Christmas

Festival of the Trees by the Sea

Celebrate the start of the Christmas Season in downtown Manchester, Mass!

As part of the Christmas-by-the-Sea celebrations in Manchester, the Festival of the Trees is an enchanted forest of Christmas trees on the town green in Manchester by-the-Sea decorated by community groups and local businesses. The trees are put up the weekend after Thanksgiving and stay lit just past New Years for all to enjoy through the holidays!  Come visit downtown Manchester and get into the Spirit of the Holidays!

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Daily through January 6, 2017

Rockport Boy Scout Tree & Wreath Sale

Boy Scout Holiday Wreath and Tree Sale

Support Rockport Boy Scout Troop 20 by purchasing a Christmas Tree or Wreath at Scout Hall, 47 Mount Pleasant Street, Rockport from 9 to 5 on Saturday December 10th and 17th. If you are unable to get your tree home, they will deliver it to you in Gloucester & Rockport. Have some Chowder or a Hot Chocolate while you shop for your tree.

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Saturdays 9am-5pm through December 18, 2016
Sundays 1-5pm through December 18, 2016

North Shore Christian Men's Choir

The North Shore Christian Men's Choir will perform FREE in Rockport

Celebrate the Holidays with the North Shore Christian Men's Choir as they perform a free Christmas concert.  It will take place at First Baptist Church of Rockport prior to the celebration of the Rockport's 71st Annual Christmas Pageant.  This FREE performance is open to the community and all are invited to attend.  A reception and refreshments will follow the concert. All are welcome and invited to attend.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016 2:30pm

Rockport's 71st Annual Christmas Pageant

The Rockport Christmas Pageant is a wonderful tradition hosted by the Rockport A

Come to downtown Rockport Ma for a torch-lit reenactment of the Nativity - a long standing community tradition in Rockport Massachsuetts! Starting at 5pm along Dock Square and Main Street, ending at the Congregational Church.  Each year hundreds of spectators gather to watch the live re-enactment of the story of baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Bethlehem inn and the stable. The pageant begins with a torchlit procession which starts at Dock Square and proceeds up Main Street to the Congregational Church.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016 5-6pm
Snowdate: December 18, 2016

Gardens Aglow

Heritage Museums and Gardens Gardens Aglow

Gardens Aglow

The grounds will be transformed by more than ten miles of holiday lights into a twinkling wonderland with holiday displays, family-friendly activities including a marshmallow-roast, a reindeer scavenger hunt, live performances, a visit with Santa Claus in the Model T, and children can get up close to baby animals, take carousel rides, and more.

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Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 25 - December 18, 2016, from 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Polar Express in 4D!

Enjoy the Polar Express 4D Experience at the Muserum of Science Boston this holiday season

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 Experience is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. Featured in digital 3-D and brought to life with 4-D multisensory effects, this is an immersive experience for the whole family to enjoy!

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Multiple shows daily through January 3, 2016

Home for Christmas at the Gables

Christmas at the House of Seven Gables in Salem Massachusetts. Holidays

The House of Seven Gables welcomes you to an afternoon of holiday fun! Make a creative craft, enjoy a cup of cider and a sweet treat, and support our Settlement programs by purchasing a decoration from the Settlement Tree. The Living History Lab will be open and offering hands-on history programs. Enjoy holiday shopping in our festive gift shop or give the gift of membership to the history enthusiast in your life.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015 2-4pm

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Larcom Theater, Larcom Theatre - Beverly MA

Manchester 375th Scavenger Hunt

The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust Scavenger is a healthy challenge for the entire family!
—During the month of September explore conservation lands, learn a bit about Manchester’s history, and have some fun! Accept the challenge to visit multiple locations at surrounding conservation areas, learn some history and celebrate the 375th Anniversary of the founding of Manchester by the Sea!...
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for public viewing!
Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the 22nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay Exhibit September 12 through October 2 featuring 50 site specific sculptures by local artists addressing this year’s theme, ‘Reach’ within the magnificence of Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. Look for the large...
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, "The Music Maze"! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all, visiting the barnyard animals.
9:00 am to 5:59 pm

Self-guided Tours at Hammond Castle Museum

Take a self-guided tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester as part of Trails and Sails!
Hammond Castle Museum was built in the 1920s by inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. as a home for his extensive collection of medieval artifacts and his research laboratory. The first 30 walk-in guests on Wednesday, September 22 will receive free admission for a self-guided tour of the Museum and the...
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Pre School Story Hour at Essex Library

