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Christmas & Holiday Events 2019-20

New England’s lively cities, snug towns, and snow-swept mountains are a perfect backdrop for Christmas 2019, holiday celebrations & traditions. Come enjoy classic favorites, like stage performances of “The Messiah” or “The Nutcracker, or local traditions such as the festive lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse in Maine. Lodgings offer plenty of ways to combine a holiday getaway with pastimes like skiing, shopping, or theater-hopping.

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Winterlights 2019 at Stevens-Coolidge Place -- North Andover MA

Nov 21, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Stevens-Cooledge Place, 137 Andover Street, North Andover, MA

 winterlights in stevens coolidge place This year’s Winterlights at the Stevens-Coolidge Place, an early 20th-century estate, will add a grove of lighted trees in Helen’s Meadow and a children’s area, inspired by classic children’s book “The Mitten.” This interactive woodland creature feature will allow guests and become a part of the story. Also: seasonal entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments for purchase. Free parking and shuttle service from Franklin Elementary School, 2 Cypress Terrace. Dates: Thursdays-Sundays, November 21-DecEMBER 29.

Winterlights 2019 at Naumkeag -- Stockbridge MA

Nov 21, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road Stockbridge, MA

 winterlights in naumkeag The gardens at this beautiful house will be illuminated with tens of thousands of shimmering holiday lights. Winterlights in Naumkeag in 2019 will include the Chinese Temple Garden. The tour will be a self-guided walking tour through the many garden rooms of the 44-acre estate including the Blue Steps and the greenhouse and first floor of the home. Also: seasonal entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments for purchase. Free parking and shuttle service from Marian Fathers, 2 Prospect Hill Road. Dates: November 23, Thursdays-Sundays, November 21-Dec. 29, and Dec. 30 and 31.

Winterlights 2019 the Bradley Estate -- Canton MA

Nov 22, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Cabot Bradley Estate, 2468B Washington Street, Canton, MA

Winterlights at the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate will feature an illuminated woodland trail as well as light displays and installations throughout the Italianate lattice-walled garden, rhododendron walk, and kitchen garden. The first floor of the Georgian-style mansion will also be decorated for the season. Also: seasonal entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments for purchase. Dates: Friday-Sundays, November 22-Decmber 29.

Zoolights at Stone Zoo – Stoneham MA

Nov 22, 2019 - Jan 4, 2020 Stone Zoo, 149 Pond Street Stoneham, MA

 zoolights in ma ZooLights dazzles visitors of all ages each holiday season! Stroll along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights and say hello to black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes, and even reindeer. Warm up at the fire pits. Children may visit with Santa in his castle. As you explore the paths of Stone Zoo, you will see 40 life-size animal sculptures made from millions of LEGO bricks.

Winter Wonderland at Tower Hill Botanic Garden -- Boylston MA

Nov 29, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA

 winter wonderland tower hill Enjoy indoor decorations, subtropical plants in greenhouse conservatories, lunch in a farm to table cafe, a boutique-style gift shop, outdoor trails, a model train display, hands-on children's activities, and more.

Gardens Aglow 2019 at Heritage Museums and Gardens – Sandwich MA

Nov 29, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA

lights at heritage museum and gardens ma The giant, sprawling gardens of Heritage Museums and Gardens will be lighted with Christmas holiday lights and displays. Many activities will be happening on the property. Visit Santa in his seat in a Model T Ford; see model trains, roast marshmallows at the fire pits, go scouting for animals on a reindeer scavenger hunt, ride on the 1908 Looff Carousel. There’s a live performances every night at 7 pm in the J.K. Lily III Automobile Gallery. Snacks and warm drinks for sale at the Magnolia Café.

Deck the Halls at WAM -- Worcester MA

Nov 29, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

Worcester Art Museum hosts Sunday afternoon concerts and holiday programs for all ages, surrounded by artfully decorated trees with nostalgic ornaments.
Sunday, December 1
WAM partners with the Worcester JCC for a full day of Hanukkah programs. Activities include drop-in art-making, a Menorah display, Dreidel games, and Hanukkah stories. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wachusett Jazz. This small ensemble performs jazz, Christmas and Hanukkah favorites, 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 The Assumption College Chorale performs a repertoire from Gregorian chants to 20th-century music. 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 15 The Merrimack Valley Ringers, an auditioned community hand-bell ensemble, delight audiences with their infectious joy, gusto, and warmth. 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 22 Singer and pianist Glenn Hillard specializes in New Orleans-style vintage jazz, ragtime blues and gospel music. 2 p.m.

