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Six Festive Places Near Boston to Visit on a Holiday Road Trip

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There’s no denying New England is the most magical place to celebrate the holidays. This year, get out and explore more of it by visiting some of the Boston area’s greatest seasonal, outdoor attractions. Bundle up, round up the family, and hit the road. These destinations all lie about an hour or less from the city. Remember: State guidelines on social distancing and face coverings remain in effect. Check for the latest updates before you leave.

Elm Bank

Wander through dozens of decorated pines and then vote on your favorite at the twelfth annual Festival of Trees, starting November 27 in Wellesley. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is also creating a “Snow Village” where model trains will wind through miniature replicas of Boston, Fenway Park, the North Pole, and more.

Marshfield Lights Show

This dazzling drive-through light show on the South Shore boasts “larger-than-life” displays synchronized to holiday music stretching for more than a mile. Buy tickets online ahead of time; they’re good for any day between November 19 and December 30. Don’t forget to pack a thermos of cocoa!

McIntyre Ski Area

Hit the slopes with the family this season, and by slopes we mean the tubing kind. The massive tubing hill at McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester features multiple lanes for the inflatables to whiz down—and a conveyor belt so you don’t have to trudge back up. The season begins in early December (weather permitting) and kids must be at least 5 years old and 44 inches tall to participate.

Pakeen Farm

Pick out the perfect pine at this Canton farm with both fresh-cut and cut-your-own trees. After debating between a fir or spruce, sip hot chocolate and snap a few festive pics while browsing wreaths, garlands, and other festive decorations to take home.

Stone Zoo

Stoneham isn’t quite the North Pole, but you’ll still find lynx, Arctic foxes, and even reindeer at ZooLights, Stone Zoo’s holiday celebration running from November 27 through January 3. The one-way stroll through the 26-acre park passes by dazzling lights and the animal residents of “Yukon Creek,” which include black bears and a bald eagle.

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