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Christmas is big in New England. Every city and town celebrates...some more than others.




Christmas is a time of tradition, and as New England is a traditional place, Christmas fits right in.

In Boston, a towering Nova Scotia white spruce is erected on Boston Common, a gift of the people of Halifax, perpetually thankful for the aid Boston gave to Halifax after the terrifying munitions explosion of December 6, 1917—the largest man-made explosion in history until that time—leveled most of the city.

In Newport RI, several of the city's sumptuous mansions are decorated for the holidays and opened to visitors for tours, concerts, mulled cider and cookies. Christmas is a great time to visit Newport.

Mystic Seaport in Mystic CT has a special program of Christmas festivities.

Nantucket MA features carolers in Victorian garb, art exhibits, and tours of historic houses.

Government offices, banks, most businesses and many public facilities such as museums and libraries are open on Christmas Eve (December 24th), but closed on Christmas Day, December 25th.

Colleges and universities tend to close for vacation from just before Christmas until after New Year's Day.

Everything reopens on December 26th, particularly the shops and stores, which offer huge discount sales on all the merchandise stocked for holiday shopping that was not sold.

The week between Christmas and New Year's is an active one, with students out of school, lots of people shopping, and everyone (it seems) going to the movies. The cinemas are packed!

It's also a time when New Englanders spend a few days enjoying the delights of the big city: Boston or New York.

New Year's Eve

Tom's New England Almanac

New England's Climate




Foliage Season

Indian Summer


Mid-Winter Thaw

Mount Washington Weather


Christmas Tree, Concord MA Christmas Tree in Monument Square, Concord MA.


Christmas at The Breakers, Newport RI

The Great Hall at The Breakers in Newport RI, decorated for Christmas.


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