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



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Waterfire Providence 2022Rhode Island, Free
Sat, June 4, 2022  -  Sat, December 3, 2022   
WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence.
Boston Landing Free Events & ActivitiesBoston, Free
Wed, July 20, 2022  -  Sat, December 3, 2022   
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...
Festival of Illumination - 'Once Upon a Time'Mendon
Tue, September 27, 2022  -  Sat, December 31, 2022   
Beginning September 1st and running through the end of December, the Festival of Illumination- 'Once Upon a Time' takes guests on an epic journey through forgotten stories of legendary creatures, myths, and fairy tales!
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2022 Christmas Festival of Lights: Edaville USACarver, $$
Thu, November 10, 2022  -  Sun, January 1, 2023   
Hop on board and make the holidays really special. Hundreds of lights surround you on this magical train ride. Come enjoy one of New England's largest display of holiday lighting.
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Enchanted Village: Jordan's Furniture AvonAvon, $
Fri, November 11, 2022  -  Sun, January 1, 2023   
Enjoy Boston's historic Enchanted Village, now on view at Jordan's Furniture in Avon. Jordan’s Furniture purchased the surviving pieces of the Enchanted Village at auction and restored the vintage collection to its...
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SNOWPORT - Boston Seaport's Winter Wonderland, Holiday Market & CurlingBoston
Fri, November 11, 2022  -  Sun, February 26, 2023   
Seaport’s highly popular interactive winter wonderland, SNOWPORT, returns. In its fourth year, SNOWPORT offers outdoor play for all ages: iceless curling, light-up Bocce, and large-scale versions of classic games such...
The Polar Express Train Ride - Blackstone ValleyRhode Island, $$
Fri, November 11, 2022  -  Fri, December 23, 2022   
The Magic Returns this holiday for a three-hour experience at Blackstone Valley Polar Express. The Conductor will be there to punch your golden ticket, and you’ll enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie during your trip.
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Blackstone Valley Polar ExpressRhode Island, $$$
Fri, November 11, 2022  -  Fri, December 23, 2022   
Enjoy a 90-minute train ride on the Providence & Worcester Railroad with all the amenities! Trip includes a story reading of The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a special gift from Santa, hot...
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Seaport Snowport: Curling LanesBoston, Free
Mon, November 14, 2022  -  Sun, February 19, 2023   
Curling is back by popular demand, on Seaport Common next to The Current. Give it a curl, with lessons select Saturdays or sign up and play on your own and with friends.
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Holiday Zoolights: Stone Zoo 2022Stoneham, $
Fri, November 18, 2022  -  Sun, January 8, 2023   
This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights.
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Holiday Wonderland: Newport Mansions 2022Rhode Island, $$$
Sat, November 19, 2022  -  Sun, January 1, 2023   
Experience the magic of Christmas when the opulent summer cottages of the Gilded Age are transformed into a winter wonderland, both indoors and out!
10th Annual Sea Festival of Trees: A Magical Holiday Wonderland by the SeaSalisbury, $
Sat, November 19, 2022  -  Sun, December 4, 2022   
Experience the joy and excitement of the Seacoast’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more, A Magical Holiday Wonderland by the Sea!
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Bright Nights at Forest Park Holiday LightsWestern Mass, $
Wed, November 23, 2022  -  Sun, January 1, 2023   
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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Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s LiteratureConcord, $$
Wed, November 23, 2022  -  Mon, January 2, 2023   
The Concord Museum’s galleries are filled with fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.
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La Salette Festival of Holiday Lights 2022Attleboro, Free
Thu, November 24, 2022  -  Sun, January 1, 2023   
This is one of the most beloved and popular Christmas displays in the state. Over 300,000 lights are spread over 10 acres of winter wonderland. The event is held at The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, so many...
Christ: Living Light Festival of Lights at La SaletteOther Boston Area, Free
Thu, November 24, 2022  -  Sun, January 1, 2023   
Celebrate La Salette Shrine lights 70th year. The lights have been shining brightly each year at Christmastime since 1953. Come one, come all! Let us witness this magnificent light festival!
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Festival of Trees and Snow Village at Mass Hort SocietyWellesley, $$
Fri, November 25, 2022  -  Fri, December 30, 2022   
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 25, 2022  -  Fri, December 30, 2022   
Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting).
