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Dinner Theater on the Cape and South Shore

Even though the holiday season is over there are still plenty of fun activities to take us through the winter into the spring. If if live on or are visiting the South Shore or Cape Cod you may want to check out the Dinner Theater offerings of the Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis or the John Carver Inn and Spa in Plymouth. Both have a full line up of dinner theater offerings from now into April. On tap…

At the Cape Codder

  • January 24, 2015: Psychic Mindblowing Comedy Show
  • February 7, 2015: MobFellas
  • February 28, 2015: Comedy on the Road
  • March 7, 2015: The Raging Parent
  • March 14, 2015: Finnegan’s Wake
  • March 21, 2015: Comedy on the Road
  • April 11, 2015: Dueling Piano Show
  • April 25, 2015: World Gone Crazy Band

Learn more here.

At the John Carver

  • January 17, 2015: So I Got Fired from That Job
  • January 31, 2015: MobFellas
  • February 7, 2015: Jon Stetson, Psychic Comedy
  • March 7, 2015: Murder Most Medieval
  • March 14, 2015: Finnegan’s Wake
  • March 21, 2015: Finnegan’s Wake
  • March 28, 2015: Comedy on the Road
  • April 4, 2015: Jon Stetson, Psychic Comedy

Learn more here.

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Old Sturbridge Village Half Price for Adults in January and February

Cutting ice 1830s-styleProving that winter can indeed be wonderful, Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is offering their Winter Wonderful Savings coupon that allows 50% off of regular adult admission during the months of January and February. See what life was like during the winter in a 19th century New England Village. Some of the events on tap for this winter include:

Be sure to download and print your Winter Wonderful Savings coupon (PDF) and enjoy the fun at OSV.

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2014 / 2015 Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Ski Races in New England

We have been remiss and are late publishing the schedule for the Mountain View Vertical Challenge. Five events have already taken place in December and the first week of January. Following are the remaining events in New England for the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge for the 2014/2015 winter season:

January, 2015

  • January 10, 2015: King Pine, NH
  • January 11, 2015: Cranmore, NH
  • January 24, 2015: Jay Peak, VT
  • January 25, 2015: Burke Mountain, VT
  • January 30, 2015: Cannon Mountain, NH
  • January 31, 2015: Shawnee Peak, ME

February, 2015

  • February 1, 2015: Pats Peak, NH
  • February 7, 2015: Catamount, MA
  • February 8, 2015: Jiminy Peak, MA
  • February 14, 2015: Mt. Southington, CT
  • February 15, 2015: Nashoba Valley, MA
  • February 17, 2015: Mount Sunapee, NH
  • February 28: Bolton Valley, VT

March, 2015

  • March 1, 2015: Sugarbush Resort, VT
  • March 7, 2015: Killington Resort, VT
  • March 8, 2015: Pico Mountain, VT
  • March 15, 2015: Bromley Mountain, VT
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No Holiday for Ski Resorts

Christmas 2014 in New England may be remembered as the Christmas where you could go out and get a tan. Unseasonably warm temperatures (and rain) did not make for a traditional New England Christmas. Old man winter was no where to be found. Great if you are a fan of mild temperatures – not so great if you run a ski resort.

While there is still some good skiing to be found, last week’s warm temperatures did put a damper on things. At most ski resorts the number of open trails declined significantly last week and most ski reports contained the word granular in them as our latest ski report will attest.

But fret not, even though it does not appear that Mother Nature will be throwing any of the natural stuff our way in the next bunch of days, temperatures are heading back into more seasonable ranges which will allow the ski resorts to make plenty of new snow. Our prediction for next weekend, the skiing should be back to great.

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Free Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing with Winter Trails

The Winter Trails event series offers individuals (children and adults) the chance to try cross-country skiing (Nordic skiing) and snowshoeing for free. Events are nation-wide and will be held this winter on Saturday, January 10, 2014. New England is well represented with numerous participating centers, including:

In Maine

In Massachusetts

In New Hampshire

In Vermont

These participating sites are current as of December 18, 2014. Check the Winter Trails Find a Site page for the latest information.

These events are a great, economical, way to get introduced to some great outdoor winter activities.

