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

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“A Christmas Carol” – Providence RI

Nov 7, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street Providence, RI

christmas carol 2019 at trinity rep Trinity Rep brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to the stage in this classic story that people love to see again and again in the Christmas holiday season. Best availability in November. Buy early for best seats and prices. [photo by Michael Guy]

Gardens Aglow 2019 – Boothbay Harbor ME

Nov 14, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive Boothbay Harbor, ME 04537

gardens aglow in boothbay harbor Visitors pass through an ethereal corridor of dancing lights before entering a festively lit wonderland. In addition to dramatic lighting, enjoy music, snacks, hot chocolate and holiday shopping in the garden shop. Shuttle buses will run continuously, beginning at 4 p.m., from the municipal lot in Boothbay Harbor.

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

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

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

Winterlights 2019 at Naumkeag -- Stockbridge MA

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

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

Winterlights 2019 the Bradley Estate -- Canton MA

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

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

Zoolights at Stone Zoo – Stoneham MA

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

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

Christmas at Blithewold 2019 – Bristol RI

Nov 23, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020 Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI

 christmas at blithewold Christmas celebrations at this beautifully decorated mansion happen in 2019 under the theme, Family Gatherings. Christmas holiday events at Blithewold usually include at Winter Marketplace, Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room, and strolls through Blithewold’s illuminated gardens and greenhouse. See Blithewold website for scheduling details.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions 2019 -- RI

Nov 23, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020 Selected mansions; see description Newport, RI

The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House will be decorated and open daily for tours, November 23 through January 1 except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Rosecliff will open daily from December 8 to January 1.
Santa Sundays. Santa will visit the houses on Sunday afternoons. Noon-3 p.m. Schedule is December 1 at The Breakers, December 8 at Marble House, December 15 at The Elms.
Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions. Enjoy holiday music and light refreshments as you stroll through softly lit rooms. Dates: At the Breakers on November 30, December 7, 14, and 28. 6-8 p.m. The Holiday Evening Duet happens at The Elms and Marble House on December 21. 6-9 p.m.
Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. Island Moving Co.'s performers move through the spectacular setting of Newport's most romantic mansion. November 27-December 6.

Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon NH

Nov 28, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106 North, Loudon, NH

New Hampshire Motor Speedway strings two million twinkly LED lights on its property to celebrate the Christmas holiday. The 2.5-mile drive-through light show inlcludes 400 displays, 60 different scenes and a s’mores pit.

Winter Wonderland at Tower Hill Botanic Garden -- Boylston MA

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

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

Gardens Aglow 2019 at Heritage Museums and Gardens – Sandwich MA

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

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

Deck the Halls at WAM -- Worcester MA

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

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

Home for the Holidays at Salisbury Mansion – Worcester MA

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

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

Christmas at Victoria Mansion -- Portland ME

Nov 29, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020 Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth Street, Portland, ME

christmas-at-victoria-mansion-ME Christmas at Victoria Mansion is a six-week celebration of the mansion in its seasonal finery. Along with daily tours, Christmas holiday programming includes “Night of the Nutcracker” with Portland Ballet, Stories on the Staircase preschool story hour, and the annual favorite Holiday Gala. $16

North Pole Express at Boothbay Railway Village – Boothbay ME

Nov 30, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay, ME

Enjoy old-fashioned Christmas holiday fun with a rides on a Santa train, Christmas holiday crafts and treats, a model railroad, a bonfire, storytime and more. Start your trip inside historic 1912 Freeport Station at the museum. The train will carry you through the Village and arrive at the North Pole (Thorndike Station) where Santa greet you. Weather permitting, the exhibits on the Museum’s lower campus will be open for exploring. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Manchester Merriment 2019 -- Manchester VT

Nov 30, 2019 - Dec 26, 2019 Many locations Manchester, VT

 manchester merriment VT Six weeks of holiday fun and joyful celebrations are planned for Manchester. Look for new additions to the list of Manchester Merriment events as the season approaches.
December 7. Lighted Tractor Parade. Parade will loop from Manchester Elementary Middle School along School Street, Bonnet Street, Main Street, Memorial Avenue and return to the start. 5:30 p.m.
December 7-8. Our House for the Holidays at Hildene. The Museum Store at Hildene gets dressed in holiday finery for a fabulous open house weekend.
December 7 and December 14. Tour a decorated inn. Take a self-guided tour of participating lodgings that will be decorated the hilt and serving light bites and good cheer. Discover new lodgings and get inspired by their celebrations! Noon-4 p.m.
December 7. Hooked on the Holidays at American Museum of Fly Fishing. Browse a fine collection of fishing rods, reels, flies, tackle, art, photographs, manuscripts, and more. Come and decorate cookies, tie “clown flies” for the tree.
December 21 and 22. Take a Ride on the Elf Express The magical, musical Elf Express train ride is an hour-long journey with singing and dancing elves. Five departures each day from Miles Depot Station. December 26. Hannukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony. At Adams Park with latkes, chocolate gelt, popcorn. 4:30 p.m.

