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January 2023

Warm New Year's Greetings!

Welcome to 2023, and welcome to Massachusetts! January is a perfect month to experience our great outdoors, from ski slopes and skating rinks to hiking trails and pristine beaches. Indoors, enjoy our museums and art galleries, college campuses and concert venues, historical sites and landmarks, plus our dining and culinary treasures across the Commonwealth. 

Our state initiative, My Local MA, encourages all of us to support our Main Street retailers and family-owned companies. You can find more information at Happy New Year to all!

Photo: Boston Common

Featured Region: Greater Boston

The Greater Boston area is known for a lot of things - the roots of American independence, the freshest seafood in the world and the ultimate sports town experience. But that's not all we are. Discover the energy that fuels our food scene, our five-star hotel stays and our world-class entertainment venues across every one of our 23 diverse neighborhoods, and you'll agree that Boston Never Gets Old in the Winter.

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Cape Cod

Looking to get your cultural fix on Cape Cod? Look no further than Arts Cape Cod, which has a growing list of itineraries that highlight the best of arts and culture in our region. From Sandwich's deep-rooted ties to glassmaking to the nation's largest continuous art colony in Provincetown, there is plenty to fill your cultural plate this winter, and all year long. These arts-themed itineraries are just one way that the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, and the Town of Barnstable are shining a spotlight on our region's creative economy, as part of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism's My Local MA initiative.

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Western Mass

Before they head to spring training, the Boston Red Sox are heading to Springfield for Red Sox “Winter Weekend” at the MassMutual Center and MGM Springfield. The event includes a Town Hall Meeting, autographs and photos with Red Sox players and more! The weekend also includes a full baseball festival for fans of all ages. Members of the 2023 Red Sox team will be in attendance, as well as Hall of Famers David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Dennis Eckersley, Jim Rice and Wade Boggs. For more to do in Western Mass, click here.

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Photo: Lou Barlow at The Drake

Hampshire County

Kick off 2023 with Hampshire County’s rich mix of big-city culture and small-town living! Lou Barlow is a legendary indie rocker (Dinosaur Jr., Folk Implosion) bringing his solo show to The Drake this January. Americana more your thing? Check out Appalachian Still’s show at The Parlor Room in Northampton. Join the dancers of Artistic Dance Conservatory in The Adventures of Trolls in their show at the Academy of Music, or get moving with a naturalist-guided nighttime walk for adults during Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary’s Full Moon Meander.

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North Central Mass

Winter turns the North Central region into a Wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts — from Wachusett Mountain Ski Area to dozens of expansive state parks, miles of trails await you! Enjoy a brisk trek through one of the Trustees of Reservations properties or community parks from Fitchburg to Athol. Downhill and cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice fishing....or relaxing in a horse-drawn sleigh. There are so many ways to enjoy the region’s beauty on a crisp winter day!

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Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard is a perfect refuge in January, so why not get away for some island time? Serenity, peaceful landscapes, miles of stunning trails, secluded beaches, welcoming inns/B&Bs, cozy dining, local shops and boutiques and restaurants beckon. MV Museum exhibitions and yoga classes, Full-Moon Owl Prowls, METLiveOpera MV Film Center (Fedora 1/14), Featherstone Arts Workshops, for starters. Take bracing beach and guided walks, hike wide-open trails, shop for local bargains, find winter peace here on the Vineyard!


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Mohawk Trail Region

Welcome to an exciting year of events! Northfield's 350th Anniversary , Reconnecting Northfield offers a tremendous opportunity for coming together. Throughout the anniversary year (2023), community and visitors will learn more about the town's rich past, enjoy a variety of festive entertainment, engage in children's activities and more. Northfield Then and Now: Exhibit depicting local scenes. Musicians of Northfield: Concerts by Northfield musicians.

Outdoor Music Series: June-August - Free concerts in locations around town. Full calendar here!

