Festival of Lights

December Events In Massachusetts

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Are you as excited for the holiday season as we are? Everyone seems to be excited and there are tons of events going on this month to celebrate.  Whether you’re looking for something to do with family, friends, or even co-workers, there’s an event going on for everyone this December!  Be sure to check some of these out and enjoy the season with those you love!

Christmas Festival of Lights in Carver – If you’re looking for the perfect family event, look no further.  The Christmas Festival of Lights in Carver is a holiday tradition and kicked off their season on November 22nd at Edaville USA and will be there until January 1st.  Stop by and go for a ride on the Polar Express and enjoy the thousands of sparkling lights all around the park.  Kids can get their picture with Santa, go on the many rides in the park, or enjoy a treat from the various food vendors located around the park.  Hours for this event are from 4 – 9 PM on weekdays and from 2 – 9 PM on weekends, there’s still plenty of time to stop by with the whole family so don’t miss out!

Boston Common Tree Lighting – This is a can’t miss event for anyone that loves the holiday season!  Don’t miss the annual Boston Common Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 5th from 6 – 8 PM, even if you can’t be there in person, you can catch it airing live on WCVB TV.  There will be a figure skating show on Frog Pond presented by The Skating Club of Boston at 5 PM so if you’re there early be sure to check it out!  Entertainment includes Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block, “American Idol” Season 11 finalist, Erica Van Pelt, Blue Man Group, the Boston Ballet, and much more.  This is the 42nd year the tree has been donated by Nova Scotia and Mayor Thomas Menino and the Honourable Andrew Younger, Minister with the Government of Nova Scotia will be on hand with Santa Claus and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to flip the switch and turn the tree on right at 8 PM!  After the tree is lit there will be a pyrotechnics display to light up the Boston skyline so make sure you mark you calendars for this fun event!

40th Annual Nantucket Christmas Stroll Weekend – The holiday season in Nantucket is like taking a step back in time, stroll down their cobblestone streets, listen to Christmas Carols being played by church bells in the distance, and enjoy the smell of the salt air.  Their annual Christmas Stroll weekend is from December 6th – 8th and you can enjoy their popular Christmas House Tour on Friday evening, take in the holiday atmosphere, and watch Santa Claus arrive on the island via Coastguard Vessel on Saturday afternoon before he parades up Main St to greet the many children waiting to see him.  There will be tons of entertainment, carolers in period costume, and even their first ever costume contest to go along with their theme of a “Victorian Christmas”.  If you plan on attending, stop by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce on Main St for a full program listing the times and locations of all activities throughout the weekend!

Ugly Sweater Midday Cruise – If you’re in the Boston area on Thursday, December 12th and can sneak out of work a bit early for this event, we’d highly recommend doing so.  After all who doesn’t love an ugly sweater party?  Break out your best for this midday cruise from 3 – 5 PM and prepare to celebrate the holidays in style.  There will be music, dancing, a light lunch menu, and of course prizes for the best ugly sweater on board.  This cruise is aboard the Spirit of Boston and costs $26.90 per person and all guests ages 21 and over (with a valid ID) will receive a complimentary glass of sangria during boarding.

Which of these events do you plan on attending this holiday season?  Do you know of a fun event that we haven’t mentioned?  Be sure to let us know!

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Hanukkah Celebrations In Boston!

Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights as it is also known, began last Saturday, December 8th and will conclude on Sunday, December 16th this year.  For those of you looking to get closer to your Jewish roots, or even if you aren’t Jewish and just want to enjoy a great celebration, keep reading and check out some of these upcoming events celebrating Hanukkah in the Boston area!

Boston Menorah Lighting With Governor Deval Patrick – This free event sponsored by the Boston Chabad takes place Wednesday, December 12th at Copley Square.  The event will be from 5 PM – 6 PM and is totally free!  Stop by and see the Boston Menorah, one of the largest in the world, being lit while listening to live entertainment from the Berklee Music Ensemble!  Refreshments will be provided and there will even be give aways!  Governor Deval Patrick oversees the ceremony while spectators gather to celebrate light, unity, and liberty.

Jewish Heritage Night at the Boston Celtics – Join the Chabad of the North Shore for a night of entertainment and celebration of Jewish pride with the Boston Celtics!  This event is Wednesday, December 12th at the TD Garden and costs $25.oo, so register and get your tickets as soon as possible!  Seats will be on the Level 7 balcony and Jewish Heritage Night t shirts are also available for $5.  Guests will enjoy the Glatt Kosher concession stand located in close proximity to the seats and there will also be a post game event on the court for Jewish Heritage Night participants!  There will be a Menorah lighting at 7:30 PM and the game begins at 8 PM.  What better way to celebrate the holiday than by combining heritage and history with some top entertainment? Get your tickets while you still can!

