All Ages

Topsfield Fair

Topsfield Fair is one of the longest running annual fairs in the United States

The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us.  We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two.  We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'.  Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.

When: 
October 3, 2014, 1 - 11pm
When: 
October 4-13, 2014, 10am - 11pm
Location: 
Topsfield Fairgrounds

Gloucester's Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

Santa will come to Gloucester to launch the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting -

The annual Gloucester Holiday Parade has been a Gloucester tradition for many years. 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.

When: 
Sunday, November 30, 2014 3pm
Location: 
Downtown Gloucester

2014 Marblehead Gingerbread Festival

The Marblehead Gingerbread Festival is part of the Marblehead Christmas Walk!

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!

When: 
Thursday, December 4, 2014: 5-6:30pm (Opening Reception)
When: 
Friday, December 5, 2014: 4-6 pm
When: 
Saturday, December 6, 2014: 10 am-4 pm
When: 
Sunday, December 7, 2014: noon - 2pm (Winners drawn at 2 pm)
When: 
Entry Drop Off: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 3-6 pm
Location: 
Jeremiah Lee Mansion

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 Christmas Walk Parade, 'Holidays are Grand' live performances, a great raffle with great prizes, and all kinds of family events and activities sponsored by local merchants and organizations! And, for the first time in the history of the Christmas Walk, the Chamber in partnership with National Grand Bank will be using a locally grown tree.

When: 
Thursday, December 4 - Sunday, December 7, 2014
Location: 
Downtown Marblehead

Holiday Pops Concert Benefit

This benefit Holiday Pops concert will raise funds for the Colleen Ritzer Schola

International Cars, LTD. and its Flagship Danvers dealership, Honda North invites you and your family to attend the 11th Annual Holiday Pops Concert to benefit Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund and The Danvers High School Arts & Music Program. The concert features the return of the Hillyer Festival Orchestra at the Danvers High School Auditorium.

When: 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 1pm
Location: 
Danvers High School

Take a Trolley Ride with Scrooge!

Salem Trolley Christmas Carol, Fun Holiday Events north of Boston

Join Scrooge on the Salem Trolley as you ride through Salem Massachusetts in this rolling production performed by the Griffen Theater . Now entering into it's 27th Season, this humorous & whimsical interactive performance reanimates Dickens’ timeless seasonal holiday classic!

When: 
Saturdays & Sundays, November 29-December 23, 2014 Multiple shows 2-8 pm
When: 
Mdayon-Friday, December 1-23, 2014 6:30 or 7:30pm
Location: 
Salem Trolley

The Nutbuster Matinee at the Firehouse Center

The Nutbuster is a satirical interpretation of the Nutcracker by Joppa Dance Com

Firehouse Center for the Arts hosts Joppa Dance Company as they put a new twist on The Nutcracker, adding regional themes and humor to the tale of a nutcracker doll that comes to life. Joppa's Mouse King is traded out for a lobster and the mouse army, by green-heads, of course! Instead of Tchaikovsky's, albeit gorgeous, accompaniment, the dance of Sugarplum Fairies, Waltz of the Flowers and others are danced to contemporary versions, ranging from jazzy to hip-hop.

When: 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 3pm
When: 
Friday, December 5, 2014 8pm
When: 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 8pm

The Nutbuster at the Firehouse Center

The Nutbuster is a satirical interpretation of the Nutcracker by Joppa Dance Com

Firehouse Center for the Arts hosts Joppa Dance Company as they put a new twist on The Nutcracker, adding regional themes and humor to the tale of a nutcracker doll that comes to life. Joppa's Mouse King is traded out for a lobster and the mouse army, by green-heads, of course! Instead of Tchaikovsky's, albeit gorgeous, accompaniment, the dance of Sugarplum Fairies, Waltz of the Flowers and others are danced to contemporary versions, ranging from jazzy to hip-hop.

When: 
Friday, December 5, 2014 8pm
When: 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 8pm
When: 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 3pm

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 carols, with music provided by John Metrano on piano.  Our favorite elf, Terry Blanchard, will once again read “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” while wearing his famous stocking cap knit exclusively for this annual presentation by the North Pole’s very talented Mrs. Elf. 

When: 
Saturday, December 13, 2014 11am

Discover Sparhawk School

Sparhawk School Amesbury MA PreK to Grade 12

Finding the right educational fit is a defining moment in each family’s life. Join us for a campus wide Open House and learn more.

No letter, conversation or brochure can say as much as the feeling of peering into a classroom that feels like home. Our campus wide open house will include tours of the Lower Campus (PreK- 7) at 259 Elm St. in Amesbury and the Upper Campus (8-12th grade) at 196 Main St. in Amesbury. Families interested in boarding can visit the Residential Campus via shuttles from our Upper Campus.  Interested families can register for the open house by visiting sparhawkschool.com or by calling 978-388-5343.

Sparhawk School is an independent, PreK -12 college preparatory day school with a focus on academic excellence in a culture of kindness.

When: 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
When: 
Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
When: 
Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: 
Sparhawk School
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