Home for the Holidays at Salisbury Mansion – Worcester MA

Nov 29, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020 Salisbury Mansion, 40 Highland Street, Worcester, MA

Decorators tap into their sense of whimsy at this Christmas holiday open hours at Salisbury Mansion. E-mail: info@worcesterhistory.net

Blink! Light & Sound Show 2019 -- Boston MA

Dec 3, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020 Faneuil Hall, 4 South Market Building, 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.

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature – Concord MA

Dec 3, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020 Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Tpk., Concord, MA

Come admire three dozen fancifully decorated Christmas holiday trees and wreaths throughout the Concord Museum. Each tree is inspired by the story line and characters from a favorite children’s book.

Marblehead Christmas Walk 2019

Dec 5, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Many locations Marblehead, MA

This favorite holiday event brings warmth and cheer to residents and visitors every year.

Thursday
Holiday Shopping Preview Parties & Ugly Sweater Contest. 5-8 pm
Gingerbread Festival at Jeremiah Lee Mansion. 5 pm. (repeats daily)
Tree Lighting And Caroling at St. Michael’s Church. 6 pm

Friday
Freeze Dance at Shubie's Marketplace, 4-6 pm
Tree Lighting Celebration at National Grand Bank parking lot. 6 pm
Lobster Trap Tree Lighting With Glover’s Regiment at Mud Puddle Toys. 7 pm

Saturday
Performances by “A Dancer’s Dream” at State Street Landing. 9 am
Santa’s Landing By Lobster Boat at State Street Landing. 9:30 am
Holiday Artisans Marketplace at King Hooper Mansion. 10 am-5 pm (repeats on Sunday)
Christmas Walk Parade at State Street Landing. 11:30 am
Santa’s Workshops Atlantic Avenue. 10 am-5 pm (repeats on Sunday)
Candlelight Stroll In The Historic District at Old Town House. 4:30 pm
Old North Festival Chorus at Old North Church, 8 pm (repeats Sunday at 7:30 pm)

Festive Frolic 2019 – Pittsfield MA

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 Downtown Pittsfield, MA

The community is invited to come downtown and enjoy free and low-cost family-friendly activities in honor of the holiday season. Events will include:City of Pittsfield’s Park Square Tree Lighting (Friday at park Square, 6 p.m.), Wreath Art Auction, Festival of Trees After Dark, North Pole Pub Crawl, Holiday First Fridays Artswalk, IS183’s Art Town, Santa Claus at The Beacon Cinema, Snowman Story Time, ornament making, craft fair and cookie walk, Glow in the Dark Jingle Bell Rock, Christmas carolers, holiday lights. See event website for detailed schedule.

Festival of Lights 2019 – Worcester MA

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 Worcester Common Oval, Worcester, MA

The Festival of Lights event will begin on Friday on the Worcester Common Oval with live music, food trucks, free ice skating, street performers, tree lighting and more. The celebration will continue on Saturday with additional live performances, ice skating and a local vendor market.

Nantucket Christmas Stroll Weekend 2019 -- MA

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Downtown and Main Street Nantucket, MA

Hundreds of Christmas trees line downtown streets; they are lighted in a public ceremony with caroling at dusk the day after Thanksgiving (November 29 2019).
On Stroll Saturday, December 6, carolers in costume sing familiar Christmas tunes at downtown locations. Live entertainment is offered on Main Street, including craft shows, performances, special dinners at island restaurants, tours, and exhibitions. Many merchants offer holiday refreshments. At mid-day, the Nantucket Town Crier will ring in Christmas Stroll, and lead a walk to wharves to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrive via Coast Guard Cutter, and then come into town to meet the children. (photo by Mike Galvin]

Westwood Weekend Stroll -- Westwood MA

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Downtown Westwood, MA

westwood ma holiday tree lighting The weekend will feature many events for families and friends, like Christmas holiday concerts, fairs, story walks. On Sunday, December 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. the town hosts its holiday tree lighting, with horse drawn carriage rides, face painting, costume characters, and more.

