Celebrate Holidays in Worcester with Events, Santa, and More! πŸŽ‡πŸŽ„πŸ•Ž


By Noelle Monaghan - Worcester Macaroni KID Publisher November 16, 2023

Here we are.  We’re already writing about local holiday happenings in 2023!

Winter is almost here and so are the holiday celebrations happening around Worcester! From longtime Worcester tree lighting traditions, festivals, winter crafts, Santa sightings, Christmas tree farms, Hanukkah events, and New Year's Day… the list of signs that winter has arrived in Worcester is long!

Our goal is to make sure you and your family don’t miss out on any holiday fun in Greater Worcester! So we’ve made our list, and we’ve checked it twice. Now, no matter if you’re naughty or nice, we’re ready to share it with you:

Click here for a FREE calendar of family-friendly events in the Westborough-Worcester.

Ongoing throughout December:

  1. ⛸️ Public Skating at Worcester Common Oval
  2. Where to See Santa in Worcester! πŸŽ… 
  3. Guide to Holiday Lights in Worcester & Beyond
  4. Where to go to πŸ“« Mail Letters To Santa in Greater Worcester
  5. Holiday Favorites Coming to The Candy Mansion
  6. Hanukkah Events in Worcester & Beyond, Plus Recipes, Games and More!

Nov 25 - Dec. 15:

November 26

Westborough Winter Stroll, Light Parade & Tree Lighting

November 30

Popsicle Stick Ornaments

December 1

Festival of TreesπŸŽ„

✨ Festival of Lights - Worcester Common ✨

December 2

Canal District Holiday Stroll and Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony (Kelley Square)

December 3

Annual Hanukkah at WAM party at the Worcester Art Museum

December 7

Santa Visit

December 8

Winter Solstice Storytime

Beth Tikvah Shabbat Hanukkah in Westborough

December 9

Breakfast with Santa

Holiday Nature Crafts

Fa La La La Llama Day Celebration (Shrewsbury)

3rd annual Winter Wonderland at Polar Park

December 10

Celebrate Hanukkah at Beth Israel in Worcester

YAD Hanukkah

Congregation B'nai Shalom Hanukkah Event in Westborough

Temple Emanuel Sinai Hanukkah in Worcester

December 11

Menorah Lighting on the Westborough Rotary

December 12

Gingerbread Houses

Congregation Beth Israel Movie Night - THE FRISCO KID - 6th night of Hanukkah

December 13

Ginger Bread House Workshop

Hanukkah Storytime (Shrewsbury)

TES Grade 8-12 School Student Hanukkah Program in Worcester

December 14

Grinch Visit

The Polar Express Watch Party

Gingerbread Houses

Community Wide Hanukkah Event at Polar Park 2023 (Worcester)

December 15

Winter Solstice Storytime (Burncoat Branch)

Dec. 16-25:

December 16

FREE Holiday Delivery Truck from Lowe's (Worcester)

Gingerbread House STEM Challenge (Shrewsbury)

December 20

Great for Gifting: Jasmine Hot Compress (Shrewsbury)

✏️ Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt or Tatnuck Libraries

December 21

Wrapping Paper Party

Holiday Ho-Ho-Hocus Pocus Magic Show

Gingerbread Houses

December 22

Home for the Holidays with the Worcester Railers (sponsored)

Polar Express Adventure

December 23

J. anthony garreffi of "i caught santa"

Home for the Holidays with the Worcester Railers (sponsored)

December 24

Free Day - Celebrate the Holidays at the EcoTarium

December 26

Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt (Westborough)

Kwanzaa Celebration

December 27

Snowman luminaries

December 28

December Vacation Escape Room (Shrewsbury)

December 30-31

New Year's Eve Take Home Craft (Shrewsbury)

EcoTarium - Noon Year's Eve

Saturday Family Movie

⛸️ Public Skating at Worcester Common Oval




Stay in the know of ALL the local family fun with our awesome Event Calendar 

Hope this list of holiday events in Worcester helps you find your family fun this season!  

Please note: This list will be updated as info about more events comes in, so check back often to make sure you don't miss out on any family fun in Greater Worcester!

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