Events INSIDER: December 1-9, 2014

Giveaways & Features
Win: The Sleeprunner
A dynamic dreamworld awaits if you email and win tix to The Sleeprunner! 8pm. Win: The SleeprunnerMulticultural Arts Center, 41 Second Street, Cambridge, MA, .
Win: Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza
The Northeast Comic Con is here just in time for the holidays, with lots of vendors, workshops, celebrity signing events, and more! Win your way in by e-mailing Win: Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles ExtravaganzaShriners Auditorium Wilmington, MA, .
Johnny’s Picks
A Navy Christmas
Experience a Navy Christmas – side by side with Mr. and Mrs. Claus – at Battleship Cove on Sunday! Dine on the original ship menu and enjoy a fun and unique day! 2pm. A Navy ChristmasBattleship Cove Fall River, MA, .
New England Model Train Expo
This model train expo will have both casual fans and diehard conductors saying Choo choo! New England Model Train ExpoBest Western Royal Plaza Trade Center Marlborough, MA, .
Polar Express
This Sherlock Holmes Dinner Part is a Cumbernatch-ural choice for fans of the BBC series, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyale’s iconic sleuth in general. Too bad they don’t list any a place or time, but if you’re a fan, — track ’em down yourself, Sherlock! Polar ExpressThe Polar Express Train Ride Station Woonsocket, RI, .
Navy Christmas
Eat like World War II’s American heroes did, in the galley of the USS Massachusetts, with a Turkey Dinner made from the same recipe seamen of the 1940s used. All this needs is a little Bette Midler and Bob Hope to set the mood. While the website doesn’t list a time (military or otherwise), you can call call 508-678-1100 x 101 for info and reservations. 2pm. Navy ChristmasBattleship Cove Fall River, MA, .
Mythbusters: Behind the Myths
The Mythbusters are in town with a one of a kind show sure to amaze and educate the audience! 7:30pm. Mythbusters: Behind the MythsThe Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts Worcester, MA, .
Ho Ho Holidays
First Lights
First Lights in Arlington means carols, trees, trolleys, and great deals across town. Don’t miss it! First LightsChamber of Commerce, Town wide along Massachusetts Ave, from East Arlington to Arlington Heights. Arlington, MA, .
Davis Square Midnight Madness
Bring food donations and join Davis Square for caroling at this shopping event past midnight! 6pm. Davis Square Midnight MadnessDavis Square Somerville, MA, .
A Christmas Together with 4 Giirls 4
Four famous women take the stage for a night of laughter, song, dance, and more at the Wilbur Theatre! 7:30pm. A Christmas Together with 4 Giirls 4Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA, .
Aimee Mann’s Christmas Show
This celebrated Christmas show full of surprises is returning in full force Tuesday at the Wilbur Theatre! 8pm. Aimee Mann's Christmas ShowWilbur Theatre Boston, MA, .
Michael McDonald: This Christmas
Make This Christmas special with an evening of music from the acclaimed and award winning Michael McDonald! 7:30pm. Michael McDonald: This ChristmasWilbur Theatre Boston, MA, .
An Appalachian Christmas
What does an Appalachian Christmas sound like? One night this week, it sounds like a Grammy-winning violin. Don’t miss this! 7:30pm. An Appalachian ChristmasBerklee Performance Center Boston, MA, .
The Nutcracker
This magical version of the Christmas classic The Nutcracker is back again! With shows all December, don’t miss it! The NutcrackerBoston Opera House Boston, MA, .
A Visit from St. Nicholas
Santa Claus doesn’t miss this annual tradition that includes the famous POPs sing-a-long. A Visit from St. NicholasSymphony Hall Boston, MA, .
Holiday Market
Join local artists and restuarants and see some of the best Dorchester has to offer at this Holiday Market. 1-5pm. Holiday MarketCCK Pearl Dorchester, MA, .
BLINK! At Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Don’t 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. 2-9pm. BLINK! At Faneuil Hall MarketplaceFaneuil Hall Boston, MA, .
