Christmas & Holiday Events

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Blink! Sound & Light Show 2015 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace - Boston, MA

Nov 21, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston, MA
BLINK Blink! is a light & sound show that fills every corner of Faneuil Hall Marketplace with the blaze of 350,000 LED lights accompanied by music of the Holiday Pops. The spectacle runs each evening starting November 21. BLINK! opens with a tree lighting ceremony November 21, 2-9 p.m.
Starting November 22, Blink! runs every half hour beginning at 4:30 p.m. by The Big Tree at Marketplace Center and every half hour beginning at 5 p.m. by The Three Trees in the North Market. A series of outdoor performances will take place throughout the season featuring touring companies of Broadway shows, pop bands, holiday carolers, dance troupes, bell ringers and local musicians. BLINK! end December 31-January 3 with "The Ice," a collection of interactive ice sculptures and live street theater performances.
Time: See description above

Bright Nights at Forest Park 2015 - Springfield, MA

Nov 25, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Forest Park, off Sumner Avenue Springfield, MA
brightnights Travel by cars or bus and enjoy a scenic, nearly three-mile route through Forest Park that's decorated in a series of festive light exhibits that celebrate the season. Supper with Santa, Dinner with Dickens and more extras enhance the experience. Musical simulcast on 98.5FM. Closed November 30 and December 1.
Time: Sunday to Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, 5-11 p.m.
Admission: November 25 opening night, $6; Monday-Thursday, $18; Friday to Sunday and holidays, $21. Price is per vehicle.

Festival of Trees at Massachusetts Horticultural Society - Wellesley, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Dec 3, 2015 Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 900 Washington Street Wellesley, MA
masshort Holiday Magic at the Festival of Trees for the whole family! The Festival of Trees will showcase more than 65 beautifully decorated Christmas trees and Snow Village, an extensive model train and holiday village vignette collection, for children and adults to enjoy. Located in Mass Hort’s beautiful estate setting at Elm Bank Reservation.
Time: November 27 -29, December 4-6, 11-12, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; December 2- 3 and 9-10, from 4 to 8 p.m.; December 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; children under age 12 admitted free.
Telephone: 617-933-4933

Falmouth Holidays by the Sea Weekend 2015 - Downtown Falmouth, MA

Dec 4, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Downtown Falmouth, MA
jinglejog Begin the festive Falmouth Holidays by the Sea Weekend by singing carols at Historic Nobska Lighthouse as the winter’s sun sets over Vineyard Sound. Run the Jingle Jog 5K and Kids Elf Run along Vineyard Sound. Greet Santa as he arrives by boat at Falmouth Harbor. Enjoy the Main Street festivities of the Holiday Stroll, join in the caroling at the lighting of the Village Green and get ready for the Christmas parade on Sunday!
Time: Consult event website

Chatham Christmas Stroll 2015 - Chatham, MA

Dec 11, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015 Chatham, MA
chathamstroll Festive activities include Chatham's popular Christmas stroll (December 11 and 12), breakfast with Santa, caroling down Main Street, the ceremonial tree-lighting, hayrides, and the Historic Inn & Museum Tour (December 12).
Time: See event website

Arts & Crafts Shows

Glassblowers' Christmas at Sandwich Glass Museum - Sandwich, MA

Nov 14, 2015 - Dec 30, 2015 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 memories! In addition, the museum's special exhibition "Marble Mania – From Agates to Zebras" will be housed in the Special Exhibition Gallery. Glassblowing demonstrations held every hour.
Time: Open daily 9:30 a.m. -5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $9; children age 6-14, $2

Children & Families

The Polar Express Train Ride - Hopedale, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 1 Fitzgerald Drive Hopedale, MA
PolarHopedale Take a magical one hour ride on the Grafton Upton Line. Set to the sounds of “The Polar Express” movie soundtrack, this trip to the North Pole is complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Passengers will then be entertained by a reading of “The Polar Express.” Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas. Dates: November 27, 28, 29; December 4-6, 11-13, 18-20.
Time: 4 p.m.
Admission: $42-$56
Telephone: 508-866-8190

