Did you know that Christmas was banned from Massachusetts in 1659? There was a five shilling fine for anyone caught celebrating Christmas. This law was revoked in 1681, but only two centuries later Christmas Day became a state holiday in Massachusetts. This had to do with Puritans principles vs. British tradition.
Today the Puritans would not believe what goes on in Massachusetts during Christmas time. We present to you Bright Nights at Forest Park. This is a good place to take your family and bring back the Christmas’ spirit to your lives:
Here is what you need to know before you go:
- Be prepared for heavy traffic jam as soon as you get out the highway;
- Plan to arrive there at sunset to avoid long hours in traffic;
- Try to not block intersections;
- Bright Nights admission is cash only – $18 per car, every day except for weekends and Holidays when it costs $21. You may get a $3 coupon here;
- Remember to turn off your headlights as you go in the park;
- Turn your radio on 98.5 for Christmas’ music;
- Go slow as possible to better enjoy Bright Nights;
- Halfway through Forest Park, there is a “rest area”. There will may buy snacks, refreshments, go to the bathroom or even get a carriage ride or wagon ride.
- Carriage holds 4 people at $50/ride. Wagon holds 20 people at $7/person.
- If you plan on taking the carriage/wagon, come prepared for the cold.
- Click here for directions
If you would like to know more about the Christmas ban in clique here.
Photos by Paulo Dasilva Photography