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New England Events: January 2014

New England holiday celebrations have ended, but the sparkle is still in the air. Check out upcoming major New England events, festivals and activities in January. See specific web sites to confirm dates and times, associated fees and parking information. Some events require advance ticket purchases.

For a full list of January events in New England, see the individual state links at the bottom of this page.

A Nation Remembers at the JFK Presidential Library & Museum

Through February 23, 2014
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum - Boston, MA

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, thirty-fifth President of the United States, was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Remember this emotional moment in US History with a visit to the JFK Library in the winter of 2014. Special artifacts from the funeral will be on display, including the flag that was draped over the fallen President’s coffin and the Green Beret placed  at his grave site.

Ice Castle at Loon Mountain

Through March 2014
Loon Mountain – Lincoln, New Hampshire

A special spectacle this winter at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire – an enormous Ice Castle with walls of giant icicles extending 25-40 feet in the air. Made by Utah-based artist Brent Christensen and his crew, this free form castle is open through March for daytime and evening tours. At night, multicolored lights embedded in the ice give it an otherworldly glow.

Save the Bay Seal Tours

Select dates from November - April
Newport, Rhode Island and Westerly, Rhode Island

From November through April, Save The Bay offers one-hour seasonal seal watching tours aboard the M/V Alletta Morris from Long Wharf Dock in Newport, Rhode Island. Bundle up and don’t forget the camera!


Select weekends throughout January
Mt. Washington Auto Road - Gorham, New Hampshire

If you love unique travel experiences, spend a night at the top of Mt. Washington – the highest peak in the northeastern USA, known for its famous winter extremes. The Mt Washington Observatory’s Overnight EduTrips allow you to fully experience the summit of Mount Washington by spending a night in the weather station at 6,288 feet above sea level. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing and alpine adventure, then join staff scientists for a hearty dinner and stay overnight in bunk rooms. You might even get the opportunity to witness sunset and sunrise over New England—a breathtaking experience known only to the  most intrepid mountaineers.  Not ready for an overnight?  Try a day trip instead.

Ice Skating at Bank of America City Center

Through mid-March 2014
Bank of America City Center - Providence, Rhode Island

One of New England’s most popular winter destinations, the Skating Center offers a fun, family activity at an affordable price. The 14,000-square-foot skating rink is twice the size of Rockefeller Plaza’s ice rink in New York City! Nearby, you’ll find shopping, restaurants and entertainment at Providence Place.

The Annual Moby Dick Marathon

January 4-5, 2014
New Bedford Whaling Museum – New Bedford, Massachusetts

The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Moby-Dick Marathon celebrates its annual non-stop reading of Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece with a 2-day program of entertaining activities and events. Since 1995, the Museum has marked the anniversary of Herman Melville’s 1841 departure from the Port of New Bedford and Fairhaven aboard the whale ship Acushnet with this midwinter tradition, which attracts hundreds of Melville enthusiasts from all walks of life.


January 4, 2014
Conway Scenic Railroad – North Conway, New Hampshire

A special charter by the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, this excursion is open to the public. Departing from the North Conway station for Sawyers River, the train will be powered by the 1921 Steam Locomotive #7470. On the return trip, numerous stops will be made for photo “run-bys,” so be sure to bring your camera! Reservations can also be made online. This event usually sells out — so make your reservations early!  View photos.

2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championship at TD Garden

January 5-12, 2014
TD Garden - Boston, Massachusetts (championship level events)

The U.S. Championships are returning to Boston for the seventh time in the event’s history. The 2014 U.S. Championships are the final qualifying event prior to the selection of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, and Team USA”s members will be announced at the conclusion of the championships. Team members will represent the United States at the XXII Olympic Winter Games, to be held in Sochi, Russia, February 7 – 23, 2014. Held since 1914, the annual event is the nation”s most prestigious figure skating event, with past winners including Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Evan Lysacek, and Massachusetts natives Nancy Kerrigan of Woburn and Todd Eldredge of Chatham. Champions will be crowned in 20 events: ladies, men’s, pairs, and ice dancing at the senior, junior, novice, intermediate and juvenile levels of the U.S.Figure Skating competitive structure.

Boston Celtic Music Festival 2014

January 10-11, 2014
Cambridge, Massachusetts

This event showcases Greater Boston’s best musicians, singers, and dancers from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic traditions. BCMFest hosts an annual weekend-long festival that features more than 100 performers. Throughout the year, BCMFest organizes the Celtic Music Cruise, Boston Urban Ceilidh and monthly Celtic Music Monday Sessions at Club Passim, which spotlight local Celtic musicians and singers.

