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Make a lantern out of a plastic bottle and tissue paper and then bring it to Santa's arrival at the Hawthorne Hotel and procession down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall to the Tree Lighting in Lappin Park. Plastic bottles provided or bring your own! SCAM will also be collecting bottles throughout the week, so bring your recycleable plastic bottles down for us!
Location: SCAM
Come to the Holiday Tree Lighting in Salem to kick off the holiday season!
Join Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem as we combine two of our most beloved annual traditions – Greet Santa at the Hawthorne Hotel and the lighting of Salem’s Holiday Tree – into one evening. Santa Claus will arrive at the top of the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square W) promptly at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, with assistance from the Salem Fire Department, of course. Bring the whole family out for carols, festivities, and fun!
Location: Lappin Park
The Cape Ann Farmers Market hosts a Thanksgiving market at the UU Church on Middle Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts!
At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market Thanksgiving Market, you'll find over 20 vendors and farms. Vendors will be selling fresh produce - squash, greens, brussel sprouts, onions, potatoes, apples, pears, garlic, kale, carrots, cabbage, parsnips, radishes, turnips, oh my! All fresh, all local, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
Location: Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Come to the Essex Fire Deaprtment for the annual spaghetti fundraiser!
25th Annual Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper - The town’s volunteer firefighters put out quite a spread of all-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs accompanied by salad, beverage and dessert. A great night to enjoy a home-cooked meal with neighbors and friends. Everyone welcome! Donations accepted at the door. All proceeds from the 2015 dinner will go directly to two families within the Essex Fire Department, who are currently battling cancer and burdened by the financial struggles that go along with it.
Location: Essex Fire Department
Celebrate the start of the Christmas Season in downtown Manchester, Mass!
As part of the Christmas-by-the-Sea celebrations in Manchester, the Festival of the Trees is an enchanted forest of Christmas trees on the town green in Manchester by-the-Sea decorated by community groups and local businesses. The trees are put up the weekend after Thanksgiving and stay lit just past New Years for all to enjoy through the holidays!  Come visit downtown Manchester and get into the Spirit of the Holidays!
Location: Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea, Manchester Town Green
Celebrate the start of the Christmas Season in downtown Manchester, Mass!
As part of the Christmas-by-the-Sea celebrations in Manchester there will be a Christmas concert at the First Parish Church and the tree lighting ceremony at Manchester Town Green immediately after the concert. This is also the kickoff of Manchester's Festival of the Trees by the Sea.  Come enjoy the community spirit of the holidays and make lasting Holiday memories for your children!
Location: Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea, First Parish Church , Manchester Town Green
Santa will arrive at Masconomo Park by lobster boat at 1 pm on December 7, 2013
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 Singing Beach, followed by an open house at the MCC from Manchester Community Center from 1-3pm, 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
Come celebrate Santa's arriival in Newburyport and  stay for the Tree Lighting.
A Newburyport tradition! As the holiday season approaches, Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive in the most fitting way for this seaport town... by US Coast Guard boat! Welcome Santa on the Sunday after Thanksgiving as he and Mrs. Claus dock at the boardwalk and begin to parade through downtown Newburyport, then gather in Market Square for the annual Christmas tree lighting and carols starting around 4pm.
Location: Downtown Newburyport
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
Come to Rockport for a wonderful night a family New Year's Activities!
Rockport New Year's Eve will have plenty of fun and entertainment for families starting at 6 pm and running all the way through to the count down and ball drop in Dock Square at midnight! There will be magicians, puppet shows, and even a drum parade with a green dancing dragon.  This all happens with a backdrop live performances of dance & music ranging from classical music, jazz, reggae and rock & roll! So buy your buttons, come to Rockport, and get ready for a fun evening to ring in the New Year as a family!
Location: Downtown Rockport