New England Holiday Traditions   

 The New England area is rich in Christmas Traditions. Here are a few of my favorites


The Enchanted Village, Avon, Massachusetts 

Once, called the Enchanted Village of St. Nicholas, the holiday display was originally created in 1958. At that time, Jordan Marsh Company commissioned a Bavarian toy maker to create 28 fully decorated holiday scenes with 250 “magically” animated figures.

Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, Jordan Marsh displayed the Enchanted Village in its Downtown Crossing store. The heart-warming display quickly became an integral part of New England’s seasonal celebrations. Until 1972, when Jordan Marsh closed the display, a trip to The Village was a traditional event. 

Jordan’s Furniture purchased the surviving pieces of the Enchanted Village at auction. The surviving collection includes 59 mechanical figurines and 18 vignettes. The Village is on permanent display in Avon, and is open for all to enjoy during the holiday season.

Images of the Enchanted Village




The "Messiah" Sing, Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington, Massachusetts.

If you love Handel's "Messiah, then this concert is a very special experience, where the audience plays the part of the chorus. An amateur tradition in it's 46th year, the program is hosted in the Lexington Town Hall. It takes only once to get swept up in not only listening to the music, but becoming a part of it!


The Black Nativity, Tremont Temple, Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Another longtime tradition, the Black Nativity is a gospel rendition of the story of the Nativity. Now in it's 38th season, this is a singular celebration from the start, as over one hundred gospel singers of all ages enter the hall singing "Go Tell It On The Mountain" The celebration ends with a child's final plaintif solo, alone on the stage, lit by a single stagelight.  This is a story of hope, love and great happines. A joyous company of 80 singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation.


A Christmas Carol, Trinity Rep , Providence Rhode Island

The longtime Dickens classic is brought to life in a play by the Trinity Rep. Each year is a different interpretation of this story of redemption at Christmas. A wonderful and intimate performance.



The Boston Pops, Holiday Pops at Boston's Symphony Hall

A delightful way to celebrate the season, the Pops play carols and tunes that bring back memories of Christmas past and present







La Salette Shrine: A Festival of Lights
A religious shrine, with acres of lit ornaments and displays for all to see.



Mike's Pastry, Italian North End of Boston, Massachusetts.

Expect long lines as Christmas time approaches, for Mike's famous Ricotta Pies, Cannoli and Christmas Cookies. My High School Art Teacher Fosco Picchi always made a pilgrimage in, and generously shared the tastes of Italian Pastry. Since then, fine pastry from the North End has always meant Christmas to me!




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