Events INSIDER: November 18-26, 2013

Giveaways & Features
DJ Pauly D with DJ Freezy
The Jersey Shore star and 50 Cent prodigy DJ Pauly D was voted #8 Best DJ in America in 2010, and now he comes to Rhode Island! DJ Pauly D with DJ FreezyTwin River Casino Lincoln, RI, .
Win/Review: Arabian Nights
Based on One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of folk tales from the Middle East and Asia, At its heart is the power of the imagination to heal, inspire, and transform. I have a pair of tickets to giveaway (for any show). Email and tell me which show you want to win. Also, click for our review (to come by Nov 20)! Arabian NightsCentral Square Theater Cambridge, MA, .
Win: Speakeasy Circus
Win: I have 2 pairs of tickets give away! Email to win and tell us whether you want the 7:30pm show, the 10pm show, or either. The show date is November 22 that we are giving away. Win: Speakeasy CircusOBERON Cambridge, MA, .
Win/Review: The After-Dinner Joke
Discover the charity of politics with this witty BBC production. I have 2 pairs of tickets to giveaway (to any performance)! Email and tell me which show you want to win. Also click to read our review! Review: The After-Dinner JokeThe Charlestown Working Theatre, 442 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA, .
Win/Review: URO’s Jesus Christ Superstar
Win:1 pair of tickets to giveaway for the Friday 11/22 show! Email to win. Jesus Christ Superstar is a great show, even if you’re not typically a ‘rock opera’ fan. Win: URO Performs: Jesus Christ SuperstarArlington Regent Theater Arlington, MA, .
Win: The Little Princess
This show is family friendly, as you can guess from the title. Sara Crewe, her father, The Captain, his right hand man, Pasko, Aljana, the African nanny and a multicultural cast of characters, are on an uplifting magical, musical adventure, set in Victorian London. I have two pairs of tickets to give away (to any show)! Email and tell me which show you want to win, whether you want one pair or both pairs of tickets. Win: The Little Princess Boston, MA, .
Johnny’s Picks
Silent Disco
Silent Disco doesn’t sound like too much fun… Isn’t the point to hear the cool 70’s music? Maybe I’m wrong, it does support Bay State College and that’s a good thing. You’ll have to check out this student run event for yourself and let us know how great it is! 7pm. Silent DiscoThe Spot Boston Boston, MA, .
Quincy Christmas Lights Festival and Parade
The 60th Annual City of Quincy Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, November 25th beginning at 12:30 p.m. The parade route kicks off at the intersection of Walter Hannon Parkway and Hancock Street and runs up Hancock Street to North Quincy. Quincy Christmas Lights Festival and ParadeHancock Street Quincy, MA, .
The Beehive
What does a beheaded goat have to do with a beehive? It’s a social party with giant bees and dancing for ‘weirdos and radicals’. Oh stop. You had me at weirdos. The BeehiveThe Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave #1A, Somerville, MA, .
Tales of a Wayside Inn Marathon
Come to the historic Wayside Inn for a marathon reading of Longfellow’s acclaimed ‘Tales of a Wayside Inn.’ 11am. Tales of a Wayside Inn MarathonLongfellow’s Wayside Inn Sudbury, MA, .
Super Megafest
Here’s another fan convention, and they claim to be the biggest. I think I believe it because they have a ton of genuine celebrities coming, like guest of honor Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future! 9pm. Super MegafestSheraton Framingham Framingham, MA, .
Historic Thanksgivings at The Old Manse
What was it like for women before dishwashers, microwave ovens, and telling men to fetch their own damn beer? The Old Manse is one of New England’s finer historic home museums, and they’re having a festival with old-timey crafts, music, and animals. Re-enactors tell stories about the life of real women during the Revolutionary War. Reservations are suggested. Historic Thanksgivings at The Old ManseThe Old Manse Concord, MA, .
Musical Chairs World Championship
Thousands of people will play musical chairs, but there can only be one King or Queen, who will win $10,000! 1pm. Musical Chairs World ChampionshipTyngsboro Sports Center Tyngsboro, MA, .
Essex Pride Week
Why can’t more town festivals be like this? It’s really about the community coming together, rather than attracting tourists and getting them to shop. With events like town-wide church bazaars and a Fireman’s Spaghetti dinner, this local event is more down-to-earth than most. Essex Pride WeekVarious Essex, MA, .
America’s Hometown USA Thanksgiving Celebration
Christmas can wait. Is it okay if we celebrate Thanksgiving first? I’ve been to this festival in Plymouth that attracts 125,000. There’s a concert Friday night, a parade, festival, scavenger hunt, and Air Force flyover on Saturday, and a smaller harvest fest Sunday. They’ll also have an encampment of historical re-enactors, the Mayflower II ship, and a ton more. America's Hometown USA Thanksgiving CelebrationAll Over Plymouth, MA, .
Rockland Open Studios
