The Complete 2021 Holiday Happenings Guide

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

2021: Nov 7 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, at midnight. Bass Pro spots fill almost immediately. Cabela’s spots tend to last longer before filling.

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

2021: Dec 9 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.

Night Lights & Winter Wonderland: Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston

2021: Nov 26 – Dec 30
Daily 4 – 10 PM
2021 is SOLD OUT

Walk through elaborate gardens with illuminated paths, fountains, and sculptures. S’mores and hot cocoa or adult beverages at fire pits. $23/adult, $13 for age 6-18, $18 for ages 65+, and free for age 5 and under. Details here

Read about it here, and set yourself a reminder to secure 2022 tickets in mid-October.

Santa’s Elevator Express: Natick Mall

2021: Nov 12 through Dec 24
Advance Tickets Encouraged

Ride a magical elevator to explore Santa’s Workshop and have a picture taken with St. Nick. Packages are $40+ online in advance. Historically, more affordable basic packages are also available for walk-ins; check ahead for updates. Details here

Festival of Trees: Elm Bank, Wellesley

2021: Nov 26 through Dec 19
Wednesday-Sunday Only
Advance Tickets Required

Beautifully decorated trees and indoor decorated Snow Village with model trains winding throughout. S’mores at outdoor fire pit. Admission $25/adult, $5/youth ages 3-17.  Details here

Drive-Through Holiday Light Show:  Waltham

2021: Nov 26 through Jan 2
5 PM – 9 PMAdvance tickets highly recommended

1 mile drive-through light display with music through the car radio. Purchase tickets in advance for $22-$30/car. Details here

Magic of Lights Drive-Through: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro

2021: Nov 19 through Jan 1
Nightly 5 PM – 10 PM
Advance tickets required

Drive-through elaborate light display across the street from Patriot Place. Purchase tickets in advance for $40-$50/car. Details and tickets here

Winter Skate at Patriot Place: Foxboro

2021: Nov 11 through end of winter
M-W: 4-9 PM, Th: 4-6 PM, Fri: 4-10 PM
Sat & School Holidays: 11 AM – 10 PM
Sun: 11 AM – 9 PM
Closed for Patriots Home Games

Located at the base of the large staircase near Showcase Cinema. Refrigerated outdoor ice rink with on-site rentals, concessions, and bathrooms. $10 adult, $6 children 12 & under, $6 seniors 65+. Skate rentals $5. Details here

Winter Wonderland, Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon

2021: Nov 26 through Jan 2
Closed most Mondays & Tuesdays
Advance tickets 
required

Drive through the Frozen Forest of decorations and deer, plus lanterns from the Festival of Illumination. Park and walk through Santa’s Enchanted Village which includes Santa to greet, s’mores, cocoa, and hot toddys. $60 per car. Details here

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

2021: Daily Nov 25 through Jan 2
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: arrive by 4:30 on weekends and make s’mores while waiting. Details here

Enchanted Village: Jordan’s Furniture in Avon

2021: Nov 11 through Jan 2 
Mon-Thurs: 11-7, Fri: 11-8, Sat: 10-8, Sun: 11-5

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, $7 all ages.
  • Enchanted Ice indoor skating park, $7 includes rental
  • Polar Express 4D Experience ride, $8 (riders must be 40+ inches)

Christmas Festival of Lights: Edaville, Carver

2021: Nov 12 – Jan 1
Daily starting at 2 PM, 3 PM, or 4 PM
Advance tickets required

Over 17 million lights illuminate the park, and the long train ride passes through vast fields of lights. 18 amusement rides, but not Thomas Land or Dino Land in 2021. $25-$30/person.  Details and tickets here, and check FB for updates

[Winterfest: Diamond Hill Park, Cumberland, RI] Not in 2021

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

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland: Slater Park, Pawtucket, RI

2021: Festival Dec 4, 5, 11, 12
4 – 8 PM
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 (verify for 2021).  Details here

Christmas by Candlelight: Old Sturbridge Village

2021: Dec 3-30
Fridays – Sundays + select dates near Christmas
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, stroll through the peaceful Christmas Tree Trail, watch demonstrations of classic Christmas projects, enjoy live music and storytelling, and so much more.” $28/adult, $14/youth. 3 and under free. Details and tickets here

Lancaster Drive-Through Light Show: Lancaster Fairgrounds

2021: Nov 26 through Jan 2
5 PM – 9 PM
Advance tickets highly recommended

Over 1 mile of roadway decorated with over 1 million lights, including giant 90′ Christmas tree. $22-$30/car. Purchase tickets in advance. Details here

Bright Nights Drive-Through: Springfield

2021: Nov 24 through Jan 2
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. $24/car. Purchase tickets in advance. Details here

ZooLights: Stone Zoo, Stoneham

2021: Nov 19 through Jan 9
Daily 4 – 9:30 PM
Advance tickets required

The zoo is lit up with holiday lights and festive decorations, plus large-scale lantern displays in 2021. Carousel and Jungle Fun ride. Meet Mrs. Claus; optional add-on Santa ZOOm or Cameo. $14/adult, under 2 free. Rides are open to all for additional cost. Details 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

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