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Seasonal Fun Boston Events for Kids and Families

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

Hampton Beach Fireworks 2019New Hampshire, Free
Sun, May 26, 2019  -  Tue, December 31, 2019   
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.
Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville Family Theme ParkCarver, $$
Fri, November 15, 2019  -  Tue, December 31, 2019   
Edaville takes you into an enchanting wonderland where you can experience millions & millions of lights, unlimited Christmas train rides, unlimited use of all 90 plus rides and attractions including access to Thomas Land & Cran Central.
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Ice Skating On Frog Pond (Hours, Admission, & Info)Boston, $$
Thu, November 21, 2019  -  Sat, March 14, 2020   
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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Holiday Zoolights: Stone Zoo 2019Stoneham, $
Fri, November 22, 2019  -  Sat, January 4, 2020   
This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights.
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Winterlights at Naumkeag, The Stevens-Coolidge Place, & Eleanor Bradley Estate3 Locations, $$
Fri, November 22, 2019  -  Sun, December 29, 2019   
This holiday season, the iconic gardens at two of our most cherished historic homes are being brought to life with thousands of festive and shimmering lights in spectacular, custom-designed light installations.
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Holiday Wonderland: Newport MansionsRhode Island, $$$
Sat, November 23, 2019  -  Wed, January 1, 2020   
Experience the magic of Christmas when the opulent summer cottages of the Gilded Age are transformed into a winter wonderland. Santa, too!
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Enchanted Village: Jordan's Furniture AvonAvon, $
Sat, November 23, 2019  -  Wed, January 1, 2020   
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...
Holiday Season 3D Printing Show at ToysinboxWellesley, $
Sat, November 23, 2019  -  Wed, January 1, 2020   
Toysinbox Holiday Season 3D Printing Show is available once a year during holiday season. It is a family-friendly event designed to educate and inspire the K-12 students in STEM.
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Boston Winter: City Hall Plaza Skating (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)Boston
Sun, November 24, 2019  -  Fri, February 28, 2020   
This December, City Hall Plaza will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a giant outdoor skating path that will circle the area.
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Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature 2019Concord, $$
Wed, November 27, 2019  -  Sun, January 5, 2020   
The Concord Museum’s galleries are filled with fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.
Bright Nights at Forest Park Holiday LightsWestern Mass, $
Wed, November 27, 2019  -  Sun, January 5, 2020   
Bright Nights in Springfield, Massachusetts brings you New England's largest holiday lighting display. Enjoy the wonders of Seuss Land, Jurassic World, Toy Land, North Pole Village, and many more from the comfort of your own car.
La Salette Festival of Holiday LightsAttleboro, Free
Thu, November 28, 2019  -  Sun, January 5, 2020   
This is one of the most beloved and popular Christmas displays in the state. Over 300,000 lights are spread over 10 acres of winter wonderland. The event is held at The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, so many of the displays celebrate the spiritual side of the...
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Gardens Aglow - A Celebration of Holiday LightsSandwich, $$
Fri, November 29, 2019  -  Mon, December 30, 2019   
Heritage’s annual Gardens Aglow event offers a fabulous celebration of lights and includes live performances, decorating demonstrations, carousel rides & much more including Santa in his special place of honor – a...
Festival of Trees and Snow Village at Mass HortWellesley, $$
Fri, November 29, 2019  -  Sun, December 29, 2019   
Mass Hort’s Society’s Festival of Trees, Nov. 23 – Dec. 9 showcases over 65 beautifully decorated trees, raffle, and features Snow Village― a magical exhibit of model trains, holiday villages, Fenway Park, Beacon Hill.
Winter Lights at Tower Hill: Holiday LightsBoylston, $$
Fri, November 29, 2019  -  Mon, December 30, 2019   
The most dazzling display of winter lights in Central Massachusetts Marvel at glittering light displays indoors and out, decorated trees, fire-pits, thousands of handcrafted ornaments, children's activities, live music and more.
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Snowmazing and Curious George at Boston Children's MuseumBoston, $$
Fri, November 29, 2019  -  Sun, January 12, 2020   
This holiday season, mark your calendar for a joyful family visit to Boston Children's Museum. Skate in your socks and enjoy the holiday fun with music, performances, games, and the Museum's elves and more!
FREE Photos with Santa at CambridgeSideCambridge, Free
Fri, November 29, 2019  -  Tue, December 24, 2019   
Santa is waiting for your list! Visit Santa at CambridgeSide this season and receive two FREE 4” x 6” Santa photo prints and a high-resolution digital download of a single image, for every family!
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Holiday Bazaar and Selfies with Santa at Faneuil HallBoston, Free
Sat, November 30, 2019  -  Sat, December 21, 2019   
Santa Claus will be at Faneuil Hall Marketplace every Saturday until Christmas for photos! Get your phone ready and take a selfie with Santa as he strolls through the Marketplace and visits various merchants.
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Boston Blink! Holiday Lights & Sound Extravaganza 2019Boston, Free
Wed, December 4, 2019  -  Wed, January 1, 2020   
Blink! featuring the music of the Holiday Pops, is a 6-week state-of-the-art light and sound extravaganza that will transfer every inch of Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Tree Jubilee at Marini Farm - Over 100 Decorated Trees & WreathsIpswich, Free
Fri, December 6, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
Tour the gallery of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths donated by local organizations, families, and businesses then choose the ones you want a chance to win!