Holidays by the Sea 2019 – Falmouth MA

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 various locations Falmouth, MA

 falmouth Holidays by the Sea Begin the festive Falmouth Chamber Holidays by the Sea Weekend by singing carols at Nobska Lighthouse. Greet Santa as he arrives by boat; join the Main Street festivities of the Holiday Stroll, sing carols at the lighting of the Village Green, and watch a small-town Christmas parade.
Friday
Caroling at Peg Noonan Park on Main Street. 5:30 p.m.
Saturday
Santa Sails into Falmouth at Falmouth Harbor, Scranton Avenue, 10:30 a.m.
Falmouth Village Holiday StrollMain Street and Queen’s Buyway, Falmouth Village. 5-8 p.m. See Falmouth Main Street transformed with lights and cheer at night.
Lighting of the Village Green The Falmouth Brass Choir will lead the caroling before a visit from Santa to light up the Green. 7 p.m.
Sunday
Christmas Parade on Main Street, Dillingham Avenue to the Falmouth Village Green, Noon.

Christmas in Salem 2019 – Salem MA

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Tour headquarters: Grace Church, 385 Essex Street, on Friday and St. James Church, 160 Federal Street, on Saturday and Sunday Salem, MA

 christmas in salem Come and tour historic homes – decorated by professional decorators and florists -- in the upper McIntire district., Houses will be open for tours throughout the weekend. A complimentary trolley takes visitors from downtown parking locations to the tour route, providing historical information and a festive ride. Friday is the Preview night. Only 4 of the houses will be on view Friday night. All of the houses will be open Saturday and Sunday. Day-of tickets will be sold only at tour headquarters. No children under age 6. Tickets.

Christmas by Candlelight 2019 -- Sturbridge MA

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA

Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live music, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. There is tree lighting every night! In 2019, the Village event brings an all-new Christmas tree trail with a bonfire, cocoa and cookies, music, and of course, 50 sparkling trees. Dates: December 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 27-29.

Festival of Trees 2019 – Nantucket MA

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 Nantucket Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA

The Festival of Trees opens Nantucket’s Christmas Stroll weekend and transforms the Whaling Museum into a festive winter wonderland. Everyone is welcome of come enjoy the beautiful artwork in the form of decorated Christmas trees. A preview party takes place December 5, 6-8 p.m. Tickets.

Holiday Fun at Norman Rockwell Museum -- Stockbridge MA

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road / Route 183, Stockbridge, MA

See the painting that kicks off the town of Stockbridge’s annual re-creation event. Enjoy gallery talks that highlight Rockwell’s beloved panoramic painting; plus enjoy other holiday-inspired artworks on view. Get creative with DIY art activities in the Art Zone. Try out Virtual Reality (from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and pose for fun Rockwellian photo ops. 

Candlelit Labyrinth Walk at Armenian Heritage Park – Boston MA

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway, Boston, MA

Subtitled “In Peace & Harmony,” this walk through the labyrinth is a time to meet, greet, celebrate, tie a ribbon on the wishing tree, and eat cookies with hot chocolate. RSVP appreciated at hello@ArmenianHeritagePark.org

Falmouth Christmas Parade 2019 -- Falmouth MA

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Main Street (corner of Dillingham Avenue) to the Falmouth Village Green, Falmouth, MA

 falmouth christmas parade Known as Southeastern Massachusetts’ slargest holiday parade featuring theme decorated floats, marching bands, live animals, costumed characters and Santa Claus.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn With Brian O’Donovan

Dec 11, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 various locations Boston, Worcester, Rockport, MA

 celtic sojourn singers A Christmas Celtic Sojourn returns to Boston, Worcester, Rockport. The Christmastime live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. Enjoy performance by a spectacular lineup of top-level musicians, singers, and dancers from around the Celtic world.
Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston on December 13, 7:30 p.m.; December 14, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; December 15, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; December 19, 7:30 p.m.; December 20 (sensory-friendly performance) 3 p.m.; December 20, 7:30 p.m.; December 21, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; December 22, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA, December 17, 7:30 p.m.
Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA, on December 11, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.;

Tree Lighting at at Westport Woods --Westport MA

Dec 12, 2019 - Dec 12, 2019 Westport Woods Conservation Park, 573 Adamsville Road, Westport, MA

The Greater Tiverton Community Chorus will sing carols and hot apple cider will be served for this community tree lighting.

