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Events Calendar 2016

As the year comes to an end, New England rings and sparkles with events to celebrate the Christmas holiday season, from the silliness of Frosty the Snowman to the grandeur of the "messiah" and everything in between. Click to find Christmas holiday events in all of New England and enjoy the

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Arts & Crafts Shows

Old Deerfield Holiday Sampler Craft Fair 2016 - West Springfield, MA

Nov 17, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016 Eastern States Exposition Center, 1305 Memorial Avenue West Springfield, MA
Two days of arts and crafts, specialty foods, and live music! Surround yourself with one of a kind crafts and meet over 230 artisans. Offering fine art, clothing, glass, pottery, wood working,jewelry, hand made toys and more!
Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 910a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; children age 12 and younger, free

Children & Families

Snowmazing! -- Sock Skating & “A Year With Frog and Toad” - Boston, MA

Nov 30, 2016 - Dec 30, 2016 Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street Boston, MA
Sock Skating opens Friday evening November 30. Skate with your socks in an alpine village. Enjoy the holiday fun with music, games, and the Museum’s elves. “A Year with Frog and Toad” is performed by Wheelock Family Theater from December 16 to December 30. The musical tells the story of two amphibians whose deep friendship carries them through the seasons. Eternally sunny Frog lifts the spirits of worrywart Toad, bringing Arnold Lobel's picture books to life. See museum website for "A Year With Frog and Toad" performance times.
Time: Saturday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $16; children age 1-15, $16

Dinner Theater

"An HMO Blue Christmas" - Lenoxq, MA

Dec 10, 2016 - Dec 10, 2016 Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street Lenoxq, MA
The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble invites the public to celebrate the holiday season at Ventfort Hall Mansion at this murder mystery dinner theater show. Dr. E. Ville, administrator Anne Teak, nurse Vera Hotty; janitor Duane Pipe, HMO rep Bonnie Anne Clyde are suspects in the death throes of a killer incident when they appear at Ventfort Hall. A full-course dinner will be served. The audience is in for a rollicking good time while they discover the killer in this malpractice whodunit. Reservations are required by December 5. Email: info@gildedage.org.
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: $35
Telephone: 413-637-3206

Historic

243rd Anniversary Boston Tea Party Reenactment - Boston, MA

Dec 16, 2016 - Dec 16, 2016 Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, Boston, MA
Re-live the event that changed American history forever- the Boston Tea Party- in the same place where it all began 243 years ago. Join Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock for a fiery debate about the tea tax. Then, follow the Sons of Liberty on a march to the tea ships in Boston Harbor to make salt-water tea. The program begins at Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, MA and ends at the Harborwalk behind the InterContinental Boston hotel, Congress Street Bridge.
Your tickets include seating at the Old South Meeting House; escorted access in the parade to the harbor; reserved viewing on bleachers with the best sight lines to the action aboard the Brig Beaver at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.
Time: 6:30-8 pm.
Admission: $30 in advance
Telephone: 617-482-4376

Museums

Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections - Boston, MA

Sep 12, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016 McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2101 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA
Beyond Words provides a sweeping overview of the book and illuminated manuscripts in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. One hundred fifty manuscripts show various types of images in prayer or professional books.
Time: Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon–5 p.m
Telephone: 617-552-8587

Massed Media Exhibit at MFA - Boston, MA

Nov 19, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA
The works in “Massed Media” are all made using a similar artistic strategy: the massing of multiple components into a cohesive whole—greater than the sum of its parts. Whether sculpture, video, jewelry, craft, or design, the works in “Massed Media” show the power and potential of pattern. Exhibit open through April 9, 2017.
Time: Saturday-Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors and students, $23; youth below age 18, free

Music

Cellist Zuill Bailey with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra - Cambridge and Boston, MA

Nov 9, 2016 - Dec 9, 2016 Sander Theater and Jordan Hall Cambridge and Boston, MA
The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Boston debut of cellist Zuill Bailey in a performance of French composer Henri Dutilleux’s cello concerto "Tout un monde lointain"; the Philharmonic will perform Debussy’s "Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune" and Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Walton’s Scapino Overture. The concerts will take place at:
Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, 7:30 p.m.on November 17;
Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston, 8 p.m. on November 19;
Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, 3 p.m. on November 20.
Time: See description above
Admission: $25 to $105 with $10 tickets available for students.
Telephone: 617-236-0999

Swinging with Sinatra: Highfield’s Annual Holiday Party & Benefit - Falmouth, MA

Dec 10, 2016 - Dec 10, 2016 Highfield Hall and Gardens, 56 HIghfield Drive Falmouth, MA
Dress snappy, sip martinis, enjoy gourmet food stations, swing to live music and party like the Rat Pack at this end-of-the-year bash to benefit Highfield Hall & Gardens and the Falmouth Service Center. 
Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Admission: $150
Telephone: 508 495-1878

Norah Jones - Boston, MA

Dec 10, 2016 - Dec 10, 2016 Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Place Boston, MA
With a new album titled Day Breaks, Norah Jones will be singing songs old and new including some of the 9 originals (new) and covers of Neil Young and Duke Ellington tunes (old) on the new LP.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $36-$66

John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey: Midnight McCartney - Great Barrington, MA

Dec 11, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Paul McCartney had a great idea for an album. He just needed the world-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli to make it.In 2014 Paul approached John to record some of his songs, mostly post-Beatles and some lesser known, in Pizzarelli's signature jazz style.This idea became Midnight McCartney. Enjoy this unique and different take on some of Paul McCartney's most loved songs performed live in a very special and intimate performance by Mahaiwe favorite, John Pizzarelli.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $29–$120

David Crosby - Boston, MA

Dec 12, 2016 - Dec 12, 2016 Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street Boston, MA
David Crosby is back on the road with tunes from his new album Lighthouse. He’ll be performing with Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Becca Stevens and Canadian singer Michelle Willis.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $50-$65

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Twelfth Night with Revels - Watertown, MA

Jan 7, 2017 - Jan 7, 2017 Grace Vision Church, 80 Mount Auburn Stree Watertown, MA
Join Revels us for an afternoon of family fun with carol singing led by David Coffin, Morris and sword dancing, and a traditional mummers' play which has been performed on Twelfth Night in England for centuries. We'll also have a visit from old Father Christmas, a special bean cake ritual, a family dance, hot cider, goodies and more! This popular event sells out every year so make your reservations early.
Time: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; children age 11 and younger, $7

Shopping & Sales

SoWa Holiday Market 2016 - Boston, MA

Dec 10, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016 Benjamin Franklin Institute, 41 Berkeley Street Boston, MA
This year's Holiday Market will feature the very best of New England's independent designers, artists and crafters. Expect to find an exceptional array of indie goods, including: handbags, jewelry, pottery, letterpress stationery, silk-screened t-shirts, baby clothes, re-purposed wool accessories and more!
Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $5; children under age 12, free

Theater

London's National Theatre in HD:" No Man's Land" - Great Barrington, MA

Dec 18, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham's Theatre, London. One summer's evening, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game. Recommended for audience members ages 17 and older.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: $17