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Join the Friends of the Peabody Instute Library for their Holiday Open House in Danvers Massachusetts!
Friends of the Peabody Institute Library - Danvers invite you to celebrate the holiday at their annual Holiday Open House! There crafts for kids, complimentary refreshments, cider and hot chocolate. The public is invited to stop by the downstairs Children’s Room and share some fun and cheer.
Location: Peabody Institute Library - Danvers
Come enjoy a Christmas Panto performed by Theater in the Open at the Firehouse Center for the Arts!
When Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” he created a new Christmas tradition, but did you know he was a huge fan and proponent of the biggest Christmas tradition of his own time, PANTO!?
Location: Firehouse Center for the Arts
Come enjoy a Christmas Panto matinee performed by Theater in the Open!
When Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” he created a new Christmas tradition, but did you know he was a huge fan and proponent of the biggest Christmas tradition of his own time, PANTO!?
Location: Firehouse Center for the Arts
Celebrate the Holidays with a choral concert featuring Cantemus at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts.
Join the Trustees for an afternoon of holiday music in the splendor of the Great House ballroom. North Shore's premier choral group Cantemus Chamber Chorus will present a program of classical holiday music and finish with a fun sing-along of your favorite song. Refreshments served.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
This 'Appleton Cooks' workshop focuses on Gifts from the Kitchen at the Trustees of Reservations' Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
Some of the most coveted gifts come from the kitchen! Join us as we prepare a variety of sweet & savory homemade food gifts perfect for sharing with others throughout this festive season. Everything from classic farmhouse baked goods to delicious savory treats, these recipes will be perfect for all of your holiday gift-giving to family and friends. Class includes hands-on preparation of 5 food gift items, fun packaging ideas, printed recipe booklet and a light meal. Best of all, each participant leaves class with their very own culinary gifts!
Location: Appleton Farms
Come for a twilight hike around Ravenswood park to celebrate the Winter Solstice
A candlelight stroll at twilight in Ravenswood Park is a wonderful way to celebrate the Winter Soltice! join us as we celebrate the winter solstice in our favorite woodland park followed by a snack of S’mores and hot chocolate around a warm fire. Pre-registration required.
Location: Ravenswood Park
Come with friends and neighbors to sing holiday songs to start your holiday seas
Gather your family and friends and come over to the Firehouse for a little old-fashioned Holiday Sing-Along to kick off your Holidays with music!  The Youth Choir from the Immaculate Conception Church (Newburyport), directed by Donna Postle, will be there to lead everyone in singing some well-loved carols, with music provided by John Metrano on piano.  Our favorite elf, Terry Blanchard, will once again read “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” while wearing his famous stocking cap knit exclusively for this annual presentation by the North Pole’s very talented Mrs. Elf. 
Location: Firehouse Center for the Arts
You may run in to the Nisee at The Trsutees' Appleton Farms this time of year!
Appleton Farms has its own "Nisse" – an elf-like creature of folklore who lives in the barns and protects the farmers, animals and crops. Each holiday season, the Farm Nisse appears looking for his holiday porridge. Join us as we thank our Nisse for all our good fortune, offer him porridge, and listen to his tales of mischief. While we wait, enjoy holiday crafts, caroling and socializing. Please RSVP.
Location: Appleton Farms
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 Abbot Hall 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 place has a more than 20 local and regional artists who bring their arts and products to Abbot Hall.
Location: Abbot Hall
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