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Night Lights at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill: Holiday LightsBoylston, $$
Fri, November 25, 2022  -  Sat, December 31, 2022   
Heralded as one of the best winter light displays in Massachusetts, there’s no secret why the annual Night Lights event at New England Botanical Garden at Tower Hill attracts more than 50,000 guests from around the...
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Winter Lights at Naumkeag, The Bradley Estate & Stevens CoolidgeCanton, $$
Fri, November 25, 2022  -  Sat, January 7, 2023   
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,...
Brewer's Tree FarmWatertown, Free
Fri, November 25, 2022  -  Sun, December 11, 2022   
Brewer Christmas Tree Farm LLC is a newly established tree farm out of northern New Hampshire. New Generation… same old Christmas tradition! Let's find that PERFECT Christmas tree!
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Gardens Aglow - A Celebration of Holiday LightsSandwich, $$
Fri, November 25, 2022  -  Fri, December 23, 2022   
This year Heritage will continue the celebration of lights that has become a treasured holiday tradition with a fully outdoor experience. Enjoy beautiful light displays throughout the gardens, as well as many...
Polar Express Train Ride on Cape Cod Central RailroadHyannis, $$
Fri, November 25, 2022  -  Fri, December 23, 2022   
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™ to meet Santa.
The Train to Christmas Town on Cape Cod Central RailroadBuzzards Bay, $$
Fri, November 25, 2022  -  Fri, December 23, 2022   
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ to meet Santa.
South Shore Celebration of Lights - MarshfieldMarshfield, $
Mon, November 28, 2022  -  Fri, December 30, 2022   
The brand new light show will feature over 1-million holiday lights and decorations through a 1-mile driving path. The holiday event is a safe, holiday experience from within their own vehicle.
Merrimack Valley Celebration of LightsMethuen, $
Mon, November 28, 2022  -  Fri, December 30, 2022   
The Merrimack Valley is getting a new holiday tradition. The Celebration of Lights will host its third location at Mann Orchards Riverside Farm with a one mile dazzling display of lights.
Lancaster Celebration of LightsMassachusetts, $
Mon, November 28, 2022  -  Fri, December 30, 2022   
The Lancaster Celebration of Lights returns! Featuring a new path this year, there will be over 1-mile of roadway transformed into a glittering display of over 1-million led lights and featuring a 90' Christmas Tree.
Winterlights at Stevens-CoolidgeNorth Andover, $$
Wed, November 30, 2022  -  Fri, December 30, 2022   
Winterlights is back with a brand new experience! Join us for a magical evening at Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens as we unveil a new route, more lights & displays!
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Reindeer Quest at Powisset FarmDover, Free
Thu, December 1, 2022  -  Tue, January 31, 2023   
Grab your snow boots and get everyone outside to discover our elusive herd of nine wooden reindeer, found throughout the farm trails!
Hot Cocoa with Santa at the Arsenal YardsWatertown, Free
Thu, December 1, 2022  -  Thu, December 8, 2022   
Have you been good this year?! Meet us at Brewer's Tree Farm on Thursdays to meet Santa and warm up with a hot cocoa! Photos are complimentary and take-your-own.
Light Up Seaport 2022Boston, Free
Today  -  Fri, December 2, 2022   
Get ready to get your holly jolly on. Celebrate the season in Seaport on December 2nd from 5:00pm – 9:00pm with holiday tunes, a celeb appearance by Betty the Yeti, and more.
Carolers and CocoaBoston, Free
Today  -  Fri, December 23, 2022   
Prudential Center will be hosting professional carolers in center court to perform famous holiday songs as well as hot cocoa from Eataly. Fun for all ages.
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Seaport Snowport Holiday Tree LightingBoston, Free
Today  -  Fri, December 2, 2022   
Join us on December 2nd at 6pm at the Seaport Common for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree and a stroll around the Seaport Snowport market.
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ICS's Polar Express Ride 2022 - SOLD OUTNewburyport, $$$
Sat, December 3, 2022   
The Annual ICS Polar Express will leave Newburyport Train Station for the North Pole ......Enjoy a wonderful evening train ride, a sea of elves, and of course, Santa himself! This adventure is our rendition of the...
