2023 CHRISTMAS CENTRAL INFORMATION STATION
Welcome to Charlestown: Christmas City!
LIGHT UP CHARLESTOWN, NOV. 24, 2023
To kick off the holidays, Light Up Charlestown takes place Friday, Nov. 24, 2023 at Greenway Park, starting at 5 p.m. Gather for sounds of holiday music, food trucks and the flipping of the light switch at 6 p.m. From that moment forward, the City of Charlestown will glow with lights at Greenway Park, the City Square and the Family Activities Park.
Food trucks at Light Up Charlestown will be Cafe Lomez and the Spud Bank along with Greenway Park concessions.
The City’s central park will glow with Hallmark-card worthy lights, including from the 55-foot tree. Visitors can enjoy a stroll through the paved park.
The Greenway Park concession stand will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 24-Dec. 16 from 6-10 p.m.
LIVE REINDEER at Greenway Park on Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 6-10 p.m.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES PARK
The Winter Holiday Market returns featuring vendors selling holiday décor, gift items, hand-made crafts and more. The Family Activities Park will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. from Nov. 24 through Dec. 16. (Market will be open from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays)
Rides on The Charlestown Express return along with an opportunity to play mini-golf in a festive environment. Train rides and mini-golf are $5 per person, ages 2 and up. Tickets are sold on site at the admission window. In addition to Thursdays through Saturdays, train rides will be offered on Dec. 18-20 from 6-10 p.m.
FREE CHARACTER VISITS:
SANTA – Nov. 24, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Dec. 18-20
THE GRINCH – Nov. 25, Dec. 1-2, Dec. 8-9, Dec. 15-16
Kids’ activities are hosted by the Charlestown Parks Dept. in the party rooms. The concession stand will be open, selling snacks, including your seasonal favorite hot chocolate!
Be sure to browse the community designed Adopt-A-Lot area located near the train station and vote for your favorite online!
The animated lights show at the Charlestown City Square takes place nightly until Jan. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. Some nights will feature appearances by favorite Christmas characters!
Tune in to 87.9 FM to hear the music synced to the light show!
Saturday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Arts & Enrichment Center
Can you figure out who did it? Be prepared to interact with the cast of Murder and Merriment during a fun dinner and show! Tickets are $30 each or Table of 6 is $160.
Saturday, Dec. 2 from 3-5 p.m. at the Family Activities Park
Bring added cheer to your home by making your own Christmas wreath! This class is for all skill levels and will be led by L&C Wreaths. The cost is $50 per person and includes all materials and instructions.
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT HOLIDAY PARTY
Friday, Dec. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Arts & Enrichment Center
Families with someone with special needs – adults and children – are welcome to an inclusive holiday party featuring dinner and dancing. This event is free.
EVENT IS FULL
Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Arts & Enrichment Center
Join us for a community painting party led by Red Headed Princess Designs. Great for families, groups, and individuals. Cost is $20 per person and includes the art to take home.
LIVE REINDEER VISIT + CHARACTERS
Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 6-10 p.m. at Greenway Park
This free event offers visitors with live reindeer near the massive Christmas tree in Greenway Park. Plus, characters will be on hand for meet and greets. Concessions and food trucks (Cafe Lomez) will be on hand.
The Adopt-A-Lot program at the Family Activities Park is an opportunity for businesses, non-profits, and other community groups to reach an audience of thousands of families and visitors.
Spaces are a 10x10-foot space in the lawn, located along the Charlestown Express Train route and The Depot (new teen hangout area). Decorate as you wish! Electricity is provided. Each lot is a $25 donation to Charlestown Beautification. Spots are limited.
North Pole Sponsor
Holiday Hero Sponsor
Candy Cane Sponsor
Winter Holiday Market - Facade Donation
Interested in sponsoring? Email us for more information!