Twinkle Twinkle! Where to See Boston’s Best Holiday Light Displays

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It may seem like you’ve barely finished your turkey dinner, but it’s definitely time to celebrate the winter holiday season with some serious wattage. Boston is full up on epic holiday light displays (and tree lightings to go with them) and most are turning on soon. So grab your best scarf, put on those woolly hats and warm mittens and head out to catch some of the best Christmas lights in town. Read on for our local favorites!

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Boston Common Tree Lighting

The official holiday season is underway and lighting the City of Boston's official Christmas tree and trees throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden is one of the main events. Generations have enjoyed and continue to treasure Boston's tree lighting celebration. Twenty-five thousand people of all ages attend the event, which has grown to include a festive stage show with nationally known talent. The Lighting of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall follows this event.

Date: Dec. 2, 2021
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Copley Square Tree Lighting

This family-friendly event is sure to get you and the kids in a festive mood! There will be refreshments and giveaways, and a special line up of local talent to keep the crowd singing classic holiday hits until the lights turn on. Come for the lighting, return to enjoy the lights all month long.

Date: Nov. 29, 2021
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Marshfield Holiday Light Show

The Marshfield Holiday Light Show is a light spectacular that features dozens of dazzling, larger-than-life holiday themed displays to delight the entire family as they drive through the gorgeous display. Bundle up the kids, pack your favorite holiday cookies and pour creamy hot cocoa into the thermos, then sit back and listen to the holiday music on your car's stereo. The synced light performance will make your kids smile. The drive is one mile. Be sure to plan ahead as you'll need tickets for this one.

Dates: Nov. 25-Dec. 30, 2021
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Magic of Lights

Pack the kids into the car and head to Gillette Stadium for a display of lights that rivals no other. Magic of Lights is a dazzles with a drive-through experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and some of your favorite characters of the season. Lit using the latest LED technology and digital animations, kids will squeal with delight as your car makes it way along the route. Get tickets online before driving down.

Dates: Nov. 19-Dec. 24, 2021 (closed Nov. 28-30)
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ZooLights at Stone Zoo

Enter a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights at Stone Zoo. Enjoy a one-way stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to black bears, bald eagle, Canada lynx, reindeer and arctic foxes. This year, several illuminated large-scale lantern displays will light up your winter's night. Grab tickets to this favorite display while you still can!

Dates: Nov. 19, 2021-Jan. 3, 2022 (closed Nov. 25 & Dec. 25)
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Night Lights 2021

Get into the winter spirit with Night Lights 2021 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. It’s a celebration of light that includes thousands of lights, new experiences and enchanting landscapes. Enjoy a walking experience outdoors through roughly 15 acres of formal gardens and surrounding woodlands, including illuminated plants, paths, sculptures and fountains. The magical scene is enhanced with fire pits for warming up, making s’mores or enjoying a cup of hot cocoa (or an adult beverage). Timed entry tickets to this special after hours event must be reserved online in advance. 

Dates: Nov. 26-Dec. 30, 2021
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Martin's Park Ship Lighting

A new kid on the block, this tree lighting is sure to be lit! Join Martin’s Park in celebrating the holiday season with their first annual Ship Lighting. Santa will be arriving by boat, and Betty The Yeti will make a special appearance inside the park. Enjoy Martin’s Park with hot cocoa, caroling and holiday fun of all kinds.

Dates: Nov. 27, 2021
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Winterlights at Stevens-Coolidge House & Garden

Winterlights is back for the holiday season! And the Stevens-Coolidge House and Gardens is just one of three beautiful properties that will sparkle with thousands of shimmering, artfully designed holiday lights. The Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate and Naumkeag are the other two festive spots to enjoy this dazzling display. Bring the whole family for a magical, fun and safe outdoor experience, with food, refreshments and more. Tickets are selling out fast, so grab yours now if a trip is on your winter wishlist.

Dates: Nov. 26, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022
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Annual Lighting of the Columbus Park Trellis

Take in the gorgeous views of the city when this trellis is lit with blue lights for the duration of the holiday season. While there won't be an official lighting ceremony for 2021, you can enjoy the lights all season long.

Date: Nov. 26, 2021
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