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Christmas & Holiday Events 2017

New England covered bridge at Christmas New England’s lively cities, snug towns, and snow-swept mountains are a perfect backdrop for Christmas and holiday celebrations and traditions. Come and enjoy classic favorites, like performances of “The Messiah” or “The Nutcracker, and local traditions, like 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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Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch - Merrimack, NH

Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 Anheiser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Highway Merrimack, NH
See a display of holiday spirit at the scenic Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Celebrate the season with food and drink specials, a s'mores station and hot cocoa bar. Enjoy a Bud Light straight from the tank by taking a Day Fresh Tour from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Meet the Budweiser Clydesdales. Gift Shop & Biergarten are open until 9 p.m. Event is held Thursdays to Sundays.
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 603-578-0542

Moonlight Magic 2017 - Shelburne Falls, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 Village of Shelburne Falls and Bridge Street Shelburne Falls, MA
The event begins as hundreds of luminarias light up the village. Stores offer baked goods, maple products, arts and crafts, and hot drinks. At 5:15 p.m., the Parade of Lights begins at Lamson Factory Outlet Store, moves through the Village of Buckland, and crosses the Iron Bridge into Shelburne. Santa and Mrs. Claus meet kids at the Shelburne-Buckland Senior Center on Main Street.
Time: 4-9 p.m.
Telephone: 413-625-2526

Tree Lighting and Community Caroling 2017 - Nantucket, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 Top of Main Street, Pacific Bank steps Nantucket, MA
Join a traditional tree lighting ceremony and singing of Christmas carols led by the high school choir.
Time: 5 p.m.

Rockland Festival of Lights 2017 - Rockland, ME

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Downtown Rockland, ME
Celebrate the unofficial start of the Christmas season with the seaside Maine town of Rockland. This weekend after Thanksgiving is filled with holiday events, including the arrival of Santa aboard a U.S. Coast Guard boat on Friday at noon, the lighting of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree Friday at 6 p.m., horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa's workshop, The Parade of Lights on Saturday at 6 p.m., and the pancake breakfast with Santa on Sunday at 8:30 a.m..
Time: See description above

Festival of Trees and Snow Village - Wellesley, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street Wellesley, MA
Festival of Trees and Snow Village Mass Horticultural Society The Festival of Trees at Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Hunnewell Building, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees. Visitors “vote” with raffle tickets, in hopes of winning a tree. Visitors can also enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds on a stroll or a horse-drawn wagon ride. There are Santa Visits and other kids activities. Dates: November 24-26 and 29-30; December 1-3 and 6-10.
Time: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, December 11, until 6 p.m.
Admission: $10; children under age 11 admitted free
Telephone: 617-933-4988

Gardens Aglow 2017 at Heritage Museums and Gardens - Sandwich, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA
This holiday family tradition transforms Heritage Museums and Gardens with festive displays, family activities, marshmallow roasting, music, visits with Santa Claus, displays of model trains - and even a visit by baby animals. The exhibit gallery will have model trains running on full-scale models of the George Washington Bridge and the Cape Cod Canal bridge, Mrs. Claus, and a giant LiteBrite. Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from November 24-December 17; December 22; December 29, and December 30.
Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Admission: Over age 11, $18; youth age 3 to 11, $7

Gift of Lights 2017 - Loudon, NH

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106 North Loudon, NH
Extending two miles around the outside of the track's grandstands, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes, 400 light displays, and two million LED bulbs. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Speedway Children's Charities. Closed on December 4 and 25.
Time: 4:30-9 p.m.
Admission: $20 per car
Telephone: 603-783-4931

Winter Reimagined 2017 at Tower Hill Botanical Garden - Worcester, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018 Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive Worcester, MA
Winter Reimagined is a stroll among dramatic displays of lights throughout 15 acres of formal gardens. The events includes access to the gardens, Garden Shop, wishing tree forest, conservatories, fire pits, igloo, fairy village train , and more. Reservations to Twigs Cafe are recommended, food trucks are onsite weekend evenings. Pre-purchased tickets are required; visitors choose the day and time to attend. .
Time: Adults, $15; seniors over age 64, $10; youth age 6-18, $5
Telephone: 508-869-6111

An Old-Fashioned Christmas 2017 - North Conway, NH

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Schouler Park to Eastern Slope Playhouse North Conway, NH
Festivities begin in North Conway’s Schouler Park at 4:30 p.m. with caroling by Da Capo. At 5:30, a holiday Parade of Carols will move from Norcross Circle to the Eastern Slope Inn. Visitors are encouraged to follow Santa down Main Street to the Eastern Slope Inn Resort for the resort lighting. At 6 p.m., Santa will read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" at the Eastern Slope Playhouse. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Children can meet Santa at 7 p.m. The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery center will be open from 6 to 8 p.m.
Time: 4:30-8 p.m.

Christmas Stroll & Tree Lighting 2017 - Orleans, MA

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Snow's Home and Garden, 22 Main Street Orleans, MA
Join Orleans residents and Mrs. Claus for the Christmas Stroll and the Tree lighting on the Village Green. Gather at 4:45 p.m. at Snow's Home & Garden for the Stroll, which leaves Snow's at 5 p.m. Then proceed to the Green, holding candles, lights, and singing carols, for the lighting.
Time: 4:45 p.m.

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Village - Watch Hill, RI

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Ocean House, 1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill, RI
Ignite the Christmas Spirit at Ocean House's Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Village. Children will help us light the outdoor Christmas Tree and then Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck! Seasonal snacks, alcoholic (cash bar) and nonalcoholic beverages will be available. Guests are asked to bring a toy for our toy drive. You can get your holiday shopping done early in the Christmas Village, featuring an array of products from local purveyors.
Time: 4:55-6:30 p.m.
Telephone: 888-853-2919

Christmas in the Valley 2017 - North Conway, NH

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 2628 White Mountain Hwy North Conway, NH
The Christmas feeling gets underway at 4:30 p.m. with a tree lighting, Christmas carols, a reading by Santa and more.
Time: 4:30 p.m.

Lighting of the Nubble 2017 - York Beach, ME

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Cape Neddick Lighthouse, Sohier Park York Beach, ME
 Nubble LIght at Christmas Christmas lights on the Nubble (Cape Neddick) Lighthouse are illuminated during this annual gathering.
Come for cookies, hot chocolate, music, Santa Claus, with a countdown to the lighting.
Neighborly and festive!
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Telephone: 207-363-1040

Horse-Drawn Holiday Carriage Ride & Holiday Photos - Bristol, RI

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
 Horse and carriage rides at Blithewold A garland-draped carriage will take a trip down Blithewold’s wooded Lover's Lane and across the Great Lawn. Families will be photographed in the sleigh before the ride begins.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be served in the Dining Room before or after the ride. Pre-registration required.
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Admission: $80 for a group of 4, each additional person $10. Fee includes admission to Christmas at Blithewold.

Mystic Holiday Lighted Boat Parade and Santa by Tugboat - Mystic, CT

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Mystic River Park, 28 Cottrell Street Mystic, CT
CT Mystic Santa chair on dock Come to Mystic River Park to watch Santa arrive at 2 p.m. on a tug boat to meet children. After a break, festivities in the park resume with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. After the tree is lighted, find a place on either side of Mystic River to see decorated boat pass in the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Decorated vessels parade down the Mystic River and return to the Mystic River Park, where spectators and judges gather.
Time: Festivities begin at 2 p.m.

Trees in the Rigging 2017 Carol Sing & Boat Parade - Essex, CT

Nov 26, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street Essex, CT
Essex Ct Trees in the rigging parade Annual community carol sing and boat parade steps off at 4:30 p.m. at Essex Town Hall with a lantern-lit stroll down Main Street accompanied by the Sailing Master of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps and a parade of antique cars. The stroll ends at the Connecticut River Museum, where boats decorated with festive lights and holiday themes pass in review, then Santa arrives for visits with children. The best viewing is from the lawn of the Connecticut River Museum at the foot of Main Street.
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Blink! Light & Sound Show 2017 - Boston, MA

Nov 29, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Square Boston, MA
 Blink! 2017 in 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. Festivities will begin with a Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 19 and will continue through January 1, 2018. Some special events:
December 2. Gregg Daniels and Fast Freddy of Mix104.1 FM will collect toys for Toys for Tots. Entertainment by the Nate Bash Band, Sugarbabies Band and Them Apples Band
December 9. Entertainment by Greater Boston School of Dance, Life of the Party and Catching Arrows and The Red Guard
December 16. Christmas in the City – Bring new unwrapped gifts for homeless children. Entertainment by Nate Bash Band, Sugarbabies Band and Them Apples Band
December 23. Entertainment by Dances with Energy, the Brandy Band and other performers.
Time: Nightly performances begin at 4:30 p.m. and repeat every half hour
Admission: Free

Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival 2017 - Fairfield, CT

Nov 30, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Road Fairfield, CT
Come enjoy a cup of hot cider while you stroll through the Burr Mansion and see rooms decorated by interior decorators and artists. Trees and one-of-a-kind live wreaths are for sale. The Holiday Boutique is full of festive gifts and ornaments. Bring the kids to visit Santa!
Holiday Preview Gala on November 30. Enjoy light fare, cocktails, and music by Michel Nischan under the tent. There will be a chance to win a piece of jewelry donated by Henry C, Reid & Sons Jewelers. 6:30-10 p.m. $150
Holiday Hip Hop on December 1. Come for dinner and watch Fairfield’s Double-Up Dance Studio perform cool hip hop. Centerpieces for sale. Guest appearance by Santa. Grab a cup of cocoa on your way to the Tree Lighting ceremony. 5- 7 p.m. Adults, $20; children, $10
Nutcracker Sweet Tea on December 2. Enjoy tea and sweets during a vignette performance “Nutcracker Suite.” Children will get to meet dancers from the New England Ballet Company. 2-4 p.m. $30/person
Time: Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: General Admission is adults, $10; children and seniors, $5

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude 2017 - Kennebunkport, ME

Nov 30, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Various locations Kennebunkport, ME
Maine kennebunkport christmas prelude Days of indoor and outdoor Christmas fun in this beautiful Maine seacoast town includes a tree lighting, Santa's arrival, caroling, trolley rides and more. Many more events include mead tastings, dinners, and music, See schedule of events. Some highlights:
December 1
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square. 5:30 p.m. and bonfire at Washington Hose Fire Station. 7 p.m. Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree Lighting. Cape Porpoise Square. 7 p.m.
December 2
Hat Parade at Dock Square. A parade of holiday hats for children and adults led by the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo. All hats welcome! 3 p.m.
Lower Village Tree Lighting and Christmas Stroll. Christensen Lane and Route 35. 5:30 p.m.
Christmas Candlelight Caroling at the Franciscan Monastery, 6:30 p.m.
December 3
Merry TubaChristmas at Nonantum Resort. 2 p.m.
Santa Arrives by Lobster Boat Santa docks at David's KPT on Ocean Avenue and then goes to the Community House to meet kids. 2 p.m.
Time: Consult event website

Merry Maple Celebration of Lights 2017 - Amherst, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Avenue Amherst, MA
Amherst Town Hall. Hayrides, face painting, tree lighting, UMass Minuteman Marching Band arrives with Santa!
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Telephone: 413-253-0700

Winter Lights Market and Tree Lighting 2017 - Providence, RI

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Providence City Hall and City Center Skating Rink. 25 Dorrance Street Providence, RI
Providence’s holiday tradition will feature a wealth of activities for all. Head to City Hall on Friday, at 5 p.m. for the Christmas tree lighting, followed by a Winter Lights Market in Burnside Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Live performances, giveaways, and an artist marketplace continue December 2 at the City Center skating rink, Dorrance and Washington streets.
Time: 5-9 p.m.

