Our Visitor Center
Welcome to Johnny Appleseed Country Tourist Center
The piney smell, dressing in warm clothes and trekking through the snow, and hot chocolate afterwards. Yes, it is that time of year again. Time to do the annual tradition of getting a Christmas Tree! And in Johnny Appleseed Country, we have plenty of places to get them!
Bolton Orchards (pre-cut)
125 Still River Road
Bolton, MA 01740
Clearview Farm, Inc. (pre-cut)
4 Kendall Hill Road
Sterling, MA 01564
Kimball Farm In Lancaster (pre-cut)
1543 Lunenburg Road (Rt. 70)
Lancaster, MA 01523
294 Chase Road
Lunenburg, MA 01462
For a complete list of Christmas Tree farms, click here.
We have several shows the weekends of the 13th-15th and 20th-22nd (Friday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm).
Fruitcakes at Barre Players (only showing the weekend of the 13-15). Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, a Christmas hog named Buster, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, dozens of Christmas Trees and thousands of Christmas Lights and you've got the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening of holiday cheer. Into this world comes Jamie, a kid who has run away from home and come as far as his money will take him. A moving story of alienation, understanding and reconciliation, FrUiTCaKeS provides audiences with a helping of holiday warmth and Christmas cheer.Barre Players Theater, 64 Common St., Barre. (978) 355-2096 or www.barreplayerstheater.com for reservations.
Christmas Around the Radio Dial at the New Players Theatre Guild center for the Performing Arts, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. Enjoy a colorful seasonal review, featuring the musical celebration of Christmas in many styles, from country to comedic, classic to contemporary. Visit www.nptg.org for details and tickets.
Stratton Players presents A Christmas Carol by John Mortimer, Directed by Rob Hawkins. Tickets $12 - Children 12 and under only $6. This year we bring back the classic Dickens story – A Christmas Carol. Dramatized with flair and wit in a version first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, this adaptation of the ageless story by John Mortimer captures Dickens' ironic point of view while it creates a panoramic view of Victorian London. For more information, visit www.strattonplayers.com/showsandtickets.htm.
On the 20th at 7pm, it's A Little Murder for the Holidays at the Old Mill Restaurant, 69 State Road (Route 2A), Westminster. Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner- a murder around the holidays? Bah humbug! Dinner and show $35 (advance purchase only, call 978-874-5941 to reserve or for more information). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 7:00 p.m.
On the 14th at 3pm, Tower Hill has the Seele Musicale Chamber Group: Baroque Music for Christmas at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. Cost included with admission. Call 508-869-6111.
Also on the 14th at 7:30 is the Holiday Extravaganza! Thayer Symphony, the Greater Gardner Community Choir & Fitchburg State Chamber Singers at Weston Auditorium, Fitchburg State University, Pearl Street, Fitchburg. December and the holidays: the smell of balsam and snow. The sounds of jingle bells and music. Whether its Haydn’s Messiah or Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride that say, “the season has arrived,” this concert is tailor-made for you. This concert is filled with orchestral and vocal holiday chestnuts… and will sell out quickly! Tickets: $30/$28/$7. Call the Box Office, 978-665-3347 or visit fitchburgstate.edu/cultural.
Saturday the 21st at 1pm is A Family Holiday: Original Music by the Rafters at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. The Rafters are an acoustic trio: husband/wife Dave and Miki Fitzgibbons with Keyboardist Greg Compagnone. Their music blends strong melodies and harmony across human themes. They have been performing around the New England area for the past 6 years with shows that range from coffeehouses to festival stages, most notably opening performances for Lori McKenna and main stage appearances at the Wachusett Valley Folk Festival (Joan Osborne/John Gorka). Call 508-869-6111 or visit www.towerhillbg.org.
Also on the 21st at 7pm come welcome The America's Got Talent 2008 Taubl Family Band. They will be performing a Christmas show at Heritage Bible Chapel, 182 Brooks Station Rd. in Princeton. $10 adults, children under 12 are free (family cap of $40). To reserve tickets, email email@example.com. Scroll down on the homepage here for more information and a sample video.
On the 21st at 8pm is Bill Kirchen's Honky-Tonk Holiday at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.
The 22nd at 3pm it's Christmas Strings at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. The Whitinsville Christian School String Quartet performs. Call 508-869-6111 or visit www.towerhillbg.org.
Other Holiday Events
The weekend of the 14th-15th from 10am-4pm, it's Lanni Orchards' Holiday Taste of Local. Sample everything local to get plenty of holiday gift giving ideas! Rain or Shine. Snow date 21st & 22nd. For more information, visit www.lanniorchards.com.
Also on the 14th-15th from 11am-4pm, it's The Living Gift Market at Heifer Learning Center at Overlook Farm, Rutland. Come learn how animals can provide sustainable livelihoods for struggling families. You can purchase an animal for a family in need, take pictures with the animals and buy gifts from around the world in our Shop@Heifer. Enjoy hot cocoa and cider, make gingerbread animal cookies, and warm yourself by a bonfire. Admission: canned goods for donation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 508-886-2221.
On the 14th from 12pm-6pm, it's the Holiday Tour of Homes by Winchendon Historical Society. Begins at the Historical Society - 151 Front St, Winchendon. For more information, visit www.winchendonhistoricalsociety.org/events-calendar.
On the 15th from 11am-2pm, Brunch with Santa will be at the Old Mill- bring the kids and take a picture with Santa.. They will post pictures on their facebook page, or you can bring your own camera. Free for all. Call 978-874-5941.
Also on the 15th from noon-4pm, MREC will be having a Holiday Craft Jubilee! This is a Free and Open event for our Community. There will be 6 to 8 Craft Decoration Tables set up, including Honeybee houses, Popsicles figurines, Pine Cone painting, Christmas vines, Cheerios and Cranberry strings among others. Christmas tree decoration and decorating inside and outside MREC at 100 Main St. in Athol. Joann Deacon is the Head Elf and she will assist with any Craft questions.
And finally, on Christmas Eve, it's Holly, Jolly Christmas Eve at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley. Join the Bull Run in front of their roaring 18th century fireplaces. Reservations a must. Call 978-425-4311 or visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
Holiday Shopping at the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center Gift Shop
Don't forget to stop by the Johnny Appleseed Visitors' Center for all of your Holiday Shopping needs. We have everything you could think of from Colonial Hill Alpaca Clothing, to a wide variety of seasonal candles from Kringle Candle (Shown Left). For only $2 we will wrap any gift big or small.
With plenty of local products there is no better place to support your local community than the Johnny Appleseed Visitors' Center, between exits 34 & 35 Route 2 West bound.
We hope you enjoy getting into the holiday spirit in Johnny Appleseed Country!
Calling All Volunteers!
Are you interested in learning more about Johnny Appleseed Country while serving your community at the same time? Then volunteer some time at the Visitor Center on Rt 2 between Exits 35-34 Westbound. For more information, click here for our flyer or please contact Diane Burnette at (978) 534-2829 or email email@example.com.
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