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Holiday Events and Santa Sightings in Greater Lowell

By Barbara Evangelista, Publisher November 16, 2021

Updated Dec 6 with more events!  

Here's our list of local Christmas and Hanukkah holiday events in Lowell, Billerica, Tewksbury, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tyngsboro, Westford, Littleton and Groton in 2021.  I'm happy to say that many annual events are back in 2021!  If you're still staying close to home this year, I've included events and activities that you can do at home too.  Have a magical holiday season!

I'll be updating this list frequently so be sure to check back!  If you know of any other local family-friendly holiday events that I missed, please email me or submit the details using our Submit an Event form.

Click on the event name to see all the details.  


Check our other holiday guides for regional activities too:

Take a Holiday Train Ride!  See our Polar Express & Holiday Train Ride Guide for MA, NH & Beyond

Cut down your own Christmas tree at a local Christmas tree farm.  See our Christmas Tree Farm Guide

Make a Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas craft or recipe.  See our round-up of years of holiday crafts, recipes and tips articles.

Visit a holiday light display or festival of trees.  See our Christmas Attractions and Things to Do in Massachusetts and Beyond Guide

Get a free personalized Letter from Santa


Ongoing Events

The Amazing Decorated Winter Tree Scavenger Hunt November 24 to January 2

5th Annual Littleton Little Town Tree Hunt (All ages)  November 26 to January 2

2021 Groton Winter Tree Stroll  November 27 to January 2


Saturday November 20

Christmas Craft Fair (Dracut)

Annual Fall Fair (North Chelmsford)

Harvest Fair (Littleton)

Holiday Fair (Chelmsford)

Friends of Nashoba Annual Craft Fair & Bake Sale (Westford)

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Holiday Handprint Card (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance


Sunday November 21

Merrimack Valley Black & Brown Owned Fall Market at Mill No. 5 (Lowell)

Fall Market at Roudenbush Community Center (Westford)

Michael's Kids Club Sunday Make Break: Advent Calendar (Ages 5+)


Wednesday November 24

Day Before Thanksgiving Walk (Chelmsford)

Thanksgiving Story Time  (Age 3-5) ~ register in advance


Thursday November 25

Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast


Friday November 26

Black Friday Craft Fair (Chelmsford)


Saturday November 27

Free Holiday Classic Film "A Christmas Story" (PG) ~ register in advance (Lowell)

Festival of Wreaths Display and Raffle (Lowell)

Small Business Saturday Art Market at Western Avenue (Lowell)

Photos with Santa at Lowell City of Lights

Annual Lowell City of Lights Celebration

Annual Lowell City of Lights Hot Chocolate Contest

City Of Lights Holiday Movie Screening: "Rise of the Guardians" (Lowell)

Annual City Of Lights Holiday Parade (Lowell)

Annual City Of Lights - City Hall Lighting (Lowell)

Annual City of Lights Holiday Concert (Lowell)


Sunday November 28

Farm Festival of Lights ~ tickets in advance (Westford)

33rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting with Santa (Westford)

Grand Chanukah Celebration (Westford)


Tuesday November 30

Hanukkah stories with PJ Library (All ages) (Tyngsborough)

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Holiday Rock Painting (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance


Wednesday December 1

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Craft Stick Truck Ornament (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance


Thursday December 2

Tyngsborough Festival of Trees

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Clay Stick Holiday Window (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance

Christmas Craft Night (Dracut)


Friday December 3

Tyngsborough Festival of Trees

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Christmas Clay Ornaments (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance

Tewksbury Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting (meet Santa!)


Saturday December 4

Christmas Craft Fair on the Common (Chelmsford)

Westford Academy Annual Holiday Bazaar

Annual Holiday Bazaar (Littleton)

Gingerbread Village 2021 (Chelmsford)

Holly Fair (visit with Santa!) (Lowell)

Tyngsborough Festival of Trees

Santa Visits Littleton Lumber ~ register in advance

Santa Visit and Hay Ride (Tyngsborough)

Free Holiday Classic Film "Elf" (PG) ~ register in advance (Lowell)

Holiday Sleigh Ride Concert ~ tickets in advance (Lowell)

Annual Gingerbread House Display & Contest (with Santa!)