Tree Lighting Opens Christmas By The Sea Stroll Weekend – Chatham MA

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019 Kate Gould Park Chatham, MA

A tree lighting on Friday at 6 p.m. at Kate Gould Park opens two days of festivities of Christmas by the Sea Stroll Weekend. Schedule of events.

Christmas By The Sea Stroll Weekend 2019 -- Chatham MA

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Kate Gould Park and Wayside Inn Chatham, MA

December 13
Tree Lighting and Light Parade. Enjoy a tree-lighting ceremony, carolers, horse and carriage rides, and Santa at the bandstand at Kate Gould Park. 5:45 p.m.
December 14
Breakfast with Santa at the Chatham Wayside Inn. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. There will be a homemade breakfast courtesy of the Chatham Wayside Inn and Wild Goose Tavern, children's entertainment, and Santa!

Holly Jolly Sing-Along and Lantern Parade – Milton MA

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA

Join a holiday lantern stroll and joyous Christmas carols at the Eustis Estate. Decorate a lantern and join a parade around the property. A choir leads a sing-along of winter songs. Warm up with hot chocolate, coffee, and treats, and explore the decorated museum. Appropriate for children ages 5 to 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Most of the event is outdoors (weather permitting), so dress warmly. Advance tickets recommended.

Christmas Tours 2019 at King Caesar – Duxbury MA

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 King Caesar House, 120 King Caesar Road Duxbury, MA

christmas at king caesar ma Visit the historic King Caesar House and view house interiors festively decorated for the holiday season. On from 2 to 4 pm, meet author and illustrator Sara Hunter and Julia Miner signing copies of “The Lighthouse Santa,” a holiday book based on the Christmas flights of local hero Edward Rowe Snow.

“Little Women” Holiday Stroll – Harvard MA

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA

Join the March family at Fruitlands Museum this holiday season for a candlelight holiday stroll inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women. Enjoy hot cocoa, carols, and live performances as you take a stroll back to a 19th century holiday celebration.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Holiday Wreath Art Auction -- Pittsfield MA

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA

The wreaths will be on display during First Fridays Artswalk and the Festive Frolic during a ticketed event. There will also be wreaths available for cash and carry. All proceeds will benefit the South Congregational Church Food Pantry. Fifty artists are decorating wreaths.

Holiday Marketplace at Berkshire Botanical Garden -- MA

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA

The Botanical Garden’s holiday market presents a Gallery of Wreaths, a plant sale features with flowering plants, traditional centerpieces and holiday swags, and regional craft vendors offering giftware and jewelry to beeswax and felted products. Enjoy live music, gourmet donuts and hot cider. Children's winter botanical craft projects will help kids make art of wool acorns, sparkle pine cones, beeswax candles or twig stars.

Children & Families

Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville – Carver MA

Nov 15, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020 Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine Street, Carver, MA

Take a step back in time and stroll through Dickens Village, enter Cran Central, formerly the original Edaville Railroad, experiencing the most magical light displays, so colorful and bright. One ticket gives you access to all rides, attractions and our spectacular light displays.

Train to Christmas Town 2019 -- Buzzards Bay MA

Nov 29, 2019 - Dec 23, 2019 Buzzards Bay Depot, 70 Main Street Buzzards Bay, MA

 cape cod train to christmas town MA Music begins as the train departs the station; elves will be leading sing-alongs of favorite Christmas songs. Cookies and hot chocolate are served! At Christmas Town, Santa and his elves climb aboard to greet the kids and give them special gift.
The train departs from Hyannis and travels through West Barnstable and Sandwich and down to the Cape Cod Canal. Travelers can enjoy views of sand dunes and salt marshes and glimpses of the Cap Cod Bay. Trips are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Santa Claus at the Eustis Estate – Milton MA

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA

santa claus at eustis estate ma Santa Claus is coming to the Eustis Estate. Take a photo with Santa and see the 1878 mansion decorated for Christmas. Enjoy cookies and cider in our cozy kitchen. All children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Little Women Victorian Holiday Fair – Waltham MA

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, MA Waltham, MA

See where scenes from the new movie “Little Women” were filmed and enjoy Victorian craft-making activities, holiday treats, and a visit from Santa. Fun for the entire family includes making your own Victorian holiday cards, tree decorations.

