Holiday event guide
Boo at the Zoo
Trick-or-treat among the animals and watch animals receive pumpkins as enrichment. Costumes encouraged. Also includes crafts, games, costume contest and haunted maze. Included with zoo admission - rain or shine.
2017: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22, 11-3, Stone Zoo, Pond Street.
Winter Farmers’ Market
The winter market still has plenty of fresh food, but will feature crafts and gifts as well.
2017: Saturday November 18, 10-2 in the Town Hall Auditorium (35 Central St.)
Christmas at Whip Hill
The beautiful Whip Hill mansion is decorated and opens for crafts and pictures with Santa, followed by free hot cocoa and Christmas cookies.
2017: December 9 and 10, 2-5 pm each day. 1 Whip Hill Park Road (Entrance off of Perkins St).
Halloween Stroll and Pumpkin Lighting - sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce
Trick or Treat at downtown businesses, with pumpkin carving and games on the Common. This year includes dog show and costume contest at 3 pm. Don’t forget to stop in at Stoneham TV & the Historical Society. Graveyard closed this year.
2017: Saturday, October 28, 2-4 pm, with pumpkin lighting later after dark.
Holiday Tree Lighting
Free event with pony rides, holiday crafts, hot cocoa and food, carols and Santa. Festivities culminate with traditional lighting of the big tree on the Common. – Sponsored by the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce. Trolley rides are also available at 5pm to ZooLights. $6 adults, $3 children. Proceeds to the Stoneham Business and Community Educational Foundation (SBCEF)
2017: Sunday, Nov 26, 3-5 pm Town Common
Beautiful zoo-themed lights, pictures with Santa, actual reindeer and more at the Stone Zoo. Tickets $7-10.
2017: Evenings 5-9 pm Nov. 24-Dec. 31, except Dec. 25. Pictures with Santa until Dec. 23.
Festival of Trees
Annual festival of beautifully decorated trees to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield.
2017: Dec. 3, noon to 7 pm, Boys & Girls Club, 15 Dale Ct.
Veterans Day Ceremony & Race
Annual Town Veterans Day Ceremony followed by a fundraiser race to benefit local veterans groups.
2017: Saturday November 11, Ceremony 10:30 am the Town Hall Auditorium (35 Central St.) Race to follow.
Annual Thanksgiving High School Football
Stoneham takes on archrival Reading each year.
2017: 10 am at 62 Oakland Rd, Reading.
Seniors Holiday Luncheon Party
Senior Citizens Holiday party sponsored by the Board of Selectman and Montvale Plaza. Includes free lunch and raffle prizes for seniors. Volunteers needed – contact the BOS office at Town Hall -
2017: Monday, Nov. 27, 11 am – 2pm, Montvale Plaza, 54 Montvale Ave.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Holiday Themed Show
2017: Dec 9-23 - Greater Boston Stage Co (Stoneham Theatre), 395 Main St. Tickets $20-25.
Breakfast with Santa
Annual Breakfast with Santa to benefit Toys for Local Children sponsored by Montvale Plaza and the Stoneham Firefighters Association Free breakfast for anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy. Gift cards and cash donations also accepted.
2017: December 10, 9-11 am, Montvale Plaza, 54 Montvale Ave.