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Events Calendar - 2020

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
Be sure to check out the listings of year-round Fairs & Festivals throughout New England. See also, Great Things to Do.

COVID-19 and social distancing have required the temporary shut-down of many of our favorite entertainment venues and live events and festivals in New England. We are watching all calendars closely, and as soon a live, public events return, we will post the information on this page.

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All Ages

Thanksgiving on the Farm -- Pittsfield MA

Nov 27, 2020 - Nov 29, 2020 Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA

Spend a day at Hancock Shaker Village and enjoy watching farm skills like woodworking and blacksmithing demos, Shaker talks, a Turkey Walk & Talk (registration required), hikes , and children’s activities. A foraging workshop on Saturday will be open for a fee. Most activities included with admission.

Candlelit Labyrinth Virtual Walk – from Boston MA

Dec 13, 2020 - Dec 13, 2020 from Armenian Heritage Park Boston, MA

 labyrynth at armenian heritage park Meet and greet virtually during a walk through the candlelit labyrinth; offer thoughts for the park’s wishing tree; enjoy music by Arazn Antsa, Mher Mnatsakanyan, and Hovo Epoioan, along with a performance of “Ain't No Mountain High Enough” with Boston Children's Chorus and choirs from around the world RSVP via ZOOM We are looking forward to coming together with you!Email: hello@armenianheritagepark.org

Arts & Crafts Shows

Holiday Artisan Market at Fruitlands Museum -- Harvard MA

Dec 5, 2020 - Dec 6, 2020 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA

Find vendors spread throughout the Fruitlands property, offering safe, socially distant opportunities to shop high quality handmade local crafts. Jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, fiber arts, photography, mixed media, and much more! Enjoy an additional 10% off discount in the Museum Shop. Access to the site is through advanced online ticketing. Be sure to book your admission pass before you arrive.

Children & Families

Virtual Kids’ Shows from the Cabot – Beverly MA

Nov 14, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020 online from Beverly, MA

The Cabot hosts free, online shows for kids.
November 14 -- The Joshua Show. Joshua Holden discovers that Mr. Nicholas the puppet is headed down a path of loneliness, so he and Larry the Lint and the Wonderbook man up to show Mr. Nick the joy in being yourself, using live music, tap dancing, physical comedy and many styles of puppetry. 10:30 a.m. Free but donation of $10 is welcome.
November 21 -- Mario The Magician. This all-ages show is packed with classic magic, robotics, and punk rock slapstick, and the mind-altering “What If Kids Ruled the World” segment. 10:30 a.m. Free but donation of $10 is welcome.
December 12 -- Bill Harley. Accompanied by guitar, Bill Harley presents stories in song, both original and traditional, filled with humor and wisdom. 10:30 a.m. Free but donation of $10 is welcome.

Christmas Holidays

Magic of Lights – Foxborough MA

Nov 13, 2020 - Jan 2, 2021 Gillette Stadium, 67 Washington Street, Foxborough, MA

Magic of Lights is a drive-through holiday light show using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Enjoy Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of light,. One carload, one price. Tickets must be purchased in advance, online, for a specific date.

North Shore Holiday Light Show -- Haverhill MA

Nov 19, 2020 - Dec 30, 2020 Crescent Farms, 1058 Boston Road, Haverhill, MA

The North Holiday Light Show is composed of dozens of larger-than-life holiday themed displays that visitors may see during a drive-though of a one-mile route through Crescent Farms. The show is open evenings beginning at 5 p.m. on select dates November 19 to December 30. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Any tickets purchased online are valid for a single admission, on any day the show is open. Email: info@northshorelightshow.com

Lighted Christmas Holiday Trees in Boston - Boston, MA

Nov 19, 2020 - Jan 31, 2021 various locations Boston, MA

HOLIDAY LIGHTS IN boston In-person tree-lighting ceremonies will not be held in Boston this year, but families and friends can visit, walk around, and enjoy beautiful lighted trees on their own time, here:
Boston Common Holiday Tree. A virtual tree-lighting ceremony will be held on December 3 at 6 p.m. Get more information and follow @treeforboston. This tree is an annual gift from the people of Nova Scotia, Canada. Map.
Commonwealth Avenue Mall Holiday Lights. Tree is lighted in early December. Map.
Seaport Holiday Tree. Winter Wonder Walks are held on Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Map.
Holiday Trellis at Christopher Columbus Park. Map.
Macy's Holiday Tree. Usually lighted around the day after Thanksgiving. Map.
Copley Square Holiday Tree. Map.
Public Garden Lights. Lighted on or around December 3. Map.

“Holiday Memories” by Truman Capote – Stockbridge MA

Nov 20, 2020 - Dec 30, 2020 The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street, Stockbridge, MA

Nov 20-dec 20 2020 Inspired by Truman Capote’s short story about growing up in Depression-era Alabama, “Holiday Memories” describes friendship between two wayward souls, a precocious young boy, Buddy, and his adult cousin, Sook. Amongst pine trees, they bake fruitcakes and welcome the coming holiday season, reminding us of the many different forms of families and the importance of our shared humanity.
The barn in Stockbridge will serve as the backdrop for a new outdoor stage for Berkshire Theatre Group. Act 1 and 2 will each run about 30 minutes. Between act, audiences will be invited indoors for warm drinks and seasonal treats. The barn also will allow a safe environment for distancing and ventilation. Temperature scans and contactless ticket scanning will be done at points of entry. Patrons will be required to wear masks. One-way traffic patterns will be enforced. Additional safeguards will also be in place.

Holidays at Highfield 2020 – Falmouth MA

Nov 27, 2020 - Dec 13, 2020 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA

 holidays at highfield 2020 Natural woodland themes enhance elegant Christmas imagery. This year the Winter Woodland Village will be installed in and around the Stickwork sculpture, “A Passing Fancy.” Music of the season will fill the hall, with classical guitar and piano performances by faculty and students of the Cape Symphony. Victorian-clad carolers will sing from a distance for visitors to the winter woodland village. Children will see and hear Santa read stories from the outdoor woodland village. There too children will find all the ingredients to mix some holiday reindeer food magic all for the big night. Storyteller Jackson Gilman wil weave his magic at the Stickworks and the Winter Woodland Village. There are plenty of ways to get warm indoors with a variety of drop-in arts and crafts. The Gift Gallery will be open.
This year each day will be split into three blocks of two hours each. Register at the website for the date and time you wish to attend. Covid guidelines will be in effect.

Festival of Trees 2020 – Wellesley MA

Nov 27, 2020 - Dec 20, 2020 Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA

 fest of trees 2020 mass horticultural society Join Massachusetts Horticultural Society to celebrate the beauty and tradition of decorated holiday trees. Festival of Trees runs Wednesday through Sunday each week from the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 20. The Festival of Trees showcases dozens of decorated trees and Snow Village, a model railroad display. Each ticket gives you a place in an exclusive tour limited to 22 guests and a dedicated tour guide. Your group will not mix with other guests outside of your time slot. Tickets.

The Polar Express Train Ride 2020 -- Buzzards Bay MA

Nov 27, 2020 - Dec 23, 2020 Departs from Buzzards Bay Depot, 70 Main Street Buzzards Bay, MA

POLAR EXPRESS CAPE COD Set to the music from the beloved movie, this 60-to-90-minutes excursion re-presents the classic story “The Polar Express.” Hot chocolate and cookies will be served by chefs during a sing-alongs of Christmas carols. Passengers are invited to read along with the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.Santa and his elves board the train at the North Pole to greet passengers and give out Christmas gifts. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride. See website for travel dates.
All required Cvovid-19 safety protocols will be met. Parties will not be seated with other parties unless they have specifically requested to sit together.

