Dec 082015
 
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Edaville USA is a modest theme park located in Carver, MA with cranberry harvesting and railroading as its two main themes. It is a really fun family attraction which features about a dozen or so amusement rides including a Ferris Wheel, carousel, bumper cars and more. Each admission includes a five mile train ride through the cranberry bogs on their property. It’s one of New England’s largest displays of Christmas lights and our family looks forward to going every year.

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**My family received complimentary admission to Edaville in order to experience the Festival of Lights for ourselves.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

In fact, I grew up going there with my parents, sister and brother and I am happy that it’s still around for my own children to enjoy.

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In addition to the vintage amusement rides, Thomas Land opened this year & there are several more rides to enjoy in that part of the park.  Plus while you’re at Edaville, you visit with Santa in one of our indoor play areas (photos cost extra).

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My boys love the amusement rides,  but there are height limits on many of them.  This year, my little guy was finally tall enough to ride them all without an adult (thank god for not having to spin this year).

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Trains typically run on an hourly schedule and honestly, I suggest doing that first. While everyone else will be oohing & ahhing over the lights, you can get on the train ride while the lines aren’t so long.  The later it gets in the evening, the longer the line for the train gets and the more likely you’ll be left standing there waiting in line when you can be off enjoying the rides or getting a hot chocolate.

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Plus, if you need to leave the park early for some reason, you don’t want to have missed the train ride, because 1.  It’s fun and 2. It comprises most of the ticket cost.

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If you get hungry, Edaville has several concession stands, which is a great option for treats like fried dough or hot chocolate. They also have a cafeteria where you can get things like drinks, burgers, fries and hot dogs, but it can get busy when it gets close to dinner time. I would suggest bringing a few snacks with you when you go – just in case.  In my experience, hungry kids are cranky kids.

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The most important thing you need to know when you head to Edaville is to make sure you bundle up! You will be outside the majority of the time (with the exception of the train ride or if you head into the indoor play place or cafeteria).  You can always take off layers, but if you go un-prepared, you will freeze.  Trust me on this.  I went in with four layers and I was still cold.

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Oh, and just a little fun fact. Massachusetts is one of 5 states that grows cranberries. The other 4 are Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington and New Jersey.

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Thinking about heading there yourself?  Admission is $29 per person and tickets can be purchased online by visiting their website or at the park entrance.

All park rides and attractions included with admission.

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Edaville USA is located at 5 Pine St in CarverMA and the Festival of Lights is going on now through January 1!

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  145 Responses to “The Festival of Lights at Edaville Railroad”

  1. What a fun night out for the whole family and wish we had something like this here for the kids!!

  2. I would love to visit someplace like this. It sounds like a lot of fun for younger kids and tweens.

  3. I love Christmas lights, it makes me feel even more festive. Looks like you all had a fab time.

  4. This looks really fun. I’ve never been there but I see ads for it all the time. I’ll have to check it out.

  5. This sounds like a great place to bring kids to!

  6. Oh, this looks like so much fun! I always love to go see the lights at Christmastime. Your kids are adorable!

  7. Wow looks like a great place to get into the holiday spirit! My kids would love it there!

  8. That looks like so much fun! We just love Christmas lights 🙂

  9. What a fun place for the whole family. I would love to go there someday.

  10. This looks like fun for the whole family. It must be especially nice at holiday time.

  11. This looks like a great place for a family event! There is so much to do. I am always looking for activities that the whole extended family can enjoy together especially around the holidays. I will have to keep this in mind.

  12. How fun! A great idea for the whole family. I wish we lived closer.

  13. I would totally love that. I’m into these big Christmas light displays!

  14. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun. One of our favorite things to do every Christmas is ride around and look at light displays. This one would definitely be at the top of my list!

  15. This is absolutely stunning….everyone seemed to have had a fabulous time

  16. We love looking at Christmas lights during this time of year! That looks like a fabulous destination to take the kids! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. We love looking at lights. This look like a fun way to spend the day.

