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Christmas & Holiday Events 2017

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Holidays at Highfield 2017 - Falmouth, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA
 Holidays at Highfield Hall Top decorators and designers showcase their talents in the elegant rooms of Highfield Hall. The event features a gift gallery with items ranging from fine crafts to hostess gifts, an international crèche collection, a tea shop, a model train display, seasonal music, special exhibitions, Santa and more. This year's theme is inspired by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales.
Time: Monday - Thursday, noon to 4 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $10; children admitted free
Telephone: 508-495-1878

Festival of Trees and Snow Village - Wellesley, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street Wellesley, MA
Festival of Trees and Snow Village Mass Horticultural Society The Festival of Trees at Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Hunnewell Building, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees. Visitors “vote” with raffle tickets, in hopes of winning a tree. Visitors can also enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds on a stroll or a horse-drawn wagon ride. There are Santa Visits and other kids activities. Dates: November 24-26 and 29-30; December 1-3 and 6-10.
Time: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, December 11, until 6 p.m.
Admission: $10; children under age 11 admitted free
Telephone: 617-933-4988

Gardens Aglow 2017 at Heritage Museums and Gardens - Sandwich, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA
This holiday family tradition transforms Heritage Museums and Gardens with festive displays, family activities, marshmallow roasting, music, visits with Santa Claus, displays of model trains - and even a visit by baby animals. The exhibit gallery will have model trains running on full-scale models of the George Washington Bridge and the Cape Cod Canal bridge, Mrs. Claus, and a giant LiteBrite. Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from November 24-December 17; December 22; December 29, and December 30.
Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Admission: Over age 11, $18; youth age 3 to 11, $7

Winter Reimagined 2017 at Tower Hill Botanical Garden - Worcester, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018 Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive Worcester, MA
Winter Reimagined is a stroll among dramatic displays of lights throughout 15 acres of formal gardens. The events includes access to the gardens, Garden Shop, wishing tree forest, conservatories, fire pits, igloo, fairy village train , and more. Reservations to Twigs Cafe are recommended, food trucks are onsite weekend evenings. Pre-purchased tickets are required; visitors choose the day and time to attend. .
Time: Adults, $15; seniors over age 64, $10; youth age 6-18, $5
Telephone: 508-869-6111

Christmas Stroll & Tree Lighting 2017 - Orleans, MA

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Snow's Home and Garden, 22 Main Street Orleans, MA
Join Orleans residents and Mrs. Claus for the Christmas Stroll and the Tree lighting on the Village Green. Gather at 4:45 p.m. at Snow's Home & Garden for the Stroll, which leaves Snow's at 5 p.m. Then proceed to the Green, holding candles, lights, and singing carols, for the lighting.
Time: 4:45 p.m.

City of Lights Parade and Holiday Celebration 2017 - Lowell, MA

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 various locations Lowell, MA
 Christmas in Lowell MA Take the afternoon to stroll downtown Lowell streets and enjoy the fun, and celebrate the season with kids activities, live performances, photos with Santa, the Hot Chocolate Competition. Events include pony rides, a magic show, holiday art, a holiday craft market, a sing-along, a festival of wreath contest and raffle, strolling carolers, the Holly Jolly Trolley, and a holiday choral concert. The daytime fun leads to the nighttime extravaganza, The City of Lights Parade and City Hall Lighting. Parade begins at 4:30 p.m.
Time: Noon- 8 p.m.; parade begins at 4:30 p.m.

Blink! Light & Sound Show 2017 - Boston, MA

Nov 29, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Square Boston, MA
 Blink! 2017 in Boston MA A new Holiday Blink! show will light up the Faneuil Hall Marketplace with 350,000 lights every evening for five weeks. An 85-foot fir tree adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music to provide entertainment for visitors and shoppers. The lights are accompanied by music by of the Holiday Pops. Festivities will begin with a Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 19 and will continue through January 1, 2018. Some special events:
December 2. Gregg Daniels and Fast Freddy of Mix104.1 FM will collect toys for Toys for Tots. Entertainment by the Nate Bash Band, Sugarbabies Band and Them Apples Band
December 9. Entertainment by Greater Boston School of Dance, Life of the Party and Catching Arrows and The Red Guard
December 16. Christmas in the City – Bring new unwrapped gifts for homeless children. Entertainment by Nate Bash Band, Sugarbabies Band and Them Apples Band
December 23. Entertainment by Dances with Energy, the Brandy Band and other performers.
Time: Nightly performances begin at 4:30 p.m. and repeat every half hour
Admission: Free