Harvard Square Holiday Fairs
Fifty artists bring their best handmade wares to Harvard Square for you to enjoy! Don’t miss this holiday shopping event. Harvard Square Holiday FairsFirst Parish Unitarian Church, First Parish Church, 3 Church St (At Mass Ave), Cambridge, Massachusetts Cambridge, MA, .
Christmas Craft Fair & Music Day
Special music events and hot mulled cider make this Craft Fair in Copley Square stand out! 9:30am-3:30pm. Christmas Craft Fair & Music DayOld South Church Boston, MA, .
SantaCon: Boston 2014
Dozens of Santas on a city-wide bar crawl…what could go wrong? Santa Con is back on Saturday! 12pm. SantaCon: Boston 2014All Over Boston, MA, .
Christmas Time
Celebrate every aspect of Christmas with this cast of 200 alongside a live orchestra! Christmas TimeReagle Theatre Waltham, MA, .
Holiday Fair
This holiday fair does things right with lots of gifts to buy plus puppets, a play, music, and more! 10am-4pm. Holiday FairWaldorf School of Lexington Lexington, MA, .
Stroll lit up tree-lined paths, meet real reindeer, and maybe even see Santa! It’s ZooLights, through January 4th. 5pm. ZooLightsStone Zoo Stoneham, MA, .
Holiday Jazz at the Firehouse
Enjoy an afternoon of Holiday Jazz with the ‘2 Swingin’ Tenors’ as they sing American favorites in East Boston. 3pm. Holiday Jazz at the FirehouseZumix East Boston, MA, .
Holidays at the Longfellows’
Experience a Victorian Christmas at the Longfellow House, with crafts, refreshments, and music for all! 2014:4-7pm. Holidays at the Longfellows'Longfellow House Cambridge, MA, .
Jamaica Plain Holiday Fair
This community holiday fair should have lots of great gift options to help whittle down your shopping list! 11-5pm. Jamaica Plain Holiday FairFirst Church in Jamaica Plain Jamaica Plain, MA, .
‘A Family Christmas’ with the Piano Guys
This family Christmas celebration is brought to you by Utah’s ‘Piano Guys’ with new twists on old standards! 7:30pm. 'A Family Christmas' with the Piano GuysWang Theatre Boston, MA, .
Holiday Fanfare!
Enjoy a night of holiday music from around the world at Lexington’s Holiday Fanfare! 8pm. Holiday Fanfare!Lexington High School Auditorium Lexington, MA, .
Festival of Trees
Here’s a festival with over 240 trees, wreaths and displays, raffles, and other fun events. Festival of TreesValley Office Park Methuen, MA, .
Holiday Open Studios and Art Sale
This Holiday Open Studios event in Needham will feature a wine tasting and glass blowing demos, cool! Holiday Open Studios and Art SaleGorse Mill Studios Needham, MA, .
Folk Acoustic Holiday with Nancy Beaudette
Some say this folk singer paints such detailed images through song you may see them before your very eyes. Now that’s worth a listen! 8pm. Folk Acoustic Holiday with Nancy BeaudetteAmazing Things Arts Center Framingham, MA, .
1820s Holiday House Tour
Celebrate the Christmas season like it’s 1824 when you step back in time at the Old Manse in Concord. 1pm & 3pm. 1820s Holiday House TourThe Old Manse Concord, MA, .
Gingerbread House Classes
This has a chef, A CHEF – who went to school for years – teaching you to make Gingerbread houses. That’s like Tom Brady teaching 4th grade gym class, folks. If you (or your kid) have a fastidious eye for art, cooking, confections, and architecture *and* won’t eat the dang thing the moment you get home, this may be the one of the coolest craft events in town. Gingerbread House ClassesZebra’s Bistro Medfield, MA, .
Christmas in Salem House Tour
This tour is often thought to be the oldest of its kind. True or not, they must be doing something right! Don’t miss historic Salem homes decorated for the holidays. Christmas in Salem House TourAll Over Salem, MA, .
Edaville’s 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! Edaville's Christmas Festival of LightsEdaville USA Carver, MA, .
