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All Ages

Indoor Mini Golf at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Brewster, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street (Route 6A) Brewster, MA
Play 18 holes of Museum indoor mini golf designed to view the museum's exhibits.the course winds through the Aquarium, Marshview Room, Naturescape Gallery, History Hall, John Hay Room, Bird Alley, Butterfly Exhibit, and Observation Hive! Build teams with family and friends. Raffles and Prizes all day. For ages 4 through adult.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday for adults only from 5-8 p.m. with wine and hors d’oeuvres
Admission: $8
Telephone: 508-896-3867

Arts & Crafts Shows

Vineyard Artisans Thanksgiving Weekend Festival 2017 - West Tisbury, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Agricultural Hall West Tisbury, MA
This holiday art show displays the intriguing and beautiful works of Island artists, like hand-made sweaters, hand-made soaps, lavender, photography, painting, books, and fine crafts, leather bags, wood butcher block cutting boards, and more.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday Festival of Crafts 2017 - Worcester, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road Worcester, MA
Worcester Center for Crafts is transformed into a European-style holiday marketplace with twinkling lights and the smell of evergreens. This juried marketplace celebrates American handmade craft. by 60 fine craft artists. Free parking and an on-site café.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $5 admission
Telephone: 508-753-8183

Holiday Festival of Crafts 2017 - Worcester, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road Worcester, MA
A Craft Center tradition! Featuring over 60 artisans from across the country. Come get your holiday shopping done early.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $5
Telephone: 508-753-8183

New England Holiday Craft Spectacular 2017 - Hanover, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Hanover Mall, 1775 Washington Street Hanover, MA
This craft show presents 150 of the region’s finest artisans specializing in jewelry, glass, candles, sports-themed gifts, art, photography, food, and more. castleberryfairs.com
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Over age 12, $7. One admission good for three days.

Ceramics Holiday Show and Sale 2017 - Allston, MA

Dec 7, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Gallery 224, 224 Western Avenue Allston, MA
The Ceramics Program of the Office for the Arts at Harvard hosts 70 artists showing an extraordinary selection of ceramic work in this annual exhibition. From functional dinnerware to sculptural masterpieces, this popular exhibition has something for everyone.
Time: Thursday, 4-8 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Telephone: 617-495-8680

Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair 2017 - Cambridge, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 50 Church Street Cambridge, MA
This holiday fair at the First Parish Cambridge lures shoppers to its prime location just steps from the MBTA. Inside: a bazaar of beautifuland affordable gifts like Indian textiles, painted silk, fused glass, and pottery, among some 40 stalls. Dates: December 9-10, 15-17, 20-23.
Time: Weekdays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, noon-6 p.m.
Admission: Free admission

CraftBoston Holiday Show 2017 - Boston, MA

Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street Boston, MA
Comprised of 175 exhibitors, CraftBoston Holiday is a must-attend event for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts. Come for the day to shop for unique, gifts, meet the makers, and learn about fine contemporary craft.
Time: Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. -7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10-5 p.m.
Admission: $15

Comedy

ImprovBoston Comedy Club - Cambridge, MA

Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 Improv Boston Comedy Club, 40 Prospect Street Cambridge, MA
New England's premier comedy theater has been voted "Best of Boston" by The Phoenix, The Improper Bostonian, and The Weekly Dig. Wednesdays: Top Shelf Comedy, Comedy Lab , Stand Up Open Mic; Thursdays: StandUP Jam, Queer Qomedy Hour, Ladies Improv; Fridays: ImprovBoston Mainstage, CageMatch, Nightcap; Saturdays: afternoon Family show, Boston Sketch Co., Battle Royale, Face Off, Lady Like.
Time: Various times; consult host website
Admission: $10-$18
Telephone: 617-576-1253

Dinner

A Taste of Spain -- an Evening of Tapas and Flamenco - Watertown, MA

Dec 17, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 La Casa de Pedro, 343 Arsenal Street, and Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street Watertown, MA
New Repertory Theatre presents A Taste of Spain with La Casa de Pedro and Flamenco Boston. The evening will begin at 4 p.m. with a tapas buffet at Las Casa de Pedro, 343 Arsenal Street, Watertown, followed by a performance at 5:30 p.m. by Flamenco Boston in the MainStage Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown.
Time: Tapas at 4 p.m.; concert at 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $55 for the tapas and flamenco package and $30 for the flamenco concert only
Telephone: 617-923-8487