Train to Christmas Town - Hyannis, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Dec 26, 2015 Trains depart from Hyannis Depot, 252 Main Street Hyannis, MA
traintochristmas This holiday season, hop aboard Cape Cod Central Railroad and fall in love with the heartwarming tale of Janice, a little girl who looks forward to riding the Train to Christmas Town every year. Meet Bumblebee the Polar Bear, Wabash the Squirrel, and Zephyr the depot cat, and laugh along with Elves while they’re busy serving cookies and cocoa, and leading guests in singing Christmas carols. Dates: November 27-29, December 4-6, 10-13, 17-23 and 26. Departure times and tickets.
Time: See description above

ZooLights 2015 at Stone Zoo - Stoneham, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Stone Zoo, 149 Pond Street Stoneham, MA
ZOOLIGHTS ZooLights is a winter landscape of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, North American porcupines, Canada lynx, reindeer and arctic foxes. Zoo Lights is open daily except on Christmas.
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15.95; senior over age 61, $13.95; children ages 2-12, $11.95

Winter Wonderland With Belle, Mrs. Potts & Chip - Chatham, MA

Nov 28, 2015 - Dec 12, 2015 Chatham Bars Inn, 297 Shore Road Chatham, MA
Enjoy a holiday story and sing-a-long with Belle and her friends Mrs. Potts and Chip the Teacup. There will also be a special visit from Santa! Children of all ages will delight in this magical interactive holiday story in our Enchanted Wonderland. Festive crafts, caroling, photo opportunities, cookies and cocoa and a visit from Santa will make this event a treasured holiday memory for the whole family. This event sells out every year! Dates: November 28-29, December 5, 6, 12.
Time: Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m.
Admission: $20 per person, reservations required
Telephone: 508-945-0096

Cape Cod Enchanted Village - Hyannis, MA

Dec 4, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Cape Codder Resort, 1225 Iyannough Rod Hyannis, MA
enchantedvillage Come enjoy thousands of lights, a Santa's Village, animated reindeer stall, Cape Cod Surftone Carolers singing holiday music.
A bonfire in held nightly (weather permitting). Holiday lights go on at dusk.
Please bring a gift card of new, unwrappped toy for the Giving Tree.
Time: Fridays and Saturdays, 5-8:30 p.m.; Sundays, 4-7 p.m.


Boston Common Tree Lighting 2015 & Skating Show - Boston, MA

Dec 3, 2015 - Dec 3, 2015 Boston Common, Charles, Beacon, and Park streets Boston, MA
 bostoncommon The holiday lights throughout Boston Common will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. The annual holiday display includes the official Christmas tree from Halifax and trees throughout Boston Common with ten additional trees around the Frog Pond skating rink. Before the tree lighting, visitors are invited to join The Skating Club of Boston at the Frog Pond on Boston Common for a free world-class figure skating ice show featuring national and international figure skating champions, synchronized skating and Theatre On Ice teams..
Time: Skating show at 5 p.m.; tree lighting, 6 to 8 p.m.
Telephone: 617-635-4505

Hyannis Main Street Stroll and Harbor Lighting and Boat Parade 2015 - Hyannis Village, MA

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 Hyannis Village, MA
The Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll is filled with fun and holiday cheer for the entire family! The day begins with Breakfast with Santa and ends with Santa's Boat Parade. There are plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy including horse & carriage rides, holiday arts & crafts, a cookie stroll contest, a petting zoo and more.
Time: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Christmas in Edgartown 2015 - Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Dec 10, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015 Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA
edgartown An Island tradition for 30 years, Christmas in Edgartown celebrates the holidays and allows visitors to experience the charm of Edgartown in the winter. Events include the Great Chowder Contest, pictures with Santa, lighting of the lighthouse, the christmas parade, shopping and sales, and holiday themed events benefiting Island charities. Schedule of events.
Time: Consult event website


