December 18, 2017

December 18, 2017 (Monday)
Forest Park, Springfield MA

Bright Nights at Forest Park

 More than 650,000 lights along a three-mile path! November 22 - January 1. Closed November 27-28. Sunday to Thursday -- 5PM to 9PM Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays -- 5PM to 11PM. On weekends, kettle corn will be freshly popped and s'mores melting over open fire. December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19. Free Stocking Decorating for kids. Through December 22, horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered.

Florence MA

Look Park Winter Wonderland

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving and running through New Year’s Day, the Park comes alive with our Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Display nightly until 9pm. All of the Park’s beautifully decorated holiday displays are designed and handcrafted by members of the Park’s maintenance staff. This program is dedicated to the spirit, beauty and simplicity of an old fashioned holiday season.

Springfield MA

Springfield BID Downtown Holiday Market

Nov 24-Dec 22. The month long shopping event is filled with dozens of local retailers that sell a wide variety of gifts for everyone’s taste. Not only will there be amazing holiday shopping available but tons of exciting events planned as well.

Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Exhibit: Jeweled Objects of Desire

On view through December 31. Visitors of all ages will be dazzled by extraordinary gems, beautiful jewelry and fantastically embellished creations from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution. The special exhibition also features the work of internationally renowned jewelry designer Sidney Mobell, celebrated for crafting common utilitarian items into unique artworks through the use of gold and precious gemstones. Free with museum admission.

East Windsor CT

Connecticut Trolley Museum Winterfest and “The Tunnel of Lights"

Nov 24th-26th, Dec. 1st -3rd, Dec. 8th-10th, Dec 15th-17th and Dec 22nd- 23rd, Dec. 26th -30th. Winterfest will be open from 5PM until 9PM. A new addition this is year to the trolley ride is a tree light show synchronized with music. Santa will be onsite until he heads back to the North Pole after closing on Dec. 23rd. Additionally, meet and pose for a picture with Santa inside one of the historic trolleys, Santa will also have a gift for each child.

Smith College, Northampton MA

Smith College Museum of Art EXHIBIT: A Dangerous Woman

Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer September 29, 2017–January 7, 2018. Honoré Sharrer's rise in the art world was meteoric. Starting at nineteen and throughout her twenties, she was included in major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. This is the first exhibition to reveal the voice of this artist.

Six Flags, Agawam MA

Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Kringle Lane Tree Lighting Spectacular during Holiday in the Park at Sx Flags New England.Weekends November 24-January​ 1 (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day). Celebrate alongside your favorite Looney Tunes characters dressed in their Christmas-best. At Holiday in the Park you have the opportunity to meet toy soldiers, sing along with our roaming and charismatic carolers, take a peek at what’s hiding under the tree with our ebullient elves, and visit the North Pole, where you can meet the most famous couple of all – Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus! Boasting over 50 rides, shows, and attractions, this winter season just got so much cooler.

Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Exhibition: Holiday Images

November 24, 2017 through February 4, 2018 Season’s Greetings explores the themes of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and winter fun, through a festive variety of artworks and archival objects from the Norman Rockwell Museum Collection. Original paintings and drawings by Rockwell, the artist’s studio items, and imagery by illustrators working from Golden Age through today will be the focus of this festive installation highlighting the holidays as a central theme in published art.

Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Annual Gingerbread Exhibit

Gingerbread in Space Amazing gingerbread creations by local bakeries, schools, adults, and kids displayed along with festively decorated holiday trees, enchanting lights, and a backdrop of beautifully painted murals celebrating popular sci-fi and the wonders of astronomy. Vote for your favorite! (on view through December 31.)

Hu Ke Lau, Chicopee MA

Hu Ke Lau Presents Christmas in Hawaii

Appearing for only the month of December, Christmas in Hawaii. A high energy Hawaiian Show. Great for gatherings and parties! Three seating times: 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. for one show at 7:15 p.m. There will be $5 cover charge per person that will be added to your dinner check. Please call for reservations.

Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge MA

Old Sturbridge Village Presents Christmas by Candlelight

December 2-23. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, 3:00PM to 8:00PM. Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Be sure to visit North Pole Village and do not miss the nightly tree lighting and the ever-popular gingerbread house contest!

The Student Prince and Fort Restaurant, Springfield MA

The Student Prince and Fort Restaurant Caroling Season

December 5-24. It’s the best time of the year on Fort Street. For some people, coming here for the carolers is a tradition that goes back to childhood. For others, it’s something brand new. Whether it’s your first time or your fortieth, this year’s holiday season will not be complete without a visit to The Fort.

Tower Square, Springfield MA

Tower Square Holiday Concerts

Enjoy the warmth of the holiday season as local school choirs and bands serenade Tower Square's food court patrons with holiday music during lunchtime weekdays in December.

Florence MA

Look Park Presents Santa’s Trains

Open Daily December 8-24, 4:00pm-8:00pm. December 24 10am-2pm. The Garden House is transformed into a Victorian style train station to offer all the sights and sounds of the holiday season. It is adorned with a forest of festively decorated trees to the theme of "Children's Christmas Books. This is a free event!

Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Exhibit: Jack & Jackie

Jack & Jackie: The Kennedys in the White House (December 8, 2017–March 25, 2018) celebrates America’s 35th President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy by highlighting their White House years, 1961-1963. The exhibition also honors the centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birth, May 29, 1917; he was the first president born in the 20th century. The exhibit also features costumes and props from the acclaimed miniseries “The Kennedys.” And a gallery devoted to a recreation of the Oval Office—with photo opportunities available sitting at the Resolute Desk.

Chicopee MA

Munich Haus Carolers and German Christmas Dinner

Dec 13-23, 6:30 PM. Dan Kane Carolers and German Christmas Dinner. Reservations Recommended.

Springfield MA

b Springfield, 9 Days of Bourbon

We’re tapping Goose Island Bourbon County Stout on Dec 14 at 6PM and then unwrapping a surprise limited-edition bourbon each day up to the 23rd!

South Deerfield, MA

Magic Wings Break from Winter

Take an escape from the cold and the hustle and bustle! Stop and smell the flowers with the butterflies.

Mullins Center UMass, Amherst MA

UMass Mullins Center Public Skate

Dec 16 - 23. Dec 24, Christmas Eve, 1:30-3:30PM. Looking for some holiday fun? Come over to the Mullins Center Community Ice Rink for public skate! Adults - $7, Children 12 & Under - $5, Skate Rental - $5.

Greater Springfield MA

Springfield Thunderbirds Meet & Greet

You'll have an opportunity to meet select Thunderbirds players at Balise Nissan in West Springfield on Monday, Dec. 18 beginning at 5:00 p.m. If you're craving ice cream on Wednesday, Dec. 20, you won't find a better night to go, as three members of the T-Birds will be on hand to sign autographs at Friendly's in Westfield. The festivities begin at 5:00 p.m.