Christmas by Candlelight at Sturbridge VillageSturbridge, $$
Fri, December 6, 2019  -  Sun, December 29, 2019   
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common.
Annual Candlelight Stroll at Strawberry BankeNew Hampshire, $$
Sat, December 7, 2019  -  Sun, December 22, 2019   
Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times
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Wild About Winter at the EcotariumWorcester, $$
Sat, December 7, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
Celebrate the wonders of winter at the EcoTarium this December! Join us for indoor sock skating, winter science and crafts, and to celebrate the first birthday of our mountain lions!
The HolidAY Tent at Arsenal YardsWatertown, Free
Sat, December 7, 2019  -  Sat, December 28, 2019   
Baby it’s cold outside. So let The HolidAY Tent at Arsenal Yards warm you and your entire family up with a little holiday magic.
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'Entre Les Rangs' Light Exhibit at Boston SeaportBoston, Free
Mon, December 9, 2019  -  Sun, February 2, 2020   
A twinkling collection of 28,000 handmade white crystalline stems topped with white reflectors that will be displayed on Seaport Common (85 Northern Ave.) from Monday, Dec. 9 through Feb. 2, 2020.
Visit Santa Claus at Weston Nurseries (Chelmsford)Chelmsford, Free
Today  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
Each year the elves in Chelmsford deck the halls of the Garden Center with beautiful decorations, serve up holiday treats, and set aside a special spot to welcome Santa and all the families who come to visit.
Visit Santa Claus at Weston Nurseries (Chelmsford)Hopkinton, Free
Today  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
Each year our Elves transform our greenhouse into a Winter Wonderland. Explore the magical winter forest, watch the Weston Nurseries Express wind its way along the tracks, and write a letter to the North Pole and post it in our magic mailbox.
Free TLC Holiday Sing-Along with Jeff Jam!Belmont, Free
Wed, December 18, 2019  -  Wed, December 18, 2019   
Join us for some merry fun while we 'Sing-Along' to Holiday Songs with Jeff Jam! This is also a fundraiser for Room To Grow and we will be collecting new and gently used child-related donations.
Dance Prism Brings The Nutcracker To AndoverAndover, $$
Sat, December 21, 2019  -  Mon, December 2, 2019   
Don’t miss this opportunity to see a beloved holiday classic right in your neighborhood at the J. Everett Collins Center for three performances only on December 21-22, 2:30 & 6:30 and December 16, 2:30
Motherland: A Celebration of Our HeritageRandolph, Free
Sat, December 21, 2019  -  Sat, December 21, 2019   
Celebrate the African in the diaspora community and support new members just arrived. Music, Food, Spoken Word, Panel and Awards. Please join us for a great evening.
Christmas Brunch Buffet at the Seaport HotelBoston, $$
Wed, December 25, 2019  -  Wed, December 25, 2019   
Aura at the Seaport Hotel is hosting an expansive family-friendly buffet brunch with breakfast classics and traditional holiday dishes on Christmas morning from 11am – 4pm!
NHSCOT's Hogmanay CelebrationNew Hampshire, $$
Sat, December 28, 2019  -  Sat, December 28, 2019   
Ring in the New Year at NHSCOT’s Hogmanay Celebration on Saturday, December 28, 2019 from 4-8 pm at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester, New Hampshire!  
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Boston First Night 2020Boston, Free
Tue, December 31, 2019  -  Wed, January 1, 2020   
For over 40 years, Boston’s First Night has been a New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the wonders of the season and the beginning of a new year.
Ice Sculpture Stroll along Boston's WaterfrontBoston, Free
Tue, December 31, 2019  -  Tue, December 31, 2019   
Join Boston Harbor Now and the Waterfront Businesses for an afternoon (1pm to 4pm) of family fun along Boston Harbor right before the New Year and marvel at ice sculptures.
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Christmas Tree Bonfire: Salem WillowsSalem, Free
Thu, January 2, 2020  -  Thu, January 2, 2020   
Mayor Kimberley Driscoll invites all Salem residents to join in the fun at the city of Salem’s annual Christmas Tree Bonfire on Dead Horse Beach at Salem Willows.
Progressive Insurance 2020 New England Boat ShowBoston, $$
Sat, February 8, 2020  -  Sun, February 16, 2020   
The New England Boat Show offers more than 700 of the latest boat models under one roof and something for all ages and boater of all types
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Lexington Patriots Day Battle Day Schedule 2020Lexington, Free
Mon, April 20, 2020  -  Mon, April 20, 2020   
Each year in mid-April, thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate Patriot's Day. View the reenactment schedule of the events leading up to the...
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ICA WatershedBoston, Free
Mon, May 25, 2020  -  Mon, August 31, 2020   
Located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston, the ICA Watershed transforms a 15,000-square-foot, formerly condemned space into a new civic and cultural asset. This exciting new cross-harbor...
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Boston Dragon Boat Festival 2020Cambridge, Free
Sun, June 14, 2020  -  Sun, June 14, 2020   
Celebrate the sport, history and culture of Chinese Dragon Boat Racing at the Weeks Footbridge on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. Enjoy races on Saturday & a festival on Sunday with arts, crafts, food, martial arts...
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Find 4th of July Fireworks Near You in MA 2020 (by date)Massachusetts
Wed, July 1, 2020  -  Tue, July 7, 2020   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you in MA for 2019 by date. Different Boston area towns, different dates & times - you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule and your location. Happy...
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The Big E 2020Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 18, 2020  -  Sun, October 4, 2020   
The Big E is a New England autumn tradition and the ninth largest fair in North America. There's no better place to enjoy the sights, sounds and taste tempting aromas of the fall season than at The Big E.

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