A Traditional Christmas In Stowe 2017 - Stowe, VT

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 South Main Street Stowe, VT
A traditional christmas in stowe VT Named a Top 10 Winter Event by Vermont Chamber of Commerce, this festival includes a lantern parade with carols on Main Street, a tree lighting, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Stowe Mercantile, music by Root7 accapella group, Santa's reindeer on the Village Green, wagon rides, a Festival of Trees & Light at the Helen Day Art Center, a Welcome to Winter for kids by the local recreation department, and ice skating.
Stowe Community Church Christmas Fair is on Saturday. Also come to enjoy cookie decorating, "It's a Wonderful Life" party, gingerbread house decorating, artisan pop-up stores, and a live performance of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” by the Stowe Theatre Guild.
Time: All day
Telephone: 802-585-5131

Freeport Sparkle Celebration 2017 - Freeport, ME

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Various locations Freeport, ME
 Freeport Maine Sparkle Celebration The weekend kicks off Friday night with a Parade of Lights down Main Street, and the fun continues all weekend with horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, a talking Christmas Tree and much more. Schedule of events.
Continuous events: Talking Christmas Tree, illuminated Discovery Forest and model train village at L.L. Bean, Home Time Radio Hour with the Freeport Players, Maine-crafted gifts pop-up at L.L.Bean, visits with Santa and his reindeer, horse-drawn wagon rides.
December 1
Parade of Lights. See Main Street come alive with twinkling lights and song. Concludes with Santa bringing Freeport’s Talking Christmas Tree to life.
December 2
Night Tree at Wolfe’s Neck Farm. A holiday tradition for children, the Night Tree event is inspired by Eve Bunting’s book The Night Tree.
Make Your Own Cozy Cottage at Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections
Festive Music at L.L.Bean
Tuba Christmas Concert at Freeport Performing Arts Center
Time: Consult event website

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas 2017 - Stockbridge, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Various locations Stockbridge, MA
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas As the location of Norman Rockwell’s Main Street at Christmas painting, Stockbridge celebrates the season, closing on Sunday with a re-creation of the iconic painting in real life.
Friday, December 1 Readings Around The Hearth at the Stockbridge Library. 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 Holiday House Tour. This self-guided tour features Blantyre, Eastover, Naumkeag, Historic Merrell Inn, Charles Owen House and The Old Rectory. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Children’s Holiday Story Time. Stockbridge Library. 11 a.m.
Caroling Luminaria Walk. Meet in front of The Red Lion Inn for a Luminaria walk to the First Congregational Church. 6 p.m.
Holiday Concert. Christmas musical program by the Berkshire Lyric and the Blafield Children’s Chorus at the First Congregational Church. 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 3
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Re-creation. See Main Street as Norman Rockwell did when he painted the famous Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Noon-2 p.m.
Time: See event website for details

Nantucket Christmas Stroll Weekend 2017 - Nantucket, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Main Street Nantucket, MA
MA nantucket christmas stroll On Stroll Saturday, carolers in costume sing familiar Christmas tunes at downtown locations. Live entertainment is performed on Main Street. Guests also relish special dinners at island restaurants, tours, and exhibitions. At mid-day, the Nantucket Town Crier will ring in Christmas Stroll, and lead a walk wharves to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrive via Coast Guard Cutter. Email: info@nantucketchamber.org
Time: All day
Telephone: 508-228-3643

Home for the Holidays 2017 at the Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden - Suffield, CT

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, 55 South Main Street (Route 75) Suffield, CT
Gorgeous rooms are staged in the theme of holiday anticipation, decorated by the Suffield Garden Club.
Opening Night Preview Party, Cocktails at Hatheway, on Friday, December 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, wine, a champagne toast, and a silent auction. (tickets, $50- $100).
Weekend Tours are December 2 and 3, 1 to 4 p.m.. Enjoy tours of the festively decorated House, children's activities and light refreshments. (Adults, $15; children age 6-18, $10)
Teddy Bear Tea Party is December 2 at 11 a.m. and 1 pm. Christmas cookies and a tasty herbal tea will warm the heart and body, and a short story dedicated to the bear you love will finish our time together. (Adults, $10; children $5; family of four, $20). Reservations requested, call 860-668-0055
Time: See description above
Admission: See description above
Telephone: 860-247-8996

Festival of Trees & Traditions 2017 at Wadsworth Atheneum - Hartford, CT

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT
During this event, holiday trees, wreaths and more decorated by area artists and others are displayed throughout Wadsworth Atheneum. Night of Illumination is November 30, and Hartford Symphony’s Jazz quartet will perform swing tunes and standards. Second Saturdays for Families is December 9, with lots of activities for the kids.
Five local performing arts groups will host installations throughout the museum: Hartford Stage’s A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas will offer a a stroll along London’s Victorian streets.
Connecticut Ballet will feature Nutcracker memorabilia and costumes. A collection of Nutcracker dolls will be part of the presentation.
Hartford Symphony’s display will evoke the holiday spirit with hand-crafted of musical instruments.
A pointe shoe tree standing seven feet high will be contributed by Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, featuring Nutcracker-themed decorations.
TheaterWorks Rockin’ Christmas Tree is based on Hartford’s newest holiday tradition, Christmas on the Rocks.
Time: Adults: $18; seniors: $15; students: $8; youth age 17 and younger: $3
Admission: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; museum is closed December 4 and 5

Celebrate Christmas 2017 at the Eustis Estate - Milton, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue Milton Milton, MA
Eustis Estate in Milton MA Enjoy a Victorian Christmas at the Eustis Estate. The 1878 mansion is decorated for the holidays with a nod toward late nineteenth-century style. Advance tickets are recommended.
December 2
Make Your Own Bling. Learn the basics of silversmithing. Fee includes lunch and materials. 9:30 am-4:30 pm $175
December 3
Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Take a photo with Santa and see the mansion decorated for Christmas. Noon-3 pm Adults, $15; children, $5
Christmas Cheers at the Eustis Estate. Enjoy a magical evening of music and holiday cheer. 5:30-8:30 pm $15-$25. Repeats December 10 and 17.
December 5 Christmas Crafts. Create Victorian tree ornaments from folded paper and lace. Fee includes materials and admission to the museum. $35. 3-5 pm Repeats December 13.
December 6.
Christmas Tea. Relax in the parlors and enjoy tea sandwiches and scones. $45. 3-5 pm
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Holiday Crafts and Storytime. Do craft workshops to make snowman ornaments then head to the library for holiday storytime. For ages 5 to 12. 10 am-2 pm. Repeats December 16.
December 12
Four Centuries of Christmas in New England. This illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas. $15. 6-8 pm
December 15
Merry Historic Milton: Progressive Tasting Trolley Tour. Join a progressive tasting through the Forbes House Museum, the Wakefield Estate, and the Eustis Estate. Each house will be decorated for the holidays and will feature one course and one beverage. $100. 6-9 pm or 7:30-10:30 pm
Time: Open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Vergennes Holiday Stroll 2016 - Vergennes, VT

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Various locations Vergennes, VT
Breakfast with Santa, craft fair, Santa Village Carol singing, gingerbread house contest, fun in the park.
Time: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Christmas with Mr. Dickens - Portland, ME

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth Street Portland, ME
British actor Andrew Harris plays Charles Dickens in this seasonal entertainment of Dickensian readings. This evening’s event includes a chance to tour Victoria Mansion decked out in holiday splendor.
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $20 - $25
Telephone: 207-772-4841

Williamstown Holiday Walk 2017 - Williamstown, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Spring and Water streets and downtown Williamstown, MA
 Williamstown MA holiday walk and Reindog parade Holiday festivities with traditional New England flair: old-fashioned caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Reindog Parade, a Penny Social, Santa Claus, and much more. Kick-off with the ever popular Reindog Parade will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Time: Call event host for time
Telephone: 413-458-9077

Holidays on The Green 2017 at The Pinehills - Plymouth, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Village Green at The Pinehills Plymouth, MA
Holidays on the Green is a celebration with a Holiday Artisan Market, cookie decorating, ice sculpting demonstrations, ornament making, a petting zoo, horse and carriage rides around the village green, a tree lighting on the Village Green, and, of course, a visit from Santa. The Reindog Parade will stride again.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 508-209-9000

Portsmouth Christmas Tree Lighting & Illuminated Holiday Parade 2017 - Portsmouth, NH

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Market Square Portsmouth, NH
People count down to the lighting of the Portsmouth Christmas tree and the festive fun continues with a dazzling parade down Islington Street and through Market Square. Rain date is December 3.
Time: Tree lighting, 5:30 p.m.; parade, 6 p.m.

Christmas in Weston 2017 - Weston, VT

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Town of Weston, Route 100 Weston, VT
 Christmas in Weston 2017 Bring the family to enjoy visits with Santa at The Vermont Country Store, horse-drawn wagon rides, gallery exhibitions, craft making, greenhouse, and tours food tastings. Daytime activities conclude with a concert by the Nordic Harmoni choir,as well as a reading of Dicken’s Christmas Carol at the Old Parish Church. The singing of carols continues on the Village Green, and the lighting of the Village Christmas Tree as dusk.
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Telephone: 802-824-3669

Deck the Halls at Shelburne Museum - Shelburne, VT

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Road Shelburne, VT
Ring in the holidays with a visit to festively decorated trees at the museum. Join art activities, enjoy the sounds of the season, and explore the grounds.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend 2017 - Greenwich, CT

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 437 North Street Greenwich, CT
This weekend will feature a live Nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music and entertainment, ice sculpture demos, food trucks, letter-writing to Santa, retailers and restaurants offering promotions, and a visit with live reindeer, photos with Santa, and rides on the Winter Wonderland Carousel and the North Pole Polar Express Train.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.' Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Admission: Free Admission
Telephone: 203-531-3047

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth 2017 - Portsmouth, NH

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Strawberry Banke, 14 Hancock Street Portsmouth, NH
Vintage Christmas at Portsmouth NH Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum. The theme of this year’s Stroll is “Gift from the Sea.” Guests walk along candlelit dirt lanes, to meet and hear the stories of generations of people who lived in this historic neighborhood, from costumed role players. The magical experience will be accompanied by a full program of musical performances and theatricals. For an extra $10, rent skates and skate on the village’s duck pond. Dates: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17. Time: Saturdays, 5-9 p.m.; Sundays, 4-8 p.m.
Kickoff Party for Vintage Christmas. Celebrate the start of Vintage Christmas and get the first look at winners of the Gingerbread House Contest Exhibition. Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street. December 1, 5-8 p.m.
Gingerbread House Contest. Gingerbread houses will displayed winter wonderland in the gallery, surrounded by David J. Murray’s photos of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth and photographs of trains in New Hampshire winters by Andy Dolph. Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street. December 1-23. Daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Time: See description above

Wentworth's Illumination 2017 - New Castle, NH

Dec 5, 2017 - Dec 5, 2017 Wentworth By the Sea Hotel, 588 Wentworth Road New Castle, NH
Wentworth's Illumination is a grand party that includes the lighting up the hotel, strolling carolers, a horse-drawn carriage with Santa, the Portsmouth High School Marching Band , costumed members of the Great Bay Ballet's "An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker" cast, and refreshments. Crafts and games will entertain the kids before the giant gingerbread house opens.
Time: 5-7 p.m.

