Winters in Massachusetts are nothing to sneeze at. The weather might occasionally go from wonderland to wondering-where-your-snowshoes-are, but this state matches those fierce temperatures with even fiercer holiday spirit.
Grab some hot cocoa and maybe a even pair of shades. Your holiday itinerary is about to be filled with lights, lights, and more lights.
1. Blink! at Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market
Home to New England’s largest Christmas tree! Come here to snack (okay, pig out) and shop (okay, splurge) while catching two incredible light shows that run every 30 minutes. Just 350,000 LED lights flashing in a symphony of color and sound. No big deal.
2. ZooLights at Stone Zoo, Stoneham
Looking to add a touch of the wild side to your holiday stroll? The ZooLights features thousands of twinkling lights and close encounters with the Stone Zoo’s bald eagles, Canada lynx, and arctic foxes. There are even nightly photo-ops with the reindeer. If you can keep them from flying away, of course.
3. Bright Nights at Forest Park, Springfield
This is New England’s largest holiday display. We’re talking multiple miles of lights. Horse-drawn carriages pull you through themed areas like "Seuss Land", "Jurassic Park", and the "North Pole Village". Honestly, this place has to be experienced to be believed.
4. Worcester Festival of Lights
The main attraction at this party is the massive ice rink. It’s 50% larger than the Rockefeller Center rink and skating is free! Twirl and glide (or maybe slip and slide) while enjoying the sparkling lights and holiday cheer.
5. The Enchanted Village at The Cape Codder
Spending your holiday on Cape Cod? Pop by this magical display for a visit with Santa, and stroll through the adorable village scenes, and maybe even a massage. This holiday light show is hosted by a resort and spa, after all.
6. Winter Lights and Rose Kennedy Greenway
A glowing ribbon of festive spirit can be found winding its way through Boston in the form of the city’s Winter Lights installations. From large globe lights to lighted waterfalls, the parks of the Greenway and beyond are all dressed up for the holidays.
7. Festival of Lights at Edaville, USA
This is the next best thing to booking a ticket to the North Pole. Step aboard this magical train and stay warm and cozy while taking in one of the largest holiday light displays in New England. Later, ride the vintage amusement rides and munch on festive treats. You won’t wind up at Hogwarts, but it will be just as enchanting.
8. Winter Reimagined at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston
If you’d rather a toasty indoor adventure, check this spot out. This 175-year old horticultural society has literally decked the halls of their stunning galleries with festive plants and lights. After taking in the conservatories, you can wander around the otherworldly lighted gardens.
9. Marblehead Christmas Walk
More than just lights (though don’t worry, they’ve got you covered there), this Christmas display turns the town of Marblehead into a Dickensian dream. Caroling? Check. A giant festive lighthouse? Check. Gingerbread festival???Check. Santa and the Mrs. even pull into the harbor on a lobster boat.
Sometimes all you need to get in the holiday mood is a bit of sparkle. Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know in the comments.
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