HIngham Garden Club Holiday House Tour
Six unique homes transform into holiday masterpieces and you can check them out. Cool! 10am-4pm. HIngham Garden Club Holiday House TourSouth Shore Baptist Church Hingham, MA, .
Pinehills Holidays on the Green
From breakfast with Santa to a tree lighting, this day long festival has something for everyone! 8-5pm. Pinehills Holidays on the GreenVillage Green Plymouth, MA, .
Christmas at Plimoth Grist Mill
A night of storytelling geared toward children but sure to be loved by the whole family. Cool! 4pm-7pm. Christmas at Plimoth Grist MillPlimoth Grist Mill Plymouth, MA, .
Bright Nights in Springfield
Bright Nights appears to be a drive-through safari, but instead of wild animals, you’re checking out thousands of Holiday lights. And if the website is to be believed, there’s a ‘Dr. Seuss’ land. Bright Nights in SpringfieldForest Park Springfield, MA, .
Holiday Ice Show and Skate
Enjoy this holiday ice show twice as much knowing your donations will be doubled! 2pm. Holiday Ice Show and SkateAmelia Park Ice Arena Westfield, MA, .
Holiday Sounds to Fill Symphony Hall
Several different musical groups and styles come together for one unique holiday concert in Springfield. 2pm. Holiday Sounds to Fill Symphony HallSpringfield Symphony Hall Springfield, MA, .
First Fridays Artswalk and the Christmas Tree Lighting!
It may be cold, but this artswalk features a dozen art shows and a tree lighting! Let’s go! 5-8pm. First Fridays Artswalk and the Christmas Tree Lighting!Upstreet Cultural District Pittsfield, MA, .
Christmas Craft Fair
Here’s a Christmas craft fair and bake sale that may lean toward the religious side of the holiday. It’ll still be delicious though! 9:00am to 5:00pm. Christmas Craft FairSt. Peter and St. Casimir Parish Center Westfield, MA, .
Breakfast with Santa
Here’s a top notch breakfast with Santa, featuring a full buffet, picture and present for each child, face painting, and more! 8:30am & 10:30am. Breakfast with SantaScanlon Banquet Hall, Westfield State University Westfield, MA, .
Pittsfield’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Carols, free hot chocolate, and the jolliest couple from the North Pole await at Pittsfield’s Tree Lighting! 6pm. Pittsfield's Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyPark Square Pittsfield, MA, .
A Christmas Carol: the Musical
This musical version of A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition for many, don’t miss it in Westfield! 7:30pm. A Christmas Carol: the MusicalWestfield Woman’s Club Westfield, MA, .
Bring Pets to Pose with Santa
If your favorite furry friend has a list for Santa, the Auburn Mall has special hours for pets to pose with Santa! 6-8pm. Bring Pets to Pose with SantaThe Auburn Mall Auburn, MA, .
Holidays at Worcester Art Museum
WAM, the Worcester Art Museum, isn’t kidding around. Expanded Cafe Hours, seasonal decorations, changing programming for the kiddies, if you’ve never been, now’s the time to go, and and if you have, why not check out what changed! Holidays at Worcester Art MuseumWorcester Art Museum Worcester, MA, .
Diane Kelley’s Holiday Spectacular
This family friendly holiday show promises to have you singing and dancing days later! They give you hot chocolate too. I’m in! Diane Kelley's Holiday SpectacularHanover Theatre Worcester, MA, .
Christmas at the Museums on the Green
This Christmas at the Museum is a full Colonial extravaganza that lasts a whole week. Check it out! 10-2pm. Christmas at the Museums on the GreenFrancis Wicks House Falmouth, MA, .
Onset Christmas in the Parks
Onset Village has events and treats for kids of all ages at this Christmas event Saturday! 12-3pm. Onset Christmas in the ParksOnset Center Onset, MA, .
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village
From Father Christmas to Santa Claus, Old Sturbridge Village has visitors covered with the full holiday experience, past and present. 4pm. Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge VillageOld Sturbridge Village Sturbridge, 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, .
