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Calendar of seasonal family fun and kids events happening in Boston and nearby suburbs - lots of fun things to do.

Hampton Beach Fireworks 2023New Hampshire, Free
Sun, May 28, 2023  -  Sun, December 31, 2023   
Fireworks are held weekly every Wednesday during the summer, on the beach at the top of B and C Streets, beside the Atlantic Ocean. Bring a blanket and the whole family to experience the magic of the night sky lit by a display of beautiful fireworks.
Boston Landing Free Events & ActivitiesBoston, Free
Thu, July 20, 2023  -  Sat, December 2, 2023   
Boston Landing in Brighton is bringing events back to the local community, its tenants, and residents that include a bi-weekly open market, monthly movie nights, Live at the Landing Music Events, and seasonal parties including a summer lawn party, fall crawl, and holiday...
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Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops with fr-ee photos with SantaFoxboro, Free
Sat, November 4, 2023  -  Sun, December 24, 2023   
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is proud to invite families to the beloved tradition of visiting Santa Claus this holiday season during the annual Santa’s Wonderland experience.
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Christmas Festival of Lights: Edaville USACarver, $$
Thu, November 9, 2023  -  Sun, December 31, 2023   
Hop on board and make the holidays really special. Hundreds of lights surround you on this magical train ride. Come enjoy one of New England's largest display of holiday lighting.
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Enchanted Village: Jordan's Furniture AvonAvon, $
Fri, November 10, 2023  -  Mon, January 1, 2024   
Enjoy Boston's historic Enchanted Village, now on view at Jordan's Furniture in Avon. Jordan’s Furniture purchased the surviving pieces of the Enchanted Village at auction and restored the vintage collection to its...
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Snowport - Boston Seaport's Winter Wonderland, Holiday Market & MoreBoston
Fri, November 10, 2023  -  Sun, February 25, 2024   
Seaport is dressed in its wintry best, with holiday shopping, rooftop igloos, outdoor fun & games, plus a few festive surprises, Seaport style. Find gifts, treats, and plenty of surprises in this one-stop wonderland...
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Holiday Zoolights: Stone Zoo 2023Stoneham, $
Fri, November 17, 2023  -  Sun, January 7, 2024   
This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights.
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Holidays at the Newport MansionsRhode Island, $$$
Sat, November 18, 2023  -  Mon, January 1, 2024   
Surround yourself with the magic of the Newport Mansions during the holiday season! See The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms in all their festive finery – a beloved Newport tradition.
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Bright Nights at Forest Park Holiday LightsWestern Mass, $
Wed, November 22, 2023  -  Mon, January 1, 2024   
Bright Nights in Springfield, Massachusetts brings you New England's largest holiday lighting display. Enjoy the wonders of Seuss Land, Jurassic World, Toy Land, North Pole Village, and many more from the comfort of...
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La Salette Festival of Holiday LightsAttleboro, Free
Thu, November 23, 2023  -  Mon, January 1, 2024   
This is one of the most beloved and popular Christmas displays in the state. Over 300,000 lights are spread over 10 acres of winter wonderland. The event is held at The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, so many...
The Train to Christmas Town on Cape Cod Central RailroadBuzzards Bay, $$
Fri, November 24, 2023  -  Thu, December 21, 2023   
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ trip to meet Santa.
Visit Santa At The Shore Line Trolley MuseumConnecticut, $
Fri, November 24, 2023  -  Sat, December 23, 2023   
Come join us for a jolly good time at The Shore Line Trolley Museum. Take a trolley ride to find Santa Claus himself waiting for you on his very own magical trolley car.
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Festival of Trees and Snow Village at Mass Hort SocietyWellesley, $$
Fri, November 24, 2023  -  Fri, December 29, 2023   
Mass Hort Society’s Festival of Trees showcases over 65 beautifully decorated trees, raffle, and features Snow Village― a magical exhibit of model trains, holiday villages, Fenway Park, Beacon Hill.
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Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge VillageSturbridge, $
Fri, November 24, 2023  -  Sat, December 30, 2023   
Come experience the history of Christmas festivities at Old Sturbridge Village. Relish old traditions and create new ones as you watch demonstrations of classic Christmas.
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Winter Lights at Naumkeag, The Bradley Estate & Stevens CoolidgeCanton, $$
Fri, November 24, 2023  -  Sat, January 6, 2024   
This holiday season, three of our beautiful garden properties sparkle with thousands of shimmering, artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the whole family for a magical, fun, and safe outdoor experience – with food,...
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Gardens Aglow - A Celebration of Holiday LightsSandwich, $$
Fri, November 24, 2023  -  Sat, December 23, 2023   
Gardens Aglow is an event that has become a treasured holiday tradition. The experience features beautiful light displays throughout the gardens, festive seasonal décor, and fun activities for all.
