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Starting on Thursday - The Best of GoLocal Year End Review

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


One of the best parts of the year on GoLocal, may be our end of the year wrap-up content - it is an amazing look back at 2013, with a bit of a prediction into 2014.

The number of stories presented is immense, and covers a wide swarth of content; from those 13 Who Made a Difference in 2013, to the Man and Woman of the Year, to the 14 to Watch in 2014.

We review the biggest blunders of the year, along with the top sports, food, health, business, music and political stories. For you political junkies, please take a retrospective tour of the best MINDSETTER™ pieces of 2013 - from the most inspired conservatives to the passionate progressives.

Among the highlights, is the 13 biggest stories that GoLocal broke in 2013.

We also unveil two new awards this year - the Top Not-for-profit of the Year in 2013 and the Company of the Year.

Here is the schedule:

Thursday, December 26

13 Who Made a Difference in 2013

Friday, December 27

13 Biggest Blunders of 2013

13 Biggest Business Stories of 2013

13 Biggest Health Stories of 2013

Saturday, December 28

13 Biggest Sports Stories of 2013

13 Biggest Food Stories of 2013

13 Biggest Music Stories of 2013

Monday, December 30

Man of the Year of 2013

Tuesday, December 31

Woman of the Year 0f 2013

13 Biggest Political Stories of 2013

13 Best MINDSETTER™ Columns of 2013

Wednesday, January 1

Top 13 Stories of 2013

Thursday, January 2

14 to Watch in 2014

Friday, January 3

Company of the Year 2013

Non-Profit of the Year 2013


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Bright Nights

Head out to Springfield this week to visit Bright Lights! This is one of the Northeast’s premiere lights displays, and is perfect for a chilly December evening. This is a drive-along route of over three miles of beautiful holiday lighting displays. There is even musical accompaniment via a radio simulcast on 98.5 FM to enhance your holiday experience!

302 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA. 

Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism/Flickr

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Newport Mansion Christmas

Enjoy a Rhode Island holiday tradition at the Newport Mansions! Visitors to the event will tour three beautiful mansions—The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, decked out to the nines in holiday lights and spirit. There are a total of 28 lighted Christmas trees; beautifully crafted gingerbread models of the mansions and so much more to be seen!

Click here or call 401-847-1000 for more info.

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La Salette Shrine

La Salette Shrine in Attleborough, MA is a close to home favorite for MA and RI families alike. The grounds glisten with sparkle of over 300,000 gorgeous lights. As this is the 60-year anniversary of the shrine, they are going all out for this Christmas season. Make sure to visit the illuminated walkway on the pond—it is striking. This event is free to all.

947 Park Street, Attleborough, MA.

Photo: Šarūnas Burdulis/Flickr

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Marblehead Christmas Walk

From December 5-8, visit the quaint New England town of Marblehead, MA for a great Christmas stroll. Although celebrations will be happening all weekend, the big event is Friday night tree lighting at 7pm. On Saturday, there will be a Christmas walk parade featuring all the sights and sounds of Christmastime in this seaside village. Santa will be arriving by lobster boat Saturday morning at 9:30am!

Click here for more!

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Head to the zoo for some holiday magic! Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA is hosting Zoolights, a great holiday excursion for people of all ages! This huge holiday lights display incorporates dazzling lights into every part of the zoo. If you have little ones, make sure they get a visit with Santa and the Zoo’s resident reindeer!

 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA. (781) 438-5100.

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Festival of Lights

Edaville USA is a family favorite year-round, but this amusement park brings something extra special to the table during the holidays. Join Edaville for their annual Festival of Lights, all viewed from coach trains! This year’s festivities feature thousands of lights displays, holiday themed treats, vintage amusement rides, Santa and more!

5 Pine Street, Carver, MA. (508) 866-8190. 

Photo: Eric Kilby/Flickr

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Gardens Aglow

Known in the summertime for its sprawling botanical gardens and horticulture displays, Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA is also a do-not-miss this holiday season. The grounds will be embellished with 117,400 beautiful lights that will brighten the holiday season! Aside from viewing the lights, visitors are also invited to attend mini-workshops that will teach them to fashion great holiday decorations, like handmade topiary wreaths!

67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA. (508) 888-3300.

Photo: KWDesigns/Flickr

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Holly Days

Take the family on a close to home trip to Holly Days at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA! This year, the theme of this huge lights display is “Woodland Magic.” There will be thousands of twinkling lights adorning the grounds, as well as whimsical, woodland-themed decorations with a natural touch. If you head over on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, make sure to come hungry. There will be “Food & Fire,” featuring comfort foods that will warm you up after a chilly walk!

11 French Drive, Boylston, MA. (508) 869-6111. 

Photo: Tori Siegel/Flickr

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Holiday Light Fantasia

Take a trip to nearby Connecticut to enjoy Holiday Light Fantasia. This is a two-mile light show featuring over 1,000,000—yes, one MILLION—sparkling lights dedicated to celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Three Kings Day . There are animated scenes, tributes to favorite family characters, and so much more.

1130 Maple Avenue, Hartford, CT. Click here for more.

Photo: Ben Pollard/Flickr

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The Connecticut Trolley Museum will come to life this holiday season for their annual WinterFest and the Tunnel of Lights. This great event has become a family tradition throughout southern New England and beyond. Visitors will enjoy a trolley ride on a closed car or electric sleigh through the Tunnel of Lights, while singing traditional carols. The Visitor’s Center will have plenty of hot cocoa and entertainment!

58 North Road, East Windsor, CT. Click here for more.

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