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Kendall Square Community Ice SkatingCambridge, $
Sat, December 3, 2022  -  Tue, February 28, 2023   
Kendall Square Community Ice Skating is a seasonal outdoor ice skating rink located in the heart of East Cambridge just minutes from downtown Boston. The rink offers skate rentals, lessons, private rink rentals, and a...
Family Tree Farm at Christmas In MetroWestNatick, Free
Sat, December 3, 2022  -  Sat, December 3, 2022   
Join us for a fun morning to kick off the Christmas season. One tree per family. You don't want to miss this! No prior registration required. Limited trees.
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Holiday Stroll, Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan & Santa at Boston LandingBoston, Free
Sat, December 3, 2022   
The annual holiday stroll is a kick-off to the holiday season featuring shopping at Boston Landing retailers, crafts, carolers and more!
Meet and Greet: Good Witch Happy Holiday HelperSalem, Free
Sat, December 3, 2022  -  Sat, December 3, 2022   
Stop by the Good Witch of Salem’s shop at 2 North St. in Salem on Saturday 12/3 from 12pm to 2pm and meet her happy holiday helper!
Meet Santa and Princesses with breakfast Hosted by My Princess Dream PartyOther Boston Area, $$
Sun, December 4, 2022  -  Sun, December 4, 2022   
This morning meet and Great with Santa and the Princesses will blow your kids away! Enjoy singing, dancing and photos with Santa. See you there!
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Jingle All the Way to Holidays on the GreenPlymouth, Free
Sun, December 4, 2022  -  Sun, December 4, 2022   
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...
Santa Paws at the Arsenal YardsWatertown, $
Wed, December 7, 2022  -  Wed, December 7, 2022   
Happy Howl-idays! Bring the pup for professional photos with Santa at Arsenal Yards. Reservations required. All proceeds benefit Ruff Tales Rescue. See you there and let's have fun!
Merry MoakleyBoston, Free
Thu, December 8, 2022  -  Thu, December 8, 2022   
Join us Thursday, December 8th from 3:30-6:00pm for this year’s Merry Moakley. It will be a family-friendly evening of festive fun with pizza, music, hot cocoa, crafts, free books, a photo booth, games, and more.
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Annual Ice Sculpture Stroll at Assembly SquareSomerville, Free
Thu, December 8, 2022   
FUN! FREE! FESTIVE! Get in the holiday spirit with the return of our Annual Ice Sculpture Stroll. Check out nine different designs across The Row while enjoying free perks and surprises along the way
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The Anchor Annual Holiday Tree LightingCharlestown, Free
Thu, December 8, 2022   
The Anchor is so excited to announce that its Annual Holiday Tree Lighting is back and better than ever! Enjoy an afternoon filled with holiday festivities, ice sculpture carving, Christmas carols, and more. Be sure to...
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Somerville Illuminations Holiday Lights TourSomerville, $
Thu, December 8, 2022  -  Fri, December 30, 2022   
Come celebrate the folk-artistry of the many Somerville residents who transform their houses and yards with lights, illuminated ornaments, caroling, and shrines of devotion and fantasy during the darkest time of the...
Kids Christmas Party at Grace Chapel WatertownWatertown, Free
Fri, December 9, 2022  -  Fri, December 9, 2022   
Take a break from all the baking, the shopping, the endless rolls of wrapping paper, and join us for an unforgettable Christmas experience complete with fun, games, music, lights, and food!
Luminaria Walk on the Mary Ellen Welch GreenwayOther Boston Area, Free
Sat, December 10, 2022  -  Sat, December 10, 2022   
Come join The Trustees Boston Waterfront Initiative while we enjoy a stroll down the Greenway in East Boston, listen to festive holiday music, and keep warm with some delicious hot chocolate.
Live NativityOther Boston Area, Free
Sat, December 10, 2022  -  Sat, December 10, 2022   
This FREE Christmas experience event for everyone! All are welcome! Join us for a Live Nativity, a Christmas walk-through, Christmas Carolers, Hot Chocolate, Food and more! This is a combination of indoor and outdoor event.
Santa Visits Jam Time in NorwoodNorwood
Sat, December 10, 2022  -  Sat, December 10, 2022   
Come spend your day playing at Jam Time and meet Santa! Santa visit from 9:30 am – 11:00 am. Doors open at 9:00 am!
