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Happy Holidays Half Merrython starts at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester and follows a route along the Gloucester's beautiful back shore.
2.62 Mile Race and Half MerryThon - or both races back-to-back! Whether you're just hitting the road for the first time or already passionate about the sport, our races provide fun, festive and competitive events where everyone is welcome. Come enjoy beautiful ocean views as you run along the scenic coastline on Cape Ann and race towards our huge finish line arch!
Location: Good Harbor Beach
Marblehead's tree lighting is always a festive occasion to kick off the holidays
The Tree Lighting will take place at the new National Grand Bank Parking Lot on Pleasant Street in Downtown Marblehead this year!  Enjoy the festive atmosphere and live music as the town lights the yearly Christmas tree! Festivities begin at 6pm with the tree lighting at 7pm.
Location: Downtown Marblehead
Tour some of Salem Massachusetts' historic houses all done up for the Holidays!
Few communities have the rich legacy of historic houses that Salem, Massachusetts boasts. These homes, spanning four centuries, help define the character as well as the appearance of the city, and every year some of their owners invite visitors in to view their homes decked out in full holiday regalia, with the help of  professional decorators and florists. Christmas in Salem features a glimpse into these private homes that have been professionally decorated for the holiday season as well as a series of special events such as walking tours and wine tastings that are exclusive to Christmas in Salem ticket holders.
Location: House of Seven Gables , Downtown Salem
Calendar of Events and Things to Do Northshore Massachusetts Traditional Holiday Fair at Winthrop School in Hamilton
The Winthrop Elementary School’s Holiday Boutique will feature more than 60 local vendors offering unique gift ideas for the holidays. Be a part of this delightful holiday tradition! Stock up on cookies at the Cookie Walk, bid on gift baskets donated by Winthrop School classes. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch in the Winthrop Café (all food donated by local restaurants and caterers), and browse full selection from Scholastic Book Fair. Children will delight in doing their own holiday shopping with the help of some very eager elves in the Children’s Secret Shop where all gifts cost $6 or less. And most importantly, Santa will be on site! The holiday boutique is the largest fundraiser for the Friends of Winthrop. 100% of the funds raised goes back to the school to fund new technology, cultural enrichment programs that enhance the curriculum, new playground equipment and field trips. 
Location: Winthrop Elementary School
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
Find unique hand made gifts at Abbot Hall in Marblehead -Artisans Holiday Market
The Marblehead Festival of Arts invites families to their holiday arts-and-crafts show at Abbot Hall the first weekend in December. The market place is held in conjunction with the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Marblehead Christmas Walk, a town-wide event. Each year the market place has a more than 20 local and regional artists who bring their arts and products to Abbot Hall.
Location: Abbot Hall
Kids will learn about tracks and signs at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield during the Holiday Vacation Week!
Come be a winter wildlife detective and learn the tracks and signs of local animals. During the introduction you will make your own wildlife tracks ID guide and get to look at and touch real wildlife clues. Then we will head out on the trails to follow tracks and signs left by wildlife such as deer, rabbits, coyotes, beavers, and more.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Cut your own Christmas Tree farms north of Boston Massachusetts on the North Shore
The weekend after Thanksgiving we begin to get into the holiday swing of things. I like to hang wreaths and lights and go to one of the local tree farms and select our Christmas tree. Cutting your own tree is the real deal - you knwo where your tree comes from, and you are supporting a local farmer.
Come learn survival skills like how to build a shelter at Ipswich River Sanctuar
Using teamwork and problem solving, we will explore the woodlands of the sanctuary and imagine that we are explorers stranded in the wilderness. In order to survive, we will need to build shelters, collect firewood, and find food and a water source. We will end by roasting marshmallows over a fire and trying out some pine needle tea.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Kids will explore and learn with Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!
In every kind of weather, our favorite thing is to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats to see what's new! We love to find things, think about colors, shapes and patterns, and wonder why this place is a special home to wildlife. Each nature exploration will focus on the importance of a sense of place. Local and migrating birds, other wildlife, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center

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Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Rockport Maker's Festival

Come celebrate the maker spirit in downtown Rockport Massachusetts!
Shop for the perfect handmade gifts in a seaside Christmas village! Join us for a town-wide festival and holiday market, with maker-themed events in the shops, festive food, holiday music and attractions—even horse drawn carriage rides! Plan your visit today! A Town-wide Festival!

The Polar Express in 4D!

Enjoy the Polar Express 4D Experience at the Museum of Science Boston.
Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D...

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by ArtsBoston in partnership with the City of Boston Mayors Holiday Special for North Shore families
Mayor’s Holiday Special is the region’s premier seasonal promotion which celebrates the wonder and joy of the holiday season by providing affordable access to over 150 of the region’s best and beloved holiday shows and performances, with ticket deals up to 50% off, dining deals, and free...

The Y Theatre Company presents Elf Jr

YMCA Theater Comapnay presents Elf Jr. at Manchester Essex Regional Middle School
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.
Where: Ames Hall

Gingerbread Decorating Workshop at Marini Farm

Kids will learn how to decorate gingerbrad houses at Marini Farm in Ipswich MA!
Celebrate the season with us, friends and gingerbread fun. Decorate your very own gingerbread house and take it home to eat or display as a centerpiece during your holiday celebrations. Enjoy endless decorating options, from frosted roofs, gum drop fences and cookie christmas trees.

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...

Santa's Workshop

Santa's Workshop in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Visit Newburyport MA during the holidays
Newburyport is a favorite local town to shop - especially during the holidays. The fantastic lights downtown, the tree in Market Square, all the beautifully decorated window boxes and of course, Santa's Workshop, where the kids can whisper their wishes to Santa.

MSL: 12 Days of Christmas Prize Giveaway

MarketStreet Lynnfield 12 Days of Christmas Prize Giveaway
The businesses at MarketStreet have teamed up to make your holiday season a whole lot brighter with over $3,000 in prizes being given away on MarketStreet Lynnfield's Insta

The Polar Express at Goddard School Middleton

Goddard School Middleton MA, Danvers MA, North Andover MA. infant, preschool, Pr
Goddard School in Middleton is hosting a spootacular Holiday event. All Aboard to The Polar Express at The Goddard School of Middleton! Come one, come all! featuring: Middleton Police Chief DiGianvittorio as SANTA! Visit the North Pole Watch the Polar Express Movie Hot Chocolate Station Reindeer...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, at the MFA - Boston

Muesum of Fine Arts Boston
Get ready for an adventure with your favorite bear. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal...
10:00 am to 5:00 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

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

CAFM Holiday Market

Come tot he CAFM Holiday Market in Gloucester and stock up on locally made food and gifts!
What does the Cape Ann Farmers' Market have to offer in the dead of winter?  Plenty!  Pick up the last of the season’s produce, food items to get you you through the busy days ahead, and handmade gifts for all. This year we are sponsoring a Holiday Food Drive for The Open Door-our goal is to...
10:00 am to 1:00 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, Thursday, and Saturday 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...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Winterfest Weekend in Amesbury

On December 15 and 16, Amesbury's beautiful and historic Market Square and Upper Millyard will be the center of a two-day winter celebration. Ring in the season with carolers, ice sculpture demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, an outdoor skating rink, a visit from Santa, and more!
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off - Newburyport

Community Giving Tree's mission is to help low-income families in northeastern M
Time to clean out and drop off your gently-used donations to Essex County children in need. On the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at Cushing Park/Kent Playground in Newburyport.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Holiday Sing Along

Come with friends and neighbors to sing holiday songs to start your holiday seas
Gather your family and friends and come over to the Firehouse for a little old-fashioned Holiday Sing-Along to kick off your Holidays with music!  The Youth Choir from the Immaculate Conception Church (Newburyport), directed by Donna Postle, will be there to lead everyone in singing some well-loved...
11:00 am

Gingerbread House Workshop at Taste Buds Kitchen

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.
11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Salem Winter Farmers Market

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 Witch City Mall (formerly Museum Place Mall) located a 1 church street in Salem.
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Ipswich Evergreen

Celebrate the onset of Winter with Ipswich's community-centered events!
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...
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

A Cinderella Panto - Matinee

Come enjoy a Cinderella Panto performed by Theater in the Open at the Firehouse Center for the Arts!
Edward Speck and Joshua Shack bring back a favorite TITO Holiday Panto. We’ve updated our version of this classic fairy tale, added a holiday spin, plenty of adorable mice and even a few playful clowns to lead audiences on an enchanted adventure. It’s everything that you loved the first time you...
3:00 pm

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk

Come celebrate the Winter solstice at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with a night time walk using lanterns!
Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Sanctuary staff and volunteers invite you to join us for this beautiful candlelit event. Lantern making begins at 4:00 pm, followed by some solstice stories and folklore....
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Zoo Lights at the Stone Zoo

Stone Zoo for north shore families
ZooLights promises to dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season. Enter a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, Canada lynx, and reindeer.
Where: Stone Zoo
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Winterlights at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Come to the Stevens Coolidge Place for Winterlights at night in North Andover!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for the most magical time if the year at The Stevens-Coolidge Place!
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

A Cinderella Panto

Come enjoy a Cinderella Panto performed by Theater in the Open at the Firehouse Center for the Arts!
Edward Speck and Joshua Shack bring back a favorite TITO Holiday Panto. We’ve updated our version of this classic fairy tale, added a holiday spin, plenty of adorable mice and even a few playful clowns to lead audiences on an enchanted adventure. It’s everything that you loved the first time you...
7:00 pm

North Shore Music Theater Presents A Christmas Carol

Live performances for the whole family at North Shore Music Theater
New England’s brightest holiday tradition! An original adaptation based on Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a musical ghost story following the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the...
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Thursday, December 20

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by ArtsBoston in partnership with the City of Boston Mayors Holiday Special for North Shore families
Mayor’s Holiday Special is the region’s premier seasonal promotion which celebrates the wonder and joy of the holiday season by providing affordable access to over 150 of the region’s best and beloved holiday shows and performances, with ticket deals up to 50% off, dining deals, and free...

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

MSL: 12 Days of Christmas Prize Giveaway

MarketStreet Lynnfield 12 Days of Christmas Prize Giveaway
The businesses at MarketStreet have teamed up to make your holiday season a whole lot brighter with over $3,000 in prizes being given away on MarketStreet Lynnfield's Insta

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, Thursday, and Saturday 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...
10:00 am to 10:45 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

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, at the MFA - Boston

Muesum of Fine Arts Boston
Get ready for an adventure with your favorite bear. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

LEGO Club at Danvers Library

LEGO club at Danvers Library
Peabody Institute Library - Danvers invites kids to an afternoon of building and fun! Activities will include free build, themes and instructional design. All structures will remain on display in the Children’s Room till the following weeks's session
3:30 pm