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Living the Island Life

Living the Island Life is an orginal play produced by the Rockport Massachusetts Rotary Club

Don't miss LIVING THE ISLAND LIFE — an original new musical comedy that follows a family of six (including a large dog named Kitty) from Buffalo on vacation in - they think - Rockport, Maine. They land, instead, on Cape Ann and learn about life on our side of the bridge through eleven locals’ colorful interpretations of “island” life and its people.

When: 
Saturday, January 19, 2019 7pm
Sunday, January 20, 2019 2pm

Rockport New Year's Eve 2018

Come to Rockport for a wonderful night a family New Year's Activities!

Rockport New Year's Eve will have plenty of fun and entertainment for families starting at 6 pm and running all the way through to the count down and ball drop in Dock Square at midnight! There will be magicians, puppet shows, and even a drum parade with a green dancing dragon.  This all happens with a backdrop live performances of dance & music ranging from classical music, jazz, reggae and rock & roll! So buy your buttons, come to Rockport, and get ready for a fun evening to ring in the New Year as a family!

When: 
Monday, December 31, 2018 6pm-Midnight

Beverly's New Year Celebration 2018

Ring in the New Year with your Family in Downtown Beverly Ma with a kid's new year countdown, entertainment, food, arts, crafts and all kinds of fun family events!!

Bring your family to Downtown Beverly for a safe, fun, family-oriented New Year Celebration.  There's all kind of activities and events planned in and around the Beverly's Downtown area that are designed to entertain and keep families engaged throughout the afternoon. 

When: 
Monday, December 31, 2018 3-7pm
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The Y Theatre Company presents Elf Jr

YMCA Theater Comapnay presents Elf Jr. at Manchester Essex Regional Middle School

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

When: 
Friday, December 14, 2018 7pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018 7pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018 2pm
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A Cinderella Panto

Come enjoy a Cinderella Panto performed by Theater in the Open at the Firehouse Center for the Arts!

Edward Speck and Joshua Shack bring back a favorite TITO Holiday Panto. We’ve updated our version of this classic fairy tale, added a holiday spin, plenty of adorable mice and even a few playful clowns to lead audiences on an enchanted adventure. It’s everything that you loved the first time you saw Cinderella, with some new surprises, just for fun!

When: 
Friday & Saturday, December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22, 2018 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday, December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2018 3 pm

NMYO: An Afternoon of Winter Concerts

Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra, NMYO’s Afternoon of Winter Concerts

Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras presents An Afternoon of Winter Concerts at the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School in Ipswich, MA. The 2:30 pm concert features the NMYO Prelude and Overture String Ensembles, Flute Choir, and Intermezzo Orchestra. The 5:00 pm concert features NMYO’s advanced ensembles: the Select Flute Choir, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. The concerts will include music by Britten, Smetana, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and more.“This free-to-the-public concert ushers in the holiday season and has become a wonderful tradition for concert goers of all ages,” says NMYO’s Music Director, Gerald Dolan..

When: 
Sunday, December 9, 2018 2:30pm & 5pm

NCS Winter Concert - Peace and Rememberance

The Newburyport Choral Society Holiday Concert is a true mix of traditional and Spiritual music to get into the Holiday Spirit.

The NCS Winter Concert features the 140-voice chorus, professional soloists, orchestra, and the Greater Newburyport Children's Chorus, all performing classical, traditional and “sing-along” seasonal favorites!  our Winter 2018 Concert “Peace and Remembrance,” a joyful and reflective evening to ring in the holiday season, with music that will appeal to all ages and musical tastes!

The concert will explore the concepts of peace and remembrance through music of the season, both secular and sacred.  The centerpiece of the concert is the Messe de Minuit de Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. This masterpiece from the French Baroque era incorporates French carols within the framework of a traditional Christmas Oratorio/Midnight Mass.

We will also premiere a very special piece by Utah composer Andrew Maxfield commemorating the centenary of the signing of the Armistice after WWI.  The Newburyport Choral Society will be the only chorus in Massachusetts to perform this piece in 2018 and will join choruses across the country in a special nationwide presentation of this work and this important commemoration!

