The Best Christmas Lights in Boston
Don't you just love the twinkling lights that appear in Boston and greater Massachusetts during the holiday season?
Here is a round-up list of our favorite Christmas lights in Massachusetts:
1. Somerville, Massachusetts
We may be guilty of driving behind the Somerville Illuminations Trolley with our dog in tow, but we just can't leave her behind to see the Christmas lights in Somerville. Every December, Somerville sells tickets to its Illuminations Tour which is a 45 minute tour that starts at the Somerville High School and goes east or west to view the lights. Insider tip: either follow the trolley for free or else you can purchase a map of where the lights are to do your own self-guided tour (and the houses don't change so much year-to-year either!)
**Set your GPS: Otis Street in Somerville and the streets surrounding have incredible lights!
If you want to keep going, only 15 minutes away around 400-block of Pleasant Street in Belmont there's some homes decked out with lights that are off of nearby Route 2.
2. Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts
Why just see lights when you can combine two fun activities in one? Visit the animals at the Stone Zoo for their annual ZooLights. Definitely pick a warmer weather night to go because you'll want to linger as you look into the bird cages. Warning: this is mostly an activity for kids so you'll have to be in the right mindset to enjoy it!
3. Enchanted Village in Acton, Massachusetts
If you've ever been to a Jordan's Furniture Store, you'll know the feeling: it's sort of like being at Disney World only colder. Complete with an indoor skating rink, the Village is a holiday tradition for many and includes a laser light show unlike any you've seen before!
4. The Mansions Along Pond Street near Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
On our JP Food tour and Jamaica Plain Vegan Chocolate Tour, we ogle at the beautiful mansions in JP. If you have time, take a ride along Pond Street after dark and enjoy the gorgeous lights near Jamaica Pond. In the past at 61 Arborway there used to be a verified Christmas Castle, but it may not have its lights on this year, so you'll have to check. You won't regret it, and you can also pick up a delicious vegan hot chocolate beforehand at FoMu on Centre Street that's rich and delicious.
5. Lynn Fells Parkway in Saugus, Massachusetts (near Somerville)
Just 15 minutes away from Somerville's popular Assembly Row outlet mall, you can venture over to the Lynn Fells Parkway in Saugus, Massachusetts to see a light display that's been popular since the 1950's and is a sight to see.
**Set your GPS: the homes on this street are gorgeous, we set our GPS going from Somerville to around 400-block of Lynn Fells Parkway and found some delightful lights along the way!
6. The Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley
We got married in this gorgeous garden, and it's beautiful to explore year-round. However, each Winter they also host their annual Festival of Trees where they also offer train rides which are fun for all ages.
7. Bright Lights Drive-Thru Display in Springfield, Massachusetts
Driving while viewing lights is honestly one of our favorite activities, so if you're up for a longer trip out to Springfield, Massachusetts then definitely check out Bright Nights. We love their Seussland gate!
8. Blink! At Quincy Market
We recommend highly going to Holiday Pops in the actual Symphony Hall put on by the Boston Pops, but if you can't catch them this year for some reason, a second best alternative is to go to the Blink! lighting display near Faneuil Hall. But beware, I can't tell you how many times I waited for a show to go on that never happened, so make sure you don't try to go to the last lighting of the evening because sometimes it doesn't go on! That said, afterwards or before check out some of our Favorite North End Restaurants in Boston.
As we are originally from the MetroWest of Boston, we love venturing out this way! Surely there are many homes in Wellesley and Needham that are just gorgeously decorated this time of year, but if you go a little bit farther there's some interesting sights. The Fatima Shrine in Holliston, MA has gorgeous lights and music as well!
**Set your GPS: Check out Kathryn Drive in Ashland, MA and also Regal Street in nearby Holliston, MA.
And if you're just looking to take a walk around some amazing houses, we recommend walking in Harvard Square, Cambridge near the Longfellow House on Brattle Street. If you zigzag between Brattle Street and Memorial Drive in Cambridge, you'll see some of the most interesting and gorgeous homes in the state.
Have a wonderful season of viewing lights and sipping cider and drinking hot chocolate and driving really slow around festive neighborhoods!
Don't forget to book a Chocolate Tour or Food Tour with Off The Beaten Path as well!