Festival of Lights 2017 - Worcester, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 Worcester Common Oval 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA MA
Enjoy performances throughout the night from Sasha Fire Gypsy Gaulin and Cirque de Light, face painting, horse drawn sleigh rides, local crafters and vendors, the opening of the ice rink (at 4:30 p.m.), the annual tree lighting, and, of course, the arrival of Santa! Worcester's Jessica Cabral will be performing at this year's Festival of Lights! Also performing is Burncoat High School's Quadrivium, and South High School's Chorus and Marching Band. The return of the Food Truck Rodeo includes some of Worcester's favorite food trucks and free hot chocolate to the first 1000 people.
Time: 4:30-9 p.m.

Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour in Chinatown Park - Boston, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 Many locations Boston, MA
Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour will continue the festive tradition of lighting holiday trees while bringing holiday spirit to children across Boston. The event includes visits with Santa, holiday performances, tree lightings and more. See event website for the times that the mayor will appear at various parks and locations.
Time: Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

Merry Maple Celebration of Lights 2017 - Amherst, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Avenue Amherst, MA
Amherst Town Hall. Hayrides, face painting, tree lighting, UMass Minuteman Marching Band arrives with Santa!
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Telephone: 413-253-0700

Christmas at Castle Hill 2017: The Season of Carols - Ipswich, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road Ipswich, MA
Christmas at Castle Inn in the Crane Estate Each room in the 1920s mansion is festively decorated for a beloved Christmas carol. You'll find live music and dance, fresh baked cookies and cider, a treasure hunt, family activities, and a visit with Santa. Make Friday a date night with evening tours, a cash bar, light appetizers, and festive music. Come with friends on Saturday for great decorating ideas, shopping and a pop up cafe. Bring the children on Sunday to visit with Santa and hunt for carol-themed items.
Time: Friday, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 ay-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; children and seniors, 10; Ipswich residents, $10.

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas 2017 - Stockbridge, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Various locations Stockbridge, MA
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas As the location of Norman Rockwell’s Main Street at Christmas painting, Stockbridge celebrates the season, closing on Sunday with a re-creation of the iconic painting in real life.
Friday, December 1 Readings Around The Hearth at the Stockbridge Library. 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 Holiday House Tour. This self-guided tour features Blantyre, Eastover, Naumkeag, Historic Merrell Inn, Charles Owen House and The Old Rectory. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Children’s Holiday Story Time. Stockbridge Library. 11 a.m.
Caroling Luminaria Walk. Meet in front of The Red Lion Inn for a Luminaria walk to the First Congregational Church. 6 p.m.
Holiday Concert. Christmas musical program by the Berkshire Lyric and the Blafield Children’s Chorus at the First Congregational Church. 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 3
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Re-creation. See Main Street as Norman Rockwell did when he painted the famous Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Noon-2 p.m.
Time: See event website for details

Nantucket Christmas Stroll Weekend 2017 - Nantucket, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Main Street Nantucket, MA
MA nantucket christmas stroll On Stroll Saturday, carolers in costume sing familiar Christmas tunes at downtown locations. Live entertainment is performed on Main Street. Guests also relish special dinners at island restaurants, tours, and exhibitions. At mid-day, the Nantucket Town Crier will ring in Christmas Stroll, and lead a walk wharves to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrive via Coast Guard Cutter. Email: info@nantucketchamber.org
Time: All day
Telephone: 508-228-3643

