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The Trustees' Castle Hill Christmas by the Sea is a weekend of festivities hosted by the Trustees of Reservations at Castle Hill in Ipswich Massachusetts
Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition for many New England families. Don't miss this year's spectacular "Christmas by the Sea". Each room in our 1920s mansion is festively decorated by florists, designers, garden clubs, or volunteers. You'll find live music and dance, fresh baked cookies and cider, a treasure hunt, family activities, and a visit with Santa.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane 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!
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
Come join the fun with the Trustees on a leaf hunt at the Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover! Photo: Bill O'Connor
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens Coolidge Place for a fall outdoor adventure. The garden is full of discoveries and changes with the changing season. Enjoy a scavenger hunt through the gardens, nature journaling or story time on the lawn and collect leaves for making celebratory fall crowns to take home.
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
Come to Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachussetts to learn birding basics!
Purple Finch, Pileated Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Broad-Winged Hawk, Catbird, just some of the hundreds of birds that come to Massachusetts every year. Finding them all is like a giant game of hide and seek. Every walk in nature is an opportunity to find something you have never seen before! It brings a whole new energy and excitement to the outdoors.
Location: Appleton Farms
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, fabulous shopping and dining - and of course the spirit of the holidays - in beautiful and festive downtown Newburyport and The Tannery as well as Merrimac Place and Horton's Yard!
Location: Downtown Newburyport, Tannery Marketplace
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.
Location: Marini Farm
A Christmas Tree bonfire at Obear Park in Beverly Massachusetts
The Ryal Side Civic Association is happy to present the 2nd annual Ryal Side Christmas Tree Bonfire! Wear your Ryal Side hoodie and come enjoy a great bonfire, warm beverages, cookies, and the best neighbors ever at Obear Park.
Location: Obear Park
Santa comes to Rockport Ma by lobster boat to kick off the Holiday season in Rockport Massachusetts!
Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and proceed along T-Wharf and Mt. Pleasant Street to the Old Firehouse led by Rockport cub scouts.
Location: Downtown Rockport
The Reindeer Run 5k Road Race is hosted by the Beverly YMCA
Its the Reindeer Run 5k Road Race! Don’t miss this Holiday Tradition! Finish the 2018 race series strong with Santa and his elves in holiday costumes running along the coast and through downtown Beverly. Dog and stroller friendly. Post-race awards, refreshments, holiday music and more!
Location: Cabot Street YMCA
The Greater Salem Ballet performs the Nutcracker at Lynn Auditorium featuring more than 100 children and adults from the North Shore!
Join Greater Salem Ballet Company for their annual performances of 'The Nutcracker' at the at Lynn Memorial Auditorium at Lynn City Hall!  Follow Clara on her magical journey.
Location: Lynn Auditorium

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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.

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 Opening Weekend

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,...

Ski, Skate & Board Consignment Event

Stock up for the season on new and consigned clothing and gear for skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding and horseback riding!
Stock up for the season on new & consigned clothing & gear for skiing, skating, hockey, and snowboarding! Don't forget the boots; as well as bikes, blades & boards. Earn money for your previously used equipment - get great deals for the upcoming season, for children and adults!

Old Tyme Country Fair

Old Tyme Country Fair at First Congregational Church in Rowley Massachusetts
Get into the Christmas spirit at the First Congregational Church of Rowley’s Olde Tyme Country Fair on Saturday, November 18th!
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches

Shop three of the best church fairs in New England, in the same neighborhood on the same day!
Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches - The warmth of an old country church fair enlivens the town on a cold, winter’s day when all three of Essex’s downtown churches hold their annual Holiday Fair. All three churches are within walking distance with free on street parking. Gift bargains are served up...
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Improve your nutritional intake at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School Open House

Essex North Shore Technical High School hosts an open house for prospective incoming students from the North Shore.
Essex North Shore Technical High School will be having an open house on November 17th from 9a – noon.  The high school is located on 565 Maple Street, Hathorne (Danvers), MA. Prospective students and families are invited to attend. Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School admits...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Brookwood School Admissions Open House

Located on Boston's North Shore on the Beverly/Manchester line just minutes from Route 128, Brookwood is a coeducational private independent day school for grades Pre-K through Eight.
Brookwood School invites you to attend its upcoming admissions open house during which families can tour the school, meet faculty, attend an information program with Head of School Laura Caron and hear from Grade 8 students. Stay tuned for registration information and program! Saturday, November 17...
9:00 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

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 10 a.m. 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

