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November 2022

Autumn in Massachusetts

The autumnal beauty of Massachusetts each November beckons visitors to enjoy our natural resources, historical sites, cultural displays and culinary riches.  As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we are mindful of the spirit of hope and sharing between the Pilgrims and Wampanoags that resonates four centuries later.

When you explore our cultural and historical destinations, keep in mind that Massachusetts is blessed with a bounty of farms and farmers markets where you can purchase MassGrown products. And if you dine out at local restaurants, you’ll be supporting our MyLocalMA initiative.

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Photo: Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Uxbridge, MA. Courtesy of Carol Dandrade.

Featured Region: Central Massachusetts

Embrace the most joyous season with the magic of Central Massachusetts. The Loyal to Local Gift Guide jumpstarts your gift-giving inspiration, highlighting area storefronts, regionally-made goods and curated shopping trails—along with the Vaillancourt Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show, which brings a European-style outdoor market to New England. Boundless holiday events and live shows are in the lineup, like December’s Boston Pops Holiday Tour, A Very Postmodern Christmas and Hip Hop Nutcracker at The Hanover Theatre. The new Worcester Wonderland Passport will take you through a tour of the Heart of the Commonwealth, a guide to holiday shopping and experiences at businesses that are embodying the spirit of the moment. Early access to the passport can be found here, launching straight to your inbox in early November. 

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Franklin County

Franklin County CiderDays will be held November 4-6 at various locations in Western Mass! The original craft cider festival features cider-making, tastings, workshops, orchard tours, culinary demonstrations and more in orchards and venues county-wide and beyond. Whether you are a cider aficionado (hard or sweet), make your own cider, are an orchardist, like hanging out in bucolic orchards, or just enjoy soaking up all the goodness of autumn in New England, CiderDays is your event! Details at

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Photo credit: Kyle Klein

Greater Boston

Boston's Holiday Season offers a festive selection of things to do. Come for the sights and check out the Holiday Lights trail to gaze at decorated landmarks. Catch live performances of the Nutcracker and Holiday Pops, or visit Snowport for holiday shopping, rooftop igloos, and even curling. Boston's luxury hotels and intimate boutique properties delight you with their holiday packages trimmed with seasonal specialties and exceptional service.

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Cape Cod

The patriotic Field of Honor (November 10-15) at Johnny Kelly Park in Dennis is a stunning display of American flags, part of a nationwide tribute to men and women in uniform. From glimmering whimsical characters to shimmering jewel-toned orbs, the hand-blown ornaments at Sandwich Glass Museum's Glassblowers' Christmas (November 18-December 30) are perfect for holiday gift-giving. And see the holidays in a whole new light at the beautifully illuminated Gardens Aglow at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, which will wow you from November 26-December 26 (Friday-Sundays).

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Western Mass

Bright Nights at Forest Park kicks off its 28th season on Wednesday, November 23, with a special guest flipping the switch on all 675,000 lights. In addition to the magical lighting display illuminating the three-mile drive, Santa’s Magical Forest will be welcoming visitors to enjoy, snacks, souvenirs, and whirl on the carousel. Santa will be greeting visitors at the entrance on opening night as well. Bright Nights will be open daily November 23rd to January 1st but will be closed November 28th – 29th. For more Western Mass holiday events, click here.

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Hampshire County

Get out with friends this November! Take in the feel-good vibes of the Young@Heart Chorus during their 40th Anniversary show, or groove to the legendary Roomful of Blues at The Drake. Explore handmade art and craft (and get a jump on that holiday shopping) at Eastworks Open Studios. Experience the town-wide fun of the annual Bag Day sale in Northampton, then grab a bite and a craft cocktail at the newly opened Tellus & The Satellite Bar, or catch up over retro video games at The Quarters. Come connect in Hampshire County!

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North Central Mass

November ushers in the holiday season — with great fairs and festivals, Christmas tree exhibitions, and theatrical productions with a holiday flair! Check out the Pumpkin Patch Fair in Leominster, Thanksgiving Harvest Festival in Phillipson, or Craft Fair in Sterling. Enjoy a night out with Seussical the Musical in Barre or Silver Bells on stage in Gardner. Start your shopping with the Country Roads Holiday Tour Looking for decorating ideas? The Festival of Trees at the Gardner Museum has just what you need!