Polar Express
Relieve the Polar Express as you ride the rails around a Christmas wonderland sipping hot chocolate. Awesome! Polar ExpressConway Scenic Railroad North Conway, NH, .
Santa’s Holiday Express
All aboard Santa’s Holiday Express for hot chocolate, cookies, elves, and one great train ride. Santa's Holiday ExpressConway Scenic Railroad North Conway, NH, .
Christmas at the Newport Mansions
It’s 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, .
Lantern Light Tours
This is a walking play inspired by A Christmas Carol, with small groups making for a truly unique experience. 5pm. Lantern Light ToursMystic Seaport Mystic, CT, .
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Lights & Strikes Chanukkah Party
This Chanukkah party has got bowling and cocktails, and is aimed at the twenty-something crowd. 7:30pm-11pm. Lights & Strikes Chanukkah PartyJillian’s Boston Boston, MA, .
Also Fun
Brookline Arts Center’s Artist Marketplace
Two weekends of art and activities are on deck in Brookline. Have fun and do some holiday shopping! Brookline Arts Center's Artist MarketplaceBrookline Arts Center Brookline, MA, .
The Language of Humanism
Get the whole story on stories themselves – specifically the human storytelling tradition and how it relates to ourselves and our world. 1:30-3:30pm. The Language of HumanismHarvard University Science Center Cambridge, MA, .
Murder Most Medieval
This Murder Most Medieval promises partying like it’s 1399. I’m sold. Can you solve the mystery? 7:30-10pm. Murder Most MedievalElephant & Castle Boston, MA, .
Wrap Around Sale
Help the homeless in Somerville by purchasing handmade goods at this special sale. 1-5pm. Wrap Around SaleNave Gallery (Teele Square) Somerville, MA, .
Creating the Harvard Semitic Museum
Explore the history of the ancient Near East at this 125-year old museum with many amazing artifacts. 10am-4pm. Creating the Harvard Semitic MuseumHarvard Semitic Museum Cambridge, MA, .
International Folk Dance
Here’s a night of international folk dancing hosted by MIT. May I cut in? 8pm. International Folk DanceBuilding W20 Cambridge, MA, .
Boston Turkish Festival: Colors of Anatolia
Here’s a six-week long festival to celebrate the beauty of the Turkish culture. This years theme, ‘Colors of Anatolia’ embodies the diversity and richness of the Turkish culture. There will be something for everyone – art exhibits, musical performances, film screenings and more! Boston Turkish Festival: Colors of AnatoliaVarious Places Boston, MA, .
Saturday Local Artist Market
Spend a Saturday afternoon exploring local art face to face with the artists who make it! 12-4pm. Saturday Local Artist MarketThe Burren Somerville, MA, .
Last Soul Session of the Year
. 7pm. Last Soul Session of the YearEast Meets West Cambridge, MA, .
The Cast of America’s Test Kitchen
America’s Test Kitchen’ is sort of Julia Child for culinarily challenged – they make things simple, and now, they’re answering questions at the Brattle Theatre while promoting The America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook. I need this. I burn cold cereal, and though Al Dente was a weatherman until a week ago. 6pm. The Cast of America's Test KitchenThe Brattle Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Goya – Order and Disorder
A major exhibition of the works of Spanish master Francisco Goya opens this week at the MFA. Don’t miss it! Goya - Order and DisorderMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, .
Science and Cooking 2014 Lecture Series
If they’re going to talk about foams and molecular gastronomy, I am so in. See great chefs and food experts talk about their trade! Science and Cooking 2014 Lecture SeriesHarvard Science Center Cambridge, MA, .
Scene by South Boston Opening Reception
What’s the scene by South Boston? Find out at this opening reception for a new exhibit! 6-8pm. Scene by South Boston Opening ReceptionBoston Convention & Exhibition Center Boston, MA, .
Open Studios Celebration
Here’s another Open Studios event this weekend celebrating 40 years of creativity in Somerville. 2014:12-6pm. Open Studios CelebrationVernon Street Studios Somerville, MA, .