Hammond Castle Museum Open House and Tours – MA

Nov 27, 2020 - Dec 27, 2020 Hammond Castle Museum, 80 Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester, MA

santa at hammond castle Hammond Castle Museum is decking its halls to celebrate the Christmas holiday season. Holiday rooms at the castle are sponsored by All Purpose Flowers of Magnolia, Garden Designs by Kristen, Audrey’s Flower Shop, Harborside Interiors, and Sage Floral Studio. Santa returns to the castle December 10 and 11 from noon to 4 p.m. Children will be presented with a new, wrapped gift and a signed photo of Santa. Groups will be limited to 8 visitors at a time and Santa will be separated from visitors. Advance, online registration is required for guided tours.

Gardens Aglow 2020 Heritage Museums – Sandwich MA

Nov 27, 2020 - Dec 27, 2020 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA

 people at gardens aglow heritage museums in sandwich ma Heritage Museums & Gardens continues its holiday celebration of lights – all outdoors this year. Come enjoy light displays throughout the gardens and activities throughout the grounds like fire pits, marshmallow roasting, a reindeer scavenger hunt, a model train display, treats and hot drinks, visits with Santa Claus, games, and holiday music at the Parade Field. The gift shop will be open. Dates: November 27-29; December 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 22-23, and 26-27. Restrooms will be open. Visitors must purchase tickets in advance and print them at home or present the e-ticket on a mobile device. Tickets are for specific time slots and attendance is limited.

Winter Lights Display Route – Rockport, Gloucester, Essex, Manchester MA

Nov 27, 2020 - Jan 1, 2021 along a customer route Rockport, Gloucester, Essex, Manchester, MA

More than 150 businesses in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester will decorate their establishments with twinkling lights and creative window displays. A custom digital map (see link here) provides clearly marked locations of each participant. The printed map brochure will soon be available.

Winterlights 2020 at Naumkeag -- Stockbridge MA

Nov 27, 2020 - Jan 2, 2021 Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA

 winter lights naumkeag This beautiful garden glimmers with artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the whole family for a fun and safe outdoor foot tour through the lighted gardens. Refreshments available. This event will sell out fast. Tickets are on sale today and trust us, you’ll want to buy your tickets now.

ZooLights 2020 at Franklin Park zoo -- Boston MA

Nov 27, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021 Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA

zoolights 2020 ZooLights is a one-way stroll through the the 26 acres of Stone Zoo, along tree-lined paths lit by twinkling lights. Visitors will walk through Yukon Creek, illuminated by thousands of lights, and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes, and reindeer. Several large lantern displays will also be set up around the Zoo. Buy tickets in advance and online for a designated day and time

Holiday in the Park Lights at Six Flags – Agawam MA

Nov 27, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021 Six Flags New England, 1623 Main Street, Agawam, MA

 holiday lights 2020 at six flags Come enjoy a walk through Six Flags decorated with more than a million lights draped on trees, foliage, and buildings across the park. The park will blossom with adorned Christmas trees, a synchronized light display, characters, fire-pits, fried dough, hot cocoa, and more festive treats. See calendar for dates of operation. Make a reservation.

Castle Hill Illuminated: The Longest Night – Ipswich MA

Nov 28, 2020 - Jan 10, 2021 Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

Experience the Winter Solstice at a multi-sensory sound and light show at this magnificent estate above the beaches and meadows of Ipswich. Warm up at the campfires while you wait for your show to start. Hot chocolate and coffee available for purchase. Reservations are required. Bes6t to arrive 15-30 minutes before start time. Warm clothing and boots are recommended. Masks are required.

Family Holiday Stroll & Festive Parade of Trees -- North Andover MA

Dec 3, 2020 - Dec 3, 2020 Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover Street, North Andover, MA

 holiday stroll at stevens coolidge place This intimate event presents 24 decorated trees in a lightscape on the Stevens-Coolidge Place grounds. Enjoy a stroll through the twinkling lights followed by a treat at Ashdale Farms Snack Shack. This program follows strict COVID-19 safety guidelines. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Face masks required while on site.