Celebrate Christmas 2017 at the Eustis Estate - Milton, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue Milton Milton, MA
Eustis Estate in Milton MA Enjoy a Victorian Christmas at the Eustis Estate. The 1878 mansion is decorated for the holidays with a nod toward late nineteenth-century style. Advance tickets are recommended.
December 2
Make Your Own Bling. Learn the basics of silversmithing. Fee includes lunch and materials. 9:30 am-4:30 pm $175
December 3
Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Take a photo with Santa and see the mansion decorated for Christmas. Noon-3 pm Adults, $15; children, $5
Christmas Cheers at the Eustis Estate. Enjoy a magical evening of music and holiday cheer. 5:30-8:30 pm $15-$25. Repeats December 10 and 17.
December 5 Christmas Crafts. Create Victorian tree ornaments from folded paper and lace. Fee includes materials and admission to the museum. $35. 3-5 pm Repeats December 13.
December 6.
Christmas Tea. Relax in the parlors and enjoy tea sandwiches and scones. $45. 3-5 pm
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Holiday Crafts and Storytime. Do craft workshops to make snowman ornaments then head to the library for holiday storytime. For ages 5 to 12. 10 am-2 pm. Repeats December 16.
December 12
Four Centuries of Christmas in New England. This illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas. $15. 6-8 pm
December 15
Merry Historic Milton: Progressive Tasting Trolley Tour. Join a progressive tasting through the Forbes House Museum, the Wakefield Estate, and the Eustis Estate. Each house will be decorated for the holidays and will feature one course and one beverage. $100. 6-9 pm or 7:30-10:30 pm
Time: Open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Williamstown Holiday Walk 2017 - Williamstown, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Spring and Water streets and downtown Williamstown, MA
 Williamstown MA holiday walk and Reindog parade Holiday festivities with traditional New England flair: old-fashioned caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Reindog Parade, a Penny Social, Santa Claus, and much more. Kick-off with the ever popular Reindog Parade will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Time: Call event host for time
Telephone: 413-458-9077

Holidays on The Green 2017 at The Pinehills - Plymouth, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Village Green at The Pinehills Plymouth, MA
Holidays on the Green is a celebration with a Holiday Artisan Market, cookie decorating, ice sculpting demonstrations, ornament making, a petting zoo, horse and carriage rides around the village green, a tree lighting on the Village Green, and, of course, a visit from Santa. The Reindog Parade will stride again.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 508-209-9000

Arts & Crafts Shows

Vineyard Artisans Thanksgiving Weekend Festival 2017 - West Tisbury, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Agricultural Hall, 35 Panhandle Road West Tisbury, MA
This holiday art show by Islanders, features many holiday gifts such as one of a kind winter hand-made sweaters, hand-made soaps, Island lavender, and fine crafts including leather and vintage material bags, wood butcher block cutting boards, and so much more
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Children & Families

Tinseliner, a 1950s American Christmas Experience - Adams, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Adams Passenger Station, 3 Hoosac Street across from the Adams Visitor’s Center Adams, MA
Each trip lasts 90 minutes and features a visit from Father Christmas who will offer a gift to every child on board. New this year is a 20-minute layover at an authentic Christmas tree lot. November 24 and Saturdays and Sundays only.
Time: November 24 and Saturday trains depart at 1, 3, 5, and 7 p.m. Sunday trains depart at 1, 3, and 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; kids under age 12, $16. Children under 2 ride free

Zoolights 2017 at Stone Zoo - Stoneham, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Stone Zoo, 149 Pond Street Stoneham, MA
 Zoolights 2017 at Stone Zoo in Massachusetts Get into the holiday spirit by strolling tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Guests will be able to see black bears and the festively decorated area around their exhibit. Meet one of Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close; meet St. Nick in Santa's Castle through December 23; take a moonlit spin on the carousel, Jungle Fun, Safari Jeep, and Turbo Tub rides.
Time: 5-9 p.m.; closed on Christmas Day

Holiday Pops 2017! Welcome Yule - Lexington, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue Lexington, MA
The family afternoon Pops concert presents holiday favorites and introduces kids to the wonder of a symphony orchestra. Join Lexington Symphony along with special guests, New World Chorale. Also expect a visit from Santa and a carol sing-along. These concerts will sell out.
Time: Kids Pops at 4 p.m.; Evening Pops at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10-$55