Christmas in Newport 2019 -- RI

Dec 1, 2019 - Dec 28, 2019 Many locations Newport, RI

a newport christmas See website for full schedule of this community-wide celebration. Some highlights:
Dec 6
Holiday Lantern Walking Tours. Departing from the Museum at Brick Market. (repeats)
Dec 7
A Rough Point Holiday Tours. 10 a.m.-4 pm (repeats)
Trinity Church Christmas Silver Tea. Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square. 1-4 pm
Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House, America’s Cup Avenue. 6 pm
Newport County Orchestra in Concert. Casino Theatre. Classical and holiday music. 3 pm
Dec 8
Newport Community Band/Salve Regina Jazz Ensemble in Concert, Casino Theatre. 3 pm
Music of the Season. First Presbyterian Church, 7 pm,
Dec 9
Caroling on Broadway. Starting at the Colony House. 3:30 pm.
Dec 11
Christmas in Song by the Newport Navy Choristers. St. Barnabus Church, Portsmouth. 7:30 pm
Dec 15
Christmas Open House at Glen Manor House. Portsmouth. 2-4 pm.
St. Peterburg (Russian) Men's Ensemble in Concert. Emmanuel Church, 10 a.m. and 2 pm
Live Nativity at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 4 pm
Salve Regina Christmas Choral Concert. Great Hall of Ochre Court, 3 pm
Dec 17
Medieval Christmas Pageant. St. George’s School Chapel, Middletown, 7:30 pm
Dec 28
Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 pm Listing of homes will be available after Dec 15

Blink! Light & Sound Show 2019 -- Boston MA

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

A new holiday Blink! show will light up the Faneuil Hall Marketplace with 350,000 lights every evening for five weeks. An 85-foot fir tree adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music to provide entertainment for visitors and shoppers. The lights are accompanied by music by of the Holiday Pops.

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

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

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

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude 2019 -- ME

Dec 5, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Many locations Kennebunkport, ME

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. See schedule of events Signature events include:
December 6.
Tree Lighting and carol singing in Dock Square. 5:30 p.m.
Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree Lighting. Cape Porpoise Square. 7 p.m.
December 7.
Hat Parade at Dock Square. Led by the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo. 3 p.m.
Lower Village Tree Lighting and Christmas Stroll at Christensen Lane and Route 35. 5:30 p.m.
Christmas Candlelight Caroling at the Franciscan Monastery, 6:30 p.m.
December 8.
Santa Arrives by lobster boat at The Boathouse and then goes to the community house to meet kids. 2 p.m.
December 10.
Readings of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” at Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. 4-7 p.m.
December 13
Fire + Ice at Nonantum Resort. 5-10 p.m. (repeats December 140
December 13. Tree lighting in Dock Square 5:30 p.m.
Christmas fireworks display at the cove. 6:15 p.m.
December 14
A Walk to Bethlehem at River Green at Captain Lord Mansion. 4:30 p.m.
December 15
Pooch Parade at Dock Square. 11 a.m.
Santa Arrives by Fire Engine at Cape Porpoise Square. 2 p.m.

“It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” – Warwick RI

Dec 5, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Gamm Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI

Adapted by Joe Landry from the popular movie, this family play is set in a radio studio on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1946, with radio personalities retelling the redemptive story of George Bailey. A cast of seven actors plays several characters, with radio jingles and an onstage artist creating real-time sound effects. Learn more about Warwick RI.

Amherst Tree Lighting Festival 2019 -- NH

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Many locations Amherst, NH

Friday, December 6
Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Village Green across from Amherst Town Hall. 6 p.m.
Spaghetti Supper at Congregational Church of Amherst. 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 7
Breakfast With Santa at Congregational Church of Amherst. 9-noon. Registration is required.
Holiday Craft Fair at Amherst Middle School. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Family Gingerbread House Workshops at Amherst Town Library. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
German Christmas Market at The Wigwam Museum, noon-7 p.m.
Sunday, December 8
Dine at the Bistro, Wine Cellar Tour & Art Gallery Viewing at LaBelle Winery. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Holiday Concert of Amherst Town Band and SHS Acappella Singers at Congregational Church of Amherst, 12:30 p.m.
Christmas Concert at Congregational Church of Amherst. 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 14
Sing We Now of Christmas: Music of Harry Simeone, Bing Crosby, and Louis Armstrong at Souhegan High School. 7 p.m.