Dinner Theater

“You Can’t Toy with Death” - Lenox, MA

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street Lenox, MA
The Comical Mystery Tour presents a a murder mystery dinner theater performance “You Can’t Toy with Death.” The action takes place in the Elfsecutive Board Room on the Island Of Nitwit Toys. Due to a computer glitch, there won't be enough toys to go around on Christmas Eve. Jealousy, hidden secrets and retribution are in the air . Reservations required by November 20.
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m.; program and dinner begin at 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $40
Telephone: 413-637-3206

DIY Gifts & Crafts

Seasonal Bouquet Workshops with Stow Greenhouses - Boston, MA

Nov 15, 2017 - Dec 5, 2017 KITCHEN at Boston Public Market Boston, MA
Barbara Rietscha, owner of Field and Vase by Stow Greenhouses, will be leading a series of hands-on floral design classes. Each class features seasonal and fresh-cut flowers. Learn the basic techniques of floral design, color composition and care instructions. Enjoy a wine tasting of three different wines. All materials, supplies, and containers are provided and you’ll go home with your finished arrangement.
November 15 -- Dried Eucalyptus Wreath
December 5 -- Holiday Garland
Time: 5:30-7 pm.
Admission: $55

Head into the Holiday Season Series: Holiday Cooking and Gifts From the Kitchen - Falmouth, MA

Nov 18, 2017 - Dec 13, 2017 Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA
Holiday Cooking with Andrea Norris. November 18. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. These classes are full of great ideas and will inspire you to take the “hectic” out of holiday cooking and make it fun for all.
Gifts from the Kitchen with Gail Blakely. December 6 and 13. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Food: it makes a wonderful gift. Surprise your friends with a unique and delicious creation.
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Admission: $39 - $49

DIY for Christmas at Historic Deerfield - Deerfield, MA

Nov 27, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Historic Deerfield Deerfield, MA
Wreath Making for the Houses of Historic Deerfield . Learn how to create natural wreaths that will be used for the doorways of Deerfield. Bring enthusiasm and pruning shears. Supplies and refreshments will be provided. Free, pre-registration required. Call 413-775-7179 or register online. November 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.; November 28 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Gift Making. Make progress on your gift list by making a special gift by hand. Visitors may choose one of two simple hand-crafted gifts. Saturdays and Sundays, December 2-17. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Make Your Own Hot Chocolate Mix. Make your own hot chocolate mix to take home that is inspired by a colonial chocolate recipe. Saturdays and Sundays, December 2-17. 9:30 a.m.-
Time: Times vary; consult event website

Make It, Take It Swag - Canton, MA

Nov 29, 2017 - Nov 29, 2017 Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, 2468B Washington Street (Route 138) Canton, MA
With the Bradley Estate horticulturist, make holiday swag for your front door, lamp posts, or centerpieces for your tables. Gather varied greens from our woodlands, add bows, and decorations, and personalize. All tools and materials provided. Preregistration requested. Email: bradley@thetrustees.org
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: $25

Holiday Ornament Making Workshop - Clinton, MA

Dec 7, 2017 - Dec 7, 2017 Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union Street Clinton, MA
Get into the holiday spirit by making ornaments to take home or to add to the Museum's Christmas tree. People of all faiths are welcome.
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
Admission: Free admission to the museum from 4 to 8 p.m.

