family-friendly holiday activities in massachusetts

Author: one tough job

Family events happening across the state

    BOSTON METRO

    Event: Brookline’s First Light Festival

    Date: Thursday, November 30

    Time: 5 – 8PM

    Location: Washington Square, Brookline Village Coolidge Corner, Brookline MA 02445

    Website: https://bostoncentral.com/events/brookline-first-light-festival/p3429.php

    Description: Enjoy live performances, free food, activities for everyone, and more. Come share this night with your family, friends, and community to shop, eat, and discover Brookline's best!

    More than 50 Brookline businesses will participate in Brookline’s annual First Light Festival. Celebrate the season with many performances and events in Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, JFK Crossing Putterham Circle, St. Mary's Station, and Washington Square.

    Source: Boston Central

    Event: Holiday Open house at Old South Meeting House

    Date: Friday, December 1

    Location: 310 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108

    Website: https://bostoncentral.com/events/seasonalfun/p6594.php

    Time: 10AM – 4PM

    Description: Holiday Open House – Family Fun at the Meeting House!
    In the 1870s Boston residents, celebrated authors, and intellectuals joined forces to save Old South Meeting House from demolition using exhibits, fancy dress balls, and fairs to raise awareness and funds.
    This year’s Holiday Open House recalls one these fundraisers near its 140th anniversary: a farm-themed fair featuring a full-scale barn and a visit from Mother Goose held on December 5, 1877! Join us to honor our past with fun, farm-themed activities including carding wool with Historic New England staff.

    Source: Boston Central

    Event: Back Door Gallery

    Date: Friday, December 1

    Location: 130 Waltham St., Lexington, MA 02421

    Website: https://bostoncentral.com/events/art/p43563.php

    Description: The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society created a second gallery to showcase the works of the artists and artisans.

    Bi-monthly new works by our 9 Guilds: Basketry • Ceramics • Decorative Arts • Metalworkers • Needle Arts • Painters • Polymer Clay, Photography, Weavers and Woodworkers are on display in the Gallery which is located at 130 Waltham Street, 3rd door, parking lot entrance.

    Source: Boston Central

    Event: Exercise with your child

    Date: Friday, December 1

    Location: 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston MA 02125

    Website: https://bostoncentral.com/events/health/p53035.php

    Description: interested in finding out how active families are together and how much they enjoy being physically active together during different activities!
    We will first ask to measure you and your child’s height and weight and then we will have a trained research assistant take you and your child through a physical activity session together.
    The session will include 5 different physical activities for 8 minutes each.
    The 5 activities include: jumping games, dancing, body-weight exercises, brisk walking, and a tag game.

    Source: Boston Central

    Event: Enchanted Trolley Tour 2017

    Date: December 1 -3

    Location: Various locations, see below

    Website: https://bostoncentral.com/events/holiday/p10030.php

    Description: This year, the Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour will take place on Friday, December 1; Saturday, December 2; and Sunday, December 3, in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

    For the 22nd year, the Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour will continue the festive tradition of lighting holiday trees while bringing holiday spirit to children across Boston. The event is sponsored by Bank of America, and includes visits with Santa, holiday performances, tree lightings and more.

    The Mayor's Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment is committed to producing fun, free public events for Bostonians and visitors to the City and this year will collaborate with Bank of America, which is sponsoring the 2017 Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour and Tree Lightings.

    The schedule is as follows:

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    5:30 p.m. Mattapan Square, Mattapan

    6:30 p.m. Wolcott Square, Readville

    7:15 p.m. Hastings Street Lot, Centre Street, West Roxbury

    Saturday, December 2, 2017

    1:00 p.m. Codman Square, Dorchester

    1:45 p.m. Hyde Square, Jamaica Plain

    2:30 p.m. J.P. Monument, Jamaica Plain

    3:15 p.m. Brigham Circle, Mission Hill

    3:45 p.m. Bolling Building, Roxbury

    4:30 p.m. Boston Center for the Arts, South End

    5:30 p.m. Oak Square, Brighton

    Sunday, December 3, 2017

    1:00 p.m. M Street Park, South Boston

    1:45 p.m. Chinatown Gate, Chinatown

    2:30 p.m. Paul Revere Mall, North End

    3:15 p.m. Thompson Square, Charlestown

    4:00 p.m. Maverick Square, East Boston

    6:00 p.m. Adams Corner, Dorchester

    Source: Boston Central


    NORTHEAST

    Event: Tree Jubilee at Marini Farm- Over 70 Decorated Trees

    Date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 1- 9

    Time: 8:30AM- 2PM

    Location: 259 Linebrook Rd., Ipswich, MA 01938

    Website: https://bostoncentral.com/events/seasonalfun/p44756.php

    Description: Tour the gallery of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths donated by local organizations, families, and businesses then choose the ones you want a chance to win!
    Spectacularly decorated trees and wreaths will be raffled off (decorations and all!) at the end of the Jubilee.
    You never know what our participants will decorate their trees with!
    Proceeds benefit the Ipswich Humane Group to support the animals at the Ipswich Animal Shelter.