Weir River Farm Holiday – Highham MA

Dec 5, 2020 - Dec 6, 2020 Weir River Farm, 140 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham, MA

Choose your Christmas tree from The Rocks Christmas Tree Farm in Bethlehem, NH; enjoy a hayride with your family and meet Nutmeg the pony and Ruby the llama. Warm up by the fire and make a Christmas craft. Shop at the holiday market, filled with treats from local farmers and artisans. Pre-register for a time slot, available on the half-hour between noon and 3 p.m. This program follows strict COVID-19 safety guidelines. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Face masks required while on site.

The Christmas Revels 2020 Online -- from Cambridge MA

Dec 18, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020 streaming online from Cambridge, MA

christmas revels 2020 Travel through the ages and across the globe for a unique Christmas Revels filled with new performances, favorite musical moments from Revels of the past, and a performance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Event passes come in the form of an access link. Each access link can be used on any device with internet (laptop, desktop, tablet, or phone). Each access link can only be used on one device at a time. Each household will need it's own access pass.

DIY Gifts & Crafts

Late Fall Leaf Dish and Evergreen Clay Jewelry at deCordova Sculpture Park -- Lincoln MA

Nov 29, 2020 - Nov 29, 2020 deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road,` Lincoln, MA

Build and decorate with rich autumnal or cool winter colors clay jewelry dishes modelled from actual leaves and evergreen boughs. Creations will be fired and ready for use for the holidays. This workshop is designed for adults and families. Hot cocoa and cider will be served. All levels welcome. Instruction, tools, materials, seating and work surfaces will be provided.

Holiday Wreath Design Class – Gloucester MA

Dec 2, 2020 - Dec 3, 2020 Beauport Hotel, 55 Commercial Street, Gloucester, MA

Come to Beauport Hotel Gloucester ballroom to create a beautiful holiday wreath with Meredith McCarthy from Meredith McCarthy Floral Design & Event Styling. Follow instructions to create a beautiful holiday wreath. Choose from a lush selection of winter greenery, berries, dried material, and a custom bow. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the 1606 Restaurant & Bar. The event will allow for social distancing and be limited to 25 people.

Holiday Outdoor Ski Decoration -- Plymouth MA

Dec 5, 2020 - Dec 5, 2020 Plimoth Patuxet, (formerly Plimoth Plantation), 137 Warren Avenue Plymouth, MA

Create a holiday outdoor decoration honoring skis and skiing. put together a set of old-fashioned skis and make a custom swag to adorn them, giving it a personal touch. All materials are included When purchasing your ticket choose between bright red or rustic maroon painted skis. Info: 508-746-1622 ex. 8107.

DIY Tradition Dip Candles -- Lincoln MA

Dec 12, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020 deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road,` Lincoln, MA

Try your hand making dip candles. Using traditional materials and techniques, you’ll layer beeswax on hemp wicks to create sweet smelling candles. You can choose between different festive colors and embellishments. All ages welcome. Children under 12 must register with an adult. Tuition includes entry to deCordova Sculpture Park, and all supplies and equipment needed for the workshop. Please note that this workshop will take place outside with masks and social distancing required. Please bundle up!

Food, Wine, Beer

New England Harvest Feast 2020 at Plimouth Plantation -- Plymouth MA

Nov 21, 2020 - Nov 27, 2020 Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue Plymouth, MA

An evening of entertainment and hospitality awaits you as you sit down to a 17th-century meal. Your modern host will guide you through your meal. Visitors from the past and experts from today will answer your questions about England and Plymouth old and new. During dinner, you will be entertained with centuries-old psalms and songs. Bill of fare includes cider, cheate bread and butter, sallet, mussels seeth'd in parsley and beer, sauc'd turkey, cabbage and leeks pottage, sweet corn pudding, a chine of roast'd pork, fricassee of fish, cheesecake, Holland cheese and fruit. Dates: November 21, 22, 25, 27.


