Holidays Greater Gardner MA Local News

Holidays Around Greater Gardner MA

Holidays are listed in descending order

  • Mother’s Day (5/6/2022)
    Mother's Day Gardner MA

    Greater Gardner MA Celebrates Mother’s Day Sunday May 8, 2022

    Traditionally the 2nd Sunday in May, Mother’s Day has been a fixture in American society for over 100 years. More on the holiday. Mother’s Day is celebrated throughout the world.

    Thank you to our mothers who brought us into this world. Please remember your Mom on Mother’s Day.

    Whether you send flowers or chocolates, call your Mom who lives far away, or enjoy a Mother’s Day meal, think of your Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Patriot’s Day (4/17/2022)
    Patriot's Day - Remember and Honor

    Patriot’s Day in the Greater Gardner MA area is Monday April 18, 2022

    For more information on Patriot’s Day, CLICK HERE

    Monday, April 18, 2022 is also the 126th Boston Marathon. Official website, CLICK HERE. The race will be covered LIVE on WBZ-TV Channel 4.1 Boston More info, CLICK HERE.

  • Good Friday (4/15/2022)
    Good Friday April 15, 2022

    Good Friday is 4-15-22 in Greater Gardner MA

    Thank you Jesus for what you did for us. More on Good Friday, CLICK HERE.

    Our article on Easter, CLICK HERE.

    Our Churches page, CLICK HERE.

  • 4th of July (4/14/2022)
    4th of July Independence Day Initiative

    Gardner Magazine launches 4th of July Independence Day Initiative for Greater Gardner MA

    In anticipation of more community celebrations, functions, activities, and events this year, we have created a page called The Independence Day Initiative with listings from 19 different communities. We’re seeking info from communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals.  You tell us, we’ll tell the region. For the 4th of July page, CLICK HERE.

  • Grilled Cheese (4/12/2022)
    Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

    April 12, 2022 is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day in Greater Gardner MA

    Enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich today at home or at your favorite restaurant. For more on this day, CLICK HERE.

  • Egg Hunt (4/7/2022)
    Templeton MA Easter Egg Hunt

    Templeton MA Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

    The Templeton Lions Club spent an evening stuffing nearly 2000 eggs for their annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held April 16, 2022 at 10am (Weather permitting) Updates will be posted on their Facebook page. CLICK HERE

  • Easter (4/6/2022)
    He Died for Us - Jesus - Happy Easter

    Easter Sunday in Greater Gardner MA is April 17, 2022

    Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  It is described in the New Testament of the Holy Bible as having occurred on the third day of his burial after the crucifixion.  The supernatural resurrection from the dead of Jesus is one of the chief tenets of the Christian faith. 

    What about Easter eggs?  The egg is an ancient symbol of new life and rebirth.  In Christianity it became associated with Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.   On Easter Monday, the President of the United States holds an annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn for young children.    Happy Easter!

    For the churches in the Greater Gardner MA area, please visit our CHURCHES page. CLICK HERE.

  • Earth Day (4/6/2022)
    Earth Day 2022

    Greater Gardner MA Earth Day is April 22, 2022

    This year’s theme is ‘Invest in Our Planet.’ Various cleanup activities are being held throughout the area on various dates. Best to check your own community for details. For more on Earth Day, CLICK HERE.

  • Saint Patrick’s Day (3/17/2022)

    Saint Patrick’s Day in the Greater Gardner MA area was Thursday March 17, 2022

    For more information on St. Patrick’s Day, CLICK HERE.

  • Daylight Savings (3/10/2022)
    24/7 Clock

    Daylight Savings Time in the Greater Gardner MA area began on Sunday March 13, 2022

    Daylight Savings time will end on the first Sunday in November.

    For more on Daylight Savings Time. CLICK HERE

  • Gardner 100th (3/2/2022)
    Gardner 100th as a City

    Page Added for Gardner MA 100 Years A City Birthday Bash

    Incorporated as a town in 1785, Gardner will celebrate 100 Years A City on January 1, 2023. We have added a page to share news throughout the year about upcoming celebrations. CLICK HERE.

