Western Mass. celebrates winter

(WWLP) – The weather may have been keeping you indoors a lot this winter, but now there area few reasons to get out and enjoy the season.

Starting Friday, two Western Massachusetts winter festivals begin.

In Holyoke, the 10-day-long, 3rd annual Holyoke Winter Carnival begins Friday night, at Community Field. The kick-off event will feature more than 1,000 lanterns lighting the way to the ice skating rink.  There will also hot chocolate and a theatre performance. The rest of the weekend will celebrate the Olympic spirit with several sporting events including a hockey tournament and a curling demonstration.

For all the events, locations, times and prices, go to Holyoke’s Winter Carnival website, or visit purchase tickets at the city’s passport site.

In Easthampton, the two-day festival includes a film festival, horse drawn wagon rides, storytelling and more. Friday’s kick-off will be at Easthampton High School auditorium starting at 7 P.M. Many of the weekend’s events are free, but tickets are $25 for the full evening of Friday’s performances.  Ticket proceeds will go towards the Nashawannuck Pond restoration projects.

Easthampton’s city arts website has a list of events, times and locations.

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