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January 2024

Happy New Year!

When was the last time you did something for the first time? ― John C. Maxwell


January brings new beginnings, new doors to open and new opportunities to try something for the first time. Massachusetts is heralded for its many firsts like the Pilgrims landing, the first public park, the Boston Common, the first University, Harvard, the first lighthouse on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor, and the first transformer was demonstrated in Great Barrington. Did you know that Massachusetts invented the first, First Night Celebration in 1975? Come experience one or some of our many firsts for yourself. Warmest wishes for a very Happy New Year! Cheers!

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Photo: Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Hancock, MA

Photo: David Dashiell, Barrington Stage Company

Featured Region: The Berkshires

Come enjoy ten days of fun and creativity in the Berkshires during Pittsfield’s 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, now in its 13th year. Discover 10 ten-minute plays at Barrington Stage Company that are sure to delight, but if theater is not what you are looking for, you can experience art and comedy shows along with spoken word and dance events. Want to keep it outdoors? Experience the magic of ice sculptures and enjoy a mid-winter fireworks display.

This festival, which runs from February 15-25, is fun for the whole family! So why not let the 10×10 warm up your visit to the Berkshires this winter? Don’t forget while you are here to enjoy everything that Pittsfield and the Berkshires have to offer, from shopping and dining, to skiing, tubing, and more. More information about the festival can be found here.

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Join us Sunday, January 14 at 4 pm when the Boston Bruins Alumni go head to head with the Lowell Fire Department Hockey Team to raise money for The Bridge Club of Greater Lowell! The event will be held at the Tsongas Center. Buy tickets now!

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Central Massachusetts

Welcome the new year with old favorites, like Dancing Dream: the Tribute to Abba and Stayin’ Alive - a Bee Gees Tribute. Celebrate the "King of Rock & Roll” at shows like Elvis Presley’s 89th Birthday Celebration or Viva Las Elvis: from Sun to Vegas. Spend an evening back in the 90s at the Worcester Railers IceCats & 90s Night, or uncover the unknown with Matt Fraser: America’s Top Psychic Medium and The MagiComic, Live! 

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Franklin County

Get ready to groove and move at the upcoming “2 Car Garage – Dance Party” show on January 27 at Hawks & Reed in Greenfield! Join us for a night of electrifying beats and funky rhythms, brought to you by a dynamic six-piece band hailing from Western Massachusetts. With a repertoire that blends funk, soul, and groove, the group will be delivering a high-energy performance featuring a mix of original compositions and unique covers. The 2 Car Garage band is set to deliver two sets of non-stop entertainment, promising a dance party like no other. Doors open at 8 pm, show starts at 8:30 pm. Buy tickets here!

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Greater Boston

Boston Harbor Hotel is thrilled to present the 35th Annual Boston Wine & Food Festival, showcasing renowned winemakers from around the world. This extraordinary celebration, led by Executive Chef David Daniels and Festival Director Nick Daddona, promises a unique blend of expertly paired wine dinners, seminars, thematic receptions, celebratory brunches, and much more. Events will take place at the waterfront destination from January through March, kicking off with the opening weekend on January 12.

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Cape Cod

Looking to get your cultural fix on Cape Cod? Look no further than Arts Cape Cod, which has an exciting 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

Mark your calendars now to check out a brand new exhibit "Animationland" at the Springfield Science Museum, opening on January 13. This fantastically immersive journey breaks down the art and science of animation. Perfect for visitors of all ages, it empowers you to experiment, learn, and even tell your own story through animation. There’s plenty of other ideas for winter fun in Western Mass here!

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Hampshire County

Ease into 2024 with a New Year's Day Nature Walk or a bit of Winter Birding at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. Catch a rising star when Nashville musician Jax Hollow appears at The Parlor Room, or bask in the melodic and heartfelt harmonies of Trousdale at The Drake. Bundle the kids into the car and catch the $5 Family Film series at Amherst Cinema for a fun day out. Holiday feasts have you thinking of culinary school? Explore Sutter Meats’ interactive classes, and embrace your inner Julia Child!

