The Complete 2022 Holiday Happenings Guide

Bass Pro Santa’s Wonderland:  Patriot Place, Foxboro & Cabela’s, Hudson

2022: Nov 5 through Dec 24
Reservations Required

Free photo with Santa. Kids can mail their letter to Santa and bring home a craft kit. All activities + photo are free. Additional packages available for purchase. Details here

Must reserve in advance online. Each day opens 7 days in advance. Bass Pro spots fill almost immediately. Cabela’s spots tend to last longer before filling.

Winter Wonderland, Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon

2022: Nov 12 through Dec 31
Closed most Mondays & Tuesdays
Advance tickets required

Enjoy the Festival of Illumination plus the decorations of the Winter Wonderland. Take a train ride through the Magical Holiday Forest of decorations and deer, plus walk through the Festival of Illumination and Santa’s Enchanted Village which includes Santa to greet, s’mores, cocoa, and hot toddys. Walk-through only; no drive-through. $27 per person in advance; $32 at gate. Details here

Fatima Shrine: 101 Summer St. (Rt 126) Holliston

2022: Dec 8 through Dec 27
Daily 5-9 PM
Closes for inclement weather

A 50+ year tradition by the Xaverian missionaries. Several acres of the property are lit and decorated for visitors to explore. Hot chocolate and pastries for sale in Xavier Hall. Free parking and admission. Look for details on the website or FB Page.

Magic of Lights Drive-Through: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro

2022: Nov 18 through Dec 31
Nightly 5 PM – 10 PM
Advance tickets required

Drive-through elaborate light display across the street from Patriot Place. Purchase tickets in advance for $25-$40/car. Details and tickets here

Winter Wonderland Drive-Through: AJT Supplies, Foxboro

2022: Dec 16-17
Advance tickets required

Drive through a winter wonderland with light displays and several characters including a picture with Santa. The entire event is outdoors from the car. $25/car, benefits Boston Children’s Hospital. Details here

Festival of Lights: La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St, Attleboro

2022: Daily Nov 24 through Jan 1
Illuminated 5-9 PM Daily

A very popular extensive walk-through light display that has a religious emphasis. Free admission and parking, but donations are welcome. S’more supplies for sale, hot cocoa, and a mini-carnival with carousel for a fee. Can be extremely crowded on weekends. CK Suggestion: If you go on the weekend, arrive by 4:30 and make s’mores while waiting. Details here

Enchanted Village: Jordan’s Furniture in Avon

2022: Nov 11 through Jan 1 
Mon-Thurs: 11-7, Fri: 11-8, Sat: 10-8, Sun: 11-6

Free admission for indoor holiday display with intricate figurines and decorations. Pictures with Santa at select hours daily through Christmas Eve. Additional activities listed below require advance registration. Details and registration here.

  • The Tube: $3 (must 40+ inches)
  • LITE Laser show, $8 all ages.
  • Enchanted Ice indoor skating park, $8 includes rental
  • Polar Express 4D Experience ride, $9 (riders must be 40+ inches)

The Christmas Place: Abington 

2022: Daily Oct 22 through Dec 24
Mon-Sat: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sun: 11 AM – 5 PM
Santa on weekends

Billed as “the largest Christmas store in New England” with plenty of attractions to see for free (though you’re not likely to leave this store empty-handed!). Local parents say their families’ favorite parts include the Christmas Tree Room with Santa (Free for visit only, or for $35 picture), the animated singing & dancing penguins, the delicious fudge and hot cocoa/coffee, and the huge train display. Details here

Christmas Festival of Lights: Edaville, Carver

2022: Nov 10 – Jan 1
Th-Fri: 4 PM – 8:30 PM
Sat-Sun: 2 PM – 8:30 PM
Advance tickets required

Over 17 million lights illuminate the park, and the long train ride passes through vast fields of lights, plus amusement rides. $12 admission to see the lights only, or $29 to include a train ride, or $39 to also include theme park rides.  Details and tickets here, and check FB for updates

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland: Slater Park, Pawtucket, RI

2022: Festival Dec 3, 4, 10, 11
4 – 8 PM (check the link to confirm times)
Also open for drive-through or walk-through every night in December

The park is filled with more than 500 decorated trees and many displays including 20 Victorian houses and light displays. Very affordable hay rides, train rides, and Historic Looff Carousel. In past years, hot dogs and hot chocolate for sale.  Details here

Christmas by Candlelight: Old Sturbridge Village

2022: Nov 25 – Dec 30
Fridays through Sundays
Advance tickets required

“Experience old cherished traditions and create new ones as you celebrate the season during Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village! Explore the beautifully decorated Village, watch a nightly lighting ceremony, stroll through the Christmas Tree Trail and Christmas Wish Bridge, watch demonstrations of classic Christmas projects, visit with Santa, taste samples of sweet treats, enjoy live music and storytelling, and so much more.” $32/adult, $16/youth. 3 and under free. Details and tickets here

Bright Nights Drive-Through: Springfield

2022: Nov 23 through Jan 1
5 PM – 9 PM
Advance tickets required

27th annual drive-through light show. As a long-standing event, many people report that it has grown more elaborate through the years and is very much worth the drive. $23/car. Purchase tickets in advance. Details here

[Winterfest: Diamond Hill Park, Cumberland, RI]

[2022: We’ll check back for an update]
2020 & 2021: Cancelled
2019: Nov 30 – Dec 22
(Sat/Sun Only)

[2019 Description: “Grinch Cave” to walk through as well as trackless train ride and pictures with characters (possible characters include Santa, Frosty, Grinch, Minions, and more). $5/person fee.]
Details and updates on the FB page here

Map of Light Displays: The Best Neighborhoods Near You

We here at Community Kangaroo have gathered recommendations for jaw-dropping light displays in just about every town west and southwest of Boston. We put them all on one big map! See our map here

 Our List of Santa Pictures: Local Malls, etc

We’ve put together a list of all the local stores and malls that have ongoing Santa pictures, plus one-time events with St. Nick. Find Santa photo ops here

Hanukkah Celebrations: See the Events Near You

Local menorah lightings and other Hanukkah celebrations from our calendar: Find Hanukkah celebrations here

Big Christmas Events: Train Rides and Nutcracker Shows

We’ve pulled together all the Christmas Train Rides in this part of New England, plus the local Nutcracker shows, from Boston Ballet down to the local ballet around the corner. See train rides and Nutcracker shows here

Major Town-Wide Celebrations

…[We’ve only listed select major holiday events above, but our full calendar here has hundreds of local kid-friendly events!]

Keep Track of What’s Coming Up Near You!

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