I’d rather go to this open studios, because when you visit real artists homes and work studios, you meet real artists — not just their vendors. So you can ask questions, eat their refreshments, and maybe buy something. 12-5pm. Rockland Open StudiosET Wright Building, 379 Liberty St and The Sandpaper Factory Rockland, MA, .
Greenberg Toy and Train Show – Fall
If you like model trains, you’ll find a bunch, including LEGO dioramas, on display here. Kids under 12 free. Adults just $8. That’s something to CHOO CHOO on. (Get it? Chew on? Hello… ? *crickets* *crickets*) 10am-4pm. Greenberg Toy and Train Show - FallShriner’s Auditorium Wilmington, MA, .
Thanksgiving Harvest Fest and Civil War Encampment
Why can’t all harvest fests be like this? Blacksmithing demos, hay rides, and the World Wood Stacking Competition are just a start! There’s a civil war encampment (a re-enactment), pony rides, and even a Hay Bale Tossing Championship. Plus, the food selection looks AMAZING! Make your trip to Northwest MA a whole weekend trip and see Mass MoCA while you’re nearby! 10am-4pm. Thanksgiving Harvest Fest and Civil War EncampmentRed Apple Farm Phillipston, MA, .
Tellabration 2013
Storytelling isn’t just for kids! This festival brings together performers in what are essentially one-man/one-woman stage shows but the tellers this year are TBA. Anyone who can withstand hearing a few stories should check it out. 7:30pm. Tellabration 2013New Hampshire Technical Institute Library,31 College Drive Concord, NH, .
Find 16 New England Regions on Twitter
Hey! I’ve split my Twitter feed into 17 regions so that you can REALLY get just the events close to home, or pick what you like. Please check it out and add me to a ‘Twitter list’ too (google it). Find 16 New England Regions on Twitter All Over, , .
Get the 2013 New England Guide
Mention my website to friends and get my 2013 New England Guide, with 1,200 off-beat destinations including dinosaur footprints, zoos, ziplines, where to go stargazing, and where to find an indoor water park in December! Get the 2013 New England Guide All Over, , .
Also Fun
Wonderland: 2013 Artists’ Market
These artists don’t just want to show off their crafts, they want you to buy some of their work that is probably winter or christmas themed! They promise unique finds that will dazzle and amaze so check it out for yourself and see if they’re right. I’m pretty sure this will be outdoors in the sculpture park. 10am-5:30pm. Wonderland: 2013 Artists' MarketDeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Lincoln, MA, .
Research Day at Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Flue season is upon us! Join leading doctors and researchers at one of the East Coast’s best hospitals to learn about what you can do to improve your health and the newest advancements in disease control. Research Day at Brigham & Women's HospitalBrighams and Women’s Hospital Boston, MA, .
Helicopters: An Evening of Live Music with Dance
I went to this Day of the Dead location once and it was lackluster. It’s just a very small museum with an ethnic meal that is basically a few cafeteria ladies serving lunch. However this year they’re ditching the kids activites and doing a 21+ evening dance & music performance! 8pm. Helicopters: An Evening of Live Music with DanceMulticultural Arts Center Cambridge, MA, .
Boston International Fine Art Show
Pay just $15 to view hundreds of pieces you cannot afford under any circumstances. Pretend to be really unimpressed and resist the urge to ask someone if they have any Grey Poupon. No, seriously, this is a huge fine art event and it’s awesome. And all proceeds benefit Shriners Hospital for Children Boston, a very worthy cause. Boston International Fine Art ShowBoston Center for the Arts Boston, MA, .
Great American Smokeout
Sometimes all you need is an excuse to stop procrastinating. That’s why the American Cancer Society made the Great American Smokeout, an annual event to encourage people to stop smoking. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any local Boston events this year to celebrate. Great American SmokeoutMIT, Building 13 Lobby Cambridge, MA, .
Remembering JFK: Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the End of John F. Kennedy’s Presidency
This evening of music and reflection is meant to honor the life and death of one of America’s greatest Presidents – John F. Kennedy. U.S. Navy Band Northeast Top Brass Quintet. 6pm. Remembering JFK: Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the End of John F. Kennedy's PresidencyNational Archives Record Center Waltham, MA, .
Belmont World Film’s Family Film Festival
Celebrate Weston Woods Studios’ 60th Anniversary. It’s not just a film fest for kids, it’s also free cake and performances, yum! They’ll also have talented father/daughter duo Rebecca and Ed Emberley. Belmont World Film's Family Film FestivalStudio Cinema Belmont, MA, .
Brickbottom Open Studios
Did you know that Somerville has more artists per capita than every other city in the country, except New York? See what some of them are up to at this open studios event. Union Square has become a new hot spot, so bring friends. Brickbottom Open StudiosUnion Square Cambridge, MA, .
Full Moon Owl Prowl
