Christmas

Gloucester's Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

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

Gloucester's Holiday Parade has been a 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.

When: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019 3pm
Parade participants line up at 2pm on the State Fish Pier

Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

Come celebrate Santa's arriival in Newburyport and  stay for the Tree Lighting.

A Newburyport tradition! As the holiday season approaches, Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive in the most fitting way for this seaport town... by US Coast Guard boat! Welcome Santa on the Sunday after Thanksgiving as he and Mrs. Claus dock at the boardwalk and begin to parade through downtown Newburyport, then gather in Market Square for the annual Christmas tree lighting and carols starting around 4pm.

When: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:30-5 pm

The Nutcracker at the Firehouse Center

The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite at the Firehouse Center for the Performing Arts in Newburyport Massachusetts

Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Join us for this very special production of Methuen Ballet Ensemble's The Nutcracker.  Methuen Ballet Ensemble, an established local ballet company under the artistic direction of Vanessa Rae Voter, has staged The Nutcracker for over twenty-five years.  

When: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019 3pm
Gala Reception and Show: Saturday, November 30, 2019 6pm
Sunday, December 1, 2019 1pm

The Nutcracker & Gala Reception at the Firehouse Center

The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite at the Firehouse Center for the Performing Arts after a Gala Reception in the Lobby!

Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Join us for this very special production of Methuen Ballet Ensemble's The Nutcracker.  Methuen Ballet Ensemble, an established local ballet company under the artistic direction of Vanessa Rae Voter, has staged The Nutcracker for over twenty-five years.  

When: 
Gala Reception and Show: Saturday, November 30, 2019 6pm
Saturday, November 30, 2019 3pm
Sunday, December 1, 2019 1pm

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 along with homemade food and hot beverages. A dollar goes a long way at this event.

When: 
Saturday, November 23, 2019 9am-2pm
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Breakfast with Santa

Kids will enjoy Breakfast with Santa at the Hamilton Wenham Community House

The magic of Santa has been experienced by generations of children and their families at our annual pancake breakfast. Santa’s helpers capture the special moment of your child with Santa in a photograph. Boy Scouts provide a cookie decorating activity for the children. Each child receives a small gift.

When: 
Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:30-10am
Saturday, December 7, 2019 10am-10:45am *Sensory Friendly

Children's Wreath Workshop at Marini Farm

Kids will learn how to make holiday wreaths at Marini Farm in Ipswich MA!

Join us for a fun filled event of creativity and laughter. This event will cater towards our crafty kids. Parents are welcome to join in on the fun. The Wreath Making Parties take place in our heated green house. Included in the ticket price is a 12″ wreath, fresh greens, berries, ribbon, wire and other decorative options. Sizes of wreath may be upgraded upon ticket purchase for an additional cost.

When: 
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10am
Sunday, December 15, 2019 10am
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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.

When: 
Fridays, November 29 - December 13, 2019 4-5pm
Saturdays & Sundays, November 30 - December 15, 2019 4pm or 7pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019 11am or 2pm
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Harborlight Montessori School - Infant to Grade 8 - Beverly MA

New England Boat Show

The New England Boat Show in Boston Massachusetts at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Now in its 65th year, the region’s most iconic, highly-anticipated marine expo, the 2020 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show cruises into port at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center bringing summer back for nine days in February. The nautical extravaganza commands an impressive...

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield will once again welcome guests to celebrate the magic of the winter season with the return of The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Capital One.

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Meet Backyard Birds

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,...
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Ice Castles - New Hampshire

Ice Castles - New Hampshire Family Fun
New Hampshire’s Ice Castles have been one of the top destinations to spend time in during the winter months. The castles are designed in a way that allows for people to play, explore, and have fun. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice...
10:00 am to 10:00 pm

LEGO Train - ON DISPLAY ONE WEEKEND ONLY!

The Lego Train Returns to Wenham Museum 2019 designed with the highest degree of precision by the New England Lego Users Group
Attention all LEGO-Trainiacs! The LEGO Train is coming back with a super-spectacular room-size model train layout sure to ignite the imagination of children of all ages! Come see a rainbow colored, L-gauge model train speeding along a Brick track as it races by soaring skyscrapers, country cottages...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Newburyport Farmers' Winter Market

Newburyport's Winter Farmers Market happens under the Tent at the Tannery Market Place rain or shine!
The Newburyport Farmers Market brings the market indoors for the Winter months and encourages people to come see what Newburyport has to offer! Fresh soups will warm you as you find great to local meat, fish & produce, listen to live music, and meet a community of people dedicated to bringing...
10:00 am to 1:00 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

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Monday, February 17

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

Ward Winter Fun Day

Bring your winter gear to Ward Reservation and celebrate the fun of Winter! Photo ©Bill O'Connor
This winter, discover and explore Ward Reservation in Andover and North Andover as The Trustees, in partnership with the Andover Trails Committee and Friends of North Andover Trails, host a community-favorite event Ward Winter Fun Day.
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Tuesday, February 18

Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more. Come for a fun filled week of science, hands-on activities, museum tours and focused workshops!
Where: MIT Museum

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield will once again welcome guests to celebrate the magic of the winter season with the return of The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Capital One.

February Vacation Workshops at Art Haven

February Vacation Workshops for kids at Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester Massachusetts
Cape ann Art Haven has a great selection of art focused morning workshops during February Vacation in addition to their regular classes and open studio in the afternoons.  Kids can take part in morning sessions, afternoon sessions or stay for a full day!

IRWS School Vacation: Maple Sugaring

Learn how to harvest Maple Sap and convert it to Maple Syrup at IRWS during February Vacation!
Today we'll learn about one of nature's tastiest treats: maple syrup. We'll discover how to distinguish a sugar maple from all the other trees in the forest and tap one to collect the sap. After a visit to the sugarhouse, we'll know how sap is converted into syrup and try some on our very own...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Vacation Day Camp at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm - Beverly

February Vacation Winter Camp at Moraine Farm
Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly is offering a February Vacation Camp experience. This camp is designed for children ages 4 through 7. Camp will be offered Tuesday, 2/18 through Friday, 2/21, 8:30 am through 3pm, with the option to pick up at 1 pm. Sign up for one day or all four. Children...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Parent & Child Bachelor's Buttons Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Bachelor’s Button is a full year pre-nursery program for caregiver and child 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years of age. We have two Bachelor’s Buttons classes that meet weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays, September through June, from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Classes follow the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm schedule. 30...
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
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