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Gloucester's So Salty 2023

Celebrate Gloucester Massachusetts recognizably salty character with local cultural institutions in the heart of downtown.

Celebrate the fish city’s recognizably salty character with local cultural institutions and businesses during the 2nd Annual Gloucester’s So Salty festival on January 21 and 22, 2023 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm! Over 800 people came out last year to share their salty pride while enjoying free ice sculptures and cultural activities around Downtown Gloucester. The Cape Ann Museum is partnering with several area cultural institutions and businesses to offer two full days of free programming in the coldest part of the year. Inspired by the annual Salem's So Sweet Festival , this two-day event will include ice sculptures, live music, salty treats, free kids’ art activities, and much more. 

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Saturday, January 21, 2023 10am-5pm
Sunday, January 22, 2023 10am-5pm

Middle Street Walk 2022

The lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree is part of Middle Street Walk's finale in Gloucester Massachusetts.

The Annual Middle Street Walk is a great way to experience Gloucester's Historic District while having fun with the family. For 2022 the walk will be more abbreviated than years past. The Festivities begin at 10am and go all the way through to the lighting of the lobster pot tree in downtown Gloucester! An updated schedule of this years walk will be available for download on December 1, 2022 at this link.

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Saturday, December 10, 2022 9am - 5pm

Marblehead Christmas Walk

The Marblehead Christmas Walk is several days of local Holiday events in Marblehead Massachusetts

The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce invites you to Marblehead to enjoy several days of holiday festivities, family events and activities!  Come for one or all days with highlights that include Santa's arrival by lobster boat,Festive shopping, Tree Lightings, a holiday parade, Artisan Markets, Gingerbread Festival, Entertainment & much more! There's all kinds of family events and activities sponsored by local merchants and organizations.

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Thursday, December 1 - Sunday, December 4, 2022

Lighting of the Memory Tree

The Lighting of the Memory Tree is a solemn occasion to remember loved ones.

Gather around the tree in front of Essex Town Hall to honor loved ones past and place your memorial ornament. This is always a meaningful and peaceful way to begin the holiday season. Registration forms for your memorial ornament can be found at Brookline Bank and Essex Town Hall and must be returned by November 28th to ensure that your ornament is ready. Contact Heidi Jackson at Brookline Bank with questions: email hjackson@brkl.com

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Thursday, December 1, 2022 6:30pm
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Gloucester's Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

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

Gloucester's Holiday Parade is a great tradition to kick off the holidays! 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.

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Sunday, December 4, 2022 3pm
Parade participants line up at 2pm on the State Fish Pier

Hamilton-Wenham Carol Sing & Tree Lighting

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! Carol Sing is coming back! Plus a special arrival of Santa, and a tree lighting! We have an amazing festive evening planned at The Community House on Friday, December 2nd. Join us!

When: 
Friday, December 2, 2022 6:30pm

Greet Santa at the Hawthorne Hotel

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!

When: 
Friday, November 25,2022 6-7pm

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Glen Urquhart School Pre-K through 8th grade in Beverly MA

Winter DROP IN Preschool Farm Explorers

Farm Explorers is a great way for preschoolers to explore Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Winter is in the air and the animals of the farm and woods have prepared themselves for winter. Can we find their signs, like homes, tracks, and caches of food? What happens in winter around the farm? We invite little farmers to experience life at the farm in winter. Through farm “chores,” age-...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Duckie Soap Making for Teens

Teens and Tweens will make duckie soaps in at TOHP Library in Essex Massachusetts.
Teens! Grades 6-12, don't miss this unique opportunity to make your very own  soap creation encasing an adorable rubber duckie-perfect to celebrate the January birthday of the original Rubber Duckie!
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Young Gloucester Scientists Club

Ocean Alliance of Gloucester Massachusetts deveveloped the Snot Bot drone
Join the Young Gloucester Scientists Club at OCEAN ALLIANCE  to learn all about Whales, Drones, and all you can learn by collecting Whale Snot - Stay tuned for more details!! This program is intended for Students in 4th through 8th grade and Registration is required for each student attending. 
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Friday Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join Thbe Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays and Saturdays
Every day is full of a list of barnyard chores we need to get down to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy! Let’s get to work.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Comic Workshop with Author/Illustrator Jonathan Todd

Join Boston-based author/illustrator Jonathan Todd for a four-week comic making workshop in Manchsester Massachusetts
Ages 11-16: Be the star of your own comic!
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Ipswich Folk Dance

Come join the community tradition of the folk dance at Ipswich Town Hall!
Dance is a New England folk tradition, and Ipswich Recreation invites you to join the fun!Join old and new friends in folk dances, including squares, contras, and circle dances. Egrets-Only, a band and caller of local Ipswich parents, will provide the fiddle tunes and instruction.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 28

Superbowl of Birding 2023

The Superbowl of Birding 2023 is a unique competition conducted in Rockingham County, NH, and Essex County, MA. During a 12-hour period, teams of birders of all ages and abilities seek out the greatest number of avian species and amass the most points based on the rarity of the birds recorded....
5:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lunar New Year Festival at PEM

Families can celebrate the Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts!
Join PEM as they celebrate the Lunar New Year | The Year of the Rabbit!  Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. While some traditions are shared across countries, others are unique to one region, community or national...
Where: PEM
10:00 am to 4:00 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 10am 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

Signs of Winter Wildlife at Rough Meadows

Kids will learn about winter animals of the North Shore by studying their tracks and other signs they leave behind in Rowley Massachusetts
The Essex County Greenbelt Association invites families to join North Shore Nature Programs is for outdoor fun for children of all ages.
10:00 am to 11:30 pm

All About Owls

Kids are invited to come learn about owls at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newbury Massachusetts
Kids are invited to the Parker River Wildlife Refuge to learn about owls found on the refuge over winter & dissect an owl pellet! For kids ages 12 and up. Registration required, limited spots available.
10:00 am

Befriend the Barnyard

Befriend the Barnyard is a great chance to get close to our Appleton Farms stars in a relaxed and educational setting.
Come discover our special barnyard animals! Our Angora rabbits Violet and Vanilla, Nubian goats Merlin, Maeve, Morgana, and Mordred, and our friendly flock of heritage chickens will take center stage as we learn about what makes them so unique. Befriend the Barnyard is a hands-on barnyard...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Farmhouse Café at Appleton Farms

Farmhouse Café at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
During your day of exploring the farm & hiking and skiing the trails, join us at the farmhouse for Appleton signature baked goods, farm vegetable soup, gourmet hot chocolate, tea and snacks. Our menu will change seasonally, and all items will be available to purchase a la carte.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday Art Adventures at Essex Library

TOHP Library hosts a fun art & music program for the whole family in Essex Massachusetts
The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex invites kids to join Ms. Julie for a fun art & music program for the whole family! Designed for children ages 0-8 and their adult. Registration is requested but not required. Register through Early Childhood Partners at: www.earlychildhoodpartners.com. 
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Saturday Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays & Saturdays
Every day is full of a list of barnyard chores we need to get down to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy! Let’s get to work.
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Wingmasters Presents "The World of Owls"

Come learn all about owls from Wingmasters at Wenham Museum in Massachusetts
Wenham Museum hosts a fun presentation by Wingmasters in Wenham Massachusetts. Come see live owls up close in this indoor presentation that will introduce you to different owls and other birds of prey in our region. The presentations start at 10:30am or 2pm and includes admission to the museum....
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
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