A&E Highlights: City of Lights 2018

City of Lights 2018

Downtown Lowell
November 24
Celebrate the start of the holiday season in Lowell at City of Lights 2018! Stroll through the streets of the Mill City to a number of different seasonal attractions, including:

30th Annual City of Lights Holiday Parade
From Jackson Street to JFK Plaza
4:30 p.m.
More than 10,000 spectators line the streets of downtown Lowell each year to watch the annual City of Lights Holiday Parade! Since this parade takes place at night, a dazzling array of glows and gleams are provided to illuminate the procession of marching bands, floats, performers and local personalities — making it a spectacle to behold for kids and adults alike.

Photos with Santa
JFK Plaza
1 to 3 p.m.
Get your kids’ photos taken with the big man from the North Pole himself … and let them put in a request or two for their gifts this year (as long as it’s not an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle). $1 per photo.

Holiday Art Exploratory
Location TBD (visit website for updated information)
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Bring a little of the sparkly magic of the City of Lights event home with you at this hands-on attraction, where you and your kids can create a decorative snowflake.

Magic Show
Locations TBD (visit website for updated information)
1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Magician Bob Riordan, a Lowell native, will perform two 45-minute shows prior to the parade. (Incidentally, you can read more about Riordan — and the history of magic in the Valley — on MVMag.net. Just search “Riordan.”)

Holiday Craft Market and Ice Rink
JFK Plaza
2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Purchase arts and crafts, take a taste of delicious local food or take a spin on the city’s ice rink. If you don’t have skates of your own, don’t worry — there will be plenty of various sizes available for rent.


Photo by Adrien Bisson.

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