December 16, 2017

December 16, 2017 (Saturday)
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-December 31 (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.

Bernardston MA

Santa Visits Kringle Candle

Santa will be at Kringle Candle every weekend from noon to 5 p.m. beginning 11/19 to Sunday, December 17 from noon to 5 in the Kringle Country Barn (don't forget your cameras!).

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.

Lord Jeffrey Inn, Amherst MA

Lord Jeffrey Inn Presents Saturday Holiday Tea

Every Saturday, December 2nd to December 30th, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Enjoy classical harp music from local musicians while sipping on your afternoon tea and enjoying classic accompaniments.

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!

Springfield MA

Springfield Museums, MEET the Grinch!

Don’t BE a Grinch, come MEET the Grinch! Each Saturday morning at starting at 9, December 2-16, visitors can meet the grumpy guy himself and share some sweet treats with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Museums’ Holiday Character Breakfasts. Visitors can expand the joy by spending the day at the Countdown to Christmas for tons of fun, festive family friendly programing, Saturdays 10 am-5 pm.

Historic Deerfield MA

Historic Deerfield Cozy Winter Weekends

Visitors are encouraged to stop by for the Cozy Winter Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays, December 2-17), where they are invited to experience a cozy winter day in the tradition of early New Englanders who used indoor time to socialize, play games, and do handwork. Try carding wool, play a game of checkers, or dress up and play in our pretend kitchen, parlor, and tent. Curl up on the sofa and read a book. Make a handmade gift to give to someone special.

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.

Historic Deerfield MA

Historic Deerfield Open Hearth Cooking

December 9-10, 16-17. 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Traditional holiday treats have their origins in rarity. Though today it is easy enough to go to the store for chocolate, citrus, cinnamon, ginger or sugar, in the past such ingredients were the expensive results of trans-oceanic trade.  The use of these ingredients during holiday times signified a willingness to splurge in honor of the occasion. Join our Hearth Cooks as they explore the sugar and spice that make the holidays nice.

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

BasketBull HoopsFest

The BasketBull Hoops Fest - Session I, will take place from December 13-16th, 2017 at the brand new South End Community Center in Springfield, MA and will include games from Prep, Public and private school teams. The 4-day Fest of hoops will feature some of the top programs from New England and around the country.

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!

Turners Falls MA

It's a Wonderful Night in Turners Falls

December 15, 3-9pm. Holiday activities, art exhibitions, live music, restaurant specials, performances and unique gift buying opportunities throughout town. Santa Arrives in Spinner Park at 6:30pm! Activities for kids! The Fun Continues on Saturday, December 16. Family Dance Party, Screening of the holiday classic “It's A Wonderful Life,” Holiday Photo Green Screen, New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular.

Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke MA

Wistariahurst Museum Presents The Nutcracker

Join us for one of Holyoke’s most beloved holiday traditions. This unique, historical interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is presented through narration and dance in the historic setting of Wistariahurst. Student dancers perform the magical story with a local historical twist and lively choreography in eight performances on December 15 at 4pm and 6:30pm; December 16 at 11:30am, 2pm, and 4:30pm; and December 17 at 11:30am, 2pm, and 4:30pm. Advance ticket purchase is required $15.

Springfield MA

Nathan Bill's Bar & Restaurant, Ugly XMass Sweater Party

Join us December 16, for our 5th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. DJ's Hatch & Bozo will be playing all of today's favorites, along with the best holiday jams all night long! Party starts at 10pm in and a grand prize for the UGLIEST sweater will be chosen @midnight! Tis' the season to dust off that ugly holiday sweater, eat gingerbread cookies and sip rum-spiked egg nog at Nathan Bill's Bar & Restaurant!

MassMutual Center, Springfield MA

Springfield Thunderbirds Game Night

The Springfield Thunderbirds are a professional ice hockey team in the AHL Atlantic Division and the affiliate of the NHL's Florida Panthers. Sat, Dec 16 7:05PM Home VS Hartford Wolf Pack. Holiday at the Thunderdome - Boomer Claus Ornament Giveaway!

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst MA

The Eric Carle Museum & Happier Family Comedy Show

December 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm. $10 Adult / $5 Youth (Members: $9 Adult / $4.50 Youth). Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation. Geared for kids ages 5-12.