Celebrate Frame the Garden Project
Help support the folks behind a great Bostonian art project with a night of fun, food, and art. 7-10pm. Celebrate Frame the Garden ProjectAbby Lane Food & Spirits Boston, MA, .
Artisan’s Asylum Winter Open Studios
Tour workshops and see demos while keeping an eye open for that perfect holiday gift at this Open Studios. Artisan's Asylum Winter Open StudiosArtisan’s Asylum Somerville, MA, .
Fused Glass- Ornaments
Come make your own festive glass ornaments to brighten up your holiday decorations! No experience necessary. 2pm-4pm. Fused Glass- OrnamentsDiablo Glass School Boston, MA, .
Lights of Hope: Luminaries
Remember a loved one and their fight against cancer at this illuminating and uplifting fundraising event. 6pm-8pm. Lights of Hope: LuminariesGenesis Center, Mill Street Westfield, MA, .
Ross Livermore Band Celebration
Celebrate the culmination of a band’s year long creative project with this show at Great Scott! 8:30pm. Ross Livermore Band CelebrationGreat Scott Allston, MA, .
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow
What makes ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ great? Find out at this one of a kind experience. 8pm. What Makes It Great? with Rob KapilowJordan Hall 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, .
Review: Awake and Sing!
Anyone who has ever dreamt of a brighter future for their family will identify with Awake and Sing! Follow this unique family on their journey to happiness. Review: Awake and Sing!Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre Boston, MA, .
Review: Tale of the Allergist’s Wife
See the tale of an allergist’s wife unfold on stage in…The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Promise it’s better than going to the allergist! Review: Tale of the Allergist's WifeThe Lyric Stage Boston, MA, .
Distant Neighbors
A big backyard fence doesn’t mean much when aliens land in your neighborhood! Distant Neighbors become fast friends (or do they?) in this new production. Distant NeighborsBoston Playwrights’ Theatre Boston, 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, .
Phdre by Jean Racine
A classic Greek tragedy full of drama, lust, passion, and of course, consequences opens Wednesday in Boston! Phdre by Jean RacineFirst Church In Boston Boston, MA, .
Review: The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)
The Musical of Musicals lends from the best of the best to create one amazing show! The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)Boston Center for the Arts’ Plaza Theatre Boston, MA, .
Necessary Monsters
Here’s a darkly humorous look at the human psyche and its often violent tendencies. Interesting! Necessary MonstersCalderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts Boston, MA, .
How the Sith Stole Christmas
Find out how the Sith stole Christmas in this fun musical event fit for the whole family. How the Sith Stole ChristmasCharlestown Working Theater Charlestown, MA, .
A Klezmer ‘Nutcracker’
To call this a holiday mashup doesn’t do it justice. It’s a Klezmer Nutcracker! 3pm. A Klezmer 'Nutcracker'Passim Cambridge, MA, .
Science on Screen? Program
Science on the Screen is back with a night all about aviation – from Airplane! to MIT. 7pm. Science on Screen? ProgramCoolidge Corner Theatre Brookline, MA, .
Review: Arabian Nights: Folk Tales that Inspire & Delight
There is still time to catch the magical tales of Arabian Nights at Central Square Theatre! Don’t miss it. Arabian Nights: Folk Tales that Inspire & DelightCentral Square Theater Cambridge, MA, .
The Sleeprunner
Step into a dynamic dreamworld and see what kind of music, dance, and more await you at The Sleeprunner! 8pm. The SleeprunnerMulticultural Arts Center, 41 Second Street, Cambridge, MA, .
The Little Prince
In this new take on the classic story of the Little Prince, enchanting music and heartfelt lyrics will make you experience the tale like never before. The Little PrinceCharles Mosesian Theater Watertown, MA, .
Meet Me in St. Louis Christmas
Meet Me in St. Louis Christmas. Meet Me in St. Louis ChristmasStoneham Theatre Stoneham, MA, .
SLAM Boston @ Winter Edition
Sixteen plays, ten minutes each, judged by a five member audience panel. Now that’s a slam! SLAM Boston @ Winter EditionBoston Playwrights’ Theatre Boston, MA, .
