Easton’s Holiday Festival & Main Street Stroll
CANCELLED FOR 2020: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will only be decorating the Rockery with lots of trees, a brand new Santa house, festive decor, and lots of lights! These will be up between Thanksgiving and the new year.
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, and carnival games for the kids; crafters and artisans in historic Oakes Ames Memorial Hall and free entertainment at the entertainment tent on the Rockery. Saturday evening welcomes Santa on his firetruck and he leads the countdown to the lighting of the Rockery and meets with all the kids. Sunday highlights include the Holiday Parade, the reindog procession and the Greatest Kids Show…Ever!!! on the second floor great hall in Oakes Ames Memorial Hall.
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 that had been in place since 1986 on the Rockery each December. The Lions took this project on with their usual determination, growing it into the festive event it is today. 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, and the music-syncopated light-and-sound show we have today became part of the evolution of the Holiday Festival.
The Lions do not manage the Holiday Festival as a fund-raising event, but rather as a Holiday party put on for our townspeople. We work to make changes from time-to-time, and hope to keep the event interesting and appealing to people of all ages. The Holiday Festival takes place the first full weekend of every December.