Wassail Weekend 2017 - Woodstock, VT

Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Various locations Woodstock, VT
Wassail Weekend The centerpiece of the weekend of old-time Christmas events is the Equestrian Wassail Parade through the center of Woodstock with 50 horses and riders dressed in holiday costumes and 19th-century dress (2 p.m. on Saturday).
Other events include a Christmas tree lighting, carols, burning of the Yule log, house tours, readings of traditional Christmas stories, visits to Billings Farms & Museum to see a traditional Christmas on the Farm, a production of Christmas with the Celts at Pentangle on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Time: Consult event website

Christmas by the Sea 2017 - Ogunquit, ME

Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Various locations Ogunquit, ME
December 8
Concert by Wells High School Select A Cappella group at Ogunquit Baptist Church. 7 p.m.
Tree Lighting at Veterans Park. 8:15 p.m.
December 9
Visits with Santa upstairs at the Fire Station. 9-11 a.m.
Basement Bazaar downstairs at the Dunaway Center (23 School Street). 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
History Games the DIY gifts for families at Meetinghouse Museum at the Historical Society of Wells. 10 a.m.-1p.m.
Arts and Crafts Show at the Fire Station on School Street. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Taste the Season upstairs at the Dunaway Center. Taste a variety of foods from local dining establishments.$10. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Art Sale at Gypsy Sweethearts. Fifteen artists and crafters selling their wares
Christmas Parade from Perkins Cove to Main Beach.3-4 p.m.
Bonfire at Main Beach. 4:30 p.m.
Fireworks from the Main Beach Parking Lot. 5:30 p.m.
Living Manger at Ogunquit Baptist Church. 6:30 p.m.
Concert at Ogunquit Baptist Church. Barbershop back by popular demand. 7 p.m.
Levi Kreis Home for the Holidays Tour at MaineStreet Nightclub (195 Main Street). Join Levi for a night of piano/vocal classics.
December 10
Christmas Parade in Wells. Wells Plaza to Wells Junior High School. 2 p.m.
Time: Consult event website

Inn-to-Inn Cookie and Candy Tour 2017 - North Conway, NH

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Participating Inns of Mount Washington Valley North Conway, NH
 Inn to inn cookie tour white mountains of NH At your own pace, visit 11 inns all dressed in their holiday finery; taste cookies and candy, and take home recipes in a keepsake book. Artisan sales and gift ideas will be on display at each inn. Stay at one of the inns and receive a custom-made keepsake ornament. Two-night Cookie Tour packages including accommodations, breakfast, two tour tickets, recipe collection, and a collectors ornament. Day tickets go on sale starting November 27.All tickets must be reserved in advance.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $30
Telephone: 800-338-1356

Christmas at Canterbury 2017 - Canterbury, NH

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road Canterbury, NH
 NH-canterbury-xmas-at-canterbury Come to see the simple beauty of Christmas at Canterbury, Meet Father Christmas – also known as Santa Claus -- watch a magic show, make Christmas cards, decorate cookies, and bake Christmas crackers. Music by to fiddlers and the Canterbury Singers raise spirits during the lighting of the Village Christmas tree. Dates: December 9 and 16.
Time: 3-8 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $18; children 6-17, $8
Telephone: 603-783-9511

Arts & Crafts Shows

Vineyard Artisans Thanksgiving Weekend Festival 2017 - West Tisbury, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Agricultural Hall, 35 Panhandle Road West Tisbury, MA
This holiday art show by Islanders, features many holiday gifts such as one of a kind winter hand-made sweaters, hand-made soaps, Island lavender, and fine crafts including leather and vintage material bags, wood butcher block cutting boards, and so much more
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Great Glen Craft Fair 2017 - Gorham, NH

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 1 Mount Washington Auto Road Gorham, NH
Crafters take over the base lodge at Great Glen ski area and extend over three floors, presenting woodworking, photography, knitting, specialty soaps and lotions, jewelry, wreaths, and much more—including live demonstrations.
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Free admission
Telephone: 603-466-2333

Winter Festival of Vermont Crafters 2017 - Barre, VT

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 The Barre Auditorium, Auditorium Hill Barre, VT
Many Vermont crafters show and sell their unique creations. Shopping Spree on Sunday. Handicap accessible. Door prizes both days. Food and refreshments served; seating available
Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Free parking. Free admission.

Children & Families

North Pole Express 2017 - Essex, CT

Nov 9, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017 Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Avenue Essex, CT
Board an antique train for a nighttime journey to the North Pole. Every coach becomes a stage for a live, musical performance of “The Night Before Christmas.” Celebrate the spirit of the season with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing-a-longs, hot chocolate and sugar cookies. Each child will receive a small gift from Santa. Children are invited to wear their favorite pajamas. Ride length is approximately 90 minutes. Some dates are sold out. December 20-29 tickets, if postponed, will be re-scheduled to December 30.
Time: Departures at 5, 5:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m. on all dates. Also, at 3 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and November 24.
Admission: $35-$76 depending on date and level of seating. Everyone age 1 and older must have a ticket.

"Christmas Elf" - Bridgeport, CT

Nov 11, 2017 - Dec 28, 2017 Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street Bridgeport, CT
 Christmas Elf in Bridgeport CT Can you imagine? Not everyone wants Christmas to arrive this year. How is that possible? A smart clever meets some toys who are worried that they might be replaced in this new musical that finds the hopeful spirit in the holidays.
During every performance, young guests will be invited to name the Christmas elf. Children’s Theatre Productions shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $19-$23

The Polar Express Train Ride 2017 - Woonsocket, RI

Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 1 Depot Square Woonsocket, RI
The station is full of activities for the kids before departure of the train and all of the Polar Express characters are there for photos. Plan on staying at least 30 minutes after The Polar Express Train Ride returns from the North Pole. Santa stays for photos with the children and their families. Trips depart Fridays through Sundays, November 17-December 23 Schedule
Time: Various times; see website
Admission: $45-$78
Telephone: 401-495-1213

Train to Christmas Town 2017 - Buzzards Bay, MA

Nov 18, 2017 - Dec 27, 2017 70 Main Street Buzzards Bay, MA
The Train to Christmas Town captures the spirit of the season with its warmth and charm. The music begins elves will be dancing in the aisles, leading a sing-along of favorite Christmas songs. Cookies and hot chocolate to be served. Upon arrival at Christmas Town, enjoy views from the windows of the magical lighted town. Santa and his elves climb aboard to greet each boy and girl and give them a gift. Dates: November 18-91, 24-26; December 1-3, 7-10, 13-17, 19-23, 26-27.
Time: 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $44-$74

Santa’s Arrival 2017 - Westerly, RI

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 Dixon Square Westerly, RI
Christmas characters will escort Santa Claus into town on a fire truck. Santa’s helpers will distribute holiday free candy and coloring books and crayons.
Time: 6 p.m.

Tinseliner, a 1950s American Christmas Experience - Adams, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Adams Passenger Station, 3 Hoosac Street across from the Adams Visitor’s Center Adams, MA
Each trip lasts 90 minutes and features a visit from Father Christmas who will offer a gift to every child on board. New this year is a 20-minute layover at an authentic Christmas tree lot. November 24 and Saturdays and Sundays only.
Time: November 24 and Saturday trains depart at 1, 3, 5, and 7 p.m. Sunday trains depart at 1, 3, and 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; kids under age 12, $16. Children under 2 ride free

Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event - Bristol, RI

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Sparkle welcome families to Blithewold's for marshmallow roasting, singing of Christmas carols, sipping cocoa and strolling through the lighted garden paths. S'mores kits are for sale. Performances of carols around the fire happen at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pre-registration required Dates: Fridays, November 24, December 8 and 22.
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $16; children, $3; family of four, $36

Santa’s Holiday Express 2017 with Conway Scenic Railroad - North Conway, NH

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Departing from 38 Norcross Circle North Conway, NH
Santa is on board with his mischievous elves, who will share their hot chocolate and cookies with everyone. The round trip takes about one hour. Dates: November 24-26; December 2-3, 9-10, and 16-23.
Time: Daily, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $17.50 to $26.50; children age 4-12, $12.50 to $22; children under age 4, $9.50 to $14
Telephone: 603-356-5251

Santa Express Trains with the Hobo Railroad 2017 - Lincoln, NH

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Hobo Railroad, 64 Railroad Street Lincoln, NH
On selected nights in November and December Santa Trains departs from the Hobo Railroad Station in Lincoln. The train station and cars are decorated for the season, and Santa Claus and his elves join every trip. On board, everyone enjoys hot chocolate and each family receives a box of holiday cookies, and each child receives a special gift from Santa. Dates: November 24-26; December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 and 23.
Time: 1 p.m.
Admission: $22 to $28 for everyone above age 2.
Telephone: 603-745-2135

The Polar Express 2017 - Portland, ME

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Ocean Gateway Visitor Center, Thames Street Portland, ME
Polar Express 2017 Portland ME The adventure begins at the Ocean Gateway Train Depot where passengers arrive to meet the Conductor and board the train. Holiday decorations add to the festive atmosphere as guests enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and listen to a reading of the “The Polar Express.” Santa will greet children aboard the train. Every child receives a bell as a souvenir of the event. Dates: November 24-26; December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 19-23. Tickets for the Polar Express are sold through PortTix. Tickets.
Time: 2:45. 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. on select dates
Admission: $29-$45
Telephone: 207-842-0800

Winterfest 2017 and Tunnel of Lights - East Windsor, CT

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road (Route 140) East Windsor, CT
Start a family tradition of taking a trolley ride during the holidays. Join your motormen in singing Christmas carols as the trolley travels through the Tunnel of Lights. The Visitors Center is transformed into a Winter Wonderland of model trains, decorations, hot cocoa, and entertainment. Pose for a picture with Santa inside one of the historic trolleys. Dates: November 24-26, December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 and 22- 23.
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors over age 62, $11; children ages 4-12, $10; children age 3 and younger, $3
Telephone: 860-627-6540

Santa Special 2017 Train Rides - Essex, CT

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Essex Steam Train, 1 Railroad Avenue Essex, CT
Ct essex santa special train rides All aboard the Santa Special for a one-of-a-kind, daytime holiday experience. Relax with family and friends aboard festive railway cars adorned with vintage decorations. Rudolph and Pablo the Penguin will be on board to spread holiday cheer. Each child receives a small holiday gift from Santa’s elves. Dates: November 24-26; December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23. Some dates are already sold out.
Time: 9:30, 10, 11, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m.
Admission: $24-$40

Journey to the North Pole Train Ride 2017 - Conway, NH

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Conway Scenic Railroad, 38 Norcross Circle Conway, NH
The two-hour The Journey to the North Pole takes you on a magical trip to see Santa in his workshop at the North Pole! Board the train at the Conway Scenic Railroad, and enjoy hot chocolate, a train ride, greetings from elves and Santa, and a dramatic reading of “The Night Before Christmas” poem by Santa himself. Tickets are online . Schedule. Dates: November 24-26; December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 22-23.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: $47-$67

Zoolights 2017 at Stone Zoo - Stoneham, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Stone Zoo, 149 Pond Street Stoneham, MA
 Zoolights 2017 at Stone Zoo in Massachusetts Get into the holiday spirit by strolling tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Guests will be able to see black bears and the festively decorated area around their exhibit. Meet one of Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close; meet St. Nick in Santa's Castle through December 23; take a moonlit spin on the carousel, Jungle Fun, Safari Jeep, and Turbo Tub rides.
Time: 5-9 p.m.; closed on Christmas Day

Santa Arrives By Dogsled - Waterville Valley, NH

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Waterville Valley Town Square Waterville Valley, NH
Santa and his elves ride into Waterville Valley behind a team of sled dogs ready to distribute gifts and candy to kids. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. A tree lighting ceremony is at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks over Corcoran Pond.
Time: 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 per child, $10 per family
Telephone: 800-468-2553

Jingle Bell Express 2017 - Burlington, VT

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Main Street Landing, 1 Main Street Burlington, VT
All aboard a festive, round-trip train ride from Burlington to Charlotte. At main street landing, children will be met with holiday characters, goodies and singing, followed by Christmas carols, stories and fun. All proceeds go toward Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m., noon; 2 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. and noon
Admission: $25 per person, children under 2 on an adult’s lap, free.