And of course, our concert will include favorite carols of the season, professional vocal soloists, the NCS Orchestra, accompanist Dr. Kirsten Helgeland and the delightful voices of the Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus:  All under the baton of NCS Music Director Dr. George Case.

THIS WILL BE A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED!

When: 
Saturday, December 8, 2018 8pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018 2:30pm

North Shore Music Theater Presents A Christmas Carol

Live performances for the whole family at North Shore Music Theater

New England’s brightest holiday tradition! An original adaptation based on Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a musical ghost story following the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the holiday season. This award-winning production was created specifically for North Shore Music Theatre and has been seen by more than one million people since its debut in 1989.

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DECEMBER 7 - 23, 2018 - Various days and times

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting Party in at Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester Massachusetts

The annual Middle Street Walk 2019 wraps up every year with the lighting of the lobster trap Christmas tree in Gloucester Massachusetts! Stop by Cape Ann Art Haven for a Holiday Party with hot chocolate, sweet treats, kids' crafts, holiday photos, face painting live music. Caroling starts at 4:30pm, followed by the tree lighting across the street at 5pm. Come find your buoy hanging on the tree, enjoy caroling, seeing the star put on the tree join us for the countdown and celebrate the season with the lighting of our Lobster Trap Tree!

When: 
Saturday, December 8, 2018 4-6pm

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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

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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

Its a Wonderful Life at Hammond Castle

Gloucester High School Theater Program performs 'It's a Wonderful Life' at Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
Join Hammond Castle Museum as they host Gloucester High School Theater Program's very special performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play.” Based on the classic holiday movie with a clever twist thrown in: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast. Actors portray numerous characters,...
6:30 am to 7:30 pm

Caring Santa Photo Session

Caring Santa Photo Sessions at North Shore Shopping Center in Peabody
Children with special needs and their families are invited to a special photo session with Caring Santa in an environment set up to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children with all abilities. The photo session will take place in the Lower Level of the Nordstrom wing.
8:30 am to 10:30 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: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 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

The Newburyport Farmers' Winter Market

Newburyport's Winter Farmers Market happens under the Tent at the Tannery Market Place rain or shine!
The Newburyport Farmers Market brings the market indoors for the Winter months and encourages people to come see what Newburyport has to offer! Fresh soups will warm you as you find great to local meat, fish & produce, listen to live music, and meet a community of people dedicated to bringing...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Marblehead Artisan's Holiday Marketplace

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 Marblehead Arts Association 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...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

The Farm Nisse of Appleton Farms

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...
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Holiday Adventures of the Misfit Toys | Matinee

Holiday Adventures of the Misfit Toys performed by Jaoppa Dance Company at the Firehousecenter for the Arts
Firehouse Center for the Arts hosts Joppa Dance Company as they present 'The Holiday Adventures of the Misfit Toys', an original dance-theater production t
2:00 pm

Full Moon and Folklore Hike

Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustees under the full moon.
Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate December's Long Nights Moon!  Bring your kids out for a family full moon adventure in the dunes of the Crane Wildlife refuge, ending with a fun sparkler dance party! This is an earlier, shorter, slower full moon hike experience, perfect for both...
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Market Street Lynnfield Holiday Stroll

Calendar of Events and Things to Do Northshore Massachusetts. Shopping, Dining and Entertainment at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Cue the mistletoe and pine scented candles because MarketStreet’s Holiday Stroll is BACK! MarketStreet Lynnfield invites us to kick off the Holiday Season with amazing shopping opportunities, scrumptious food sampling, interactive holiday decor, Ice Bar hosted by Notch Brewing, live entertainment,...
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Manchester-by-the-Sea Holiday Tree Lighting

Celebrate the start of the Christmas Season in downtown Manchester, Mass!
As part of the Christmas-by-the-Sea celebrations in Manchester there will be a Christmas concert at the First Parish Church and the tree lighting ceremony at Manchester Town Green immediately after the concert. This is also the kickoff of Manchester's Festival of the Trees by the Sea.  Come enjoy...
3:00 pm to 5:00 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

Friday, December 13

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

Saturday, December 14

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

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.

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...

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.
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