This event is held at the birthplace of Thanksgiving, Plymouth, Massachusetts, on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history brought to life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, soldiers, patriots and pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth. The festivities include historical reenactments, patriotic concerts, vintage cars and a food festival with the area’s best chowders, soups and desserts. The unique Thanksgiving Day parade offers spectacularly creative floats, individually produced by local craftsmen.
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Wellesley Marketplace is the premiere Marketplace in New England, featuring 175 of New England’s finest artisans. Organized by The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club, proceeds from the show are given back to the community in the form of need-based scholarships and grants.
As a juried craft fair, the Old Deerfield Craft Fair selects its exhibitors for their quality. The wonderful variety of crafts includes quilts, baskets, wood carvings, pottery, dolls, dried flower arrangements, teddy bears, decoys, tin, theorem, stenciling, jewelry and more. The Old Deerfield Craft Fairs have been among the highest ranked shows in Massachusetts and New England by Sunshine Artist Magazine, for 25 years a major publication of the arts and crafts movement in the United States.
The charming seaside village of Kennebunkport, Maine, was voted America’s #2 Christmas town by Home and Garden Television (HGTV)! Christmas Prelude is a magical season of shopping and special events including a champagne reception, candlelight caroling, tree lightings, arts & crafts shows, 12 music programs, a pancake breakfast, lobster bake, the arrival of Santa by lobster boat and much more. Shops offer extended hours and many provide special treats to celebrate the season.
The town of Stockbridge, made famous by Norman Rockwell’s painting of the village during the holidays, becomes a magical New England setting decorated with holiday wreaths and festive lights. The celebration includes holiday house tours, caroling, and a holiday concert. Capping off the weekend is a recreation on Sunday of the scene depicted in Rockwell’s “Main Street at Christmas,” complete with vintage automobiles parked in the spots occupied in the painting. The day’s activities include horse drawn rides, a visit from Santa, Roger the Jester, lunch at the Christmas Food Booth and much more. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce (complete form and mail in) or in person at The Red Lion Inn the week of the events.
Bring the whole family to see Frosty the Snowman, Santa, and Mrs. Claus for an evening of Christmas cheer in America’s favorite sailing town. Make a day of it and check off that holiday gift list at Newport’s many retail shops. Festivities begin at 4:30 with Frosty the Snowman, followed by a Christmas Carol Sing-a-long and the tree lighting. Santa arrives by boat (weather permitting) at 6 pm. Retail shops stay open until 9 pm.