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6th Annual
Downtown New Bedford
Holiday Stroll

Downtown New Bedford has everything you need for a jolly holiday! Enjoy children’s activities, live entertainment, Santa & Mrs. Claus, antique fire engine rides, handmade goods & boutique shopping, creative cuisine & so much more!
Saturday Dec 7, noon-4pm
Sunday Dec 8, noon-4pm

New Bedford Preservation Society’s
22nd Annual Holiday House Tour

Come visit beautifully restored historic 19th Century homes, all decked out for the holidays.
Saturday Dec 14, 4-8pm Candlelight Tour
Sunday Dec 15, 1-5pm Afternoon Tour

City of New Bedford Tree Lighting Ceremonies
2013 Dates Coming Soon

  • Cove Street Neighborhood Group
    Friday Dec. 6, 6pm - Loretta Bourque Park
  • Downtown New Bedford
    Saturday Dec. 7, 4:30pm - parade up William St to Library, 5pm lighting
    Join Santa & Mrs. Claus, the New Bedford High School Marching Band, Mayor Jon Mitchell, the City Council, Miss New Bedford & the the All City Youth Choir for this festive annual event.
  • Festival of Lights Celebration at Clasky Common Park
    Sunday Dec. 8, 5pm - Join the countdown celebration to illuminate festive displays of dazzling lights throughout Clasky Common Park. Members of the Parker Elementary School chorus will perform and Santa Claus is expected to join the celebration.
  • Far North End Neighborhood Association
    Sunday Dec. 8, 6:30pm - Fire Station #5, 3665 Acushnet Avenue
  • South End Business Association
    Tuesday Dec. 4 - Reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 4pm & tree lighting at 5:30pm
  • Goulart Square Association
    Ashley Park on the corner of Rivet Street & Bolton Street
  • South Central /South First Association
    Monday Dec. 9, 6:30pm - Monte Park on the corner of Russell Street & Acushnet Avenue
  • Rockdale Avenue Neighborhood Association
    Harrington Park on the Corner of Court Street & Liberty Street (across from Hathaway School)
  • Bullard Street Neighborhood Association
    Riverside Park on the corner of Belleville Avenue & Coffin Avenue
  • Brooklawn Park
    Tuesday Dec. 3, 6:30pm

AHA! Made in NB
Head to AHA! Night when Art, History & Architecture come alive in New Bedford. On December 12th, celebrate people, places & things that are Made in NB. This is also a perfect evening for unique holiday shopping. So come early & stay late - there's so much happening you will need the extra time to fit it all in!
Thursday Dec 12, 5-9pm


Family Fun

Spend the Holidays with the Z!
A Christmas Carol
The annual holiday celebration returns to the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Saturday Dec 14, 2 & 7pm

Winter Wonderland at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center
Bring your family and friends to enjoy some winter crafts, hot chocolate, winter sports and games, and sign-up for Winter 2014 programs.
Saturday Dec 14, 4-6pm
Official lighting of the Holiday Giving Tree, 5:30pm
Family Movie Time featuring "A Christmas Story", 6-8pm
More info HERE

New Bedford 5k Santa Fun Run

Thousands will gather to participate in another chapter in the world-wide phenomenon known as the Santa Race. The race is open to all ages and all levels of runners.
Saturday Dec 7, 11am

Holiday Events at the Buttonwood Park Zoo!

  • Holiday Wreath Workshop
    Sunday Dec 1, 1pm
  • HollyJolly Time
    Join Santa’s elf in creating holiday crafts that will make great gifts for parents and grandparents.  Each week will feature two different holiday crafts.
    Friday Dec 13, & 20, 9:30am
  • Holiday ZOObilee
    Enjoy train and carousel rides (rides are included in the price of admission and are weather permitting), caroling with the animals, hot chocolate, animal enrichment, Bear on the Branch scavenger hunt,  and a special holiday cookie.  Stop by our Reindeer Room to make reindeer food with our elves and make a craft.  Don’t forget to visit with Santa!
    Saturday Dec 7, 14, & 21, 11am-4pm
  • Zoo Year's Eve
    Calling all party animals! Celebrate the New Year in style at the Buttonwood Park Zoo. The ball drops at noon (including a countdown and ginger ale toast), but the fun and games will run from 11am– 2pm. Dance the early afternoon away to the sounds of DJ Steve from Music ‘n Motion. Fun for all ages!
    Monday Dec 31, 11am-2pm

