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Celebrate the onset of Winter with Ipswich's community-centered events!
Ipswich Evergreen is a Holiday festival and civic celebration at the  Ipswich Visitor Center , and Ipswich's Old South Meetinghouse Green. Ipswich has great cause for merriment and jubilation! With the new year in sight, let us gather as a community to reflect on what makes living in Ipswich the year round most wonderful…
Location: Ipswich Museum, Ipswich Visitor Center , South Village Green Ipswich
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. NEW SCHEDULE THIS YEAR! Caroling and inaugural lighting of The Community House, lighting of the gazebo in Patton Park and lighting of the Christmas Tree at People’s United Bank on Railroad Avenue with cookies and cocoa! A great way to kick off your Christmas celebrations.
Location: Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham
Come celebrate the longest night - Winter Solstice - at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport
Come celebrate the longest night and shortest day of the year with Joppa Flats! Miss Mary and Miss Susan offer stories, songs, crafts made of evergreens, and thematic snacks for everyone to enjoy. Learn why we have seasons, and why different cultures around the world created legends and rituals to mark the longest night of the year. Join us for a festival of light to beckon the sun to return!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Kids will paint their own buoys as ornaments on the Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree!
Kids of all ages are welcome to paint their own buoy at Cape Ann Art Haven ! Bring your inner artist and paint a buoy for use as decoration ornaments on the Gloucester Lobster Trap Buoy Tree.  Buoys will be on display throughout the Holiday season, and then they'll be auctioned off in January at Art Haven's Annual Buoy Auction Fundraiser!
Location: Cape Ann Art Haven
Join the Cape Ann Symphony featuring Wendy Bets and the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus
A Cape Ann holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Pops is a celebration of with favorites by Anderson, Bach, Herbert, Tchaikovsky, Rutter, Handel and more. 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
The Holiday Sing-Along at Rockport Music's Shalin Liu Center is FREE Holiday fun
Get in the holiday spirit and join Rockport Music’s annual holiday community sing-along.  This year’s event will feature the brass ensemble Some Assembly Required, as well as sing-alongs of holiday favorites led by the Rockport High School’s Madrigal Singers.   Free, no tickets required.  First come, first serve on day of event.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center
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 sparkling holiday trees, holiday stage performances, Seaside Ice rink and skate rentals, visits with Santa and other fun characters, our Giant Gingerbread House, Santa's Treetop Shop, and Festival Café.
Location: Blue Ocean Music Hall
The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite at the Firehouse Center for the Performing Arts in Newburyport Massachusetts
Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Join us for this very special production of Methuen Ballet Ensemble's The Nutcracker.  Methuen Ballet Ensemble, an established local ballet company under the artistic direction of Vanessa Rae Voter, has staged The Nutcracker for over twenty-five years.  
Location: Firehouse Center for the Arts
Hamilton Wenham Holiday Festival is a fun holiday event!
Shop Local HW brings National Small Business Saturday home! The second Family Friendly Festival hosted by Shop Local HW will bring together local businesses and the wider community with an amazing schedule of activities that will enliven our business corridors along the 1A in both Wenham and Hamilton with a bustle of Holiday Cheer, including:
Location: Downtown Hamilton
Brooksby Farm in Peabody Massachusetts hosts a Holiday open house for the whole family!
Stop by and enjoy the wonders of the season at Brooksby Farm! Precut trees, wreaths, kissing balls, baskets and greens, sampling throughout the store, toys, unique gifts, jams, honey, maple, candles, campfire with s’mores, photo spots, barn yard animals, hot soups, letters to santa and more!
Location: Brooksby Farm

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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

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.

A Christmas Carol Panto

Theater in the Open celebrates the holidays with their interpretation of Dickens' Christmas Carol at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport!
Bah, humbug! Theater in the Open celebrates the holiday season with this Dickens classic, presented in true TITO style. So be prepared for anything to happen!

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.

Gingerbread Decorating for Teens

Gingerbread Decorating at Flint Public Library in Middleton Massachusetts
Come to Flint Library for refreshments, crafts, and a countdown to noon! This celebration is perfect for little ones who want to celebrate the New Year, but may be too young to stay awake until midnight. Make your own party hat, create a festive collage, and help us to welcome 2020!

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...

Deck The Halls: Hammond Castle

A holiday themed tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
For the first time in years, Hammond Castle will be open to the public to celebrate the holiday season! The Museum will be open for self guided tours beginning Saturday December 7th through Friday December 20th from 10:00am to 3:00pm daily (except for Sunday December 15th when the Museum is closed...

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.

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

Acera School Information Session

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Art in Winchester MA
Information sessions are two hour long presentations and tours intended for parents, guardians, and other adults who would like to learn more about Acera. You’ll hear from Courtney Dickinson, Founder and Director of the Acera School. Learn about our mission, approach, and profiles of students whose...
9:30 am to 11:30 am

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

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

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

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk

Come celebrate the Winter solstice at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with a night time walk using lanterns!
Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Sanctuary staff and volunteers invite you to join us for this beautiful candlelit event. Lantern making begins at 4:00 pm, followed by some solstice stories and folklore....
4:00 pm to 6:00 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

Waldorf Enchanted Eve. An Adult Shopping Event

Enchanted Eve at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Beverly MA
On Friday, December 13, 2019, from 7 to 9 PM, The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly invites adults to its annual, Waldorf Enchanted Eve. To enjoy an adult-only shopping experience, come to the school for “Enchanted Eve” on Friday night, December 13, from 7pm to 9pm. In addition to great...
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tuesday, December 17

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

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

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

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

Color Me Tuesdays at Growing Smile Pediatric Dentristry - Peabody

Growing Smile Pediatric Dentistry and Braces in Peabody MA
Need something fun to do this summer? We've got you covered! Stop by Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Braces every Tuesday for a different coloring activity. Every Tuesday at 3pm.
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Holiday Children's Party at Castle Hill

Kids will meet Santa at the Crane Estate in Ipswich MA!
Make memories with your child or grandchild at our Children's Christmas Party. Set in the magnificent Great House lavishly decorated for the holidays, you'll enjoy holiday songs with children's entertainer Jennie Mack, a craft, refreshments, and of course, a special visit with Santa who will have a...
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, December 18

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.