Lowell Winterfest | Top 10 Massachusetts Winter Events
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From an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party to an early-bird Saint Patrick’s Day parade, our list of the top 10 Massachusetts winter events has something for everyone. Read on to see our picks, then tell us about your own favorite Massachusetts winter events in the comments!
First launched in 1976, Boston’s First Night celebration is said to be the oldest and largest New Year’s Eve arts festival in the country. Copley Square and Back Bay are the hub for the schedule of entertainment and special attractions, which include crowd-pleasing large-scale ice sculptures and a light show. The “People’s Procession” parade steps off at 6 p.m., followed by an early-bird family fireworks display at 7. Musical performers keep the main stage rocking from 7:30 p.m. onward, and the countdown to midnight culminates in spectacular fireworks over Boston Harbor.
Join in the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s annual read-a-thon of one of America’s most enduring novels, Moby-Dick. The weekend kicks off Friday night with a ticketed dinner and Moby-Dick-themed presentation. Saturday morning features a “Stump the Scholars” trivia Q&A and a mini-marathon reading of a children’s version of Moby-Dick. The main event — the reading aloud of Herman Melville’s unabridged classic by local celebrities and volunteers — begins at noon Saturday and continues through into Sunday. A ceremony on Sunday afternoon will honor those who made it all the way through.
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An impressive Gothic stone church adjacent to Forest Park in Springfield, Trinity United Methodist Church is famed for its annual Boar’s Head Festival, a celebration that channels the spirit of medieval England as it commemorates the visit by the Three Wise Men to the infant Jesus. The pageantry is unforgettable, as real farm animals (geese, sheep, goats, a donkey, etc.) as well as camels (!) are included in the performance by costumed townspeople, dancers, and musicians. There are a number of festival performances over three days, and each is followed by a punch and cookie reception with music provided by a brass quintet. Seating is limited, so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
Behold the premier showcase of newest-model vehicles, both imported and domestic, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Almost every production vehicle on the show floor is available for attendees to touch and even climb into, while preproduction models, concept cars, and exotic machines offer plenty of eye candy from behind their roped-off enclosures. Don’t miss the “super car” collection, valued at over $5 million, comprising new and vintage luxury rides from the likes of Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo. Test drives can be booked on select production models, and factory and dealer reps will be on hand to answer questions.
For a chance to see more than nine acres of railroad-centric displays and attractions — including over 60 model train layouts, a flea market, and booths run by manufacturers and historical societies — make tracks for the Eastern States Expo, home to the largest train show in North America. Organized by the Amherst Railway Society, the show also features clinics on the finer points of model railroads, teaching such skills as creating background trees, modeling water features, and wiring the electrical system.