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slides: Best November Events in New England

Saturday, November 01, 2014


'Tis officially the holiday season now that Halloween has come and gone.

In New England, November brings harvest festivals, tours of historic homes, holiday craft fairs, festive plays, train trips, and more.

Here is your list of go-to November events.

Enjoy the season!


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Newport Vineyards Harvest Celebration

November 1

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$20, per person
RSVP suggested: Please call 401-848-5161 x0 or [email protected].

Celebrate the 2014 harvest with with wine, cheese, chocolates and other specialty foods from local purveyors including Aquidneck Honey, Narragansett Creamery, Cory’s Kitchen, Rhody Fresh Cheese, Bristol House, Catanzaro’s and Hunt’s Chocolate Studio. Plus save up to 25% on case purchases made in-store on November 1 only!

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Bucket Brewery Nine Men's Misery Launch Party

Bucket Brewery will launch its first IPA, Nine Men's Misery, on November 1.

Head down to the brewery for a free sample, live music, food trucks and more!

The event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Blackstone Valley Polar Express

Select dates throughout November and December

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

A 90-minute train ride on the Providence & Worcester Railroad.

Enjoy story reading of The Polar Express; hot chocolate and cookies, special Christmas gift; coloring books and crayons, holiday sing-a-long.

Visit the Holiday shop in the depot! Be sure to bring a camera for photos with Santa!

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A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep

November 8-December 31, 2014

A Rhode Island holiday tradition, experience the theater magic with your whole family at Trinity Rep's A Christmas Carol.

This year's production is directed by Taibi Magar and will feature resident acting company member Fred Sullivan, Jr. as Scrooge.

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Christmas at the Newport Mansions

November 22, 2014 to January 4, 2015

The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House will all be open daily for tours and decorated for the holidays.

Make holiday memories with your family by visiting these magnificent historic houses dressed in their Yuletide finery.

New this year will be a working garden scale model of the Vanderbilt family's New York Central Railroad, which will be on display in the second floor loggia of The Breakers.   

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Dia de los Muertos at the Worcester Art Museum

The Worcester Art Museum's will celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a Community Day on Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This vibrant festival celebrates life with altars, live music, cultural performances, and activities for children reflecting the traditions associated with this Mexican holiday that remembers the lives of family members and friends who have died.

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An Evening of Illumination at Old Sturbridge Village

November 8

The annual Evening of Illumination is the one time each year visitors can experience an evening in the Village the way it was in the 1800s.

Explore a time without electricity and street lights. Take in the captivating scenes of an early New England village lit only by candles, oil lamps, and fireplaces.

Tours will be offered to select buildings around the Village, and the night will be capped off with refreshments in the Bullard Tavern, including mulled cider and a cash bar. Tours are limited to 15 guests each and leave the Visitor Center every 10 minutes from 6:00 p.m. through 7:30 p.m.

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Holiday Shows at The Hanover Theatre

ELF The Broadway Musical

November 21 - November 23

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.

The Nutcracker

November 28 - November 30

The eighth annual production of The Nutcracker returns this holiday season. 

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Italian Holiday Cooking at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

November 9, 2014

Instructor: Sandra Tosches

The Holidays in an Italian family would not be complete without the traditional cookies served on large platters.

The recipes are handed down from generation to generation. In this class you will learn to make, and will taste, Italian White, Chocolate Italian, Paparats (molasses spice) and Pizzelles (thin wafer) cookies.

These are a few of Tosches family favorites that must be on that platter. Ciao!

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Holiday Festival of Crafts

Worcester, Massachusetts

Fridays, Saturdays, November 28, 2014 - November 29, 2014

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Worcester Center for Crafts

Now in its 32nd year, 60 artists will bring their exceptional work to this highly selective show, offering ceramics, wearable art, jewelry, handmade tableware, scarves, wooden boxes and more!

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Boston Christmas Festival and Gingerbread House Competition

November 7, 8, and 9

This annual Christmas Festival features the distinctive work of over 300 master American craftsmen.

Bargain hunters as well as those with extravagant tastes will find an endless array of gorgeous home accessories, designer fashions, artisan jewelry, handcrafted holiday décor, gourmet specialty foods and one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts unavailable elsewhere.

Don’t miss the popular Gingerbread House Competition, a crowd favorite showcasing the amazing talent of Boston’s top chefs.

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Connecticut Trolley Museum Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights

East Windsor, Connecticut

Selected dates in November and December

Join hundreds of others and start a family tradition of coming for a trolley ride during the holiday season. 

Whether you ride a closed car or brave the cold to ride the open "electric sleigh", we promise you a good time and one that you'll remember for years. 

Join your motormen in singing traditional Christmas carols as the trolley makes its way through the "Tunnel of Lights".  Returning to the Visitor Center, it's always a race to get into the warmth and enjoy a nice steaming cup of hot cocoa as you listen to the entertainment and admire all the model trains and displays.

Leave the hustle, bustle behind and enjoy the holidays as they were meant to be enjoyed!

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