    Source: Boston Central

    Event: The Marblehead Christmas Walk

    Date: December 1-3

    Time: 8PM

    Website: http://www.northshorekid.com/event/marblehead-christmas-walk

    Description: The Marblehead Christmas Walk is a signature event that captures the warmth of Christmas throughout town. This is a time when Marblehead’s Historic charm shines bright and the festive spirit of the holidays provide a truly enchanting experience. Now in its 46th year, more than 80 local businesses and stores will bring residents and visitors alike the most spectacular Christmas Walk ever, and welcome you to “Shop at the Store with a Star on the Door”.

    Weekend Schedule:

    • Holiday sales and promotions by local retailers, artisans and eateries.
    • 2017 Marblehead Gingerbread Festival
    • Marblehead Artisan’s Holiday Marketplace

    Source: Northshore Kids

    Event: Ipswich Memory Tree Lighting

    Date: Friday, December 1

    Time: 6:30PM

    Location: Downtown Ipswich

    Website: http://www.northshorekid.com/event/ipswich-memory-tree-lighting

    Description: An annual community event to remember family and friends. Participants buy a star in memory of late friends and loved ones and place the stars on the tree as their loved one's name is read. To add a star please contact Kim Porter via email or phone.

    Source: Northshore Kids

    Event: Santa Comes to Essex

    Date: Friday, December 1

    Time: 5-8PM Santa arrives at 6PM

    Location: Downtown Essex

    Website: http://www.northshorekid.com/directory/downtown-essex

    Description: Santa arrives on the Essex River by boat and walks up to the shipyard with a cast of toyland characters. Children can sit on Santa's lap and review their holiday "wish list", while adults enjoy wonderful hot clam chowder from Woodman's. Carols by 'Sound Waves' provide great entertainment for the evening! Hot chocolate and Munchkins provided by Dunkin Donuts!

    WEATHER CONTINGENCY: Friday evening events will be held at Essex Elementary School in case of inclement weather.

    Source: Northshore Kids


    METROWEST

    Event: Free First Friday Nights at The Discovery Museum

    Date: Friday, December 1

    Time: 4:30- 8PM

    Location: The Discovery Museums, 177 Main Street, Acton MA 01720

    Website: https://bostoncentral.com/events/learn/p54004.php

    Description: Join us with free admission and explore the museum at night on the first Friday of every month!

    Source: Boston Central


    SOUTHEAST

    Event: La Salette Festival of Lights

    Date: November 23- January 1

    Time: 5 – 9PM

    Location: 947 Park Street, Attleboro, MA

    Website: https://bostoncentral.com/events/seasonalfun/p49420.php

    Description: This is one of the most beloved and popular Christmas displays in the state. Featuring: 300,000 Lights illuminating over 10 acres of winter wonderland. The event is held at The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, so many of the displays celebrate the spiritual side of the holidays.

    Don't miss the International Creche Museum featuring hundreds of creches from around the world.

    Source: Boston Central

    Event: PJ Library Tot Shabbat Hop: Chanukah and Mitzvah Night

    Date: Friday, December 1

    Time: 6-7:30PM

    Location: 25 Canton Street, Sharon, MA 02067

    Website: https://bostoncentral.com/events/holiday/p54170.php

    Description: Parents often wonder where they can bring their toddler to listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy hands-on crafts. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park offers free, engaging activities each week at Whales, Tales and Sails. This free, one-hour story hour takes place each Friday morning beginning at 10:00 AM. The event features professional storyteller Jackson Gillman and includes stories, fingerplay, songs, and crafts.

