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Experience the beginning of the holiday season at Marblehead's Christmas Walk!
The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce invites you to Marblehead to enjoy four days of holiday festivities, family events and activities!  Come for one or all four days with highlights that include Santa's arrival by lobster boat, the town tree lighting ceremony, Holiday shopping preview parties, the Christmas Walk Parade, 'Holidays are Grand' live performances, a great raffle with great prizes, and all kinds of family events and activities sponsored by local merchants and organizations!
Location: Downtown Marblehead
Santa will arrive at Masconomo Park by lobster boat at 1 pm on December 2, 2017
Come to the the annual Jingle Bell Walk in Manchester! Santa will arrive at Masconomo Park by boat at 1pm. The jolly man will lead children on a Jingle Bell Walk to the Manchester Community Center, where there will be a miniature petting zoo, a craft activity,  face painting, entertainment with Mrs. Claus and delicious refreshments. Everyone will get a chance to meet Santa and take pictures, so come join in the Holiday fun in Manchester!
Location: Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea, Masconomo Park , Manchester Community Center
Annual Manchester Mothers Club Pancake Breakfast will be held on December 3, 2016
The Manchester Mothers Club hosts their annual pancake breakfast!  This is part of the Christmas By-the-Sea events and it is a fundraiser for the MMC. The proceeds help fund Manchester Mothers Club charitable endeavors: Scholarships to Manchester-Essex HS students, donations to Open Door Pantry, sponsoring Manchester community events and Manchester Library. Breakfast includes: pancakes, bacon, fruit, coffee, juice, and gluten free options.
Location: The Landing at 7 Central
Kids will paint their own buoys as ornaments on the Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree!
Kids of all ages are welcome to paint their own buoy at Cape Ann Art Haven ! Bring your inner artist and paint a buoy for use as decoration ornaments on the Gloucester Lobster Trap Buoy Tree.  Buoys will be on display throughout the Holiday season, and then they'll be auctioned off in January at Art Haven's Annual Buoy Auction Fundraiser!
Location: Cape Ann Art Haven
Engineering, math, design, electronics, at Acera Enrichment Week
Try Acera’s Afterschool Enrichment Activites for a week. On Us! Discover engineering, math, design, electronics, friendships, and more at Acera during this weeklong after school enrichment opportunity. Sign up today for a week at Acera Enrichment Week,11/28-12/4. Design and build your own wooden creations in our well-equipped woodshop. Try our SEEDS StudioLab where students blend creativity, coding, engineering, imagination, design, and robotics to tell their stories. Explore the big questions in our Middle School Model UN Club. Do you play by the rules? Or do you like to try new rules in your games? In our Game Design class employ creativity, collaboration, and systems-thinking and put your own twist on familiar game styles. Creativity meets Engineering in our Lego Robotics class. Learn concepts in robotics, computer sciences and other STEM disciplines as you work with LEGO EV3 kits, LEGO NXT, Computers and Raspberry Pi-s.
Location: Acera School
Gingerbread House Workshop at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly MA
Celebrate the season with family bonding and gingerbread fun at our signature workshops. Parent and child pairs work together to design and decorate their very own Gingerbread House. Enjoy the endless decorating options, from frosted candy roofs to pretzel picket fences, and cheerful holiday tunes while sipping hot chocolate and experiencing quality family time. Spread the holiday spirit by inviting friends to join you for this special event! This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together!
Location: Taste Buds Kitchen
The Lighting of the Memory Tree is a solemn occasion to remember loved ones.
To kick off the Essex Holiday Festival, people gather in town for the Lighting of the Memory Tree. This special occasion give people to reflect as a group on the loved one that have gone before them. The town’s children’s bell choir performs in the background.
Location: Downtown Essex
Holt Hill at Ward Reservation is marked with Solstice Stones. Come celebrate the Solstice witht hte Trustees of Reservations!
Join the The Trustees of Reservations as they light up the night with a Solstice Stroll at Ward Reservation! We will meet in the parking lot for a candlelit stroll through the woods that will include presented passages from the story "The Shortest Day".  The Stroll ends with a gathering around the solstice stones at the heigh of Holt Hill. At an elevation of 420 feet above sea level, Holt Hill is the highest point in Essex County and offers views of the Boston skyline and even the Blue Hills.
Location: Ward Reservation
Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustes under the full moon.
Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate December's Long Nights Moon!  We’ll start this Full Moon Hike on the early side so we can witness the moonrise of the only supermoon in 2017. In December, the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. The Algonquin tribes aptly named this full moon the Long Nights Moon. Also called the Cold Moon, this midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is diametrically opposite to the low Sun. Weather permitting, we’ll end our hike with hot chocolate around a fire on the beach.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Come celebrate the longest night - Winter Solstice - at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport
Come celebrate the longest night and shortest day of the year with Joppa Flats! Miss Mary and Miss Susan offer stories, songs, crafts made of evergreens, and thematic snacks for everyone to enjoy. Learn why we have seasons, and why different cultures around the world created legends and rituals to mark the longest night of the year. Join us for a festival of light to beckon the sun to return!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center

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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...

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

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton Visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician, Brian...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

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

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

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

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

Kids Minecraft Club at SFL

Kids Minecraft Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester MA
Play Minecraft with other children grades 1-6 and the guidance of a teen volunteer and children's librarian. Learn new tricks from each other and explore and build in a world together. This group is for children in grades 1 and up. Please register for just one session per month.
3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Thursday, December 14

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Classes: Haverhill

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 questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

A Little Night Music & Rhyme

Come sing, dance and get the wiggles out at Beverly Public Library
Beverly Public Library  invites families with kids under 5 (or so) to join the musical rhythmic fun! Come Dance, shake, move and sing and get the wiggles out.
6:30 pm

Friday, December 15

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...

Imagine, Sing & Learn: Whoooo is Awake at Night?

Pre-Schoolers will learn all about owls at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!!
Preschoolers are welcome to come learn about owls! These 90-minute sessions are for both you and your active preschooler! Each week, our structured activities will include original songs, movement, dramatic play, hand-on science, and a thematic snack. We'll give you coloring pages to take home and...
10:00 am to 11:30 pm

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

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