Christmas at Canterbury -- Canterbury NH

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road Canterbury, NH

Christmas at canterbury Celebrate the holidays with Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, New Hampshire. Christmas at Canterbury takes place on December 7 from 3 to 8 p.m. Experience the magic of the Village at this annual event. Join the candlelit tours December 6, 8, 13, or 15. Tours are at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.. Come admire the decorations and learn about the Shakers’ Christmas traditions! Make Canterbury Shaker Village part of your family’s holiday celebrations!

Freeport Sparkle Celebration 2019 -- Freeport ME

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Many locations; see event website Freeport, ME

 sparkle in freeport ME The event kicks off on Friday at 6 p.m. with a Parade of Lights down Main Street and a countdown with Santa to light the talking Christmas Tree to life. Weekend activities include visits with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, free holiday movies, a Tuba Christmas Concert and more. See website for detailed schedule.

Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event -- Bristol RI

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019 Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol RI, RI

Stroll through Blithewold’s illuminated gardens and greenhouse, adorned with hand-made bamboo ornaments created afresh each year. Enjoy singing with carolers and savor hot cocoa and s’mores around a roaring bonfire in Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden. Dates: December 6, 13, and 20.

Christmas by Candlelight 2019 -- Sturbridge MA

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

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

Festival of Trees 2019 – Nantucket MA

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

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

"The Nutcracker" -- Dover and Wolfeboro NH

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 See description below Dover and Wolfeboro, NH

Northeastern Ballet Theatre, New Hampshire’s premier classical ballet company and training school, will present its holiday classical rendition of "The Nutcracker." It was hailed by New Hampshire Magazine in 2018 as one of their Top 10 things to do in New Hampshire in December.
December 7 at Dover High School, 25 Academy Drive, Dover
December 15 at Kingswood Arts Center, 21 McManus Road, Wolfeboro

Candlelight Stroll 2019 at Strawbery Banke Museum -- Portsmouth NH

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH

 portsmouth holiday stroll Strawbery Banke Museum welcomes visitors to travel through 300 years of daily life in the waterfront neighborhood of Puddle Dock. Along candlelit dirt lanes, visitors will walk through a historic portrayal of winter among the glowing historic homes and costumed role players. Dates: Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22.
Related events through the season include the Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Duck Pond in the heart of Strawbery Banke, daily, 9 a.m.-9 pm; all December through January 1
Pickwick's Holiday Dinners in Pitt Tavern, which are costumed holiday dinners in historic Pitt Tavern. Offered each night of the Stroll, with seatings at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m.

Step Into The Holidays at Clouds Hill Mansion – Warwick RI

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road, Warwick, RI

Stroll through 12 rooms of holiday splendor at this Victorian-period mansion! Decorations are different each year. Cider and cookies are included in your visit. Dates: December 8, 14, 15, 21. Also open by appointment other days between December 8 and 27. Email:office@cloudshill.org. Learn more about Warwick RI.

Old Fashioned Christmas at Hearthside -- Lincoln RI

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Hearthside House, Great Road, Lincoln, RI

Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation and innumerable poinsettias. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live music and caroling, homemade cookies and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The glow of candlelight and the white lights of the decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. Old-Fashioned Christmas is December 8, 14, and 15. Home for the Holidays tours are offered December 28 and 29.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn With Brian O’Donovan

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

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

Tree Lighting at at Westport Woods --Westport MA

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

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

Northern Lights 2019 at Mystic Aquarium -- Mystic CT

Dec 12, 2019 - Jan 4, 2020 Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT

 northern lights at mystic aquarium The aurora borealis or “northern lights” is the inspiration for Holiday Nights at Mystic Aquarium. A spectacle of lights will be set to music to entertain as guests strolling along decorated pathways among the outdoor exhibits. Hand-crafted lanterns shine a on the aquarium’s Arctic species.

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

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

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

Christmas By The Sea Stroll Weekend 2019 -- Chatham MA

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

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

Festival Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" -- Providence RI

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI

 festival ballet nutcracker in providence ti Enjoy the splendor of the holiday season at its richest in Festival Ballet's lavish production of The Nutcracker! Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on an enchanted journey brought to life with stunning sets, thrilling choreography and world class dancing.

Wassail Weekend and Parade 2019 – Woodstock VT

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Woodstock Village, Woodstock, VT

Wassail weekend VT Wassail Weekend is a celebration of the sights, sounds, and spirit of Christmas in a beautiful Vermont village. Enjoy twinkling light displays, decorated historic homes, breakfast with Santa, and the sounds of sleigh bells during the iconic Wassail Parade. The parade is Saturday at 2 p.m. through Woodstock Village.