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Martha's Vineyard

When Martha’s Vineyard turns its autumn face, grab easel, camera, sneakers, appetite, dreams. Yes to beachcombing gorgeous beaches, lovely lodging, quiet-season rates, cozy dining, dazzling hiking trails, arboretum days, and trivia, karaoke, live music nights! Yes to serene cycling paths, tucking into museums, visit lighthouses, art exhibits/classes, Film Center MET-opera, boutique sales, Artisans Thanksgiving Weekend Festival and Featherstone Holiday-Gift-Show. It’s a dazzling Vineyard autumn here, with immense beauty in a place you need to be!


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Mohawk Trail Region

Don't miss EJ Hill – Brake Run Helix @ MASS MoCA! For his first solo museum show and largest exhibition to date, EJ Hill will create a massive sculptural installation that incorporates a stage for performances as well as a functional roller coaster. Hill’s practice focuses on everyday experiences that intermingle public struggle, endurance, trauma, and joy, whether within athletics, religion, the American education system, or amusement parks. On view until January 31, 2024.

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The cooler weather has begun but there's still time to enjoy fall in MetroWest! Stop by the Hopkinton Farmers Market at Weston Nurseries on November 5. Go for a hike with some goats at Chestnut Hill Farm on November 12 to enjoy the great outdoors. Get your sweat on before some turkey at Franklin's Turkey Trot on November 24.

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Photo credit: J.Greg Hinson


Nantucket’s November is wondrous, beautiful and fun, its subtle beauty magnified by fall-colors. Its 200+ conserved properties await, cloaked in autumn finery. Plenty of Nantucket Walkabouts inspire; Ravenous Reptiles, dazzling Festival of Wreaths kicks off the holidays, enjoy SCROOGE Musical; Nantucket Noel, Annual-Christmas-Tree-Lighting and A Nantucket Christmas Carol. Shop for holiday gift-giving, snuggle-up at cozy inns and enjoy island cuisine, visit serene beaches solo or with a special friend, cycle, stroll and celebrate the coming season! It’s all near and here!

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North of Boston

Enjoy the SeaFestival of Trees, a holiday tradition filled with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits, and more. Open weekends starting November 18 at Blue Ocean Event Center. Lace up your skates because The Rink is back at MarketStreet Lynnfield starting November 12. Salem Trolley & The Gallows Hill Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” beginning November 26. Ride along with Scrooge on the Salem Trolley as the classic tale is brought to life.

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Plymouth County

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Plymouth is THE destination for all the authentic festivities! America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration starts on Friday, November 18, with a concert from The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. Then, on Saturday, the renowned Thanksgiving Parade begins at 10 am, followed by Plymouth Waterfront activities and the National Senior Alumni Drum & Bugle Corp Reunion at Memorial Hall. The weekend wraps up with a very special Harvest Market on Sunday. Join us!

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Southeastern Mass

With a crazy year leaving us feeling trapped, we could all use an escape. Southeastern Massachusetts is so close to home you’ll be here by noon. What you won’t be is looking at the same four walls, because you’ll be too busy taking a stroll by the ocean, finding that art you’ve been needing & having the freshest seafood possible...most importantly making memories that will help you escape.

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The Berkshires

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, is excited to present its third year of NightWood, an outdoor sound and light experience that immerses visitors in a fantastical winter landscape. Inspired by The Mount’s unique setting, NightWood combines scenic elements, theatrical lighting, and a dramatic score to create eight unique scenes. NightWood runs November 11–January 1. Reservations suggested.

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Get in the holiday spirit by joining in the festivities at the City Lights Parade on Saturday, November 26! The family-friendly event features activities for guests of all ages. Attendees can enjoy live music, various food and beverage vendors, appearances by Santa and Lowla Bear, and a holiday light parade that marches through the historic downtown area. Find out more here!

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Regional Tourism Councils

The Berkshires  Cape Cod  Central Massachusetts  Franklin County 

Greater Boston  Greater Merrimack Valley  Hampshire County  North Central Mass 

Martha's Vineyard  MetroWest  Mohawk Trail  Nantucket Island  North of Boston 

Plymouth County  Southeastern Mass  Western Mass


Funded by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism