Get ready to jingle all the way through Plymouth and the Cape Cod Canal areas with these pre-bridge holiday events! From dazzling lights to Santa sightings and artisan markets, join us in exploring the festive fun before the bridge. Let’s get into the holiday spirit together!

Festive train in colorful lights at a holiday event

Edaville | 5 Pine Street, Carver

Experience the magic of the holiday season at Edaville! Dive into the festive spirit with Santa meet-and-greets, mesmerizing light spectacles, enchanting train rides, and much more! Make sure to grab your tickets online in advance for an unforgettable holiday adventure.

Festival of Lights | Thursdays – Sundays, November 9 through December 31 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)

Immerse yourself in the Festival of Lights at Edaville—an extraordinary holiday event showcasing steam train rides, delightful food, support for local businesses and crafters, vintage amusement rides, and much more! Marvel at over 250,000 Christmas lights, and don’t miss the chance to meet Santa himself! Tickets for this memorable experience start at $12.95.

North Pole Limited | Wednesdays, November 15 through December 20, 5 PM and 6:30 PM

Embark on a thrilling journey aboard the North Pole Limited, a vintage steam train experience at Edaville! Savor hot chocolate and cookies while marveling at the stunning lights and spending time with Santa’s cheerful elves. Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa himself hops aboard the train to greet everyone and generously presents each child with a special gift.

Tickets for this enchanting adventure start at $59.95 (children two and under enter for free).

Santa’s Express | Saturdays and Sundays, November 11 through December 23, 12:45 PM and 1:30 PM

Delight in the exclusive Santa’s Express VIP train ride, granting early access to the park to meet Santa! Sip on milk or juice paired with cookies while visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Following this magical ride, dive into the full Edaville experience, including amusement rides, mesmerizing lights, and regular train rides!

Secure your spot for this adventure with tickets starting at $69.95 (children two and under enter for free).

The Polar Express™ Train Ride

70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay | Thursday – Sunday starting November 30; Daily from December 19 – 23

Step into the enchanting world of The Polar Express™ by donning your Christmas jammies for a 1-1.5 hour train ride to meet Santa! Indulge in hot chocolate and cookies while being entertained by dancing chefs and servers performing classic Christmas carols, along with a heartwarming reading of the book. As you reach the North Pole, get ready for Santa and his merry elves to join the train, spreading joy as they greet passengers and hand out the very first gift of Christmas.

Tickets for this magical journey start at $49 (children three and under $5), and advanced purchase is required.

Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lighting in Historic Plymouth

Main and Court Street, Plymouth | December 1, 5 PM – 8 PM

Celebrate the holiday spirit at the Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lighting in Historic Plymouth! Join the festive holiday kickoff featuring a lively parade, the magical tree lighting ceremony, and the Winter Lights 5k (it’s stroller-friendly!). Enjoy the festive atmosphere with Santa, lively face-painting activities, captivating crafts, and memorable hayrides for everyone to enjoy.

Wareham Christmas Parade

Main Street, Wareham | December 2, 2 PM

Get ready to kick off the holiday season with Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, and all their pals as they march down Main Street in Wareham! Stick around after the parade for some delicious eats or to check out the fantastic local businesses. It’s a blast for the whole family!

Light the Night in Brewster Gardens

30 Water Street, Plymouth | Lighting Ceremony December 2 at 4:30 PM; Lights displayed December 2 – 31 from dusk till dawn

Enjoy the dazzling light display at Brewster Gardens this year! Then, head over to downtown Plymouth for some holiday shopping at the local businesses or grab a bite to eat at one of the fantastic restaurants!

Christmas in the Village

186 Onset Ave, Onset | December 9, 12 PM – 3 PM

Join the festive vibes at Onset’s Christmas in the Village! Hang out with Santa, get your face painted, and enjoy being serenaded by the Victorian carolers. Explore the vendor market for unique finds, or get crafty with DIY arts and crafts! Best of all, this event is free, and there’s complimentary parking available.

Candy Cane Craft Fair

Mass. Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay | December 9, 9 AM – 3 PM

Join the 2nd Annual Candy Cane Craft Fair hosted by the Mass. Maritime Academy Parents Association—an event supporting their cadets. Discover an array of crafts and goodies, and contribute to a good cause!

Makers Market

Sprezzatura Boutique, 1 Main St, Plymouth | December 17, 3 PM – 6 PM

Support local women in business at Sprezzatura Boutique’s Makers Market this holiday season! Explore handcrafted gifts from talented local artisans. Whether you’re looking for the ideal gift for a particular person or just browsing, this market offers something for everyone on your list. And don’t forget to check out the Hot Chocolate Bar!

Two children exploring the holiday market event, browsing through festive stalls and decorations.

As the holiday magic continues across Plymouth and the Cape Cod Canal area, these pre-bridge holiday events create a vibrant mosaic of lights, parades, markets, and festive cheer. Keep the holiday spirit alive and make unforgettable memories at these delightful holiday events before the bridge!


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