Ogunquit Christmas by the Sea 2019 -- ME

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Many locations; see event website Ogunquit, ME

Two weekends of tree lightings, caroling, chowder and chocolate fest, beach bonfire, entertainment, shopping, Santa, and more. Major events include, on Friday, a tree lighting with carol singing at Perkins Cove (6:30 p.m.), a concert at Ogunquit Baptist Church (7 p.m.); and a tree lighting at Veterans Park (8 p.m.). Saturday brings many events, including the Christmas parade from Perkins Cove up Shore Road at 3 p.m. Also on Saturday, where will be fireworks at 5:30 p.m. from the Maine Beach parking lot and a concert at 7 p.m. at Ogunquit Baptist Church. See event website for a full schedule of activities.

Holiday Family Event at Linden Place -- Bristol RI

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

Enjoy a fireside musical performance at 1 p.m. by the Wheeler School Holiday Handbell Ringers in Linden Place’s beautiful ballroom, complete with cookies and hot cocoa. Then, Santa will be soaring in from the North Pole to join us inside the historic mansion. Finish off the day with a tour of the decorated house complete with hands-on artifacts and old-fashioned toys from long ago.

Holly Jolly Sing-Along and Lantern Parade – Milton MA

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

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

St. Johnsbury Victorian Holiday Celebration 2019 – St. Johnsbury VT

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Many locations St. Johnsbury, VT

A day of merriment includes horse-drawn sleigh rides, a visit with Santa, crafts, activities, food, music and neighbors. Free and fun for the entire family.
Christmas Bazaar at Good Shepherd Catholic School. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Victorian Dangling Cubes at Catamount Arts. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cookie Walk at Good Living Senior Center. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. \
Santa and Helpers, Simple Gifts, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides at Welcome Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
High Tea at 142 Eastern Avenue, 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Holiday Music at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Musical performers include the St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltones. 1-3 p.m.
Open House at St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center. 1:30-4 p.m.
Victorian Holiday Open House at Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium. 3-5 p.m.
The Swingles in a holiday concert at Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy. 7-9 p.m.

“Little Women” Holiday Stroll – Harvard MA

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

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

Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour 2019 -- Mount Washington Valley NH

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Participating Inns of Mount Washington Valley North Conway, Albany, Eatonk Jackson, Snowville, NH

 holiday cookie tour 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 gifts will be on display at each inn. Stay at one of the inns and receive a custom-made keepsake ornament. Tickets reserved by phone will be available for pick up at designated pick up locations. Tickets are limited.
The two-night Cookie Tour packages including accommodations, breakfast, two tour tickets, recipe collection, and a collectors ornament. All tickets must be reserved in advance.

Christmas Tours 2019 at King Caesar – Duxbury MA

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

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

“The Nutcracker” – Bar Harbor, Orono

Dec 15, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 See description below Bar Harbor and Orono, ME

Join Robinson Ballet for this timeless tale of Christmas dreams. “The Nutcracker “ will enchant you with fairies, dolls, soldiers, a Snow Queen and a Rat King and Uncle Drosselmeyer.
December 15 -- Criterion Theater, 35 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor. 3 p.m. Tickets. $20-$30
December 21 and 22 -- With the Bangor Symphony Orchestra at the Collins Center, 2 Flagstaff Road, Orono. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets. $10-$35

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical” – Providence RI

Dec 17, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI

Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss's holiday tale as it comes to life on stage through famous songs like "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas." The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Run time is 85 minutes with no intermission. All persons require a ticket regardless of age.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn With Brian O’Donovan -- Providence RI

Dec 18, 2019 - Dec 18, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn returns to Boston, Worcester, Rockport. The Christmastime live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. Enjoy performance by a spectacular lineup of top-level musicians, singers, and dancers from around the Celtic world.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Winter Art Sale at Warwick Center for the Arts – Warwick RI

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Warwick Center for the Arts, 3259 Post Road Warwick, RI

Start your winter shopping early and the Warwick Center for the Arts Winter Art Sale. A Wine & Whimsy Kick Off event is Friday, December 6, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine and get the first look at a selection of local artists work, jewelry, handmade goods, and more. Art Sale will run December 7-14. Learn more about Warwick RI.

Providence Flea Holiday Markets -- Providence RI

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI

The Providence Flea, downtown's award-winning outdoor vintage and artisan/maker market, presents its Holiday Markets with a juried selection of handmade art and design, craft and clothing, jewelry, accessories, vintage wares and small-batch gift and food items.Dates: December 8 and 15

Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market -- Orono ME

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Hudson Museum, 2 Flagstaff Road, University of Maine Orono, ME

The largest holiday gathering of Maine Indian artists in New England and will be featuring members of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance representing the next generation of weavers. Please join us for a day of one-of-a-kind art, demonstrations, storytelling, traditional music, drumming and dancing, and a fashion show by Decontie and Brown.

Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market -- Montpelier VT

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 39 Main Street Montpelier, VT

The Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market is the spot to buy gifts from some of the best makers in Vermont. From booze to booties, clay to quilts and sweets to balms, the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market has crafts from over 45 Vermont artisans to complete your gift list.

Children & Families

Polar Express Train Ride 2019 -- Woonsocket RI

Nov 15, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Blackstone Valley Train Depot, One Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI

polar express blackstone valley RI Your trip includes a 90-minute excursion on a real train, a reading of the classic children’s story, sing-a-longs, hot chocolate in a souvenir mug, cookies, games, and a visit from Santa. Arrive early for photo opportunities in front of our custom-made Polar Express backdrops. Held on weekends only. Prices vary by date. Tickets.

North Pole Express 2019 -- Essex CT

Nov 15, 2019 - Dec 23, 2019 Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, 1 Railroad Avenue Essex, CT

north pole express train at essex steam train CT Board a festive train for a magical nighttime journey to the North Pole. Watch and live performance of “The Night Before Christmas,” say hello to Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing along to your favorite Christmas music, and snack on hot chocolate and sugar cookies. Each child will receive a small gift from Santa. Children are invited to wear pajamas. Ride length is approximately 90 minutes.

Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville – Carver MA

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

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

Polar Express Train Rides 2019 – Portland ME

Nov 22, 2019 - Dec 23, 2019 Ocean Gateway, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland, ME

 polar express in portland Maine The Polar Express™ returns for another season of magical memories! The fun begins at the train depot at Ocean Gateway Visitor Center. Holiday decorations inside the train add to the festive atmosphere as guests meet the conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and listen to a reading of the story as they journey to the North Pole. All tickets for The Polar Express are sold through PortTix. Purchase your tickets online or call the PortTix box office at 207-842-0800

Northern Lights Limited & Santa Express Trains -- Thomaston CT

Nov 29, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Thomaston Station, 242 E. Main Sreet Thomaston, CT

Join the Railroad Museum of New England on a magical journey to celebrate the Christmas season. The Santa Express and Northern Lights Limited (two different train excursions) run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. All train rides are about 1 hour and 20 minutes in length. Tickets.
The Santa Express is an earlier train (departing noon or 2:15 p.m. Parents and kids alike may visit with Santa Claus and play with his elves. Each child will get a gift from Santa’s toy bag. Coach and first class service available.
The Northern Lights Limited is an evening train, similar to the Santa Express trains, but with some added touch of lighting. The Northern Lights Limited departs at 5 and 7:15 p.m.

Santa Express with the Hobo Railroad 2019 -- Lincoln NH

Nov 29, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Hobo Railroad, 64 Railroad Street Lincoln, NH

hobo railroad santa trains 2019 Make plans to ride this year on the jolly Santa Express Trains. The old-fashioned railway station and cars are completely decorated for Christmas; Santa Claus and the elves are part of the adventure. Everyone onboard receives hot chocolate and a box of holiday cookies. Each child receives a special gift from Santa. Full trip is one hour and 20 minutes. Advance reservations are strongly suggested; these trains often sell out. Dates: November 29, 30; December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22.

Train to Christmas Town 2019 -- Buzzards Bay MA

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

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

Vermont Polar Express 2019 -- Hartford, VT

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 102 Railroad Row, White River Junction, VT

Join us for an exciting train ride along a meandering river to the North Pole. Children of all ages will enjoy The Polar Express story and holiday sing-along while sipping cocoa with a homemade cookie. Santa will board to greet each child and to hand out the first gift of the season - The Polar Express Bell. Please arrive between 30 minutes ahead of your boarding time. Departure times and order tickets here

Santa in Salem MA

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

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


Holiday Food and Beverage Workshops at Ocean House -- Watch HIll RI

Nov 23, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 Ocean House, 1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill, RI

Come to this beautiful seaside inn and get instruction and guidance from experts in preparing these traditional holiday treats.
December 16 -- In the Kitchen Series: Thanksgiving Dinner. The Ocean House Food Forager will help you navigate through Thanksgiving dinner and create an elegant meal that can be prepared with some simple techniques. 3-5 p.m. $65 per person.
November 23 -- In the Cellar Series: Holiday Appetizers & Beverages. Explore the world of holiday appetizers and beverage; learn what foods and beverages complement each other and use our tricks this holiday season. 5-6:30 p.m. $65
December 21 -- Feast of Fishes Workshop.Learn how to make a traditional Feast of Fishes from Chef Tim Meyers, Ocean House director of culinary education. 5-7 p.m. $75


Festival of Trees 2019: Heros – Pittsfield MA

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

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

Food, Wine, Beer

Christmas Tea at Eustis Estate – Milton MA

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

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

Pickwick's Mercantile Holiday Tavern Dinners – Portsmouth NH

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 William Pitt Tavern at Strawbery Banke Museum, 402-404 Court Street, Portsmouth, NH

Enjoy four courses of a Colonial-era feast, along with drinks and live music of the season. Pickwick’s Holiday Dinners in Pitt Tavern were named one of the “2018 Best of NH’ in the Fun & Adventure category. Dates: Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22.