Magic: The Gathering: The Show
Whether you’ve played Magic: The Gathering or not, a parody improv performance is sure to amaze anyone! 8pm. Magic: The Gathering: The ShowThe Riot Theater Boston, MA, .
Review: The Trip to Bountiful
There is no home like your childhood home. Join one woman on her quest to see it one last time in The Trip to Bountiful. The Trip to BountifulCutler Majestic Theatre Boston, MA, .
The Musical of Musicals: The Musical
The Musical of Musicals: The Musical. The Musical of Musicals: The MusicalPlaza Theater Cambridge, MA, .
13 Things About Ed Carpolotti
A devoted widow starts to question her husband when debtors begin calling in this comic musical. 13 Things About Ed CarpolottiMerrimack Repertory Theater Lowell, MA, .
A Christmas Carol
A celebrated tradition on the North Shore, A Christmas Carol is back for another run starting Friday night. A Christmas CarolNorth Shore Music Theatre Beverly, MA, .
Mystery Dinner Theater
The Shaker Farms Country Club is hosting a night of Mystery Dinner Theater. Can you solve the mystery? 6-10pm. Mystery Dinner TheaterShaker Farms Country Club Westfield, MA, .
Discussion with Holly Bellebuono
Learn all about the world of natural medicine and healing from a woman who lived it! 7:30pm. Discussion with Holly BellebuonoFirst Parish Meeting House Wayland, MA, .
A Christmas Carol
Don’t 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, .
Barefoot In The Park
Here’s a fast-paced and witty romantic play that sounds great for a date night. What are you waiting for? Barefoot In The ParkDowling Theater Providence, RI, .
Winter Celebration
Singing, dancing, lots of storytelling, and a look into the traditions and cultures of Native Americans. 10am-3pm. Winter CelebrationMt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Warner, NH, .
Christmas in Tuscany
Holiday cheer, food, drink, and Santa himself are all part of this Tuscan themed tree lighting! 1pm-7pm. Christmas in TuscanyTuscan Market Salem, NH, .
Wickford Festival of Lights
When a quaint, historic, seaside village has a festival of lights, that’s not a sight to be missed. Don’t forget to stop by Wickford’s this weekend! Wickford Festival of LightsWickford Village Wickford, RI, .
Bowens Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting
Sing Christmas Carols with Frosty the Snowman, Santa, and Mrs. Claus at Newport’s tree lighting Saturday! 4:30-6pm. Bowens Wharf Christmas Tree LightingBowen’s Wharf Newport, RI, .
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
Holiday Lights at Lake CompounceBristol, CT

The park will be covered in lights; thousands of bulbs and spectacular light shows every half hour set to music. A selection of children’s and family rides will be open. Find all “12 Days of Christmas” – 12 light displays throughout the park. Meet Santa!
822 Lake Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010, 860-583-3300. 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
Christmastime at Santa’s VillageJefferson, NH

Come see some Special Shows, great Yuletide Festivities, and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus! Be sure to dress warmly, it’s cold in Northern New Hampshire at Christmastime.
Route 2, 603-586-4445. 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
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge VillageSturbridge, MA

Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). Meet Father Christmas and chat with Santa Claus (bring your camera!). In order to focus on the evening holiday events, Old Sturbridge Village will be closed during the day from December 2-25, 2014. The Village will return to a daytime schedule for its popular school vacation week activities Dec. 26, 2014– Jan. 4, 2015.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, 800-733-1830. more
Holiday Santa Trains/Northern Lights LimitedThomaston, CT

Our evening “Festival of Lights” is both inside and outside the train as we invite children of all ages on a journey to Santa’s Train Workshop, where Santa will board and greet everyone during the hour and a quarter trip with a gift for each child. Mrs. Claus and our elves all join in on the fun along your journey. What a great way to celebrate the holiday spirit this December in Connecticut! Northern Lights tickets are just $25 per person, children 2 and under are free! Groups with 20 or more automatically receive a discount of $1 off per ticket when purchasing online or by phone.
242 E Main Street 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.