Diane Kelley Presents a Holiday Spectacular 2017 - Worcester, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA
 171 MA hanover diane-kelley-holiday-spec Diane Kelley and her young dancers perform holiday treats at the upbeat variety show presents by singers, dancers and actors of all ages.
It is one of Worcester’s newest family traditions, with dancing snowman and reindeer and singing elves.
The whole family will be singing Christmas carols and tapping their toes!
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: $26-$32

Comedy

It's The Improvised Holiday Spectacular - Cambridge, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017 ImprovBoston 40 Prospect Street Cambridge, MA
The Improvised Holiday Spectacular blows up the traditional feel-good, warm, and cuddly holiday show to embrace seasonal absurdity with unfiltered, blunt wit and adult revelry. Join the fun as they play irreverent improvised games, sing off-the-cuff songs, and dive into raucously spontaneous scenes. Fridays at 10 p.m.
Time: Fridays, November 24 - December 29 at 10 p.m.; and one Saturday, December 23 at 10 p.m.
Admission: $18

Dance

Boston Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker” - Boston, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA
This all-new production of “The Nutcracker” received rave reviews on its debut in 2012, and is returning to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season. Schedule of performances.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $129-$164

Dinner

Christmas Dinner & Chamber Music Concert - Sturbridge, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 Old Sturbridge Village, 29 Stallion Hill Road Sturbridge, MA
Enjoy festive cocktails, fine dining and a holiday concert presented by The Worcester Chamber Music Society. The musical program includes two of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, and Bach’s Suite in B minor. The music will lift the hearts of the whole family. https://www.osv.org/event/christmas-dinner-concert-2017
Time: 6-9 p.m. Concert portion begins at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Dinner and the concert, $75 per person; concert only, $45

Dinner Theater

Spotlight Playhouse Presents HoliDAZE II – A Holiday Dinner Theater Cabaret - Haverill, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017 Spotlight Playhouse, 85 Essex Street Haverill, MA
Broadway on Essex is a well-established dinner theater cabaret. HoliDAZE will be a conglomeration of Broadway and holiday songs with some songs recognizing the daze that sometimes surrounds the holidays, including family, friends, dating and the overall crazy holiday times.
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Admission: $35-$38
Telephone: 617-470-2175

Farms

Heifer Farm Holiday Open House - Rutland, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Heifer Farm, 216 Wachusett Street Rutland, MA
Meet the barnyard animals at Heifer Farm's Living Gift Market. Children can meet with Santa. Take a holiday photo with a goat, enjoy a scenic hayride, warm up with homemade soup, roast chestnuts, decorate gingerbread cookies, make international crafts, and shop at the Fair Trade gift shop, farm stand and bake sale. Dates: December 2, 3, 9, 10.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Admission is free with a canned good donation!
Telephone: 508-886-5000

Historic

Getting Ready for a Winter's Ball: Special Evening Tour 2017 - Deerfield, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 8, 2017 Historic Deerfield Deerfield, MA
On this illuminated tour, guests will watch and talk with 19th-century residents of Deerfield as they get ready for a ball. Step inside the Hall Tavern kitchen and see the food being prepared, listen to musicians rehearse in the ballroom, meet a mother sending her daughter off to the ball, and learn about a romantic intrigue. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Dates: December 1 and 8.
Time: 5-8:30 p.m. Tours leave every 15 minutes and last an hour.
Admission: $25 per person

Christmas at King Caesar 2017: An Island Holiday - Duxbury, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 King Caesar House Museum, 120 King Caesar Road Duxbury, MA
Décor for Christmas at King Caesar will be inspired by the travels of 19th century Duxbury mariners, who navigated local ships to islands around the world. Visitors, of all ages, will be encouraged to “Find Zeke,” the precocious, globe-trotting cat. The Ship’s store will feature a selection of items ideal for gift-giving.
Christmas at King Caesar House Tours. December 9-10. Sail the islands with Duxbury Mariners and support the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society. $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students over age 6. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Christmas at King Caesar Candlelight Tour. December 9. Join and archivist and historian Carolyn for a candlelight tour of the King Caesar House. Experience King Caesar as never before. $25. Reservations required at 781-934-6106. 5-6:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. ***
Time: See description above
Admission: See description above

