Holiday Traditions in Western Mass

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What better time to start a new tradition than the holiday season?  And what better place to do it than Western Mass ?  You’ll find one-of-a-kind holiday attractions , great shopping and delicious dining!

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Bright Nights at Forest Park

New England’s single most popular holiday destination and largest holiday lighting display, featuring Toy Land, Seuss Land and miles of themed holiday scenes.  Click here for dates and times.  (


Old Sturbridge Village

Celebrate the season during Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village! Explore the beautifully decorated Village, watch a nightly lighting ceremony, stroll through the Christmas Tree Trail and so much more.  Tickets sell fast so click here for more info.  (

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Yankee Candle Village

You won’t find a more festive way to do your holiday shopping than this 90,000 sq.ft. candle and gift shop!  It also snows inside!  Stroll through the Bavarian Village to shop ornaments, festive scents, décor and even meet Santa!  There’s more to explore here. (

Holiday Traditions in Western Mass

Yuletide at Storrowton Village

Eastern States Exposition presents Yuletide at Storrowton Village Museum events each year during the first weekend in December with free activities and through the following week with paid tours, workshops and lantern light experiences.  Get all of the details here.  (


Grinchmas at The Springfield Museums

Grinchmas is celebrated at the Springfield Museums, where Springfield native Theodore Seuss Geisel, is celebrated at the Amazing World Of Dr. Seuss Museum and Sculpture Garden. This year, during our Seuss-iversary, they’ve added The Grinch’s Grotto as a must-see, must-experience attraction.  Get more info here. (

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The Student Prince

Celebrate the holidays in the traditional German way with Carolers, great food and their special holiday eggnog.  Make a reservation because they fill up fast!  (

Visit our regional calendar of events ( for even more ideas for holiday fun, shopping and dining in Western Mass ( Then visit our recommended hotels page ( because you’re going to want to stay a few days.