Stories on the Staircase 2017 at Victoria Mansion - Portland, ME

Nov 29, 2017 - Jan 3, 2018 Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth Street Portland, ME
Every Wednesday during the Christmas season at Victoria Mansion children ages 3-5 are invited to a free story hour and a tour tailored just for them. This winter's books will feature stories that fit with the holiday theme of a Christmas in the City by the Sea. Each child will get a take-home activity relating to the day's books. Dates: Wednesdays, November 29 - January 3. Due to space constraints, we ask that only one adult accompany each child.
Time: 10 a.m.
Admission: Free. Pre-registration is not required but first seats will go to those who have signed up in advance.
Telephone: 207-772-4841

Holiday Pops 2017! Welcome Yule - Lexington, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue Lexington, MA
The family afternoon Pops concert presents holiday favorites and introduces kids to the wonder of a symphony orchestra. Join Lexington Symphony along with special guests, New World Chorale. Also expect a visit from Santa and a carol sing-along. These concerts will sell out.
Time: Kids Pops at 4 p.m.; Evening Pops at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10-$55

Diane Kelley Presents a Holiday Spectacular 2017 - Worcester, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA
 171 MA hanover diane-kelley-holiday-spec Diane Kelley and her young dancers perform holiday treats at the upbeat variety show presents by singers, dancers and actors of all ages.
It is one of Worcester’s newest family traditions, with dancing snowman and reindeer and singing elves.
The whole family will be singing Christmas carols and tapping their toes!
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: $26-$32

Winter Festival 2017 at Roger Williams Park and Zoo - Providence, RI

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Carousel Village of Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI
Afternoon hours are noon to 3 p.m. for kids and families and feature a visit with Santa, ice carving demonstrations, holiday treats and an opportunity to hop aboard the Carousel Express train or ride the historic Carousel.
During the evening, 4 to 8 p.m., join friends and family take a horse drawn hayride through the park, visit Santa, see a dazzling holiday light display, enjoy a variety of food carts, sip some hot cocoa and get into the festive mood. All ages welcome.
Time: Noon-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.
Admission: The event is free, but there is an extra fee for attraction rides.

Winterfest with Rudolph & Friends at Mystic Aquarium - Mystic, CT

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT
Meet Rudolph and his pal Bumble at Mystic Aquarium. Take a photo with Rudolph and Bumble for your holiday cards and see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D. Mix Christmas entertainment with views belugas, seals and sea lions.
Time: Weekends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults. $40; seniors (age 60 and older), $32; youth age 13-17, $31; children age 3-12, $27
Telephone: 860-572-5955

Breakfast with Mrs. Claus and the Elves - Kennebunkport, ME

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Avenue Kennebunkport, ME
Sunday December 3 Come to this special holiday breakfast buffet hosted by our visitors from the North Pole. Entertainment and souvenir photo provided. $20pp, children $10pp. Reservations appreciated for parties of 6 or more, 207-967-4050
Time: 8-11 a.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; children, $10

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” - New Haven, CT

Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 8, 2017 Shubert Theatre, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
Rudolph leaps onto the stage this holiday season. Don't miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.
Time: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Admission: $39-$89
Telephone: 203-562-5666

Second Saturdays For Families: "Sounds of the Season" - Hartford, CT

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT
Celebrate the sounds of the season during "Festival of Trees & Traditions." Learn about seasonal customs from around the world and enjoy live musical performances. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Admission: Free

The Polar Express 2017 - Burlington, VT

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Wing Building lobby at the bottom of King Street (south of Union Station) Burlington, VT
Engineers welcome families into the south entrance of the Wing Building, and each child is asked to donate a new children’s book to Santa’s sack. Conductors greet passengers as they board the train for their 20-minute ride to the North Pole (Union Station). Hot cocoa and cookies are served, while conductors lead a Christmas carol sing along.
Upon reaching the North Pole, children leave the train, passing through a sea of elves, as they enter Union Station. The Polar Express story is read aloud, as artwork from the book follows the page turns on a big screen. Once the story is finished, the reader shakes his sleigh bell and Santa appears and gives each child a bell from his sleigh. Free parking at Perkins Pier.
Time: Eight trains daily: Noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 p.m. (Boarding is 15 minutes before to train time.) The whole event is about one hour and 15 minutes.
Admission: $30 per person; children under age 2 ride free.

The Hartford Vermont Polar Express 2017 - White River Junction, VT

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Polar Express 100 Railroad Row White River Junction, VT
Kids and parents can take an exciting train ride along a meandering river to the North Pole. Hear “The Polar Express” story and join and Christmas sing-along while sipping cocoa with cookies. Santa will board to greet each child and give them the iconic Polar Express bell as a Christmas gift. Enter a raffle to win an original Lionel Polar Express Train Set. Schedule and tickets.
Time: See "schedule" link above
Telephone: 802-369-5159

North Pole Express 2017 from Boothbay - Boothbay Harbor, ME

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Road Boothbay Harbor, ME
Start your trip inside historic 1912 Freeport Station. Train conductors will call “All Aboard.” Settle into a comfortable seat and enjoy the winter wonderland slide past. The train will carry you through the Village and arrive at the North Pole (Thorndike Station), where Santa will greet you. The train will whisk you back to the station where you will be invited to Spruce Point Chapel for a storybook reading. Then passengers head to the Boothbay Town Hall for more festivities, hot chocolate and cookies while enjoying the G-scale model of the Museum’s own locomotive. Dates: December 9-10, 16-17 and 23.
Time: Departures at 11 and 11:45 a.m., 12:30, 1:15, 2 and 2:45 p.m. each day.
Admission: $15-$20

Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus - Kennebunkport, ME

Dec 10, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Avenue Kennebunkport, ME
A special holiday breakfast buffet hosted by our visitors from the North Pole. Entertainment and souvenir photo provided. Reservations appreciated for parties of six people or more.
Time: 8 a.m.-noon
Admission: Adults, $22; children, $10
Telephone: 207-967-4050

Elf Express 2017 - Manchester Center, VT

Dec 16, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 R.K. Miles Depot Station, 670 Depot Street Manchester Center, VT
On one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains, passengers will be entertained with holiday melodies and dance routines by the elves. Refreshments will be served on decorated trains. The elves will read a story about Christopher Pop-In-Kins, who will also be hidden on every train in the greenery. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make a surprise visit to give every child a gift.
Time: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 p.m. each day. One 4 p.m. ride on Saturday only.
Admission: Age 13 and older, $25; kids age 2-12, $20; under age 2, free

Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra: Family Pops 2017 - Portsmouth, NH

Dec 20, 2017 - Dec 20, 2017 Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
An annual tradition, the Family Holiday Pops has something for everyone - guest choruses, a special performance by resident artist Randy Armstrong, and our favorite holiday sing-along will be sure to fill your spirit with the joy of the holidays.
Time: 7:30 p.m. both nights
Admission: General, $25, $22, $12; students, $12; seniors, $22

Comedy

"The Santaland Diaries" - Monmouth, ME

Nov 23, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Theater at Monmouth, Cumston Hall, 796 Main Street Monmouth, ME
 Santaland Diaries at theatre at Monmouth Meet “Crumpet” the sour elf working at Macy’s who describes his misadventures in David Sedaris’s hilarious story of holiday havoc.
Crumpet handles the insufferable shoppers and kids with near-evil humor.
Dates: November 23-30; December 1-3
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website

Dance

Boston Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker” - Boston, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA
This all-new production of “The Nutcracker” received rave reviews on its debut in 2012, and is returning to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season. Schedule of performances.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $129-$164

Dinner

Christmas Dinner & Chamber Music Concert - Sturbridge, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 Old Sturbridge Village, 29 Stallion Hill Road Sturbridge, MA
Enjoy festive cocktails, fine dining and a holiday concert presented by The Worcester Chamber Music Society. The musical program includes two of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, and Bach’s Suite in B minor. The music will lift the hearts of the whole family. https://www.osv.org/event/christmas-dinner-concert-2017
Time: 6-9 p.m. Concert portion begins at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Dinner and the concert, $75 per person; concert only, $45

Holiday Tavern Dinners at Strawbery Banke Museum - Portsmouth, NH

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 William Pitt Tavern at Strawbery Banke, 402-404 Court Street Portsmouth, NH
stroll st strawbery banke NH Enjoy a four-course dinner of Colonial fare fit for a grand holiday. The lush music of classical guitar, violins and cheerful Christmas carols fill this historic tavern. Enjoy locally crafted beverages. Last year's brews featured fruits and herbs from the Herb Garden at the Strawbery Banke Museum. Vegetarian and children's menus are also available! Dates: December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17.
Time: Seatings at 4, 5:30, 6, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Dinner begins with a reception a half hour before the dinner time
Admission: Over age 18, $75; under age 18, $35

Dinner Theater

Spotlight Playhouse Presents HoliDAZE II – A Holiday Dinner Theater Cabaret - Haverill, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017 Spotlight Playhouse, 85 Essex Street Haverill, MA
Broadway on Essex is a well-established dinner theater cabaret. HoliDAZE will be a conglomeration of Broadway and holiday songs with some songs recognizing the daze that sometimes surrounds the holidays, including family, friends, dating and the overall crazy holiday times.
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Admission: $35-$38
Telephone: 617-470-2175

DIY Gifts & Crafts

Gingerbread House Making - Kennebunkport, ME

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017 Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Avenue Kennebunkport, ME
Children and adults are invited gingerbread houses with plenty of frosting, sprinkles and festive holiday decorations. Reservations requested. Part of the proceeds will benefit a local charity.
Time: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Admission: $3 per person; ages 2 and younger free

Farms

Heifer Farm Holiday Open House - Rutland, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Heifer Farm, 216 Wachusett Street Rutland, MA
Meet the barnyard animals at Heifer Farm's Living Gift Market. Children can meet with Santa. Take a holiday photo with a goat, enjoy a scenic hayride, warm up with homemade soup, roast chestnuts, decorate gingerbread cookies, make international crafts, and shop at the Fair Trade gift shop, farm stand and bake sale. Dates: December 2, 3, 9, 10.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Admission is free with a canned good donation!
Telephone: 508-886-5000

