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Hamilton-Wenham Community Sing and tree lighting
The Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham invites children to bring their own flashlight or glowsticks for the tree and gazebo lighting and a Christmas Carol Sing for all ages! Brian Doser, Peter Stewart and Joe Scuderi team up for an exciting musical evening with a few Special Guests. Booklets of carols are provided. A half hour of singing followed by cocoa, cookies, lighting the Gazebo and downtown Christmas Tree. A great way to kick off your Christmas celebrations. Supported by People’s United Bank.
Location: Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham
Kids can come to the Parker River Wildlife Refuge for a FREE Showing of Yogi Bear!
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
Stock up for the Holidays at the Essex Farmers Market's Holiday Market!
Visit the Essex Holiday Farmers Market for a great variety of locally grown produce and other foods produced locally and stock up for the holidays! Also at this market you will find Artisan Ice Cream, freshly baked pies and pastries, local pature-raised meats and cheeses, holiday wreaths and greeens, all natural skin care products, honey, prepared foods, handcrafted jewelry and othe great gift ideas!
Location: Essex Shipbuilding Museum
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
Wellness Connect Holiday Fair = Practitioners, Vendors & Delicious Food
Support local artisans and crafters by shopping local at the Wellness Connect Holiday Event. Come spend an hour or the day shopping, enjoying a massage or sampling of food from amazing local chefs.
Location: Wellness Connect
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 buildings that will be on display and available for raffle throughout the weekend. Days and times vary so check the times!
Location: Jeremiah Lee Mansion
Shore Country Day School in Beverly MA
First Fridays Open House: December 2, 2016 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. Shore’s “house meetings” commence at 8:15 a.m. First Fridays begin continue until June.
Location: Shore Country Day School
There are a lot of alternatives for gift memberships on the North Shore Massach!
Giving the gift of membership to one of your favorite organizations is a perfect way to tell somebody that you want them to share your interests and spend some time together. It's extending a hand of friendship and inviting the recipient to join you in a common experience - not just at the time of giving the gift, but throughout the year and beyond.
Tour some of Salem Massachsuetts' 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: Salem Common
Ready for the next chapter of the Star Wars Saga?  Join other teens at the Ipswich Public Library for a pre-release party!
Excited for Rogue One? Love all things Star Wars? Then this is the party for you! Come join us as we play Star Wars themed games, take turns trying out our Star Wars games on the Wii, eat some Star Wars themed food, and of course talk about our favorite (and not-so-favorite) moments in Star Wars to date.
Location: Ipswich Public Library