This event has passed

Winter Wond-AY-Land

Tue, Nov 30  |  10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

This holiday season, come experience our Winter Wond-AY-Land.

Home to the giving trees, ongoing activities, festive events and photo ops, galore! We hope you can come visit from November 30th - January 1st.

About the Giving Trees

Our new community space, Bond Sq. is now home to dozens of evergreen trees. These trees will be donated to families in our community later in December. In the meantime, while these are not for sale, they do make a wonderful backdrop for your holiday photos :).

There are also plenty of ways for you to donate and give back to the community this holiday season. We are collecting holiday tree donations (string lights, tree stands, decorations) for families in our community at every event. Can't make it to an event? Feel free to a donation to the Watertown Food Pantry online here or scan the code on the signage at the Winter Wond-AY-Land.
For the month of December, Arsenal Yards will match all donations up to $750.

Wond-AY-Land Happenings

Little Free Library
We are thrilled to debut our new Little Free Library, holiday edition! 
You can find the Little Free Library located in Bond Sq., check out what's there - take a book and leave a book.

Letters to Santa
Kiddos, he's making his list, he's checking it twice, you better send him a letter letting him know you haven't been naughty, but nice!
Send your letter to Santa straight from Bond Sq.

For Parents! We have two recommendations for places to address your letters.
Operation Santa
Write to Santa
Follow all instructions and we encourage letters interested in responses to be put into the mailbox by December 12th.
Please note: we cannot guarantee a response.

Your chance to WIN ski tickets?! Yes, please!
From pinecone walls to wreaths, to light tunnels and trees - the photo ops are endless.
So go ahead and share one or five of your favorite photos and when you tag @ArsenalYards on Instagram you will be entered to win a family-four pack of ski tickets from Mt. Sunapee (a $300-value!!).

Photos must be shared between November 30th - January 1st. Photos on the Instagram feed or reels will be counted (stories not included). Accounts must be public for us to see the photo entries.

Schedule of Events:

Family-Friendly Professional Holiday Photos
Wednesday, December 1st
4:00 - 6:00PM

Make it a December to remember and stop by Arsenal Yards for FREE festive family holiday photos - we are fir sure you'll love the backdrop!
Get all spruced up and meet us there. RSVP required to receive photos.

Meet & Greet with Frozen
Wednesday, December 8th
4:00 - 6:00PM

Some people are worth melting for. Bring the fam to meet Elsa, Anna and of course, Olaf!
This event is complimentary and photos are take-your-own.

Santa Paws
Thursday, December 9th
4:00 - 7:00PM

Happy Howl-idays! Bring the pup for a special visit with Santa and we'll photograph it! Professional photos will be emailed to you. We will also be collecting donations for local pups in need, we appreciate any donation you are able to bring.
Limited reservations available. $5 per reservation. Reservation required.

Holiday Tastings with Roche Bros. and Gordon's Wines*
When: Saturday, December 11th
Time: 1:00 - 4:00PM

Featuring samples from the Roche Bros. holiday catering menu and delicious wines and spirits from Gordon's, discover the perfect pairing to create a delicious and memorable holiday meal.
Please note: this event will take place inside each respective store.

Meet & Greet with The Grinch
Wednesday, December 15th
4:00 - 6:00PM

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. Meet the one and only Grinch along with Cindy Lou Who!
This event is complimentary and photos are take-your-own.

Winter Wond-AY-Land Celebration!
Saturday, December 18th
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Celebrate the season with a special story time with Santa & Mrs. Claus.
Plus, sign the fam up for a tree decorating contest - all for a great cause!

All events are held outdoors and subject to weather. Arsenal Yards reserves the right to cancel or postpone these events. All refunds will be processed if applicable.
*Please note: Roche Bros. and Gordons tasting event on December 11th will take place inside each respective store.

Event Safety: The safety of our guests, performers and staff remains our top priority. Following CDC guidelines and our local regulations, face masks are no longer required outdoors for individuals who are fully vaccinated, non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue to wear face masks at Arsenal Yards. Hand sanitizer is available in common areas. All businesses at Arsenal Yards may have their own specific rules and regulations.


For additional details, please visit

« Back to Events

Visit us

Restaurants and retailers are now open! Check on the map below for details.

Parking & directions

Arsenal Yards is approximately a 10-minute drive from Harvard Square and approximately a 15-minute drive from Copley Square. Other areas will find it easily accessible from the Mass Pike or Fresh Pond Parkway, among many routes available to Watertown’s East End. Once on site, ample free parking is available. Traveling via public transportation? MBTA bus route 70 stops right on site and can be picked up at the Central Square Red Line T stop.