With the holidays come a variety of dazzling light displays throughout New England. From Edaville Railroad in Carver (left) to Santa’s Village in Jefferson, N.H., check out where you can find some of the most impressive displays in the region. Next
Edaville Railroad goes into the holiday season full steam. Weekends in December, Edaville turns into a beautifully lit haven for the holidays. Board a train and take in the sights from the warmth of the coach as you chug through Edaville on a 20 minute ride.
Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum’s annual Candlelight Stroll provides a walk around the Portsmouth’s historic waterfront neighborhood, the paths and landscape lit with candles. It includes horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, and a gingerbread house competition.
If you want to get into the holiday spirit without leaving the warmth of the car, try Bright Nights in Springfield. The makers of the annual display custom-weld frames for a well-crafted, larger-than-life experience for the whole family.
Heritage Museums and Gardens
American culture is lit up for the holidays, when guests can visit with Santa, stroll the Heritage grounds, enjoy a vintage carousel, and, for the first time, play music and enjoy activities on the stage in the Hidden Hollow.
Stone Zoo, Stoneham
Santa, reindeer, and thousands of lights? Sounds like the holidays. That’s just what you’ll find at ZooLights at Stone Zoo. Visit Santa’s Castle, meet the reindeer, and tell Mr. Claus what you’d like for Christmas. New this year are arctic foxes, which guests can visit in the zoo’s Yukon Creek.
Winter Wonderland is fairly self-explanatory. Enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus every night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., take a hay ride, walk through the trees and Victorian houses in the wonderland (all lit up for the holidays, of course), and enjoy live music and other performances by local entertainers.
Holiday Light Fantasia
Hop in the car and head down to Hartford, where the holiday cheer will come to you. Cruise down a two-mile stretch of road through Goodwin Park, taking in the light displays along the roadside as you go. Proceeds benefit year-round programs at Channel 3 Kids Camp.
Running through Sunday, Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m. Sun-Thurs, 5-10 p.m. Fri-Sat, $12 per car (up to 10 passengers), $25 limousine, $50 per mini bus (up to 30 passengers), and $100 per full size tour bus (31 passengers or more). Directions. Back to the beginning
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