VINS Nature Center Winter Wildlife Celebration

January 18, 2014
Quechee, Vermont

Explore local winter wildlife with knowledgeable educators and relax by the campfire with refreshments. Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) offers outdoor exhibits of owls, eagles, falcons and other birds of prey, as well as flight demonstrations, ecology programs about the landscape and wildlife of Vermont, walking trails and a nature shop featuring science kits, field guides, binoculars, toys and gifts.

Moonlit Snowshoe Tours at Great Glen Trails

January 18, 2014 (plus dates in February and March)
Great Glen Trails - Gorham, New Hampshire

In the shadow of Mount Washington, experience the wonder of a winter walk on the moonlit snow. Join an AMC Naturalist Guide on a guided full moon snowshoe walk.  Adventurers will use all senses (and no flashlights) to navigate the trails. Listen for owls calling and more as the group explores the winter landscape by light of the full moon. Reservations required. For family-friendly lodging, the nearby Appalachian Mountain Club’s Joe Dodge Lodge offers special packages that include meals.

TD Eastern Cup Weekend at Black Mountain

January 18-19, 2014
Black Mountain Ski Trails - Rumford, Maine

One great feature of the Eastern Cup is that although it attracts some of the nation’s top skiers, it’s not just for the very fastest cross-country ski racers. Athletes of all speeds get to compete side-by-side. This race is open to the public and quite a sight to see.

Billings Farm JANUARY Sleigh Ride Weekend

January 18-20, 2014
Billings Museum & Farm – Woodstock, Vermont

Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides through the frosty farm fields, go sledding on jack jumper sleds, visit the dairy farm and restored farmhouse, view farm programs and participate in hands-on activities.  Across the street, cross-country ski or snowshoe on trails at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (rentals nearby).  The picturesque town of Woodstock is a delight with fun shops and eateries, and several covered bridges and country stores are in the area.  A perfect winter weekend getaway.

Annual Stowe Winter Carnival

January 18 - February 2, 2014
Stowe, Vermont

Every year during the month of January, Stowe comes alive with great winter fun featuring over ten exciting events, from the silly to the sublime. Events include the Kids Carnival Kaos, hilarious Snowgolf & Snowvolleyball tournaments and the exciting NICA sanctioned Ice Carving Competition!  Enjoy wonderful accommodations, great shopping opportunities, award-winning dining and of course, world-class skiing and snowboarding.

New England Air Museum - Open Cockpit Sunday

January 19, 2014
Windsor Locks, Connecticut

Visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 12 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and the Flight Sim Spot. The aircraft include the WWII P-47D Thunderbolt, the North American F-100 Super Sabre, the F-104 Starfighter, several helicopters and more.  As an added feature, the Wings & Wheels Modelers Club will present a show featuring hundreds of plastic scale models of airplanes, military vehicles, figures, ship and cars.  There will be ongoing demonstrations by modelers who will be working on and building models throughout the day. A food vendor will be on site serving sandwiches, snacks and hot & cold drinks. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars.

Winter Rendezvous Gay Ski Week in Vermont

January 22-26, 2014
Stowe, Vermont

The longest running Gay Ski Week in New England is returning to Stowe, Vermont with expected attendance of about 500. Rendezvous attendance comes primarily from the northeast and Canada, with a few people coming from as far away as London and Germany. About 80 percent are men, 20 percent are women, and a few families attend as well. Some have been coming since Winter Rendezvous’ inception 30 years ago. Winter Rendezvous organizes a variety of winter activities-skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding-but there are plenty of other activities, such as shopping and spending an afternoon at a spa. Day trippers from Burlington and other nearby towns are welcome as well for the entire five days or for specific events. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the door for single activities, such as concerts, dinner parties, and the wildly popular pool party, held this year at the Trapp Family Lodge.


January 23-25, 2014
Rangeley, Maine

This fun winter event celebrates the snowmobile.  Watch exciting races across the lake and enjoy snowmobile displays, kid’s events, a snowmobile parade and fireworks. Try out a snowmobile ride or take a new Ski Plane Scenic flight (or helicopter ride) to see the action from up high. This is also Snowmobile Reciprocity Weekend between Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in which anyone with a sled registered in any of the three states can ride in all three states. Early registration is advised for rides.