Home & Studio Tours

Holiday House Tour 2017 - Plymouth, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street Plymouth, MA
Plymouth-area homes are decked out in festive style for the season! Lunch is served both days at Hotel 1620 Plymouth - one lunch is included with your ticket. The location of houses is confidential until tour day. The booklet and map that will serve as your ticket and reveal the locations of the houses can be picked up at Pilgrim Hall Museum between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday or 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Before November 11, $48; thereafter, $52.
Telephone: 508-746-1620

Christmas in Salem 2017 Historic House Tours - Salem, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Tour headquarters is 211 Bridge Street Salem, MA
Christmas in Salem features a glimpse into private homes that have been professionally decorated for the holiday season. Each year, the tour features a different neighborhood in historic Salem and therefore explores a series of unique histories and architectural tales. Tickets may be purchased online or at the tour headquarters, 211 Bridge Street, on the day of the tour.
Time: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $35

New Bedford Preservation Society Holiday House Tour 2017 - New Bedford, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street New Bedford, MA
Residents of New Bedford’s historic neighborhoods open their restored homes for the New Bedford Preservation Society’s signature fundraising event. You will be inspired by the varied architecture and interiors, all beautifully decorated for the season. Costumed historic interpreters greeting visitors at one of the historic homes. A pre-tour brunch will be served on December 10th (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and the holiday raffle and silent auction will be held during tour hours. 
Time: Saurday, 4-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: $22-$25; brunch is $20
Telephone: 508-997-6425

Museums

Glassblowers' Christmas 2017 at Sandwich Glass Museum - Sandwich, MA

Nov 13, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street Sandwich, MA
Hundreds of unique glass ornaments made by the region’s finest local and national glass artists will adorn Christmas trees in the Contemporary Gallery. The visitor will be transported into a magical display of color and childhood memoriesGlassblowing demonstrations held every hour.
Time: Daily 9:30 a.m. -5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $9; children age 6-14, $2

Festival of Trees 2017 at The Berkshire Museum - Pittsfield, MA

Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street Pittsfield, MA
This annual Christmas event features 100 creatively decorated trees displayed throughout the galleries.
Time: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Telephone: 413-443-7171

Music

Tuba Christmas 2017 - Boston, MA

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Square Boston, MA
 boston tuba christmas 2017 Boston Tuba Christmas marks its 32nd anniversary at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. About 150 to 200 tuba players will perform for the crowd outdoors with favorite holiday classics at the West End of the Marketplace. The event is free and open to the public. Tuba Christmas is a nationwide event, that honors and celebrates all artists and teachers who contributed the joyous tuba culture that exists today.
Time: p.m.
Admission: Free

Fine Winter's Night with Matt and Shannon Heaton - New Bedford, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street New Bedford, MA
Irish music songs from the 12th to the 21st centuries is performed by this husband-and-wife duo on guitar, bouzouki, Irish flute. Hear feelings from quiet reflection to jubilation about romance, the Nativity and the solstice.
Time: Doors open 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20 in advance online and $25 at the door.
Telephone: 508-673-8523

Handel + Haydn Society performs "Messiah" - Boston, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
Start the season off right with Boston’s longest-running holiday tradition. Handel + Hayden Society’s Messiah is triumphant. None can boast the interpretative subtlety and expressive precision that is now the standard at Handel + Hayden Society.
Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Present: A Celtic Family Christmas - Beverly, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 The Cabot, 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA
This holiday season join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas concert you will never forget. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children – A Celtic Family Christmas will lift your heart.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $38.50 - $58.50
Telephone: 978-927-3100

Holiday Pops 2017 with the Boston Pops - Boston, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 24, 2017 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
 Holiday pops 2017 Join the Boston Pops in a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-a-long, and even a visit from jolly old Santa Claus. The concerts take place in Symphony Hall, decorated to evoke all the magic of Christmas. Patrons sit at cabaret tables and order food and drink while taking in the music and entertainment. Special matinee performances for kids are scheduled, too. Dates: December 2, 5, 7-24; kids matinees are December 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: $39 to $160
Telephone: 888-266-1200

