Below is Wonderland’s guide to dazzling holiday decorations around greater Boston, from Attleboro to Somerville (listed by community, in alphabetical order). This is based on several years exploring region during the Christmas season. Below are sites I’ve confirmed for 2020. I’ll be updating this list, so if you know of great places I’ve missed, please send me a photo and the address!


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Attleboro: 947 Park St.

“Christmas Festival of Lights” at National Shrine of Our Lady Of La Salette, 947 Park St., Attleboro, 2014. (Greg Cook)
“Christmas Festival of Lights” at National Shrine of Our Lady Of La Salette, 947 Park St., Attleboro, 2014. (Greg Cook)

The National Shrine of Our Lady Of La Salette, 947 Park St., Attleboro, fills its grounds with its annual “Christmas Festival of Lights.”


Boston Parks

Find holiday lights at Boston Common, Public Garden, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Christopher Columbus Park Trellis, and Copley Square.


Boston: Community Boating, along the Esplanade near the Longfellow Bridge at 21 David G. Mugar Way

Christmas sailboat by Community Boating, Boston, 2018. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas sailboat by Community Boating, Boston, 2018. (©Greg Cook photo)

Boston: Macy’s windows, 450 Washington St. Downtown Crossing

Christmas windows at Macy's, Boston, 2019. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas windows at Macy’s, Boston, 2019. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas windows at Macy's, Boston, 2019. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas windows at Macy’s, Boston, 2019. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas windows at Macy's, Boston, 2019. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas windows at Macy’s, Boston, 2019. (©Greg Cook photo)

Danvers: Arthur Street

House at Arthur Street, Danvers, 2018. (Greg Cook)
House at Arthur Street, Danvers, 2018. (Greg Cook)
Christmas decorations at house at Arthur Street, Danvers, 2018. (Greg Cook)
Christmas decorations at house at Arthur Street, Danvers, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Gloucester: 197 Main St.

Lobster trap Christmas tree at 197 Main St., Gloucester. 2018. (©Greg Cook photo)
Lobster trap Christmas tree at 197 Main St., Gloucester. 2018. (©Greg Cook photo)

Ipswich: Cedar Brook Farm, Essex Road/Route 1

Christmas Grinch at Cedar Brook Farm, Essex Road/Route 1, Ipswich. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas Grinch at Cedar Brook Farm, Essex Road/Route 1, Ipswich. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Malden: 20 Dale St.

Christmas lights at 20 Dale St., Malden. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 20 Dale St., Malden. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
House at 20 Dale St., Malden, 2013. (Greg Cook)
House at 20 Dale St., Malden, 2013. (Greg Cook)

Malden: 1 Rockingham Ave.

Christmas lights at 1 Rockingham Ave., Malden. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 1 Rockingham Ave., Malden. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Melrose: 223 Washington St., just south of Gould Street

Christmas lights at 223 Washington St., Melrose. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 223 Washington St., Melrose. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Providence: Roger Williams Park Zoo</3>

Holiday Lights Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo.


Saugus: Oakdale Avenue, just east of Lynn Fells Parkway

Christmas lights at Oakdale Avenue, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at Oakdale Avenue, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Saugus: 5 Laurine Road, just east of Lynn Fells Parkway

Christmas lights at 5 Laurine Road, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 5 Laurine Road, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Saugus: 7 Lynn Fells Parkway

Christmas lights at 7 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 7 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Saugus: 16 and 22 Lynn Fells Parkway

Christmas lights at 16 and 22 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 16 and 22 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Houses at 22 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus, 2015. (Greg Cook)
Houses at 22 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus, 2015. (Greg Cook)

The Amsden and the Guarino families, who share a driveway, have long been behind this show-stopping display.


Saugus: 401 Lynn Fells Parkway

Christmas lights at 401 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 401 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Saugus: 401 Lynn Fells Parkway

Christmas lights at 403 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 403 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 403 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 403 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 403 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 403 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Michael Conlon wishes visitors “Peace on Earth” at his Saugus home distinguished by its blue and white lights.