  • School Vacation (2/20/2022)
    February Vacation Week

    What to do during Greater Gardner MA School Vacation Week of February 21-25, 2022

    Take a trip to the Movie Theater and see a flick. Use or get a library card at your local library. Buy some stuff at a local store. Stay home and stream something. Or go on an adventure like below:

    ecotarium worcester

    Ecotarium, Worcester  Tues. 2/22 to Fri. 2/25

    Their education team cooks up creative ways to learn and have fun — all designed especially for school-age kids and their families. Visit Site.

    wachusett mountain

    Wachusett Winterfest Science on the Slopes – February Vacation week Mon 2/21 to Friday 2/25

    This is NOT the week to sit at home! Come enjoy a full list of activities with your friends and family here at Wachusett! In addition to skiing, enjoy a fun week of programming at the mountain. Visit Site.

    dcr massachusetts

    Massachusetts State Park Programs

    There are February Vacation Week programs at Massachusetts State Parks. Visit Site.

    Most all programs are free unless noted. Parking fees may apply. Dress for the weather, carry water and snacks, and cell phones.

    Enchanted Forest at Fruitlands, Harvard through Sun. February 27, 2022

    The Frost King has come to spend the winter at the Fruitlands Fairy Forest and he has brought all sorts of new enchantment. Visit Site.

    Ice Castles

    Ice Castles, New Hampshire

    Ice Castles is an award-winning frozen attraction built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists to create breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, and fountains. Visit site

  • Celebrating Presidents’ Day (2/18/2022)

    Gardner MA February 22, 2022.  – Presidents’ Day

    Our Special Presidents’ Day page Chronicles all of the U.S. Presidents. CLICK HERE. Our “Poem of the Presidents”  is a tribute to the service of all of U.S. Presidents.   CLICK HERE.

  • Valentine’s Day (2/13/2022)
    Happy Valentine's Day

    Greatest Valentine’s Day Card

    Happy Valentine’s Day Greater Gardner MA. View our article on the Greatest Valentine’s Day card and original poem. For the complete article, CLICK HERE.


  • Eat Cake (1/27/2022)
    Chocolate Cake Gardner MA

    Greater Gardner MA Chocolate Cake

    What happened 20 years before Gardner began in 1785 which makes every year’s birthday even more special?   It’s a day celebrated on January 27th every year.  It’s National Chocolate Cake Day.

    The story goes like this:  In 1765, A doctor and a chocolate maker ground up cocoa beans and made a thick syrup which was poured into molds shaped like cakes. In 1886, American cooks began adding chocolate to cake batter.  And interestingly, at about the time Gardner became a City one hundred years ago, the first boxed cake mix was created by a company called O. Duff and Sons.  OK, after all that, just enjoy your cake.

  • National Compliment (1/20/2022)
    National Compliment Day

    National Compliment Day in Greater Gardner MA

    National Compliment Day is January 24, 2022. It’s a day to compliment a friend, family member, co-worker, server, official, or even someone you don’t know. We have a page of compliment images you can pass on. CLICK HERE

    It’s a great opportunity to say something great to someone you know . Our page is loaded with graphics you can print or send on to someone you wish to compliment. These days saying something nice is sometimes overlooked. And by the way, you’re awesome! CLICK HERE.

  • Martin Luther King (1/17/2022)

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, January 17, 2022

    Greater Gardner MA marks the birthday of Civil Rights Activist and Baptist minister Martin Luther King Jr who was gunned down in 1968, King was known for nonviolent activism in protesting racial discrimination. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. For more on this great man, CLICK HERE.

  • Tree Pickup Delay (1/14/2022)
    Christmas tree recycling

    No Tree Pickup in Gardner MA – Transport D.I.Y. to Transfer Station

    The Gardner Board of Health issued this Christmas Tree update on 1-13-22: “Due to ongoing & increasing staff at EL Harvey being impacted by COVID illness, Christmas tree pickup has been delayed again.  There will be no tree pickup this week.  At this time, we are still working on a plan for removal, but our focus is to make sure that trash and recycling are removed for sanitation reasons.  Any Gardner resident who has the ability to transport their tree to the Transfer Station is welcome to do so, no permit sticker necessary.  We will post more info on curbside collection as soon as we have it.  Thank you for your patience during these unusual times.  The Transfer Station is located at 744 West St and is open Wed-Fri 9am to 3pm, Sat 7am to 1pm”

  • Poetry (1/10/2022)
    Poetry at Work Day
    Tuesday January 11, 2022 is National Poetry at Work Day

    Poetry at Work Day

    On the Eleventh Day of January Twenty, Twenty Two,

    Gardner Magazine creates this poem for you.