  18. Looks like it was a lot of fun! I love amusement parks and I really love Christmas lights.

  19. We have a light display like this. I know what you mean about the cold.

  20. I love the big huge Santa and Gingerbread Cookie. How cool! My boys like trains, so I know they’d like this place.

  21. I love the tradition of the activity, Robin. We moved around so much when I was a kid that we didn’t end up with many enduring traditions, so I am stoked that your family gets to ride through the same place that you and your sister enjoyed as kids. Very nice!

  22. look at all those lights..love all the colors. Must be fun to be there..

  23. We have a similar place out here like this that I totally forgot about! Thank you for the reminder. It is a lot of fun for the family to do together!

  24. Oh I love all of those light festivals. Too bad I don’t have any here in South Florida to enjoy. This is one looks beautiful!

  25. I didn’t know about this place but it looks very sweet and I would bet a ball for the children. So festive!

  26. it looks like everybody had a great time – and the decorations were adorable 🙂

  27. It looks like such a fun little town.. a great place for a family day out…

  28. We went to Edaville when James was like two, and haven’t been back since. It’s a long ride for us. It looks like a great time, lots to do in addition to seeing the pretty Christmas lights on the train ride.

  29. I love the train and airplane!! We just took our kids to our local Trail of lights!~ So much fun

  30. What a fun event to take the kids to! My kids love going to different Christmas festivities, so much fun to build up to the excitement of Christmas.

  31. Christmas lights are so much fun. It looks like you and your family have a great tradition going on.

  32. I love any kind of festival of lights. It’s so Christmasy to me and fun. We do the zoo lights by us every year.

  33. This looks like a FUN night out with the family! I LOVE Christmas lights. Your pictures are wonderful to see as well.

  34. That looks like a blast! I still get caught up in the magic of the season when I see the lights.

  35. Looks like a fun place to see Christmas lights and enjoy a fun winter night. Would make a great family tradition.

  36. Oh how neat. I wish I could find something like this around where we live.

  37. $29 is not a bad price at all for what you’re getting in return, I do love that with each addmission you get a train ride which is awesome and great for families

    • You’re right. We just went bowling and just about dropped the ball when I heard how much it is. This is a great deal, especially when you consider the memories being made.

  38. Looks like a fun place to go to during the Holidays! I love the vintage rides, you rarely see those these days.

  39. This is my favorite time of year. I’d love to visit and see the pretty lights.

  40. Wow what fun! I’d love to do something like this for my kiddos. I wish we had something like this close. This is why we need to come visit you 🙂 Looks like some great fun!

  41. This looks like it was so much fun to go to. My kids love looking at lights and they would love doing this.

  42. What a fun family day! My kids would love to see those Christmas lights.

  43. How fun! We have something similar at Dollywood, in Tennessee.

  44. This looks like tons of fun. We’re going to be going to a drive thru type of Christmas lights display in the coming weeks.

  45. We have quite a few bogs in our area. No fun activities though.

  46. This looks so fun! My son is obsessed with trains and I’m sure he would love the 5 mile train ride. I love the lights!!!

  47. Every time Edaville is mentioned my mother has to tell the story of when we went when I was 5. I ended up getting sick and vomiting! Still did not t to go because I loved the place!

  48. I love the lights of Christmas – it is really the most wonderful time of the year, especially with the lights. Wish I could visit this place.

  49. I love light shows and events like thisThey’re so much fun and this one looks great!

  50. This looks like a great way to spend the day with the family. I love the beautiful light displays.

  51. i love going to places like this to see the christmas lights. also the train looks so fun

  52. This looks like a fun festival. I love all the Christmas lights and the train.

  53. This looks like a great family friendly place. The photos you took of all the lights and your happy kids definitely speak for themselves.

  54. That is so pretty! I don’t know if we have anything like that here in Charleston but I could use a little something like this to lift my Christmas spirit.

