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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.
Location: Santa's Workshop
The lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree is part of Middle Street Walk's finale.
The Annual Middle Street Walk is a great way to experience Gloucester's Historic District while having fun with the family. The Festivities begin at 11 am and go all the way through to the lighting of the lobster pot tree in downtown Gloucester! Pick up a Schedule of Events and get your walk on!  A whole day of FREE activities, shows and events await for all the members of the family. 
Location: Downtown Gloucester
Santa Arrives in Rockport Harbor by Lobster Boat to kick off the Holiday Season!
Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1:00 PM, following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and proceed along T-Wharf and Mt. Pleasant Street to Dock Square, led by Rockport cub scouts.
Location: Downtown Rockport
Come have breakfast with Santa at the Essex Elementary School!
The Essex Elementary Fifth Grade class sponsors a breakfast with Santa at the Essex Elementary School. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, take a photo with Santa and make a holiday craft! All proceeds benefit the Fifth Grade class trip. Come join in all the fun!
Location: Essex Elementary School
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
After Santa arrives in Essex, kdis will have a chance discuss their wish list with him in person!
Santa arrives on the Essex River by boat and walks up to the shipyard with a cast of toyland characters. Children can sit on Santa's lap and review their holiday "wish list", while adults enjoy wonderful hot clam chowder from Woodman's.  Carols by 'Sound Waves' provide great entertainment for the evening!  Hot chocolate and Munchkins provided by Dunkin Donuts!
Location: Downtown Essex, Essex Shipbuilding Museum
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
Beverly MA, Family Friendly, Hands-on Nature Fair at Glen Urquhart School
Join us at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly Farms Sunday, November 5th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for our family-friendly North Shore Nature Fair. Pre-K through grade eight students will enjoy hands-on activities and nature-based projects, coordinated by GUS educators and like-minded partners from across the North Shore, will be situated across our 23-acre campus. The GUS campus features a nature trail, woodlands and marsh, an athletic field, and outdoor and greenhouse classrooms. Partners include Kestrel Educational Partners, Change is Simple, Mass Audubon, The Food Project, Beverly Bootstraps, and more!
Location: Glen Urquhart School
Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA
The seventh annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than 50 works by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School from September 3 to October 30, 2016.  Beverly artists/art educators J. David and Barbara Broudo are this year’s honorary chairs. The exhibit is one of the largest outdoor sculpture shows in New England and includes the work of artists whose work is in museums, galleries, and collections throughout the country. Pingree is the only school in the US to host such an expansive outdoor exhibit of sculpture.
Location: Pingree School
Shore Country Day School in Beverly MA
Drop in on a First Friday of the month to join Shore’s all-school “house meeting” followed by a campus tour. Meet us in the Creativity Center, enjoy student and faculty presentations during the meeting in the theater, and tour the high points of campus for as long as your schedule allows. Call today to schedule a tour. 978.927.1700 X.204
Location: Shore Country Day School

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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...

Gabe's Run - 10th & Final Run

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...
7:30 am to 11:30 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

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

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

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

MIT's FAT Chain Reaction

Make the Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction at MIT in Cambridge Massachusetts a post-Thanksgiving tradition!
Whether it's the reaction induced between one creative contraption and another equally crafty contrivance, or the joyful reactions sparked on the faces of the spectators, the MIT Museum Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction is a one-of-a-kind, must-be-seen-to-be-believed engineering...
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Not Too Stuffed to Hike at Bradley Palmer

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.
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Open Studio at Art Haven

Things to do north of Boston
Friday afternoons are a great time for families to drop-by fand enjoy Open Studio at Art Haven. Participate in a fun activity and access to the studio space to work on clay, painting, drawing or anything else you dream up. All ages are welcome with a parent.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Friday, December 1

2017 Marblehead Gingerbread Festival

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...

Marblehead Christmas Walk

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...

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...

Ipswich Memory Tree Lighting

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.
6:30 am

First Friday's at Shore Country Day School

Shore Country Day School in Beverly MA
Drop in on a First Friday of the month to join Shore’s all-school “house meeting” followed by a campus tour. Meet us in the Creativity Center, enjoy student and faculty presentations during the meeting in the theater, and tour the high points of campus for as long as your schedule allows. Call...
8:15 am to 10:00 am

AJH: Sibling Preparation Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Sibling Preparation Class
Sibling Preparation Class is offered to big brothers and sisters. The class includes a tour of the Birth Center and age-appropriate activities to let children have fun while learning about new babies and changes in the family. Classes are on Saturdays from 9:00am-10:00am in the Higgins Conference...
9:00 am to 10:00 am

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
his class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

M is for Museum

M is for Museum: Fall Celebration Wenham Museum
M is for Museum programs have been designed to introduce young visitors to museum concepts in a fun interactive setting. On the second Friday of the month at 9:30 and 10:30. In the Wenham Museum Makery, children will explore their creativity and engineering skills.  
9:30 am to 11:15 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