January 23-25, 2014
Smuggler's Notch, Vermont

A weekend of gear demos, clinics for the beginner to advanced climber, multimedia slideshows, dry tooling competition, raffles and camaraderie in Vermont’s premier ice climbing destination, Smuggler’s Notch.  At the Smugglers’ Notch Resort, it’s the Heritage Festival on Saturday, January 25.  Come celebrate Winter with a guided snowshoeing nature walk at Smugglers’ Nordic Center, and sleigh rides, children’s story hour, a community dinner, family contra dance, bonfire and fireworks. The Primitive Biathlon is on Saturday and Sunday at the Sterling Ridge Inn near Smuggs; spectators are welcome.

NEW HAMPSHIRE Snow Sculpting Winterfest at Black Mountain

January 24-26, 2014
Black Mountain – Jackson, New Hampshire

Sculptors create magical snow art for everyone to enjoy. Each team will be given a cylinder shaped block of snow four feet in diameter by eight feet tall to create snow sculptures. Judging is based on creativity, technique and message. Other activities planned for the long weekend include; Sleigh Rides, welcome dinner reception and bonfire, plus S’Mores and other fun desserts!

Taste of Chocolate Festival in Harvard Square

January 24-26, 2014
Harvard Square - Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Square’s finest restaurants and cafes will embark on a three chocolate extravaganza!  Harvard Square’s restaurants will feature chocolate appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails, cordials and nightcaps while Harvard Square retailers will dazzle you with scrumptious chocolate specials and deals. And, for you brave and hearty chocolate lovers, our now famous tasty sampling of chocolate goodies from Harvard Square’s finest purveyors will be presented on Saturday, from 1pm until 2pm on Deguglielmo Plaza (in front of Hidden Sweets – 25 Brattle Street) for all to enjoy! Entertainment, chocolate and more!

The Sun Winefest - Mohegan Sun Casino

January 24-26, 2014
Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, Connecticut

A fabulous wine event at one of Connecticut’s famous casinos. Come for the Grand Tasting, Celebrity Chef Dine Around, Elite Cru Tasting, Bourbon Tasting and Bubbles & Bon Bons. Main Stage events and celebrity chef demonstrations during the Grand Tasting include demonstrations by Todd English, Jasper White, Mary Ann Esposito, Robert Irvine and many other top chefs. Guests can sample more than 1,000 fine wines and specialty beers. The Celebrity Chef Dine Around will feature delectable dishes prepared by world-famous chefs, television celebrities and cookbook authors. Each dish will be paired with extraordinary wines whose winemakers will be on-hand to meet and greet guests.

Old Sturbridge Village Fire & Ice Days

January 25-26, 2014
Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Old Sturbridge Village embraces the joys of an old fashioned winter with a “Fire and Ice” celebration, complete with ice skating, sledding on vintage 1830s sleds, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Visitors can watch the Mill Pond ice harvested with vintage ice-cutting tools and learn how early New Englanders cut blocks of ice and shipped them around the world before the invention of electrical refrigeration. Afterwards, guests can warm up with hot cider, stories, songs and fireside tales at the Bullard Tavern.

Annual Pies on Parade® Tour - Rockland, Maine

January 26, 2014
Rockland, Maine

The Historic Inns of Rockland and over 20 participating “Pie Town” restaurants celebrate National Pie Day in “Pie Town U.S.A.” with the annual Pies on Parade® Pie Tour. Recently dubbed “Pie Town U.S.A.” by The Food Network, the city’s popular pie event will feature samples of more than 45 pies of all types made and presented by local inns and businesses. Common fruit pies, shepherd’s pie, pizza pies, Italian galettes, seafood pies, whoopie pies, quiches and healthy gluten-free or sugar-free pies have been part of past pie tours. Walk to tour stops, or take a free trolley. Special lodging offers are extended by participating inns.

Hasty Pudding Theatricals - "Woman of the Year" Parade & Roast

January 30, 2014
Harvard Square - Cambridge, Massachusetts

This year’s winner of the Hasty Pudding “Woman of the Year” award will parade down Massachusetts Ave in Harvard Square, accompanied by Hasty Pudding cast members! This annual award is bestowed by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals society at Harvard University. It is given to performers voted to have made a “lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment.” The Woman of the Year is given a day of celebration, including a colorful parade in her honor through Harvard Square.


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