Stream the Commonwealth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker en Masque” for free through January 31

Image by Goran Horvat from Pixabay One of my traditions during the holidays is to catch a performance of the Commonwealth Ballet's version of The Nutcracker during my trips to New England. With large gatherings restricted this year due to COVID-19, the Commonwealth Ballet could not hold live performances this year, so they created a … Continue reading Stream the Commonwealth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker en Masque” for free through January 31

Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts

The giant globe at the Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts Editor's note: The Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine was cancelled in 2020 due to safety concerns from COVID-19. While it's uncertain yet whether the festival can return this year, I'm posting photos from a … Continue reading Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts

Christmas at the Gillette Castle

Decorations on one of the Christmas trees inside Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes In November and December, volunteers decorate the Gillette Castle inside and out for the holidays. The 24-room mansion overlooking the Connecticut River Valley resembles a medieval-style castle. It's the former home of William Gillette (1853-1937), an actor … Continue reading Christmas at the Gillette Castle

See the largest collection of Nativity scenes in New England

Angels made from folder paper at the International Crèche Museum in Attleboro, Massachusetts Photos by Cheryl Landes I'd never heard of any museum that extensively collected Nativity scenes until I discovered the International Crèche Museum in Attleboro, Massachusetts. I found it during a trip to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette to … Continue reading See the largest collection of Nativity scenes in New England

La Salette Christmas Celebration of Lights tells a powerful story

The National Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette decorated for the holidays in Attleboro, Massachusetts Photos by Cheryl Landes For more than 65 years, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, Massachusetts, has delighted visitors with its Christmas Celebration of Lights. Displays with more than 400,000 lights are spread across 10 … Continue reading La Salette Christmas Celebration of Lights tells a powerful story

The Kilroy Stars shine on the West Coast until January 31

Image credit: The Kilroy Stars See the Kilroy Stars, four star sculptures created by Burning Man artists based in Oakland, California, at four locations on the West Coast through January 31. These stars are at highly visible locations in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The stars have more than 30,000 LED lights … Continue reading The Kilroy Stars shine on the West Coast until January 31

See festive lights in Brookings through December 31

Gingerbread people in front of a gingerbread house at a previous Nature's Coastal Holiday in Brookings, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) Nature's Coastal Holiday has been a holiday tradition at Azalea Park in Brookings for more than 20 years. This year, because of restrictions on large gatherings from COVID, the event was cancelled. But that … Continue reading See festive lights in Brookings through December 31

Fantasy Lights continues through January 3 in Spanaway, Washington

A poinsettia arch and other displays at Fantasy Lights in Spanaway, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) Updated January 1, 2021 See penguins slide off a giant igloo. Reindeer jump across the road, high above the traffic. Santa, his elves, and reindeer sail a ship with Rudolph at the helm. A peacock shows off its colorful … Continue reading Fantasy Lights continues through January 3 in Spanaway, Washington

Bright Nights shines holiday joy in Springfield, Massachusetts

A family takes a horse-drawn carriage ride past a castle at Bright Nights in Springfield, Massachusetts (photo by Cheryl Landes) It's not too late to enjoy one of the Northeast's largest and most beautiful holiday displays. During the three-mile drive, you'll see more than 675,000 lights. Since 1995, Bright Lights in western Massachusetts has brought … Continue reading Bright Nights shines holiday joy in Springfield, Massachusetts