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The Best Places To See The Holiday Lights Around Central MA

Ed Newton III

After many years of working together, Ed and Mike have developed a team synergy that's built on compassion, respect, and trust...

After many years of working together, Ed and Mike have developed a team synergy that's built on compassion, respect, and trust...

Dec 4 8 minutes read

The holidays have arrived!

Not only do we love this time of year, but we love seeing all of the gorgeous lights and decorations all over Central MA. So pour the hot cocoa, bundle up and enjoy these holiday light displays! 

Local Events

Santa Flies into Southborough

Santa will fly into town on his helicopter and will be available to take pictures! Elsa and Olaf will also be around to take pictures as well! There will be food trucks, live music, and a raffle!

  • When: Saturday, December 7th, 2019
  • Where: Saint Mark’s Field and the Community House, Southborough, MA 
  • Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Santa Visits Harvey's Farm in Westborough

Come and Celebrate the Season when Santa Visits Harvey's Farm early! Enjoy seasonal music, sip homemade hot mulled cider and sample seasonal gourmet treats. Don't forget your camera for Pictures with Santa!

  • When: Santa Visits Saturday, December 7th, 2019 from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM, Stories with Santa Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
  • Where: Harvey's Farm & Garden Center, 120 South Street, Westborough

Hopkinton Holiday Stroll

It’s Holiday time again! Let’s celebrate at the 2019 Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Holiday Stroll.  It will be a great way to get all your shopping done and have a fantastic time doing it.  Travel from store to store, by foot, or cover much more mileage by taking the NEW Holly Trolleys from one side of town to the other. Visit the Chamber’s participating business locations and have your Holiday Stroll Passport stamped, then enter your stamped passport in a random for (4) $500 cash prizes and (1) $1000 cash prize!  

  • When: Saturday, December 7th, 2019 
  • Where: Downtown Hopkinton, MA 
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Grafton Celebrates the Holidays 

Celebrate the Holidays in Grafton and enjoy family fun while supporting participating businesses, churches, and non-profit organizations. A Craft & Vendor Fair is held from 10am-3pm, events and activities around town are from 12-4pm, caroling and music on the common starts at 4pm and Santa arrives by fire truck on the common at 4:30pm with the tree-lighting to follow! Take the trolley to make the day even more fun and accessible with stops at Grafton High School, the Municipal Center, Grafton Common, and Koopman's Plaza.

  • When: Sunday, December 8th, 2019 
  • Where: 30 Providence Road, Grafton, MA // Downtown Grafton 
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM


Northborough Holiday Trolley

A complimentary ride up and down Main St, stopping at participating retailers for holiday fun and shopping. Collect raffle tickets at each stop! Then join the annual Tree lighting, caroling, and cookies starting at 5:00 at Blake Street.

  • When: Saturday, December 7th 
  • Where: The Northborough Holiday Trolley, Main Street, Northborough, MA 
  • Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sutton Chain of Lights

Join the businesses, churches, and organizations in Sutton, MA for the annual town-wide celebration welcoming the Christmas and Holiday season. Held every year on the first Saturday of December, the event features free trolley rides to all the participating locations, food, hay-rides, animals, children's activities, shopping, and lots of holiday cheer.

  • When: Saturday, December 7th, 2019
  • Where: Downton Sutton, MA 
  • Time: 10:00 Am – 4:00 PM

Night Lights at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Night Lights is an annual celebration held at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA just outside of Worcester. Night Lights is an inclusive, secular event where visitors of all backgrounds can celebrate winter, light, and nature together. Celebrate the season with enchanting landscapes, fun experiences, and thousands of lights. Enjoy seasonal fare and spirits, visit the Garden Shop for unique gift ideas, or give the gift of four-season membership. Pre-purchased timed-entry special event tickets are required for entry after 4pm. Member tickets are now on sale. Night Lights ticket prices range from $7 to $19 per person depending on age and date. Members save $3 to $5 per ticket for up to 6 tickets per transaction and may purchase additional tickets at full price.

  • When: Saturday, December 7th, 2019 
  • Where: Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA 
  • Time: 4:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Worcester/Greater Worcester Area Events

Christmas By Candlelight

Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common.  Do not miss the nightly tree lighting and the ever-popular gingerbread house contest!

  • When: Weekends December 7th – 29th 2019 
  • Where: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA 
  • Time: 3:00 – 8:00 PM

Winter Wonderland 2019

Join the zoo for holiday fun during their Winter Wonderland event! Winter Wonderland visitors can ride the train through the enchanted forest to admire dazzling holiday light displays, experience a memorable visit with Santa Clause at his house, meet Santa’s furry friends in the petting zoo, find Rudy the Reindeer in the Adventure Maze, hang out with Christmas characters such as Frosty the Snowman, purchase delectable treats from the Gingerbread Bakery, enjoy live entertainment, and more!

  • When: Weekends November 29th – December 29th, 2019 
  • Where: Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon, MA 
  • Time: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM

A Christmas Carol

Celebrate the holiday season with New England’s largest production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. You know the story and love the message, but you’ll never see another Christmas Carol like this!

  • When: December 15th – 23rd, 2019
  • Where: The Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Celebrate love, community, and the magic of the holiday season with this re-mized and re-imagined version of the classic.

  • When: Sunday, December 29th, 2019 
  • Where: The Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA 
  • Time: 7:00 PM

Festival of Lights

The City’s annual Festival of Lights event will begin on Friday, December 6th, 2019 from 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM on the Worcester Common Oval. The event will feature live music, food trucks, free ice skating, street performers, tree lighting and more.  This year, the celebration will continue Saturday, December 7th, 2019 from 1:00 – 7:00 PM with additional live performances, ice skating, and a local vendor market! 

  • When: Friday, December 6th, Saturday, December 7th, 2019 
  • Where: Worcester Common Oval, 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA
  • Time: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM  // 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Christmas Around the World in 7 Igloos

Please join Lock 50 on December 12, 2019, from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm for a unique and delicious Holiday experience on the Patio at Lock 50. Seven of their colorful and fun outdoor igloos will showcase seven different small holiday tastes from seven different countries. Food will be paired with a sample pour of wine and/or a specialty cocktail inspired by that particular country. This is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately as you will walk from igloo to igloo to sample food and drink. Cost includes food, sample wine or cocktail at each igloo, tax & tip. In addition, a cash bar will be available to purchase additional cocktails. The cost for the event is $60. Tickets: https://lock50.com/events/

  • When: Thursday, December 12th 
  • Where: Lock 50, 50 Water Street, Worcester, MA 
  • Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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