Worcester Festival of Lights! 12/1!

Worcester Festival of Lights! The City’s annual Festival of Lights event will begin on Friday, December 1, 2023 from 4:30 – 9 p.m. on the Worcester Common Oval. with a tree lighting at 6pm. This free, family-friendly event will host a number of lighting features, ice skating, food vendors, community organizations and performances.  In commemoration of Worcester’s Tercentennial anniversary, in partnership with the City and the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District, New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill will install seven large-scale, Worcester-themed light sculptures and hanging light orbs.

  • Headline Performance by Michelle Brooks Thompson, NBC’s The Voice Finalist
  • Performances by Worcester Public Schools Choral Groups and AMPP Worcester
  • Interactive Roving Circus Perfomers and Fire Performances
  • Complimentary Ice Skating Made Possible by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Skate Rentals $5)
  • Visit from Santa
  • Tree and Large-Scale Light Sculpture Lighting
  • Heated Beer Tent
  • Community Organizations
  • Food Trucks, Face Painting, Street Performers, Carriage Rides and More!

Ice Skating at the Oval begins on 12/1 and continues throughout the season:

Normal Operational Hours
Fridays: 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 1 – 6 p.m.

School Vacation & Holiday Hours
Monday – Thursday: 1 – 6 p.m.
Friday: 1 – 9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 1 – 6 p.m.


Children 5 and Under Skate Free
UMass Chan Little Helper Skate Guide:$5.00


In the event of questionable weather conditions, please visit the Oval’s Facebook Page for updates on cancellations or call the Oval Hotline at 508-929-0777.


During public skating hours at the Worcester Common Oval, ice skate rentals will be available for $6. You will need valid identification in order to rent skates.


There is plenty of affordable parking available within walking distance of the Worcester Common Oval, including the underground Worcester Common Garage at 2 Eaton Place, Mercantile Center Parking Garage, Federal Plaza Parking Garage and the Pearl-Elm Parking Garage.

Worcester Common Oval Festival of Lights
455 Main St
Worcester, MA

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