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Embrace the beauty of the outdoors this winter! Learn something new at the entertaining and informative Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough. Bring the family to Wayland Nature Walks, or check out the About Winter Wildlife Tracking and Survival Hike on Saturday, January 14 from 10-11:30 am, at Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough. Your guide will be Tim Puopolo, a Trustees ranger and naturalist, and recipient of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s “Outstanding Park Interpreter” award. 

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Photo credit: Jamie Holmes


Nantucket is a perfect January hideaway — serene and windswept, quiet and reflective, yet the exciting south shore beaches’ heavy surf is awe-inspiring. Relax and unwind in Nantucket's wintery wonder at one of the many inns, B&Bs and other lodging that remain open; ample eateries are ready to welcome diners too! Sunrise/sunset beach or hiking walks are rewarding and healthful (most beaches will be totally empty). January is a great time for architectural, mood or elusive snowy owl photos. Explore boutiques and shops for winter bargains!

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Photo credit: Holly Perry

North of Boston

The Art of Mary Blood Mellen exhibition opens January 13 at Cape Ann Museum. Often thought of in terms of her mentor, Fitz Henry Lane, Mary Blood Mellen (1819-1886) was a talented and accomplished artist in her own right. Lift your spirits and laugh the cold away at Salem’s Comedy and Spirits Festival January 26–28, featuring top local and national performing comedians locally crafted spirits. The Rink at MarketStreet Lynnfield is open for the season now through February 28.

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Plymouth County

Heat things up in Plymouth County and kick off ‘23 in style with The Snow Ball, a formal Winter Gala at The 1620 Winery. RAVE ON keep the music of the 50’s & 60’s alive and will be performing at Norwell’s Company Theatre. Indulge your creative side at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury with a Collagraph Gelatin Plate Monoprints Workshop. There are so many reasons to stay and play in Plymouth this month—visit or download the #SeePlymouth app for more!

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Southeastern Mass

New Bedford is proud to welcome back the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey! Built in 1894, the Ernestina calls New Bedford and Mass Maritime Academy home. She sailed with Gloucester fisherman, explored the Arctic and became a passenger ship for Cape Verdean immigrants. Following a complete restoration, the grand lady is home at last.

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Photo credit: Berkshire Theatre Group

The Berkshires

When you think of the Berkshires in the winter, you think of skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, and hot cocoa, right? Well, the art and music scene is thriving here all winter long! Get a taste of the classical with a Night of Medelssohn & Dvorak at the historic Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. At the Clark Art Institute, mark the first-ever presentation of 18th century French drawings from the Biblioteque nationale de France. Feeling contemporary? Enjoy MASS MoCA’s concert and installation combo Florencia Cuenca & Jaime Lozano: Broadway en Spanglish. And jam to tributes to Aerosmith and Carole King at the Colonial Theatre, part of the Berkshire Theatre Group. Get your Berkshire winter on, inside and out!

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Greater Merrimack Valley

The 2023 Lowell Golden Gloves will be held January 12, 19 and 26 (and other dates in February & March) at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium! Every year in the Golden Gloves, there is a new flock of boxers trying to work their way up from the bottom in hopes of advancing their way to top of the competition. The Gloves has been a tradition in New England since 1947 and supports many Greater Lowell Charities with funds raised from the Gloves. Buy tickets now!

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Central Massachusetts

January’s stages light up with live shows for every interest. Kelli O’Hara owns the BrickBox spotlight as one of Broadway’s most celebrated leading ladies, while the Hanover Theatre hosts comedians Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood in their special “Scared Scriptless,” followed by a night of readings with America’s Top Psychic Medium Matt Fraser. The spirit of dance comes alive through highly anticipated performances in Shen Yun and Cirque du Soleil, enticing viewers from all over.

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Franklin County

Crossroads: Change in Rural America - Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit comes to Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls and satellite locations

February 5-March 18! This exhibit offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. The exhibition will prompt discussions about what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population and the ripple effects that occurred. Programming will take place at venues focused on farming, indigenous culture, industry, art, music and our sense of place. 

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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