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Worcester’s Festival of Lights 2022

December 2 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Get ready for an evening of winter fun! The City of Worcester’s annual Festival of Lights celebration returns to the Worcester Common on Friday, December 2nd from 4:30-9pm. This free, family-friendly event will welcome winter with seasonal festivities, including numerous lighting features, ice skating, food vendors, community organizations, and performances.

Headline talents Cara Brindisi and Kara McKee will perform following the tree lighting at 6pm. Both are contestants on the current season of NBC’s The Voice, and Brindisi is a Worcester native who has been performing in the region for over a decade.

Festival of Lights will feature food vendors, a beer tent, community organizations, a visit from Santa, face painting, mascot engagement, and carriage rides. There will also be live performances throughout the evening, including the Burncoat High School Quadrivium Chorus, Roosevelt Elementary, Rice Square, and AMPP Youth. Additional highlights include a dance troupe performing with LED lighting, curated by Cirque De Light, and fire dancing performed by Sasha the Fire Gypsy. Complimentary ice skating during Festival of Lights is made possible by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Skaters may bring their own skates or rent on the Oval for $5 per pair.

The Festival of Lights will also focus on public health and safety, with COVID-19 vaccinations available for those ages 5 and up.

Parking is available within a 5-minute walk of the Worcester Common Oval, including the Worcester Common Garage at 2 Eaton Place, the Mercantile Center Parking Garage at 100 Front St., the Federal Plaza Parking Garage at 570 Main St., and the Pearl-Elm Parking Garage at 24 Pearl St.

Area road closures will begin at 2pm and include Franklin Street, Front Street, Church Street, and portions of Main Street in front of City Hall.

The City of Worcester would like to recognize the generous sponsors and community partners that make this event possible: 104.5-FM WXLO, ASM Global, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross, Digital Federal Credit Union, Discover Central Massachusetts, the Dogfather, the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District, New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, Rockland Trust, Westerman Store and Restaurant Supply, the Worcester Cultural Coalition, and the Worcester Railers Hockey Club.


Worcester Common
455 Main St
Worcester, MA 01608 United States
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