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See Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village with Your WOO Card

Thursday, December 11, 2014


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!

Use the coupon code 'GLW' to save $5 off the online purchase of a WOO Card today. Click here to purchase your own.

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays thru Dec 21st  

Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge

Swipe your WOO Card for WOO points

Experience a candlelit New England Village while learning about the real history of today’s Christmas traditions. Enjoy horse drawn sleigh rides, period music, carols and more!

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Saturday, December 13th 

Holiday Concert at Nu Café    

335 Chandler Street, Worcester

$1 off any purchase of $7 or more with WOO Card

Please join Worcester Music Academy for its annual student holiday concerts at Nu Cafe! Students of all ages and instruments will be performing a variety of music (albeit mostly holiday music). Concert is free and all are welcome. Get in the spirit while enjoying some spirits!

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Saturday, December 13th  

Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra 35th Annual Holiday Pops concert at Mechanics Hall

321 Main Street, Worcester

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The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alton Baggett, presents the area's only full-fledged holiday pops concert with cabaret floor table and balcony seating. Performing with the orchestra will be the combined choruses of Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Clark University, Worcester State University, and WPI (all under the direction of Chorus Master John Delorey), along with dancers and a very special guest!

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Sunday, December 14th 

The Nutcracker Ballet at Mechanics Hall

321 Main Street, Worcester

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Witness a magical afternoon this holiday season with a wondrous ballet experience that evokes joy and elevates your spirit to a new height, and is sure to leave you with family memories to last a lifetime!

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Sunday, December 14th 

Salisbury Singers in Concert at Holidays at WAM

55 Salisbury Street, Worcester

$2 off general museum admission for up to four adults with WOO Card

Renowned Salisbury Singers will perform in concert as part of Worcester Art Museum’s month long Holidays at WAM celebration featuring special seasonal children’s programming, decorations and expanded shop and café hours.

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Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

They will be hosting their annual Christmas by Candlelight event 

Enjoy Mrs. Cratchet’s Christmas dinner, chestnut roasting, gingerbread house building, sleigh rides and more at Old Sturbridge Village this year!

Photo: Old Sturbridge Village

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La Salette Shrine

947 Park Street, Attleborough MA

Come experience a true wintertime tradition at the La Salette Shrine! The Shrine is dedicated to the  village in France bearing the same name. La Salette is where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to two children in 1846 and the festival of lights commemorates this event.

La Salette is now in its 61st year and illuminations of the lighted tableaus begin at 5 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. daily until January 4.

Photo: La Salette 

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Polar Express

One Depot Square, Woonsocket, Rhode Island 

Buy your ticket now for the Black Stone Valley Polar Express! Watch the popular book and film come to life before your eyes as you take a 90 minute train ride with Santa and the Conductor.

Rides will be available every Friday through Sunday with the final stop on Sunday December 21. There will be light refreshments and cookies made available, children are encouraged to wear pajamas.

Photo: Black Stone Valley Polar Express

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Yankee Candle Village

25 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, MA

Visit the indoor Yankee Candle Village in Deerfield and learn how to make candles in this beautiful winter wonderland.

They even have artificial snowfall indoors and visits from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus!

Photo: Yankee Candle Village

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Public Skating

Alex and Ani City Center  

Greater Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI

Rent some ice skates and take the whole family out on the ice! Listen to Christmas music, grab some hot cocoa and bundle up for this favorite winter pasttime. 

Photo: Alex and Ani City Center

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Ski Ward

1000 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA

Go tubing, skiing or snowboarding on the different terrains of Ski Ward

New to the moutain? You can alos learn how to ride with lessons from their instructors or perfect your technique if you happen to be more experienced. And don't forget to take the whole family out to Slopeside Bar and Grill after a long day in the snow. 

Photo: Ski Ward

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Christmas by the Sea

36 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME

Ogunquit, Maine is home to an annual smattering of holiday events known as Christmas by the Sea that takes place from December 12- 14. Join the town in a family scavenger hunt, raffles for Frozen and Lego play sets, and shop sales.

There will also be a Polar Plunge, wine tastings, and even a gingerbread decorating class. Be sure to bring old books, and a toy to participate in their Charity Book Drive and Toys for Tots Drop-Off. 

Photo: Christmas by the Sea

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Christmas in Edgartown

Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard

Head down to Martha’s Vineyard to enjoy the holiday celebrations at Christmas in Edgartown.

This tradition is 33 years in the making and gives locals and visitors a full weekend of festivities including a Great Chowder Contest, photo opportunities with Santa Claus, the Lighting of the Lighthouse at the Harbor View Hotel and a Christmas Parade! The event will run from December 12 - December 14. 

Photo: Christmas in Edgartown

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Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie

Intervale, New Hampshire

The Country Inns in the white Mountains host their Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour every year.

Bring your sweet tooth to their 18th annual tour which will include a tour of all the decorated inns, signature holiday cookies and candies (with recipes) and a chance to win a $250 gift certificate for a getaway at the inn of your choosing! Vote for the best cookie and the winner inn will receive $500 to the charity of their choice.

Photo: Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour

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Zoo Lights

149 Pond St, Stoneham, MA

Zoo New England will be putting on its annual Zoo Lights - a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and festive decorations.