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

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

Cape Ann Thanksgiving Harvest Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market hosts a Thanksgiving market at the UU Church on Middle Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts!
At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market Thanksgiving Market, you can stock up for Thanksgiving with your favorite local farmers, bakers, and more! Grab a locally made gift for your host, a treat for yourself, and all the best locally grown veggies, cheeses, fish, bread, and more to share with your friends...
10:00 am to 1:00 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

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

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

Book Nook at MPL

Book Nook with Miss Melanie at Manchester Public Library
Book Nook is a weekly story time program for all children and families. Online registration is requested, but not required.  Come to all, or come to some.
10:30 am to 11:00 am

Essex Turkey Scavenger Hunt

Come to Essex Town Hall to take part in a town-wide scavenger hunt where the prize is turkey!
Join friends and nieghbors in a hunt for turkeys throughout Essex and a chance to win a free Thanksgiving Turkey. Meet at Town Hall for the clues and work with your family or a group of friends to find all the hidden turkeys and get a chance to win a FREE Thanksgiving Turkey.
1:00 pm

Buoy Priming Party at Art Haven

Help Cape Ann Art Haven prepare for their Annual Buoy painting workshops and auction fundraiser!
Come help Cape Ann Art Haven prep buoys for their buoy painting workshops and their annual auction fundraiser! Help prime paint buoys with a fresh coat of  white!
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Salem Winter Farmers Market

The Salem Farmers' Market goes indoors for the Winter months of Nov & Dec
Salem Main Streets is pleased to announce the return of the Salem Winter Market!!  A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market will take place inside the Witch City Mall (formerly Museum Place Mall) located a 1 church street in Salem.
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Youth Outdoor Survival: Fire Challenge

Youth Survival Fire Challenge at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
In this outdoor survival skills program, we will venture out onto the Ipswich River. Learn the In this outdoor survival skills program, older children will learn the basics of the ancient outdoor skill of fire-building. Participants will learn important safety steps, collect their own firewood, try...
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

From the Forest: Wreath Making Workshop

Come to a wrCome to Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts to make your own Holiday Wreath!
Get into the holiday season by creating your own stunning natural wreath! There is nothing more beautiful that what nature offers us to decorate our homes in fall. Using evergreens, burgundy blueberry twigs, fallen lichen, mosses, a variety of seed pods, unusual cones, deep red rosehips, dried...
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Community Baby Shower

Come to Beverly Library for a Community Baby Shower! Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
New parents (of babies 0-12 months old) and expectant parents are invited join to us for our first Community Baby Shower! Hear about local family resources, participate in an introductory baby story time, create a keepsake for your baby, and meet new families. We hope to see you there!
3:00 pm

The Village Oasis Family-Fun Grand Opening

Family Yoga at The Village Oasis Family-Fun Grand Opening in Beverly MA
Families are invited to try yoga poses, create art, and join in on-the-mat storytelling at the grand opening of The Village Oasis, a new kind of yoga studio for families in Beverly, MA, on Saturday, Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 4-
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper

Come to the Essex Fire Deaprtment for the annual spaghetti fundraiser!
Annual Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper - The town’s volunteer firefighters put out quite a spread of all-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs accompanied by salad, beverage and dessert. A great night to enjoy a home-cooked meal with neighbors and friends. Everyone welcome!
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Boston Children's Museum The Wonder Ball

Boston Children's Museum Wonder Ball
Get ready for a wonder-ful night of dinner, dancing, and fundraising featuring special guests Bill and Giuliana Rancic! Join us for Boston Children's Museum 5th Annual fundraising gala, The Wonder Ball! The Wonder Ball raises critical funds benefiting the children of Boston, ensuring no child is...
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Willy Wonka – An Enchanced Movie Experience

Willy Wonka - an enhanced movie experience produced by Creative Collective at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, Massachusetts
Creative Collective and the Cabot are excited to announce the first in a new series of enhanced movie experiences.
Where: The Cabot
7:00 pm

Monday, November 26

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent Opening Weekend

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,...

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

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 10 a.m. 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

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

Monday Knitting Group

Hamilton Wenham Knitting Group for All ages
The knitting group at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library welcomes experienced & beginning knitters and crochet folk.
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

AJH: Breastfeeding Class - Haverhill

Breastfeeding technique and support class at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Breastfeeding Classes are taught by Anna Jaques Hospital Lactation Consultants for mothers and their support person(s) to gain the knowledge and tools to help you successfully breast your baby.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Children's Chess Club

Kids can learn chess from a master at the Abbot Library in Marblehead!
Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm...
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

GUS: Author and Educator Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey to speak at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA
Jessica Lahey will speak at Glen Urquhart School on Monday, November 26 at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Lahey iwrites about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, The Washington Post and The New York Times. She is the author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Gift...
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm