Whether you love touring old houses all decked out in lights or you head to Faneuil Hall for some holiday festivities, there are tons of epic holiday light displays all over the Boston area. This is the perfect family activity that will get you singing carols and celebrating the holiday season. Scroll through for some of our local favorites including some new drive-through experiences for 2020!

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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. 

Dates: Fri.-Sun., Nov. 19-Dec. 31
Online: redtri.com

ZooLights at Stone Zoo

Stroll along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights, where you'll see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes, and even reindeer. Enjoy more festive fun by warming up by the fire pits and toasting marshmallows for s’mores.

Dates: Nov. 27-Jan. 3
More info: redtri.com

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Drive-Thru Festival of Trees at Greycourt State Park

In a year when so many of our holiday traditions won’t be happening, our goal is to bring a drive-thru festival of trees and lights to our community. 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.

Dates: Nov. 27-Dec. 20
Online: redtri.com

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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.

Dates: Fri.-Sun., Nov. 28-Dec. 20
Online: redtri.com

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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. 

Dates: Thurs.-Sun., Dec. 3-20
Online: redtri.com

Blink! Light and Sound Show

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.

Dates: Dec. 4-Jan. 1
More info: redtri.com

Annual Lighting of the Columbus Park Trellis

Take in the gorgeous views of the city when this trellis is lit with blue lights for the duration of the holiday season. While there won't be an official lighting ceremony for 2020, you can enjoy the lights all season long. 

More info: redtri.com

—Kate Loweth


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