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What birds come to your yard in the winter? Find out at Joppa Flats Education Center!
Drop in at Joppa Flats for an up-close winter wildlife experience! On select weekend and school vacation days, Joppa Flats volunteer Deb La Roy presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. After capturing wild birds in the Joppa backyard, Deb brings them inside to measure, weigh, examine, and then release them. The unique band that Deb places carefully on each bird’s leg connects other bird researchers with the data she’s collected. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Build a Birdfeeder with your child that attracts birds to your yard this winter
Brighten up your yard this winter with a bird feeder handmade by you and your child. Each family will receive a kit containing all the necessary parts to build a feeder that will attract chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, and many other birds to your yard. A short slide presentation will highlight the birds that commonly come to feeders. We'll also observe the sanctuary feeders to see which birds are looking for food. Instructors will circulate to provide assistance.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
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
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
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
On December 15 and 16, Amesbury's beautiful and historic Market Square and Upper Millyard will be the center of a two-day winter celebration. Ring in the season with carolers, ice sculpture demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, an outdoor skating rink, a visit from Santa, and more!
Location: Amesbury Town Park
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. With lanterns in hand, we will stroll the trails to light up the night. We will serve hot cider and cocoa at the bonfire on our return.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Calendar of Events and Things to Do Northshore Massachusetts. Shopping, Dining and Entertainment at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Santa Paws comes to MarketStreet! Meet Santa in the Warming Tent (next to the rink) with the most important member of your family for a photo opportunity! Can we say, next year’s Christmas card? Pet photos are complimentary and come with treats from PolkaDog Bakery!
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
Art classes for kids, North of Boston, Visit Massachusetts, Cape Ann, North Shor
Students ages 5-17 can sign up today for an exuberant art session with Nancy Forristall at her Pine Island studio in Newbury. With a limit of 6 students per session, the outstanding student/teacher ratio promotes the individual development of each student, provides a nurturing and engaging experience that builds the foundation for a life-long love of creating art. Nancy encourages her student’s natural sense of curiosity, exploration, play and joy.
Location: Art Classes with Nancy Forristall
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..
Location: Ipswich Performing Arts Center

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Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by ArtsBoston in partnership with the City of Boston Mayors Holiday Special for North Shore families
Mayor’s Holiday Special is the region’s premier seasonal promotion which celebrates the wonder and joy of the holiday season by providing affordable access to over 150 of the region’s best and beloved holiday shows and performances, with ticket deals up to 50% off, dining deals, and free...

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.
Where: Ames Hall

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.

The Polar Express in 4D!

Enjoy the Polar Express 4D Experience at the Museum of Science Boston.
Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D...

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.

MSL: 12 Days of Christmas Prize Giveaway

MarketStreet Lynnfield 12 Days of Christmas Prize Giveaway
The businesses at MarketStreet have teamed up to make your holiday season a whole lot brighter with over $3,000 in prizes being given away on MarketStreet Lynnfield's Insta

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...

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

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 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

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, at the MFA - Boston

Muesum of Fine Arts Boston
Get ready for an adventure with your favorite bear. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Gingerbread House Workshop at Taste Buds Kitchen

Gingerbread House Workshop at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly MA
Celebrate the season with family bonding and gingerbread fun at our signature workshops. Parent and child pairs work together to design and decorate their very own Gingerbread House.
11:00 am to 6:00 pm

LEGO Club at Newbury Library

Kids are invited to a freestyle LEGO buiild session at the Newbury Town Library!
Kids are invited to a freestyle LEGO buiild session at the Newbury Town Library! Drop in to the NTL Lego Club on Friday afternoons. We supply the Legos and a theme for each week for you to get inspired by. Let’s get building! No registration required. For kids ages 5 and up.
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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

Zoo Lights at the Stone Zoo

Stone Zoo for north shore families
ZooLights promises to dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season. Enter a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, Canada lynx, and reindeer.
Where: Stone Zoo
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Winterlights at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Come to the Stevens Coolidge Place for Winterlights at night in North Andover!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for the most magical time if the year at The Stevens-Coolidge Place!
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Holiday Invitation Nights!

Downtown Newburyport is the place to shop during the invitation nights!
Come to Downtown Newburyport and the Tannery Marketplace for Newburyport’s Holiday Invitation Nights and shop for the holidays in style! Mark your calendars, book a babysitter and call your friends to make plans for two great nights in Newburyport! Enjoy merchant hospitality, live entertainment,...
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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...
7:00 pm

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...
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Saturday, December 15

CAFM Holiday Market

Come tot he CAFM Holiday Market in Gloucester and stock up on locally made food and gifts!
What does the Cape Ann Farmers' Market have to offer in the dead of winter?  Plenty!  Pick up the last of the season’s produce, food items to get you you through the busy days ahead, and handmade gifts for all. This year we are sponsoring a Holiday Food Drive for The Open Door-our goal is to...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off - Newburyport

Community Giving Tree's mission is to help low-income families in northeastern M
Time to clean out and drop off your gently-used donations to Essex County children in need. On the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at Cushing Park/Kent Playground in Newburyport.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 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

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, at the MFA - Boston

Muesum of Fine Arts Boston
Get ready for an adventure with your favorite bear. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Polar Express at Goddard School Middleton

Goddard School Middleton MA, Danvers MA, North Andover MA. infant, preschool, Pr
Goddard School in Middleton is hosting a spootacular Holiday event. All Aboard to The Polar Express at The Goddard School of Middleton! Come one, come all! featuring: Middleton Police Chief DiGianvittorio as SANTA! Visit the North Pole Watch the Polar Express Movie Hot Chocolate Station Reindeer...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Winterfest Weekend in Amesbury

On December 15 and 16, Amesbury's beautiful and historic Market Square and Upper Millyard will be the center of a two-day winter celebration. Ring in the season with carolers, ice sculpture demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, an outdoor skating rink, a visit from Santa, and more!
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Holiday Sing Along

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...
11:00 am