    The value of poetry for pros is better than prose,

    Brings out all sorts of major creativity we suppose.

    So write out your verses and put in your purses,

    Jot down your sonnets and put in your wallets,

    Or maybe on this frigid day, break out the Robert Frost,

    Seek out his works at very low or modest cost.

    “Two Roads diverged in a yellow wood,” and you chose to

    live in a great City like Gardner MA and that has made all the difference.

    —this original by Werner Poegel – For “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, CLICK HERE

  • Milk Day (1/10/2022)
    National Milk Day

    Time for a Glass because it’s National Milk Day – January 11, 2022

    Milk is very popular in the Greater Gardner MA area. The date coincides with the very first time nationally in 1878 when milk was delivered inside sterilized glass bottles. Milk has nine essential nutrients and many in Greater Gardner MA just love it. Did you know that there are 9.39 million head of milk cows in the United States, 1 cow for every 35 people. So it’s great news that each cow produces more than 60 pounds of milk every day! The U.S. Census Bureau has even more stats on milk. CLICK HERE

  • Clean Desk (1/9/2022)
    national clean off your desk day

    National Clean Off Your Desk Day in Greater Gardner MA

    The second Monday of January we celebrate a day of tidiness. So if your desk is a mess, take a few moments and clean it off today. It’ll help your work flow in the coming year.

  • Happy New Year (1/1/2022)
    Happy New Year

    Happy New Year Greater Gardner MA 2022

    Gardner Magazine wishes you and yours a Happy New Year! For a printable 2022 Calendar, CLICK HERE.

  • Christmas Trees (1/1/2022)
    Gardner Christmas Tree pickup January 4 to 7, 2022

    Christmas Tree Pickup

    From Gardner MA City Hall, “Curbside Christmas tree collection will be January 4th to 7th on your regularly scheduled trash collection day. Christmas trees wrapped in plastic or containing decorations cannot be collected.”

  • New Year’s Eve (12/31/2021)

    The public inauguration ceremony is taking place January 6, 2022 6pm at Perry Auditorium, Gardner MA City Hall. Governor Baker and other official are expected to attend. (Official swearing in takes place January 3rd)

    Play the video of the Mayor’s update anytime on our Gardner MA Mayor’s update page.  CLICK HERE.

    Last Gardner Mayor’s Update of the Year

    The mayor addressed water main breaks in Gardner during the past week, saying most of the fault was that of contractors. For example, contractors working at the new Community Connections site near Walmart accidentally hit the water line. (Walmart actually closed for a couple of hours). Gardner Water Department quickly made a repair. The mayor reiterated that as the City proactively replaces old water lines, he hopes the incidence of water main breaks will decrease and understands citizen frustration. 

    The Gardner MA School Department is having its second Covid vaccine clinic open to both students and parents on Tuesday January 4, 2022 at Gardner Middle School.

    The Gardner MA Board of Health has issued a municipal buildings mask mandate requiring masks in all City buildings.  A mask advisory is in effect advising mask wearing in other indoor settings such as retail stores.


  • New Year’s Eve 2021 (12/30/2021)

    What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve in Gardner MA?

    We’re spotlighting just a few of the choices to celebrate the coming of the New Year in Gardner MA.

    OTM plays the Gardner MA Eagles #747. New  Year’s Eve Show starts at 8:00pm. More details, CLICK HERE

    Max Recoil at Southside Grille
    Bowling Challenge Gardner Ten Pins

    Please be safe. Please don’t drive while under the influence of any substance. You will save a life.