José Mateo Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker - Boston, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street Boston, MA
josenut In honor of this exciting new venue, this family-friendly, intimate production will debut new sets and gloriously refreshed costumes for a one-of-a-kind Nutcracker experience!
Time: November 27, 28; December 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. November 28 and December 5 at 2 p.m.; November 29 and December 6 at 1 and 5 p.m.
Admission: $75, $52, $40 and $20

Food, Wine, Beer

Advent Teas - Orleans, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015 Church of the Transfiguration, 5 Bay View Drive Orleans, MA
adventtea Come enjoy Tea at Bethany Guest House with live chamber music, immediately before the service of Lessons and Carols.
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Admission: $20
Telephone: 508-255-1094


Winter Reimagined at Tower Hill Botanical Garden - Worcester, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Tower Hill Botanical Gardens Worcester, MA
towerhilllightshow The most dazzling display of winter lights in Central Massachusetts returns to Tower Hill this winter. Marvel at glittering light displays indoors and out, with 15 miles of lights, decorated trees, fire-pits, thousands of handcrafted ornaments, children's activities, live music and more. After strolling through the glowing gardens, visitors are welcome to explore the indoor facilities. Seasonal food at Twigs Café, unique finds at the Garden Shop.
Time: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $10; Youth age 6 to 18, $5


Plymouth Holiday House Tour 2015 - Plymouth, MA

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street Plymouth, MA
Don't miss this chance to visit some of Plymouth's most charming homes decorated for the season. Lunch will be served both days at Plymouth Country Club and is included in your ticket. The location of houses on the Tour is kept confidential until the day of the tour. Pick up the booklet and map that will serve as your ticket (and reveal the locations of the houses) at Pilgrim Hall Museum between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. either day. Order tickets online or by phone
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: $45 per person before November 13; thereafter $50 per person
Telephone: 508-746-1620

Home & Studio Tours

Holidays at Highfield 2015 - Falmouth, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA
highfieldhall 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, model train display, seasonal music, special exhibitions, Santa and more.
Time: Daily; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m.

Plymouth Holiday House Tour 2015 - Plymouth, MA

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street Plymouth, MA
 plymouthtour Don't miss the Pilgrim Hall Museum house tour and a chance to visit some of Plymouth's most charming homes decorated for the season. The location of houses on the tour is kept confidential until the day of the tour. You must pick up the booklet and map that will serve as your ticket and reveal the locations of the houses at Pilgrim Hall Museum between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday or Sunday. Lunch will be served both days at Plymouth Country Club and is included in your ticket.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $50 per person
Telephone: 508-746-1620

Holiday Home Tours 2015 in Sandwich - Sandwich, MA

Dec 6, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Fessenden House at the Dan'l Webster, 151 Main Street Sandwich, MA
Enjoy Sandwich's long history of community spirit, neighborhood charm and gracious homes. Celebrate the Holiday Season with us. Come and tour historic B&Bs, inns and private homes; met and chat with artists and authors; enjoy live Christmas music; travel on the Holly Trolley with narrator on board. Tickets may be pre-purchased before the event at Cape Cod 5, 85 Route 6A, Sandwich; or the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce at 508-833-9755
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Admission: $25

New Bedford Holiday House Tour - New Bedford, MA

Dec 12, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015 Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street New Bedford, MA
Come and feel the presence of the past as you visit historic 19th century homes, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Be inspired by the varied architecture and interiors, which are as diverse as the owners. Candlelight Tour is December 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. Afternoon tour is December 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. with pre-tour brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Time: Saturday, 4-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: $23 day of; $19 advance
Telephone: 508-997-6425


Services of Advent Lessons & Carols - Orleans, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015 Church of the Transfiguration, 5 Bay View Drive Orleans, MA
adventlessons Join us for the beloved tradition of the Service of Advent Lessons and Carols with Gloriae Dei Cantores at the Church of the Transfiguration at 4:30 pm. This annual, candle-lit service of readings, prayers, and carols has been celebrated at the Community of Jesus for nearly 30 years.
Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
Telephone: 508-255-1094

Handel + Haydn Society: Messiah - Boston, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
Start the season off right with Boston’s longest-running holiday tradition. Handel + Hayden Society’s Messiah was "triumphant," raved The Hub Review. "One of the finest Messiahs to be heard in Boston in many a year. 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.

Holiday Pops 2015 with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus - Boston, MA

Dec 2, 2015 - Dec 24, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
holidaypops The 2015 Holiday Pops season will feature classics of the season, alongside four new arrangements. These include “The Christmas Story,” accompanied by a film montage of images by children’s book author Tomie dePaola; “Wonderful!” inspired by the holiday classic, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”; and the new choral piece “Sing Noel” which seques into “Christmas Canticles,” a medley of carols and melodies. The Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus will perform the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. The orchestra will perform the Hanukkah celebration “Light the Candles of Freedom” and the “Waltz of the Flowers” from “The Nutcracker.”
Kids Matinee and Santa Claus. Kids Matinee concerts will have a children’s sing-along, a menu with holiday treats, and a chance to meet Santa Claus after the concert. Dates: Kids Matinee concerts will take place December 5; 6; 12; 13; 19; 20, and 24. All dates at 11 a.m. 888-266-1200
Time: Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission: $31 to $140

Holiday Pops 2015 with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus - Worcester, MA

Dec 4, 2015 - Dec 4, 2015 Hanover Theater, 2 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA
The Boston Pops performs classic and new arrangements of treasured Christmas music. See full description of Pops program.
Time: 8 p.m.
Telephone: 877-571-7469

Holiday Concert and Supper at Clark Art Institute - Williamstown, MA

Dec 4, 2015 - Dec 4, 2015 The Clark, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA
Kick off Williamstown’s Holiday Walk Weekend with an evening of the festive sounds of the season after a gourmet meal prepared by the Clark’s executive chef Dan Hardy. Williams College alumnus Jonathan Dely leads a jazz ensemble performing a wide selection of holiday favorites. After the concert, a three-course supper will be served in Café 7. Supper will be followed by dancing to the sound of Dely’s quintet.
Time: Supper at 6:30 p.m.; music at 7:45 p.m.
Admission: Concert tickets are $25; supper tickets are $85
Telephone: 413-458-0524

New Orleans Christmas starring Henri Smith - Beverly, MA

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 The Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis Street Beverly, MA
For his third annual New Orleans Christmas concert, Henri Smith welcomes Grammy-award winner Amadee Castenell and renowned trumpeter Stanton Davis of The Mercer Ellington and Lionel Hampton Orchestras. Join us at Beverly's most intimate, acoustically spectacular listening venue for New Orleans jazz & blues, traditional Mardi Gras songs and Christmas favorites.

Time: 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.)
Admission: $19, $29, $39
Telephone: 978-525-9093

A Very Merry Sandwich Midwinter with the Solstice Singers - Sandwich, MA

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 Sandwich Town Hall, 130 Main Street Sandwich, MA
sandwichmerry A Very Merry Sandwich Midwinter transports listeners to another time by weaving together Medieval and Renaissance songs, poetry, drama, instrumental music and dance, performed in colorful period costumes. The Solstice Singers perform several pieces accompanied by Ensemble Passacaglia, and sings some selections a cappella. Ensemble Passacaglia performs original instrumental selections on lute, recorder, crumhorn, viola da gamba, and many percussion instruments. A pre-concert celebration begins at 7 p.m.; luminaria will be lighted and hot mulled cider will be served at the Town Hall entrance.
Time: 7:30 p.m.; cider at socializing at 7 p.m.

Cape Ann Big Band Holiday Show - Rockport, MA

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
Enjoy the holidays with Cape Ann’s own 17-piece big band performing holiday favorites, old and new, infused with a bit of jazz, swing, and rock n’ roll.
Time: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission: $19-$34
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Vienna Boys Choir - Lexington, MA

Dec 6, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth and Cary Memorial Hall in Lexington, MA Lexington, MA
Join the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir for a special holiday celebration, featuring traditional and contemporary holiday favorites performed by one of the greatest musical ensembles in world history.
Saturday, December 5, at 8 p.m. at Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth
Sunday, December 6, at 3 p.m. at Cary Memorial Hall Lexington, MA
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $59-$89
Telephone: 617-531-1257

Concerts by St. Paul’s Catholic Boys Choir - Cambridge, MA

Dec 6, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Church of St. Paul, Bow and Arrow Street in Harvard Square Cambridge, MA
 stpaul Celebrate Christmas at St. Paul’s with the renowned choir of Boys and Men, America’s Première Catholic Boys Choir. Conducted by Music Director John Robinson, the Choir will perform works by Rutter, Willcocks and Bruckner, as well as traditional Christmas carols. Come hear the Choir in a glorious celebration of timeless Christmas music.
Celebrations of Christmas at the Church of St. Paul, Bow and Arrow Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge. December 6 and 13 at 3 p.m. Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols at the Church of St. Paul, Bow and Arrow Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge. December 20 at 3 p.m.
Public parking is located a few blocks from the Church at 65 JFK Street.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: $27-$37
Telephone: 617-354-4168

Holiday Pops Concert with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra - Worcester, MA

Dec 12, 2015 - Dec 12, 2015 Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street Worcester, MA
A beloved Worcester tradition, this concert presents the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra performing classic symphonic works, selections from Broadway musicals, and favorite music of the season. Performers include area choruses, vocal soloists, and an aerialist, plus a visit by Santa Claus. This event sells out! Reservations are recommended.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $45 (floor table) and $37 (balcony) seating
Telephone: 508-754-1234

Make a Joyful Noise Concert - Lenox, MA

Dec 12, 2015 - Dec 12, 2015 St. Ann Church, 134 Main Street Lenox, MA
The harmonious voices of St. Ann Church in Lenox are set to usher in the Christmas season in song, with Make a Joyful Noise. The St. Ann Youth and Adult Ensembles will present a program of popular Christmas favorites ending with an old fashioned carol sing.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $15 suggested donation; maximum of $300 per family

Holiday Pops 2015 with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus - Lowell, MA

Dec 13, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015 Lowell MA Lowell, MA
Celebrate the magic of the season with "America's orchestra." Perfect for music lovers of all ages, this beloved annual concert is just bursting with holiday music favorites. See full description of Pops program.
Time: 2:30 p.m.

Berkshire Concert Choir Performs Voices of Christmas At Ventfort Hall - Lenox, MA

Dec 13, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015 Ventford Hall, 104 Walker Street Lenox, MA
Led by conductor Paula Nuss and accompanied by Aurora Cooper, the eighteen-women ensemble of sopranos and altos will sing a wide range of songs including the ten-movement “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten, “Ave Maria” by Jacob Arcadelt, “The Sleigh” by Ricard Kountz, “How far Is It to Bethlehem?,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Quem Pastores” and “Silent Night.” The group has rehearsed for the last six months in preparation for the concert. Reservations are highly recommended; seating is limited.
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $22 in advance; $27 on the day of the event
Telephone: 413-637-3206

Wine and Music Holiday Singalong 2015 - Cotuit, MA

Dec 16, 2015 - Dec 16, 2015 Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road Cotuit, MA
singalong Wine and Music Wednesday is an open house held in Cotuit Center for the Arts Gallery on the third Wednesday of every month, with wine tasting and live music. December's Wine & Music features a Holiday singalong featuring David Kuehn on piano! Please join us for what has become a lovely annual tradition.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: $10

