December 2014 Events in Massachusetts

Though the weather is growing colder, the holiday season in Massachusetts is beautiful. We hope you’ll get out and enjoy all that the Bay State has to offer despite the cold, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite events happening this month in Mass.

Bright Nights at Forest Park – December 1 – January 4 – Springfield, MA

Enjoy beautiful holiday lighting with this three-mile route of impressive decorations! With more than 600,000 and a musical simulcast from 98.5FM, you and your family will be dazzled. With passes per vehicle ranging from $16-$21, Bright Nights is a drive the whole family will love.

The Polar Express at Edaville Railroad – December 3-30 – Carver, MA

Inspired by the holiday classic and hit movie, this is a fun holiday event the kids are sure to love. Hop aboard the The Polar Express at Edaville Railroad and take off to the North Pole to the soundtrack of the film. There will be a reading of the book, a stop to visit Santa, and hot chocolate and cookies served on board.

Holiday Skating Party – December 7 – Amherst, MA

Head to the Mullins Center Community Ice Rink to get into the holiday spirit with their Holiday Skating Party! Rock out to tunes provided by Hits 94.3, trying your hand at snowflake crafting and cookie decorating, and enjoy ice skating (rentals are included in the price of admission) at this event the whole family will love.

Newburyport Holiday House Tour – December 13 – Newburyport, MA

Beginning at the historic Custom House Maritime Museum, the 21st Anniversary Holiday House Tour will take you through the finest private residences and unique spaces Newburyport has to offer. Explore the history and culture of the town as you delight in the holiday decorations at each stop.

White Christmas at the Wang Theater – December 16 – 28 – Boston, MA

Celebrate the season with this holiday classic and the music of Irving Berlin! Catch Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical at the Wang Theater in downtown Boston. Get in the spirit with music, dancing and holiday cheer – and stay tuned to our Facebook page for an opportunity to win your tickets!

Bay State Bike Paths!

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Summer is the perfect time of year for a nice leisurely bike ride in the Bay State.  You get some exercise, you can take in some beautiful views, and get to experience the great outdoors!  There are a lot of bike paths here in Massachusetts, but we’ve done the research for you and listed some of the best ones across the state!

Charles River Bike Path – This 14 mile loop also know as the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path, begins at the Museum of Science in Boston and runs along to Watertown Square in Watertown.  The course follows the banks of the Charles River and you will definitely take in some beautiful views of the Boston skyline.  There are many different entry points for this path so if you don’t have the time or energy to do the full loop, you can jump in anywhere that’s convenient for you.  The path is maintained by the Urban Parks Division of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and certain parts of the path are for both bikers and pedestrians.  The path is pretty wide although there are some spots that could be considered a tight squeeze where it would be a little difficult for two bikes to pass each other.  Overall it is a fun way to see the city and get a good workout in all at the same time!

Assabet River Rail Trail – This trail runs through Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard, and Acton.  Completion of the entire trail is still in the works, but right now there are miles of paved road open to the public whether it be to skateboard, bike, walk, or run.  The trial follows an abandoned MBTA rail bed and offers visitors a relaxing environment where they can safely take in the outdoors.  There are multiple street crossings, flashing lights to alert drivers that bikers are coming, and good visibility in most areas.  You may even spot some wildlife so be sure to bring some binoculars!  Parking is available at the trail head in Marlborough, and there are additional parking lots along the trail as well as street parking available.

Wompatuck State Park – This park is perfect whether you want to go for a relaxing ride or if you want to do some mountain biking.  Located in Hingham, there are paved and unpaved trails throughout the park which was previously used as an ammunition depot in World War II.  History buffs will definitely enjoy looking at the old equipment that is still on the grounds, and another great perk is having Mount Blue Spring on site which offers free, purified water from an underground stream to all visitors.  There are multiple paths so there are plenty of reasons to come back again and again to explore the entire park if you don’t finish it in a day!

Norwottuck Rail Trail – This 9 mile bike path connects Amherst to Northampton through Hadley.  There is also a connection to the UMass Amherst campus that students can take full advantage of.  Locals love this trail because it actually surpasses MA Rt. 9 which tends to be pretty busy.  The path rarely intersects roads traveled by cars and it takes you along a scenic route where you can take in views of farmland, and if you go far enough down the trail you can even ride over the Connecticut River!

What trails do you plan on biking this summer?  For a full list of trails in the Bay State visit

Photo By: Peter Krefting


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