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ECGAs Thanks for the Trails 5k Race on the Friday after Thanksgiving in Patton Park
ECTA is holding its inaugural Thanks for the Trails 5k and Kids Fun Run the day after Thanksgiving at Patton Park in Hamilton. Using a scenic and challenging course and offering great prizes, this will be an event for all!  In addition to cash (or gift certificates) for top finishers, and many other terrific prizes, there will be cash prizes for the teams (co-ed) with the most runners and that have the best score (on a traditional XC scoring basis).  This race builds on the fine tradition enjoyed by so many for the last 10 years with Gabe's Run, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Gabe's Fund.  Whether you seek a personal record or camaraderie with old friends and rivals, this event is for you!
Location: Patton Park
Run like a turkey through downtown Salem MA on Thanksgiving Day! Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.
Join the fun for the annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run in downtown Salem Massachusetts Thanksgiving morning and raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem! This is the largest race on the North Shore, with 2,000 anticipated participants.The race starts this year on Essex street near the Peabody Essex Museum and runs down Derby Street thru Winter Island around the Salem Willows. Chip timing done by Racewire.
Location: Peabody Essex Museum
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. 23, 2018, with assistance from the Salem Fire Department, of course. Bring the whole family out for carols, festivities, and fun!
Location: Lappin Park
Salem Main Streets, SalemMainStreets.org, Visit Salem MA for the holidays
The holiday spirit is in the air in downtown Salem with holiday wreaths, a holiday tree, window decorating contest, fantastic shopping, dining and Santa’s arrival. The kids go wild with excitement as Santa Claus arrives in Salem as he traditionally does on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel. The Salem Fire Company is expected to assist him with their ladder truck.
Location: Hawthorne Hotel, Lappin Park
Santa will come to Gloucester to launch the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting -
Gloucester's Holiday Parade has been a is a great tradition to kick off the holidays! Come enjoy the parade, Santa, and the tree lighting at Kent Circle!  Volunteers will line up parade participants at the State Fish Pier on Parker Street at 2:00 PM and will guide them through downtown Gloucester and on to Kent Circle for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Location: Downtown Gloucester
Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops Concert in Ipswich and Manchester Massachsusetts
A Cape Ann holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Pops is a celebration of the holidays with a program of favorites by Strauss, Anderson, Mozart, Tchaikovsky. The orchestra will be joined by the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus directed by Wendy Betts. We will conclude with the ever popular audience sing-along.
Location: Ipswich Performing Arts Center, Manchester Essex Regional High School
Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustes under the full moon.
Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate the November Beaver Moon!  Also called the Frosty Moon, this full moon heralds the coming winter, and serves as a warning that ponds and swamps will soon freeze. Beavers are particularly active around this moon, storing food and making repairs to their lodge. Native American tribes knew this moon appeared when it was time to set beaver traps to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Burn some calories before the Thanksgiving Feast at Ipswich's Run for the Pies!
Start your turkey day by burning off some calories with a run or walk along the Ipswich River on Turkey Shore Drive and Labor-in-Vain-Road and you'll have a chance to win a ready-to-bake pie from Russell Orchards! Racers, runners, walkers or stroller pushers are invited to the Ipswich Town Hall bright and early on Thanksgiving Day for a 2.8 mile riverside race along Turkey Shore Drive and Labor in Vain Road.  The 1.2 mile kids run starts at 8am.
Location: Ipswich Town Hall
Join HWRHS Choirs and A Cappella groups for the Annual Harvest Concert & Auction at Hamilton Wenham Regional High School
Join HWRHS Choirs and A Cappella groups for the Annual Harvest Concert & Auction. Harvest, annually held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, is an opportunity for family, friends and school alumni to come to HWRHS and enjoy a night of beautiful singing and fun. Concert choir holds a bake sale and silent auction to raise money for the choral program. These funds go toward field trip costs, guest speakers, workshops, and so much more.
Location: Hamilton Wenham Regional High School
Calendar of Events and Things to Do Northshore Massachusetts. Shopping, Dining and Entertainment at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Join in the fun and official kick off of the Holiday Season at MarketStreet Lynnfield. Enjoy special offers, delicious samples, and a surprise visit from our favorite guest who will light our tree at 6pm in Market Square (outside of Starbucks)! Beginning at 3pm, stop by Market Square to pick up your event guide that will include all of the activities, special in-store promotions, and so much more! The MSt. Rink officially opens too!
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield

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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...

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,...

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

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

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 answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

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

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

Holiday Children's Party at Castle Hill

Kids will meet Santa at the Crane Estate in Ipswich MA!
In celebration of the holidays, we’re hosting a children’s Christmas party with Santa. Families will enjoy interactive songs and music from children’s entertainer Jeannie Mack, a yummy edible craft, holiday refreshments, and, of course, a visit with Santa, who will have a small gift for every child...
4:00 pm to 5:30 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

Infant CPR Anytime at Anna Jaques Hospital

Caregivers, parents and grandparents can learn infant CPR at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport!
Infant CPR Anytime is for parents, grandparents, family members and anyone who wants to learn lifesaving infant CPR and choking skills but does not need a course completion card. This class includes everything needed to learn basic infant CPR and relief of choking.
6:00 pm to 8:00 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

Sunday, December 16

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care 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

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

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

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

Snowbound: Animals of Winter

Come see 'Snowbound: Animals of Winter' at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport
Enjoy some particularly wonderful winter wildlife-themed films on the big screen in the comfort of the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium…for FREE!   See for yourself the cinematic experience created by our state-of-the-art laser projector, with surround sound.
1:30 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

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