Natalie Macmaster & Donnell Leahy - A Celtic Family Christmas 2017 - Great Barrington, MA

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
These fiddle virtuosos perfomr an intimate Christmas concert you will never forget, a re--creation of a true Cape Breton Christmas celebration.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $25-$75
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Boston Pops Holiday Tour 2017 - Worcester, MA

Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 8, 2017 Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts 2 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA
The Boston Pops presents a program for music lovers of all ages, bursting with holiday music favorites. This festive Christmas season event has a sing-along that never disappoints. Watch for Santa!
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $59-$129

St. Ann Sings! Christmas Concert 2017 - Lenox, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017 St. Ann Church, 134 Main Street Lenox, MA
St. Ann Church in Lenox is set to usher in the Christmas season in song, with “St. Ann Sings! A Christmas Spectacular.” Youth and Adult Ensembles along with the Youth Orchestra will present a program of sacred and popular Christmas favorites. A reception will follow the concert in the Parish Family Center
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 suggested donation
Telephone: 413-637-0157

Noël: Music for the Season 2017 - Cambridge and Needham, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Two locations; see below Cambridge and Needham, MA
The program features the beloved voices of Schütz, Harbison, Holst and Vaughan Williams along with unusual, and unusually gorgeous, music by Bax and Chadwick.
Saturday, First Church, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Powers Hall in 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, 3 p.m.
Time: See description above
Admission: $25-$75
Telephone: 617-868-5877

Blind Boys of Alabama - Great Barrington, MA

Dec 10, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
The concert will feature songs from the Talkin’ Christmas! album, as well as the band’s Christmas recording, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," along with gospel classics. The world-renowned Preservation Hall Legacy Horns from New Orleans will join the group for this performance.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $30 to $67

Holidays at Worcester Art Museum 2017: Salisbury Singers - Worcester, MA

Dec 10, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA
Salisbury Singers is a mixed chorus of selected volunteers under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Michelle Graveline. Its special Holidays at WAM concert is always a popular event.
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: Free with museum admission of $16 for adults, $14 for seniors over age 64; $6 for youth age 4-17

A Pentatonix Christmas Tour - Boston, MA

Dec 12, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 Boch Center, 270 Tremont Street Boston, MA
The concerts will be the group’s first to feature songs from its three hugely successful holiday albums.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Tickets start at $39.50

Boston Pops Holiday Tour 2017 - Lowell, MA

Dec 17, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack Street Lowell, MA
The Boston Pops -- “America’s orchestra” -- makes your season both jolly and bright and filled with glorious Christmas music. Unleash your vocal chords for the audience sing-along that follows a program of favorite holiday classics. You may see Santa!
Time: 2:30 p.m.

Holidays at WAM: Merrimack Valley Ringers - Worcester, MA

Dec 17, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA
The Merrimack Valley Ringers, an auditioned community hand bell ensemble, delights audiences with their infectious joy, and make it their goal to capture their audience from the first note with their gusto and warmth.
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Admission: Free with museum admission: adults, $16; seniors over 64, $14; college students, $14; youth age 4-17, $6

Outdoor Activities

Christmas 2017 at Cape Poge Lighthouse - Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017 Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, 67 Dike Road Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard, MA
Enjoy a guided over-sand vehicle ride along the barrier beach to the remote Cape Poge Lighthouse (while keeping your eyes peeled for signs of snowy owls)! Enjoy a warm drink in the festively decorated Cape Poge Light, climb the lighthouse’s spiral staircase and discover intriguing stories of the keepers of the light. Pre-registration is required.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $35; children, $20
Telephone: 508-693-7662

Parades

Falmouth Christmas Parade 2017 - Falmouth, MA

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Main Street Falmouth, MA
 Falmouth MA Christmas parade Parade steps off at noontime at the Falmouth Mall and proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. The holiday parade is rich with decorated floats, marching bands, live animals, costumed characters and Santa Claus.
Time: noon
Telephone: 508-548-8500