See the animals that live at the zoo including reindeer, and visit santa in his castle. The event will run daily from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. until January 4.  

Photo: Zoo New England 

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Holiday Pops

301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

Holdiay Pops is a concert filled with food, sing-a-longs and a visit from Santa Claus!

Have a hot meal and some holiday cookies as the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays holiday classics for you and your family.

Photo: Holiday Pops

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Christmas in Salem

211 Lafayette St., Salem, MA

Go on a tour of the most historic homes in Salem, Massachusetts during the Christmas in Salem celebration. The homes have been professionally decorated for your viewing pleasure and there will be wine tastings for the adults!

The tours choose a different neighborhood each year and will be walking around the Victorian residences in South Salem. There will also be food tastings, and opportunities to shop for seasonal gifts and decorations!

Photo: Christmas in Salem

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First Night Burlington

First Night Burlington

230 College St., Burlington, VT

First Night Burlington will feature "Global Sounds" an installment within the event that will feature musical stylings from artists from all over the world including a Tibetan floutist and guitarist and a throat-singing quartet.  

Come share in the culture and art of the performances with your family as you ring in the New Year!

Photo: First Night Burlington

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First Night Hartford

1028 Blvd., West Hartford, CT 

Join First Night Hartford for it’s 26th year of celebration! The multi-venue event will include performances by aerialists, Circophony Youth Circus, the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, and Crafts and tours at Bulter McCook House. 

Don’t forget to stay for the fireworks starting promptly at 6 p.m. with a second showing at midnight to ring in the New Year!

Photo: First Night Hartford

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King Pine Ski Area

Route 153 East Madison, NH

Get out this winter with the whole family at King Pine Purity Spring Resort.

Learn to ski or take to the terrain for a great way to see the mountain and get in some exercise.

You can even go snow tubing or ride a horse-drawn sleigh around the sprawling trails of the resort and ski lodge.

Photo: King Pine Purity Spring Resort

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Rudolph the Musical

270 Tremont St., Boston, MA

Rudolph the Musical will be performed from December 9-14 at the Wang Theatre. 

There will be a family brunch to follow the final showing on December 14 to support Support Citi Performing Arts Center’s nonprofit mission. 

Get your tickets here.  

Photo: Citi Performing Arts Center

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The Velveteen Rabbit

527 Tremont St., Boston, MA

Boston Center for the Arts will have an adaption of Margery Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit playing now through December 18.

The show will feature live actors playing alongside puppets for a whimsical tale about the power of a child's imagination. Share this classic story with your whole fmaily this winter!

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The Nutcracker at PPAC

220 Weybosset St., Providence, RI

From December 19 - 21 The Nutcracker returns to Providence Performing Arts Center.

Come watch the Festival Ballet perform this beloved Christmastime classic. The set will include dancing dolls, a growing Christmas tree and cultural dances from around the world!

Photo: PPAC

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Plimouth in December

137 Warren Ave., Plymouth, MA

Plimouth Plantation will be hosting many events this winter including a Wreath Making Workshop, a costumed reading of Charles Dickens’  A Christmas Carol, and a Breakfast with Santa!

Come learn about the Plimouth settlers and take a candlelit walk through the plantation on December 14, where guests will be treated to caroling, crafts, and holiday treats from their bakery. 

Photo: Plimouth Plantation

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Gardens Aglow

67 Grove St., Sandwich, MA

Gardens Aglow will feature festive holiday light and decoration displays out of Heritage Museum and Garden in Sandwich, MA.

Come see their Holiday train, a model railway that travels throughout the Special Exhibits Gallery, music and dance performances, and holiday crafts, carousel rides and marshmallow roasting for the kids! tickets can be purchased online (online) and the event will run every weekend in December from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Photo: Gardens Aglow

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Boston Common Frog Pond

Boston Commons, Boston, MA

Take an ice skating lesson at Frog Pond in Boston Common.

The public ice rink also has a cafe nearby so that you can enjoy a little exercise and replenish with some comfort food and - of course- some hot cocoa! 

Photo: Boston Common Frog Pond

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Woodstock's Winter Wassail Weekend

Woodstock, Vermont

Woodstock's Winter Wassail Weekend will be returning to Vermont this winter with tours of historic home, decorations and a glimpse into life in 19th century Vermont.

The highlight of the week is the Wassail Parade with costumed horseback riders in period clothing and a visit from Santa! The celebration wil take place from December 12-14. 

Photo: Woodstock's Winter Wassail Weekend

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Santa’s Holiday Express

38 Norcross Circle, North Conway, NH

Take a ride on Santa’s Holiday Express with his mischievous elves!

There will be a round trip ride to Conway as you take in the holiday fun and meet Santa to discuss what you’ll be receiving in your stocking this year!

Photo: Santa’s Holiday Express

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Save the Bay Harbor Seal Tours

142 Long Wharf Dock, Newport, RI

Save the Bay Harbor Seal Tours will allow you to learn about the wild seals that live in Narragansett Bay.

The one and two- hour excursions will educate and amaze you as you get to watch the seals in their natural habitat and learn why their territory needs to be preserved. Binoculars provided.

Photo: Save the Bay


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