Learn to Snowboard

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Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

499 Mountain Road, Princeton

The instructors at Wachusett understand that your first day at the mountain can be intimidating. For just $99, beginners can score a one day pass that includes lessons, rental equipment, and a basic lift ticket. We’re also partial to the Red Apple Farm cider doughnuts. +discover


Enjoy a Christmas Concerto

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Worcester Historical Museum

30 Elm Street, Worcester
November 30th 7 p.m.  +discover

Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge
December 1st 7:30 p.m. +discover

Ring in the holiday season with two of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos performed by Worcester Chamber Music Society. With promises of “buoyant violas of No. 6, and the miracle of flute and violin in No. 5,” we see no better way to embrace your yuletide joy. 


Take a Tropical Staycation

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New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill

11 French Drive, Boylston

Though we hear that flights from Worcester Regional Airport are a total steal, we understand if you can’t commit to an extended getaway, and we assure you that an afternoon at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill will do the trick. Two balmy conservatories contain an oasis of semi-tropical plants and citrus trees that will transport you to another land. Adult admission is just $15, or check out a garden pass from the Worcester Public Library. +discover


Have a Cup of Cheer

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Julio’s Liquors

140 Turnpike Road, Westborough

Members of the Loch and Ke(y) Society gather each week for Whiskey Wednesdays at Julio’s Liquors to keep their taste buds sharp and their hearts warm. Orchestrator, Ryan Maloney, is highly respected in international whiskey circles, but he’ll happily welcome you into the fold if you’ve got the merry-making spirit. +discover

Go Sledding

Ski Ward

1000 Main Street, Shrewsbury

You’re never too old for snow tubing. Ski Ward offers a Tubaslide with 8 lanes, 2 lifts, and 200 tubes. Passes on weekends and holidays are only $29 and promise peak entertainment for anyone in your family over the age of 5. +discover