We’re so lucky to so many great holiday events happening on Cape Ann, but there’s some really good holiday cheer just a little farther down the road. We’ve compiled a short list of other events your family is sure to enjoy.
Marblehead Christmas Walk, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, well known as one of the finest holiday happenings in New England, this is a signature event that captures the warmth of the holiday season throughout the entire town. This is a time when Marblehead’s historic charm shines bright, and the festive spirit of the holidays provide a truly enchanting experience. Don’t miss this weekend long extravaganza of family activities, entertainment, shopping, dining, craft fairs, concerts and more!
SoWa Winter Festival Boston, Dec. 2-3, Boston Housed in the iconic SoWa Power Station at 540 Harrison, this incredible festival features 100+ of the region’s best artisans and specialty food vendors, food trucks, winter cocktails, carolers, and more. From homemade brownies and knitted hats, to xmas trees and mead, the SoWa Winter Festival is the biggest winter shopping village Boston has ever seen.
Boston’s City Hall Plaza Nov. 24 The European-Style Christmas Market & Skating Rink springs up at City Hall Plaza in late November, bringing holiday sparkle and cheer. With 85 European-style chalets for local and international vendors selling gifts and clothing, a huge outdoor skating rink, a Christmas tree maze, entertainment, lots of food. Entrance to the Holiday Market is free, although a fee is charged for skating and special events such as photos with Santa. The Market stays open through mid-January, and ice skating continues through February (weather permitting). Visit The Boston Calendar for more information.
Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Boston Start Nov. 20 at different venues including Columbus Park, Copley Square, the State House, Faneuil Market, Boston Common and Commonwealth Avenue. For the full schedule, visit Boston Discovery Guide.
Nantucket Noel and Christmas Stroll, Dec. 1-3
Starting with Santa’s arrival via Coast Guard vessel, the fun continues with craft shows, concerts, a holiday house tour, and Festival of Trees at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. Kid-friendly activities include visits with Santa and the Magical Talking Tree. Visit ChristmasStroll.com for more info.
Christmas by the Sea, Dec. 8-10, Ogunquit, Maine
The popular Maine seaside town’s annual holiday celebration weekend features a tree lighting, Christmas parade, beach bonfire, polar plunge, fireworks, caroling, shopping, music, silent auction, living nativity, visits with Santa, the “Taste the Season” food festival, and more — much, much, more! You won’t know where to begin, but we promise you’ll have a holly jolly time. See Ogunquit.org if you want more info.
Christmas at the Newport Mansions, November – January 1, Newport, RI
Prepare to be sparkled and dazzled as you tour three of the magnificent Newport Mansions (The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House) decked out in Gilded Age Yuletide finery, including thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens, wreaths, and more than 20 Christmas trees. At The Breakers, don’t miss the gingerbread mansion display in the kitchen or the iconic 15 foot tall red poinsettia tree.
Strawbery Banke Candlelight Stroll, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 15-16, 2017, Portsmouth, NH
Stroll through life in a simpler time as 350 years of American history, winter traditions, and holiday celebrations unfolds around you in the state’s oldest waterfront neighborhood. Activities include historic house tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, traditional barrel making demonstrations, 18th century holiday hearth cooking, tinsmith demonstrations, and more. For ticket info, visit the Strawbery Banke Museum site.