Enjoy a New England Christmas

New England ChristmasEnjoy a New England Christmas

A New England Christmas is glistening snow on village homes with blazing fires… a holiday train ride with cookies and Santa… and a trip to Boston for an exciting Christmas show. Here are six popular attractions to take in this Christmas in New England.

What image does a New England Christmas conjure up in your mind?

  • Currier and Ives scenes of a snow-bound village with festive decorations…
  • Skating on a frozen pond…
  • Taking in an exciting holiday show in Boston?

And if you have kids…

  • No Christmas is complete without a ride on the Polar Express – New England style.

Here’s where you can experience six holiday magic events this season…


Billed as New England’s single most popular holiday destination, “Bright Nights at Forest Park” is entering its 17th season. Located in the Forest Park area of downtown Springfield, Western Massachusetts, it’s a wonderland of marvelous displays.

Entrance fee is $12 per car and the show begins on November 23, 2016 – January 1, 2017.


Each holiday season the Newport Mansions of The Elms, The Breakers, and Marble House put on a stunning show of spectacular evergreens, trees, thousands of poinsettia plants, fresh flowers and wreaths. The great entrances and hallways display magnificently decorated trees. The dining tables are set with period silver and china, and mannequins are dressed in authentic costumes.

You can see this stunning display of seasonal decorations at these Newport Mansions yourself November 19, 2016 to January 2, 2017.


Friday, December 2, 2016 – 3:00pm to Sunday, December 4, 2016 – 9:00pm
Friday, December 9, 2016 – 3:00pm to Sunday, December 11, 2016 – 9:00pm
Friday, December 16, 2016 – 3:00pm to Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 9:00pm
Friday, December 23, 2016 – 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). Meet and chat with Santa Claus (bring your camera!). This year, be on the look out for a new Santa’s village!

Holiday Dining

Old Sturbridge Village offers two formal dining experiences during Christmas by Candlelight: Holiday Bounty at the Bullard Tavern and a Holiday Buffet at the Oliver Wight Tavern. Reservations are required for these experiences. Christmas by Candlelight attendees can also purchase sweets, warm drinks and other snacks at designated locations in the Village. A Brunch with Santa is also available on select Sundays in November and December. Reservations are required. To learn more about holiday dining, click here.


Whether you delight in taking in the seasonal favorite of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” (November 25th to December 31st, 2016) or soaking up “glad tidings of joy” at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Holiday Series (November 30th to December 31, 2016), Boston knows how to celebrate the season with special shows and concerts. And of course there’s always the Candlelight Carol Concerts at Trinity Church in the Back Bay area (Saturday, December 17, 2016 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.), and the famous “First Night” celebration.


The North Pole Express is a popular nighttime steam train ride with live readings of Christmas stories, hot chocolate and cookies, sing-along, and holiday surprises. Special guest Santa Claus has a treat for all children, and you’re guaranteed lots of fun and lots of extras.

Essex Steam Train’s North Pole Express operates Fridays through Sundays November 26 through December 17. Tickets are sold at the Essex Train Station in Essex, Connecticut – call (860) 767-0103 or toll free 800 377-3987.


Way up north is the village of Santa. You can visit him in the summer, and you can visit him in the fall, but the best to time visit him is… Christmastime! Santa’s Village is located in Jefferson, New Hampshire – a spot deep in the White Mountains. Santa is preparing for his world tour on Christmas Eve, but you can take a peek for a brief time if you hurry.Christmastime Hours of Operation 2016

Saturday, November 19th – 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday*, November 20th – 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday and Saturday, November 25th & 26th – 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday*, November 27th – 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

December Saturdays through the 17th – 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

December Sundays* through the 18th – 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Make your New England Christmas magical this year by experiencing one or more of these attractions. It is after all the season to create unforgettable memories.