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ECGA's Thanks for the Trails 5k Race on the Friday after Thanksgiving in Patton Park
ECTA is holding its 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).  TWe are building 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
Stone Zoo for Northshore children and families
ZooLights will shine brightly beginning on Friday, November 22, 2019, Beloved holiday tradition returns to Stone Zoo. ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 22. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes, and even reindeer! Enjoy more festive fun by warming up by the fire pits and toasting marshmallows for s’mores (available for purchase).
Location: Stone Zoo
Hiking the Dunes at the Crane Wildlife refuge with the Trustees of Reservations.
If you don't eat too much pie on Thanskgiving, you're not doing it right. Work off your feast and spend time together outside with a brisk hike through the dunes trails behind Crane Beach. The cool air, stark beauty, and natural stillness are a much better way to spend your day than braving the lines at the mall!
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ice Skating Lessons for Kids for North Shore Parents
Come Skate with us and learn more about membership and group lessons!  The Cape Ann Skating Club invites you and your family to attend an Open House and Ice Show at the Talbot Rink in Gloucester. CASC members have appreciated our warm, family atmosphere which encourages lifelong enjoyment of ice skating for everyone. Get your figure skater off to a great start with Cape Ann Skating Club skating program. Cape Ann Skating Club (cafsc.org) offers Learn to Skate lessons for all ages and abilities.
Location: The Dorothy Talbot Rink
Visit Plymouth Rock and the Plimoth Plantation for an experiential Thanksgiving day trip!
We are so close to Plymouth that it's worth a visit over the next few weeks so the kids can see and experience the history that they learn in school.  Check out Pilgrim Memorial State Park , home to the Mayflower II and the Plymouth Rock, then head down the road to Plimoth Plantation to experience pilgrim life as it was back in the 17th century. Plymouth is easy to get to from the North Shore, take 93 South to Route 3 South, you can't miss it!
Location: Plimoth Plantation, Pilgrim Memorial State Park
Santa comes to Rockport Ma by lobster boat to kick off the Holiday season in Rockport Massachusetts!
Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor 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 the Old Firehouse led by Rockport cub scouts.
Location: Downtown Rockport
Come for a solstice hike at Ward Reservation to celebrate the Winter Solstice and watch a fire-themed performance by Tetra!
Celebrating the winter solstice goes back 5,000 years. Join us as we light up the night with a Solstice stroll and celebration at Ward Reservation. Participants will meet in the parking lot for a guided candlelit walk through the woods that will include presented passages from the story "The Shortest Day" by Wendy Pfeffer.
Location: Ward Reservation
You may run in to the Nisee at The Trsutees' Appleton Farms this time of year!
The Nisse – a farm elf from Scandinavian folklore – will visit Appleton Farms. While we wait for the Nisse to awake from his slumber in the hayloft, there will be children's holiday crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, and carolers. Upon his decent from the hayloft, the Nisse must be offered his porridge. If his porridge isn't just right, he will play tricks on the farmers and tie the cows tails in knots! If he likes his porridge, he will let us help spread the magic seeds bringing good fortune to the farm in the year ahead.
Location: Appleton Farms
The Christmas Walk parade spotlights local businesses and organizations!
The Christmas Walk Parade takes place after Santa Arrives in Marblehead. The parade begins at 11:45am at the State Street Landing  and will run along Washington Street, Atlantic Avenue and Pleasant Street.
Location: Downtown Marblehead
Come to Marbleehad to welcome Santa as he arrives for the Christmas Walk!
Come to the State Street Landing in Downtown Marblehead to welcome Santa as he arrives by lobster boat!  There's plenty of photo ops and Santa's arrival is followed by the Christmas Walk Parade. 
Location: Downtown Marblehead

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Santa's Workshop

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.

Gingerbread Decorating Workshop at Marini Farm

Kids will learn how to decorate gingerbrad houses at Marini Farm in Ipswich MA!
Celebrate the season with us, friends and gingerbread fun. Decorate your very own gingerbread house and take it home to eat or display as a centerpiece during your holiday celebrations. Enjoy endless decorating options, from frosted roofs, gum drop fences and cookie christmas trees.

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...

Rockport Maker's Festival

Come celebrate the maker spirit in downtown Rockport Massachusetts!
Shop for the perfect handmade gifts in a seaside Christmas village! Join us for a town-wide festival and holiday market, with maker-themed events in the shops, festive food, holiday music and attractions—even horse drawn carriage rides! Plan your visit today! A Town-wide Festival!
12:00 am

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...

Festival of Trees By the Sea

Festival of Trees at the Blue Ocean Function Hall in Salisbury Massachusetts
The 7th Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open to the public from Saturday, November 23, through Sunday, December 8. It’s a 15-day holiday wonderland by the sea, located at the Blue Ocean Event Center on Salisbury Beach. Presented by Newburyport Bank and our sponsors. Get ready for a giant maze of...

2019 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...