    New Year’s Eve with Max Recoil at the Southside Grille and Margarita Factory. FREE show starts at 9:00pm Call ahead seating for dinner is encouraged.   More details, CLICK HERE

    New Year’s Eve Bowling Challenge at Gardner Ten Pins Starts at 9:30pm. 24 lanes with lounge and snack bar. More details, CLICK HERE For more details on the Friday Night Classic League, CLICK HERE

  • Merry Christmas Jesus (12/24/2021)
    Merry Christmas Jesus
  • Christmas Shows (12/24/2021)

    Gardner MA Christmas Shows

    A Christmas Treat! We have a selection of over 60 Old Time Radio Christmas Shows. Listen FREE, just click play on the page. Here’s the page, CLICK HERE

  • Christmas (12/21/2021)
    Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas

    Christmas – December 25

    Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ and is celebrated by billions of people around the world.   The date was fixed by the church in the fourth century as the day that God came to Earth in human form to atone for the sins of humanity.   While our customs in Greater Gardner MA this  year will most likely include gift giving, the Greatest Gift has already been dispensed, Christ as the Savior for all people.  Want His gift? Just ask.  From God with love, it’s FREE!  

    We wish you a Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.    Want to learn more about Christmas?  We have some external links:   Christmas  — Christmas Films Christmas by Medium Christmas Music Titles  —History of ChristmasChristmas from Encyclopedia BritannicaOur Churches page.  If you’d like to make a Christmas donation to a local Greater Gardner MA non-profit organization, here’s the list.  CLICK HERE.


  • Caroling 2021 (12/20/2021)

    It’s an all ensemble cast and this 1 hour quality production is hosted by Gardner MA Mayor Nicholson. Watch Caroling with the Mayor 2021. Watch it on YouTube on your HD TV or on the Gardner YouTube Channel, or watch it here. It’s on our Mayor’s Update page. CLICK HERE.


  • Caroling with the Mayor 12-20-21 (12/20/2021)
  • Christmas Videos (12/19/2021)
    Christmas Music

    Listen to your Christmas Favorites

    We have a page of hand-selected videos from YouTube with hours and hours of your Christmas favorites. CLICK HERE

  • Wreath Laying (12/18/2021)
    Wreath Laying Winchendon MA
    Honor those who protected us

    Wreath Laying Winchendon MA

    Wreaths Across America was at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon MA on Friday  December 17, 2021 for the laying of wreaths to honor our country’s fallen heroes. Students from area schools and other area volunteers participated.  The organization states, “Remember the Fallen…HONOR those who Serve…TEACH our children the value of Freedom.” Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies each December at Arlington National Cemetery as well as more than 2500 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.   For more details on the organization, CLICK HERE. Winchendon details, CLICK HERE

  • Christmas Wish (12/14/2021)

    Gardner MA Christmas Wish

    Publishing an original poem for you entitled, “Gardner Christmas Wish.” CLICK HERE

  • Christmas with the Animals (12/13/2021)
  • Christmas Tree Lighting 2021 (12/13/2021)
  • Lights List (12/3/2021)

    Friday Night Lights List

    We have updated our article to include a link to the list of Gardner MA homes and driving directions. For the complete article, click here.

  • Christmas with the Animals (12/2/2021)

    Gardner MA Christmas with the Animals Video has licensed video of animals from all over the world and Christmas music to produce our 101.3 Studios presentation of “Gardner MA Christmas with the Animals’, a heartwarming tribute to nature’s most beautiful creatures. This 12 minute Full HD production is our Merry Christmas card to you. CLICK HERE to watch.

  • Christmas Caroling (12/2/2021)
    Gardner Mayor Mike Nicholson in Caroling with the Mayor
    Submissions for this year’s Caroling with the Mayor 2021 video need to be received by 12/13/21 at

    Caroling with the Mayor Video Still A Big Hit!

    Last year’s Virtual Caroling with the Mayor has been viewed almost 1000 times.  It’s a real treat, And here’s a hint, you’ll hear Mayor Mike sing, you’ll be joyful, and you will believe!  Here’s the YouTube link.