  55. Those lights are beautiful. We have something similar here but, these are spectacular.

  56. This is such a great place to bring your children to. They have a lot of things to offer for families.

  57. We’re going to have to check this out this year. Now bringing two, but the oldest is able to appreciate this!

  58. I miss my home town’s Festival of Lights so much! This looks amazing and fun and so beautiful.

  59. Such a fun place to visit with the whole family. I wish we can go there if we have a chance.

  60. Looks beautiful! I love this time of the year. So many events to attend with the family

  61. This is such a fun place to visit. The lights is so beautiful.

  62. Aaaah, I love the light displays. I can see why you and your boys had a blast. Aside from the rides, I have always found it amazing how lights can instantly put anyone in the holiday mood.

  63. The festival of lights looks like a great fun filled family day event. I really like the illuminated train design.

  64. They have really nice rides here especially the train. The place transforms into a symphony of lights at night.

  65. What a cute little theme park! You can tell a lot of love went into it!

  66. I love attending holiday festivals. This looks like fun for the kids! The light displays look so nice!

  67. This is really neat. I love Christmas lights. Your kids look like they are having fun!

  68. Great view. I wish I have experienced this in my childhood days. Too bad even my kids can’t have this kind of experience as well.

  69. We have a local festival similar to this that we attend every year. It’s become a family tradition

  70. There is a place similar to Edaville near me and people keep complaining because of the ticket prices. What people don’t understand is that this is a special set up, for a short period of time, so they have to make their money faster than they usually would during a regular amusement park season. I think these kind of festivals are worth the money!

  71. I so wish this place were not 3.5 hours from where my family and I are. I would LOVE to go!

  72. This looks like such a fun railroad to go to! What an amazing experience to have with kids 🙂 My kids love railroad trains.

  73. This looks like so much fun. We enjoy going out and looking at Christmas lights every year.

  74. How fun! My kids would really enjoy seeing all those beautiful Christmas lights.

  75. This really does look like such a fun time! My nephews would love a trip out like this.

  76. I love when towns get together and put together a light festival. The one in Huntsville, AL is amazing to visit!

  77. That looks like so much fun! Christmas lights are one of my favorite things about the season.

  78. Absolutely beautiful! We have something similar here but I must admit it’s quite different seeing pictures with no snow! LOL!

  79. We used to take our kids to a Festival of Lights too! They are just so magical.

  80. Your family gets to go to such fun events Robin! This one looked awesome!

  81. I love this park as a destination spot for families during the holidays! How lucky you are to have ventured there! (Those vintage rides sound so cool, and what great light-displays!)

  82. I adore smaller theme parks like this. They always have much more original exhibits.

  83. What a wonderful day! Perfect for Christmas fun! I want to be a kid again!

  84. That sounds like a great place to visit! It looks like you all had a lot of fun.

  85. My kids would love to visit this amusement park. They are crazy about train rides.

  86. Such a fun day! Lovely for Christmas fun! The photos were awesome, perfect for families.

  87. Very cool. The minor league ballpark near us does a fantastic light show also. No rides there though.

  88. That looks like so much fun! I love doing holiday themed places with my family during the holidays! If we ever head up that way in the Christmas season I’ll definitely want to check it out. The lights look gorgeous!

  89. This place looks cool, I’m sure my family would to see it especially kids.

  90. What a fun place and love the lights. Both my kids would love that – they love anything with lights!

  91. I absolutely love Edaville Railroad. We use to take my daughter there all the time around the holidays. Haven’t been in years but I’m sure that will all change now that my grandson has come along.

  92. Wow looks like you guys had a blast at the Fesitval of Lights. Wish we could’ve gone I know the kids would’ve loved it.

  93. Now this looks worth going out in the cold for. What a fun event. I love all the lights and rides.

  94. What a fun holiday event! I just love looking at light displays during the holidays and nothing beats seasonal treats.