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield will once again welcome guests to celebrate the magic of the winter season with the return of The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Capital One.

MAC Holiday Toy Drive

Manchester Athletic Club Holiday Toy Drive - Manchester MA
With the need for toys at an all-time high for local children, Manchester Athletic is offering a generous benefit for your donation. Bring in any new and unwrapped toy to donate to the toy drive, MAC will waive the join fee.
6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Museum of Science Celebrates the Rails with an Assortment of Train Activities - Cambridge

Museum of Science Celebrates the Rails with an Assortment of Train Activities
Celebrate the winter season at the Museum of Science with a suite of train-themed attractions, sure to entertain the entire family. For the second year in a row, the Museum’s temporary model train exhibit, All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, makes its return, in a new space within the Museum,...
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sparhawk School First Friday's Open House Events

Sparhawk School in Amersbury MA
Are you considering different educational options for your child? Join us for a First Friday Event at Sparhawk! This is your opportunity to explore our two beautiful campuses (Elementary & Middle / High School), engage with our students and faculty and see our school in action.
9:00 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

Farm Friends

Farm Friends a program for preschoolers at Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury Massachusetts!
Children three to six and a favorite adult of their choosing are invited to share in some fun-filled farm adventures which will connect them to daily life at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Homeschool Winter and Spring Sessions Registration Open

Waldorf at Moraine FArm Homeschool Winter and Spring Sessions
Waldorf Homeschool Program - Academic and Artistic Enrichment Classes for Homeschooled Students – First through Eighth Grade Level Classes Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is pleased to announce registration is open for the Homeschool Program on our beautiful Beverly, Massachusetts campus.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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

Bebop Beats in Beverly

Bepob Beats Music and movement program for kids at the Beverly Public Library
Come to this fun storytime, music and movement playgroup at the library. Free for all families with children birth and up.
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Open Studio at Art Haven

Art Haven hosts an open studio every Friday night in downtown Gloucester
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

Manchester Holiday Stroll

Shop downtown merchants, win prizes and have fun in Manchester Massachusetts!
Support Manchester Merchants, shop around town & collect stamps in your Holiday Passbook and you will have a chance to win an APPLE WATCH! This traditional passport shopping event will give participants an opportunity to see unique array of merchants in town, take advantage of holiday discounts...
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Trustees Winterlights at Stevens Coolidge Place

Trustees Winterlight at the Stevents-Collodge Place North Andover
Winterlights at The Stevens-Coolidge Place - North Andover. See the Trustees' beloved gardens in a whole new light. Winterlights, the multi-week immersive holiday light display which welcomed over 35,000 visitors when it premiered last year. Get your tickets early before they sell out!
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Tree Lighting in Marblehead

Marblehead's tree lighting is always a festive occasion to kick off the holidays
The Tree Lighting will take place at the new National Grand Bank Parking Lot on Pleasant Street in Downtown Marblehead this year!  Enjoy the festive atmosphere and live music as the town lights the yearly Christmas tree! Festivities begin at 6pm with the tree lighting at 7pm.
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Monday, December 9

Parent & Child Bachelor's Buttons Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Bachelor’s Button is a full year pre-nursery program for caregiver and child 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years of age. We have two Bachelor’s Buttons classes that meet weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays, September through June, from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Classes follow the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm schedule. 30...
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Museum of Science Celebrates the Rails with an Assortment of Train Activities - Cambridge

Museum of Science Celebrates the Rails with an Assortment of Train Activities
Celebrate the winter season at the Museum of Science with a suite of train-themed attractions, sure to entertain the entire family. For the second year in a row, the Museum’s temporary model train exhibit, All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, makes its return, in a new space within the Museum,...
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Homeschool Winter and Spring Sessions Registration Open

Waldorf at Moraine FArm Homeschool Winter and Spring Sessions
Waldorf Homeschool Program - Academic and Artistic Enrichment Classes for Homeschooled Students – First through Eighth Grade Level Classes Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is pleased to announce registration is open for the Homeschool Program on our beautiful Beverly, Massachusetts campus.
10:00 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

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: Breastfeeding Class - Haverhill

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.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Girls Who Code Club Beverly Library

Girls are invited to the Girls Who Code Club at the Public Library in Beverly Massachusetts!
Interested in building a website or cool app? Want to work as a team and build a project you care about? Join our new Girls Who Code Club. This club is free for teens in grades 6-12. No coding experience necessary. Just bring your commitment to trying something new. Questions? Contact Meghan at...
3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Children's Chess Club

Kids can learn chess from a master at the Abbot Library in Marblehead!
Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm...
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, December 10

Rockport Maker's Festival

Come celebrate the maker spirit in downtown Rockport Massachusetts!
Shop for the perfect handmade gifts in a seaside Christmas village! Join us for a town-wide festival and holiday market, with maker-themed events in the shops, festive food, holiday music and attractions—even horse drawn carriage rides! Plan your visit today! A Town-wide Festival!
12:00 am