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We Need Lights! Lots and Lots of Christmas Lights!!!

Best South Coast Christmas Lights

The shortest day of the year is coming up. You know what that means?

We need lights! Lots and lots of lights!!

On our To Do List is a trip to Lakeville to see the “Crazy Tech Christmas Animated Light Show” on Furlong Circle. Its website proclaims that it is “tacky gone wild.” How can we resist?! (Check out their website to see whether the lights are on during rain or snow.)

But, we’re greedy for more destinations to fill up these long, dark nights. So we asked four of our favorite realtors to tell us some local streets where we can get our fix. Not surprisingly, the spirited town of Fairhaven comes through with a lot of the recommendations. Here’s the lowdown:

Lights! Lots and lots of lights!

Sue Ann Murley DiVito Realty

Sue Ann Murley says that the Buzzards Bay Depot is all lit up when the Polar Express comes through town. And while it’s technically not the South Coast, Gardens Aglow at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich is not far and it’s got ten miles of lights, a reindeer scavenger hunt, marshmallow roasting and more. If you do go to Heritage Plantation, she suggests checking out Route 6A to see the giant lighted sculptures designed by glass blower Michael Magyar (see more about that here). Buzzards Bay Depot, 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay (lit for the Polar Express on December 15-18, 21-23) (more about the Polar Express here). Heritage Museums & Gardens  67 Grove Street, Sandwich (Fridays through Sundays, admission prices range up to $18) (see more here).

Sue Ann is a realtor with DiVito Realty with offices in Onset and Hull. She just recently renovated a cute little building in Onset and moved the business in there. It’s all decorated for the holidays….check it out!  DiVito Realty, 247 Onset Avenue, Onset, (508) 295-0213.

Lights! Lots and Lots of Lights!

Cindy Parola Laforce Realty

Cindy Parola says to check out Gellette Road in Fairhaven (“the guy does a great display!”) and the area around Edaville Railroad where all the neighbors decorate their homes. Edaville Railroad itself also hosts a Festival of Lights (more on that here).

Cindy lives in Bourne with her husband Mike and six adorable, patience-testing kitties. LaForce Realty is a boutique real estate brokerage with two offices in Wareham, one office in Lakeville and – soon – one office in Bourne. Laforce Realty, Tyler Avenue, Wareham, (508) 958-5376.


Howe Allen

Howe Allen
Howe Allen Realty

Howe Allen knows his hometown of Fairhaven inside and out and he recommends Green Street and Fort Street in Fairhaven as good spots to enjoy the Christmas lights.

Howe is the owner of Howe Allen Realty with offices in Fairhaven and New Bedford. He is a renovation fanatic. Not a year goes by when renovation projects don’t fill his days (and nights). You can see some of his projects on the Howe Allen Realty FaceBook page. Howe shares his life with his husband, Tim Evans, and two Jack Russell Terriers, Cheer and Dutch. Howe Allen Realty, Center Street, Fairhaven, (888) 491-9993.


Cassy West

Cassy West
Robert Paul Properties

Cassy West says “there’s a great spot on Rt 6 in Fairhaven with an unbelievable house.” She says it’s just the one house but it is really something (see the photo above, look for it near Welcome Street). She also recommends Marion Village for its quaintness this time of year.  

Cassy is a realtor with Robert Paul Properties in its Marion office. After she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, she worked in the interior design industry and she brings a keen aesthetic to her work everyday as a realtor. She spent her summers as a child in Marion and now lives in Mattapoisett. Find her at Robert Paul Properties, Front Street, Marion, (508) 395-6391.

Comment below if you have other favorite spots for Christmas lights…

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What’s Up? 8 Can’t Miss Events on the South Coast

What's Up? 8 Can't Miss Events on the South Coast

I’ve got a friend from high school who enters an ugly sweater competition every year. I watch the gusto he puts into making his sweater so ugly and I am jealous. I soooo want to be invited to an ugly sweater party. Last year, I even bought an ugly sweater after Christmas at the Vanity Fair outlet. So I’m ready. Sadly, no evites have arrived. Luckily, the New Bedford Local Cultural Center has answered the silent prayer I put out to the universe and has organized the Downtown New Bedford Pub Crawl and Ugly Sweater Competition on December 10, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. (proceeds benefit The Neediest Families Fund.) Yay!

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What's Up? 8 Can't Miss Events on the South Coast

New Bedford Santa Run
(photo courtesy of Medi Thomas)

Also on December 10 is the annual 5K Santa Run in New Bedford. Picture yourself running in a sea of Santa suits. What could be more fun? I can hear some of you demurring, “ah, but I don’t have a santa suit.” No worries (and no excuses) — the santa suit is included with registration! With a 1:00 p.m. start time (12:30 for those under 14 years old), you know what this segues nicely into? Exactly! You can have a bite to eat afterwards, change out of your santa suit and into your ugly sweater! (Participants are encouraged to bring a wrapped toy for those in need.)

The 25th Annual Holiday House Tour in New Bedford takes place on December 10 and 11. I love house tours and I’ve heard rave reviews about this one. Organized by the New Bedford House Preservation Society, you see the historic homes of New Bedford in all their holiday finery. With lovely architecture, interiors and costumed interpretive guides, this is a fantasy for history buffs, interior designers and nosy neighbors. Discounted tickets are available before December 9. See here for more details.

Bravo! The Seaglass Theater debuts this month at Grace Church. You’ll hear New England’s finest professional voices as they celebrate the holiday season with thrilling renditions of O Holy Night, Gesu Bambino, Ave Maria, and many more, as well as traditional carols sung in their original language. Support this new local arts organization by attending its inaugural concert at the historic Grace Church. December 10 at 7:00 p.m. and December 11 at 3:00 p.m.  See here for more details.

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What's Up? 8 Can't Miss Events on the South Coast

A special visitor at the Holiday Pops (photo courtesy of New Bedford Symphony Orchestra)

Take an hour break from the hustle and bustle to take in a Holiday Pops concert and hear all your holiday favorites performed by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. The 3:30 matinee performance is perfect for younger children and has special surprises in store for them. December 17 at 3:30 and 7:00 p.m. The Zeiterion Theater, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. See here for more information and to buy tickets.

On December 21 at 7:00 pm, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Fairhaven celebrates the Winter Solstice with a Solstice Spiral. Each participant takes a candle, walks the spiral (made of winter greens) to let go of the attachments of the year. In the center, they light the candle from a chalice and retrace their steps, to ponder the possibilities of a new year and to find a spot to lay the candle. The lit candles represent the magic of light and possibility. See the UU Association calendar here.

Month Long Events

The Four Corners Arts Center in Tiverton is hosting their second annual “re Tree” – A Showcase of Trees Created with Recycled Materials. Created by families, individuals, community groups, businesses, artists and arts groups, the trees must be composed of 90% recycled, reclaimed or repurposed materials, must light up and must be outdoor friendly and secure when standing. The lighting kick off takes place on December 10 with seasonal, warm refreshments by the outdoor fire. The trees will be on display through January 4, 2017. 3850 Main Road, Tiverton. See here for more info.

The annual open house at the Fall River Historical Society features spectacular holiday trees in each of the historic Victorian mansion’s rooms. The trees are decorated with different themes and in unexpected ways and they’ve been featured in Victorian Homes magazine, the Boston Globe and WCVB’s Chronicle.  Follow the visit with high tea at the Historical Society’s Easton Tea Room. The open house runs from November 19 – December 30 and admission is free. (holiday hours: weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; weekends 1 – 5 p.m.). For information about the tea room, read more here.

Let us know your favorite local December events in the comment section below.

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