Merry Historic Milton Progressive Dinner Tour

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

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

Christmas Tea at Phillips House – Salem MA

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

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


Don We Now: Christmas Music with Connecticut Gay Mens’ Chorus -- Old Saybrook and West Haven CT

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 See description below Old Saybrook and West Haven, CT

gay mens chorus ct Connecticut Gay Mens’ Chorus performs fresh versions of Christmas favorites. This will be one of the most fun events of your season.
December 7 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street , Old Saybrook, at 4 pm and 8 pm
December 14 at West Haven High School, 1 Mcdonough Plaza, West Haven,at 8pm

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

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

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

A Christmas Carol in Concert – Ivoryton, New Haven, Madison and Fairfield CT

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 various locations Ivoryton, New Haven, Madison and Fairfield, CT

This intimate re-imagining of Charles Dickens’s classic tale will feature actress Kathleen Turner in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, and an original soundtrack performed by musicians from the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton, on December 8 at 3 p.m. and December 9 at 7:30 p.m. 860-767-7318
Lyman Center for the Performing Arts in New Haven on December 13 at 7:30 p.m. 203-392-6154
First Congregational Church of Madison on December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart University Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Fairfield on December 15 at 3 p.m.

Rockapella Holiday -- Ridgefield CT

Dec 11, 2019 - Dec 11, 2019 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT

Hear a cappella versions of holiday standards and all your Christmas favorites by one of the most sophisticated and imitated vocal groups around today.

Warwick Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert – Warwick RI

Dec 12, 2019 - Dec 12, 2019 Pilgrim Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Pkwy, Warwick, RI

Come enjoy a Carol Festival sing along, “Cantique de Noel/O Holy Night,” “The Christmas Song,” “The First Noel,” “March of the Toys” from “Babes in Toyland,” “People Look East- A Christmas Fantasy,” “Sleigh Ride,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas: Variations” and Concert finale. Tickets are available at the door, through orchestra members, and online. Learn more about Warwick RI.

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

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

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

Rock This Town Christmas Spectacular – Old Saybrook CT

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019 Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT

This energetic and visually stunning show feature hits from the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Stray Cats and other early rock ‘n’ roll artists. Hear favorites like “Jump Jive & Wail,” “Sleepwalk,” “In The Mood,” “Mack The Knife,” many more.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Holiday Pops 2019

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 See description below Barre, Burlington, and Rutland, VT

vermont symphony orchestra at chirstmas The concert features the Bronze Ambassadors bell ringers from Newport, and the program ranges from classic (Corelli’s Christmas Concerto) to clever (Christmas à la Valse) to quirky (Minor Alterations) to just plain fun (Tintinabulations). Audience members: prepare to sing along with the handbells.
December 13 -- Barre Opera House, Barre. 7:30 p.m.
December 14 -- Flynn Center For The Performing Arts, Burlington. 7:30 p.m.
December 15 -- Paramount Theatre, Rutland. 3 p.m.

Laurie Berkner Band – Concord NH

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Capitol Center For The Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH

Children's recording artist and a favorite TV star of the preschool set, Laurie Berkner, with her band, perform holiday favorites.

Fogcutters Super Fantastic Christmas Extravaganza -- Portland ME

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 State Theatre, 609 Congress Street, Portland, ME

fogcutters The Fogcutters is a 19-piece big band from Portland, Maine, with a different perspective on the format of the classic big band. Band members write and play original music unencumbered by a singular music style, and influenced by musical masters of the past and present. The result is a unique sound and eclectic style.

New Bedford Symphony Holiday Pops Family Concert

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

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

RI Philharmonic Orchestra and the Providence Singers perform the Messiah -- Providence RI

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

Conductor Bramwell Tovey conducts Messiah, the perennial favorite featuring the Providence Singers, Christine Noel, Artistic Director.

West Mass Brass Ensemble Holiday Concert -- Springfield MA

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

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

Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert -- Meredith NH

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Inter-Lakes High School, 1 Laker Lane, NH Route 25, Meredith, NH

This year Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra resurrects some classic orchestral favorites including "Winter Wonderland" and "Sleigh Ride," along with all-new favorites this year. Delight in the orchestral splendor of traditional carols, a Canadian Brass Christmas, a Festive Holiday Fanfare, and "Wizards of Winter" made famous by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, among others.

