Upcoming Events In Western Mass

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When you think back to some of your favorite childhood moments, very few of them probably happened when you were sitting at home watching TV. Instead, your most poignant memories probably revolve around that time you ended up with the home run ball at a baseball game, and the crowd cheered and you felt like a rock star, or at least like Babe Ruth.

Or maybe it was that time your family attended The Big E together and your dad bought you cotton candy and let you get all sticky-faced, and you watched your mom beat the midway games, and you felt like your heart was going to overflow with contentment and happiness.

In Western Massachusetts, events bring us together to celebrate our successes and recollect on our heritage. We’ve put together a list of some of the top yearly events in Massachusetts, things we and our local friends love doing to feel connected to our area and our community.

Top Yearly Western Massachusetts Events

Because of the beautiful area where we live, there are distinct Western Massachusetts-specific events that take place in each and every season. From leaf peeping in the fall to river rafting in the spring to skiing in the winter, you can find a wide range of things to do throughout the year, and some of our local events reflect the joyous beauty of our seasons.

Top Western Massachusetts Events for Spring

Springfield Annual Pancake Breakfast

Does anything scream “neighborly get-together more than a pancake breakfast? If your mouth is already watering over the thought of fluffy, buttery, syrupy goodness, you’re not going to want to miss the Springfield Annual Pancake Breakfast, typically hosted in May in downtown Springfield.

Bring your appetite, because it’s billed as the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast, and be ready to feast on both good food and friendly conversation.

Paradise City Arts Festival (Northampton)

This Paradise City Arts Festival is ranked among the best in the country, and includes exhibits from more than 250 artists in all mediums. Artists flock to Western Massachusetts from around the country to be part of this visually dazzling display.

Come out to enjoy the weather that’s not quite summer, not quite spring, and stay to buy way too much from the vast selection of contemporary art pieces on display.

Brimfield Outdoor Antique Show

With spring in the air, you’ll want to get out and enjoy the largest outdoor antique and collectible show in the country. The Brimfield Outdoor Antique Show features over 5000 dealers throughout the quaint country town of Brimfield. And once is never enough – they do this in July and September, too!

Top Western Massachusetts Events for Summer

Baseball Season Opening Night

Baseball is the quintessential American pastime, and there’s really nothing that can top the nostalgia of being present on opening night.

The Westfield Starfires and Valley Blue Sox will kick off their seasons right at the start of the summer, and both promise to bring plenty of excitement to the community. Be sure you arrive ahead of gametime to root, root, root for the home team.

Yankee Candle Christmas in July

We love the unforgettable scents of the holiday season. Fir and balsam, spicy gingerbread, warm apple cider – the list could go on and on.

So naturally, Christmas in July is a must. At the flagship Yankee Candle Village, you can enjoy the holiday season, snap selfies with Santa (who might have traded in his traditional red velvet for a more relaxed Hawaiian shirt vibe) and enjoy crafting with Mrs. Claus.

It’s just what you need to get a little dose of holiday spirit and deal with the fact that you probably won’t be decorating your tree for at least a couple more months.

Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

Meet Basketball’s best in the birthplace of the sport! Each summer, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrines the best in the sport in Springfield. Rub elbows with the greatest to play the game and save time for a tour of the Hoop Hall.

Top Western Massachusetts Events for Fall

The Big E

Would this even be a reliable listing of Western Massachusetts events if The Big E weren’t included? The community gathering, more formally known as the Eastern States Exposition, is the biggest and best county fair you could imagine.

Every fall, The Big E brings together amazing food, parades, musical entertainment, agricultural exhibitions, car shows and more. There’s so much to see, do and taste – you’ll need more than one day to fully enjoy all The Big E has to offer.

Six Flags New England’s Fright Fest

Each autumn, Six Flags New England transforms into a fright-filled funzone for teens and adults. You’ll find scary shows, walk-through attractions and thrill rides that make the most of the season.

Top Western Massachusetts Events for Winter

Springfield Thunderbirds

The Springfield Thunderbirds are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League affiliated with the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues. Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Thunderbirds play their home games at the MassMutual Center.


Springfield, Parade of the Big Balloons

Can’t quite make it to New York City for the Thanksgiving parade? We’ve got you covered, with the Parade of the Big Balloons in downtown Springfield.

Enjoy bands, community gatherings and balloons that represent the best Western Mass has to offer – our favorite is definitely the 75-foot Cat in the Hat balloon.

Bright Nights at Forest Park

Holiday memories are made at Bright Nights at Forest Park. It’s just not the holiday season until you’ve driven through this holiday lighting extravaganza! Look for Santa’s Magical Forest, Dinosaur World and Seuss Land – it’ll become an annual tradition after the first mile.

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Run, walk or float over to the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This celebration of Irish heritage brings more than 400,000 guests to the community for a parade, music, food and fun.

It also includes traditional performances by the Holyoke Caledonian Pipe Band and the Road Race, Western New England’s largest race (featuring a 10k, a 2 mile walk and a Kids Fun Run).

Community events help us to celebrate what we have in common – a love of the arts, of sport, of nature. The human connection these events create is so important to both mental and physical well-being.