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SoWa Winter Festival & Holiday MarketBoston, $
Fri, November 24, 2023  -  Sun, December 17, 2023   
From the fashionably chic to the hip and cutting edge, shoppers are sure to find an original gift for everyone on their list at the Annual SoWa Holiday Market. Featuring 80 juried artists and designers from around New...
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Winterlights at Naumkeag, The Stevens-Coolidge Place, & Eleanor Bradley Estate3 Locations, $$
Fri, November 24, 2023  -  Sat, January 6, 2024   
This holiday season, the iconic gardens at two of our most cherished historic homes are being brought to life with thousands of festive and shimmering lights in spectacular, custom-designed light installations.
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Ice Skating On Frog Pond 2023-224 Season (Hours, Admission, & Info)Boston, $$
Mon, November 27, 2023  -  Fri, March 8, 2024   
A hopping spot for ice-skating is Frog Pond on the Boston Common. Frog Pond has its own ice-making system and also offers skate rentals and hot cocoa at the Pond Cottage.
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Emerald Glow at Charlesgate: LED Trees in GreenBoston, Free
Thu, November 30, 2023  -  Sun, March 31, 2024   
In conjunction with the annual holiday tree lighting on Boston Common and the tree lighting along Commonwealth Avenue Mall, for the third year, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy will bring light to Charlesgate Park by...
Light Up Seaport 2023Boston, Free
Today  -  Fri, December 1, 2023   
Get ready to get your holly jolly on. Celebrate the season in Seaport on with holiday tunes, a celeb appearance by Betty the Yeti, and more.
Holiday BricktacularSomerville, $$
Today  -  Sun, December 31, 2023   
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at LEGO® Discovery Center Boston! Enjoy seasonal build activities, holiday themes throughout the Center and much more including: Build a LEGO ornament to hang on our tree!
Plymouth Tree Lighting, Santa & Winter Lights 5KPlymouth, Free
Join us in coming together as a community for the annual tree-lighting event taking place in Downtown Plymouth on the lawn of the Town Hall!
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Festival of Lights, WorcesterWorcester, $
Today  -  Tue, February 28, 2023   
Light sculptures and installations will be on view in Worcester’s Downtown and Main South neighborhoods starting December 3. Displays will be illuminated after sundown each evening.
Visit With Santa - In Person! (DECEMBER 2023 Appointments)Amherst, $
Today  -  Sat, December 23, 2023   
Santa is coming to town! Visit Yankee Candle Village (Santa's home away from home) for a magical experience and in person visit. December appointment is now open!
Generals Park Ice Skating RinkQuincy, Free
Today  -  Fri, December 1, 2023   
Come skate for free at Quincy's Outdoor Ice Skating Rink from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week beginning Friday, December 1st through Sunday, February 25th.
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Flashlight Candy Cane HuntLincoln, Free
It is rumored that there will be hundreds of candy canes hidden around Pierce Park, so grab your flashlight and join us as we search for the hidden treats.
Picture Your Pet with SantaBoston, $
Today  -  Fri, December 1, 2023   
Bring in your pet for the timeless holiday tradition of taking a photo with Santa! Sweet treats provided for pets and human companions alike. Photos are delivered in print and over email.
Christmas at the Old ManseConcord, $
Today  -  Sun, December 31, 2023   
Step back in time and explore The Old Manse, decorated for the holiday season, and learn how its residents created new traditions and ways to celebrate Christmas.
Deck The Halls Holiday CelebrationGloucester, $
Today  -  Sun, December 31, 2023   
Savor the spirit of the holidays by exploring the Castle, replete with Christmas Trees in nearly every room, numerous wreaths and candlelight throughout. See you there!
Haverhill Christmas StrollHaverhill, Free
Today  -  Fri, December 1, 2023   
Kickoff the holiday season at the Haverhill Christmas Stroll on Friday, December 1st from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Enjoy the magic of the season.
The Enchanted VillageAvon, Free
Today  -  Mon, January 1, 2024   
This new Enchanted Village attraction is a beautiful wooden structure that’s about 72 feet long by 16.5 feet wide for a quick gliding ride. It’s a fun experience for the whole family.
Framingham Holiday Tree Lighting & Block PartyFramingham, Free
Enjoy free hot cocoa and treats, music, a story walk, free books, and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected sometime after 6:15 pm. Tree lighting takes place at 7:30pm.
Christmas In MetroWest - Family Tree FarmNatick, Free
Sat, December 2, 2023  -  Sat, December 2, 2023   
Join us for a festive celebration at the Natick Common! Christmas in MetroWest is the perfect event to kick off the holiday season with your family.
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ICS's Polar Express Ride 2023 - SOLD OUTNewburyport, $$$
Sat, December 2, 2023   
The Annual ICS Polar Express will leave Newburyport Train Station for the North Pole ......Enjoy a wonderful evening train ride, a sea of elves, and of course, Santa himself! This adventure is our rendition of the...