Festivals

Chester Greenwood Day 2017 - Farmington, ME

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Downtown Farmington, ME
chester greenwood day 2017 The Chester Greenwood Day events honor the memory of local inventor Chester Greenwood, who, in 1873, at the age of 15, invented the first pair of earmuffs. The day includes a big parade, open houses, Festival of Trees, a gingerbread house competition, and horse-and-buggy rides in town.
This year’s theme is Favorite Childhood Toys. Email: info@franklincountymaine.org
Time: Consult event website

Food, Wine, Beer

Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room at Blithewold - Bristol, RI

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Blithewold at Christmas
Gather with friends in this joyful season and exchange stories as you fest on tea, fresh scones with sweet cream, and a 3-tiered tray filled with sweet and savory treats. Pre-registration required.
This is one of many special events for adults and kids at Blithwold during the Christmas season.
Time: Tuesday- Friday, with seatings at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Admission: $32; price includes admission to the Mansion and Grounds

Christmas Tea at Jefferds Tavern - York, ME

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Jefferds Tavern, 3 Lindsay Road, York, ME
Old York hosts this traditional tea time in Jefferds Tavern, with fine organic teas by White Heron Tea and Coffee in Portsmouth, accompanied by homemade desserts, fireside tables, and festive decorations. Silhouette artist Leona Hosack will cut profile portraits from life. Tickets available at the door (no advance purchase).
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; children ages 5–14, $5

Cookie Crawl - Kennebunkport, ME

Dec 4, 2017 - Dec 7, 2017 Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Avenue Kennebunkport, ME
Take a sweet stroll down Ocean Avenue to taste a variety of holiday cookies - then vote for your favorite. Purchase tickets at The Nonantum.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at your leisure
Admission: $10 per person

Historic

Lantern Light Tours 2017 at Mystic Seaport - Mystic, CT

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT
Guests enter a coastal New England village in older times – Christmas of 1876, and they are led by a costumed villager through six scenes of the village with a story. For 2017, the story is “The Spirit of the Holiday: A Christmas Ghost Story.” The story moves through five scenes showcasing some unexpected holiday traditions and a little help from a Victorian spiritualist.
Each Lantern Light Tour is a 70-minute progressive performance that covers approximately half a mile of uneven terrain (including cobblestone, wood planking, grass, gravel, and stairs) and is performed in all weather conditions. Audience members walk or stand for the majority of the performance. appropriate for all ages, though not recommended for children under age 4. Dates: November 24-25, December 1-2, 8-9, 15-17, and 22-23.
Time: Tours begin at 5 p.m. and depart every 15 minutes
Admission: Adults, $32; youth ages 5-17, $25
Telephone: 860-572-5331

Holiday Lantern Tour 2017 - Newport, RI

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 depart from The Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street Newport, RI
Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk. Learn how Newporters did, or didn’t, observe the holidays. Reservations are encouraged because space is limited. Dates: November 24, 25; December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23.
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Admission: $15 per person
Telephone: 401-841-8770

Getting Ready for a Winter's Ball: Special Evening Tour 2017 - Deerfield, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 8, 2017 Historic Deerfield Deerfield, MA
On this illuminated tour, guests will watch and talk with 19th-century residents of Deerfield as they get ready for a ball. Step inside the Hall Tavern kitchen and see the food being prepared, listen to musicians rehearse in the ballroom, meet a mother sending her daughter off to the ball, and learn about a romantic intrigue. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Dates: December 1 and 8.
Time: 5-8:30 p.m. Tours leave every 15 minutes and last an hour.
Admission: $25 per person

Christmas at Norlands 2017 - Livermore, ME

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017 Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road Livermore, ME
 Washburn Norlands Living History Center at Christmas Stop by for a 19th-century holiday and winter celebration. Enjoy wagon rides, 19th-century parlor games, stories, children’s crafts in the cozy kitchen, caroling, the one-room schoolhouse, mulled cider made on the woodstove, and the simply decorated 1867 Washburn mansion.
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; age 12 and younger, $6; family, $25
Telephone: 207-897-4366

Christmas at King Caesar 2017: An Island Holiday - Duxbury, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 King Caesar House Museum, 120 King Caesar Road Duxbury, MA
Décor for Christmas at King Caesar will be inspired by the travels of 19th century Duxbury mariners, who navigated local ships to islands around the world. Visitors, of all ages, will be encouraged to “Find Zeke,” the precocious, globe-trotting cat. The Ship’s store will feature a selection of items ideal for gift-giving.
Christmas at King Caesar House Tours. December 9-10. Sail the islands with Duxbury Mariners and support the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society. $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students over age 6. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Christmas at King Caesar Candlelight Tour. December 9. Join and archivist and historian Carolyn for a candlelight tour of the King Caesar House. Experience King Caesar as never before. $25. Reservations required at 781-934-6106. 5-6:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. ***
Time: See description above
Admission: See description above

Candlelit Tours at Canterbury Shaker Village 2017 - Canterbury, NH

Dec 11, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017 Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road Canterbury, NH
The guided tours teach visitors about the Shakers’ Christmas traditions and showcase the Village’s Christmas decorations. See simple gatherings in the 19th century and theatricals in the 20th century. This tour is recommended for ages 10 and older. Advance registration is required.
Time: One-hour tours depart at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; children ages 6-17, $6

Home & Studio Tours

Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour 2017 - Jackson, NH

Nov 25, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Nestlenook Resort & Jackson Village, 66 Dinsmore Road Jackson, NH
Inn to Inn Jingle Bell tour jackson NH Board your horse-drawn sleigh at Nestlenook Estate where you will be greeted by carolers and receive your Jingle Bell and Chocolate Treasures. You'll be whisked away to Jackson Village, stopping at the Inn at Jackson, the Backcountry Bakery, The Wentworth, An Elegant Country Inn, the Snowflake Inn, the RiverWood Inn and others. At each stop, you will receive a Chocolate treasure. Two dates: November 25 and December 17.
Time: Sleighs run hourly from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $25 per person
Telephone: 603-383-9356

Christmas 2017 at the Newport Mansions - Newport, RI

Nov 28, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018 The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House Newport, RI
RI newport chirstmas at mansions Come to the Newport Mansions for holiday music, tours, a gingerbread mansion contest, shopping, and visits from Santa Claus Enjoy model trains at the Breakers, a Gilded Age streetscape at the Elms, and garden exhibits at Marble House. New this year, on display in the kitchen of each mansion will be a large gingerbread model of the house, each created by a local pastry chef.

Highlights include visits with Santa Claus at The Breakers December 3, Marble House December 10, and The Elms December 17 (noon-3 p.m.);
Holiday Evenings of tours, live music, and Christmas foods at The Breakers November 25; December 2, 9, 23, and 30 (6-8 p.m.); and
Holiday Evening Duet on December 16 at the Elms and Marble House (6-9 p.m.). Rosecliff will be open daily from December 3 - January 1.
Time: Daily tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Daily tour tickets, Adults, $24; youth, $8. Holiday Evenings tickets, adults, $35-$45; children 6-13, $10-$15

Holiday House Tour 2017 - Plymouth, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street Plymouth, MA
Plymouth-area homes are decked out in festive style for the season! Lunch is served both days at Hotel 1620 Plymouth - one lunch is included with your ticket. The location of houses is confidential until tour day. The booklet and map that will serve as your ticket and reveal the locations of the houses can be picked up at Pilgrim Hall Museum between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday or 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Before November 11, $48; thereafter, $52.
Telephone: 508-746-1620

Christmas in Salem 2017 Historic House Tours - Salem, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Tour headquarters is 211 Bridge Street Salem, MA
Christmas in Salem features a glimpse into private homes that have been professionally decorated for the holiday season. Each year, the tour features a different neighborhood in historic Salem and therefore explores a series of unique histories and architectural tales. Tickets may be purchased online or at the tour headquarters, 211 Bridge Street, on the day of the tour.
Time: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $35

Manchester Inn Tours at the Holidays 2017 - Manchester, VT

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017 Participating Inns Manchester, VT
This tradition is a perfect blend of creativity, festivity, and food. From, tour participating lodging properties the Arlington Inn, the West Mountain Inn, the Ira Allen House, Casablanca Motel, the Equinox Resort, the Inn at Manchester, the Inn at Ormsby Hill, the Reluctant Panther, the Dorset Inn, Barrows House, Kimpton’s Taconic, and the Wilburton Inn. Buy a ticket at your first stop. Tour map. Dates: December 2 and 9.
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Admission: $15 per person or $25 per couple.

Experience Christmas 1912 at Hildene - Manchester, VT

Dec 2, 2017 - Jan 2, 2018 Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home 1005 Hildene Road Manchester, VT
Robert and Mary Lincoln’s country estate is festooned with Victorian finery, as it might have been 100 years ago, Take the self-guided tour with an eye out for the beautiful, careful details:a gift for Robert at the foot of the bed, Christmas crackers on the table, vintage ornaments on the formal tree. Musicians play Mary Lincoln’s Steinway and the vintage Aeolian organ.
Time: Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Holiday House Tour 2017 of Mark Twain House and Area Homes - Hardford, CT

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Mark Twain House and Wadsworth Atheneum Hardford, CT
The tour will feature Mark Twain's 25-room home at 351 Farmington Avenue in Hartford, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Austin House at 130 Scarborough Street in Hartford and three private homes, which will be decorated according to their homeowners' holiday traditions. The Mark Twain House will be decorated for a late 19th-century Christmas. Tickets.
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $30-$35
Telephone: 860-280-3130

Holiday House Tour 2017 - Greenwich, CT

Dec 6, 2017 - Dec 6, 2017 various homes Greenwich, CT
Representing many architectural and decor styles, these houses present an glimpse into the ways Greenwich residents live, gather and celebrate today. Ticketholders receive by mail a map of Greenwich showing the shuttle stops that will transport guests to each home. A luncheon at Greenwich Country Club is available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the tour and luncheon. Photography, and children under the age of 12 years are prohibited.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $110
Telephone: 203-869-6899

New Bedford Preservation Society Holiday House Tour 2017 - New Bedford, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street New Bedford, MA
Residents of New Bedford’s historic neighborhoods open their restored homes for the New Bedford Preservation Society’s signature fundraising event. You will be inspired by the varied architecture and interiors, all beautifully decorated for the season. Costumed historic interpreters greeting visitors at one of the historic homes. A pre-tour brunch will be served on December 10th (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and the holiday raffle and silent auction will be held during tour hours. 
Time: Saurday, 4-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: $22-$25; brunch is $20
Telephone: 508-997-6425

A Polish Christmas with Martha Hall Kelly - Bethlehem, CT

Dec 10, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, 9 Main Street North Bethlehem, CT
This day celebrates the holidays and the work of social philanthropist Caroline Ferriday, the inspiration for author Martha Hall Kelly’s novel “Lilac Girls.” See Ferriday’s beloved Connecticut home staged in the traditional Polish fashion. Learn about Advent and Polish Christmas traditions. “Lilac Girls” is based on the true story of Caroline Ferriday and the Ravensbrück concentration camp survivors whom she championed.
Time: 1-5 p.m. Tours begin at 1 and 1:30 p.m.
Admission: $35

