The Complete 2019 Holiday Happenings Guide

1Bass Pro Santa’s Wonderland:  Patriot Place, Foxboro

2019: Wednesday, Nov 27: 10-8
Thanksgiving Day (Nov 28):
Black Friday (Nov 29):
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

2019: Ongoing through winter.
M-Th: 4-9 PM, Fri: 4 – 10 PM
Sat & School Holidays: 11 AM – 10 PM, Sun: 11 AM – 9 PM
Schedule may vary due to weather, holidays, or events.

Located at the base of the large staircase near Showcase Cinema. Refrigerated outdoor ice rink with on-site rentals, concessions, and bathrooms. $10 adult, $6 child/senior. Skate rentals $5. Details here

3Festival of Lights: La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St, Attleboro

2019: Daily Nov 28 through Jan 5
Illuminated 5-9 PM Daily

Walk through the amazing light display that is famous around New England. Free admission and parking, but donations are welcome. S’more supplies for sale, hot cocoa, hay rides and a mini-carnival with carousel for a fee. Can be extremely crowded on weekends. Arrive by 4:30 on weekends and make s’mores while waiting. Details here

4Winterlights: Eleanor Bradley Cabot Estate, Canton

2019: Nov 29 – Dec 29
Fridays – Sundays 5 – 8 PM

Enjoy thousands of shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights. Scavenger hunts, crafts, seasonal characters and experiences, food and refreshments, and more. $17/adult, free up to age 12.  Details here

5Enchanted Village: Jordan’s Furniture in Avon

2019: Nov 23 through Jan 1 
Mon-Thurs: 11-8, Fri: 11-9, Sat: 10-9, Sun: 11-6
Black Friday: 10-9
Christmas Eve: 11-3
Sunday, Dec 29: 11-5
New Year’s Eve:

New Year’s Day: 12-5
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Free admission for indoor holiday display with intricate figurines and decorations. Pictures with Santa at select hours daily through Christmas Eve. Additional activities at select hours. Details here.

  • LITE Laser show, $6 all ages.
  • Enchanted Ice indoor skating park, $6 includes rental
  • Polar Express 4D Experience ride, $7 (riders must be 40+ inches)

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

2019: Nov 16 – Jan 1 (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
Mon-Thurs: 4-8 (to 9 in Dec)
Fri-Sat: 2-9 (to 9:30 in Dec)
Sun: 2-8 (to 9 in Dec)

Over 17 million lights illuminate the park, and the long train ride passes through vast fields of lights. Thomas Land & Edaville Proper with 90 rides/attractions are included in the $35-$37 admission.  Or purchase along with special “Where’s Santa” train ride for $40+/rider on select dates. Details here

8Festival of Lights: KOA, Middleboro

2019: Dec 7-8 and Dec 14-15
4-9 PM

“For $5 a car load, drive through acres decorated with over 500,000 lights then stop at Christmas Village where you can purchase cocoa and cookies for a dollar each or buy hand made authentic Middleborough ornaments. Have a professional picture taken with Santa or the Grinch for $5 while strolling through the village to seasonal music. Visit model trains presented by the Oak Point model Train Club or stop by the alpacas.” Details here

9Winterfest: Diamond Hill Park, Cumberland, RI

2019: Nov 30 – Dec 22 (Sat/Sun Only)
Sat: 5-9 PM, Sun: 5-8 PM

“Grinch Cave” to walk through as well as trackless train ride and pictures with characters (possible characters include Santa, Frosty, Grinch, Minions, and more). $5/person fee.
Details here

10Pawtucket Winter Wonderland: Slater Park, Pawtucket, RI

2019: Dec 8, 14, and 15
4 – 8 PM

The park is filled with hundreds of decorated trees and many displays including 20 Victorian houses and  light displays. Hay rides and train rides for $3 and Historic Looff Carousel for $0.50. Hot dogs and hot chocolate for sale.  Details here

11Our 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

12 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

13Hanukkah 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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