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There are a lot of alternatives for gift memberships on the North Shore Massachusetts!
Giving the gift of membership to one of your favorite organizations is a perfect way to tell somebody that you want them to share your interests and spend some time together. It's extending a hand of friendship and inviting the recipient to join you in a common experience - not just at the time of giving the gift, but throughout the year and beyond.
Join Mass Audubon for a volunteer training opportunity for teens at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport Massachusetts!
Are you a young person who loves being outdoors, cares about the environment, and wants to share your knowledge with others? Take your first step toward becoming a Teen Naturalist volunteerr with these trainings. You'll work with our staff and other youth exploring local habitats, collecting organisms and data, and discussing environmental challenges like sea level rise. Share your passion for the natural world! Sign up for one or more sessions.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
The Trustees of Reservations Winterlights at the Stevents-Coolidge Place North Andover North Andover.
Winterlights is back! Join the Trustees for a magical outdoor experience at the Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens as it sparkles with thousands of shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the whole family for a fun and safe outdoor experience. Winterlights runs Wednesday through Sunday each week from the Friday after Thanksgiving through January 9th, 2022.
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
Pingree School is offering an Academic Experience on their campus in South Hamilton Massachusetts
Pingree School invites prospective students, parents, and guardians to come and learn about Pingree’s academic and co-curricular programs. Attendees will meet students and teachers, attend sample classes, and hear from the associate head of school, faculty and students.
Location: Pingree School
The Middle Street Walk in Gloucester is a full day of Winter Holiday Fun for the whole family.
The Annual Middle Street Walk is a great way to experience Gloucester's Historic District while having fun with the family. For 2021 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, 2021 at this link.
Location: Downtown Gloucester
Second Saturdays mean free admission for local Families at Cape Ann Museum!
The Museum is free all day for Cape Ann residents on the second Saturday of every month in 2021! The second Saturday of every month is free for Cape Ann families. Pre-registration and timed tickets are required.
Location: Cape Ann Museum
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 and wreaths will be raffled off (decorations and all!) at the end of the Jubilee. You never know what our participants will decorate their trees with!
Location: Marini Farm
The Essex Massachusetts Lions host their annual 5k Turkey Trot!
The Essex Lion's Club hosts the annual turkey trot in beautiful Essex Massachusetts! This year the race is a 5K, and a fun walk.  Race starts at 11:00am for runners and 10am for walkers.  Registration is at Woodman’s Restaurant (upstairs), 121 Main Street, Essex, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, or pre-register online.  
Location: Downtown Essex
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 buildings that will be on display and available for raffle throughout the weekend. Days and times vary so check the times!
Location: Jeremiah Lee Mansion
Come enjoy a Nutcracker Panto performed by Theater in the Open at the Firehouse Center for the Arts!
The tree is lit up and the stockings are hung and Clara’s Christmas is perfect…except for her Uncle Drosselmeyer sitting up on that clock and the sudden rat infestation…sounds like panto time!Edward Speck and Joshua Shack return to direct another cracking holiday panto, this time seizing on Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday tale to do what panto does best: make a favorite old story new and particular to our place and time again. What does Clara’s magical journey have to teach us? How many nuts would a nutcracker crack if a nutcracker could crack nuts? Let’s find out! Come with us as panto and ballet collide in a delicious mix of sugar plums and pies-in-the-face, dance and comedy, fairies and snowballs, in A Nutcracker Panto!
Location: Firehouse Center for the Arts

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Adirondack Leadership Program at Gordon College’s La Vida Center

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

Thursday, December 9

Academic Experience at Pingree School

Pingree School is offering an Academic Experience on their campus in South Hamilton Massachusetts
Pingree School invites prospective students, parents, and guardians to come and learn about Pingree’s academic and co-curricular programs. Attendees will meet students and teachers, attend sample classes, and hear from the associate head of school, faculty and students.
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Friday, December 10

Christmas at Castle Hill

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. Don’t miss this year’s elegant Roaring-Twenties-themed decorations–pearls, feathers, ocean liner memorabilia, and more. Each room in our 1920s mansion is uniquely decorated for the holidays. Timed entry will limit the number of guests...
12:00 am to 11:59 pm

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

Holidays at Hale Farm

The Holidays are back at Historic Beverly's Hale Farm in downtown Beverly Massachusetts
The Holidays are back at Historic Beverly's Hale Farm! Join us as we share the story of Hale House through three centuries of holiday history. Holiday tours will be offered throughout the day.
Where: Hale Farm
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Fire Pit Picnics at Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms hosts a fun outdoor experience for families who enjoy the outdoors and camp fires!
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring on the farm as you make s’mores and memories around a fire pit at Appleton.
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Trustees Winterlights at Stevens Coolidge Place

The Trustees of Reservations Winterlights at the Stevents-Coolidge Place North Andover North Andover.
Winterlights is back! Join the Trustees for a magical outdoor experience at the Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens as it sparkles with thousands of shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the whole family for a fun and safe outdoor experience. Winterlights runs Wednesday through...
4:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Santa's Workshop - Fridays

Santas Workshop in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Visit Newburyport MA
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.
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Holiday Invitation Nights

Downtown Newburyport is the place to shop during the invitation nights!
Come to Downtown Newburyport and the Tannery Marketplace  Merrimac Place, and Horton's Yard 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 three great nights in Newburyport! Enjoy...
6:00 pm to 8:59 pm

The Nutcracker Panto

Come enjoy a Nutcracker Panto performed by Theater in the Open at the Firehouse Center for the Arts!
The tree is lit up and the stockings are hung and Clara’s Christmas is perfect…except for her Uncle Drosselmeyer sitting up on that clock and the sudden rat infestation…sounds like panto time!Edward Speck and Joshua Shack return to direct another cracking holiday panto, this time seizing on...
7:00 pm

Saturday, December 11

Middle Street Walk Gingerbread Contest 2021

Middle Street Walk Gingerbread Contest entries can take any shape.
Everybody is invited to enter the Gingerbread Contest for the Middle Street Walk in Gloucester this year! Groups and individuals are encouraged to get creative and come up with entries that can take any shape.  All entries will be judged during the Middle Street walk with winners being announced at...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm