The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Happenings in Central Mass


Posted: November 22, 2017

Central Massachusetts offers visitors quintessential New England traditions combined with unique experiences for the entire family. It's the most wonderful time of the year! 
 

 

Christmas by Candlelight

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

The region's living history museum - Old Sturbridge Village - offers visitors a lookback at Christmas traditions of the 19th century. The Village offers evenings filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. 

At North Pole Village, families will find Santa and his whimsical elves, Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop, a magical talking Christmas tree, and an expanded train display, including some of the trains from the movie ​Joy. Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted visit to Old Sturbridge Village. +discover


Sleigh Rides and Fireplace Feasts

/Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield

Warm up with Fireplace Feasts at the historic Salem Cross Inn, a unique dining experience which includes prime rib roasted in a great fieldstone fireplace using an antique 1700's roasting jack. Depending on the weather, visitors can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride on the property's beautiful 600-plus acres of farmland.

The Inn also hosts plays (Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales), traditional turkey and farmer dinners in its antique barn. Also mark your calendars for their NYE celebration+discover


Skating Under the Lights 

/Worcester Common, Worcester


The Oval, a 12,000-square-foot ice rink located in the center of historic Worcester Common, is open all season. Affordable rates, skate rentals, and concessions make this the perfect winter day trip! +discover


Holiday Strolls in Historic Homes 

/Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester

View uniquely themed holidays trees throughout one of Worcester's most historic houses along with local florist arrangements and encounter docents who will share the story of the Salisburys and their impact on the Worcester of today. Candlelight tours Fridays in December from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.  +discover


Boston Pops Holiday Tour

The Hanover Theatre for Performing ArtsWorcester

Capturing the magic of the Christmas season and the winter charms of New England, the Boston Pops will perform their signature Sleigh Ride, as well as other Holiday classics, and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. +discover


Winter Reimagined

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, West Boylston

See winter in a whole new light! The entire family will enjoy this magnificent light extravaganza at the breath-taking Tower Hill Botanical Garden, which opens on November 25. Check for special programs and events before you book your weekend getaway to Central Massachusetts! +discover


A Dickens' Christmas

/ Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester

The 10th annual production of A Christmas Carol returns to The Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts from December 15 until 23 with more magic than ever. Warm your hard with Troy Siebels lavish and innovative adapation of Charles Dicken's holiday classic. +tickets on sale


Holiday Happenings at the Winery

Hardwick Winery, Hardwick

Drink and be merry at Central Massachusetts' award-winning winery! Winter sangria, hot mulled wine, and a New Year's Eve celebration are some of the holiday happenings to check out when in the region. +discover


Celebrate the Holidays on a Farm

Heifer Farm, Rutland

/ Oakwood Farm Christmas Barn, Spencer

Bring the entire family to celebrate the holidays at Heifer Farm and a surprise visit from Santa Claus.  Hayrides, homemade soup, hot cocoa and cider make this tradition a must-do this season! Families can decorate gingerbread cookies, make international crafts and shop at the farm's gift store. The farm holds a Holiday Open House on December 9-10. +discover

Get yourself in the Christmas spirit any time of year at the Oakwood Christmas Barn, in operation for over 40 years. Head to the 160 year old barn to grab a mug of hot homemade cider while you wander through a gazebo bursting with vintage ornaments and dazzling Christmas trim. +discover


Take to the Slopes!

/ Wachusett Mountain, Princeton

/ Ski Ward, Shrewsbury
 

Enjoy family-friendly ski resorts for all skill levels--complete with skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, indoor restaurants and plenty of hot cocoa! +discover wachusett mountain or +discover ski ward

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West Brookfield