I love this!! Go on a tour at night in this wildlife park and spot some real owls in their natural habitat. It’s going to be a HOOT! (heh heh, get it — hoot? Get it? *tap tap* is this thing on?) 7:30pm. Full Moon Owl ProwlBroadmoor Natick, MA, .
Nocturnal Night at Animal Adventures
My first thought when finding this was, Where the hell is Bolton? It’s off 495, north of Framingham. There’s a zoo there and they’re doing a night program that includes the feeding of alligators and a large snake! Reserve in advance. 7-8:30pm. Nocturnal Night at Animal Adventures Bolton, MA, .
Greetings from Peabody: The Art of Greeting Cards and Postcards
Discover what makes a great greeting card. You’ll see cartoonish historical cards from the 1930’s and 1940’s along with elaborate ones from the Victorian era. See what tricks are still used today to make a great greeting! 1-3pm. Greetings from Peabody: The Art of Greeting Cards and PostcardsCassidy Museum Peabody, MA, .
Owl Prowl at Fort Refuge
Awesome owl events just keep coming. ‘Owl’ see you there! Ha ha ha. Get it? ‘Owl’…? Hello…? Is this thing on? (tap tap tap) 7-9pm. Owl Prowl at Fort RefugeFort Nature Refuge North Smithfield, RI, .
Watchemoket Cove Waterfowl
Visit a winter shelter for a variety of different birds. They’ll also travel down a bike path in search of other birds so don’t forget your binoculars! This would be a great family event, get the kids out from behind the tv and out into nature! 9am. Watchemoket Cove WaterfowlVeterans Memorial Boulevard East Providence, RI, .
New Bedford Open Studios
New Bedford is also having an open studios. Walk around town and meet real artists in their private homes and studios, not just vendors. And you can check out the Whaling Museum while you’re there. New Bedford Open Studios New Bedford, MA, .
Thanksgiving Weekends at OSV
You should never need an excuse to visit my favorite re-enactment museum, Old Sturbridge Village, which is holding some authentic 1830s style Thanksgiving dinners. There’s also a shooting match and an 1830s wedding. Thanksgiving Weekends at OSV Sturbridge, MA, .
Dedication: Sarah Josepha Hale Memorial Park
Newport, NH has a new addition to town, a park dedicated to education advocate Sarah Josepha Hale. History buff’s will appreciate this timely event as Mrs. Hale’s crowning achievement was establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday! 3pm. Dedication: Sarah Josepha Hale Memorial ParkRichards Free Library Newport, NH, .
Turkey Trot 5K
You’ll feel good eating all that turkey knowing you ran a 5k the week before. Although it would be better if it was on Thanksgiving… then you could really eat all the turkey! In addition to giving awards to the fastest runners, there is also one for the brightest outfit (it is hunting season afterall!). Turkey Trot 5KRailroad Depot, Railroad Ave Wolfeboro, NH, .
Wolf Hollow Half Marathon, Relay, & 5K
A beautiful scenic run on a shaded course in Mine Fall Park will make the miles fly by! They’ll have plenty of post race refreshments also. YUM! 9am. Wolf Hollow Half Marathon, Relay, & 5KStellos Stadium, Riverside Drive Nashua, NH, .
Ho Ho Holidays
First Light Festival
Town-wide holiday nights are a dime a dozen, and are usually just ploys to get you to shop. At least this one features a variety of performances and a reading by local authors at Brookline Booksmith. 5-8pm. First Light FestivalWashington Square and Various Shops Brookline, MA, .
BLINK! At Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Talk about Xmas bombardment! The lights will be on through January 5th but the fun gets going on November 23rd with all day fun with various musical and dance performances. 12pm for 11/23 day long event, lights will be on every night after through 1/5. BLINK! At Faneuil Hall MarketplaceFaneuil Hall Boston, MA, .
Christopher Columbus Park Holiday Trellis Lighting
Because of commerce, there’s no putting off Xmas. However, I promise to only write about REAL EVENTS, not every high school that throws together some craft show. No description, but expect Santa, ‘performers’, they flick a switch and a tree lights up… hot chocolate and singing… dusk. Christopher Columbus Park Holiday Trellis LightingChristopher Columbus Park Boston, MA, .
Santa Paws & Grinch Photos
Do police dogs need a bulletproof vest? I suppose that depends on how likely a police dog is to be shot. What do I google to learn that? Well, this Santa Claus fundraiser helps dogs that (maybe) need it. Santa Paws & Grinch PhotosCanton, Lakeville, Medway Canton, 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, .
Methuen Santa Parade
It’s music, the mayor, hot chocolate, and of course Santa, too. I love parades! It’s more creative and less commercial than the usual merchant holiday affairs. 1pm. Methuen Santa ParadePelham Street Methuen, MA, .
Haverhill VFW Santa Parade
I’m not a Christian, but everybody loves Santa when the Veterans of Foreign Wars club hosts a parade. Sit on Santa’s lap and hear him say you’ll have to be VERY good this year to get Justin Bieber in your stocking. 1pm. Haverhill VFW Santa ParadeHaverhill Town Center Haverhill, 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, .
The Polar Express at Edaville USA