Parties, Dances, Balls

Hogmanay Fire and Ice 2017 - Tewksbury, MA

Dec 31, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Tewksbury Country Club, 1880 Main Street Tewksbury, MA
Hogmanay is the Scottish New Year's Eve. Celebrate with NHSCOT with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction; Scottish feast; countdowns to the new year during a live broadcast of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebration and a champagne toast at midnight; dancing to Celt-rock and traditional music by Rebel Collective. RSVP by December 19, 2017.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Telephone: 603-229-1975

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

ChristmasTime 2017 with the Reagle Music Theater - Waltham, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA
ChristmasTime is a musical extravaganza that includes a Living Nativity, Santa’s Workshop, Teddy Bears’ Nutcracker, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Victorian Christmas, precision dancers and heartwarming choral numbers. A cast of nearly 200 performers is by a full orchestra. Children will also be enchanted as 100 boys and girls are turn into elves in Santa’s Workshop. Dates: December 2, 3, 8, 9, 10.
Time: December 2, 3, 9 and 10 at noon and 4 p.m.; December 8 at 7 p.m.
Admission: $37 to $65; group tickets are available at a discount.
Telephone: 781-891-5600

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2017 - Boston, MA

Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017 Cutler Majestic Theater, 219 Tremont Street Boston, MA
Celtic Soujourn Irish singers, musicians and dancers perform the best of Celtic traditions. Come hear Celtic music group Solas, led by Seamus Egan with fiddler Winifred Horan, accordionist Johnny Connolly, guitarist Eamon McElholmon, and bassist Chico Huff. Harpist and singer Maeve Gilchrist from Scotland and cellist Natalie Haas also return, with special guests Mairi Campbell.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Varies by event

Shopping & Sales

Festival of Wreaths 2017 - Nantucket, MA

Nov 22, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Nantucket Historic Association, 13 Broad Street Nantucket, MA
Enter this silent auction for a chance to take home one of the 80 beautifully crafted wreaths on at the historical association
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 508-228-3643

Tastings

Mini Food Tour and Tasting - Salem, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 departure from tour headquarters at 211 Bridge Street Salem, MA
Salem Food Tours is excited to offer the popular holiday celebration tour, including a stop at a historic home, spice, cheese, wine, cheese and a savory tasting, as well as time to holiday shop at our wonderful local shops. The Walk takes about 35 minutes, includes a sweet treat, and ends at Salem Wine Imports with a wine tasting.
Time: Two departures, at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission: $38

Theater

"The Nutcracker" - Worcester, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA
A full orchestra and ballet ensemble enchant you with brilliant dancing and vibrant costumes.
Time: November 24 at 7 p.m.; November 25 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; November 26 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Admission: $28, $34 and $40
Telephone: 877-571-7469

“A Christmas Carol” - Lowell, MA

Nov 29, 2017 - Dec 24, 2017 Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 East Merrimack Street Lowell, MA
Joel Colodner uses his dexterous voice and inventive acting to bring Ebenezer Scrooge and the rest of your favorite characters to life. Inspired by Charles Dickens’s own live storytelling performances, this show will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas: the joy of fellowship and compassion. Dates: November 29-30; December 1-3, 6-10, 13-17.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 978-654-4678

Black Nativity 2017 - Boston, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Paramount Center at Emerson College, 559 Washington Street Boston, MA
 Black Nativity in Boston Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Black Nativity is the joyous account of an historic event that occurred 2,000 years ago. It’s a celebration that tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music and dance. Based on the Gospel of St. Luke, combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes, this song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all. Boston’s captivating production is the longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’s song-play in the world. Dates: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17.
Time: Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 8 p.m.
Admission: $35-$47

The Christmas Revels 2017: A Venetian Celebration of the Winter Solstice - Cambridge, MA

Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 27, 2017 Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA
Every year Revels travels to a different place and time, exploring a new culture through music, dance and rituals. This year the destination is Renaissance Venice, as preparations are under way for the solstice Feast of the Seven Fishes. The wild adventures ahead involve reckless actors, jailbreaks, itinerant musicians, English Morris men and maybe even the Spanish Armada!
Time: Consult event website
Admission: $75, $66, $48, $27; children age 11 and younger, $50, $42, $32, $15