The Complete 2019 Holiday Happenings Guide

1Festival of Trees: Elm Bank, Wellesley

2019: Select Dates Nov 29 to Dec 29
Nov 29 – Dec 15: 4-8 PM Wed-Th, 10-8 Fri-Sat, 10-6 Sun
Trees, Trains, Lights, and Fire Pit.
Santa visit and horse-drawn carriage rides at select times
Dec 20-22 and Dec 27-29: 4-8 PM
Trains, Lights, and Fire Pit
(No Santa, trees, or wagon rides)

Beautifully decorated trees and Snow Village with trains winding throughout. Santa visits and horse-drawn wagon rides on certain dates/times (additional charge). Admission $15/adult through 12/15, then $10/adult for the final two weekends (kids 12 and under free). Details here

2Bass Pro Santa’s Wonderland:  Patriot Place, Foxboro

2019: Wednesday, Nov 27: 10-8
Thanksgiving Day (Nov 28):
CLOSED
Black Friday (Nov 29):
1-8
Saturday, Nov 30: 10-8
Dec 1 – Dec 7: M-F 3-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-5
Dec 8-23: M-F 10-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-5
Dec 24: 10-5

Inside Bass Pro is a decorated “Santa’s Wonderland” with a spread of decorations for children to explore. There are also crafts, games, and a free picture with Santa. Can be very crowded, so check the link below for information about reserving a pass. All activities free and photo is free. Details here

3Cabela’s Santa’s Wonderland:  Cabela’s, Hudson

2019: Wednesday, Nov 27: 10-8
Thanksgiving Day (Nov 28):
CLOSED
Black Friday (Nov 29):
1-8
Saturday, Nov 30: 10-8
Dec 1 – Dec 7: M-F 3-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-5
Dec 8-23: M-F 10-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-5
Dec 24: 10-5

Inside Bass Pro is a decorated “Santa’s Wonderland” with a spread of decorations for children to explore. There are also crafts, games, and a free picture with Santa. Can be very crowded, so check the link below for information about reserving a pass. All activities free and photo is free. Details here

4Night Lights & Winter Wonderland: Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston

Night Lights is SOLD OUT for 2019.
Read about it here, and set yourself a reminder to secure 2020 tickets in mid-October.
Winter Wonderland (Daytime):
Wed-Sun: 10 AM – 3 PM
Closed December 24, 25, 31

Families with children will enjoy the scavenger hunts, a festive model train, discovery backpacks, hands-on Library activities, and more. General admission is $16/adult, $6 for ages 6-18, and free for ages 5 and under. Details here

5Fatima Shrine: 101 Summer St. (Rt 126) Holliston

2019: Nov 30 – Dec 29: 5-9 PM

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. Details on the website or FB Page.

6Winter Wonderland, Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon

2019: Nov 29th – Dec 29th, Weekends Only
FriSun: 4:30-9:30 PM

Train ride though the zoo, admire the light displays, meet with Santa Claus, find Rudy the Reindeer in the Adventure Maze, hang out with Christmas characters such as Frosty the Snowman. Limited exhibits open for the opportunity to see a few of the zoo’s animals. $20-$25 (Ages 2 and under free). Details here

7Our Map of Light Displays: The Best Neighborhoods Near You

We here at Community Kangaroo have gathered a treasure trove of recommendations for jaw-dropping light displays in just about every town west and southwest of Boston. We put them all on one big map! Click the link in the title above to check it out! See our map here

8 Our List of Santa Pictures: Local Malls, Pancake Breakfasts, etc

We’ve posted a solid handful of the best ongoing Santa stops, plus dozens of one-time events like pancake breakfasts, holiday strolls, and other places to get that perfect picture! Find Santa photo ops here

9Hanukkah Celebrations: See the Events Near You

Local menorah lightings and other Hanukkah celebrations from our calendar are gathered together in one place: Find Hanukkah celebrations here

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