One of several Polar Express-themed train rides opens this weekend. It’s just a regular train ride where you wear pajamas, drink hot chocolate, and hear a reading and singing. But kids might really love it, especially if they’re fans of the book or movie. The Polar Express at Edaville USAEdaville USA Carver, MA, .
Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire
Ride a pony and explore the magical gnome cave? This sounds like quite a crafts fair, in a season where there are a LOT of crafts fairs. Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday FaireMeadowbrook Waldorf School West Kingston, RI, .
Christmas at the Newport Mansions
These mansions always managed to spook me a little so I’m not too sure about celebrating christmas there. That being said I’m sure it will be beautiful, especially when they’re decked out in lights and thousands of decorations. Admission to all three decorated mansions is $28 for adults and $9 for kids 6 and older. Christmas at the Newport MansionsVarious Places Newport, RI, .
The Gift of Lights
I’m not a Christian, but I do love these Xmas nighttime attractions of lights. This is one of the largest displays of holiday lights in New England. The Gift of Lights Loudon, NH, .
Portsmouth, NH Holiday Arts Tour
Portsmouth, NH is having open studios as well, but by adding the name ‘holiday’ they’re hoping you think Xmas and buy buy buy some artwork. It’s only a tour in the sense that you can tour around to each location using your little feet. Portsmouth, NH Holiday Arts TourVarious locations Portsmouth, NH, .
Bektash Feztival of Trees
Games for kids will be happening while you participate in the auction of beautifully decorated trees. Of course, Santa will be there and you can grab some refreshments at their Candy Cane Cafe. This event runs through December 1st but the silent auction ends November 30th so don’t wait too long! Bektash Feztival of TreesBektash Shrine Center Concord, NH, .
Christmastime at Santa’s Village
This is where Christmas memories that last a lifetime are made. They have 14 different rides including a carousel and bumper cars. This year they’ve added a 3-D movie. Christmastime at Santa's Village Jefferson, NH, .
Review: The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer
This political thriller occurs during the AIDS crisis in NY. Sounds interesting but sad. Review: The Normal Heart by Larry KramerThe Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theater Boston, MA, .
Review: The Turn of the Screw
Do you ever wonder how much control we have over our imagination and subconscious? What if we see ghosts no matter what we tell ourselves to think? Click for our review of this show! Review: The Turn of the ScrewGibson House Museum 137 Beacon Street and Taylor House Bed & Breakfast 50 Burroughs Street Boston, MA, .
Review: Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind
Find out why the rarest commodity of all may be human interaction! Review: Kurt Vonnegut's Make Up Your MindBoston Center for the Arts Boston, MA, .
The How and the Why: A Site Specific Production
Explore the difficult choices women of all ages have to make. This play is site specific, in an office at Harvard University and in the basement of the Harvard Square Tasty Burger. The How and the Why: A Site Specific ProductionThe Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, .
Review: From White Plains
Take an in depth look at the pasts of four male individuals – some straight, some gay, all of whom have past demons they need to face before moving forward in life. the play also becomes a thoughtful meditation on pride, shame, and the dynamics of love and sexual identity. Click for our review (to come by November 20). From White PlainsChelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea, MA, .
Wedding Band: A Love-Hate Story in Black and White
Talented actors who has won awards such as Boston’s Best in 2012 and have starred on shows like CSI Miami join forces to perform a story of inter-racial love in the south in 1962. Wedding Band: A Love-Hate Story in Black and WhiteLoeb Drama Center Cambridge, MA, .
NEXT BIG THING reading by Terry Kitchen
Boston 80’s rocker (Loose Ties) Terry reads from his novel ‘The Next Big Thing’. NEXT BIG THING reading by Terry KitchenTrident Booksellers and Cafe Boston, MA, .
Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
Well I think everyone and their mother has seen, read, or starred in The Importance of Being Earnest but that doesn’t mean you can’t see it again! Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest'Boston Center For the Arts Boston, MA, .
CAMELOT: New Rep’s Revival For A New Generation
Camelot is a story many are familiar with but not many have seen. It’s great because it has something for everyone – a love story for the gals and the tumultous struggle for political power for the guys. This show runs through December 22nd but don’t wait that long to get your tickets! CAMELOT: New Rep's Revival For A New GenerationCharles Mosesian Theatre, Arsenal Center for the Arts Watertown, MA, .
Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration
A great lineup of talented Jazz musiscians to celebrate Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday. Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday CelebrationSymphony Hall Boston, MA, .
