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November 2019
Massachusetts is rich in arts & culture, so it's no surprise that exciting events, exhibits and festivals are held in the state's 16 regions all year long. Find out more!
Giving Thanks
Visitors to Massachusetts this month get to share our iconic Thanksgiving holiday of giving thanks at meals and community gatherings, a tradition dating back to the Pilgrims. You can enjoy New England Harvest Feasts at Plimoth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village and various venues found on MOTT's Thanksgiving page. Don't miss America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration Parade in Plymouth on Saturday, November 23, the annual lighting of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown on Wednesday, November 27, and the Parade of the Big Balloons in downtown Springfield on November 29.

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Featured Region: Southeastern Mass

Kick off the holiday season with a night of musical performances! New Bedford Festival Theatre has been producing shows for 30 years and is putting together a showcase featuring some of their favorite musical numbers. The upcoming show Best of Times on Saturday, November 30 at 7 pm will feature songs from La Cage Aux Folles, Les Miserables and Jekyll and Hyde, just to name a few! Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at the box office. This spectacular evening will be taking place at the historic Zeiterion Theatre, located in downtown New Bedford on 684 Purchase Street. NBFT is looking forward to this show as a celebration of the arts and guarantees a night of fun surprises for all theatre lovers!

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The Berkshires

Photo: Naumkeag House & Gardens, Stockbridge
Join us for some holiday fun in the Berkshires! For all you shoppers, be sure to mark your calendars to attend Greylock WORKS' Festive Holiday Market or the Berkshire Botanical Garden's Holiday Marketplace. Just looking for a fun way to get into the holiday spirit? Then take some time to enjoy Naumkeag's Winterlights, Berkshire Museum's Festival of Trees or Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. From gifts of all sizes and artisanal cuisine to twinkling lights and Christmas trees, we have it all in the Berkshires.

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Join us for the 31st Annual City of Lights Holiday Parade at 4:30 pm on Saturday, November 30 in Lowell! More than 10,000 spectators line downtown streets each year in anticipation of Lowell's only nighttime parade. Officially kicking off the holiday season, this signature City of Lowell event brings a contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, and local personalities. Parade route is from Jackson Street to City Hall.

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Central Massachusetts

Discover art, music, theater and dance in Worcester! Virtuosity abounds with musical performances hosted by Music Worcester and the Worcester Chamber Music Society. Those ready to get-down and dance will enjoy a one-night resurgence of Studio 54 in the Printer's Building - an eclectic art-hub. Or, be inspired by the art of movement with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. During your trip, make sure to explore one of the many hidden gems located in the city.

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Franklin County
The 16th Annual Crafts of Colrain Studio Tour will be held Nov 9-10 from 10 am to 5 pm! Nineteen artisans, makers of products from fine art furniture to artisanal beer, will be opening up their doors to visitors from near and far. You'll be able to see and experience the flying sparks of iron on the forge, and admire winter accessories woven from the fibers of animals grazing right outside the studio where the yarn was spun. Colrain's beautiful pastoral landscape is the off-the-beaten-path backdrop for all this creativity.

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Greater Boston
From November 1-January 1, Greater Boston celebrates an eight-week holiday season, when over 125 theater, dance, music, comedy and family performances with thousands of half-priced tickets are made available! Seasonal favorites include Nutcracker ballets, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Revels, The Black Nativity and Holiday Pops. New this year are Dolly Parton's A Smokey Mountain Christmas Carol and Old Town Trolley's Lights & Sights Tour! Discounted dining deals and many free festivities are also part of this holiday gift and can viewed online at  Tree and menorah lightings, BLINK! at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Holiday Strolls and First Night & First Day all contribute to what makes the holiday season in Boston so memorable!

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Cape Cod
The 7th Annual Field of Honor Display (November 8-11) 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 10th Annual Glassblowers' Christmas (November 15-December 30) give holiday lights a run for their money. And the under-celebrated root vegetable gets its due at the annual Eastham Turnip Festival, (November 23), easily one of the most jubilant food celebrations in America. Read more about what's coming up on Cape Cod this November in our latest blog!

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Greater Springfield
Bright Nights at Forest Park kicks off the holiday season and their 25th Anniversary on November 27! Enjoy three miles of smiles at the Northeast's premier holiday lighting experience located in Springfield's beautiful Forest Park. See displays featuring Dr. Seuss, Jurassic World, Toy Land and so much more!

