI

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. Does not say when it ends.
75 Gristmill Rd 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.