Cafe Raqs
Celebrate the beauty of bellydance and Tribal dance at this dance showcase. The fourth Sunday of every month will feature talent from all over New England along with some relatively new dancers looking to get out on the scene. 7-9pm. Cafe RaqsThe Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave #1A, Somerville, MA, .
Suffolk University welcomes back the Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation, Madrid’s premiere presenters of flamenco and flamenco fusion, for an exhilarating night of dance and music. TemplanzaSuffolk University’s Modern Theatre Boston, MA, .
Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert
I think Jazz is making a comeback! See what Gordon College has to offer to the comeback of Jazz at their Fall Concert. It’ll have a fun mix of old and new along with various intrumental solo performances. 8pm. Jazz Ensemble Fall ConcertGordon College Music Department Wenham, MA, .
A Night to Remember: Dementia Benefit Concert
I have NO idea what’s going down at ‘Dementia Concert’ but I DO want to see it! A Night to Remember: Dementia Benefit ConcertJohn M. Greene Hall Northampton, MA, .
Emilie: La Marquise Du Chtelet Defends Her Life Tonight
WAM Theater in Pittsfield will be performing Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson. A play that is described as fiercely inquisitive and joyfully sexy’ sounds like a fun date night or maybe even a girls night out event! What’s also great about WAM is that they will be having an ASL show and also donates a portion of proceeds to an organization that benefits women and girls. Emilie: La Marquise Du Chtelet Defends Her Life TonightSydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center Pittsfield, MA, .
Mark Russell on the Laughter of Politics
Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to joke and sing of the often absurd political process. 7:30pm. Mark Russell on the Laughter of PoliticsMark Twain House Hartford, CT, .
Fantasy of Lights
Another light spectacle to start off the Holiday season. This one is cool because they give you 3-D glasses so you can better appreciate the lights. Fantasy of LightsLighthouse Point Park New Haven, CT, .
Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios Weekend
Instead of the yellow brick road… follow the yellow open studio signs! They’ll be your guide to the beautiful art that various towns in CT have to offer. After 11 years Shoreline seems to have perfected the Open Studio experience and allows visitors to truly bond with artists. 10am-4pm. Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios WeekendVarious places in Branford, Guilford, and Madison, CT Guilford, CT, .
UBS Parade Spectacular
Who knew? Downtown Stamford, CT is the location of one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country. This year they’ll be joined by Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team from America’s Got Talent! 12pm. UBS Parade SpectacularStamford Downtown: Summer to Broad to Atlantic Streets Stamford, CT, .
Jeff Dunham’s ‘Disorderly Conduct’ Tour
Jeff Dunham and his gagle of puppets will have your rolling on the floor laughing. This guy is a pro and has been doing ventriloquism since he was a kid. He’s worth the trek up to Maine. Jeff Dunham's 'Disorderly Conduct' TourCross Insurance Center Bangor, ME, .
Sugarloaf Mountain Tentative Opening Day
Let ski and snowboard season begin! Hopefully it’s a long a prosperous one. Needless to say this event is tentative and dependent on the weather. Be sure to check their website before packing up your skis. Sugarloaf Mountain Tentative Opening DaySugarloaf Mountain Carrabassett Valley, ME, .
Kora Shriner’s FEZtival of Trees
There will be an excess of 60 display trees, a craft fair, a silent auction and of course the kitchen will be open. And yes, Santa will be putting in an appearance. It’s only $2 for adults. Kora Shriner's FEZtival of Trees Lewiston, ME, .
Wagon Ride Weekends at Billings Farm & Museum
This event is probably best for kids and true animal lovers. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather with a wagon ride before its too cold. There’s also an operating dairy farm and farm life exhibit so be sure to check those out too! Wagon Ride Weekends at Billings Farm & MuseumBillings Farm and Museum Woodstock, VT, .
National Theatre Live – Macbeth
A new take on this Shakespear classic with Kevin Branagh as the title role. Manchester International Festivals production of Macbeth will be featured on Woodstock’s biggest screen. 11/17 and 11/24 at 7:30pm. National Theatre Live - MacbethWoodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Grn, Woodstock, VT, .
Craft Vermont Annual Show
This seems like one of the better juried craft shows happening this season. It’s got holiday events like a tree lighting, food, music, demonstrations, and high-quality handmade goods. Don’t forget to bring a canned good to donate to the Vermont Food Bank! Craft Vermont Annual ShowSheraton Conference Center Burlington, VT, .
Xmas Light Displays & Santa Events
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Edaville Railroad’s Christmas Festival of LightsCarver, MA