Symphony Hall, Springfield MA

Symphony Hall Presents The Nutcracker

A holiday favorite, The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl, Clara, and the magical dream she has one Christmas Eve. Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, the story of The Nutcracker follows the adventures of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they conquer the Mouse King and embark on magical journey to The Land of Sweets. The Albany Berkshire Ballet's The Nutcracker returns to Symphony Hall on Saturday December 16th for two performances at 1 pm and 4:30 pm.

Springfield MA

Springfield BID Downtown Winterfest

December 16, 1:00pm - 6:00pm. Introducing the first annual Winterfest on Market Street! This day long family fun event will feature face painting, Santa and Elf visits, Boomer appearances, a live ice carving at 2pm, shopping at the Holiday Market, a full bar, food from NOSH, and a free holiday concert with Springfield Jam Fest favorite The Campaign featuring Michelle Brooks Thompson.

Connecticut Science Center, Hartford CT

Connecticut Science Center, The Polar Express (3D)

Dec 16-17, 22-23, 3PM. Don’t miss this special holiday movie presentation in our 3D theater for a limited holiday engagement. All aboard! Get the holiday season started with this family favorite. A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure, he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Chez Josef, Agawam, MA

Chez Josef Country Christmas

Featuring "Trailer Trash". Saturday, December 16, Dinner 6:45 PM, Show: 8:00 PM ~ $45. Come in your cowboy boots for this holiday hoedown & modern country music with a southern style buffet! YEE-HAW.

S Deerfield MA

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Yankee Candle Village

December 16, 10 am - 6 pm. Come dressed to impress with your ugly sweater gear! Contests, food sampling, raffle prizes and more! Lefty's Brewery sampling Brews 12-4pm, Cookies & Punch (while supplies last) & Food Sampling 12-4pm, Louise Kasak's Dance Academy performing in Ugly Sweaters: performance times 12,12:30 and 1pm. Raffles & great Ugly Sweater themed photo op's!!

Holyoke Mall, Holyoke MA

Holyoke Mall Presents Gracie Ann’s Holiday Performance!

Join us on December 16th, 2-4PM, to welcome Gracie Ann, the young local singing sensation! Gracie will be back again this Christmas season to keep us in the spirit with her exciting renditions of holiday songs! This twelve-year-old loves to perform for large crowds; the bigger, the better.  She is very excited to be back and looking forward to seeing you there!

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.

Springfield MA

MassMutual Center & Wonderland Workshop

Delight in the magic of the holiday season with us on Saturday, December 16 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Kids and adults alike can participate in interactive fun including: COOKIES WITH CLAUS, DECORATION STATION, LETTERS TO THE NORTH POLE, CRAFT & GIFT FAIR, PHOTOS WITH SANTA! This event is free to the public so bring the whole family!

Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, Holyoke MA

Holyoke Merry-Go-Round & Santa

Dec 16. Santa returns from 1-3PM. Bring your wish list! Take a break from the hustle and bustle for a visit with the charming carousel horses and everybody’s favorite jolly old elf! Opens at noon.

Hu Ke Lau, Chicopee MA

Hu Ke Lau Presents Thunder From Down Under

December 16, Doors open at 5:30 PM / Show starts at 7:00 PM | $39.50 / $22.50. The PERFECT Girl's Night Outback! Australia's HOTTEST Export – Thunder From Down Under - showing off chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines, cheeky humor and boy-next-door charm that you won't be able to resist! ALMOST SOLD OUT!

Lee MA

Lee Premium Outlets & RCS Crafts

Charity Gift Wrap Dec. 16 – 12 p.m.-6 p.m. After a long day of shopping, leave the wrapping to someone else! Wahconah Regional High School Cheerleaders will provide gift wrapping services in exchange for a donation. All of the proceeds support the cheerleading program. Shop at Local Vendor RCS Crafts Shop for handmade soaps, lotions and detergents from local artisan RCS Crafts.

Mullins Center UMass, Amherst MA

UMass Mullins Center & UMass Basketball

Dec 16 at 3:00pm. UMass Men's Basketball vs. Georgia. Adult $16.00 - $24.00.

South Hadley MA

Brunelle’s Marina Dockside Restaurant, Breakfast With Santa

Santa will be visiting on both Saturday 12/16 and Sunday 12/17! Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, visit and photos with Santa, and entertainment by Gary S Jones! Sunday is almost full and Saturday tickets won't last for long either! Make your reservation today!