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Finding a Magical Christmas Holiday Scene at the Norwood Town Common in Norwood, Mass.

Christmas lights at the Town Common in Norwood, Mass.A festive holiday scene in downtown Norwood

Article, photos by Eric Hurwitz -- created for on 12/13/2022. @newenglandinfo

Downtown Norwood, Mass. looks like something out of a snow globe during the Christmas holiday season.

No, wait, make that like something out of a Currier and Ives scene. On second thought, perhaps a Norman Rockwell-like setting. On the other hand, the location could be perfect for a Hallmark movie. Then again, this festive sight would be ideal on the front cover of a travel magazine or some place Martha Stewart or Oprah really likes. Or, maybe the feature photo serving as a backdrop for the local TV weather forecast. Or, one of those Instagram photos that gets 1,500 likes.

Holiday scene at the Town Common in Norwood, Massachusetts.
Town Hall, gazebo, Christmas tree.

Thinking it all over, how about all of the above?

Bostonians often travel hours to idyllic destinations in Vermont or New Hampshire to arrive at scenes like this when, in fact, this kind of Christmas magic resides barely beyond the Route 128 loop.

Christmas tree and lights at the Norwod MA Town Common
A closer look at the Christmas tree.

Interesting note: Although the Norwood Town Common looks like one of the original town greens dating back to the 1700s, it is actually one of the newer town commons in "The Bay State".  It didn't even coincide with the incorporation of Norwood in 1872! Rather, the Norwood Town Common didn't begin to take shape until 1912. The whole parcel actually came to more complete fruition in the 1920s.

But I digress. The Christmas tree, lights, the gazebo, the historic buildings, a gentle blanket of snow-- it's all quite remarkable in a traditional New England kind of way!

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