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The Rockport Christmas Pageant is a wonderful tradition hosted by the Rockport A
Come to downtown Rockport Ma for a torch-lit reenactment of the Nativity - a long standing community tradition in Rockport Massachsuetts! Starting at 5pm along Dock Square and Main Street, ending at the Congregational Church.  Each year hundreds of spectators gather to watch the live re-enactment of the story of baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Bethlehem inn and the stable. The pageant begins with a torchlit procession which starts at Dock Square and proceeds up Main Street to the Congregational Church.
Location: Downtown Rockport
Join Santa for a Polar Express themed Christmas Party at the Ipswich Public Library!
Santa will be the star of this Polar Express themed party! Santa will be available for consultation or just for viewing from across the room.  It is a low-pressure Santa opportunity and especially for children who visit the library frequently, a comfortable one.  The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library.  It is free and no registration is required.  Holiday crafts and snacks will be offered.
Location: Ipswich Public Library
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. Proceeds benefit the Ipswich Food Pantry and Ipswich Caring.
Location: Downtown Ipswich
Join friends and family for a day of holiday festivities and cheer! Sing carols with Buddy the Elf while waiting for Santa’s arrival.
Greet Santa as he arrives at Town Wharf on East Street, at the north end end of Water Street, in Ipswich!  Come sing carols with Buddy the Elf as we await Santa’s arrival.  Jingle Bells will be available for purchase.  Jingle your bells and follow our honored guest and Buddy the Elf on a festive “Jingle Bell Walk” along Water Street to the Ipswich Town Hall at 45 Green Street.  Keep a sharp eye out for the “Grinch”! 
Location: Downtown Ipswich, South Village Green Ipswich
Come make a wreath and enjoy the solstice labrynth at the Ipswich Evergreen celebration.
Ipswich Evergreen is a Holiday festival and civic celebration at the  Ipswich Visitor Center , and Ipswich's Old South Meetinghouse Green. Ipswich has great cause for merriment and jubilation! With the new year in sight, let us gather as a community to reflect on what makes living in Ipswich the year round most wonderful…
Location: Ipswich Museum, Ipswich Visitor Center , South Village Green Ipswich
Ring in the New Year with your Family in Downtown Beverly Ma with a kid's new year countdown, entertainment, food, arts, crafts and all kinds of fun family events!!
Bring your family to Downtown Beverly for a safe, fun, family-oriented New Year Celebration.  There's all kind of activities and events planned in and around the Beverly's Downtown area that are designed to entertain and keep families engaged throughout the afternoon. 
Location: Downtown Beverly
The Salem Farmers' Market goes indoors for the Winter months of Nov & Dec
Salem Main Streets is pleased to announce the return of the Salem Winter Market!!  A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market will take place inside the Museum Place Mall (1 Church Street).
Location: Downtown Salem
The Tree Jubilee hosted by Marini Farm is a fun and unique charity event!!
Come to Marini Farm for the Tree Jubilee fundraiser to benefit The Ipswich Humane Group.  Tour the gallery of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths donated by local organizations, families, and businesses then choose the ones you want a chance to win! More than 50 spectacularly decorated trees and wreaths will be raffled off (decorations and all!) at the end of the Jubilee. You never know what our participants will decorate their trees with!
Location: Marini Farm
The Phillips Academy Music Department will sponsor its annual holiday concert featuring excerpts from Handel's oratorio. a Fundraiser for Neighbors in Need and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
The Phillips Academy Music Department will sponsor its 28th annual holiday concert presenting excerpts from Handel's Oratorio, Messiah featuring the Phillips Academy Community Chorus and the Academy Chamber Players under the direction of Christopher Walter. Soloists will be Shannon Canavin, PA '91, soprano; Krista River, mezzo-soprano; Eric Christopher Perry, tenor; and Donald Wilkinson, bass.
Location: Phillips Andover Academy
Kids can come to the Parker River Wildlife Refuge for a FREE Showing of the Polar Express!
On selected Sunday afternoons through Winter, the refuge will be screening FREE, child-friendly films that feature a wildlife and/or environmental theme.  All films will be projected on the big screen in the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium. No preregistration; simply show up! All movies begin at 1:30 pm.
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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