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Monday, December 5, 2016
Happy December!This weekend I saw lots of fresh cut trees atop of cars & SUVs heading home to be decorated with lights & favorite ornaments - and we've got a little snow on the ground. Now if I can only get my holiday cards out before the New Year...There are just so many fun things to do around Boston - and this week is no exception. Put the stress aside and get out and enjoy! Twinkling lights, Holiday Shows, Presents wrapped with Big Red Bows...and, last but not least, don't forget about The Great Ski Ticket Giveaway!

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Family Fun for the Week of 12/7 - 12/13

Mayor's Holiday: 1/2 Price Boston Holiday Show Discounts - Display Image

Mayor's Holiday: 1/2 Price Boston Holiday Show Discounts - Boston
ArtsBoston, in partnership with Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the City of Boston, and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, announce the 13th Annual Mayor's Holiday - An eight-week celebration of the area's performing arts featuring thousands of half-priced tickets to over 100 holiday shows throughout Boston and beyond.
Now thru January 1, 2017

Boston Metro

Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll - Back Bay
Families are invited to a festive evening of refreshments, shopping, Santa, carriage rides, caroling, and fun Wonderful for all ages.
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016

The Nutcracker: Josť Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Strand - Boston
Josť Mateo Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition for New England audiences.
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 - Sunday, Dec 18, 2016

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Winter Family Vacation Specials at Smugglers' Notch Resort - Vermont
Chosen as #1 Kid-Friendly Resort in the Eastern U.S. and Canada by Ski Magazine, Smugglers' Notch received top 5 ranking among Eastern resorts in the categories of value, service, lodging, terrain variety, terrain challenge, scenery and overall satisfaction! Make your Winter 2016-2017 reservation today.
Now thru February 28, 2017

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn w/Brian O´Donovan - Boston
Now in its second decade of concerts around New England, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan is returning to stages in Boston, Worcester, New Bedford, and Rockport, MA.
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 - Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016

10th Annual Kendall Square Holiday on Ice Celebration - Cambridge
Join us on Saturday, December 10, for our 10th annual Holiday on Ice celebration at Community Ice Skating @Kendall in Cambridge Enjoy a fr-ee skating show at 2pm with world class professional skaters and international competitors.
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

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SignKidsUp makes finding and enrolling in kids activities, classes and camps simple. Growing rapidly in the Boston Suburbs.

Kids' Show: Tanglewood Marionettes present Hansel and Gretel - Brookline
Tanglewood Marionettes´ production of Hansel and Gretel is based on the classic fairytale by the Brothers Grimm, and features melodies from the classic Humperdinck opera.
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

Cirque Dreams Holidaze - Boston
Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an iconic holiday stage spectacular with 300 costumes, 20 acts & 30 performers lighting up the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre with six performances December 9-11, 2016.
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 - Sunday, Dec 11, 2016

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The Elements Await - Vermont
Winter a special time to be in Vermont. With 20 alpine ski resorts, 30 cross-country touring centers and 7,300 acres of alpine terrain, Vermont is a winter paradise. If skiing and riding is not your thing there is still plenty to do to keep the family together and having fun. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding or relaxing in a hot tub under the stars, Vermont is the home of winter.

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra - Holiday Pops - Somerville
The CSO welcomes you and your family to a joyful celebration of the season Music Director Cynthia Woods leads the orchestra in a concert featuring seasonal favorites and standards.
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

Puppet Showplace presents The Snowflake Man - Brookline
'The Snowflake Man' tells the story of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, the self-educated farmer and scientist who attracted world attention when he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal.
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 - Sunday, Dec 11, 2016

Ben Rudnick and Friends 15th Annual Holiday Extravaganza - Arlington
One of Boston's best Holiday traditions, Ben & Friends spread their holiday cheer with unique spins on everyone's favorite Christmas and Chanukah songs. Dancing in the aisles allowed and encouraged!
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 at 10:30am

