Best New England Christmas Season Traditions

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nutcracker_ca-199x300Holiday traditions are the things we look forward to the most each season — the things we did as children, picked up from friends and family, or started on our own. It doesn’t matter how big the tradition or how long we’ve been doing it, we just know the season isn’t the same without them! And like most good things in life, there’s always room for more! Looking for a new holiday season tradition? Here are our picks for some of the Best New England Christmas Season Traditions, guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit and make your days merry!


Artistic New England Christmas Season Traditions

For many of us, no holiday season is complete without donning a bit of finery and heading into the city for a special holiday performance. Whether it’s the toe-tapping Boston Pops, the rousing Halleluiah chorus of Handel’s Messiah, the leaps and pirouettes of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, or the humbug-turned-merry tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – the stage beckons during the Christmas season with something for everyone. Productions take place all over New England, so if you can’t make it to one of the “big shows,” check the pages of your local newspaper for performances in your own community.

Holiday Lights New England Christmas Season Traditions

Whether it’s piling into the car with a steaming travel mug of hot chocolate to cruise the holiday lights in your own community, or heading out to a larger “destination holiday light spot,” the glow of twinkling lights is one of the earliest and easiest ways to get into the holiday spirit. If you want to venture beyond home for maximum wattage, check out:

Historic New England Christmas Season Traditions

In a region as ripe with history as New England, leaping into the Christmas past is easy. Head to one of the region’s living history museums for special holiday programs, or tour a historic house or two for examples of Christmas decor and style from different eras of New England history.

Food and Craft Christmas Season Traditions

Of course, no holiday season is complete without a few handmade items, either food from the kitchen or crafts from the kitchen table! Our Yankee food and craft bloggers have a few ideas to get you started.

What did we miss? Share your family’s own holiday traditions in the comments section — you may inspire someone else, or learn something new to add to your own Christmas calendar!

  • You need to mention the very popular “Christmas Prelude” held throughout Kennebunkport and parts of Kennebunk, Maine, which will celebrate it’s 32 year in Dec. 2013. A two weekend event the first two weekends of December every year. Nearly every business, inn, church, civic group, school is involved :-)! People come from all over the US. People reserve rooms a year in advance to attend. Tree lightings, music, sales, chowder suppers, lobster roll & chowder luncheon, lobster bake, Santa arrives by lobster boat, the hat parade, and so many more events. Home & Garden TV has rated it one of the top ten Christmas celebrations in the US!


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