    Source: Macaroni Kid


    CENTRAL

    Event: Historic Deerfield Visit

    Date: Open until December 22

    Time: 9:30AM –4:30PM

    Location: 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA 0134

    Website: http://www.historic-deerfield.org/hours-admission/

    Description: A free orientation film is shown throughout the day at the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern.
    Museum Houses Guided Tours start on the hour.
    • Two museum houses are open all day for self-guided tours.
    • The Apprentice’s Workshop at Dwight House is open for demonstrations from 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Source: Valley Visitor

    Event: The Holyoke Merry-go-round

    Time: 10AM – 4PM

    Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor’s Center

    Website: http://www.holyokemerrygoround.org/

    Description: An antique carousel featuring hand-carved and beautifully painted horses is nestled in the Pioneer Valley, a short drive from the Connecticut border, in Western Massachusetts’ historic city of Holyoke. A quick and convenient ride away, the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round offers New England families the perfect place for indoor play and family fun.

    Located alongside the Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor’s Center, Children’s Museum of Holyoke and Volleyball Hall of Fame, the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is a picture-perfect venue for your family gathering, whether you’re planning a birthday party, business social or wedding ceremony. The carousel at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is handicap accessible.

    Source: Valley Visitor


    CAPE

    Event: Merry Main Street Event

    Date: November 24- December 24

    Location: Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    Website: https://bostoncentral.com/events/food/p54145.php

    Description: Visit downtown businesses displaying the “Merry Main Streets” candy cane flyer.
    Shops and restaurants will be open late on Friday nights.
    Enjoy outdoor performances on Friday nights.
    Shop late and shop local!
    Free raffles and specials.

    Source: Boston Central


    BERKSHIRES

    Event: Steam

    Date: Friday, December 1

    Time: 9:30- 11:30AM

    Location: Becket Washington Preschool, 12 Maple St. Becket, MA 01223

    Website: https://berkshires.macaronikid.com/events/5a0c4374890e5e5bb045ff77/steam-becket

    Description: Did you ever think that some things are too hard to do at home with your kids? We will give you fun, easy and not to messy ways to
    practice STEAM at home with your child/children. Join us for an hour of great fun!

    Source: Berkshire Family Focus

    Event: Kids’ Workshop- Gingerbread House

    Date: Saturday, December 2

    Time: 9AM- 12NOON

    Location: 555 Hubbard Ave. Pittsfield, MA 01201

    Website: https://berkshires.macaronikid.com/events/5a0c3e76a9d3a05bb6f88405/kids-workshop-gingerbread-house-pittsfield

    Description: Build holiday memories in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can put together a wooden gingerbread house that will last year after year. No frosting required! Once the gingerbread house is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.

    Source: Berkshire Family Focus

    Event: Williamstown Holiday Walk

    Date: Saturday, December 2

    Time: 5:30PM-7PM

    Location: Williamstown Spring and Main Streets, Williamstown, MA 01267

    Website: https://berkshires.macaronikid.com/events/5a0c4ff4e867a3420d048400/williamstown-holiday-walk-williamstown

    Description: Holiday sounds and spirit will fill Spring Street with traditional New England flair: old-fashioned caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Reindog Parade, a Penny Social, Santa Claus, and much more.

    Source: Macaroni Kid



    FRANKLIN

Event: Mother Goose on the Loose

Date: Friday, December 1

Time: 10-11AM

Location: Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street, Greenfield

Website: http://franklincc.chambermaster.com/events/details/mother-goose-on-the-loose-12-01-2017-4917

Description: Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children age 3 and under (with a grown-up) at the Greenfield Public Library. Kay reads books, leads the group in hand rhymes, and uses puppets to teach animal sounds and other concepts new to the very young. Each session is 45 minutes, with half an hour of structured activity and about fifteen minutes of visiting time. No sign-up is required, and the program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Greenfield Public Library.

Source: Franklin County Massachusetts

Event: Artisan Craft Fair

Date: Friday, December 1

Time: 8AM- 4PM

Location: 164 High Street in Greenfield

Website: http://franklincc.chambermaster.com/events/details/artisan-craft-fair-9084

Description: Baystate Franklin Medical Center's own talented employees and volunteers bring their wares to market. Featuring gift baskets, jewelry, lotions and potions, toys for kids and pets, pottery, candles, maple products, knit wear for winter, and other useful objects of beauty, plus gift wrapping service.

Source: Franklin County Massachusetts

Event: Gingerbread Fair

Date: Saturday, December 2

Time: 9AM-3PM

Location: First Congregational Church of Sunderland, 91 South Main Street, Sunderland

Website: http://franklincc.chambermaster.com/events/details/gingerbread-fair-8825

Description: Featuring crafts, coffee can raffle, bake sale, quilt raffle, cookie table.

Source: Franklin County Massachusetts


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