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Santa will come to Gloucester to launch the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting -
Gloucester's Holiday Parade has been a is a great tradition to kick off the holidays! Come enjoy the parade, Santa, and the tree lighting at Kent Circle!  Volunteers will line up parade participants at the State Fish Pier on Parker Street at 2:00 PM and will guide them through downtown Gloucester and on to Kent Circle for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Location: Downtown Gloucester
The Greater Salem Ballet performs the Nutcracker at Lynn Auditorium featuring more than 100 children and adults from the North Shore!
Join Greater Salem Ballet Company for their annual performances of 'The Nutcracker' at the at Lynn Memorial Auditorium at Lynn City Hall!  Follow Clara on her magical journey.
Location: Lynn Auditorium
The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite!
Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The company is thrilled to announce that world renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Sabi Varga will be joining this year's production. It is not to be missed! In addition to dancing in the production, Mr. Varga will be tapping into his creative and artistic talents as guest choreographer for select scenes!
Location: Firehouse Center for the Arts
A post-Thanksgiving hike at Bradley Palmer State Park
You’ll feel better about that Thanksgiving indulgence if you come join us for a hike over the Blueberry and Moon Hills of Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield! Best for children ages 7 and up. We will be hiking for a couple of hours on moderate trails. Wear clothing for hiking; bring rain gear as appropriate. Only pouring rain cancels.
Location: Bradley Palmer State Park
Burn some calories before the Thanksgiving Feast at Ipswich's Run for the Pies!
Start your turkey day by burning off some calories with a run or walk along the Ipswich River and you'll have a chance to win a ready-to-bake pie from Russell Orchards! Racers, runners, walkers or stroller pushers are invited to the Ipswich Town Hall bright and early on Thanksgiving Day for a 2.8 mile riverside race along Turkey Shore Drive and Labor in Vain Road.  The 1.2 mile kids run starts at 8am.
Location: Ipswich Town Hall
Come remember family and friends at the Ipswich Massachusetts Memory Tree Lighting
An annual community event to remember family and friends. Participants buy a star in memory of late friends and loved ones and place the stars on the tree as their loved one's name is read. To add a star please contact Kim Porter via email or phone.
Location: Downtown Ipswich
The Marblehead Gingerbread Festival is part of the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Walk, and the proceeds will go to benefit the Marblehead Family Fund and the Marblehead Historical Society.
Come see over 100 locally and professionally made gingerbread creations on display at the historic Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead, MA during this year's Marblehead Christmas Walk. Community members, businesses, and families are building and donating dozens of gingerbread houses, boats and local buildings that will be on display and available for raffle throughout the weekend. Days and times vary so check the times!
Location: Jeremiah Lee Mansion
Join the Cape Ann Symphony featuring Wendy Bets and the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus
A Cape Ann holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Pops concert features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts performing with the orchestra under the musical direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa. The Chorus and Orchestra join together to perform a wide selection of holiday favorites ending the festive concert with the annual audience sing-along.
Location: Manchester Essex Regional High School
Gabes Run - The day after Thanksgiving race to benefit local high school students
Join the Pacione family for the 10th and final race in honor of their son and brother Gabe. tthis race, held the day after Thanksgivigng is a chip timed 5k, as well and a 1 mile fun run for all.  Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd by age group, Top 25 Men + Women Runners, and Most Creative Dress. Fun Run Ribbons.
Location: Patton Park
Middle Street Walk Gingerbread Contest entries can take any shape.
Everybody is invited to enter the Gingerbread Contest for the Middle Street Walk in Gloucester this year! Groups and individuals are encouraged to get creative and come up with entries that can take any shape.  All entries will be judged during the Middle Street walk with winners being announced at 1pm in Gloucester City Hall. 
Location: Gloucester City Hall

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MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Noticing Nature Preschool Program at GUS

Preschool programs in Beverly MA at GUS
One day left for the morning preschool program, for children ages 3.6 to 5 by partners Glen Urquhart School and Kestrel Educational Adventures. Each week, our preschool program Noticing Nature will focus on one of the five senses, and we’ll practice waking up that sense to notice the natural world...
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions at PEM - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. Family friendly arts and culture North of Boston
Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore mathematical paradoxes, typographical illusions and metaphors in motion in our new digital exhibition, XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions, opening Saturday, October 14, 2017.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kindness Rocks Garden at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Kindness Rocks Garden Art Exhibit at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield welcomes the return of the Kindness Rocks Garden, an installation of painted rocks with inspirational messages that is meant to encourage random acts of kindness and spread positivity. Participants are invited to leave their own painted rocks, as well as take any that inspire...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Hollywood Hits: Movies for Moms

Hollywood Hits: Movies for Moms
Hollywood Hits Theater hosts a Movies for Moms showing held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Public Skate and Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play.
10:15 am to 11:15 am

PEM Pals

PEM has a story time in the museum just for kids under 5! Salem, Massachusetts
Heather Tharpe, also known as the Toddler Whisperer, leads the weekly interactive programs at Peabody Essex Museum PEM Pals with songs, movement, music, art, books and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschool
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Enchanted Christmas Village - Avon

Take a stroll through The Enchanted Village, a true New England tradition. Plus, take a picture with Santa and top it all off with a Jordan's Furniture blueberry muffin! The Spirit of Boston’s Holidays Throughout the 1960's and into the 1970's, Jordan Marsh displayed the Enchanted Village in its...
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by Highland Street

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by Highland Street Boston Mayors Holiday Special for North Shore families
Running now through New Year’s Day, Mayor’s Holiday Special is a two-month celebration of Greater Boston’s performing arts, featuring thousands of discount tickets to over 500 holiday performances through BosTix, plus dining deals and free festivities.
12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-3 Months

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Pokemon Club at Essex Library

Pokemon Club in Essex public Library in Massachusetts.
TOHP Burnham Public Library invites kids of all ages to the 3rd floor for some Pokemon fun!  Indulge in your love of all things Pokemon, chat with other enthusiasts, trade cards, play the game and have a blast!
4:00 pm

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

Come to Mendel Observatory for stargazing sessions every Wednesday night.
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7 p.m., whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Obse
7:00 pm

Monday, December 18

Monday Knitting Group

Hamilton Wenham Knitting Group for All ages
The knitting group at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library welcomes experienced & beginning knitters and crochet folk.
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by Highland Street

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by Highland Street Boston Mayors Holiday Special for North Shore families
Running now through New Year’s Day, Mayor’s Holiday Special is a two-month celebration of Greater Boston’s performing arts, featuring thousands of discount tickets to over 500 holiday performances through BosTix, plus dining deals and free festivities.
12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Tuesday, December 19

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Goddard School Touring Tuesday

Childcare, child care at Goddard School Middleton MA, Danvers MA, North Andover MA. infant, preschool, Pr
Touring Tuesday: Make a date to see Goddard School, Middleton, meet teachers and visit your child's next classroom! Infant, Toddler, Preschool,and Pre-Kindergarten programs. Please visit on Tuesday's to see why The Goddard School is "more than just a daycare".
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Kindness Rocks Garden at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Kindness Rocks Garden Art Exhibit at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield welcomes the return of the Kindness Rocks Garden, an installation of painted rocks with inspirational messages that is meant to encourage random acts of kindness and spread positivity. Participants are invited to leave their own painted rocks, as well as take any that inspire...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Public Skate and Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions at PEM - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. Family friendly arts and culture North of Boston
Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore mathematical paradoxes, typographical illusions and metaphors in motion in our new digital exhibition, XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions, opening Saturday, October 14, 2017.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm