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Come enjoy a Nutcracker Panto performed by Theater in the Open at the Firehouse Center for the Arts!
The tree is lit up and the stockings are hung and Clara’s Christmas is perfect…except for her Uncle Drosselmeyer sitting up on that clock and the sudden rat infestation…sounds like panto time!Edward Speck and Joshua Shack return to direct another cracking holiday panto, this time seizing on Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday tale to do what panto does best: make a favorite old story new and particular to our place and time again. What does Clara’s magical journey have to teach us? How many nuts would a nutcracker crack if a nutcracker could crack nuts? Let’s find out! Come with us as panto and ballet collide in a delicious mix of sugar plums and pies-in-the-face, dance and comedy, fairies and snowballs, in A Nutcracker Panto!
Location: Firehouse Center for the Arts
Enchanted Fair at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Beverly MA
Waldorf School at Moraine Farm will host a fully outdoor, reimagined Enchanted Fair. Complete your holiday gift shopping with the help of our unique vendors, and then join us for, storytelling, craft making, caroling, food, and more! It's fun for the whole family! This event is rain or shine.
Location: Waldorf School at Moraine Farm
Hamilton-Wenham Community House hosts a Thanksgiving farmers market
The Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham is pleased to offer a new winter farmers market just in time for the holidays, to provide you with the very best ingredients and treats for your holiday feasts!
Location: Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham
Kids will visit with Santa at the Hamilton Wenham Community House
The Community House is pleased to host Santa Claus once again this year as part of our longstanding tradition with our friends from the North Pole. In honor of Santa’s visit, the unique and historic structure, built in 1921, will be decorated in traditional holiday style. Portraits will be taken by Santa’s helpers.
Location: Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham
NYS hosts a session encouraging kids to learn SCRATCH, a programming interface developed by MIT.
Join Newburyport Youth Services and Seacoast Technology Workshops for an instruction session in SCRATCH, a coding interface for kids developed by MIT. In this fun and action-packed class participants will learn how to code their very own classic arcade games including a Space Invaders game that can even be played on a mobile device!
Location: Newburyport Youth Services
The Swampscott Farmers Market hosts a special Thanksgiving market
This Sunday the Swampscott Farmers Market will be hosting our annual indoor Thanksgiving Market at the Swampscott High School. Come stock up on goodies for your Thanksgiving table and do a little early Christmas shopping while you’re at it.
Location: Swampscott Town Hall
Hike Appleton Farms with your family under the Full Moon!
Celebrate the full moon with a special evening hike guided by lunar light, led by Appleton staff. Be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing and boots or shoes that are appropriate for hiking in potentially wet and muddy spots or over uneven terrain. All hikes are weather permitting.
Location: Appleton Farms
Middle Street Walk Gingerbread Contest entries can take any shape.
Everybody is invited to enter the Gingerbread Contest for the Middle Street Walk in Gloucester this year! Groups and individuals are encouraged to get creative and come up with entries that can take any shape.  All entries will be judged during the Middle Street walk with winners being announced at 1pm in Gloucester City Hall. 
Location: Gloucester City Hall
Salem Main Streets, SalemMainStreets.org, Visit Salem MA for the holidays
Join Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem as we celebrate two of our most beloved annual traditions – Santa’s Arrival and the lighting of Salem’s Holiday Tree – all in 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. 26, with assistance from the Salem Fire Department, of course. Organizers recommend arriving to the Salem Common by 5:45 p.m. to catch the arrival. Bring the whole family out for carols, festivities, and fun!
Location: Hawthorne Hotel, Lappin Park
Enjoy the tradition of the Amesbury Massachusetts Tree Lighting with your family in downtown Amesbury after the Holiday Parade
When Santa arrives in Market Square at the end of the Amesbury Holiday Parade he’ll help the Chamber of Commerce light the Christmas Tree after leading us in holiday carols. For information about the tree lighting and caroling contact the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce.
Location: Downtown Amesbury

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Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
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

AJH: Infant Massage

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups Anna Jaques Hospital
Come learn about the benefits of infant massage and practice hands-on demonstrations as taught by Anna Jaques Hospital Neonatal Care Center nurses. Cost: $50 per couple. To Register:  Please click to register for this class below. You will receive email confirmation once completed. For more...
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Teen Naturalist Training at Joppa Flats

Join Mass Audubon for a volunteer training opportunity for teens at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport Massachusetts!
Are you a young person who loves being outdoors, cares about the environment, and wants to share your knowledge with others? Take your first step toward becoming a Teen Naturalist volunteerr with these trainings. You'll work with our staff and other youth exploring local habitats, collecting...
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-6 Weeks

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques Hospital 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. This new group (for moms, grandmothers, and female caregivers only) is focused...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

AJH: Breastfeeding Class - Newburyport

Breastfeeding technique and support class at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Breastfeeding Classes are taught by Anna Jaques Hospital Lactation Consultants for mothers and their support person(s) to gain the knowledge and tools to help you successfully breast your baby.
2:15 pm to 4:15 pm

Trustees Winterlights at Stevens Coolidge Place

The Trustees of Reservations Winterlights at the Stevents-Coolidge Place North Andover North Andover.
Winterlights is back! Join the Trustees for a magical outdoor experience at the Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens as it sparkles with thousands of shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the whole family for a fun and safe outdoor experience. Winterlights runs Wednesday through...
4:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

Mendel Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7:30 pm, whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Obs
7:00 pm

Friday, December 3

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
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

Festival of Trees By the Sea in Salisbury

 Experience the joy and excitement of Salisbury’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more,
The Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open Weekends (Friday-Sunday) Saturday, Nov. 20 - Sunday, Dec. 5. Experience the joy and excitement of the Seacoast’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more! Enter to win a spectacular holiday tree along...
11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Holidays at Hale Farm

The Holidays are back at Historic Beverly's Hale Farm in downtown Beverly Massachusetts
The Holidays are back at Historic Beverly's Hale Farm! Join us as we share the story of Hale House through three centuries of holiday history. Holiday tours will be offered throughout the day.
Where: Hale Farm
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Fire Pit Picnics at Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms hosts a fun outdoor experience for families who enjoy the outdoors and camp fires!
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring on the farm as you make s’mores and memories around a fire pit at Appleton.
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Trustees Winterlights at Stevens Coolidge Place

The Trustees of Reservations Winterlights at the Stevents-Coolidge Place North Andover North Andover.
Winterlights is back! Join the Trustees for a magical outdoor experience at the Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens as it sparkles with thousands of shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the whole family for a fun and safe outdoor experience. Winterlights runs Wednesday through...
4:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Santa's Workshop - Fridays

Santas Workshop in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Visit Newburyport MA
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.
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Holiday Invitation Nights

Downtown Newburyport is the place to shop during the invitation nights!
Come to Downtown Newburyport and the Tannery Marketplace  Merrimac Place, and Horton's Yard for Newburyport’s Holiday Invitation Nights and shop for the holidays in style! Mark your calendars, book a babysitter, and call your friends to make plans for three great nights in Newburyport! Enjoy...
6:00 pm to 8:59 pm

Saturday, December 4

2021 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...
12:00 am to 11:59 pm

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 two days of holiday festivities, family events and activities!  Come for one or both days with highlights that include Santa's arrival by lobster boat,Festive shopping, Tree Lightings, a holiday parade, Artisan Markets,...
12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Tree Jubilee at Marini Farm

The Tree Jubilee hosted by Marini Farm is a fun and unique charity event!!
Come to Marini Farm for the Tree Jubilee fundraiser to benefit The Ipswich Humane Group.  Tour the gallery of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths donated by local organizations, families, and businesses then choose the ones you want a chance to win! More than 50 spectacularly decorated trees...
12:00 am