  • Friday Night Lights (11/30/2021)

    Festive Friday Night Lights. Sponsored by D.A.V. See the complete schedule, CLICK HERE

  • Gardner Tree Lighting (11/29/2021)

    Holiday Tree Lighting Begins Christmas Season in the City of Gardner MA

    We have a complete photo chronicle of Sunday, November 28, 2021 including photos of Tree Lighting, the start of the Shopping season, and Tree Lighting ceremony video. CLICK HERE

  • Templeton Tree Lighting (11/29/2021)

    HUGE Templeton MA Tree Lighting

    Templeton MA Tree Lighting Event is Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 4:30pm to 9:00pm for all the fun. There’s even popcorn and a movie! It’s sure to draw people from all over the area! Details, CLICK HERE.

    Westminster MA Tree Lighting

    Also on Sunday December 5, 2021. Westminster’s 37th Annual Tree Lighting starts at 4pm at the Gazebo on Academy Hill. Santa arrives at 4:20pm to light the tree and meet families for pictures. S’mores, Hot cocoa, candy canes and Christmas Caroling!

  • Holiday Tree Lighting (11/28/2021)

    Holiday Tree Lighting Begins Christmas Season in the City of Gardner MA

    We have a complete photo chronicle of Sunday, November 28, 2021 including photos and Tree Lighting video. CLICK HERE

  • Princeton Christmas Gift Delivery (11/27/2021)
    Merry Christmas Princeton Firefighter/EMT Association Christmas Gift Delivery

    Princeton Firefighter/EMT Association presents Christmas Gift Delivery

    Santa Claus in conjunction with the Princeton Firefighter/EMT Association is providing Christmas Gift Delivery on Sunday December 12, 2021 between 8 am and 4 pm. throughout the town of Princeton. Santa will come to your house on a fire truck and deliver a gift. Please bring gifts to Station 2 located at 11 Redemption Rock Trail-North) during the designated drop off times which are December 5th from noon to 6pm and December 6 to 10 from 6pm to 9pm each day. COVID PRECAUTIONS IN EFFECT. For questions, please call (978) 464-2707 EXT. 1051.

    Please limit one gift per child. Santa would appreciate a minimum of a 10 dollar donation to the Princeton Firefighters and EMT Association.

  • Toy Town Tree Festival (11/27/2021)
    Toy Town Winchendon MA Tree Festival

    Hours Mondays – Thursdays 1 to 8, Fridays 9 to 5, Saturday 9 to 1.  Holiday Open House is Sat. Dec. 11th  9am to 1pm

    Third Annual Toy Town Tree Festival – Winchendon MA

    taking place at the Beal’s Memorial Library Auditorium from November 29 through December 11th.   More Details on our Holiday Events 2021 page, CLICK HERE!

  • Happy Thanksgiving (11/24/2021)

    Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers. May you and yours have a blessed day and good tidings in the coming year. Many Thanks!

  • Winchendon Festival of Lights (11/21/2021)
  • Hubbardston Tree Lighting (11/21/2021)
  • Holiday Events (11/21/2021)

    Holiday and Christmas Events – Greater Gardner MA

    ‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly. We will keep adding to our page of Greater Gardner Holiday and Christmas events in the 19 communities we serve. — If you have an event, contact us. —- CLICK HERE for the Holiday Event page.

  • Turkey Raffle (11/14/2021)

    Gardner PACC Annual Turkey Raffle

    Annual Turkey Raffle at Polish American Citizens Club 171 Kendall Pond Rd. W, Gardner MA.

    Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 6pm to 9:30pm

    Doors open at 6pm.  However, there’s a new early bird round from 6:30 to 6:45pm before the start of the main raffle at 7pm.   Raffle items include turkeys, prime ribs, pork loins, hams, pork shoulders, baby back ribs, roast beefs, sirloin steaks, and more.


  • Happy Veterans’ Day (11/7/2021)
    Thank you for serving our country - Veterans Day

    Thank you, Veterans!

    Thank you to all who have served our country and who are serving now. We all appreciate you and wish you a Happy Veterans’ Day.

  • Treat or Treat Hours (10/21/2021)

    Greater Gardner MA Trick or Treat Hours

    Gardner Magazine is publishing the Halloween Trick or Treat Hours for the 19 communities covered by this site. For Details, CLICK HERE.