Museums

Glassblowers' Christmas 2017 at Sandwich Glass Museum - Sandwich, MA

Nov 13, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 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 memoriesGlassblowing demonstrations held every hour.
Time: Daily 9:30 a.m. -5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $9; children age 6-14, $2

Festival of Trees 2017 at The Berkshire Museum - Pittsfield, MA

Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street Pittsfield, MA
This annual Christmas event features 100 creatively decorated trees displayed throughout the galleries.
Time: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Telephone: 413-443-7171

Music

Tuba Christmas 2017 - Boston, MA

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Square Boston, MA
 boston tuba christmas 2017 Boston Tuba Christmas marks its 32nd anniversary at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. About 150 to 200 tuba players will perform for the crowd outdoors with favorite holiday classics at the West End of the Marketplace. The event is free and open to the public. Tuba Christmas is a nationwide event, that honors and celebrates all artists and teachers who contributed the joyous tuba culture that exists today.
Time: p.m.
Admission: Free

“The Messiah” with The Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra - Providence and Woonsocket, RI

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Two locations; Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, and St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, Woonsocket Providence and Woonsocket, RI
These concerts will feature the complete Oratorio, which spans the Messiah’s life from birth, to persecution and death, to glorious resurrection. Soloists for these concerts will be soprano Kelley Hollis, mezzo-soprano Megan Roth, tenor Jesse Darden, and bass-baritone John Allen Nelson.
Saturday, November 25, at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 30 Fenner St., Providence
Sunday, November 26, at St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St., Woonsocket
Time: Adults, $30; seniors, $24; students, $10
Telephone: 401-521-5670

Music in the Living Room at Blithewold - Bristol, RI

Nov 25, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Enhance your visit to Blithewold and enjoy the holiday decorations in the Mansion by attending our Music in the Living Room Series.
November 25 – Mary Audette from Barnacle; December 2 – Classic Winds; December 3 – Jazz pianist Laszlo Gardony; December 9 – Enigmatica; December 10 – Silver Bells; December 16 – Acoustic guitarist Barry Brown; December 17 – Mezzo Soprano Nancy Hood; December 23 – The Ivy Leaf; December 30 – Harpist and fiddler Mary King.
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Admission: Concerts are included with admission of $15 for adults, $14 for seniors; $6 for youth age 6 to 17

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - Uncasville, CT

Nov 26, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
Trans-Siberian Orchestra was founded to be theatrical and ever-changing. TSO continues to thrill listeners with its Christmas shows.
Time: Two shows, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission: $64, $54 & $44

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy in a Celtic Family Christmas 2017 - Portland, ME

Nov 29, 2017 - Nov 29, 2017 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy – masters of Cape Breton fiddle music - bring many talented musicians including their children for this special holiday concert.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $35-$50

Fine Winter's Night with Matt and Shannon Heaton - New Bedford, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street New Bedford, MA
Irish music songs from the 12th to the 21st centuries is performed by this husband-and-wife duo on guitar, bouzouki, Irish flute. Hear feelings from quiet reflection to jubilation about romance, the Nativity and the solstice.
Time: Doors open 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20 in advance online and $25 at the door.
Telephone: 508-673-8523

John Tesh - Ridgefield, CT

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
John Tesh will be serving up holiday favorites in his signature style when he brings his Grand Piano Christmas show.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $65-$100
Telephone: 203-438-5795

The Blind Boys of Alabama with Preservation Hall Legacy Horns - New Haven, CT

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Shubert Theatre, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
This close-harmony group performs new songs and holiday favorites. The groups singing has been described as jubilee singing, a livelier breed of gospel music.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $26-$50
Telephone: 203-562-5666

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Present: A Celtic Family Christmas - Beverly, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 The Cabot, 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA
This holiday season join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas concert you will never forget. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children – A Celtic Family Christmas will lift your heart.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $38.50 - $58.50
Telephone: 978-927-3100

Boston Pops Holiday Tour 2017 - Storrs, CT

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road Storrs, CT
Celebrate the Christmas season with “America’s orchestra,” the Boston Pops. Hear lots of Christmas music favorites. Join the audience sing-along; it’s a tradition.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $65-$75

Holiday Pops 2017 with the Boston Pops - Boston, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 24, 2017 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
 Holiday pops 2017 Join the Boston Pops in a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-a-long, and even a visit from jolly old Santa Claus. The concerts take place in Symphony Hall, decorated to evoke all the magic of Christmas. Patrons sit at cabaret tables and order food and drink while taking in the music and entertainment. Special matinee performances for kids are scheduled, too. Dates: December 2, 5, 7-24; kids matinees are December 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: $39 to $160
Telephone: 888-266-1200

Handel's Messiah with the Vermont Philharmonic - Barre, VT

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Barre Opera House, City Hall, 6 North Main Street Barre, VT
The Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus presents Handel's Messiah with soloists For more information, visit www.vermontphilharmonic.com.
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $20; seniors, $15; students, $5

Natalie Macmaster & Donnell Leahy - A Celtic Family Christmas 2017 - Great Barrington, MA

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
These fiddle virtuosos perfomr an intimate Christmas concert you will never forget, a re--creation of a true Cape Breton Christmas celebration.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $25-$75
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Christmas with Johnny & Nat: A Holiday Jazz Concert - Providence, RI

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street Providence, RI
Start the season bright with the Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole songs that underscore our holidays. Delbert Leon Collins sings great seasonal standards made famous by Nat King Cole and Johnny Mathis.
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $10-$25
Telephone: 401-421-0606

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis - Ledyard, CT

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich-Westerly Road Ledyard, CT
The show features Mannheim Steamroller classics, along with multimedia effects. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour is one of the longest running tours in the music industry.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $50-$75

Melissa Etheridge - Ridgefield, CT

Dec 6, 2017 - Dec 6, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
Melissa Etheridge will be performing her fan favorites and holiday classics such as “Merry Christmas Baby,” Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “O Night Divine” and more.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $125
Telephone: 203-438-5795

The Vienna Boys Choir - Rutland, VT

Dec 7, 2017 - Dec 7, 2017 Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street Rutland, VT
One hundred singers with operatic voices perform beautifully arranged harmonies on classics like “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night), “Sleigh Ride” (Troika), and their compelling rendition of “Carol of the Bells.”
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $40-$54

Linda Eder - Ridgefield, CT

Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 8, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
Linda Eder will be backed by a choir and band to perform holiday standards, Broadway classics and some of her greatest hits.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $57
Telephone: 203-438-5795

Hartford Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Concert 2017 - Hartford, CT

Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 8, 2017 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT
From Tinseltown to Times Square-A Holiday Adventure: The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus presents its holiday concert. Admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum galleries, including Festival of Trees & Traditions, is not included with your ticket to this event. This event takes place in the museum’s Aetna Theater; please enter via Avery Door.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $30-$45

Boston Pops Holiday Tour 2017 - Worcester, MA

Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 8, 2017 Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts 2 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA
The Boston Pops presents a program for music lovers of all ages, bursting with holiday music favorites. This festive Christmas season event has a sing-along that never disappoints. Watch for Santa!
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $59-$129

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops 2017 - Barre and Burlington and Rutland, VT

Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Barre Opera House, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Paramount Theatre Barre and Burlington and Rutland, VT
Holiday Pops presents music from around the world, a Christmas carol sing-along, and music by the Bronze Ambassadors, a student bell choir from Newport. Syrian composer Suad Bushnaq performs her composition “Tomorrow.” Russia is well represented with Glazunov’s “Winter.” American classes include for Chadwick’s “Jubilee & Noel,” and “Sleigh Ride.”
December 8 at Barre Opera House, Barre. 7:30 p.m. General, $30; age 18 and younger, $10; seniors, $25
December 9 at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington. 7:30 p.m. $10-$32
December 10 at Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street, Rutland. 3 p.m. General, $20-$32; AARP, $16-$26; students, $10
Time: See description above
Admission: See description above

Magic of Christmas 2017 - Portland, ME

Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME
Music Director Robert Moody, the Portland Symphony,and guest artists light up Merrill Auditorium with the miracle of the season. Enjoy traditional orchestral music or this festive season. Organist Ray Cornils will perform an organ prelude one hour before each Magic of Christmas performance. Dates: December 8-10 and 15-17. Times and tickets.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $23, $46, $56, $63, $82
Telephone: 207-842-0800

St. Ann Sings! Christmas Concert 2017 - Lenox, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017 St. Ann Church, 134 Main Street Lenox, MA
St. Ann Church in Lenox is set to usher in the Christmas season in song, with “St. Ann Sings! A Christmas Spectacular.” Youth and Adult Ensembles along with the Youth Orchestra will present a program of sacred and popular Christmas favorites. A reception will follow the concert in the Parish Family Center
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 suggested donation
Telephone: 413-637-0157

Amare Cantare Performs Christmas Music - Portsmouth, Dover, Exeter, NH

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 13, 2017 Three locations Portsmouth, Dover, Exeter, NH
The chamber chorus Amare Cantare will perform an eclectic mix of holiday music. Choral performances will include Eric Whitacre's "Alleluia," "Four Polish Carols" —two of them sung in Polish—along with works by Tallis, Vaughan Williams, Warlock, and Willcocks. The program will include two women composers: Isabella Leonarda, and Maine composer, Erica Quin-Easter.
December 9 at Immaculate Conception Church, 98 Summer Street in Portsmouth. 7:30 p.m.
December 10 at Saint Joseph’s Church, 150 Central Avenue in Dover. 3 p.m.
December 13 at Christ Church, 43 Pine Street in Exeter. 7:30 p.m.
Time: See description above
Admission: General, $15 at the door, $12 in advance; students and seniors, $12 at the door, $10 in advance.