Sounds of the Season - Chatham, MA

Dec 17, 2015 - Dec 17, 2015 Monomoy Room at Chatham Bars Inn, 297 Shore Road Chatham, MA
This wonderful evening full of winter & holiday favorites will warm your heart! Join your favorite Academy of Performing Arts players as it offers some of its favorite tunes and winter traditions.
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m.; music at 6 p.m.
Admission: $22 per person
Telephone: 508-255-1963

Holiday Community Sing Along - Rockport, MA

Dec 19, 2015 - Dec 19, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
Get in the holiday spirit and join Rockport Music’s annual holiday community sing-along. This year’s event will feature the Triton Brass, as well as holiday songs by Rockport High School’s Madrigal Singers.
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Admission: Free, no tickets required!
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Cape Cod Celtic Christmas Family Celebration 2015 with Stanley and Grimm - South Yarmouth, MA

Dec 19, 2015 - Dec 19, 2015 Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street South Yarmouth, MA
Come celebrate the season with traditional and contemporary Celtic music and songs of the Christmas season from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Canada and America performed by Sean Brennan (guitar and vocals) and Nikki Engstrom (fiddle), otherwise known as the award-winning Stanley and Grimm.
Time: 7:30 pm.
Admission: $18 per person
Telephone: 508-394-7100

Gabriel V Brass Concert - Orleans, MA

Dec 19, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Church of the Transfiguration, 5 Bay View Drive Orleans, MA
 brass This Christmas enjoy a festive evening concert with the Gabriel V Brass at the Community of Jesus, Orleans on December 19 & 20. Amidst a life-sized crèche and holiday garlands, enjoy classic favorites like Joy to the World and Hark the Herald Angels Sing as well as other celebratory works such as Festival of Lights by Marlatt and Joyeux Noel by Reed. The concert will also feature the landmark E.M. Skinner Organ with a surround-sound design like no other in the world.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 508-240-2400

A Salute to Vienna - Boston, MA

Jan 3, 2016 - Jan 3, 2016 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
vienna Waltz into the New Year with the Strauss Symphony of America! Salute To Vienna takes the stage at Boston’s Symphony Hall, January 3 – for a New Year’s celebration like no other. The new year’s concert is a time honored tradition in Austria. But you can enjoy it in Boston!
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $35- $125
Telephone: 888-266-1200

Open House

Christmas Chain of Lights in Sutton - Sutton, MA

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 Participating locations Sutton, MA
Suttonchainoflights Slow down and spend a day with your family and friends. Free trolleys will transport visitors over rolling countryside to participating locations throughout town, including farms, stores, church fairs, music, children’s activities, food, and Santa! Trolley routes, maps, location descriptions, menus, and brochures are available at the event website. End your day with a roast beef dinner at First Congregation Church, 5-7 p.m. Tickets at the door. Santa joins Sleighbell Christmas Tree Farm during the day before making his way to the Sutton Common at night for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Outdoor Activities

Festival of Lights 2015 in Middleborough - Middleborough, MA

Dec 12, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 KOA Campground, 438 Plymouth Street Middleborough, MA
Guests can drive through and view thousands of lights. Refreshments will also be available. There will also be a cabin decorating contest. Dates: December 12-13 and 19-20.
Time: 4-9 p.m.
Admission: $1 per vehicle


Falmouth Christmas Parade 2015 - Falmouth, MA

Dec 6, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Falmouth Christmas Parade 2015 Falmouth, MA
 falmouthparade Parade steps off at noontime at the Falmouth Mall and proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. Known as Southeastern Massachusetts’ largest holiday parade featuring theme decorated floats, marching bands, live animals, costumed characters and Santa Claus!
Time: Noon to 2 p.m.

