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Where to Enjoy Amazing 2016 Christmas Holiday Events in New England

Enchanted Village Christmas display at Jordan's Furniture, Avon MA

A Christmas display at Enchanted Village, Jordan's Furnture, Avon, Mass.

by Eric Hurwitz. Article updated on 11/20/16

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New England is truly a special place to celebrate Christmas. With a chill in the air, community gatherings and special commercial events (and hopefully a little snow on the ground), New England is the perfect place to enjoy Christmas. Be sure to experience these amazing New England 2016 Christmas events, festivals, light displays, and family attractions.

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Christmas Prelude, Kennebunkport, Maine, Dec. 1-11

Kennebunkport, Maine, goes all out during the holiday season with a fabulous tree-lighting ceremony, a nativity scene, dinners, arts and crafts shows, holiday dinners, tours, parades, and plenty of hot cider and chocolate. The Kennebunkport and Lower Village (Kennebunk) Christmas scenes are one of New England's best -- along with the sparkling lighted Christmas trees you'll view many seashell decorated wreaths, and garlands of greenery and ribbon. There's even a Christmas tree made out of lobster traps! For those more interested in the actual lobster, you'll find plenty of dinners to go around (check schedule by clicking link below). It's all certainly a tourist attraction, but, more importantly, the Christmas celebrations of a community full of pride, hard-working people making the events happen, and a rich sense of seasonal tradition. More on Christmas Prelude

Edaville Railroad Annual Christmas Festival of Lights, Carver, Mass. Repeats every day until Sunday, Jan 01 2017, except Thursday Nov. 24 2016, Sunday, Dec 25 2016.
Enjoy the Christmas train rides passing by the seven million lights, 30 displays and 90+ overall attractions at this 1,800-acre Cranberry plantation. Here, visitors can enjoy hot chocolate, apple cider, caroling, and a visit with Santa.  More on Edaville Festival of Lights
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Christmas at Santa's Village, Jefferson, N.H. See schedule
It's mighty cold in New Hampshire at this time of the year, but Mr. and Mrs. Claus help warm up this special New Hampshire theme park at Christmas that features beautiful lighting, holiday-themed amusement rides (including the Skyway Sleigh Monorail and the Merry Christmas Ferris Wheel), holiday shopping at the Snowball Mall and Stocking Stuffer Shop,  and a 3-D show entitled "A Tinkerdoodle Christmas."  Santa's Village is, without a doubt, one of New England's most revered holiday destinations! Book a room in North Conway

Christmas at the Farm Featured at Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, Vt. See schedule
Billings Farm and Museum celebrates the traditions of a 19th century Vermont village on weekends including arts and crafts projects and horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides. Book a room at the Woodstock Innn and Resort

Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Mass. See schedule
What a fun way to experience the history of Christmas traditions at Old Strubridge Village (OSV) -- this beautiful Sturbridge, Mass., living museum recreates rural New England life during the 1790s through the 1830s. Caroling around the illuminated 19th-century village and sounds of the season from visiting performers from local schools and churches will surely get you in the Christmas spirit. The event will also feature an evening of gingergbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). You'll also get to meet Father Christmas (right) and  Santa Claus. According to the OSV Web Site, you'll also get to "discover the history of Christmas cards, exchanging gifts, hanging stockings, Christmas trees, mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, and candy canes. You'll learn about these traditions and more in the enchanting setting of Old Sturbridge Village by candlelight. You'll also have an opportunity to taste samples of several foods long associated with the holiday." Book a room in Sturbridge

The North Pole Express at the Essex Steam Train, Essex, Conn. See schedule
This imaginative journey to the "North Pole" is sure to please the kids by celebrating  the spirit of the season with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing-a-longs, hot chocolate and sugar cookies -- all powered by a  locomotive-powered sleigh!  Full details on the North Pole Express at the Essex Steam Train, including specific December hours of operation. Book a room in nearby Old Saybrook

Enchanted Village, Jordan's Furniture, Avon, Mass. Runs through Jan. 1, 2017   See specific hours
Jordan's has brought back to life a revered holiday event made famous by the former Jordan Marsh department store in Boston and then the City of Boston. In its heyday (the 1960s and 1970s and then 1990-2005), Enchanted Village was a household name with its finely detailed holiday scenes and "magically" animated figures. Thanks to the visionaries at Jordan's Furniture, Enchanted Village is now back at its Avon store. Here, you'll find the fully restored vintage collection of 59 mechanical figurines, and 18 vignettes. Santa will be on hand, too!
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La Salette Festival of Lights, Attleboro, Mass. Nov. 24, 2016- Jan. 1, 2017
The annual National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Festival of Lights will shine its Christmas magic with more than 300,000 lights on display over 10 acres, Nov. 24, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2017, 5-9 p.m. daily, at the La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, Mass. One of New England’s most famous Christmas events, the Festival of Lights is one way to surely get in the holiday spirit. This is one of those “you had to be there” Christmas light show destinations that requires attendance to fully appreciate the spectacular nature of this event. Christmas at La Salette also features Christmas displays and exhibitions, as well as gift shop items! Admission to the Festival of Lights is free, but donations are always welcome. The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette is located at 947 Park Ave. For more information on this event and La Salette, in general, log onto the La Salette web site.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions, Newport, R.I. Nov. 16 - Jan. 2, 2017
The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House go all out for the holidays with spectacular decorations, music and tours. Featured are thousands of poinsettia plants, incredible evergreens, trees, wreaths and fresh flowers, as well as 19th century style ornaments.
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