Holidays at Worcester Art Museum 2017: Salisbury Singers - Worcester, MA

Dec 10, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA
Salisbury Singers is a mixed chorus of selected volunteers under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Michelle Graveline. Its special Holidays at WAM concert is always a popular event.
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: Free with museum admission of $16 for adults, $14 for seniors over age 64; $6 for youth age 4-17

Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas - Middlebury, VT

Dec 10, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Mead Chapel at Middlebury College, 14 Old Chapel Road Middlebury, VT
Modeled after the longstanding European tradition, this annual program includes Bible readings of Advent and Christmas and carols performed by the College Choir with the congregation. Preceded by performances on the chapel carillon.
Time: Two performances, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Telephone: 802-443-5000

Blind Boys of Alabama - Great Barrington, MA

Dec 10, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
The concert will feature songs from the Talkin’ Christmas! album, as well as the band’s Christmas recording, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," along with gospel classics. The world-renowned Preservation Hall Legacy Horns from New Orleans will join the group for this performance.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $30 to $67

A Pentatonix Christmas Tour - Boston, MA

Dec 12, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 Boch Center, 270 Tremont Street Boston, MA
The concerts will be the group’s first to feature songs from its three hugely successful holiday albums.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Tickets start at $39.50

Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas - Portland, ME

Dec 13, 2017 - Dec 13, 2017 State Theatre, 600 Congress Street Portland, ME
Jim Brickman has added a new sound to solo piano music with his original instrumentals and guest singers. Hope, faith and peace inform Brickman’s songwriting, making his Christmas performances extra profound. This event is for all ages. Buy tickets at the Port City Music Hall box office, 504 Congress Street, Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $61.50, 51.50, 36.50

White Christmas with Chris Mitchell Jazz - Providence, RI

Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 14, 2017 Providence Marriott Downtown, 1 Orms Street Providence, RI
Chris Mitchell is a saxophonist and member of the Recording Academy for the Grammys. His repertoire includes Jazz standards,instrumental covers of big-band tunes such as "Fly Me To The Moon," and silk-smooth versions of R&B/Contemporary hits such as "I Will Always Love You"
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 – $75

The Fogcutters Super Fantastic Christmas Extravaganza - Portland, ME

Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017 State Theatre, 600 Congress Street Portland, ME
The Fogcutters update “big band” with 13 horns, a five-piece rhythm section and the stellar vocals. It is original big band combined with funk, rock, Afro-Cuban,and hip hop. Buy tickets at the Port City Music Hall box office, 504 Congress Street, Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Time: Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.
Admission: $16 in advance; $20 day of the show

Groovebarbers A Capella Holiday Concert - Putney, VT

Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017 Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill Putney, VT
A capella sensation The Groovebarbers. Bring the family for an evening of harmony and song that will have your spirit soaring.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $7.50-$15
Telephone: 802-387-0102

Yuletide Concert with Great Bay Sailor - York, ME

Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017 Old York Historical Society. 3 Lindsay Road York, ME
Great Bay Sailor's Yuletide repertoire includes songs of Brittany, British carols of the 17th century, ceremonial marches, pub carols, tunes from the Anglican Ceremony of Carols; Appalachian Christmas music, Irish songs, classics of the British Music Hall.
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Boston Pops Holiday Tour 2017 - Manchester, NH

Dec 16, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 SNHU Arena, 333 Elm Street Manchester, NH
The magic of Christmas rolls into your heart via the Boston Pops, bringing this favorite holiday concert bursting with popular favorites. Treat yourself to a festive evening and a visit by St. Nicholas.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $43-$125

Boston Pops Holiday Tour 2017 - Lowell, MA

Dec 17, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack Street Lowell, MA
The Boston Pops -- “America’s orchestra” -- makes your season both jolly and bright and filled with glorious Christmas music. Unleash your vocal chords for the audience sing-along that follows a program of favorite holiday classics. You may see Santa!
Time: 2:30 p.m.

Capital Jazz Orchestra Performs Holiday Pops 2017 - Concord, NH

Dec 17, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street Concord, NH
The Capital Jazz Orchestra helps ring in the holidays in grand style. The concert features guest vocalists CJ Poole and Laura Daigle, along with a recitation of "The Night Before Christmas."
Time: 4 p.m.
Admission: $20 – $45

Holidays at WAM: Merrimack Valley Ringers - Worcester, MA

Dec 17, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA
The Merrimack Valley Ringers, an auditioned community hand bell ensemble, delights audiences with their infectious joy, and make it their goal to capture their audience from the first note with their gusto and warmth.
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Admission: Free with museum admission: adults, $16; seniors over 64, $14; college students, $14; youth age 4-17, $6

Rockapella - Ridgefield, CT

Dec 17, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
This a capella quintet brings you standards you love like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to a funky rendition of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” to Christmas originals.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $47
Telephone: 203-438-5795

The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration 2017 - Ridgefield, CT

Dec 20, 2017 - Dec 20, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
The Oak Ridge Boys perform their timeless hits – including “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue” and “American Made” along with favorite Christmas songs from their six bestselling Christmas CDs.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $85
Telephone: 203-438-5795

Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Presents Family Holiday Pops 2017 - Portsmouth, NH

Dec 20, 2017 - Dec 21, 2017 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
The concerts will feature Portsmouth Symphony with the Portsmouth High School Madrigal Choir (on Wednesday) and St. Thomas Aquinas Choir (Thursday) respectively. Highlights from the program include “Sleigh Ride,” Handel’s Hallelujah chorus from the “Messiah,” Lucas Richman’s “Hanukkah Festival Overture” as well as a wide range of familiar favorites.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors, $22; students, $12

Boston Pops Holiday Tour 2017 - Providence, RI

Dec 22, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
Celebrate the magic of the season with the Boston Pops, performing an annual concert that is a holiday tradition for many families. Treat yourself to a festive outing, including an audience sing-along and visit from Mr. Claus.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $68-$75

Outdoor Activities

Gardens Aglow 2017 at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - Boothbay, ME

Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive Boothbay, ME
 Gardens Aglow 2017 Boothbay Harbor Maine See hundreds of thousands of lights strung through these glorious gardens and buildings in a beautiful display. Visitors will enjoy special food and beverage options in the Kitchen Garden Café and holiday shopping in the Gardens Gift Shop. See events website for hours and ticketing.
Time: Thursdays through Sundays, 4-9 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve)
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $10; children age 3-17, $6; family for four, $30

Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument 2017 - Provincetown, MA

Nov 22, 2017 - Nov 22, 2017 Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, 1 High Pole Hill Road Provincetown, MA
Pilgrim Monument Provincetown MA The Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument celebrates the Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in Provincetown on November 11, 1620.
Hundreds of people come to this iconic event each year to witness the Monument glowing with more than 3,100 lights.

Time: 5-6:30 p.m.

Christmas 2017 at Cape Poge Lighthouse - Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017 Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, 67 Dike Road Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard, MA
Enjoy a guided over-sand vehicle ride along the barrier beach to the remote Cape Poge Lighthouse (while keeping your eyes peeled for signs of snowy owls)! Enjoy a warm drink in the festively decorated Cape Poge Light, climb the lighthouse’s spiral staircase and discover intriguing stories of the keepers of the light. Pre-registration is required.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $35; children, $20
Telephone: 508-693-7662

Parades

Springfield Parade of the Big Balloons 2017 - Springfield, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 Main Street Springfield, MA
Main Street in downtown Springfield will be filled with people, bands, motorized contingents, huge colorful balloon characters and much more the day after Thanksgiving, as the Spirit of Springfield launches the annual Tower Square Parade of the Big Balloons.
Time: 11 a.m.

Holiday Parade 2017 - Littleton, NH

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 Main Street Littleton, NH
The parade starts at Hitchiner’s and travels down Main Street. Come and greet Old Saint Nick. This year's theme is "I'll Be Home For Christmas: Honoring Men and Women in Uniform."
Time: Noon
Telephone: 603-444-6561

Christmas in Wolfeboro 2017 Parade - Wolfeboro, NH

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Main Street Wolfeboro, NH
Annual Parade travels along Main Street and brings Santa Claus to town! Santa lights the town Christmas tree and then opens Santa's Hut to receive visits from kids.
Time: 3 p.m.
Telephone: 603-569-2200

Falmouth Christmas Parade 2017 - Falmouth, MA

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Main Street Falmouth, MA
 Falmouth MA Christmas parade Parade steps off at noontime at the Falmouth Mall and proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. The holiday parade is rich with decorated floats, marching bands, live animals, costumed characters and Santa Claus.
Time: noon
Telephone: 508-548-8500

Parties, Dances, Balls

Victoria Mansion Christmas Gala 2017 - Portland, ME

Nov 29, 2017 - Nov 29, 2017 Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth Street Portland, ME
Open the Christmas season at Victoria Mansion with signature cocktails, fabulous food from the Cumberland Club, valet parking, and raffle prizes while you tour the Mansion’s dazzling interiors expertly decorated for the holidays.
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Admission: $60

Hogmanay Fire and Ice 2017 - Tewksbury, MA

Dec 31, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Tewksbury Country Club, 1880 Main Street Tewksbury, MA
Hogmanay is the Scottish New Year's Eve. Celebrate with NHSCOT with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction; Scottish feast; countdowns to the new year during a live broadcast of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebration and a champagne toast at midnight; dancing to Celt-rock and traditional music by Rebel Collective. RSVP by December 19, 2017.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Telephone: 603-229-1975

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

“The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris - New Haven, CT

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Shubert Theatre, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
This wickedly funny by humorist David Sedaris describes the inside story of the travails of a crabby young many forced to take on the job of Christmas elf at Macy's. Hear about elf training, bad Santas and abusive customers.
Time: Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.
Admission: $40
Telephone: 203-562-5666

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play - Portland, ME

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Portland Stage, 25A Forest Avenue Portland, ME
This heartwarming story of renewal is presented as a 1940s-style radio broadcast with sound effects performed live on stage. With the help of an ensemble and an angel named Clarence, George Bailey learns the million different ways that we are tied to those around us. Dates; November 24-26; December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 19-23.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Previews November 24-26, $38-$58; all other times $45-$65; students, $20; children, $15.

“A Christmas Carol,” Performed By Gerald Dickens - Portland, ME

Nov 27, 2017 - Nov 27, 2017 First Parish Church, 425 Congress Street Portland, ME
“A Christmas Carol” is by Charles Dickens’s great-great-grandson, Gerald Dickens and inspired by the 1860s performances by Charles Dickens. Gerald Dickens has worked as an actor, director and producer for many years and has appeared at several arts and literary festivals in the United Kingdom.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $35 general admission and $15 for age 18 and under.

Christmas on the Rocks 2017 - Hartford, CT

Nov 28, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 TheaterWorks at City Arts on Pearl, 233 Pearl Street Hartford, CT
It's Christmas Eve in a rundown local bar. Expecting a silent night, the bartender finds himself mixing drinks for a parade of surprising guests - children from your favorite Christmas specials and movies - now all grown up. In this wacky parody, unexpected Christmas tales surface, welcome or not. Show times and tickets.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 860-527-7838

ChristmasTime 2017 with the Reagle Music Theater - Waltham, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 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. Dates: December 2, 3, 8, 9, 10.
Time: December 2, 3, 9 and 10 at noon and 4 p.m.; December 8 at 7 p.m.
Admission: $37 to $65; group tickets are available at a discount.
Telephone: 781-891-5600

Night of the Nutcracker with Portland Ballet - Portland, ME

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth Street Portland, ME
Victoria Mansion and Portland Ballet present an event filled with holiday wonder. Children are invited to bring their grownups to see the Mansion, decorated for the Christmas season, and meet dancers dressed for Portland Ballet’s Victorian Nutcracker. There will be music, dance performances, and every child leaves with a special treat. Two children age 17 or younger may attend for free with each paying adult. Reservations are required and space is limited. Dates: December 3, 10, and 17.
Time: Two performances, at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $16; two children admitted free with each adult; additional kids $5 each

It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play - Montpelier, VT

Dec 6, 2017 - Dec 7, 2017 Lost Nation Theater, City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main Street Montpelier, VT
wonderful life in Vermont City Hall Arts Center is transformed into a 1940s broadcast studio as five versatile actors and one busy sound effects wizard bring Frank Capra’s classic to life in front of a live studio audience (that’s you!).
See the small ensemble create hundreds of characters, and the sound of everything from crickets to cars, to door slams to sirens in front of your very eyes. Great for the whole family!
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $10 - $15
Telephone: 802-229-0492

The Christmas Revels 2017: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice - Hanover, NH

Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, 4 East Wheelock Street Hanover, NH
 Christmas Revels at Dartmouth A young girl in search of her heritage is drawn into the mystical tales of her ancestors in this Nordic celebration of the season! Her quest unfolds through gorgeous traditional songs, dances and pageantry performed by a cast of talented locals and thrilling guest musicians and dancers. Don’t miss this ample helping of hygge (Nordic coziness, pronounced hoo-gah) to brighten up the dark winter night!
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $7.50 to $48; Thursday only: $8 tickets for age 18 and younger; $2 off adult tickets