Mashpee Christmas Parade 2015 - Mashpee, MA

Dec 12, 2015 - Dec 12, 2015 Mashpee Commons Mashpee, MA
A unique night-time parade, every float is brilliantly illuminated in the spirit of the season. The parade kicks-off at 5:30 p.m. from the Mashpee Commons and culminates at South Cape Village. Free festivities for the entire family including Toe Jam Puppet Band, hot chocolate stands, and more are scheduled before and after the parade for an evening full of holiday spirit!
Time: 5 p.m.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Holly Folly Weekend in Provincetown - Provincetown, MA

Dec 4, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Provincetown, MA
Holiday revelry from traditional carols ‘round the piano to the not so traditional Speedo run down Commercial Street. Holly Folly antics are a fun kick-start to the season with a line-up of events including music by the Gay Men's Chorus, dancing into the night and the popular Shop Hop in Provincetown's shops and galleries. The ever popular Inn Stroll is an open house at a number of Provincetown's guest houses.
Time: Consult event website

Holidays & Highballs: A CraftBoston Preview - Boston, MA

Dec 10, 2015 - Dec 10, 2015 Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street Boston, MA
Are you eager to preview CraftBoston Holiday and shop for quality handmade gifts? You can do this and also support the Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC) by attending the Holidays & Highballs cocktail fundraiser and preview party. Save the date to sip, schmooze, and support SAC at 118 years old. Ticket includes a handmade tumbler, cocktail, hors d'oeuvres, exclusive holiday shopping, and weekend admission to CraftBoston.
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $100

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

ChristmasTime 2015 with the Reagle Music Theater - Waltham, MA

Dec 4, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015 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. (Children under age 5 are not permitted in the theater).
Time: December 4 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.; December 5, 6, 12, and 13 at noon and 4 p.m.
Admission: $35 to $63 for adults. Discounts for seniors, youth age 5 to 18, and groups.
Telephone: 781-891-5600

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan - Boston, MA

Dec 11, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street Boston, MA
Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for 28 years. The show brings to the stage this year harpist/singer Maeve Gilchrist and cellist Natalie Haas. The extraordinary Nordie Fiddlers Bloc band will be featured. Dervish, a traditional Irish musical group, will sing with Cathy Jordan. Dancer Cara Butler, dance director for the show in 2015, will perform with Declan McHale, an award winning step-dancer from England. The Harney Academy of Irish Dance from Walpole will return. Dates: December 11-13 and 18-20.

Time: Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission: $25-$85

Christmas Revels 2015 - Cambridge, MA

Dec 11, 2015 - Dec 27, 2015 Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA
Set in a village like that of Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” this year's Christmas Revels takes a leap into the world of Celtic legend and song. We'll spin tales of shape-changers and dragons, of ghostly white horses and of the little wren and enjoy rich Welsh anthems, wild border Morris, a traditional mummers play, and lots of audience participation.
Time: Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission: Adults: $60, $46, $27; children age 11 and younger, $42, $32, $15
Telephone: 617-972-8300

Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas - Harwich and Lexington, MA

Dec 12, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015 Monomoy Regional High School, Harwich, and Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington Harwich and Lexington, MA
Set in a remote Irish farmhouse on a wintry night, A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas with the haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, dancing, and stories. Performances in two locations:
Saturday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Monomoy Regional High School, 25 Oak Street in Harwich, MA
Sunday, December 13, at 3 p.m. at Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington, MA
Time: See description above
Admission: $39 to $59
Telephone: 617-531-1257

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan - Worcester, MA

Dec 14, 2015 - Dec 14, 2015 Hanover Theater, 2 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA
This beloved annual show has trilled audiences for decades with performances instrumentalists, singers and dances in the Celtic, pagan, and Christian traditions celebrating the music of Christmas. In 2015, Music Director Seamus Egan will return with his group Solas. Also on the program are harpist and singer Maeve Gilchrist, cellist Natalie Haas, the Nordie Fiddlers Bloc band, Dervish, singer Cathy Jordan, dancer Cara Butler performing with step-dancer Declan McHale, and The Harney Academy of Irish Dance from Walpole.

