Experience a Winter Wond-AY-Land at Arsenal Yards This Holiday Season

Tue Nov 30, 2021
9:00am to 10:00pm ET

Watertown’s Arsenal Yards invites guests, residents and visitors to experience a Winter Wond-AY-Land all month long, with festive decorations, special events and yuletide photo ops. Holiday merriment abounds at Arsenal Yards this holiday season, along with plentiful opportunities to give back to the local Watertown community.

Visitors can head to Bond Square, the newly unveiled community courtyard space at Arsenal Yards, to immerse themselves in a forest of dozens of evergreen “Giving Trees”. The trees make the perfect backdrop for a family photo and will be donated to families in the Watertown community later in December through the Watertown Boys and Girls Club and other local community organizations. Arsenal Yards is also collecting holiday tree decoration donations (string lights, tree stands, decorations) at all events throughout December to donate to the local families who will be receiving the trees. Can't make it to an event? Visitors and residents are also encouraged to make a donation to the Watertown Food Pantry online here or scan the code on the signage at the Winter Wond-AY-Land. For the month of December, Arsenal Yards will match all donations up to $750.


Additional festive happenings in Bond Square over the holidays include the debut of a new Little Free Library, holiday edition! All are encouraged to take a book or leave a book and encourage the love of reading all holiday season long. Families can also find a mailbox to mail letters to Santa right from Bond Square as well. Photo ops are highly encouraged – from pinecone walls to wreaths, to light tunnels and trees – the Instagrammable moments are endless! Visitors can share their favorite photos and tag @ArsenalYards on Instagram to be entered to win a family-four pack of ski tickets from Mt. Sunapee (a $300-value).

A full calendar of events at Arsenal Yards is sure to delight visitors of all ages, including festive holiday activities and photo ops galore. Make sure to check the Arsenal Yards Events Calendar throughout the season, and see the current schedule of events below:

Meet & Greet with Frozen
On Wednesday, December 8th from 4-6pm, bring the family to meet Elsa, Anna and of course, Olaf! Children can also make themed crafts, enjoy a complimentary Hot Chocolate from Roche Bros., write a letter to Santa and more! This event is complimentary and photos are take-your-own.

Santa Paws
Happy Howl-idays! Bring the pup for a special visit with Santa at Arsenal Yards on Thursday, December 9th from 4-7pm, and receive a professional photo with Santa! Arsenal Yards will also be collecting donations for local animals in need during this event, which will be donated to Ruff Tales Rescue. Limited reservations are available for a small donation of $5 per reservation. Each reservation is for a maximum of one family and two dogs, with all proceeds benefiting Ruff Tales Rescue. Guests can also take home a personalized paw ornament, enjoy a complimentary Hot Chocolate from Roche Bros., write a letter to Santa and more!

Meet & Greet with The Grinch
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. Meet the one and only Grinch along with Cindy Lou Who on Wednesday, December 15 from 4-6pm. Children can also make themed crafts, enjoy a complimentary Hot Chocolate from Roche Bros., write a letter to Santa and more! This event is complimentary, and photos are take-your-own.

Winter Wond-AY-Land Celebration!
Celebrate the season with a special story time with Santa & Mrs. Claus, plus crafts, games, treats & more, on Saturday, December 18 from 10:30am – 12:00pm. Guests can also sign up for a tree decorating contest for a $15 donation, with all proceeds benefiting the Watertown Boys & Girls Club. Groups of up to six people (all ages invited!) will have 90 minutes to decorate their tree, with voting taking place from December 18-24. The winner will be announced on December 27, and will receive $300 to the Arsenal Yards business of their choice, followed by $150 to second place, and $50 for third place.


** Activity dates/times are subject to change. Please click through to the activity website to verify.
** Please keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and social distancing. If an activity appears too crowded, try using the "nearby" search feature on our activity calendar to find something else to do.
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