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents Family Holiday Pops Concert
A one-of-a-kind Holiday Season tradition on the South Coast. Featuring guest vocalist Amanda Carr and the popular holiday sing-along, this warm and festive concert will make your season bright!
Saturday Dec 21, 3:30 & 7pm

City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve
Presented by the AHA! Partners &
the City of New Bedford

Join us for a family friendly evening in Downtown New Bedford! Arrive early and stay late!

18th Annual Moby Dick Marathon
The longest continually running readathon of Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece. 
Friday Jan 3 - Sunday Jan 5, 2014

Galleries & Boutique Shops

Annual Holiday Show & Sale @ Artworks!
Find the perfect locally made unique gift for everyone
on your list.

An eclectic collection of fun and fine silver,
gold and designer jewelry.
Holiday Hours, Thanksgiving thru Christmas Eve:
Tues & Wed 10am-5pm
Thurs, Fri & Sat 10am-7p
Sun noon-5pm

The CRAFT-O-RAMA Holiday Pop-Up Shop @ UGLY Gallery (246 Union Street)
CRAFT-O-RAMA has partnered with their friends at Ugly Gallery to bring you a month long holiday pop-up shop, featuring artists from MA and RI. Shop the best in locally-handmade gifts this season and support dNB!


88 Hatch Street Annual Holiday Sale
Part of New Bedford Open Studios
Every year the artists at the Hatch Street Studios, 88 Hatch Street, New Bedford, MA, open their doors for a festive and fun holiday market featuring high-end yet affordable fine art and craft - unique and perfect for holiday gift giving. 
Friday Nov 22, 1-6pm
Saturday Nov 23, 10am-5pm
Sunday Nov 24, 10am-5pm

New Bedford Art Museum's 3rd Annual Holiday Boutique
The “Boutique” is an opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, and will showcase local and regional artists. All items will be for sale, and will benefit the art community as well as raise funds for the museum.
Sunday Dec 8, noon-4pm




Messiah & Magnificat with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
Performed at St. Anthony's Church on Acushnet Ave. A relaxing and beautiful concert by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and over 100 local choral group members!
Sunday Dec 1, 3pm

“Carols We Sing”
The 49th annual Christmas Concert of the Sippican Choral Society at Grace Episcopal Church
Friday Dec 6, 8pm

Broadway's Next Hit Musical
The New York Times calls Broadway’s Next H!T Musical “Hilarious!” This hysterical show is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical!
Saturday Nov 30, 8pm

Childsplay Fiddle Fest
Enjoy the ultimate fiddle-based musical celebration when vocalists, step-dancers and some of the best fiddlers in the nation, from Boston Symphony violinists to all-Ireland and Scottish national fiddling champions come together for one fabulous night of music! From rural dance halls to The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and from world music audiences to public radio listeners, Childsplay has introduced thousands to the delights of traditional and contemporary Irish, Quebeחois, Cape Breton, bluegrass, Appalachian, and Scandinavian fiddle music, as well as jazz, swing, and classical music. Don’t miss this extraordinary group!
Friday Dec 6, 8pm




There’s something for everyone on your list in New Bedford—and don’t forget those gift certificates to one-of-a- kind shops!

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From cafes to tapas, Cape Verdean to Thai & the freshest seafood around, New Bedford is your one-stop-shop for eclectic eateries.

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Extend the holiday cheer and spend a night or two in New Bedford! The Fairfield Inn & Suites is offering a special "Holiday in New Bedford" rate! Free hot breakfast buffet and heated indoor pool!

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