Archive 2021

Holiday Festival

& Main Street Stroll

December 4, 2021

The Rockery &
Oakes Ames Memorial Hall

Holiday Festival Photos with Santa

Many thanks to Eric Lothrop for taking photographs of so many family and friends at the Rockery in Santa’s new house on the 4th. 

Use the button below to see Eric’s web photo gallery.

Train ride during the Easton Holiday Festival Dec 4, 2021 - photo by Eric Lothrop
Photo by Eric Lothrop Photography
Other photos from the day

Evening Ticketed Event

Saturday 7:00-10:00 pm
The Queset House
51 North Main Street, North Easton, MA

Jazzed for the Holidays red text on black background

We are happy to welcome back Matt Kelly and his jazz quartet to the Queset House. Matt Kelly is a Boston area trumpet player, composer, and educator. Matt blends many genres from his diverse array of musical experience into a uniquely modern soundscape. Food catered by Rosemary Fresh.

2021 Events & Activities

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Indoor Events

2021 Festival Details

Family Fun

Santa house snow frame

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

By the generosity of our sponsors, families can enjoy our S’mores station at Queset Gardens … ride the train … warm up by the fire pits … hop a hay ride … enjoy the Holiday Parade … partake in the Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt … Ames Free Library Penguin Hunt … have a professional photo taken with Santa … all at no cost! 

Find the perfect gift from one of our 23 juried crafter’s in the Marketplace in Oakes Ames Memorial Hall.  Marketplace open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

2 Scavenger Hunts for the Kids! - ALL DAY

Gingerbread scavenger hunt sample
Main Street Stroll Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt -- details to come...

Raffle Baskets
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Check-out the 18 beautiful baskets to be raffled-off Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm!  Raffle tickets will be sold inside Oakes Ames Memorial Hall in the Marketplace.  Tickets are $10 for 1 sheet of 25 tickets or $20 for 3 sheets (total of 75 tickets).

Holiday Parade
& Reindogs

Santa house snow frame

Parade Start

Google map with arrow pointing to parade start location at 307 Main Street, Easton, MA
307 Main St, Easton
NRT Sheep Pasture entrance

12:30 start - down Main Street

All parade and Reindog participants will meet at the Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT) entrance at 307 Main Street.  Many thanks go out to the NRT team for allowing the use of their space to stage the parade line-up!

For additional details, please email the festival chair at

Event Times

11:30 am – Reindog registration
12:00 pm – Reindog judging
12:00 pm – Parade line-up begins
12:30 pm – Parade begins

Holiday Parade December 4th Main Street
Parade sponsored by:
Gus Arns Memorial Reindog Parade Dec 4, 2021 promo card
Reindog sponsored by

Food "Yule' Love

Festival food sign snow frame

8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Booths open at 10:00
Easton Lions list of food and drink at the 2021 Holiday Festival
Sponsored by The Derenzo Charitable Foundation and Be Au Sm
8:30 to 11:00
Boy Scout Breakfast
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Rockery Lighting

Rockery light display photo taken by Eric Lothrup in December 2020

Santa Arrives ~ 4:45 pm

Watch Santa arrive with the Easton Fire Department to light up the Rockery!

Displays & Shows

Memorial tree snow frame
Children's Memorial Tree

Festival day & December evenings

Enjoy the lighted displays at the Rockery all through December and be sure to join in the fun at the Family Show at 1:30 – immediately after the Parade.

Visit Santa's House

Family in front of Santa house snow frame

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Come by day or night to peek into Santa’s House… you may just catch a glimpse of the jolly ol’ man himself!

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Festival Sponsors

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Event Sponsors & Holiday Helpers

Thank you

Ken McAuliffe, McAuliffe Electric

Maguire’s Pub & Grill

Mike Looney, Looney Transportation

Pop’s Fine Wines

Thermal Fluids, Inc.

Thank you

Old Colony YMCA of Easton

Boy Scout Troop 193

Stonehill College

Garden Club


Dept. of Public Works

Fire Department

Police officers 

Select Board

Oliver Ames High School

Leos Club

Boys Soccer

Cross Country

Make a Wish Club

Marching Band & Color Guard


Swim team

Wrestling team

History of the Holiday Festival

Dec 2020 – Santa House opening with Avery Lee Williams talking festival history with Lynne Payne and Gregg Murphy

Since 1986, at the Rockery and Oakes Ames Memorial Hall in North Easton, Massachusetts, Easton townfolks celebrate the holiday season with the annual Easton Holiday Festival coordinated by the Easton Lions Club and supported by many local businesses and families in Easton. This event happens the first full weekend in December each year with the Easton Lions cooking up burgers, dogs and fried dough; bouncy houses, train and hay rides, carnival games for the kids. It also highlights local artisans in a special marketplace inside the historic Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, free musical entertainment on the Rockery, the walk of the reindogs in the holiday parade down main street to the festivities area, and visits by Santa throughout the events.

In 1988 the Easton Businessman’s Association passed along the baton for the Festival to the Easton Lion’s Club. The Lions took up the task and committed the resources to take over the management of the Festival of Lights, a Holiday-season event. We jumped in with our usual determination, growing it into the festive event it is today. 

The Lions manage the Holiday Festival as a town Holiday party put on for our townspeople and encourage all to participate in planning the events. We work to make changes from time-to-time, and hope to keep the event interesting and appealing to people of all ages. 

Significant changes have taken place over the years, most notably was in the mid-2000’s when the Rockery was restored to its 1882 appearance (necessitating the removal of its trees). This moved the lighting in a new direction, with music-syncopated light-and-sound show. In 2018, we moved the festival to one-day event on the first Saturday in December.

In 2020, due to Covid, we had to cancel our usual events, and instead updated the holiday displays at the Rockery and Oakes Ames Memorial Hall for all to enjoy. This included a mailbox for letters to Santa and a brand new Santa House that will be used by our guest in 2021. The house was made possible by a generous donation from the Avery Lee Williams Family Trust. Avery was a Lion member for over 40 years and passed away in 2021.

Photos from the past...

Holiday Festival Crafter & Vendor Application
Thank you for your interest in renting space at the Easton Holiday Festival Marketplace in the historic Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. The 2021 craft fair will be held on Saturday, December 4th from 9:00 am-5:00 pm and is limited to no more than 25 crafters and marketplace vendors. Vendors who create handmade crafts, homemade goods, and other products that would make great holiday gifts will be reviewed to ensure quality products in a variety of categories. Notifications will be sent by November 1st. If you are selected as a vendor, we will follow up with payment instructions and details about your space. (This form will take about 7-10 minutes to complete.)
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