New England really puts on a show at holiday time, and this year promises tons of razzle-dazzle. Whether you’re getting a feel for a new community, or revelling with your friends in your current one, check out the celebrations in these communities!
Medford is the birthplace of “Jingle Bells” and won’t let you forget it! Every year the Medford Jingle Bell Festival holds a party to celebrate the season at City Hall. Come join Medford on Wednesday, November 30 at 4:30. The Christmas Tree and Menorah will be lit, there will be raffles, and visits from local celebrities and even the Big Jolly Guy himself! It’s a family-friendly event, and all proceeds will benefit charity.
Melrose boasts a Victorian Christmas celebration with lovely choral music. It also kicks off the Eighth Annual Parade of Holiday Traditions on November 26, noon to 2 p.m. The parade will feature music and local celebrities, and there will be a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, so bring those letters! The Malden Library will have storytelling and cookie decorating too!
Don’t forget Boston on your holiday outings! The Orange Line is convenient from Melrose, Malden, and Medford, and it can have you in the city in less time than it takes to find a parking place. Visit the Rose Kennedy Greenway for lights and art, skate at the Frog Pond, and shop, shop, shop!