  95. Your kids looks like having fun there, they were so adorable. I also love the lights it so beautiful.

  96. This looks like such a beautiful place we have a place locally that does something like this and I am so excited to take my son to it!

  97. My kids love to go to festivals like this!! It’s always a fun family night when we go to festivals like this, my son loves trains when we see them at events like this.

  98. This looks like such a fun family Christmas outing! I love looking at lights with my kids!

  99. I love that you are not super bundled up in these photos so that means you can enjoy it a bit more. Here in MN it can get way below zero and we have some places with outdoor lights…feels a bit rushed as we try to stay warm.

  100. That looks like so much fun! I love all of the cool light displays this time of year! I spend so much time just riding around looking at lights!

  101. It looks like a fun amusement park! My boys would love to see that train!

  102. It sure does look beautiful there. We had our Festival of Lights last weekend but it snowed so we decided to stay at home but I plan on going downtown to see it now it’s all done.

  103. This looks like a fun day! That is a beautiful locomotive!

  104. this is so cute! I’m loving that you and your family went there while you were growing up and that it’s still around. My kids probably won’t ever get to experience the festival I grew up with. It’s still around too but that is across the country from me now. Looks like you all had a ton of fun, I’m sure the boys were pooped out by the end of the day!

  105. I took my girls out to see lights tonight. They aren’t nearly col as these though.

  106. My kids would love to go there, your kids looks so happy and they’re so cute.

  107. I love taking my kiddos to fun holiday activities like this. Such great family bonding. Looks like yours had a blast!

  108. This looks like so much fun! I love a good festival of lights show.

  109. These festival lights are truly wonderful. It looks fun. It would be a great place for children.

  110. Edaville would be a nice place to visit this holiday season. I would love the train ride! I wish I lived close enough to experience this too!

  111. This looks like a TON of fun! It’s too bad we live so far away, my kids would love this train ride and the lights!

  112. It was a nice experience to see this place through your eyes and photos.. It was like a virtual vacation.

  113. This looks like such a fun Christmas time activity to do with kids. Plus it looks like a cool place to visit even without the lights!

  114. We’d have to visit just to see the train display for our son. I enjoy Christmas lights.

  115. That looks beautiful! Perfect for a family outing. I especially love the Gingerbread Lady :).

  116. What a gorgeous place. They do something similar in an area of our community and it is a grand sight to see.

  117. Looks like a fun event! I love taking my kids to light parades and festivals.

  118. I love to look at all the Christmas lights. It is always fun to go for a drive and see what everyone has done.

  119. I love a good light show. So magical and gives you the perfect. feeling that Christmas is here. Thank you for sharing.

  120. The lights are definitely my favorite part of your day! We could spend the whole day there, how fun

  121. That looks like such an awesome place to visit. Wish we had something like that near us!

  122. I wish we had something like this to take the family to around here. It looks like good family fun for the holidays!

  123. This attraction looks like it would be fun for kids of all ages, but especially the little ones going through their Thomas stages! I’m so glad your family had such a great time.

  124. That sounds like a really fun place to go with a family. I have never been on or near a cranberry bog and actually would love that train ride myself. Those lights must be amazing up close-I know they look gorgeous in the pictures.

  125. This looks like it would be such a fun experience! I love Christmas light shows and this one looks very well put together.

  126. My son would love this and so would I. It doesn’t feel very Christmas-y right now and I am really enjoying posts like this one to get me in the Christmas spirit.

  127. That looks like such a fun place to take the kids! And the light are just beautiful.

  128. I love the lights, my nieces would be amazed by this. I think my favorite thing is the gingerbread girl cookie. Great for taking lots of cool pics.

  129. Yay! This is such a fun event for kids and young at heart too ^ ^ . It’s amazing and I miss my nieces now I have to bring them and bond with them soon 🙂

  130. I love light festivals!!! They’re so much fun! I love the pics!

  131. Looks like an awesome adventure for the whole family! I bet my kids would LOVE it.