Christmas has been celebrated in Massachusetts since the first settlers arrived in the early 1600’s. Since that time, a bevy of activities have been established on an annual basis. Here are only a sampling of these joyous events.
Christmas by Candlelight
Old Sturbridge Village, located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is a “living history museum” of life in New England from 1790-1840. Their annual “Christmas by Candlelight” will be held from December 3-19, 2010. The quaint homes and shops are lit by candles as food and music of the early 1800’s is enjoyed by all.
Boston Pops Christmas Concert
From December 8 – 26, 2010, conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops will perform Christmas music at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. This annual event is a favorite of people throughout the New England area. Tickets are now on sale at the Symphony Hall box office as well as on their website at www.bso.org.
Another Boston favorite is “The Nutcracker” performed by the Boston Ballet company and music by Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky. This beautiful and amazing performance will run from November 26 – December 31, 2010. The whole family will thoroughly enjoy this two-hour show. For further details, visit www.bostonballet.org.
A Christmas Carol
“A Christmas Carol” based on the novel by Charles Dickens, will come to life at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts. It will run from December 3 – 23, 2010. The terrific actor, David Coffee, once again gives a stunning performance as Scrooge. Tickets for this classic show are now available at the box office or online at www.nsmt.org. This is highly recommended.
Radio City Rockettes
The famed “Rockettes” from Radio City will once again perform at the Wang Theater in Boston, Massachusetts from December 3 – 29, 2010. This amazing Christmas spectacular is a show worth seeing again and again. The precision of the “Rockettes” is beyond belief. The “Living Nativity” at the end of the show is incredible and will be remembered long after the show has ended. This is highly recommended for the whole family.
Christmas at LaSalette Shrine
The LaSalette Shrine located in Attleboro, Massachusetts will again conduct its annual Christmas display of lights from November 25, 2010 – January 2, 2011. Over 300,000 lights will illuminate over ten acres which is sure to inspire people of all ages. This display began in 1953; LaSalette Brothers, staff and volunteers put up the lights for all to enjoy. The “Outdoor Manger” and “International Display of Nativities” are only two of the highlights. Parking and admission is free to all. For directions and further details, visit www.lasalette-shrine.org.
The Enchanted Village
“The Enchanted Village” is a favorite among thousands in Massachusetts. It was originally created in 1958 by a toy maker in Bavaria and placed on display at the Jordan Marsh store in Boston, Massachusetts. Twenty-eight Christmas scenes with 250 animated figures were a highlight of the Christmas season for years. The display was closed by Jordan Marsh in 1972; it reopened in 1998 at which time Macy’s purchased Jordan Marsh and sold the display to the City of Boston. In May 2009, Jordan’s Furniture purchased the Enchanted Village and restored the figures and scenes. It is currently on display at the Jordan’s Furniture store in Avon, Massachusetts.
These are only a handful of the many events occurring throughout Massachusetts during the Christmas season. Come and enjoy one or all.