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Still Time to See A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

You have not waited too long (yet…). There are still six more performances of WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. Upcoming performances include:

  • December 17, 2014 at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester
  • December 19, 20 (2 performances), 21 (2 performances), 2014 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College in Boston

This is the 12th season of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn which features music, song and dance from Ireland. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition.

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Christmas by Candlelight Starting Tonight at Old Sturbridge Village

Carolers at OSV Christmas by CandlelightIf you are looking for a magical holiday treat for this Christmas Season look further than Christmas by Candlelight. Christmas by Candlelight kicks off tonight at Old Sturbridge Village. Running Friday and Saturday nights through December 21 (December 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21, 2014), experience Christmas in a 19th century New England village with:

  • Holiday decorations
  • Christmas carolers and local choirs singing classic Christmas songs
  • Horse-drawn winter sleigh rides
  • A crackling bonfire and, of course, fires in the fireplaces of various village buildings
  • Even visit Saint Nick

Make a complete evening of it by including a holiday dinner in the Oliver Wight Tavern. This should be great fun for the entire family.

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2015 New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations in New England

Done with our round up of Christmas season events – you guessed it, it is time to start thinking about New Years Eve. There are plenty of New Year’s Eve / First Night celebrations in New England. Following you will find all of them that our research found to help you ring in 2015 in style…

Connecticut New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Maine New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Massachusetts New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

New Hampshire New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Rhode Island New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Vermont New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

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Happy Thanksgiving from Travel New England

Happy Thanksgiving

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Massachusetts 2014 Christmas and Holiday Events

Picture of a Christmas TreeWe now move into southern New England to start rounding up holiday events focusing on Massachusetts. The Bay State has a plethora of great events to bring you tidings of good joy.

Christmas Tree Lightings and Holiday Strolls

Performances of a Christmas Carol

  • December 5 to 21, 2014: A Christmas Carol at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA
  • December 13, 2014: A Christmas Carol at The Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA
  • December 14, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2014: A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA
  • December 19 to 28, 2014: A Christmas Carol at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA

Performances of the Nutcracker

  • November 28 to December 31, 2014; The Nutcracker by the Boston Ballet in Boston, MA
  • November 23, 2014: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA
  • November 28 to November 30, 2014: The Nutcracker by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA
  • November 28 to November 30, 2014: The Nutcracker by Commonwealth Ballet Company at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, MA
  • November 28 to 30, 2014: The Nutcracker by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center in Duxbury, MA
  • November 29, 2014: The Nutcracker by the MetroWest Ballet at the Rogers Kirshner Theater in Sudbury, MA
  • November 29 to 30, 2014: The Sea Captain’s Nutcracker by the Turning Pointe Dance Studio at the Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, MA
  • November 30, 2014: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at Bristol Community College
  • December 4 to 6, and 11 to 14, 2014: The Nutcracker by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Sanctuary Theatre in Cambridge, MA
  • December 6 and 7, 2014: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA
  • December 7, 2014: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at the Rogers/Kirshner Theater in Sudbury, MA
  • December 9 to 21, 2014: The Nutcracker by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Strand Theater in Dorchester, MA
  • December 12 to 28, 2014: Urban Nutcracker at the John Hancock Hall in Boston, MA
  • December 12, 13, and 14, 2014: The Nutcracker by Commonwealth Ballet the Casey Theatre at Regis College in Weston, MA
  • December 13, 2014: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA
  • December 13, 2014: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at the Littleton Performing Arts Center in Littleton, MA
  • December 14, 2014: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, MA
  • December 14, 2014: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 20 and 21, 2014: The Nutcracker by the Dancing Arts Center at the Norwood Theatre in Norwood, MA
  • December 20 and 21, 2014: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at The Collins Center in Andover, MA
  • December 21 and 22, 2013: The Nutcracker by the Atlantic Coast Academy of Dance at the Cape Cod Community College – Tilden Arts Center

Performances of The Messiah

  • November 28 to November 30, 2014: Handel Messiah by the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA
  • December 6, 2014: Handel’s Messiah by the Worcester Chorus at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 12 and 13, 2014: Handel Messiah by Boston Baroque at Jordan Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 19 and 20, 2013: Messiah Sing by the Masterworks Chorale at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA
  • December 14, 2014: Messiah Sing performed by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers at Trinity Church in Northborough, MA

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

Other Holiday Events

 

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