Shoreline Ringers Christmas Handbell Concert -- Essex CT

Dec 15, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Rd Essex, CT 06426

This dynamic and energetic handbell choir is dedicated to musical excellence. The repertoire is secular and popular in nature, and includes varying techniques and rhythms.

Billy Gilman: Home for the Holidays -- Providence RI

Dec 15, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

Famous from “The Voice,” Billy Gilman will bring his favorite holiday classicsGilman became the youngest person to ever have a top 5 debut album and a number one single on the Country Music Singles Chart.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet/Counterpoint

Dec 17, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 See description below several towns, VT

vso brass quintet at christmas The VSO Brass Quintet collaborates with Counterpoint to presents a brass arrangement of a Bach chorale, majestic Poulenc motets, popular tunes like “Sleigh Ride,” “Let It Snow,” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The program also includes a carol sing alongand traditional favorites by Robert De Cormier.
December 17Warren United Church, Warren. 7:30 p.m.
December 18ArtisTree’s Grange Theatre, South Pomfret. 7:30 p.m.
December 20United church of Newport, Newport. 7:30 p.m.
December 21Grafton Community Church, Grafton. 5 p.m.
December 22First Congregational Church of Manchester, Manchester. 4 p.m.

Kingdom Mountain Dulcimers Play Holiday Music – St, Johnsbury VT

Dec 18, 2019 - Dec 18, 2019 St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT

 dulcimers at st. johnsbury Come enjoy traditional and holiday tunes. Festive treats and cider to help celebrate the season.

Chris Tomlin Christmas: Christmas Songs of Worship – Providence RI

Dec 19, 2019 - Dec 19, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

Chris Tomlin intimately brings to the audience in music a message of what the season is all about.

Christmas in Song – Watch Hill RI

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019 Watch Hill Chapel at Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI

Traditional Christmas songs, bell ringers, readings and an appearance by Santa Claus in a classic chapel. Street parking only for this event.

Christmas with the Celts -- Ridgefield CT

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT

This holiday show features traditional Irish music mixed with American pop music and the group's originals, along with ancient Irish and Scottish carols and traditional Christmas favorites. Always popular!

John Denver Tribute Artist Rocky Mountain Christmas – Concord NH

Dec 21, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 Capitol Center For The Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH

Seattle-born singer, songwriter and tribute artist Ted Vigil has played twice for John Denver’s own Windstar Foundation in Aspen, CO. In 2012, he was awarded the Rising Legend Award by the National Traditional Country Music Association.

Capital Jazz Orchestra Holiday Pops – Concord NH

Dec 22, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Capitol Center For The Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH

This Christmas holiday program features the Capital Jazz Orchestra and singers CJ Poole and Laura Daigle, along with narrator Laura Knoy of NHPR who will be reciting her traditional version of “The Night Before Christmas”. Expect an audience sing-along and extra surprises.

Christmas Lessons & Carols -- Westport CT

Dec 22, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 75 Church Lane, Westport, CT 06880

This well-loved Christmas service tells the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus in nine Bible readings interspersed with congregational carols and choir anthems. Free; donations accepted

Music in the Living Room: Holiday Flute Quartet -- Bristol RI

Dec 28, 2019 - Dec 28, 2019 Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Four Friends With Flutes have been performing together and separately for decades in Rhode Island. They have joined for this year’s Christmas season to perform a program of wonderful sacred and secular holiday/winter flute quartets.

Shoreline Ringers Christmas Handbell Concert -- Old Saybrook CT

Jan 4, 2020 - Jan 4, 2020 Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Road, Old Saybrook, CT

This dynamic and energetic handbell choir is dedicated to musical excellence and handbell education through their exciting and uplifting performances. The repertoire performed by this inspirational handbell choir is secular and popular.

New Year's Eve

First Light Weekend 2020 -- Provincetown, MA

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

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

First Night North – St. Johnsbury VT

Dec 31, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 Many locations St. Johnsbury, VT

Come enjoy 250 artists in 80 shows, doing music, comedy, magic, circus acts, puppetry, hypnosis, storytelling, first artistry, dance, fireworks and more. see event website for scheduling details.

100 Years Roaring 2020 NYE Ball – East Burke VT

Dec 31, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 Burke Mountain Hotel, 2559 Mountain Road, East Burke, VT

Come dressed to impress and ready to dance 2019 away and start a new year. This year the hotel will be hosting a roaring 20s/Great Gatsby ball to celebrate a start to the new decade. Fireworks at 9 p.m. from the back patio of the hotel. For guests age 21 and older.

