More and more ski areas are becoming venues for activities appealing to a cross-section of the populace, not just skiers and riders. Nashoba Valley has a Holiday Festival of Lights, where nothing is needed other than an appreciation of the season.
Some resorts offer alpine slides in the summer; luge tracks and snow tubing lanes in the winter. It’s a good way to make the pie bigger. You don’t necessarily have to put something on your feet to enjoy the facility.
Until Dec. 23, visitors can enjoy Nashoba Valley’s family-friendly park in Westford, Mass. – all 8.5 acres of it - amidst a lighting effect that illustrates time, thought and effort on the part of its management.
“There is something for the whole family to enjoy at Nashoba Valley's Holiday Festival of Lights," said Al Fletcher, Nashoba President and General Manager. The visitor is led through an elaborate display of holiday scenes.
It’s open Thursday through Sunday nights until the week before Christmas, at which time it will remain open the entire week.
Pam Fletcher, former U.S. Ski Team racer, and Nashoba Valley’s Marketing and Group Sales Director, told SnoCountry.com, "Nashoba Valley's Holiday Festival of Lights is a fun way to embrace the spirit of the season with the whole family and seems to bring out the kid in all of us. We are watching families and friends of all ages come out, enjoy an enchanted wagon ride through lighted holiday scenes, take a magical carnival ride, bring children to the petting zoo, make S’mores around the fire pits and send a note to Santa. There is something fun for everyone."
Two million lights are employed to create a festive ambiance that also works for group outings, family res and rehearsal dinners. Adult tickets are $15, while kid’s admission is $12. Children three and under enter free, a bargain given Nashoba’s outlay.
Located 25 miles from Boston, Nashoba Valley is positioned for day trippers from the metro area to leave the city behind for a few hours and escape to a holiday environment.
The genesis of this idea came years ago when Nashoba Valley offered a drive-through experience, but as Fletcher told us, it was nothing like this. The wagon ride, which takes about 12 minutes, is the difference.
“The wagon makes it magical,” she told SnoCountry.com. “We hope that this will grow, like any new brand, over time. As it grows in interest, we plan to build upon the experience and add new things to it.
“The kids love it and the holidays are really all about the kids.” Nashoba Valley is well-known for its Witch’s Woods offering around Halloween.
Photo: Nashoba Valley Festival of Lights