November 22–December 21
Edaville Express (Carver | Wednesdays and Thursdays) :: Join Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves at the Edaville boarding station as they embark on a 45-minute interactive train ride adventure to find Santa, all while enjoying chocolate milk, HOOD egg nog, and cookies. Your ride will be fueled by Christmas cheer, including sing alongs to your favorite Christmas songs, dancing elves who give out shiny bells, and lots of bright lights that twinkle in the night! Each guest receives a special present.
November 24–December 10
Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Festival of Trees (Wellesley) :: The Festival of Trees, displayed in the Hunnewell Carriage House, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and individuals. Visitors “vote” with their raffle tickets, in hopes of being the tree winner at the end of the festival. Visitors can enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds at Elm Bank with a stroll or a horse-drawn wagon ride. For the young at heart, there is a pajama story time, Santa visits, and kids’ craft workshops.
November 18–January 1
Edaville Festival of Lights (Carver) :: Edaville’s Christmas Festival of Lights is one of the most-loved festivals of its kind, with generations of loyal fans. Passengers relax in warm, dry coaches while riding through a spectacular holiday setting featuring an explosion of lights. Kids of all ages will enjoy an array of vintage amusement rides, Thomas Land rides, and a visit with Santa. Enjoy a meal or seasonal treats while roaming Edaville’s sprawling and beautifully decorated grounds featuring thousands of Christmas displays.
Lowell City of Lights (Lowell | 2–10 p.m.) :: Ring in the holidays in downtown Lowell with this year’s City of Lights parade and holiday celebration! Take the afternoon to stroll the city streets and enjoy live performances, holiday shopping, photos with Santa, and the crowd favorite — a hot chocolate competition! The daytime fun leads to the nighttime extravaganza — the City of Lights parade and city hall lighting — which marks the city’s official start to the holiday season!
Downtown Haverhill Christmas Stroll (Haverhill | 2–6 p.m.) :: This year’s event will start with a holiday hat parade. Businesses will host activities, including face painting, cookie decorating, and a visit to Santa’s workshop. The event will also include an opportunity to step into a life-size snow globe, a photo-op with some minions, and a holiday train ride! To promote the spirit of the season, wandering carolers and a saxophone quartet will perform holiday songs and music. And, of course, Santa will be on hand to light the Christmas tree!
Commander’s Mansion Annual Holiday Open House (Watertown | 10 a.m.–8 p.m.) :: The Commander’s Mansion annual holiday open house is a free and open event for the community! You will be able to self-tour the decorated rooms on both floors, thanks to the magical help from Watertown Home Depot and Table Toppers of Newton. Be sure to bring your camera for photo opts with Santa, thanks to our friends at Watertown Savings Bank, and sit for story time with Mrs. Claus! Stop by the Winter Wonderland arts and crafts station, and take a moment to vote for your favorite gingerbread house, too! Interested bakers can download a form online, and additional event information can be found at www.CommandersMansion.com.
December 9–10, 16–17, 23–24
Boston Pops Holiday Pops Kids Matinees 2017 (Boston | 11 a.m.) :: These special family concerts include a children’s sing-along and post-concert photos with Santa. For those seated at the floor tables, there are special kid-friendly menu options along with holiday treats. Children younger than 2 are admitted free. All Holiday Pops patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. To get free kids tickets, please place your order through SymphonyCharge.