Santa at the Eustis EstateMilton, Free
Sat, December 10, 2022   
Santa Claus is coming to the Eustis Estate! Visit the 1878 mansion house decorated for Christmas and take a photo with Santa.
Boston Veterinary Clinic's 7th Annual Pet Photos with SantaBoston, Free
Sun, December 11, 2022  -  Sun, December 11, 2022   
Join Boston Veterinary Clinic for our 7th Annual Photos with Santa event. Mingle (safely socially distanced) and nosh on holiday treats (human & pet) with the BVC care team on Sunday December 12th.
Santa Visits Jam Time in MaynardMaynard, $
Sun, December 11, 2022  -  Sun, December 11, 2022   
Come spend your day playing at Jam Time and meet Santa! Santa visit from 9:30 am – 11:00 am. Doors open at 9:00 am!
Cookie Decorating WorkshopFoxboro, $$
Sun, December 11, 2022  -  Sun, December 11, 2022   
This Holiday Season Davio’s Foxborough is getting creative with confections during their annual Cookie Decorating Workshop! This year, on Sunday, December 11th, Davio’s will be hosting a class from 11:00AM to 1:00PM
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Candlelit Labyrinth Peace Walk at Armenian Heritage Park on the GreenwayBoston, Free
Sun, December 11, 2022  -  Sun, December 11, 2022   
Join us for a Candlelit Labyrinth Peace Walk at Armenian Heritage Park. Tie a Ribbon on the Wishing Tree, walk the beautifully lit labyrinth, and enjoy hot Chocolate & desserts.
Solstice Illumination NightMilton, $$
Sat, December 17, 2022  -  Sat, December 17, 2022   
As the shortest day of the year approaches we’ll gather around campfires to make s’mores, sip warm beverages, and watch talented fire spinner Tetra light up the night!
Winter Solstice Family Fun: Folklore & the Farm Tomten CelebrationHingham, $
Sat, December 17, 2022  -  Sat, December 17, 2022   
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with your family at the farm! We are excited to celebrate the Scandanavian solstice tradition of welcoming the Tomten elf to the farm to bless our animals, fields and farmers.
The Farm Nisse at Appleton FarmsIpswich, $$
Sat, December 17, 2022  -  Sun, December 18, 2022   
The Nisse, a farm elf from Scandinavian folklore, visits Appleton Farms. While we wait for the Nisse to awake from his slumber in the hayloft, there will be storytelling, cookies and hot chocolate.
Santa Visits Jam Time in NatickNatick
Sat, December 17, 2022  -  Sat, December 17, 2022   
Come spend your day playing at Jam Time and meet Santa! Santa visit from 9:30 am – 11:00 am. Doors open at 9:00 am!
Meet and Greet: The Nutcracker and Ballerina TransformationsSalem, Free
Sat, December 17, 2022  -  Sat, December 17, 2022   
Stop by the Good Witch of Salem’s shop at 2 North St. in Salem on Saturday 12/17 from 12 to 1pm and meet a real-life Nutcracker!
Olaf Visits Jam Time inside the Natick MallNatick
Sun, December 18, 2022  -  Sun, December 18, 2022   
Come spend your day playing at Jam Time and meet Olaf! Olaf visit from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Doors open at 10:00 am!
New Year's Eve on the WaterfrontBoston, Free
Sat, December 31, 2022  -  Sat, December 31, 2022   
Our signature Waterfront Ice Sculpture Stroll is back! Get ready to count down to 2023 with more than 30 ice sculptures hosted by businesses and cultural sites across the waterfront – the largest Stroll EVER!
Bessie’s Rockin’ Noon Year’s EveActon
Sat, December 31, 2022  -  Sat, December 31, 2022   
Let’s get ready to shake, rattle, and roll into the New Year by making party hats and noise makers! Free with Museum Admission Drop in - 10 am to 12 pm
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What's Open on Patriot's Day?Boston
Mon, April 17, 2023  -  Mon, April 17, 2023   
Patriot's Day is the MA state holiday is also known as the day of the Boston Marathon and the 11:05 a.m. Red Sox game. Here's a list of what is open on Patriots Day in MA.
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Mon, May 29, 2023  -  Mon, May 29, 2023   
What's open for fun on Memorial Day in Greater Boston? Check here to find out.
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