Massachusetts is so beautiful this time of year. There are so many places to have some holiday fun in Eastern Massachusetts! Plenty of these places are free or low cost (unless you have my kids with you – who are always hungry!) Whether you are in town visiting family or just looking for some fun stuff to do, check out the list below.
Most of these places are about an hour drive from Boston. As always check out their website for more info including hours and dates they are open.. Many cities and town have their own local tree/square lighting – Be sure to check out your city’s local website for more events local to you. The following are mainly recurrent events/locations that happen year to year.
The Boston Common Frog Pond (Boston). This place is a blast for the kids. You can try your hand at ice skating and sit around and enjoy the beautiful view of the city buildings. The Frog Pond Café is open year round for some hot chocolate and snacks after you are done skating.
Jordan’s Furniture Enchanted Village (Avon). Check out the Christmas display for free and visit with Santa! You can also pay extra for other attractions such as: a fun Polar Express 3D movie ride, an indoor ice skating rink, Laser light show and a reindeer racing game.
Stone Zoo Zoolights ( Stoneham). Up on the North shore at the Stone Zoo, they have a wonderful display of Christmas lights. You can visit the animals all while strolling along beautiful paths lit up by thousands of lights. They have reindeer and Santa photo opportunities as well.
Edaville Festival of Lights (Carver). Edaville is such a special place this time of year. They are only open certain days so be sure to check out their website calendar. There is a wonderful display of lights throughout the park and a really nice train ride that takes you all along the grounds as well.
The Christmas Store (Abington). This store is so amazing! My family and I go here to pick up advent calendars and those cool glasses that you can see different lights with. They have in store visits with Santa daily and the best fudge around! Cute displays and photo opportunities as well.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Boston). The marketplace is decorated with trees and lights. There is a large tree in the center that lights up set to music. There is also a “Deck the Hall” holiday stroll happening this year that looks like a lot of fun. While you are there check out the Christmas Boston and get a new ornament for the tree!
La Salette Shrine (Attleboro). This is a Christmas tradition for my family. There are so many beautiful lights and displays- one visit really gets you in the holiday spirit. Just a a word of warning- it does get very busy on the weekends! Check out their website for more info.
Gardens Aglow (Sandwich). On Cape Cod at the Heritage Gardens, they have a beautiful display of lights. You can buy tickets online and while it is not free- it is a beautiful sight if you are close to the cape!
Patriot Place (Foxboro). There is a bunch to do around here for holiday cheer. You can ice skate at the winter skate rink and head over to Bass Pro Shops to visit Santa’s Wonderland after. Many of the shops have fun events as well and classic movies are running at the Showcase Cinemas as well.
Fatima Shrine (Holliston). Fatima Shrine has a beautiful Christmas light display among picturesque grounds. Great place for the kids to burn of some energy. About an hour from Boston.