Lighting of the Quadrangle set as part of Family Fun program

Date: 11/26/2014

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Museums will kick off the holiday season with an afternoon of family fun and the annual Lighting of the Quadrangle Nov. 28. All of the day’s events are part of the Museums’ Family Fun program, which is supported by the TD Charitable Foundation.

The day begins with a full day of family programming titled Holiday Wonderland from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All of the following events and activities are free with museum admission unless noted otherwise:

Performance, 2 p.m.: “Hansel and Gretel” by the National Marionette Theatre – Master puppeteers bring the most famous of the Grimm Brother’s stories to life through exquisitely crafted marionettes, scrolling scenery and the beautiful music.

Adventures in Gingerbread  – The Museums’ annual gingerbread house competition culminates with the final judging and awards for best professional, school, adult and youth entries (approximately 4 p.m.). All entries will be exhibited against a display of festive holiday trees, magical lights and a backdrop mid-winter scenes and holiday vignettes.

“Meet the Snow Fairy” presented by TEN31 Productions (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) – Catch her as she spreads the joy of the holidays and welcomes in the frosty winter season of ice and snow!

Ongoing Activities – Art-making activities, science demonstrations and planetarium shows (additional fee).

After the afternoon’s activities, the public is invited to enjoy the annual Lighting of the Quadrangle (5 to 7 p.m.), a touch of old New England in the heart of downtown Springfield. The free event starts with the lighting ceremony at 5 p.m., when St. Nick and Mrs. Claus arrives to help Museums’ President Holly Smith-Bovè throw the ceremonial switch. Afterwards, visitors can view the Adventures in Gingerbread exhibit, shop at The Museum Store and enjoy free hot chocolate, carriage rides by Muddy Brook Drafts in Amherst and cookies courtesy of Pete’s Sweets. Holiday carols and music by Springfield’s High School of Science and Technology Band will round out the evening’s offerings.

Admission for the Holiday Wonderland event is $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and college students, $9.50 for children 3 to 17, and free for children under three and museum members. General admission is free for Springfield residents with proof of address. All Lighting of the Quadrangle evening events are free and do not require a museum admission ticket.

For more information, please visit SpringfieldMuseums.org or call 263-6800 ext. 488.