It's the most wonderful time of the year!  What's more fun at Christmas time than driving around with the ones you love, sipping hot cocoa, snacking on cookies, and checking out the Christmas lights in some of the best dressed neighborhoods?

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6 Old Country Rd, Amesbury, MA- This house puts on its very own light show at 7pm sharp every evening!  They ask that for all their hard work, you leave an unwrapped toy for donation to Toys for Tots. Over the years I have introduced many of my relocating clients to this neighborhood and everyone LOVES the lights.

4 Elizabeth Ln, Peabody, MA- This homeowner enjoys decking his house out every year to help everyone enjoy the spirit of Christmas.

-photo credit to Chuck Uglietta

Rockvale in Tewksbury, MA- This is one of the most popular neighborhoods to visit at Christmas time.  Many houses in this area are all lit up and decked out for Christmas.  The neighborhood kindly asks that you donate food to the local food pantry.

Freeport St, Wilmington, MA- This is another NEIGHBORHOOD filled with Christmas cheer for all to enjoy!

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Jefferson Ave, Saugus, MA- These homeowners know the value of being in the Christmas Spirit, but also in allowing their neighbors a good night's sleep.  Their Christmas light display goes on promptly at 5pm every night and gets shut off by 10 pm.

-photo credit to Angela Rourke

Pratt St, Billerica, MA- Here is another home that puts on a light show for passersby...

Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, MA- Another street where many houses work together to get into the Christmas spirit.

-photo credit to Joanie Desilets

Covington Ave, Billerica, MA- This house is so cute and festive...

-photo credit to Steven Santosuosso

Ice Skating at the Frog Pond on Boston Common

The Boston Common Frog Pond sits at the heart of Boston Common, the oldest and most treasured public park in the U.S. With a winter ice rink and skating school, a reflecting pool in the spring and fall, and a summer spray pool and children's carousel, there are always fun and exciting activities for residents and tourists alike. Skating from 10AM to 9PM T,W,T,F,S&S, M 10 -3. Tickets are $6.00 per person over 58 inches, under 58 inches skate free, there are rental options on site for $12.00 per adult and $6.00 per child from.

Winter Lights on the Greenway

A series of lighting displays intended to bring warmth and cheer to the Greenway during the darkest part of the year. Trees are lit from the North End to Chinatown parks, including the Light Blades in the Wharf District parks. Along the way, children can stop for a ride on the carousel for $3, which operates Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11am to 6pm, as well as from Dec. 20-31 from 11am to 6pm (except Dec. 25).

Blink at Faneuil Hall

What is more fun than going to see one of Boston's largest Christmas trees just outside Quincy Market? Over the past few years, Faneuil Hall has seriously upped the holiday light game with Blink!. Blink! is the synchronization of thousands of lights to classic holiday carols. Each hour after sunset, visitors are treated to the show, which has become such a large-scale production that the entire shopping center feels magical.  This year, Blink! will take place from November 20-Jaunary 1.

ZooLights at the Stone Zoo

The Stone Zoo's wooded paths are lit up for its annual "ZooLights"through Jan. 1 from 5-9PM. Photos with live reindeer, visit Santa plus an elf and see the winter animal displays beautifully lit for the season.

North Andover's own Smolak Farm has Santa's Workshop

Drop by Smolak Farms's barn for quality time with Santa and his helpers. The kids will be able to make holiday crafts, make food for the reindeer, and hand a wish list to the red-suited man himself. Parents are welcome to get a photo of the kiddos with Santa. Santa's Workshop is happening from 10-3MPM December 17-18.  There is also a Gingerbread Workshop on Saturday, December 17 from 1-3PM, story time with Mrs. Claus on December 20th from 10-12PM, and Cookies&Crafts from 3-5PM on December 21.