Nov 21-29, 2011: 15 Xmas Parades, LEGO fest, Thanksgiving outings, Nutcracker giveaway, & Santa Tree Lightings, & Sing-a-Long Mary Poppins
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Don’t just sit around with the family this Thanksgiving holiday. There are plenty of active events to get you out of the house! Sure, it’s colder, but let’s face it, it’s not going to be this warm again until late March. So enjoy the outdoors.
I hope you are having an awesome week. Now get out there and do something fun!
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Springfield’s Parade of the Big Balloons
I would so love to see this! Probably the best event after Thanksgiving is the parade in Springfield. The non-metro towns that try the hardest to lure in tourists are Springfield, Quincy, Salem, and Lowell. You can bet whenever an event happens in any of these places, it’ll be good. 11am, down Main Street from Lyman Street to Locust Street. Then 2pm fest at Tower Square with carolers, costumed characters. Main Street, Springfield, MA413-733-3800.Main Street, Springfield, MA. more info
Lowell City of Lights Parade & Holiday Art Stroll
And Lowell has a parade too! Various merchants and museums will be open — these events are typically driven by the chamber of commerce — and you’ll find trolley rides, a parade, Santa Claus, a hot chocolate competition, street performers, theatre, and more. 2-9pm, with parade at 4:30pm. Plenty of free parking! Merrimack & Central Streets, Lowell, MA978-674-1481, 978-446-7162.Merrimack & Central Streets, Lowell, MA. more info
Quincy Christmas Lights Festival & Parade
And right on cue, another town that tries hard, Quincy, has a Christmas festival. Kids festival and lighting ceremony Fri Nov 25, 4-8pm. Santa arrives by parachute Sat Nov 26, 12:30pm at Pageant Field, and a parade Sun Nov 27, 12:30pm, from School St & Elm St up Hancock St to North Quincy. It’s more of a draw if you put all this stuff together into one day, in my opinion. Quincy, MA617-376-1990 Chris Walker.Quincy, MA. more info
Santa Parade and Fireworks over Choate
Right after you think, “Where the hell is Medway” (between Framingham and Foxboro), you think, “Fireworks!!” Parade at 5:00pm up Holliston St to Choate Park, with fireworks afterwards over Choate Pond, Santa, tree lighting. Choate Park, Medway, MA508-533-3275.Choate Park, Medway, MA. more info
Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction
I saw this last year and it was surprisingly good for an amateur competition! Hobbyists build elaborately complicated machines called Rube Goldberg devices. That’s when the candle heats the air going into the balloon, which bursts, surprising the bird who tips over a bucket, sending water onto a cat, who yowls and pulls a string, releasing a bowling ball to roll… you get the idea. Register to join in, or show up close to the end to watch. 1-4pm. MIT Campus, Rockwell Gymnasium, 120 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA. more info
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Charles Hotel Tree Lighting
Roslindale Tree Lighting
Dorchester Trolley Tour & Several Tree Lightings
Peabody Square Tree Lighting Celebration
Anderson Tree Lighting in Logan Square
Copley Square Tree Lighting
Macy’s Boston Tree Lighting
Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
Gloucester’s Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
Family Breakfast with Santa!
Tree Lighting Festival at Smolak Farms
The Lanternlight Parade and The Mayor’s Greenlighting Ceremony
Santa’s Arrival at Roger Williams Park Zoo
Santa Arrives in Westerly
Holiday Parade of Lights in Berlin NH
Santa Arrives by Dogteam at Waterville Valley
Christmas in Wolfeboro Parade
HawkFeather Dancers – Modern Native American Dances and Customs
Gobble Gobble Gobble Road Race
Too Much Turkey Hike!
Boston Latino International Film Festival
Half-Price Day at Franklin Park Zoo & Stone Zoo
Our National Thanksgiving – w/ Abraham Lincoln
Owl Moon: Night Hike
Foray After the Feast
Super Megafest – my review
Captors – our review
The Capitol Steps
Arabic Music with Tufts Takht and Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag – Small Jazz Concert
Straight No Chaser – my review
Tree Lighting and Lighted Boat Parade
Santa Arrives by Tugboat
Trees in the Rigging Boat Parade
CT Holiday Dazzle Light Parade
Opening Day for Hartford Winterfest
Stamford Harbor Parade of Lights
Annual Holiday Stroll at East Lyme
Waterville Parade of Lights
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