If you’d like to learn more about these community events and dozens of others coming up in Western Mass, or about the top yearly events in Massachusetts, check out our Events listings and customize a schedule just for you. Or, contact us, and let our team of knowledgeable locals help you prepare for a fun and unforgettable Western Mass adventure.

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Sonny’s Place, North Pole Experience

December 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST

Explore the North Pole, like never before, where the magic of the holidays is unwrapped before your eyes, as Sonny’s Place is transformed into Santa’s Place! The North Pole comes to life around you, as Santa’s elves create a winter wonderland that dazzles and dances to the sounds of the season!

Our Holiday Operating Hours:

  • Dec 23rd: 11am-4pm, 5pm-9pm North Pole
  • Christmas Eve: 11am-4pm
  • Christmas Day: CLOSED
  • Dec 26-30th: 11am-4pm, 5pm-9pm North Pole
  • New Year’s Eve: 11am-4pm
  • New Year’s Day: 11am-5pm


Santa’s Candy Cane Cabin Enjoy the new twist and swirls of the holidays, on Peppermint Pathway! Come visit Santa in his Candy Cane Cabin. Gather around the Christmas Tree and meet Santa himself in this truly one–of–a–kind experience that celebrates old and new traditions.

O’ Christmas Tee’s Tee’s the Season in this forest of fun. Frolic and play, as you “putter” there for a Merry Christmas! Look out for some fun moments of surprise as you capture a selfie with one of Santa’s Elfie’s photo opportunities.

Reindeer Games Warm up where the reindeer play!  All video games are included with your admission (redemption & merchandise games additional fee)!

Carol-sel Oh what fun it is tonight, to ride on the carousel tonight! Walk through Santa’s stables and enjoy an interactive Carol-sel. Sing some of your favorite holiday carols as you enjoy this beautiful site on a wonderful night, riding on the Christmas Carol-sel.

Santa’s Flight Soar like Santa high over Sonny’s Place!  This thrilling adventure whisks you forward and in reverse at 30mph!

Christmas Blizzard Spin, flip, and experience weightlessness, just like flying through a blizzard!

Hologate VR- Cold Crush  Experience a snowball fight like never before. Maneuver your hovercraft on a frozen lake to collect golden coins, but watch out for your opponents and the crazy yeti as they both shoot icy snowballs at you. Seek out the power-ups to give your snowball shooting, super powers. This family friendly game will entice you with it´s cute and unique look and is a guaranteed virtual reality party smash. Oh, one last thing…beware of the yellow snowballs.

A Black Light Christmas (Laser Tag) The holidays are all a-glow in this lumino-city. Your mission is to defend Christmas and stay on the nice list this year. Make your way through laser fields of red and green, as you try to take down the naughty and save Christmas forever! *Additional fee required for this attraction.

Elf Workshop The North Pole Experience wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Toy Shoppe! This fun interactive stop will have you tinkering all day long. Create your own holiday craft, decorate a cookie or even enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus, as you try to solve the Elve’s riddles! *Additional fee for some experiences in this attraction.

Dancer’s Disco Welcome to the coolest place in town… Dancer’s Disco. Here, you can enjoy make memories with several photo ops, both inside and out, AND enjoy the Holiday Dance Party!


Winter Wonderlights: A Holiday Show Light up the night, as Sonny’s presents Merry & Bright: Holiday Lights. This holiday season, lights will dazzle and dance to a festive soundtrack, creating a holiday show that will leave you amazed and mesmerized.

Elves! A trip to the North Pole, wouldn’t be complete without Santa’s elves! Be on the look – out for Holly, Jolly, Jingle and Jangle as they spread holiday cheer to all who are near! Our troupe of elves will stroll throughout the North Pole, creating fun moments of entertainment, games and even pose for a sELFie! You won’t want to miss your chance to hashtag yourself at #thenorthepoleexperience.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus Join Mrs. Claus as she reads everyone’s favorite Christmas stories!  Photo opportunities will be available after the show as well!

Hours November 29th– December 30th:
Weekends 5:00pm-10:00pm

Daily December 26th- 30th 5:00pm-9:00pm

Pricing (Online):
Adult General Admission (10+yrs): $17
Child General Admission (4-9 yrs): $15
Senior General Admission (62+ yrs): $15 
Child Under 4 General Admission: FREE

Pricing (on-site):
Adult General Admission (10+yrs): $20
Child General Admission (4-9 yrs): $17
Senior General Admission (62+ yrs): $17 
Child Under 4 General Admission: FREE

VIP Santa Experience Pricing (ONLINE ONLY):
Adult General Admission (10+yrs): $35
Child General Admission (4-9 yrs): $30
Senior General Admission (62+ yrs): $30
Child Under 4 General Admission: FREE

VIP Santa Experience

  • Begins 1 hour prior to the event
  • Exclusive time to interact with Santa!
  • Exclusive interactions with the Merry Makers
  • Exclusive time with Mrs. Claus in the Elf Workshop (craft included)
  • Exclusive showing of Storytime with Mrs. Claus
  • Special set of Carols from the Merry Makers
Purchase General Admission or VIP Santa Experience tickets for opening weekend or any other date, as well as merchandise by clicking below!

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December 27, 2019
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST


Sonny’s Place
349 Main Street (Route 190)
Somers, CT 06071
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(860) 763-5454
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