The holiday season isn't complete without festive light displays and Massachusetts offers several for the whole family to enjoy. Choose among displays in several parts of the state, some of which are free of charge or request a donation to a charity. Holiday lights displays in Massachusetts should dazzle and delight.
Approximately 25 miles southwest of Boston is Millis Wonderland, a family farm with acres of Christmas lights and decorations set up each holiday season. The display is a drive-through showing of more than 45 "Elves Workshops," a real, decorated tugboat and a 40-foot-tall Santa. In 2010, the display was open from December 3 to December 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The display is free, but the operating family encourages visitors to leave a donation for the Salvation Army at the designated donation site.
Bright Nights at Forest Park
Forest Park in Springfield, MA, hosts an extensive display of holiday lights every year, beginning just before Thanksgiving and running every day through New Year's. The display features more than a million lights in a two-and-a-half mile drive that includes a toy land, Noah's ark, Victorian village and Seuss land. In 2010, the rates to view the lights varied from $6 to $18 per carload, depending on date and availability of coupons. Bright Night also offers rates for tour buses varying from $70 to $150, depending on the capacity of the bus.
In 2010, Boston's Enchanted Village tradition moved from City Hall Plaza to Jordan's Furniture in Avon, MA, 15 miles south of Boston. The display, featuring Victorian and yuletide scenes, is free of charge to the public. Visitors can also experience Polar Express 4D The Ride, a 20-minute multimedia ride for $6 and the Laser Imagination Theater Experience light and holiday music show for $3. In 2010, Enchanted Village was open from November 13 through January 2.
Edaville USA Holiday Lights
Less than an hour away from Boston and Providence, RI is Edaville USA amusement park in Carver, MA. The park features a railroad theme with vintage railroad cars and carnival rides. During the holiday season, Edaville transports guests through a park decorated with thousands of lights on the train. The park keeps the rides open during the lights display, weather permitting, and has restored a Santa's Village along the main walkway. In 2010, ticket admission prices were $18 for adults, $16 for children and seniors. Children under 2 are free.
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