Pre School Story Hour on the lawn with Miss April at TOHP Burnham Library in Essex MA.
The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex invites kids, ages 3-5, to join April on the lawn for stories, songs, fingerplays and a take-home craft (while supplies last).
10:00 am to 10:30 am

Trails and Sails: Historic Grounds Tour

Come to the House of Seven Gables for a Trails & Sails event that focuses on the
House of Seven Gables hosts a Trails & Sails 2021 tour that focuses on the gardens and grounds! Join us for our newly developed historic grounds tour – one of a series of specialized tours currently in the works at The House of the Seven Gables. Take a stroll through the lesser-known history...
10:00 am to 11:00 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

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-6 Weeks

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques Hospital is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. This new group (for moms, grandmothers, and female caregivers only) is focused...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Evening Stroll at Maudslay

Enjoy and evening stroll with the park interpreter at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Join the park interpreter for a moderately paced walk to view different areas of the park and experience the changes at Maudslay over the spring, summer and fall.  Rain or shine. For ages 6 and up.  Wear walking shoes, and bug spray is recommended.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 25

Digging for History in Danvers!

Dig for History at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers as part of Trails and Sails!
Come to Rebecca Nurse Homestead and get your hands dirty with us as you become an archaeologist for the day! Working alongside professionals from the University of Southern Maine, kids and adults can try their hand at digging and uncovering pieces of history. Over the past decade we have uncovered...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Farmstead Cheese Tour

Tour Valley View Farm's goat cheese operation as part of Essex Heritage's Trails and Sails!
Visit Valley View Farm to learn about Essex County's largest farmstead goat cheese maker. See nubian goat herd, learn about cheesemaking, see the cheese cave and sample cheeses. Cheese and farm products available to purchase.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Save the River Day at Riverbend

Ipswich River Watershed Association invites Save the River Day as part of Trails and Sails!
The Ipswich River Watershed Association hosts Save the River Day! Bring a friend and introduce them to the river! We’re opening up Riverbend for the public to celebrate an incredible summer full of new records, new projects, and lots of fun.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works as part of Trails and Sails
Join the staff at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site for a tour of the industrial site which will include operating water wheels and discussions on the iron making process. Stay for a second presentation, a demonstration of blacksmithing techniques.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Coastsweep Cleanup Nahant - Nahant Beach

CoastSweep cleanup at Lynn Nahant Beach in Massachusetts!
As part of COASTSWEEP 2021, volunteers are encouraged to come to Nahant Beach Reservation to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline
10:00 am

Cape Ann Museum Green Opening Celebration

Cape Ann Museum is presenting an opening community celebration for the Cape Ann Museum Green
On Saturday, September 25, 2021, the Cape Ann Museum is presenting an opening community celebration for the Cape Ann Museum Green. Finished in 2020, the CAM Green was used for innovative projects during the COVID Pandemic. The Museum is excited to be able to invite the public to explore this new...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Andover Thrives Community Day

Andover Thrives Community Day is a celebration of community, history and family.
Andover is celebrating 375 years! The Town’s 375th Committee invites everyone to join them on Saturday, September 25 from 10 AM – 7 PM at the lower Shawsheen playground and track. Community Day will offer a variety of day/early evening activities including entertainment, classes, food booths,...
10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Revolutionary War Militia Muster!

Come by the Newburyport Custom House to see Captain John Wood’s Company, Colonel Gerrish’s 25th Regiment of the Massachusetts Grand Army on our back green!
The Custom House is celebrating Essex National Heritage Area’sTrails & Sails 2021 on Saturday,  with a Revolutionary War Militia Muster on the back green. This reenactment event will highlight Newburyport’s role in the American Revolution. Visit our back lawn to see Captain John Wood’s Company...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Forest River Park Salem CoastSweep

Come help with the Coastsweep cleanup of the Forest River Park in Salem, Massachusetts!
As part of COASTSWEEP 2021, volunteers are encouraged to come to Forest River Park to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean along the shore
10:00 am

Corn Cookoff with Amesbury FD

Families are invited to the Amesbury FD's Corn Cookoff at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury Massachusetts
Come to Cider Hill Farm where Amesbury's Local 1783 is bringing the heat! The fire crew will be onsite cooking up hot ears of Cider Hill Farm corn. 1 for $3 or 2 for $5. 100% of proceeds go to Amesbury Fire Department.
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
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