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December 2020
Local is Merrier!
There is no better time to think local. Put your money where your heart is this holiday season! Make your holiday gifts and experiences one-of-a-kind - and help preserve our way of life! #mylocalMA #MaskUpMA

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Featured Region: MetroWest

Take a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the North Pole! Step into the magical elevator and head to Santa's workshop, where you'll have the chance to explore the workshop and spend quality contact-less time with Santa. Now through December 24, 11 am to 7 pm at the Natick Mall. Make your reservation today! The Franklin Performing Arts Company presents The Nutcracker-Masked on December 12 and 13. The classic holiday ballet will be presented with a small cast of Ballet Conservatory dancers all in masks with narration, live at THE BLACK BOX to a virtual audience at home. Find unique handmade gifts from a diverse group of local artists at the Sudbury Art Association Holiday Market November 29-December 24, daily from 10 am to 6 pm (29 Hudson Road, Sudbury).

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Nantucket Island

Holiday trees lit, decorations hung, Easy Street Basin's Christmas-tree-bedecked dory floats alone. But you can still enjoy Nantucket Noel from home this year! Patronize Red Ticket shops, vote for Tree & Storefront Decorating Contests, post your own previous Stroll memories - all online! Christmas Stroll, legendary for nearly 50 years, will be extra special next year, when you join us December 3-5, 2021, so that, for now, you and your loved ones can stay safe. Merry Christmas from Nantucket Chamber!

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North of Boston
Celebrate the season in lights North of Boston! First annual Winter Lights Display Celebration throughout Cape Ann will run November 27 - January 1, from 4 to 10 pm daily. The drive showcases over 150 places lit up to help celebrate the joys of the season! Google drive maps will be available at Beginning Saturday, November 28 through Sunday, December 20, the 8th Annual Reimagined Sea Festival of Trees will light up select storefront windows and businesses with holiday magic at Salisbury Beach and in downtown Newburyport. To find tree locations, purchase raffle tickets and for updated information, visit

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Plymouth County

Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth re-opens on Saturday, November 21! Open Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm through December 19. What's afoot? Delve into Wampanoag and colonial English women's stories in "pathFounders: Women of Plymouth"; be the first to view the first installments of the epic Plymouth Tapestry, a stunning handstitched narrative of Plymouth Colony's beginnings; explore rare original possessions of the Mayflower Pilgrims, from Governor William Bradford's Bible to Constance Hopkins Snow's 400-year-old beaver hat!
Enjoy an in-person visit once again. Click here for advance-timed tickets.

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Southeastern Mass

The holidays are in full swing in SE Mass! Boutique shopping, wonderful dining and cultural experiences await, all in a safe and friendly environment. We are "All Here and All Near" and spreading the joys of the season. Visit one of the finest whaling museums and war memorials or the huge array colorful lights of beautiful La Salette shrine. SE Mass is indeed a holiday wonderland!
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The Berkshires

Come and enjoy the Berkshire Museum's Festival of Trees this holiday season in the Berkshires! This year's Festival of Trees' theme is "Legends of the Berkshires" and will look a little bit different as it will take place outside the museum's walls.  From November 28-January 10, 2021, discover a collection of dazzling winter displays on view in windows and storefronts throughout Pittsfield and surrounding communities. Visitors from near and far will enjoy exploring historical and mythological stories from this unique region as they use the digital Festival of Trees map to find every location and complete weekly challenges.

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Concord's renowned literary tradition takes a creative twist during the holiday season when Concord Museum opens the 25th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature. Trees and wreaths of all shapes and sizes are decorated with charm and inspiration from acclaimed classic and contemporary children's books. Your timed ticket - available for purchase online - ensures that occupancy levels remain low for your comfort and safety. Family Trees will be celebrated now through January 3, 2021!

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Central Massachusetts

To celebrate the season of giving we're featuring one-of-a-kind, locally made gifts and the small businesses who make the season merry in Central Massachusetts. The Handmade Holidays Gift Guide connects you to specialty shops and talented makers from
across the region! Plus, plan holiday fun today: Deck the Halls at Worcester Art Museum, enjoy Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village, and explore a Winter Wonderland at Southwick's Zoo. Discover more events on our calendar!