Holiday Ornament Clay Sculpture Workshop - Lincoln, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017 deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road Lincoln, MA
Create a sculpture or ornament inspired by winter at deCordova. Workshop includes instruction for all ages and experience levels in building and decorating a unique holiday ornament; all tools, materials, and firing; refreshments. No ceramic experience necessary. For ages 10 and older. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Admission: $25-$45

Gingerbread House Workshop by Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017 Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street Brockton, MA
A gingerbread house workshop for all ages! Candy, cookies, and icing included. Take home a sweet creation. Fee includes a seat in the Gingerbread House workshop (cookies, candy, and fixings all included), plus the opportunity to see a marvelous, old-fashioned train set.
Time: Four sessions: 10 .am.. 11 a.m.; 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
Admission: $5

Festivals

SOWA Winter Festival 2017 - Boston, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 SoWa Power Station, 450 Harrison Street Boston, MA
Visit the biggest winter shopping village in Boston, with 100 makers and specialty food vendors. Find the perfect handmade gifts for everyone. Take a break from browsing and sip on winter spirits by Banyan Bar + Refuge.
Kick off the weekend on December 1 at SoWa First Friday. Find live music by Drew Ricciardi, spirits, and small bites by Gaslight in the tent at the end of Thayer Street.
Time: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Historic

Tavern Games at Historic Deeerfield - Deerfield, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Historic Deerfield Deerfield, MA
Sit down and enjoy a game of checkers, fox and geese or merelles. Try your hand at table top nine pins, Jacob's ladder, and ball and cup. Held on Saturdays and Sundays.
Time: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Museums

The Impressionist Line From Degas To Toulouse-Lautrec - Williamstown, MA

Nov 5, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA
This exhibition showcases the "Impressionist line,” with drawings by Claude Monet, color woodcuts by Paul Gauguin, etchings by Édouard Manet, pastels by Edgar Degas, and color lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Laborers, performers, and racehorses populate these images. Exhibit open through January 7, 2018.
Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Over age 18, $20

Exhibit: Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England - Worcester, MA

Nov 11, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA
Winslow Homer, considered the quintessential American artist, produced some of his most celebrated works during and after a sojourn in the small fishing village of Cullercoats on the northeastern coast of England. Coming Away shows 50 works by Homer, as well as paintings by his English contemporaries. On view through February 4, 2018.
Time: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $16; seniors, $14; college students $14; ages 4-17, $6

Music

John Pizzarelli Quartet with Catherine Russell present Billie & Blue Eyes - Great Barrington, MA

Dec 23, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Catherine Russell’s vocals and John Pizzarelli’s smooth quartet evoke the glory days of jazz performers greats: Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Hear interpretations of classics like “All of Me,” “God Bless the Child,” “Witchcraft,” and “One More for My Baby.”
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $30 to $100

Outdoor Activities

Winter Solstice Stroll and Celebration - Andover, MA

Dec 21, 2017 - Dec 21, 2017 Ward Reservation, 34-42 Prospect Road Andover, MA
Come light up the night with a Solstice stroll and celebration at Ward Reservation. This is a guided candlelit walk through the woods with passages from the story "The Shortest Day" by Wendy Pfeffer. At the top of Holt Hill, guest can warm up by a fire and enjoy hot chocolate and s'mores under the stars. Pre-registration encouraged.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: Adults,$15; kids, free
Telephone: 978-356-4351

Shopping & Sales

holidaySHOP at Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton, MA

Nov 11, 2017 - Jan 14, 2018 Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street Brockton, MA
Each year Fuller Craft Museum expands its museum shop and transforms it into the holidaySHOP full of new merchandise offered especially for the holidays. Choose from an array of hand-crafted jewelry, unique items for the home, elegant jackets and scarves, children’s toys, books, and more. Items to fit every budget.
Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Theater

“The Color Purple” - Boston, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Shubert Theatre at Citi Performing Arts Center, 270 Tremont Street Boston, MA
The Tony-winning "The Color Purple" arrives fresh from Broadway. the story follows Celie, a young woman living in early 1900s America and is based on the book by Alice Walker. Heart-warming and heart-wrenching, you'll be stunned by her tale and by the show's inspiring music Performance schedule.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $49-$63

"Man of La Mancha" - Watertown, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 24, 2017 New Rep Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street Watertown, MA
Man of La Mancha features Boston-area favorite Maurice Emmanuel Parent (The Gift Horse, Ragtime, Cabaret) as the eponymous knight errant, Don Quixote, on his quest to dream the impossible dream. Journey along with us and experience this classic musical adventure this holiday season.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $22-$72
Telephone: 617-923-8487