Where History Meets Twinkling Lights
'Tis the season for twinkling lights, gingerbread houses, and hot cocoa. But if you're looking for something a little more special, why not check out one of these holiday light festivals.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, December 2023-January 2024
If you want to venture into the city, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston is a must-see for art lovers. During the holidays, it's even more special. The museum's courtyard is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a giant Christmas tree and a light show.
Picture yourself surrounded by stunning works of art, elegantly lit, and exuding holiday charm. Stroll through the iconic courtyard, where twinkling lights dance in harmony with classical masterpieces, creating an atmosphere that feels like stepping into a whimsical painting. While you may be bundled up in your North Face jacket, the Gardner will allow you to step back and imagine holiday soirées of a different era — a perfect blend of history and holiday joy!
NightWood at The Mount - Edith Wharton’s Home, November 17, 2023 -January 6,
For bookworms and literature lovers, NightWood at The Mount in Lenox, MA, is a holiday dream come true and worth the trip westward. Held at the former home of the acclaimed author Edith Wharton, this historic estate showcases its holiday spirit with a literary and musical twist.
Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the illuminated ¾-mile path, weaving through the woods and gardens, immersing yourself in a world that ignites wonder and sparks the imagination. The outdoor gardens are lit up with charming fairy lights and leave you feeling as though you've stepped into the pages of one of Wharton's novels. The spirit of creativity and imagination is alive and well here, and you can almost hear the whispers of literary greats mingling with the rustle of winter leaves.
Newport Mansions, November 18, 2023 - January 1, 2024
The Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, are a sight to behold any time of year, but they're truly magical during the holidays. A little over an hour from Medford, this iconic destination boasts miles of twinkling lights gracefully wrapped around architectural marvels, creating a jaw-dropping sight you won't find anywhere else.
As you stroll through the manicured gardens adorned with holiday finery, you'll be transported to a time when parties were grand and the yuletide spirit was unmatched. Marvel at the magnificent 30-foot-tall tree at The Breakers, lit up like the North Star itself, or the more understated decorations at Marble House. Either way, if you thought your holiday lights game was strong, wait until you see what these historic homes have up their sleeves!
Medford’s Jingle Bell Festival, November 29-December 3, 2023
Fun fact: Medford, MA, is the birthplace of the timeless Christmas carol, "Jingle Bells," Now it's time to ring in the holiday season with the Medford Jingle Bell Festival! Festivities kick off with a spirited chorus of Jingle Bells right at City Hall on November 29th, setting the stage for five days of pure merriment.
But that's not all! Throughout this joyful extravaganza, you'll have the chance to explore several of Medford's historic homes, each adorned with magnificent light displays that twinkle like stars. Beyond the dazzling decor, these homes hold captivating stories of days gone by and architectural significance that will warm your heart even on the chilliest winter night. So, get ready to make some memories and celebrate the season in the place where Jingle Bells was born!
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