Jack Kerouac Park is located on Bridge St. just off of the main part of the downtown. It is a small park consisting of enormous chunks of polished granite which have been engraved with excepts of Kerouac's writing. There are benches to sit and relax on and the Eastern Canal runnning behind the park for a pretty view.
UMass Lowell's Center for the Arts' Durgin Hall hosts many cultural events throughout the year including musical performances and a Sunday Children's Discovery Series. Everything I have seen here has been great and the ticket prices are usually under ten dollars. Located at 35 Wilder St. on UMass's South Campus. Call for events, times, and tickets.
There are many books that mention the City of Lowell, Kerouac's work the most prominent among them, but here is a new one. His first novel, former Lowell Sun jounalist Mark Arsenault has written a riveting tale of murder, drugs, and betrayal set in the Mill City. It is a great read that any mystery lover will enjoy and Arsenault's descriptions of the city are dead on.
"Spiked" by Mark Arsenault, Poisoned Penn Press, 2003
Visit the beautiful Inizio Day Spa located downtown. I have been to many spas all over the US and Canada and no matter what I have paid, none have compared to the quality of service and the friendliness of the staff here. They offer a wide variety of services including massages, nails, hair salon, makeovers, facials, and waxing. Located at 165 Merrimack St. See website for more details.
Like many cities in America, Lowell goes all out decorating for the December holidays, including a big Holiday Parade every year on Thanksgiving weekend. But perhaps my favorite, and the most unique of all of our December decorations, is the Smokestack Christmas Tree. The "tree" is lit up each year at the Holiday Parade and kept until after the new year. The best thing about it is that it so tall that it can be seen from almost any point in the city.