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Winter: Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose!

Bright Nights at Forest Park

The Northeast’s premier holiday lighting extravaganza—is a must-see!

From November to January you can drive through nearly three miles of lighting displays from quaint country village scenes to Santa's North Pole to the Dr. Seuss-inspired "Seuss Land."

First Night New Year’s Eve Party

Who needs Times Square when you can ring in the new year locally?

Since 1985, Northampton has hosted this 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts, culminating in a traditional ball-drop from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. 20 downtown venues features an astounding array of entertainment presented by hundreds of talented performers.

Skiing in New England


Western Mass is the basecamp for incredible skiing—whether downhill or cross country.

At Berkshire East Mountain Resort (the only ski area in the world to produce 100% of its energy from onsite renewable energy) you'll find terrific alpine skiing and a snow tubing park. Nearby is Stump Sprouts Ski Touring if you prefer cross-country skiing or snowshoeing through the woods. There's more alpine skiing at Jiminy Peak, Butternut, and Wachusett, and nordic skiing at Northfield Mountain. A little further north in Vermont there are Stowe, Stratton, Killington, Okemo, and Sugar Bush.

Ice Castles

Ice Castles

The ice castles are constructed of  hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. gorgeous LED-lit sculptures, ice tunnels and slides, fountains, and more. Perfect for exploring with kids, or indulging your inner-child!

(Lincoln, NH)

Need to Thaw Out?

Butterfly Garden

Get Tropical

De-ice in the tropical heat at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and forget all about the freezing temperatures.

Stroll around the lush greenery amidst thousands of exotic and domestic butterflies. If you wear vivid colors, you might be mistaken for a flower and find butterflies alighting on your finger.

And then, there's always this...

Warming Feet by the Fire

If hygge is more your style, seek out warm and cozy contentment in our many coffeehouses and performance spaces.