November 18–December 2
Methuen Festival of Trees (Methuen) :: The Festival of Trees has been a marvel of the Merrimack Valley for over two decades. Featuring over 240 trees, wreaths, and displays you could win, this family celebration has something for everyone.
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.
Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular (Boston | 2–8 p.m.) :: Join thousands of Bostonians in lighting the city’s first holiday tree of the season! The stage will be filled with entertainment starting at 2 p.m. leading up to the live broadcast on WBZ-TV from 7–8 p.m.
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 24–December 31
ZooLights at Stone Zoo (Stoneham | 5–9 p.m.) :: ZooLights promises to dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season. Enter a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, Canada lynx, reindeer, and arctic foxes. Plus, meet Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during nightly photo opportunities.
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!
Charles Hotel Tree Lighting (Cambridge | 4–6 p.m.) :: Join for the lighting of the Harvard Square holiday trees! Shake Shack will be providing complimentary beverages. At 4 p.m., children can help decorate the trees with ornaments and bow ties from Vineyard Vines. Santa Claus’ jazz band will perform at 5 p.m., and the tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m., followed by a vista from Santa! The performances will continue until 6:30 p.m., allowing everyone a chance to visit with Santa.
Copley Square Tree Lighting (Boston | 5–6 p.m.) :: Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square tree lighting. The free event will feature appearances by Mayor Walsh, NECN’s Jenny Johnson, Santa Claus, and Rudolph, along with musical performances by the Boston Children’s Chorus, vocalist Marchelle Jacques-Yarde, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Berklee College of Music student Mahamma Germain of Hyde Park. In addition, the U.S. Postal Service will unveil its new holiday stamp.
First Light Brookline (Brookline | 5–8 p.m.) :: First Light started 18 years ago in Brookline’s Washington Square, when several businesses came together to spread holiday cheer by hanging snowflakes in their storefront windows. These glowing flakes illuminated the square, signaling the start of the holiday season. Over the years, First Light has grown into the town’s annual winter festival, showcasing the talents of local artists, musicians, and performers at businesses and other venues throughout Brookline.
Frog Pond Skating Spectacular and Tree Lighting (Boston | 5–6 p.m.) :: Join the Skating Club of Boston at the Boston Common Frog Pond for a free world-class figure skating ice show featuring national and international figure skaters, synchronized skating, and Theatre On Ice teams. Following the show, join Mayor Marty Walsh for the Boston Common tree lighting ceremony.
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!