“The Salem Witch Trials 1692” at Peabody Essex Museum – Salem MA

Sep 26, 2020 - Apr 4, 2021 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA

salem witch trials at pem The Salem witch trials created a community hysteria and led to the deaths of 25 people between June 1692 and March 1693. At this exhibition, “The Salem Witch Trials 1692,” visitors may see original witch trial documents from the Peabody Essex Museum collection and learn the story of the real event told through the voices of people who drove the hysteria and suffered from it.
A sister exhibit, “Salem Stories,” presents 26 vignettes about 100 works, from natural history specimens to cultural ephemera, to tell the history of Salem. Included in the exhibition is the death warrant for the execution of Bridget Bishop.

Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom Exhibit – Stockbridge MA

Oct 17, 2020 - Jan 17, 2021 Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road / Route 183, Stockbridge, MA

Returning to Stockbridge following a six-city tour, the exhibit “Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom”examines Rockwell’s famous "Four Freedoms" series of paintings, evoked by the State of the Nation address by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941, along with more than forty other Rockwell artworks. Also on display are paintings, drawings, photography, and writings of artists working across the decades for the cause of freedom,

Outdoor Activities

Green Friday at the Light

Nov 27, 2020 - Nov 27, 2020 Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge on Chappaquiddick Island, Dike Road Chappaquiddick Island, MA

Take in the salt air as you traverse the dunes in search of serene Autumnal views of the Muskeget Channel, Cape Cod, and Nantucket. Dress warmly, layers recommended. Masksrequired. Meet at Mytoi Gatehouse. Advance ticket purchase required; space is limited.

Moonlit Hikes with Trustees of Reservations - Ipswich, Medfield, Southborough, MA

Nov 28, 2020 - Dec 29, 2020 various locations Ipswich, Medfield, Southborough, MA

November 29 -- Family Beaver Moon Hike at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich. 3-5:30 pm Family: $30.
November 28 -- Dunes by the Light of the Full Beaver Moon at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. 3-6 pm. $25.
November 30 -- Full Moon Hike at Appleton Farms, Hamilton & Ipswich. 5-6:30 pm $15.
December 28 -- Dunes by the Light of the Full Cold Moon at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich. Illuminated by the full moon, the dunes are an eerily beautiful landscape. 3-6 pm Per person: $25. BR> December 29 -- Full Moon Tours of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. Museum docents will guide you through the park under light of the full moon! You’ll learn about old favorites and new additions to the park. 8-9 p.m. Per person: $20.
December 29 -- Dunes by the Light of the Full Cold Moon at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich. Transformed by the full moon, the dunes are a beautiful landscape. 3-6 pm $25

Reindeer Quest at Chestnut Hill Farm -- Southborough MA

Dec 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020 Chestnut Hill Farm, Chestnut Hill Road, Southborough, MA

Get the family outside to track down an elusive herd of wooden reindeer throughout the farm trails! See how many you can find – along the way, snap some photos and share on social media with #reindeerquest and #chestnuthillfarm. This is free, self-guided program runs throughout the month of December. Find directions and information at the trailhead parking lot kiosk. Trail map. Dogsare not permitted at Chestnut Hill Farm.

Fire Pit Fridays at Fruitlands Museum -- Harvard MA

Dec 4, 2020 - Dec 11, 2020 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA

Your firepit booking includes private firepit and seating for up to 6 guests, s’mores fixings and roasting sticks for your group, hot chocolate and hot spiced apple cider. Space limited. Book while space lasts. Firepit Friday repeats on December 11.

Family & Fun Hikes With Trustees of Reservations - Southborough and Medfield, MA

Dec 12, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020 various locations Southborough and Medfield, MA

December 12 -- Animal Tracking Family Night Hike at Chestnut Hill Farm, Southborough. Trustees ranger Tim Puopolo teaches hikers how to recognize different animal tracks and other signs of wildlife on the farm and in the woods. The campfire will be going and there will be popcorn, hot cocoa, and s’mores. Space is limited for this event and pre-registration is required. 4-6 pm Adults, $25; children above age 4, $20.
December 12 -- Ugly Sweater Night Hike at Rocky Woods, Medfield. The hike wraps up at Chickering Cabin for a blazing fire. Please bring a flashlight. Space is limited for this event. 4-6 pm Adults, $30; children, $20.