Time: 7:30 p.m
Admission: $25-$85

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan - New Bedford, MA

Dec 17, 2015 - Dec 17, 2015 The Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA
Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for 28 years. The show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season. With legends of music, song, and dance from the Celtic world and beyond poised to take the stage together, this year’s show promises to be one of the most dynamic.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $25-$55

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All Church Christmas Fair - Yarmouth Port, MA

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 First Congregational Church of Yarmouth, 329 Main Street (Rte 6A), Yarmouth Port, MA
churchfair The fair will feature homemade baked goods, candy, holiday cookies and apple pies. Browse through Christmas wreaths, arrangements and greens, holiday crafts and a Christmas room filled with Christmas decorations, vintage jewelry, country store, book emporium, children's shopping room and much more. This year we are featuring themed baskets such as kitchen accessories, office enthusiast, knitter's basket, and many other themes to choose from! Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Time: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.


“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” - Cotuit, MA

Nov 17, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road Cotuit, MA
bestpageant Everyone agreed that the six Herdman kids were the worst kids in the world. Sunday School was a safe haven for the other children because the Herdmans never went there. But when the Herdmans show up one Sunday looking for chocolate cake, they hear about the Christmas pageant and decide they want to take part. To the dismay of everyone involved, the Herdmans land the main parts in the play.
Time: Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors, $22; students, $15 students
Telephone: 508-428-0669

“It's a Wonderful Life” - Lowell, MA

Nov 25, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 East Merrimack Street Lowell, MA
 wonderfullife Bring your whole family and come together with the community to celebrate the holiday season. This heartwarming classic is presented as a 1940's radio show, with sound effects performed live on stage. George Bailey's timeless story of renewal will surely ring true.
Time: Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission: $15-$62

“The Nutcracker” - Worcester, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015 Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA
1hanovernut Jump start the holiday season with The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. The show is made up of dancers age 7 upwards, some of whom are part of the school's company, and others who have battled through the rigorous open auditions.
Time: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: $26, $32 and $38
Telephone: 877-571-7469

“The Nutcracker” - Boston, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street Boston, MA
Be the first to see Jose Mateo's Nutcracker, with new sets and costumes, back in the Theatre District after over a decade. Thrilling, inspiring, timeless, and affordable. Dates: November 27-29; December 4-6.
Time: Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission: $20-$75
Telephone: 617-824-8000

Falmouth Theatre Guild presents "A Christmas Carol" - Falmouth, MA

Dec 4, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Highfield Theater, 58 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA
A holiday musical presented by the Falmouth Theatre Guild. The beloved holiday classic by Charles Dickens!
Time: Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays at 4 p.m.

Nut/Cracked - Vineyard Haven, MA

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center, 100 Edgartown Road Vineyard Haven, MA
It’s The Nutcracker, but definitely not as we know it. The Bang Group mixes Tchaikovsky’s original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and others, creating a percussive piece of dance. Expect tap dancing, singing and some unusual pointe shoe activity. One night only. Prepare for a family-friendly boom to be lowered on the fabled tale.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors, students and military, $15; children under age 12, $5

2nd Wednesday Theater: A Christmas Carol 2015 - Cotuit, MA

Dec 9, 2015 - Dec 9, 2015 Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road Cotuit, MA
The December play reading features "A Christmas Carol." Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways.
Time: 7:30 p.m.

A Christmas Carol at Cary Hall - Lexington, MA

Dec 11, 2015 - Dec 11, 2015 Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue Lexington, MA
Charles Dickens’sclassic is a perfect show for the whole family. Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he receives visits from the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come and transforms from a bitter man to one that understands the true meaning of Christmas.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $39-$59
Telephone: 617-531-1257

“A Christmas Carol” - Pittsfield, MA

Dec 12, 2015 - Dec 22, 2015 The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
xmascarolcolonial Celebrate the timeless holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol with the whole family and revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols and the wonderment of the season.
Time: December 12, 17-22 at 7 p.m.; December 13, 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $37; children 16 and younger, $27