Massachusetts January 06, 2017
9 Winter Festivals In Massachusetts That Are Simply Unforgettable
Wintery fun doesn’t end with the holidays! There are plenty of amazing events and celebrations happening all winter long across Massachusetts. From magical town celebrations to fiercely fun chilly challenges, these are some of the most entertaining winter festivals happening in the state this season.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Lowell Winterfest, Lowell (February 24-25)
Winterfest has a little something for everyone. Featuring amazing kids activities, craft brewing, outdoor ice and snow competitions, free ice skating, food trucks and enchanting acts by fire dancers and musicians, you'll have a spectacular time at this Lowell winter festival.
2. Greenfield Winter Carnival, Greenfield (February 3-5)
This winter festival is going on its 95th year. Events are hosted all over town, and include ice sculpture contests, fireworks, fire dancers, breakfast with Frosty the Snowman, a sleigh bell run, sledding, ice skating and much more. It’s a great way to add a bit of magic to your winter.
3. North Adams WinterFest, North Adams (February 18, 19)
North Adams is your destination for warming up this winter. Their WinterFest celebration offers plenty of hot chocolate, a chowder competition, ice sculpting demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, marshmallow roasting at a community campfire, ice skating and a massive winter farmers and crafters market. Bundle up and enjoy the season at this popular festival.
4. Boston Winter, Boston (January 6 onward)
Boston Winter features New England’s first custom-designed ice skating path. It snakes through the magical winter market and activities that are spread across Boston’s City Hall Plaza. During the holidays, the festival features an amazing Christmas market. The festival continues into the new year, with amazing winter programming and activities aimed to keep you smiling through the chilly days and evenings. Head to the plaza’s Urban Lodge for a beverage after whizzing around the skating path.
5. North County Eats (Jan 23-Feb 1)
Had enough hot chocolate and sledding? While we think that's probably impossible, take a break from the outdoor fun to sample the delights of this winter food festival. North County Eats offers amazing specials from restaurants in Williamstown, North Adams and Adams so you can try all the most delicious spots without breaking the bank. This is a great way to immerse yourself in local flavor.
6. Winter Festival, Attleboro (February 25, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.)
There's plenty to do here for all ages. Enjoy the stunning acts of fire jugglers, cozy up to a grand bonfire created by the Attleboro firefighters, check out ice sculptors at work, stop by the craft fair, take pictures in period dress and jewelry, hop on a free hayride and trackless train, and jive to live music inside City Hall.
7. MSPCA Polar Plunge, Centerville (February 5)
Take a plunge for the animals at this fun wintery swim event. Get sponsored and jump into the frigid waters of Craigville Beach before warming up with a bowl of steaming chili. Don't feel like getting wet? No problem. Cheer on the brave swimmer from the shore and enjoy warm refreshments.
8. Easthampton Winterfest, Easthampton (February 13)
Start your day at WinterFest with a pancake breakfast, and then join in the fun with wagon rides, ice carving demonstrations, a snowman making contest and a community bonfire. There will also be a dance party, a chili cook-off, plenty of activities for kids and crafts for all ages. Most events are free, and some ask for a small donation.
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