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The best holiday traditions in New England

Posted On: 12/11/2018

In December, New England certainly looks the part for the holidays — icicles, snow, frozen streams, and snow-capped mountains. There’s no better place to spend the holiday season, and there are plenty of local offerings to get you in the spirit. Here are a few of our very favorite things to do during the Hanukkah and Christmas seasons.

First up, one of the most classic holiday traditions — holiday music. There are so many shows and participatory events taking place all over the state. First up, if you want the big city lights and a show, check out the Boston Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. For those who aren’t into drama, try out the award-winning Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops, a holiday tradition since 1973. In Lexington, sing along with the annual Messiah Sing, a decades-old show that turns the audience into the chorus.

That takes care of the singing, and now onto the lights. Dress snug and warm, pour yourself a mug of hot cocoa, and head to one of the many lights shows around New England. For the shiniest events around, check out Bright Nights in Springfield, MA, Fatima Shrine in Holliston, MA, Holiday Light Fantasia in Hartford, CT, and La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, MA. If you’re going with kids, Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA hosts its annual ZooLights event.

Other events include the Christmas By Candlelight event at the Old Sturbridge Village, a historical celebration of the holiday. Lantern Light Tours at the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut are a gorgeous and festive way to learn about local history. Another historic event is in Woodstock, VT where you can experience a reenacted 19th century rural Christmas at Billings Farm and Museum.

The most important thing about the holidays is not what you do, but who you’re with. However you choose to spend the holidays, GO Boston has the fleet and experienced chauffeurs to get you and your loved ones wherever you want to go, safe and sound.

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