Flying Nut Express - Brattleboro, VT

Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 New England Center for Circus Arts, 10 Town Crier Drive Brattleboro, VT
This re-imagining of the classic Nutcracker story becomes circus of mix ups and misunderstandings as characters fly and flip head over heels in a performance for the whole family. A holiday sleepover turns into a trip to the North Pole on the Circus Express, as the Grinch steals stockings and the entire community comes together to share in the gift of giving.
Time: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $17; youth under age 12, $12

Shopping & Sales

Artistry: American Craft Shopping for the Holidays - Guilford, CT

Nov 2, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Guilford Art Center, 411 Church Street Guilford, CT
One-of-a-kind, handmade crafts by artisans from across America will be featured, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods, leather goods and more. Personal shoppers are available for advice. A registry makes gift selection easy.
Time: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Telephone: 203-453-5947

Festival of Wreaths 2017 - Nantucket, MA

Nov 22, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Nantucket Historic Association, 13 Broad Street Nantucket, MA
Enter this silent auction for a chance to take home one of the 80 beautifully crafted wreaths on at the historical association
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 508-228-3643

Black Friday Holiday Weekend 2017 - Putnam, CT

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 Downtown Putnam, CT
Visit the shops and restaurants in downtown Putnam for open houses, sales, live music, and holiday cheer. The downtown will be decorated with Sled Art and holiday lights.
Time: shopping and dining hours

Christmas Shopping Stroll 2017 - Block Island, RI

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Participating businesses Block Island, RI
Lobster pot Christmas tree block island At the Shopping Stroll, retailers offer incredible sales beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. You can win raffle prizes using an entry form from the Chamber of Commerce office at the ferry landing. Have each participating store add its stamp as you stroll around to see them all. Forms returned to the Chamber are eligible for a raffle drawing.
Time: Store operating hours
Telephone: 401-466-2474

Festival of Trees 2017 - Rutland, VT

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street Rutland, VT
Come bid on a huge selection of assorted auction items including vacation getaways, sport ticket packages, gift certificates, one-of-a-kind experiences, home furnishings and more. Cash bar presents wines, beer and soft drinks.
Time: Doors/cash bar open at 5:30 p.m.; live auction at 6:45 p.m.
Admission: $10

Shaker Christmas Fair 2017 - New Gloucester, ME

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 707 Shaker Road New Gloucester, ME
Join in celebrating holiday traditions of this living Shaker community. Taste and buy baked goods, fruitcakes, herbal biscuits, cookies, and more. Gift items include herbs and herbal teas, pickles, candy, biscuit and pancake mix, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, furniture, antiques, baskets, knit goods, toys, ornaments, Christmas trees and balsam wreaths, hot cider and homemade donuts.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Telephone: 207-926-4597

Ski Area Events

Torchlight Parade, Fireworks, and Santa! 2017 - West Dover, VT

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Mount Snow, 39 Mount Snow Road West Dover, VT
 torchlight parade at mount snow Mount Snow Ski & Snowboard School instructors descend the Canyon ski trail in a beautiful torchlight glow. Immediately following we’ll light up the sky with a huge fireworks display. The best place to watch our instructors the torchlight parade is between the Clocktower and the Cape House. After the fireworks, come to the Base Lodge to get your holiday photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Time: 5:45 p.m.

Tastings

Mini Food Tour and Tasting - Salem, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 departure from tour headquarters at 211 Bridge Street Salem, MA
Salem Food Tours is excited to offer the popular holiday celebration tour, including a stop at a historic home, spice, cheese, wine, cheese and a savory tasting, as well as time to holiday shop at our wonderful local shops. The Walk takes about 35 minutes, includes a sweet treat, and ends at Salem Wine Imports with a wine tasting.
Time: Two departures, at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission: $38

Theater

“A Connecticut Christmas Carol” - Chester, CT

Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 24, 2017 Terris Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, 33 North Main Street Chester, CT CT
 171 Ct chester Connecticut christmas carol Storytellers in Connecticut history come alive to tell this Christmas tale. Actor William Gillette leaves his castle on the Connecticut River to adapt Charles Dickens’s holiday classic in the 1920s. Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and P.T. Barnum appearances in spirit form opposite Gillette’s Scrooge in twist on a family favorite.
Custom-created for Goodspeed Opera House, this unique creation has entirely original music,.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website

“A Christmas Story The Musical” - Hartford, CT

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT
 Christmas Story at the Bushnell in CT Based on the holiday movie, the story takes place in 1940s Indiana, where a boy named Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine‐Action 200‐shot Range Model Air Rifle.
See the oddball obstacles that stand in his path in the family favorite. The Associated Press calls "A Christmas Story The Musical" “a joyous Christmas miracle,” while The New York Times wrote, “"You’d have to have a Grinch‐sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face."
Time: Consult event website

"The Nutcracker" - Worcester, MA

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA
A full orchestra and ballet ensemble enchant you with brilliant dancing and vibrant costumes.
Time: November 24 at 7 p.m.; November 25 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; November 26 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Admission: $28, $34 and $40
Telephone: 877-571-7469

“The Nutcracker” by Maine State Ballet - Portland, ME

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME
the Nutcracker with Maine State Ballet Maine State Ballet presents its perennial holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker.” This performance presents the traditional story of the Nutcracker Prince and Clara, classic choreography, glorious sets and costumes. Thirty professional ballet company members are joined by 200 southern Maine dancers. Dates: November 24, 25, 26, and December 2 and 3 at 2 p.m.; November 25 and December 1 and 2 at 7 p.m.
Time: See description above
Admission: $21, $31, $41, $51, $61
Telephone: 207-842-0800

"A Christmas Carol" -- A Ghost Story of Christmas - Hartford, CT

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street Hartford, CT
The magic of Charles Dickens’s heart-warming classic returns. Come spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.Recommended for ages 8 and older.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $25, $42, $63, $79, and $90; student seats are $15 off full price.

Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas, The Musical" - Portsmouth, NH

Nov 29, 2017 - Nov 29, 2017 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
Back by popular demand, the Ogunquit Playhouse’s production of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” returns to The Music Hall this holiday season. Packed full of dazzling dance numbers, iconic songs such as “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the beloved title song, as well as actors straight from Broadway, you aren’t going to want to miss this “holiday card come to life.” Dates: November 29, 30; December 1-3, 6-10, 13-17.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $44-$91

“A Christmas Carol” - Lowell, MA

Nov 29, 2017 - Dec 24, 2017 Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 East Merrimack Street Lowell, MA
Joel Colodner uses his dexterous voice and inventive acting to bring Ebenezer Scrooge and the rest of your favorite characters to life. Inspired by Charles Dickens’s own live storytelling performances, this show will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas: the joy of fellowship and compassion. Dates: November 29-30; December 1-3, 6-10, 13-17.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 978-654-4678

"Twelve Days of Christmas" 2017 - Dorset, VT

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Dorset Players, 104 Cheney Road Dorset, VT
In this comedy adapted from the traditional Christmas song, a cast of 20 is led by a young Partridge who must gather for the first official singing of the song all characters mentioned in the song. On her mission to round up the participants, nothing goes well. The audience is sure to enjoy the ride and the fun of the outcome. Dates: December 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10.
Time: December 1 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.; December 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 2 p.m.
Telephone: 802-867-5777

Black Nativity 2017 - Boston, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Paramount Center at Emerson College, 559 Washington Street Boston, MA
 Black Nativity in Boston Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Black Nativity is the joyous account of an historic event that occurred 2,000 years ago. It’s a celebration that tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music and dance. Based on the Gospel of St. Luke, combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes, this song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all. Boston’s captivating production is the longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’s song-play in the world. Dates: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17.
Time: Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 8 p.m.
Admission: $35-$47

“The Nutcracker” - Concord, NH

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street Concord, NH
Follow young Clara and her nutcracker on their journey as Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is played by the Concord High School orchestra and danced by Eastern Ballet Institute of Concord. Capitol cente for the arts concord
Time: Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: $18-23, plus fees for phone/internet sales

Northeastern Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker" 2017 - Durham and Wolfeboro, NH

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 See description below Durham and Wolfeboro, NH
Exquisite dancing, costumes, and choreography are all part of this spectacular dance performance. The Nutcracker is the perfect family outing that will capture the hearts of both young and old! The beloved Clara and her Nutcracker bring the Land of Sweets to life in Tchaikovsky's classic ballet.
Oyster River High School, 51 Coe Drive, Durham, December 2 at 7 p.m. and December 3 at 2 p.m.
Kingswood Arts Center in Wolfeboro, December 10 at 2 p.m.
Time: See description above
Admission: General, $20; seniors and students, $17.50; family pack of four, $60
Telephone: 603-834-8834

Nutcracker Spectacular 2017 with Mystic Ballet - Stonington, CT

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 325 Mistuxet Avenue Stonington, CT
The classic tale, wonderfully told. Dates: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website. Choose a date and time options will open
Admission: $32-$48
Telephone: 860-536-3671

The Christmas Revels 2017: A Venetian Celebration of the Winter Solstice - Cambridge, MA

Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 27, 2017 Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA
Every year Revels travels to a different place and time, exploring a new culture through music, dance and rituals. This year the destination is Renaissance Venice, as preparations are under way for the solstice Feast of the Seven Fishes. The wild adventures ahead involve reckless actors, jailbreaks, itinerant musicians, English Morris men and maybe even the Spanish Armada!
Time: Consult event website
Admission: $75, $66, $48, $27; children age 11 and younger, $50, $42, $32, $15

“The Nutcracker” - Ridgefield, CT

Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
Enjoy a beautiful holiday tradition in a magical land where sugar plums dance, flowers waltz to tell the classic tale of a young girl and her Nutcracker prince.
Time: December 15 at 6 p.m.; December 16 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and December 17 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25; children, $20
Telephone: 203-438-5795

CONNetic Dance Presents "The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy" - Hartford, CT

Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT
A contemporary twist on the holiday classic, featuring a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop. This event takes place in the museum’s Aetna Theater; please enter via Avery Door.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: $50
Telephone: 860-251-9194

“Green Mountain Nutcracker” by Moving Light Dance - Barre, VT

Dec 16, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 Barre Opera House, City Hall, 6 North Main Street Barre, VT
Green Mountain Nutcracker at Barre Opera House VT Experience the joy of one of Vermont’s most cherished traditions, The Green Mountain Nutcracker, a classic holiday story with an enchanting local twist. Set in Vermont in the 1970s, this close-to-home and dear-to-heart northern rendition of the classic ballet continues to enthrall audiences of all ages.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Advance: $15-25, door: $18-28

“The Nutcracker” - Rutland, VT

Dec 17, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street Rutland, VT
Lavish costumes, soaring music and beautiful choreography put your entire family into the spirit of the season. Don’t miss the enchanting tale of a girl’s first love, a Magician, a Rat King, a Nutcracker, and a Prince…all set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score.
Time: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Admission: $25 – $35

“A Charlie Brown Christmas Live” - Rutland, VT

Dec 27, 2017 - Dec 27, 2017 Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street Rutland, VT
This stage adaptation of the classic animated TV special brings all your favorite characters to life. Follow Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they search out the true meaning of Christmas.
Time: Two performances, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission: $24-$34