Community Chanukah Celebration and Dinner – Join the community of The Boston Synagogue for their annual Community Chanukah Celebration and Dinner this Friday, December 14th!  Services begin at 6:30 PM and will be led by David Finkelstein, a Rabbinic intern from Hebrew College, followed by dinner.  Tickets are $15 for non members, $12 for Synagogue members, $8 for young professionals (20’s and 30’s), free for children 10 and under and registration is required.  There will be latkes, dreidels, and fun for everyone!  Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy a traditional Jewish meal with friends and neighbors this Hanukkah!

Silver and Saphire: Keshet’s Hanukkah Party – Get your dancing shoes on and dress to impress this Saturday, December 15th at this Hanukkah celebration!  This event will begin at 5 PM at the First Church in Boston on Marlborough St, followed by a 21+ after party at the House of Blues!  The best part?  It’s totally FREE (although you do have to RSVP)!  There will be music, food, beer and wine (for those over 21), and activities for guests of all ages.  There will be a Menorah Lighting at 6 PM and at 7 PM rock out to the music of The Doctors Fox, a local band known for their eclectic and unique brand of rock.  This event is perfect for the whole family and fun for all ages so reserve your spot while you still can!

Celebrate the Festival of Lights this season with friends and family at one of these events!  All of these festivities celebrate and honor the history behind the holiday while also providing some lively entertainment for participants, how can you go wrong?  Reserve your spots and get tickets to these events before the season of Hanukkah passes us by!

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Free Events Just In Time For The Holidays!

Who isn’t trying to save their pennies around the holidays?  Traveling, presents, parties, and other yule-tide events may take away from your budget but don’t worry, we’ve got your back!  These events are totally free, fun and will help keep your funds in line for the holiday season!

8th Annual Holidays On The Green –  This family friendly event takes place at The Pinehills in Plymouth Saturday, December 1st and has something for everyone! Children will love the petting zoo and getting their picture with Santa, followed by decorating some holiday sugar cookies! Bring your furry friends as well!  Guests can walk in or watch the “Reindog” parade where there will be tons of costumes and prizes!  Victorian carolers will be strolling the streets singing classic holiday tunes, sculptors will be whittling masterpieces out of ice, and there are a bunch of tiny shops to stop by and do some Christmas shopping.  Close out the day by watching the tree lighting on the green, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!

North End Walking Tour – The North End is one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods and now’s your chance to take a tour of this historic gem.  Stroll the streets where Paul Revere and Cotton Mather once walked, stop by Mike’s Pastry for a cannoli, or even sample some of the local Italian cuisine that has made the neighborhood so popular with tourists.  Hosted by Free Tours By Foot, the free tours are every Saturday at 2 PM and last about 2 hours.  Although the tour is free, reservations are required and donations are welcome!  Take advantage of these free historic tours before the weather gets too nasty, the North End is especially beautiful during the holiday season, and this tour is the perfect way to burn some calories before enjoying some Italian food!

Constructing Holiday Tradition – The USS Constitution, or Old Ironsides as it is affectionately known, is hosting a holiday event perfect for families!  Stop by the USS Constitution Museum any day from now until December 24th to make your very own holiday ornament!  This daily event runs from 10 AM – 5 PM and is completely free.  Stop by with your little one(s) and they can make their very own ornament that will decorate the Christmas tree on board Old Ironsides herself.    Ornaments made before December 2nd will be placed on the tree in time for the annual lighting ceremony that night!  If ornaments are made after the tree is lit, children can climb aboard the ship and put the ornament on the tree themselves!  Want to make your own ornament to bring home?  The USS Constitution museum will have two different types for sale, the classic wooden “anchors aweigh” ornament for $2, or a new, limited edition copper ornament for $5.  Proceeds benefit the museums educational programs so you would be supporting a wonderful cause!

La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights – This National Shrine in Attleboro, MA is famous for their annual Christmas Festival of Lights!  Beginning in 1953, this festival has grown into a massive celebration with over 300,000 lights, concerts, displays, and much more.  Stop by the shrine and see their outdoor Creche, listen to some festive music, and visit with Clopper the Christmas donkey!  The lights span over 10 acres and illuminations are from 5 PM – 9 PM daily, until January 6, 2013.  This event is free to the public but donations are always accepted and appreciated!

Get into the holiday spirit this month with these festive and free events!  They are perfect for families and there is something for everyone!

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