Santa in Salem MA

Dec 15, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA

Take a photo with Santa and see the elegant Chestnut Street mansion. Before or after meeting Santa, snack on cookies, cider, and do a Christmas craft workshop. Make your own paper angels, wrapping paper, and pop-up cards, or write a letter to Santa. Craft activities are recommended for children ages 4 to 10. Santa arrives at 12:15 pm and will sit for photos until 2 pm

DIY Gifts & Crafts

Holiday Ornament Clay Sculpture Workshop at deCordova -- Lincoln MA

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA

Create a clay ornament inspired by winter at deCordova! Great fun for individuals or family groups. For guests age 10 and older; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Workshop includes instruction and assistance; tools, materials, and firing; refreshments. All levels welcome; no experience necessary.

Festivals

Festival of Trees 2019: Heros – Pittsfield MA

Nov 16, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020 Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA

A celebration of those who inspire us, featuring more than 100 dazzling, decorated holiday trees.

Food, Wine, Beer

Christmas Tea at Eustis Estate – Milton MA

Dec 1, 2019 - Dec 10, 2019 Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA

christmas tea at eustis estate Celebrate the season with a Victorian-style tea in the afternoon. Relax in the hall and enjoy tea sandwiches, scones, and other treats, including an optional champagne toast. Your ticket includes admission to the museum. Dates: December 1 and December 10

Merry Historic Milton Progressive Dinner Tour

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019 Eustis Estate, the Wakefield Estate, and the Forbes House Museum Milton, MA

Three estates in Milton will host a progressive dinner, in which guests travel by bus to each house in sequence for one course and a signature drink. The estates are the Eustis Estate, the Wakefield Estate, and the Forbes House Museum. Each house will be decorated for the holidays.
The tour begins at the Eustis Estate with appetizers, and festive music. Next, enjoy a cozy fireside stop at the Wakefield Estate for the main course, then on to the Forbes House Museum for a nightcap and dessert with live music. Limited tickets available and advance purchase is required. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 857-317-2511.

Christmas Tea at Phillips House – Salem MA

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA

Celebrate the season with an Edwardian afternoon tea at Phillips House. Relax in the beautifully decorated rooms and enjoy tea sandwiches, scones, and other treats.

Literary

Gerald Charles Dickens Performs “A Christmas Carol” – Lenox MA

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker Street Lenox, MA

The great-great-grandson of the literary legend Charles Dickens, British actor Gerald Charles Dickens, will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work “A Christmas Carol.” An elegant Victorian tea with sherry will follow. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.

Music

Boston Baroque Presents: Handel's Messiah -- Boston Ms

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA

Ring in the holiday’s with Boston Baroque’s celebrated annual holiday tradition, Handel’s Messiah! Martin Pearlman‘s Grammy-nominated interpretation will feature four of Boston Baroque’s most beloved soloists.

Boston Gay Men's Chorus – Provincetown MA

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA

Enjoy the perfect kick-off to the holiday season in Provincetown's own Grande Dame performance hall. One show only!

Sensory-Friendly Holiday Pops Concert -- Boston MA

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

This Holiday Pops concert is designed for all people with autism or sensory sensitivities. The concert will be a shortened 60-minute version of the usual Holiday Pops concert. House rules will be relaxed, volume and lighting will be reduced, extra space and quiet room and support spaces will be offered, along with noise-reduction headphones. Modified food concessions and autism therapist volunteers will be present.

Keb’ Mo’s Jingle Bell Jamboree -- Boston MA

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02631

Keb’ Mo’ embarks on a holiday tour, Jingle Bell Jamboree, which will feature the four-time Grammy-award winning contemporary Blues and Americana artist performing songs off of moonlight, mistletoe, and you.

