This year visit Santa and stay safe with a clear protective barrier. Photo courtesy of Bass Pro Shops
This year visit Santa and stay safe with a clear protective barrier. Photo courtesy of Bass Pro Shops

Best Holiday and Christmas Events and Drive-thru Lights for Boston Kids in 2020

'Tis the season to celebrate—and boy do we deserve it this year! While some big festivals and gatherings are taking a long winter's nap in 2020, there are still plenty of holiday and Christmas events around Boston to keep kids busy and feeling festive in November and December. From socially distanced Santa photo ops to dazzling outdoor light displays to gingerbread house making, here are our top picks for when your family wants to venture outside and enjoy a holly jolly good time—safely.

Want to keep that merry spirit going all season long? Hop aboard a Polar Express train ride, plan a quintessential New England holiday experience, or give back to your community by signing up for some holiday volunteering with kids in Boston. Keep tabs on our Holiday Fun Guide for more ideas for making this holiday season one to remember, in all the best ways.

Note that due to the fluctuating nature of COVID-19, events could be changed or canceled at any time, so be sure to check with the venue itself before heading out. While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our events calendar to find something else to do.


Bass Pro Shops
One Bass Pro Drive
Foxborough, MA 02035

Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Gillette Stadium
1 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA

Seaport Common
85 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Crescent Farms
140 Willow Avenue
Bradford, MA 01835

Marshfield Fairgrounds
140 Main Street
Marshfield, MA

Burke's Gym
21 Elm Place
Swampscott , MA 01907

La Salette Shrine
947 Park Street
Attleborough, MA

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1122 Route 106 North
Loudon, NH 03307

Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate
Canton, MA

Naumkeag
Stockbridge, MA

Massachusetts Horticultural Society
900 Washington Street Elm Bank Reservation
Wellesley, MA 02482

Stone Zoo
149 Pond Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Southwick Zoo
2 Southwick Street
Mendon, MA

Castle Hill
290 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA

Taste Buds Kitchen Beverly
131 Rantoul Street
Beverly , MA

Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566

The Stevens-Coolidge Place
86 Andover Street
North Andover, MA

Spillane's Nursery
230 Bedford Street
Middleboro, MA 02346

Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Fall Family Scavenger Hunt
Hale Reservation - 8:00 AM Pick
Polar Express Train Ride on Cape Cod Central Railroad
Cape Cod Central Railroad Depot - various times Pick
"Go Out Doors" Exhibit
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail - 8:00 AM
Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston - 10:00 AM
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