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Hampshire County
The temperatures may be dropping, but Hampshire County is always ready to give you a warm welcome! Bring the kiddos to the 30th Children's Illustration Celebration at the Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (November 10). Explore the artsy side of holiday shopping at the Brushworks Arts & Industry Open Studios & Holiday Sale (November 9 & 10) or stuff your sack after the turkey on Bag Day (November 23) in downtown Northampton. Photo: Tiffany Hilton Pottery Studio, Brushworks Arts & Industry Building - Photo by Lynne Graves.

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Johnny Appleseed 
As holiday season arrives, thoughts turn to great gifts. And what could be better for holiday giving than something hand-crafted?  November offers a wealth of opportunities to find treasures created in Johnny Appleseed Country! Stop by the Arts & Crafts Show in Fitchburg, Narragansett Craft Show in Baldwinville, or the Arts & Crafts Show in Sterling. Find a locally-crafted item at Notown Goods in Westminster, or consider picking up a "small work" at the GALA Arts Gallery in Winchendon. Give a taste of the region this year!

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Martha's Vineyard 
Cozy Culture on Martha's Vineyard: Enjoy Our Town (11/1-3) and Pang! (11/8-9) at the MV Playhouse; Art Show Celebrate Art (11/1-4) and the Holiday Art Show (begins 11/15) at Featherstone; National Theatre Live: Hansard (11/7 at 7:30 pm), Met Opera LIVE Madama Butterfly (11/9) and Met Opera LIVE Akhnaten (11/23) MV Film Center; Fall Wreath Workshop (Carnegie 11/9); Thanksgiving Tablescapes (11/9); Book Talk & Signing: Susan Wilson (11/15) "Bunch of Grapes"; and Felix Neck Annual Fall Festival (11/29).

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Mohawk Trail Region
Holiday sounds and spirit will fill Spring Street in Williamstown on Saturday, December 7 for the 36th Annual Williamstown Holiday Walk! Holiday festivities with traditional New England flair: old-fashioned caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Reindog Parade, a Penny Social, Santa Claus, and much more. Kick-off with the ever popular Reindog Parade will begin at 3:00 p.m. For a schedule of holiday fun, visit or call 413-458-9077.

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Paradise City Marlborough (Nov. 22-24) is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. 175 outstanding American artists and master craft makers from 25 states exhibit their newest work at MetroWest's most exciting juried fair. Sculpture and paintings are displayed alongside one-of-a-kind home furnishings, dazzling jewelry and fashion fit for a holiday gala. Framingham's Top 10 has something for everyone - paintings, sculpture, documents, clothing, Americana, music, and neon.  Music lovers,  Rock the Bokx at SKYBOKX 109 (Nov. 8) with the Tony Soul Project. 

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Nantucket Island

Nantucket's November knockout arts & cultural events! Met Live Turandot at Nantucket Dreamland (11/2); NT Live Hamlet (11/7); Met Live Madama Butterfly (11/9) at Dreamland; Book Binding Workshop (11/15) and Moby Dick Marathon (11/16+17) both at Nantucket Atheneum; Matilda @ Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (11/22-23-29-30); Festival of Wreaths (Preview 11/26) at Nantucket Whaling Museum; A Nantucket Christmas Carol 2019 (11/28-30); Book signings: Steven Axelrod (3-4PM) and Erin Hilderbrand & Wendy Rouillard (4:30-5:30PM) Mitchell's Book Corner.

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North of Boston
North Shore Music Theatre presents The Bodyguard October 29-November 10, a new musical based on the smash hit film featuring the hits of Whitney Houston. On November 2nd, don't miss the Newburyport Art Walk. Also on November 2nd, the National Native American Heritage Day Pow-wow is taking place at Pingree School in South Hamilton. November 23-December 8th stop by the holiday wonderland by the sea, the Sea Festival of Trees, at Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury.

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Plymouth County

Experience a beloved holiday occasion Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24, as the 23rd Annual America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration kicks off Plymouth 400's 2020 Commemoration! Highlighting 4 centuries of events that shaped our nation's history. The Saturday parade in downtown Plymouth is history-brought-to-life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, Soldiers, Patriots, and Pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth. Plus, Plymouth 400 presents Illuminate Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm! For more information, click here!

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