Family Holiday Concert With Worcester Youth Orchestra -- Worcester MA

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019 Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA

Celebrate with family and friends the festive sounds of the season. Featuring the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra, Worcester Youth Philharmonic, Worcester Youth Wind Ensemble and Worcester Youth Jazz Band. Dinner Table Seating includes a three-course meal, wine and prosecco.

Christmas With the Boys’ Choir of Saint Paul’s -- Cambridge MA

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Saint Paul’s, 29 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA

The program features favorite Christmas music selections and beloved carols from five centuries of choral literature. The choirs are joined by the Back Bay Brass, a chamber music ensemble, and a percussion ensemble, with accompaniment on Saint Paul’s majestic pipe organ. Dates: December 8 and December 15. both at 3 p.m.

A Celtic Family Christmas with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy -- Beverly MA

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019 Cabot, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music. Their collaborators have included cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bluegrass star Alison Krauss and banjo ace Béla Fleck.

New Bedford Symphony Holiday Pops Family Concert

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA

new bedford symphony orchestra The orchestra plays all your holiday favorites, and the Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestra and Showstoppers join in with song for a holiday performance that will make everyone merry. The children’s matinee in the afternoon features fun surprises for the young at heart, while the evening concert presents a bit more music. Both performances are approximately one hour long with no intermission.

West Mass Brass Ensemble Holiday Concert -- Springfield MA

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Springfield Armory National Historic Site, 1 Armory Square, Springfield, MA

Enjoy a festive afternoon concert by West Mass Brass. Sing along to your favorite holiday songs or just sit back and enjoy the magic of the Christmas season.

New Year's Eve

First Light Weekend 2020 -- Provincetown, MA

Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 2, 2020 Many locations Provincetown, MA

Come enjoy several days of music, performance, dining and fun. Highlights include fireworks on the beach on Sunday, December 29, at 5:30 p.m.; Holiday Market & Winter Lodge at the Canteen; Well Strung: Home for the Holidays: A One Night Concert at Town Hall; a Light Bright Bike Ride at Provincetown Public Library, and more. See event website for detailed schedule.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Christmas Revels Celebration of the Winter Solstice – Cambridge MA

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Sanders Theatre, 45 Qunicy Street, Cambridge, MA

revels christmas ma This year Revels explores the origins of American music, starting frm the middle of the country in the dusty 1930s. The sequence of song and dance travels from the bluegrass music of Appalachia to the traveling songs of California to the slim harmonies of New England to the easy melodies of the South. The show culminates in the tradition of Breakin' up Christmas. Schedule offers 18 performances, including matinees and evenings. Tickets.

Theater

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley – Lowell MA

Nov 27, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA

wickhams christmas The characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice return to Merrimack Repertory Theatre with a new holiday tale. As the events of Miss Bennet unfold upstairs at Pemberley, the servants below find themselves in the midst of a scandal; an unwelcome visitor has stumbled into the kitchen in the middle of the night – Mr. Darcy’s nemesis and Lydia’s incorrigible husband: Mr. Wickham.

“The Nutcracker” With Boston Ballet – Boston MA

Nov 29, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA

The glorious music of Tchaikovsky transports this story of a girl, and gift, and a fabulous journey.

“A Christmas Carol” – New Bedford MA

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA

The classic is rich with music and brimming with color. Enjoy new arrangements and renditions of holiday songs such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Wassail Wassail,” “Good Christian Men Rejoice,” and others, Broadway-style scenery and costumes enrich this holiday classic.

A Concord Christmas -- Milton and Dennis MA

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 two locations Milton and Dennis, MA

Seaglass Theater Company celebrates the 150th anniversary of the release of Louisa May Alcott’s "Little Women" by presenting A Concord Christmas in churches in Massachusetts. Immerse yourself in music inspired by "Little Women." Repertoire includes selections from Handel’s Messiah, traditional carols, and an exclusive arrangement of O Holy Night accompanied by flute, violin, and piano.
December 14
First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Avenue, Milton at 2 p.m.
December 15 Dennis Union Church, 713 Main Street (Route 6A), Dennis, at 3 p.m.