First Night Hartford 2020 -- Hartford CT

Dec 31, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 Many locations Hartford, CT 06103

This is a family-friendly, multicultural, alcohol-free New Year's experience with professional musicians, artists, performance groups and exhibits. Fireworks shows are held in Bushnell Park at 6 p.m. and midnight. Your purchase give you access to all the venues, including the Pump House, Carousel, City Hall, Old State House, Sea Tea Comedy Theater and more. Full list of program and activities to be published soon.

New Years Eve with Adam Ezra Group -- Derry NH

Dec 31, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A Street, Derry, NH

Looking for a super fun, high-energy night out on New Year’s Eve. this is it. Show with dinner tickets and show-only tickets are available. Dancing will be happening on this special night. Show only ticket holders will be seated in the Mezzanine. Food will not be available for purchase for Show only ticket holders.


Light Up The Night Holiday Parade -- Lyndonville VT

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 See description below Lyndonville, VT

Beginning at Kennametal to Depot Street to Center Street, ending at Bandstand Park.

Parties, Dances, Balls

The Buzz Christmas Ball with Greg and the Morning Buzz – Concord NH

Dec 12, 2019 - Dec 12, 2019 Capitol Center For The Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH

Join Greg and the Morning Buzz MCa Christmas holiday rock and roll variety show, featuring musicians, comedians and actors.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

A Christmas Carol, A Radio Play – Newport NH

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019 Newport Opera House, 20 Main Street Newport, NH

This classic Christmas story will be performed as a radio drama onstage, complete with sound effects. Community actors read their parts from scripts giving voice to a range of characters in the story.

Christmas Revels Celebration of the Winter Solstice – Cambridge MA

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

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

Holiday Ice Skating Show: The Gift – Burlington VT

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena, 216 Leddy Park Road, Burlington, VT

The Holiday ice show features skaters from the local figure skating club and skaters from Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront programs. No tickets necessary. Your admission by donation supports a local non-profit selected by the skaters.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker – Providence RI

Dec 28, 2019 - Dec 28, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s music. A hip-hop of expert dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of Hip Hop’s founding fathers, make up the cast.

Burlington Does Broadway -- Burlington VT

Dec 31, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT 02886

Ring in the New Year at the Flynn as Lyric Theatre Company and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra join for a night dedicated to the bright lights of Broadway. From Golden Age standards to contemporary classics, the Flynn fills the MainStage with big city panache on a night to remember.


The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley – Lowell MA

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

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

“The Nutcracker” With Boston Ballet – Boston MA

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

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

A Connecticut Christmas Carol -- Chester CT

Dec 4, 2019 - Dec 28, 2019 Terris Theater , 33 North Main Street, Chester, CT 06412

Some of the most beloved storytellers in Connecticut history come alive to spin tales of the Yuletide. Actor William Gillette leaves his castle to adapt Dickens’s holiday classic. Mark Twain, P.T. Barnum and Benedict Arnold make appearances opposite Gillette’s Scrooge in a twist on a family favorite. All-original music brightens this family performance.

“Amahl And The Night Visitors”

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Salisbury Congregational Church, 853 Maple Street, Salisbury, VT

 amahl and the night visitors "Amahl and the Night Visitors" is the story of a poor mother and her crippled son who exhibit extraordinary generosity by giving everything that they own to provide comfort for three kings that are on their way to visit the Christ child.

A Concord Christmas -- Milton and Dennis MA

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

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

Eastern CT Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" -- New London CT

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 325 State St. New London, CT

 eastern ct ballet the nutcracker 2019 One hundred professionally trained dancers from Eastern Connecticut Ballet will share the spotlight with guest artists from New York City Ballet. Set in New London of the 1850s, this "Nutcracker" is a community celebration. The Nutcracker requires a huge cast of dancers and actors to tell the story of a little girl with big dreams. 

“A Victorian Nutcracker” 2019 with Portland Ballet -- Portland ME

Dec 17, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 See description below Portland and Westbrook, ME

 victorian nutcracker in Maine This annual production by Portland Ballet has become a Maine holiday tradition and family favorite, telling a classic tale set in Victorian-era Portland. The performance at Merrill Auditorium will include live music by the Portland Ballet Orchestra; after the matinee performances at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, children will be able to meet their favorite characters.
Merrill Auditorium in Portland on December 17 at 7:30 pm
Westbrook Performance Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook on December 21 and 22 at 2 p.m. and December 21 at 7:30 p.m.

CONNetic Dance Presents “Nutcracker Suite and Spicy” – Hartford CT

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Wadsworth Atheneum, 29 Atheneum Square North, Hartford, CT

 nutcracker suite and spicy Returning to the Wadsworth's theater for the 10th year, this unique, humerous and totally entertaining twist on the classical ballet is choreographed and directed by Carolyn Paine. For information and tickets, visit conneticdance.com.