Natick Tree LightingNatick, Free
Sat, December 2, 2023   
Tree lighting features crafts, caroling, a visit from Santa, and more, on the Natick Town Common from 2 to 5. Enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, and music in various shops in Natick Center.
Annual Candlelight Stroll at Strawberry BankeNew Hampshire, $$
Sat, December 2, 2023  -  Sun, December 17, 2023   
Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times
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Sudbury Holiday VillageSudbury, Free
Sat, December 2, 2023   
Come to Sudbury Town Center to enjoy live music, a winter gift market, comfort food, festivities & games.
Reading Festival of TreesReading, $
Sat, December 2, 2023  -  Sun, December 3, 2023   
Reading Education Foundation 21st annual event, featuring a wonderland of decorated, donated trees. Enjoy the magic and maybe win one. Entertainment all weekend! Food trucks outside. Money supports local school initiatives.
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Holiday Hay Bale Tree Lighting at Powisset FarmDover, Free
Sat, December 2, 2023  -  Sat, December 2, 2023   
Get into the holiday spirit at Powisset Farm as we celebrate the season with our annual holiday haybale tree lighting! Gather around a fire pit, enjoy the Solstice  Story walk, wish our...
9th Annual Union Square Holiday StrollSomerville, Free
Sat, December 2, 2023  -  Sat, December 2, 2023   
A celebration of Union Square sparkle, discovery, and delight that is sure to jumpstart your holiday shopping and get you exploring all that the Square has to offer!
Boston Landing Holiday StrollBoston, Free
Sat, December 2, 2023   
Take a trip down Candy Cane Lane with us! From pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Clause to carolers & hot cocoa, Boston Landing will be the setting of a true traditional winter wonderland!
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Photos with Santa at Faneuil Hall MarketplaceBoston
Sat, December 2, 2023  -  Sat, December 16, 2023   
Celebrate the season and get your photo with Santa at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Let the big man in red know what you are wishing for for Christmas and enjoy the ambiance of the beautiful tree.
Cape Cod Children's Museum Holiday Fest and Visit with SantaMashpee, $$
Sun, December 3, 2023  -  Sun, December 3, 2023   
Join us at the Cape Cod Children's Museum Holiday Fest and Visit with Santa for a jolly good time! Dancers, Crafts, Photo Ops, Rudolph & Co.
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Jingle All the Way to Holidays on the GreenPlymouth, Free
Sun, December 3, 2023  -  Sun, December 3, 2023   
The ever-popular Reindog Parade is back for another year of costumed canines and tail-wagging good times. Dogs from all over New England will be dressed in their best festive holiday apparel to participate in the...
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Winter Wonderland at Verrill FarmConcord
Sun, December 3, 2023  -  Sun, December 3, 2023   
Join us on Sunday, December 3rd from 11am-4pm for a fun filled family day including wreath decorating, kids activities, s'mores and more, all while enjoying True West Beer and their tasty food -- did someone say Mac &...
Sensory-Friendly Winter Wonderland in Randolph!Randolph, Free
Mon, December 4, 2023  -  Mon, December 4, 2023   
Snowflakes, Santa hats, and twinkling lights - oh my! Bundle up and join Bierman Autism Centers in Randolph for a sensory-friendly soirée where every holiday takes center stage.
Winter Workshop: Snow GlobesActon
Wed, December 6, 2023  -  Wed, December 6, 2023   
Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum for families that blends science, nature, and play. Advance reservations are required to visit the museum. Visit to learn more.
Merry MoakleyBoston, Free
Thu, December 7, 2023  -  Thu, December 7, 2023   
Join us for a family-friendly evening of festive fun with pizza, music, hot cocoa, crafts, free books, photos, games, and more.
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Annual USS Constitution Tree LightingCharlestown, Free
Fri, December 8, 2023   
The free on-ship tree-lighting event will include a visit and photo opportunities with Santa Claus, free hot chocolate and cookies, holiday music, ship tours, and remarks from the ship’s commanding officer.
Pastries & Play with Santa 2023Newton, $$
Sat, December 9, 2023  -  Sat, December 9, 2023   
Bring the kids to play, enjoy pastries from Tatte Bakery, sip lattes, take pictures with Santa, and enjoy a Christmas story with Mrs. Claus! See you there!
Jingle Jam: Free, Festive Christmas FunWatertown, Free
Sat, December 9, 2023  -  Sat, December 9, 2023   
Come join Jingle Jam, a jolly, no-cost Christmas extravaganza filled with festive fun, where you can celebrate the holiday season in person! See you there!
A Taste of WinterBrighton, $
Sat, December 9, 2023  -  Sat, December 9, 2023   
Presented in partnership with Brighton Gourmet & Cellar, this cozy celebration of winter will features winter ales, craft beer, wine, and comfort food from Allston-Brighton’s best businesses and chefs, and to enjoy festive music.
