Yeah, we know Halloween just passed but we are totally on board to continue to the holiday train right into Christmas. All the twinkling lights, holiday cheer and gingerbread people are are welcomed treat, especially in 2020. Mark your calendars for these holiday activities all around Boston as they are sure to be memorable! And, check back as more will be added throughout the season.

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Gnomevember Scavenger Hunt

Can you find all of the gnomes hidden around the Tower Hill Botanic Garden property? Word on the street is they are a tricky bunch! There's even a gold one to find. Through November. Event details

Visit Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village with a few changes for 2020. You'll need to book your free reservation in advance. You'll get a "contactless Claus" visit when you arrive and free craft kits. Make sure to wear your holiday mask! Nov. 7-Dec. 24. Event details

Marshfield Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show

The Marshfield Holiday Light Show is the only drive-through light show in Eastern Mass! Featuring dozens of dazzling displays to delight the entire family, the show is not to be missed this holiday season. Select dates Nov. 19- Dec. 27. Event details

Check Out the Drive-Thru Festival of Trees at Greycourt State Park

In a year when so many of our holiday traditions won’t be happening, head to this drive-thru festival of trees. Methuen residents may remember the days when the former Tenney Castle was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Although the castle is long gone, the remnants will be decorated as a reminder of this wonderful time in Methuen history. Nov. 27-Dec. 20. Event details

Mass Hort's Festival of Trees

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s twelfth Festival of Trees showcases dozens of decorated trees as well as Snow Village, including a model railroad display. The Festival offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs and other organizations, and individuals. Wed.-Sun. Nov. 27-Dec. 20. Event details

Experience ZooLights at the Stone Zoo

ZooLights is set to dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season! This winter wonderland will take you on a one-way stroll through the Zoo, along tree-lined paths lit by twinkling lights. Spanning the Zoo's 26 acres, walk through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and even reindeer! Nov. 27-Jan. 3. Event details

photo: Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet's The Nucracker

This holiday season, Boston Ballet brings THE NUTCRACKER to homes across New England—the first time our Nutcracker has ever appeared on television. The program was created with previously captured performance footage. Event details

Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. on NBC10 Boston
Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. on NECN
Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. on Telemundo
Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. on NBC10 Boston

photo: Oona Cooperhill

Castle Hill Illuminated: The Longest Night

Castle Hill Illuminated returns with a new sound and light show for the holidays,The Longest Night. Experience the magic of the Winter Solstice as a multi-sensory experience in the landscape. The 40-minute show featuring music, narration, and lights will take you from scene to scene around the exterior of the Great House. Warm up by our campfires while you wait for your show to start. Hot chocolate and coffee available for purchase. Nov. 28-Dec. 20. Event details

Reindeer Quest at Chestnut Hill Farm

Grab your snow boots and get the family outside to discover our elusive herd of wooden reindeer, found throughout the farm trails! See how many you can find—along the way, snap some photos and share on social media with #reindeerquest and #chestnuthillfarm! Through December. Event details

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall

The twinkly-light season officially kicks off with the return of the infectious light and sound installation that blankets Faneuil Hall through the holidays. More than 350,000 LED lights join forces with Holiday Pops tuneage for a seven-minute looped performance that miraculously manages to be addictive, not grating. Complementing the spectacle is the city’s largest Christmas tree—an estimated 20 feet taller than the one in Rockefeller Center. Dec. 4-Jan. 1. Event details

Holiday Stroll & Festive Parade of Trees

The Stevens-Coolidge Place welcomes you to a family-friendly Holiday Stroll & Festive Parade of Trees this holiday season! Instead of hosting Winterlights this year, this smaller event will incorporate beautiful lights and festive trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. In the spirit of giving, this community event includes a food drive. Registration required. Thurs.-Sun. Dec. 3-20. Event details

photo: Guy Rhodes

All Aboard the Polar Express

Adventure comes to life when the train departs for a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by our merry-making cast. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a 1 to 1 ½ hour trip to meet Santa. Dec. 17-23. Event details

—Kate Loweth


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