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Catch Festival of Lights With Your WOO Card

Thursday, December 05, 2013


The weekend is fast approaching, and GoLocalWorcester brings you the best places to use your WOO Card around town for discounts and WOO Points.

Help your friends and family get in on the act as well. WOO Cards make great gifts! Share discounts and special offers at more than sixty area cultural destinations, restaurants, hotels, retailers, transportation providers and more! Best of all–WOO Cards NEVER expire!

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Friday, December 6th

Festival of Lights at Worcester Common
455 Main Street, Worcester
Swipe your WOO Card at the Skate Shack for WOO points
Worcester's Annual Festival of Lights! Festivities will include live choral performances by the Seven Hills Public Charter School Chorus, Worcester Arts Magnet Chorus and Burncoat High School Quadrivium, leading up to the arrival everybody's favorite elf himself, Santa Claus for the lighting of the holiday tree! Following the lighting the Worcester Common Oval will open for public ice skating and horse drawn wagon rides around the Common will be available. (In the event of rain, skating and wagon rides will be cancelled but the choral performances and visits with Santa will move indoors to City Hall.)


Saturday, December 7th

Northborough Holiday Trolley at Coco Beni Confections
247A West Main Street, Northborough
Buy 5 cupcakes get 6th free with your WOO Card! Make any purchase get a WOO Card for just $10 more!
All aboard! Hope aborad the Northborough Holiday Trolly following the town tree lighting! Festive fun include great decorations, caroling, crafts, music, food and more!


Friday, December 6th – Sunday, December 8th

Open Studio at Fireworks Gallery
38 Harlow Street, Worcester
Swipe your WOO Card for Double WOO points
11th Annual Holiday Open House! Happens only once a year so don’t miss out on your chance to talk with the artists and bring home some unique handmade-in-Worcester gifts for the holidays!


Fridays, December 6th – 27th  

Candlelit Tours of Salisbury Mansion
40 Highland Street, Worcester
Swipe your WOO Card for WOO points
Worcester Historical Museum invites you Home for the Holidays with special evening tours of Salisbury Mansion by candlelight. Lavishly decorated for the holiday season, guests will be inspired and awed by Salisbury Mansion's unique period rooms decorated by area florists and garden club members. Bring the family for an evening you won't forget as you learn about the history of the Salisbury Family and life in Victorian New England.


Sunday, December 8th

stART at the Station at Union Station
2 Washington Square, Worcester
Swipe your WOO Card at the WOO table for WOO points
Annual holiday- and gifting-themed event featuring 100+ local artists and crafters at beautiful Union Station. Join us 9:30a - 11a for a special preview - $10 gets you shopping with lighter crowds and a complimentary cup of coffee. After 11a, admission is free to the public.


Weekends in Worcester…www.WorcesterMass.org/Culture


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