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Franklin County
The holidays may be different this year, but the magic remains!  Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield is hosting a Santa experience like no other. You are invited to walk through a magical winter wonderland, stop along for fun photo opportunities and end your walk with a live video visit with Santa! Children are encouraged to bring a letter for Santa and drop it in our special North Pole mailbox. Registration required. Register here!

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Greater Boston
A new and community-based holiday activation is coming to Nubian Square this year in the heart of Roxbury. Starting on Small Business Saturday, November 28, and recurring on Saturdays through December 19, Black Joy Market will take over Black Market Nubian! Local artists and vendors will be featuring their eclectic wares. Visit Black Joy Market this holiday season to support the small businesses and communities that have been disproportionately devastated by the global health pandemic.  

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Cape Cod
Gardens Aglow
Rediscover all that is magic about the holidays this Christmas on Cape Cod! A vibrant arts community and village centers offer a boatload of unique treasures for loved ones. Cape Cod Central Railroad transports families on a magical, storybook ride aboard The Polar Express. Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich will present its Gardens Aglow celebration, featuring over nine miles of holiday lights across their sprawling grounds. Sandwich Glass Museum's Glassblowers' Christmas features hand-blown glass ornaments for sale by local artists, beautifully adorned on Christmas trees and ready for gift giving. Dozens of artist Michael Magyar's magnificently lit sculptures dubbed The Giants will dazzle along historic 6A in Sandwich. Find out more about Christmas on Cape Cod!

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Western Mass
Make your holiday BRIGHT in Western Mass! Bright Nights at Forest Park runs nightly with 3.5 miles of holiday lights to drive through with your family.  From Seuss Land to Jurassic World, this attraction has something for everyone! While you're in the area, check out Six Flags New England's Holiday in the Park Lights, featuring over one million dazzling lights plus entertainment. Stop by Yankee Candle Village for some shopping and a live virtual visit with Santa. There's so much to do, you'll want to add an overnight stay - check out our holiday packages for extra savings on your stay.  Rest assured, Western Mass attractions and hotels are following all CDC guidelines for enhanced cleaning and safety protocols.

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Hampshire County
Photo: Amherst Cinema, credit Alex Hornbeck
December might look different this year, but there are many safe ways to celebrate the season in Hampshire County. Looking for a fun and safe cinematic experience for the family? Contact the folks at Amherst Cinema to rent a theater all to yourself and ditch the Netflix for once.  Stay home and be serenaded by singer-songwriter, Heather Maloney, who graces the stage of the Parlor Room Home Sessions on December 10, 2020. Click here for access to the livestream.

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North Central Massachusetts 
Need a little holiday cheer? Take a ride through a winter wonderland! Topping your destination list: the Lancaster Celebration of Lights, a mile-long drive through a glittering display of a million LED lights, including a 90' Christmas tree and 85' wreath. It's open nightly through January 3 at the Lancaster Fairgrounds. On weekends, take the Leominster tour of decorated homes - and whenever you need a pick-me-up, visit the bright displays on city and town commons throughout the region!  

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Martha's Vineyard 
A Vineyard December like no other! Enjoy Christmas in Edgartown December 11-13, and then just tune in to the peace - and peace is good. Good for mindful strolling holiday-arrayed streets; good for walks on woodland and coastal trails. Good for shopping festive shops, boutiques and galleries, attending Featherstone's Holiday-Gift-Show (thru December 16) , or Island-Made Holiday Gift Show (15 artisans) thru December 24. Support island merchants/artisans directly or with Lift Certificates! Shop online, no mask! Do good, find peace, stay safe. Happy holidays from Martha's Vineyard Chamber!

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Mohawk Trail Region
Make plans to visit MASS MoCA in North Adams today - 250,000 square feet of art and distance - What's Now. What's Next. James Turrell, Ad Minoliti, Wendy Red Star, Laurie Anderson, Blane De St. Croix, Ben Ripley, Glenn Kaino (on view February 2021), Louise Bourgeois - Advanced, Timed Tickets Required.  After your museum visit take home a memory -  MoCA Store! From sharp to chic, the MoCA store is stocked with an encyclopedic array of quality gifts from MASS MoCA swag to artsy puzzles to limited edition art objects.

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