Farm Festival of Lights ~ tickets in advance (Westford)

Holiday Festival (All ages) ~ register in advance (Groton)

Tyngsborough Festival of Trees Kids Activities (Santa!)

Chelmsford Holiday Party Pops ~ tickets in advance

Victorian Christmas Open House (Billerica)

Billerica Tree Lighting

Caroling with Music Elements (Chelmsford)

Dracut Tree Lighting

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Holiday Gnome Stick Puppets (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance


Sunday December 5

Parker PTO Craft Fair (Chelmsford)

Tyngsborough Festival of Trees

Chelmsford Holiday Prelude and Tree Lighting

Farm Festival of Lights ~ tickets in advance (Westford)

Visit with Santa at Weston Nurseries (Chelmsford)

Gingerbread Village 2021 (Chelmsford)

Hanukkah Story Lantern Walk ~ register in advance (Chelmsford)

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Folded Paper Candles (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance


Monday December 6

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Foam Christmas Trees (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance


Tuesday December 7

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Paper Strip Penguin (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance

Cookies, Cocoa and Crafts (Age 0-8) ~ register in advance (Lowell)


Wednesday December 8

🖥️ Virtual Storytime The Nutcracker with Dream Ballet School (All ages) ~ register in advance

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Pop-Up Christmas Tree Card (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance


Friday December 10

Meet Santa at MOOYAH (North Billerica)

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Collage Christmas Tree (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance


Saturday December 11

Breakfast with Santa ~ purchase tickets in advance (Billerica)

Handmade Holiday Market (Dracut)

Pictures with Santa (All ages) (Billerica)

Santa Visits Littleton Lumber ~ register in advance

🖥️ Online Family Holiday Singalong (All ages) ~ register in advance

Free Holiday Classic Film "The Polar Express" (G) ~ register in advance (Lowell)

Farm Festival of Lights ~ tickets in advance (Westford)

Holiday Drive-By with Santa (Dracut)

The Nutcracker (All ages) [Two shows] ~ purchase tickets in advance (Littleton)

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Winter Frame (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance


Sunday December 12

Breakfast with Santa ~ purchase tickets in advance (Billerica)

7th Annual Very Merry Holiday Fair (All ages) ~ pictures with Santa (Billerica)

Visit with Santa at Weston Nurseries (Chelmsford)

Farm Festival of Lights ~ tickets in advance (Westford)

💻 Michael's Kids Club Online: Clay Reindeer Photo Holder (All Ages) [Online] ~ register in advance


Wednesday December 15

Holiday Sing Along with Steve Blunt (Ages 2-5) ~ tickets in advance (Westford)


Thursday December 16

Holiday Jump Party (Age 2-6) (Billerica)


Friday December 17

Parents Night Out - Ugly Sweater Party (Grades K-8) ~ register in advance (Groton)


Saturday December 18

💻 Laurie Berkner Virtual Family Holiday Party Concert ~ tickets in advance

"A Classic Christmas" Concert with the Merrimack Valley Ringers (Chelmsford)

Santa Visits Littleton Lumber ~ register in advance (Chelmsford)

Winter Wonderland Music Show with Mr. Matt (All ages) ~ register in advance (Billerica)

Free Holiday Classic Film "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (PG-13) ~ register in advance (Lowell)

Farm Festival of Lights ~ tickets in advance (Westford)


Sunday December 19

Breakfast with Santa (Age 0-12) ~ tickets in advance (Billerica)

Santa Visits Farmer Dave's (Dracut)

Farm Festival of Lights ~ tickets in advance (Westford)



Do you know of other fun holiday events, whether online or in-person?  Let me know at barbarae@macaronikid.com!



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