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North Central Mass

Let the cold winds blow outside — while you take a world tour at local museums this month." Dialogues, Diasporas, and Detours Through Africa" provides viewers with an expansive look into the artistic processes of seven Black artists in residence at the Fitchburg Art Museum, and Alain de Lotbinière’s photographs, "Spirituality in Eastern Christianity: Images of a Living Tradition" at the Icon Museum and Student Center in Clinton, lead you on a trip through Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Russia, Turkey and Egypt.  

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Martha's Vineyard

Welcome the New Year on Martha’s Vineyard, a seaside winter wonderland. This serene time is ideal for romantic getaways at stylish inns and hotels, candle-lit dinners, arm-in-arm strolls through beautiful walking trails and windswept beaches. For hardy visitors, tackle 44+ miles of cycling paths; the TrailsMV app offers intel about 220+ miles of public trails! Visit Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s fantastic exhibits, Island Alpaca Farm, or join organized walking/hiking excursions island-wide. Visit some art galleries, shops and boutiques, there are always quiet season bargains to shop for!

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Mohawk Trail Region

There is no better way to enjoy the winter and the Mohawk Trail Region than heading outside to play in the freshly fallen snow, with hundreds of acres of wide-open spaces and plenty of room to cross-country and downhill ski, snowboard, snowshoe, tubing, fat tire biking, ice skating, hike one of the many tree cover trail or the outdoor art trails. Great outdoors promotes a socially distancing experience: Project Snowshoe, Berkshire East Mountain Resort , Mohawk Trail State Forest-DCR, Mount Greylock

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New Year’s parties abound in MetroWest! Kids ring in the New Year early on 12/29 at Hudson, Franklin, and Bellingham Libraries; 12/30 at Milford Library; and 12/31 at Bellingham’s Urban Air Adventure Park. Walk on the wild side with jugglers, musicians, and festivities on Holliston’s First Night Rail Trail, 12/31, 5-8 pm., then head to the New Year’s Eve Bonfire, Holliston Community Farm for free chili, cider, and blazing fun! See website for details.

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Photo: Credit Katie Kaizer


January Nantucket getaways wash away post-holiday blues! Explore the island's Cultural District, architectural gems and historic icons everywhere. Enjoy an island-made beer, wine, or spirit at Cisco Brewers (open Thurs-Sun), rent a Jeep, drive to remote Great Point, buttoned-up Siasconset, visit lighthouses, hike or bike endlessly-captivating 200+ conservation land or 12 cycling trails, shop post-holiday bargains downtown, enjoy lavish lunches or sumptuous dinners, take in the Winter House DJ Series (1/13). Book a glorious hotel, inn or B&B, watch dreamy sunrises and sunsets. It’s (still) all here! 

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Photo: Cape Ann Museum

North of Boston

Join the fun during the 3rd Annual Gloucester’s So Salty festival January 20-21 from 10 am to 5 pm! Cape Ann Museum & Discover Gloucester have partnered to celebrate the fish city’s recognizably salty character during this two-day event, which will include ice sculptures, live music, salty treats, free kids’ art activities, and much more. Next, lift your spirits and laugh the cold away at Salem’s Comedy and Spirits Festival January 25-27, featuring top local and national performing comedians and locally crafted spirits.

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Plymouth County

Heat things up in Plymouth County and kick off 2024 in style with The Snow Ball, a formal Winter Gala at The 1620 Winery. Catch the legendary Young Dubliners live at the Spire Center for Performing Arts. Make it a cozy weekend getaway at one of the region’s great inns and hotels. There are so many reasons to stay and play on the South Shore this winter—download the See Plymouth app for more!

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Southeastern Mass

When the desire to ESCAPE hits, we have just the place for you. Scenic views and winter adventure are here for you. It’s chilly outdoors, but we have warm hearts to welcome you. Your winter escape is waiting in Southeastern Massachusetts. Take a lot of photos to remember your Great Escape. “All Here, and All Near” means more than ever. 

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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



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