Winter in New England is lovely and there are so many great things to experience. Whether you are looking for active, historical or Christmasy, this is the place to really experience winter. Here are the best New England winter activities that we love to do and the best places to visit in New England in winter.
- 1 1. Journey to the North Pole
- 2 2. Christmas at the Newport Mansions
- 3 3. See The Nutcracker Ballet.
- 4 4. Go to a Christmas tree lighting.
- 5 5. Go Skiing!
- 6 6. Snow Boarding
- 7 7. Go back in history to experience the holidays.
- 8 8. Try some cross-country skiing.
- 9 9. Sledding
- 10 10. Check out a living nativity.
- 11 11. Go see a light display.
- 12 12. Visit the artificial Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH.
- 13 13. Take in a boat parade.
- 14 14. Waterfire
- 15 15. New York City
- 16 16. Tag and cut your own Christmas tree.
- 17 17. Spend a winter weekend in a New England Country Inn.
- 18 18. Take a hike through the snow.
- 19 19. Get a thrill on some of New England’s snowmobile trails!
- 20 20. Enjoy a sleigh ride through the snowy fields of New England.
The kids are chomping at the bit to get on the train headed to the North Pole. I'm excited to spend what is probably our last year with the big red guy in our lives. A perfect end to a great day of snow and New England winter fun. What is your favorite Christmas story? . . . . . #igersnh #goNH #newhampshire #newhampshirelife #newengland #polarexpress #northconway #trains
This Polar Express train ride in North Conway or Lincoln, New Hampshire is closest your family will get to visiting Santa at the North Pole, short of an actual trip there. We have visited many Polar Express train rides, but this was the most magical and will make even the most skeptical of children believe. This is a must-do at least once for your family. And to make the deal even better, New Hampshire is one of the best places in New England for winter vacation getaways.
3. See The Nutcracker Ballet.
4. Go to a Christmas tree lighting.
The Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI is always a treat, as it is a beautiful hotel right on the water and their Annual Tree Lighting is a class act. The entire hotel lobby is decked out for the holidays. There is cocoa and cookies and then Santa arrives to live music.
5. Go Skiing!
Ski lifts with my kids are one of my winter happy places. The world is at peace. No disruption to our little talks and we know that exhilaration awaits! What is your winter happy place? On the blog this week Family Skiing in New Hampshire. ⛷ Link in bio. . . . . . #ski #skiing #familytime #skiingislife #family #serioustalks #attitash #skilift #skiliftselfie #winter #visiting #travels #travelphotography #tagsta_travel #beauty #amazing #arountheworld #tourist #instago #instaclickiftheweek #ig_worldclub #worldcaptures #tourism #worldplaces #worldingram #traveller #traveler #tourlina #travel2next #lovingplaces
A great way to take advantage of the snow is by doing some fun winter sports. In Rhode Island, we ski. snowboard and tube at Yawgoo Valley in Exeter, RI. It is a small mountain which makes it well-suited for kids to learn to ski. When we want a real ski holiday, we head to New Hampshire or Vermont!
6. Snow Boarding
We also go to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, a full-scale vacation site with many more trails. Here is another article about an adult trip to nearby Bretton Woods in NH by RoarLoud. You can also snowshoe, snowmobile and cross-country ski.
7. Go back in history to experience the holidays.
New England is full of rich American history and winter is a fun time to learn more about it. There are Christmas tours available in Salem, MA and Newport, RI. Old Sturbridge Village in MA, a historical reenactment colonial village, has many Christmas-themed activities.
8. Try some cross-country skiing.
You can find a good sledding hill in most New England towns or head to a ski mountain to try some inner tubing.
Where do the clouds end and the wind blown snow begin? Appreciating the beauty of our winter wonderland. Are you willing to brace the cold to take a walk in the snow? . . . . #winterwonderland #winter #snow #clouds #cloudsky #white #blue #blueskies #scenesofri #beautifulrhody #rhodeisland_ig #hikinginrhodeisland #riphotographer #capturerhodeisland #amazingpicturesrhodeisland #rhodeisland #naturalrhodeisland #visitrhodeisland #rhodytravel #scenesofnewengland #newenglandlife #eastcoast #newenglandpictures #lovelifeoutside #ignewengland #igersnewengland #yankeemagazine #visitnewengland #naturalnewengland
10. Check out a living nativity.
Complete with animals, this is always a treat. Here are a couple of options: The Cluny School in Newport, RI and St. Paul’s Church in Wickford, RI.
11. Go see a light display.
The Shrine at La Salette has more lights (300,000) and creches than I have seen anywhere outside of Disney. Even better, it’s free!
You can experience a outdoor holiday carnival in Connecticut at Lake Compounce’s Christmas Lights.
12. Visit the artificial Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH.
Together with slides and lights, they are really a thing of beauty and worth a trip. They are near Loon Mountain and Santa’s Village in North Conway, so you can make a trip with these activities.
13. Take in a boat parade.
Let the holiday season begin. The boat parade, Newport, Rhode Island. . . . . . #newportri #scenesofnewengland #newenglandlife #eastcoast #newenglandpictures #lovelifeoutside #ignewengland #igersnewengland #yankeemagazine #visitnewengland #scenesofri #beautifulrhody #rhodeisland_ig #hikinginrhodeisland #riphotographer #capturerhodeisland #johnnyclamcakes #amazingpicturesrhodeisland #ig_providence #w2rhodeisland #rhodeisland #naturalrhodeisland #visitrhodeisland #rhodytravel #naturalrhodeisland #merrychristmas #santaclausiscoming #tbin
New England’s location on the Atlantic Ocean offers great chances to see boats dressed up for Christmas in Illuminated Boat Parades. Here are a couple to check out: Newport, RI and Mystic, CT.
Even Waterplace Park in Providence, RI gets decked out in its Christmas best for a WaterFire to benefit the Providence Rescue Mission. WaterFire is one of my favorite things in Rhode Island and you can make it a great night with some pre-fire ice skating and dinner.
15. New York City
Not actually in New England, but a must do at Christmastime, Central Park never disappoints. The lights, decorations, roasting chestnuts, store windows, carriage rides are so much of what I love about Christmas. Check out my article about why I love New York at Christmas so much.
16. Tag and cut your own Christmas tree.
17. Spend a winter weekend in a New England Country Inn.
18. Take a hike through the snow.
We love to snow shoe through the forests in Maine at Fox Carlton Pond where we stay in their beautiful small lodge. They have snow shoes and can schedule excursions.
19. Get a thrill on some of New England’s snowmobile trails!
This is another excursion Fox Carlton Pond can schedule for you.
20. Enjoy a sleigh ride through the snowy fields of New England.
As part of our town's Halloween celebration today we took a hay ride through the Hill and Harbor district! Such a fun fall activity through this historic New England village. . . . . #Scenesofri #beautifulrhody #rhodeisland_ig #hikinginrhodeisland #riphotographer #capturerhodeisland #johnnyclamcakes #amazingpicturesrhodeisland @ig_providence #w2rhodeisland #visitrhodeisland #wickedrhody #rhodytravel #ig_rhody #401shooters #scenesofnewengland #newenglandlife #eastcoast #newenglandpictures #lovelifeoutside #ignewengland #igersnewengland #yankeemagazine #eastgreenwich #eastgreenwichri #fall #hayride
To check out how to celebrate in my home state visit How Rhode Island Celebrates the Holidays. Have a wonderful New England Winter!