MEDFORD Kick off the holiday season and 21st annual Jingle Bell Festival with a tree-lighting ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m., at City Hall Plaza, 85 George P. Hassett Drive. Then view donated holiday trees and decorations in the City Hall Chamber until a raffle on Sunday, Dec. 8, benefiting the Medford Community Family Buddy Coholan Memory Loss Center. Also, tour some of Medford’s finest properties on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m., followed by a cocktail and buffet reception, or Sunday, Dec. 8, at noon, followed by a pastry reception. For tickets and more information, call 781-475-2162 or visit jinglebellfestival.org.

METHUEN The 26th annual Festival of Trees, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 7, at 13 Branch St. features 240 decorated trees, holiday shopping, a café, and online auction. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win the donated trees, mini-trees, wreaths, and a $5,000 cash prize. Proceeds from past festivals have provided more than $1.8 million for preservation projects in the Merrimack Valley. For more information, visit


STONEHAM ZooLights at Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., shines brightly with tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights from 5 to 9 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 4. For tickets and more information about photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus and other special events, call 617-541-LION or visit
stonezoo.org. ZooLights is closed on Christmas Day.

WILMINGTON The Boston Metro Hi-Railers Model Railroad Club hosts its holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 5 Waltham St. The event features attractions for train enthusiasts, hobbyists, and families including hands-on opportunities for children to run trains and operate trackside accessories. Admission costs $5 per individual or $7 per family. The snow date is Sunday, Dec. 8. For more information, visit bmhrc.com.



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