7 Spots To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

December 1, 2011 3:21 PM

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Old Sturbridge Village (credit: Susie Bonta/Old Sturbridge Village)

Old Sturbridge Village (credit: Susie Bonta/Old Sturbridge Village)

Lights. Music. Holidays! Hit a couple of these holiday favorites each week to really get in the spirit. Set the mood by setting your radio to nothing but holiday tunes. Check In at 103.3 on your FM radio dial, Listen Live online or on the Radio.com mobile app.
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Frog Pond Skating Rink

Boston Common
(617) 635-2120
Mondays: 10 AM – 4 PM
Tuesdays – Thursday: 10 AM – 9 PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 10 AM – 10 PM
Sundays: 10 AM – 9 PM

You can’t help feeling you’re in the midst of a Winter Wonderland when you take a spin on the Boston Common’s outdoor rink. Bring your own skates or rent them on site. Don’t forget to stop at the Frog Pond Café where a warm, fresh Belgian waffle can take the cold bite out of the air.

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LaSalette Shrine Festival of Lights

947 Park Street
Attleboro, MA
508-222-5410

Daily: 5 PM – 9 PM

Imagine stringing up these lights! Ten acres covered in 300,000 twinkling lights, and free for all to explore. Or for a couple bucks you can hop aboard the Christmas trolley or holiday hayride to tour the grounds. Be sure to visit Clopper, Mary and Joseph’s donkey from the holiday children’s book. He’s hanging out near the outdoor manger.

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The Enchanted Village (CBS)


Enchanted Village

100 Stockwell Drive
Inside Jordan's Furniture
Avon, MA
508-580-4900

Monday – Saturday: 10 AM – 10 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 6 PM

The halls are decked with boughs of holly inside Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. Dozens of animated figures pose in festive yuletide scenes… and it even snows indoors here. Yes, these are the same characters that generations of kids enjoyed on display in Boston.

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Old Sturbridge Village (credit: Susie Bonta/Old Sturbridge Village)


Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA
800-733-1830

Friday – Sunday: 4 PM – 9 PM
Christmas Vacation Week: 9:30 AM – 4 PM

Sleigh rides and chestnuts roasted on an open fire. Journey back in time to a New England Christmas circa 1830. Visit weekend evenings in December and learn the history of holiday traditions like the Yule Log and Mistletoe. Tour the village shops and houses and snap photos of your favorite holiday decorations.

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The Festival of Lights opens at Edaville (credit: Edaville USA)


Edaville Festival of Lights

5 Pine Street
Carver, MA
508-866-8190

December 1-4, 7-11
December 14 – Jan 1
Closed December 25
Weekdays: 4 PM – 9 PM
Weekends: 2 PM – 9 PM

It’s a Holly Jolly Christmas scene in Carver. Small faces are sure to be glued to the windows during a train ride through a wonderland of lights. Don’t leave without visiting Santa’s village, and riding the vintage amusement rides.

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Zoolights at the Stone Zoo (credit: Zoo New England)


Zoolights

149 Pond Street
Stone Zoo
Stoneham, MA
617-989-2000

Daily: 5 PM – 9 PM

Step out of your car into a magical scene of twinkling lights and real live reindeer. Be sure to visit Santa and tell him if you’ve been naughty or nice.

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Downtown Crossing Holiday Market

Downtown Crossing
Summer Street Plaza
Boston, MA

Monday – Saturday: 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM

Check your list, then check it twice. Now ‘wrap up’ your holiday adventure, at this winter open air market. A relatively new Boston tradition, it features local artisans selling everything from handmade jewelry, to unique clothing and edible holiday treats. Follow your nose to the tastiest smelling treat, then get that last minute shopping done.

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