Somerville: 7-9 Ames St., at the corner of Robinson Street

House at 7-9 Ames St., Somerville, 2018. (Greg Cook)
House at 7-9 Ames St., Somerville, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Somerville: 31 and 32 Otis Street, just west of Cross Street

Otis Street, just west of Cross Street, Somerville, 2018. (Greg Cook)
Otis Street, just west of Cross Street, Somerville, 2018. (Greg Cook)

“I’ve been doing it almost 30 years,” John Ragno told me in 2013. He decorates three houses he owns here, two side by side, and one across the street. “I started off with a manger outside, a small manger on the porch. And it grew.”


Somerville Illuminations Tour

Illuminations Tour Deconstructed from the Somerville Arts Council offers a great directory and Google map of decorated homes and art installations, plus a podcast tour by Jon Bernhardt.


Stoneham: 83 Franklin St., at Pearl Street

Christmas lights at 83 Franklin St., Stoneham. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 83 Franklin St., Stoneham. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Brian Gudzevich’s computer animated display of some 30,000 lights on 83 Franklin St., at Pearl Street, that he calls “The Lights at Wolf Hill.”


Stoneham: 1167 Franklin St.

Christmas lights at 1167 Franklin St., Stoneham. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 1167 Franklin St., Stoneham. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Stoneham: Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St.

Zoo Lights at Stone Zoo, Saugus, 2013. (Greg Cook)
Zoo Lights at Stone Zoo, Saugus, 2013. (Greg Cook)
ZooLights at Stone Zoo, 2017. (Greg Cook)
ZooLights at Stone Zoo. (Greg Cook)
ZooLights at Stone Zoo. (Greg Cook)
ZooLights at Stone Zoo, 2017. (Greg Cook)

The Stone Zoo’s wooded paths are lit up for its annual “ZooLights” nightly through Dec. 31. Visit Santa’s Castle for a sit down with the jolly old elf. See a live reindeer. Admission charges.


Topsfield: 198 Ipswich Road

Christmas lights at 198 Ipswich Road, Topsfield. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 198 Ipswich Road, Topsfield. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Wilmington, 12R Concord St.

Christmas lights at 12R Concord St., Wilmington. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 12R Concord St., Wilmington. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 12R Concord St., Wilmington. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 12R Concord St., Wilmington. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 12R Concord St., Wilmington. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 12R Concord St., Wilmington. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 12R Concord St., Wilmington. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)
Christmas lights at 12R Concord St., Wilmington. 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

The lights go on at Charles Fiore’s display around 4:30 each evening, and immediately a traffic jam forms a mile long of vehicles waiting to drive through. The 23-year-old’s display, which includes an avenue of lit-up stage facades in front of his house, won $50,000 for the 2020 first-place prize on ABC’s reality TV show “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”


Unconfirmed for 2020

Many of these places have had wonderful holiday decorations in past years:
• Belmont: 441 and 429 Pleasant St.
• Beverly: 48 Railroad Ave. at Hardy Street
• Braintree: 120 Messina Woods Drive. In past years, several neighboring houses have featured lights synchronized to music.
• Boston: Adams Street, just north of Victory Road, Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.
• Boston: 62 Tuttle St.
• Chelsea: Corner of Marginal and Pearl streets, atop salt piles at Eastern Minerals along the Chelsea River.
• Danvers: Arthur Street
• Dedham: 262 Needham St.: The nativity scene outside St. Susanna’s Parish Church often challenges U.S. government policy.
• Framingham: Perry H Henderson Drive
• Lincoln: Trapelo Road near library.
• Medford: 6 Everett St.
• Medford: 56 and 60 Haines St.
• Medford: 85 George P. Hassett Dr., Medford City Hall
http://www.jinglebellfestival.org/events/event1.htm
• Peabody: 10 Summit St., visible from Route 128
• Waltham: 30 Albemarle Rd. Much of this elaborate display has been hand-made by the Schueler family over three decades. (Not on view in 2020)
• Waltham: 1369 Trapelo Rd.
• Woburn: 219 Cambridge Rd.


If this is the kind of coverage of arts, cultures and activisms you appreciate, please support Wonderland by contributing to Wonderland on Patreon. And sign up for our free, (hopefully) weekly newsletter so that you don’t miss any of our reporting. (All content ©Greg Cook 2020 or the respective creators.)


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