2013. The biggest and best “holiday lights” display in New England is quite non-religious, with Santa letting kids sit on his lap but also plenty of generic fare like Frosty the Snowman and a tip of the hat to Hannukah. They have a train ride, ferris wheel, carousel, and other rides, with 7 million lights. Tons of fun even for adults! Begins as early as November 22! Whoa. Mon-Fri 4-9pm, Sat-Sun 2-9pm.
Pine Street, 877-EDAVILLE. more
Enchanted Village at Jordan’s FurnitureAvon, MA

2013. Free! It’s a 1958 Jordan Marsh display that’s been restored to health by Jordan’s Furniture. Website is unclear for how long the display goes. Santa will be on hand every day; see the website for specific times.
Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Dr more
Christmas at the Newport MansionsNewport, RI

2013. The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House will be decorated in period detail for the holidays and open daily for tours. On Christmas Eve, the last tour begins at 4pm. Houses are closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Various locations more
Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayLoudon, NH

Drive more than two miles in your car past 2.5 million lights in 400 displays. Santa’s Village, costumed characters, free s’mores, arctic village. 2012: Monday-Thursday: 4:30pm-9pm, Friday-Saturday & holidays: 4:30pm-10pm; Sunday: 4:30pm-9pm.
1122 Route 106 North, 603-783-4931. more
Santa’s Village Christmas MagicJefferson, NH

Lights display, Santa, reindeer, rides. Days & Eves. Special New Years event 12/31. Nov. 24, Plus all Sundays in Dec., except 29th: 11 am 6 pm; Nov. 23, 29, 30, Plus all Satudays in Dec., except 28th: 11 am to 7 pm.
Route 2, 603-586-4445. more
Polar ExpressNorth Conway, NH

This is a Polar Express-themed train ride that ends with a reading of the book at the “North Pole Theater.” Tickets available for the Lincoln ride only. North Conway: First tour starts at 4:30 pm, and the second tour starts at 7:00 pm.North Conway: November 29 – December 1 (Afternoon Show ONLY), December 6-8, December 12-15, December 20-22; Lincoln: November 29 & 30, December 1 (Afternoon Show ONLY), December 6 & 7, December 8 (Afternoon Show ONLY), December 13-15, December 20 & 21, December 22 (Afternoon Show ONLY).
Horse and Wagon Rides at the Rocks EstateBethlehem, NH

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

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

Sunday to Thursday- 5:00-9:00 pm, Friday to Saturday- 5:00-10:00 pm.
Light House Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road, 203-777-2000. more
WinterFest at Connecticut Trolley MuseumEast Windsor, CT

Trolley ride through holiday lights, sing-along carols and meet Santa. Friday-Sunday 5-9pm. After December 25th: 6-pm.
58 North Road, 860-627-6540. more
That House in MilfordMilford, CT

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

The lights will be on Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm and Sunday 5:30 pm-9:30 pm. This year they’ll also be collecting donations for the Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Waitsfield’s Grand IlluminationWaitsfield, VT

Begins daily at dusk. The whole town lights up, including the oldest, still-functioning covered bridge in VT.
Townwide more