Salem Holiday Tree Lighting

Come to the Holiday Tree Lighting in Salem to kick off the holiday season!

Join Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem as we combine two of our most beloved annual traditions – Greet Santa at the Hawthorne Hotel and the lighting of Salem’s Holiday Tree – into one evening. Santa Claus will arrive at the top of the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square W) promptly at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2019, with assistance from the Salem Fire Department, of course. Bring the whole family out for carols, festivities, and fun!

Friday, November 29, 2019 6:30pm

Brooksby Farm Holiday Open House

Brooksby Farm in Peabody Massachusetts hosts a Holiday open house for the whole family!

Stop by and enjoy the wonders of the season at Brooksby Farm! Precut trees, wreaths, kissing balls, baskets and greens, sampling throughout the store, toys, unique gifts, jams, honey, maple, candles, campfire with s’mores, photo spots, barn yard animals, hot soups, letters to santa and more!

Saturday, December 7, 2019 Noon-3pm
Sunday, December 8, 2019 Noon-3pm

Manchester Holiday Stroll

Shop downtown merchants, win prizes and have fun in Manchester Massachusetts!

Support Manchester Merchants, shop around town & collect stamps in your Holiday Passbook and you will have a chance to win an APPLE WATCH! This traditional passport shopping event will give participants an opportunity to see unique array of merchants in town, take advantage of holiday discounts, and maybe even win a great prize!

Friday, December 6, 2019 4-8pm

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.

Saturday, December 14, 2019 10am
Sunday, December 15, 2019 10am

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.

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

Santa Comes to Essex

After Santa arrives in Essex, kids will have a chance discuss their wish list with him in person!

Santa arrives on the Essex River by boat and walks up to the shipyard with a cast of toyland characters. Children can sit on Santa's lap and review their holiday "wish list", while adults enjoy wonderful hot clam chowder from Woodman's.  Carols by 'Sound Waves' provide great entertainment for the evening!  Hot chocolate and Munchkins provided by Dunkin Donuts!

Friday, December 6, 2019 6-8 pm

Zoo Lights at the Stone Zoo - Stoneham

Stone Zoo for Northshore children and families

ZooLights will shine brightly beginning on Friday, November 22, 2019, Beloved holiday tradition returns to Stone Zoo.

ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 22. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes, and even reindeer! Enjoy more festive fun by warming up by the fire pits and toasting marshmallows for s’mores (available for purchase).

November 22, 2019 through January 4, 2020
Closed November 28, 2019
Closed December 25, 2019
Jolly Old St. Nick will be available for photos through December 24.
On December 4, 11, 18 and 24, guests can also meet Mrs. Claus, who will be greeting visitors and spreading holiday cheer throughout the Zoo from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting in Rockport

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.

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM

The Farm Nisse of Appleton Farms

You may run in to the Nisee at The Trsutees' Appleton Farms this time of year!

The Nisse – a farm elf from Scandinavian folklore – will visit Appleton Farms. While we wait for the Nisse to awake from his slumber in the hayloft, there will be children's holiday crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, and carolers. Upon his decent from the hayloft, the Nisse must be offered his porridge. If his porridge isn't just right, he will play tricks on the farmers and tie the cows tails in knots! If he likes his porridge, he will let us help spread the magic seeds bringing good fortune to the farm in the year ahead.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 2-3pm


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Winter Weekends at Appleton Farms

Winter Weekends at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
Appleton Farms invites families for a weekend fun all Winter long!  While the weather may be colder, winter is a great time to be at Appleton Farms! Every weekend, the farm will be filled with a number of activities and opportunities to explore the property, socialize in a safe, socially-distant...
12:00 pm to 4:00 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
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