The holiday season begins with these Brockton-area light shows, parades, events

BROCKTON — The holiday season has officially arrived and there are a variety of events taking place to kick-off the season.

Are you looking for a place to see a parade or a dazzling holiday light show with music?

Do you want to take the kids for pictures with Santa or somewhere to enjoy holiday-themed activities?

How about doing some Christmas shopping or seeing a holiday show?

The Enterprise has you covered.

Activities begin Saturday, Nov. 26, with the 35th annual Community Holiday Parade and Celebration in Brockton. Downtown will be filled with fun holiday activities at City Hall Plaza.

In East Bridgewater, the 38th annual Christmas on the Common event starts Dec. 1, with the Lighting of the Common, with holiday music, refreshments, and lighting of Gazebo the Christmas tree.

Christmas on the Common is a longstanding holiday event held in Bridgewater. This vendor fair and Family Day will be held on Dec. 4 in the center of town.

Here's where you can find these holiday events and more in the Brockton area.

35th Annual Community Holiday Parade and Celebration in Brockton

Downtown Brockton will be filled with fun holiday activities on Saturday, Nov. 26, with the the 35th Annual Community Holiday Parade and Celebration. Brockton City Hall opens at 9:30 a.m. with donuts and cocoa. Free activities begin at 10 a.m. at City Hall and City Hall Plaza. This annual event will have kids’ activities, holiday movies, games, face painting, planetarium shows, photos with Santa, demonstrations, performances by local groups, a Holiday Marketplace, Food Court, and the area businesses and restaurants. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m., starting at the corner of Main and Belmont streets, featuring over 80 participants. This year's parade theme is “Back Together for the Holidays.”

Santa waves to spectators at the parade during the Community Holiday Celebration in Brockton on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.
Santa waves to spectators at the parade during the Community Holiday Celebration in Brockton on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.

38th annual Christmas on the Common event in East Bridgewater

Christmas on the Common events in East Bridgewater start on Thursday, Dec. 1 with the East Bridgewater Kiwanis Club's annual lighting on the Commom at 6:30 p.m. The event will include holiday music, refreshments and lighting of the Gazebo and Christmas tree. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Christmas parade steps off at 10 a.m. and the 38th annual Christmas on the Common events at the East Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with with an arts and crafts fair, holiday music, dance performances, train and pony rides, face painting and balloon art, food vendors, Hospitality Tent, Plymouth County Sheriffs Dept. canine demonstration, Viking Village, raffles, a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus and more.

Pat Snows Dance Academy performers during the East Bridgewater Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.
Pat Snows Dance Academy performers during the East Bridgewater Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.

Christmas on the Common in Bridgewater

Christmas on the Common is a longstanding holiday event held in Bridgewater. This vendor fair and Family Day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the center of town. The event will include food, live music, photos with Santa, pony rides and other holiday-themed activities and shopping. Once again, the Christmas parade will end at Christmas on the Common. There is no cost to attend, but some activities — photos with Santa, pony rides — do cost. This is a rain or shine event.

The Bridgewater Common is decorated for the Christmas season with Santa's workshop and, snowman,angles, polar express train on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Dave DeMelia/The Enterprise
The Bridgewater Common is decorated for the Christmas season with Santa's workshop and, snowman,angles, polar express train on Monday, November 27, 2017. Dave DeMelia/The Enterprise

Enchanted Village in Avon

Jordan's Furniture's vintage Enchanted Village is a holiday walk-through at the Avon location. It’s “New England’s favorite holiday tradition that’s magical and fun for all ages,” according to its website.  Don't forget to “taste the magic” of the original Jordan’s Blueberry Muffins at the Atrium Concession Stand in the Avon store or online. The Enchanted Village is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The animated village is free and open through Jan. 1.

Melissa Craig of Braintree as it starts to snow inside the Enchanted Village at Jordan's Furniture in Avon on Saturday Nov. 13, 2021.
Melissa Craig of Braintree as it starts to snow inside the Enchanted Village at Jordan's Furniture in Avon on Saturday Nov. 13, 2021.

Christmas Festival of Lights at La Salette Shrine in Attleboro

The night shines with the Christmas Festival of Lights at La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro, where displays of 400,000 lights tell the story of Christmas and remind us of the true reason for the season. The theme of this year's celebration is “Jesus Christ – The Living Light.”  The free illuminations are open from 5 to 9 p.m. daily Nov. 24 to Jan. 1. Visit lasaletteattleboroshrine.org/christmas-festival

A display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette's annual Festival of Christmas lights event on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.
A display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette's annual Festival of Christmas lights event on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.

The Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville Family Theme Park in Carver

The Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville Family Theme Park at 5 Pine St. in Carver opens Nov. 10.  This year it features the millions of lights you are used to and some new attractions.  Enjoy the old world feel of the Christmas Market at Edaville. Stroll through a variety of market stalls and enjoy the light displays throughout the park as generations of visitors to Edaville have for the past 75 years. The hours of operation are from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Nov. 10 through Jan. 1. Edaville will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Tickets cost $12-$42 and advanced purchase is required at edaville.com.

Michael Ferria, 7, of Huntington Beach, California, takes a photograph with ginger bread cutouts during Edaville's Christmas Festival of Lights on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 at Edaville Family Theme Park in Carver.
Michael Ferria, 7, of Huntington Beach, California, takes a photograph with ginger bread cutouts during Edaville's Christmas Festival of Lights on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 at Edaville Family Theme Park in Carver.

Easton Festival of Trees in Easton

The Easton Festival of Trees is an annual fundraising event presented by The Easton Charitable Trust, showcasing a variety of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, in all shapes and sizes, in a plethora of themes. The event also includes carolers, a vendor Marketplace, a Kid's Day Event, and multiple workshops. Other special events include a Festival Hayride, Kids Day and Holiday Photo Sessions. Decorated trees, wreaths, gift baskets, and other donated or sponsored items will be raffled throughout the festival. The Festival of Trees is held at the Easton Country Club Golf, 265 Purchase St., and is open Thursdays and weekends from Nov. 26 through Dec. 11. Visit eastonfestivaloftrees.org for a schedule of events, tickets and more information.

The Easton Festival of Trees is held at the Easton Country Club Golf, 265 Purchase St., and is open Thursdays and weekends from Nov. 27 through Dec. 12. This file photo was from the virtual Festival of Trees in 2020.
The Easton Festival of Trees is held at the Easton Country Club Golf, 265 Purchase St., and is open Thursdays and weekends from Nov. 27 through Dec. 12. This file photo was from the virtual Festival of Trees in 2020.

Holiday Parade of Lights in Stoughton

Join Stoughton Recreation and the Town of Stoughton to ring in the holidays with the annual "Holiday Parade of Lights” beginning at 5 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Stoughton High School. The parade will run through the center of town so grab your spot and cheer your friends and family as they pass. An open house will be held at the Recreation Department, 15 Pleasant St., with photos with Santa, cookies and ornament making, one hour before and one hour after the parade.

Santa waves to the crowd during the annual Holiday Parade of Lights in Stoughton on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.
Santa waves to the crowd during the annual Holiday Parade of Lights in Stoughton on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.
A car telephone parade float during the annual Holiday Parade of Lights in Stoughton on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.
A car telephone parade float during the annual Holiday Parade of Lights in Stoughton on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.

Abington Celebrates Christmas 2022

Abington Celebrates Christmas weekend events will be held Dec. 3 and. 4. The schedule includes:

Dec. 3: The annual Holiday Greens and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at United Church of Christ, 10 Bedford St., hosted by the Abington Garden Club. Abington Celebrates Christmas at Island Grove from 4 to 7 p.m. at Island Grove Park, 200 Park Ave., hosted by Abington Celebrates Committee, with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Gingerbread Cabin, carolers, hayrides, dance demonstration, refreshments, special guests and Lighting of the Bandstand at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 4:  Pup Pics with Santa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gingerbread Cabin at Island Grove. The cost is $20 each and dogs must be leashed. Christmas Ball Classic Bowling Tournament at Webster Timer Lanes, 480 Bedford St. The cost is $25, and registration is required. Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. at United Church of Christ. For a complete list of events and costs, visit www.facebook.com/AbingtonFlagDay/

From left, Ciana Diaz, 15, and Grace Morse, 16, take a selfie in front of the Christmas tree during the Abington Celebrates Christmas weekend on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.
From left, Ciana Diaz, 15, and Grace Morse, 16, take a selfie in front of the Christmas tree during the Abington Celebrates Christmas weekend on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.

Magic of Lights at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro

The Magic of Lights dazzling drive-through experience returns to Gillette Stadium for the last time ever, now through Sunday, Dec. 31. Magic of Lights signature displays include the 200-foot long Enchanting Tunnel of Lights, Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, 12 Days of Christmas, Prehistoric Christmas with life-sized dinosaurs celebrating the season and BIGFOOT Monster Truck. New in 2022, Magic of Lights also features a 32-foot tall animated Barbie, as well as dazzling, dancing displays synchronized to popular holiday tunes. Magic of Lights, with nearly one million sparkling lights, is open daily from 5 to 10 p.m. at Gillette Stadium, at 1 Patriot Place, Foxboro.  Tickets must be purchased online in advance at MagicOfLights.com. Magic of Lights will be closed Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 24-25 due to Patriots home games.

A highlight of the Magic of Lights drive-through experience being hosted by Gillette Stadium is the tunnel of lights at the end. The event runs through Dec. 31.
A highlight of the Magic of Lights drive-through experience being hosted by Gillette Stadium is the tunnel of lights at the end. The event runs through Dec. 31.

Christmas Market Fest & Tree Lighting in Middleboro

Festivities for the annual Christmas tree lighting at Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Ave., will begin at noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, with a countdown to the annual tree lighting at 4:45 p.m. The festivities begin at noon in n the Town Hall Ballroom with a variety of vendors selling their holiday wares. This free event will include free raffles, holiday treats and special guest, Santa Claus. The event is presented by the Middleboro Tourism Committee.

Festivities for the annual Christmas tree lighting at Middleboro Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Ave., begin at noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, with a countdown to the annual tree lighting at 4:45 p.m.
Festivities for the annual Christmas tree lighting at Middleboro Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Ave., begin at noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, with a countdown to the annual tree lighting at 4:45 p.m.

Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus annual Christmas Concert in Taunton, Bridgewater

The Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus will present its annual Christmas Concert with 90 singers and 30-piece orchestra joining forces to present “The Carols of Christmas” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Taunton High School.  Contents will include “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” “The First Noel,” and more. SMFC Bronze, the handbell choir, will perform several selections on their own and in consort with the chorus and orchestra.  Processional dancers will add to the festive program for the premier of “Good King Wenceslaus.” An acoustic version of the concert will be performed at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Bridgewater, and will feature additional exclusive content.  Tickets range from $18 to $24.  To purchase tickets, visit www.smfconline.org or call 508-807-0112.  Tickets for St. Thomas can be ordered at www.stthomasaquinas.com or 508-697-7370.

The Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus will present its annual Christmas Concert, “The Carols of Christmas,” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Taunton High School.
The Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus will present its annual Christmas Concert, “The Carols of Christmas,” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Taunton High School.

Brockton Garden Club holding Holiday Arrangement Workshop

The Brockton Garden Club is holding a Holiday Arrangement Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 439 West St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Parking and handicapped accessibility is available in behind the church.  This event has a supply fee of $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Join to learn how to decorate your home with a lovely centerpiece.  For information, contact Anne at 774-297-4939 or email at ambeauregard@outlook.com.

Advent Family Day at the Museum of Family Prayer in Easton

Advent Family Day will be on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Museum of Family Prayer, 518 Washington St., at the Father Peyton Center in Easton. This free drop-in program features faith, food and family fun, including Nativity ornaments for everyone to paint and display in their homes. Holy Cross priests will lead those attending in prayer and offer blessings, followed by food and refreshments. Everyone in the family will be invited to paint two Nativity ornaments. Attendees should wear play clothing for this craft project. In keeping with Advent, the museum will share the children’s handiwork with others who are less fortunate. For more information, call 508-238-4095 or visit MuseumOfFamilyPrayer.org.

Masssoit Theatre Company presents 'A Christmas Story'

The Masssoit Theatre Company will present the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" for two weekends for five shows Dec. 3-11 at the Buckley Performing Arts Center on the Brockton campus of Massasoit Community College. Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday play follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker, who spends most of his time dodging a bully and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a "Red Ryder air rifle." Frequently at odds with his cranky dad but comforted by his doting mother, Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3, 9 and 10, and at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 11. Tickets cost $20 for general patrons and $18 for seniors, students, children and veterans. To purchase tickets, call 508-427-1234 or visit www.massasoit.edu/boxoffice.

Actor George Kippen, who plays the "Old man" in "The Christmas Story", which will be performed at Massasoit College starting in December, rehearses his reaction to getting his precious leg lamp on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.
Actor George Kippen, who plays the "Old man" in "The Christmas Story", which will be performed at Massasoit College starting in December, rehearses his reaction to getting his precious leg lamp on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

Kingston Public Library Hosting ‘A Victorian Christmas'

The Kingston Public Library will mark the beginning of the holiday season with a special Victorian Christmas celebration featuring musical guest Diane Taraz at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Adams Center, 33 Summer St. Taraz brings a program of Christmas music from the Victorian era, when many of today’s familiar carols were written or revived. She presents these carols, together with stories about their origins. Taraz will come dressed in an 1850s style hoop-skirted gown accompanying herself on guitar and dulcimer. Registration required at www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org. For information, call 781-585-0517, Ext. 6272, or email smiller@kingstonma.gov.

Holiday Craft Fair & Bake Sale in Carver

The Friends of the Carver Council on Aging will be hosting its annual Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Carver Council on Aging, 48 Lakeview St. The Holiday Craft Fair will feature local vendors with unique crafts ideal for holiday gifts. There will also be raffles and holiday bake sale.  Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be available for kids of all ages. Proceeds will benefit the Carver COA’s events and activities, including personal crafts, presentations and regular events through the Friends of the Carver COA. The Non-Profit Friends of the Carver Council on Aging provides support for programs and activities of the Carver COA.

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