There are many places to go and things to see in the month of December, and here are three family friendly expeditions:
ZooLights, through January 2. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Upon entering the Zoo, guests will visit Yukon Creek, which not only features dazzling holiday lights but is also home to bald eagles, porcupines, lynx, a gray fox and reindeer. Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santaâ€™s Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be available for photos through Dec. 23. After visiting with Santa, enter a magical holiday world filled with fairy tale characters and dancing plush animals. Location: Stone Zoo., 149 Pond Street. Time: 5 – 9 p.m. Cost: weeknights, $5; weekends, $6. Information: 781-438-5100 or visit www.stonezoo.org.
Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville USA in Carver, Massachusetts, through January 2. Visit the largest light display in New England with over 7 million lights throughout the park, a 2-mile train ride, animated holiday displays, an indoor play area and visits with Santa. Picture below is of the carousel. See website for schedule of events. Location: 5 Pine Street. Time: weekdays, 4 – 9 p.m; weekends, 2 – 9 p.m. Cost: adults, $18; children under 12, $16. Information: 508-866-8190 or visit www.edaville.com.
Gardens Aglow Celebration of Lights in Sandwich, Massachusetts, through December 19. Heritage brings warmth and merriment during a multi-weekend event with grounds and gardens aglitter in a seasonal lights display. The museums will feature decorated Christmas trees and a gingerbread exhibit. Santa will visit for photo opportunities in the Model T and drop-in craft activities will be offered. The Museum Store will be open and Blossoms CafÃ© will offer treats. Dates: November 26-28, December 3-5, 10-12, 17-19. Location: Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street. Time: 5-9 p.m. Cost: Adults, $6; youth age 4 to 12, $2. Information: 508-888-3300 or visit www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org/