The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2014

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The holidays are still alive and well here in Appleseed Country! With our early snowfall this year, it’s a winter wonderland. And below are some ways to still help you get in that Christmas Spirit.

From snow showers and twinkling lights in the Grand Lobby to gingerbread houses and enormous snowflakes, discover the magical world of Snowland this holiday season at Great Wolf Lodge. Come see this indoor snowy wonderland where kids can experience the magic of the holidays throughout the month of December complete with Santa, gingerbread houses, arts and crafts, and of course snow from the ceilings. Starting on November 29th, the snow falls daily at 10am, 8pm, and 9pm. Also, come see the Gingerbread House. Make your holidays a little sweeter when you dine inside GWL’s life-size gingerbread house for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

And Santa is STILL in Appleseed Country. On December 20th, he will be at Wachusett Mountain for the Polar Express Holiday Celebration. Enjoy a day full of activities including skiing and riding, arts and crafts, holiday balloon creations by Tracey McFee, and a showing of the Polar Express movie. There will be plenty of hot chocolate, Polar Beverages and tasty treats to keep you smiling, and you might even catch a glimpse of Wachusett’s own “Orson” the Polar Bear. For more information, visit And on the 21st, he will be at Trinity Congregational Church, 125 Rollstone St., Fitchburg at 10:30 am. Everyone is invited to the Children’s Christmas Pageant with an appearance by Santa Claus giving gifts (bring one wrapped, labeled gift for your child downstairs before the service if you like).

Tower Hill Holly Days 2014: Winter Reimagined the month of December. Wander through glittering indoor displays and illuminated trees and shrubs in the Orchard, Entry, Lawn and Winter Gardens. A giant Bromeliad tree, hundreds of poinsettias, more than 1,500 hand-crafted ornaments and over six miles of lights make this a unique holiday experience for all ages. Live music some nights, great food, and more. Click here for more information.


On Monday the 15th at 7pm, it’s Celtic Christmas with the Sky Family. Blazing Irish dance and fiddles. Prince Edward Island’s Premier Irish Dance Show. All welcome. Free, but a love offering will be taken (suggested $10 adult/$5 child). Heritage Bible Chapel, 182 Brooks Station Rd., Princeton. Call (978) 464-5100 for more information.

The Bull Run will be having a few Holiday shows this year. First up is Judy Collins on the 18th. And then it’s North Shore Acapella with a special Holiday Show on the 26th! On the 27th, it’s The Installers with their Holiday Blues Dance Party and finally, on the 28th, it’s Rusted Root‘s Holiday Show. For more information on these shows, visit


The weekends of December 12-14 and 19-21 is New Players’ Theater Guild’s A Christmas Homecoming at the NPTG Center for the Performing Arts, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. The New Players Theater Guild presents a classic homecoming event showcasing iconic Christmas music. Tickets $15, $12 senior/student. Call 978-345-6570.
We hope spending time in Appleseed Country this holiday season helps put you in the Christmas Spirit this season. Please see our calendar for more information on any of the details above.

photo courtesy of Rick Jollimore