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Lighting the Way

Countless people agree that radiant lights ignite an exceptionally warm feeling in the soul.  So, when an opportunity presents itself to see these glistening wonders, many individuals are eager to partake.

Well, be prepared to have your senses stimulated, as Worcester Festival of Lights is taking place on Friday, December 2, from 5p.m. to 9 p.m., at Worcester Common (behind City Hall).  Here’s some info pertaining to this incandescent event.

Festival of Lights is a must-see, even for travelers who must drive a bit to get there.  Actually, there’s something on hand to satisfy all ages.

For starters, Worcester native and singer/songwriter, Sam James, will officiate the evening.  As some of you may know, James was a beloved talent on The Voice.

Additionally, activities such as choral performances, sleigh rides around Worcester Common, the legendary tree lighting, complimentary cocoa, a visit from Santa, and a segment performance of A Christmas Carol presented by Hanover Theatre will undoubtedly harmonize the evening.

And the most exhilarating part, at least according to some?

Ice skating, of course!  Worcester Common Oval’s impressive 12,000-square foot skating rink (by the way, it’s larger than the one at Rockefeller Center) is open to visitors, and Northstar Figure Skating will be gracing the audience with demonstrations.  Admission is free: however, skate rentals are $3.00.  For additional Worcester Festival of Lights particulars, go to www.worcesterma.gov.

But you’d like other light-bearing thoughts?  Okay, here are three.

  • Winter Reimagined at Tower Hill Botanical Garden is going on now through January 8.  You’ll almost certainly be dazzled by a captivating collection of indoor and outdoor lighting, superbly adorned trees, and phenomenal nature trails.
  • Bright Lights at Forest Park in Springfield is the area’s grandest arrangement of glittering lights in terms of size, and the 2.5-mile stretch can be enjoyed through January 1, 2017.  Impressively, more than 30,000 cars typically visit the spectacular event each season.
  • Berkshire Museum becomes a delightful display of brilliant balsams during the annual Festival of Trees.  In fact, over 100 incredibly luminous trees are available to see.  This year, the museum is commemorating a movie classics tree theme.

Lights fascinate our senses, as they better help us recognize a more joyous side to life.  So, get out and enjoy!

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