Getting into the holiday spirit is quite easy in Boston, especially considering that the city comes to life with plenty of lights, trees and other signs of a winter wonderland. Here are a few of the holiday sights that you might want to explore.
23rd Annual Methuen Festival of Trees
Taking place from November 19th through December 3rd, the 23rd Annual Methuen Festival of Trees gives visitors the opportunity to view over 200 trees that have been donated by individuals, organizations, businesses and school groups from Methuen as well as several other communities in Merrimack Valley. Proceeds from the event go toward preserving the city’s heritage and monuments. The event takes place at Valley Office Park, which is located at 13 Branch Street in Methuen.
Stone Zoo will host its annual Zoolights from November 25th through January 1st from 5:00 to 9:00 pm each evening. Attracting thousands of visitors each year, the winter wonderland features tree-lined paths and thousands of twinkling lights. Visitors can also see a variety of animals, including bald eagles, lynx, porcupine, reindeer and a gray fox. And, of course, Santa will be available for visits at Santa’s Castle.
Lowell City of Lights Parade and Holiday Arts Stroll
The Lowell City of Lights Parade and Holiday Arts Stroll will take place on November 26th from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm. The event will include a variety of family activities, a hot chocolate competition, music and a holiday parade featuring marching bands as well as local and regional floats. Other events will include a window decorating contest, a Holly Jolly Trolley and Safari Rides. The Holly Jolly Trolley, which is a free attraction that includes music, holiday decorations and Ranger Elves, will run from noon until 4:00 pm between the Boott Cotton Mills and the Visitor Center. Safari Rides with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Maurice the Great Christmas Moose, Lucy the Polar Bear and Sno-Cat the Siberian Tiger, is a new event taking place from 12:15 to 3:15 pm. Capable of carrying 2 adults and 3 children at a time, the Safari Ride is $2 per person. All events will take place in downtown Lowell.
Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument
On November 23rd, the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown will be illuminated with 5,000 lights. The annual lighting celebrates the Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World on November 11, 1620. After the lights go on at 6:00 pm, there will be entertainment and refreshments for all to enjoy. Pilgrim Monument is located at 1 High Pole Hill Road in Provincetown.
Festival of Wreaths
The Nantucket Festival of Wreaths will take place on November 23rd, 25th, 26th and 27th from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm each day. At this annual event, participants have the opportunity to bid on the many stunning wreaths made by Nantucket artists, designers and merchants. The event takes place at the Peter Foulger Gallery at 15 Broad Street in Nantucket.