Visit with Santa at Little WanderersFall River, $$
Sat, December 9, 2023  -  Sat, December 9, 2023   
A sensory friendly visit with Santa at Little Wanderers Sensory Play. It's a play and visit event! Bring your kids and let them experience the fun of this season!
Cozy and Bright PJ Party NightNewton, $$
Sat, December 9, 2023  -  Sat, December 9, 2023   
Dawn your most festive holiday pajamas, sip on a cup of cheer, and be one of the first to experience a Friendly Function at The Friendly Toast this holiday season.
Holiday Craftstravaganza Children's Drop-Off ProgramDover, $
Sat, December 9, 2023  -  Sat, December 9, 2023   
Do holiday preparations have you feeling a little or a lot fa-la-la-frazzled? Would you love a few extra hours to shop, wrap presents, clean, or just relax?
Winter Photos with Santa and ElsaWestwood, $
Sun, December 10, 2023  -  Sun, December 10, 2023   
Santa and Queen Elsa will be in Westwood to greet families, take photos and spread some winter magic. Each child will also receive a candy cane!
A Night in BethlehemLeominster, Free
Sun, December 10, 2023  -  Sun, December 10, 2023   
A hands on experience for children! Travel back in time and celebrate the birth of Jesus with fun, kid-friendly activities. Recommended for Pre-K through Grade 5.
Lamplighter's Ugly Sweater PartyCambridge, Free
Fri, December 15, 2023  -  Fri, December 15, 2023   
It's the frumpiest, most festive time of year! Lamplighter's annual Ugly Sweater party. Get cozy with us in your holiday sweater best. So come one come all to this seasonal celebration.
Hanukkah Party Night of LightsNewton, $$
Sat, December 16, 2023  -  Sat, December 16, 2023   
Come play, eat snacks, enjoy special music, hear a story reading all about Hanukkah, and do fun activities to celebrate a night of lights! Join us for a spectacular 'Night of Lights'!
Cookies & Cocoa with the ClausesGreat Barrington, $
Sat, December 16, 2023  -  Sat, December 16, 2023   
Join the Clauses at Crissey Farm in Great Barrington for your new favorite holiday tradition in the Berkshires. Get your tickets and let Crissey Farm be a part of your family holiday magic.
Kid's Holiday PartyMashpee, $
Sun, December 17, 2023  -  Sun, December 17, 2023   
Join us for an afternoon of festive fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy decorating their sugar cone holiday trees while snacking on popcorn and hot cocoa.
The Polar Express at Wachusett MountainPrinceton, Free
Sun, December 17, 2023  -  Sun, December 17, 2023   
What do Wachusett Mountain, Santa, and Saint Bernards all have in common? They all love winter! Get a photo for the Christmas card with Santa, or the big loveable dogs!
Winter Solstice Celebration 2023Westwood, Free
Thu, December 21, 2023  -  Thu, December 21, 2023   
Join us as we celebrate the season on the first day of winter. With a roaring fire and hot chocolate and cookies to share, we'll mark the start of winter and celebrate the holiday season.
Caroling and CocoaStoughton, $
Thu, December 21, 2023  -  Thu, December 21, 2023   
Join us for an evening of merry caroling and delicious cocoa, where we'll sing our hearts out and warm our souls with hot chocolate. Get into the festive spirit!
Toysinbox Holiday Season 3D Printing ShowWellesley
Sat, December 23, 2023  -  Sat, December 23, 2023   
Come and enjoy the holiday season 3D printing fun! It is a family-friendly, 6-day event designed to educate and inspire K-12 students and is geared towards hands-on activities and demonstrations. Take home what you make!
Frozen Fire Festival 2023Salem, $$$
Tue, December 26, 2023  -  Mon, January 1, 2024   
Inspired by the City of Salem's creative culture, the stunning downtown Charlotte Forten Park will be transformed into the annual Frozen Fire Festival – a must-see experience for all ages.
New Year's Eve Family Lane PartiesTewksbury, $$$
Sun, December 31, 2023  -  Sun, December 31, 2023   
Ring in the New Year throughout the day with a lane party. Our New Year's Eve Family Lane Parties are perfect for those who don't want to stay up late.
Bessie’s Rockin’ Noon Year’s EveActon
Sun, December 31, 2023  -  Sun, December 31, 2023   
Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum for families that blends science, nature, and play. Advance reservations are required to visit the museum. Visit to learn more.
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Revere Beach Winter WonderlandRevere, Free
Sat, February 3, 2024   
Join us for a 'Winter Wonderland' as we bring ice sculptures to created by world-class artists to Revere Beach. Enjoy a day of festive cheer with activities such as hot chocolate tastings, shopping at our Winter...
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