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ZooLights shines brightly at Stone Zoo, through Jan. 4.
ZooLights shines brightly at Stone Zoo, through Jan. 4.Zoo New England

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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