Holly-Day on the Harbor - Boston
Join us for Holly-Day on the Harbor, this family-friendly holiday event will feature a kid concert by Little Groove, a Magic Show with Robert Clarke, Face painting, Arts & Crafts, Snacks, and more
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

Harvard Museum of Natural History Presents a Fantastic Beast - Cambridge
Witches, wizards, muggles, and magizoologists of all ages are invited to pick up the Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt clue sheets at the Harvard museums and begin a quest to uncover the hiding places for creatures.
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 - Sunday, Jan 8, 2017

The Great Vermont Ski Ticket Giveaway!
BostonCentral is super excited to again be giving away over $10,000 in ski lift tickets to some of the top Vermont Ski Resorts including Smugglers Notch, Stowe, Killington, Sugarbush, Jay Peak and more...  It's super easy to enter - and the best part is, lots of you will win!   Good luck!

Matchless and the Happy Prince - Cambridge
Matchless rekindles Hans Christian Andersen´s classic “Little Match Girl” and pairs it with Oscar Wilde´s whimsical and achingly beautiful The Happy Prince.
Friday, Nov 25, 2016 - Saturday, Dec 31, 2016

The Velveteen Rabbit - Boston
Boston Children´s Theatre is proud to kick off the holiday season with the 8th anniversary production of The Velveteen Rabbit.
Sat, Sun from Dec 3, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016

Boston Winter: City Hall Plaza Skating Path & Holiday Market - Boston
This December, City Hall Plaza will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a giant outdoor skating path that will circle the area.
Friday, Dec 2, 2016 - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017

Snowmazing at Boston Children's Museum - Boston
This holiday season don´t miss the chance to visit Boston Children´s Museum´s Snowmazing sponsored by Smugglers´ Notch Resort. Enjoy the holiday fun with music, games, and the Museum´s elves.
Friday, Dec 2, 2016 - Friday, Dec 30, 2016

Chanukah Storytime at Brookline Booksmith - Brookline
Come have some fun at our Chanukah Story Hour Featuring a Mega Sized Chanukah Book with beautiful illustrations that will bring the holiday story to life for your kids
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016

Into the Woods - Cambridge
Uniquely staged in the immersive club OBERON, Stephen Sondheim´s retelling of Grimm's fairy tales follows a cast of fractured fairy-tale characters as they journey into their mysterious woods
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 - Friday, Dec 9, 2016

Fr-ee Santa Photos at Cambridgeside Galleria - Cambridge
Santa has a very special gift for all the good girls and boys. CambridgeSide will be offering fr-ee photo with Santa from November 25 through December 24.
Friday, Nov 25, 2016 - Saturday, Dec 24, 2016

Third Annual Seaport Holiday Tree Lighting - Boston
Whether a full-time resident or a daily commuter to the district, all are invited by Massport and Conventures to enjoy the fr-ee Seaport Holiday Tree Lighting event.
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016

North Suburbs

A Christmas Carol: North Shore Music Theatre - Beverly
Ebenezer Scrooge and (assorted ghosts) discover the true spirit of the holiday in this North Shore Music Theater favorite.
Fri, Sat, Sun from Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 23, 2016

Operation E.L.F Holiday Gathering - Burlington
This event is an opportunity for the many volunteers and their families to come together and celebrate the season and the community´s ability to bring the joy of the season to the less fortunate.
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016

Theater Workshop presents Christmas In The Woods - Newbury
Did you forget to mail your letter to Santa? The Pooh family sure did Join us with our beloved Pooh bear in this tribute to A.A. Milne´s, Winnie the Pooh and Friends.
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 - Sunday, Dec 11, 2016

The Lion King, Jr. - Salem
Join Simba, Timon, Pumbaa and all your favorite Lion King characters on this musical journey through the Circle of Life with an all youth cast
Fri, Sat, Sun from Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Beverly
Everyone´s favorite holiday television special LIVE in BCT´s new stage production of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and all the Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas pageant.
Sat, Sun from Nov 26, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016

The Farm Nisse - Ipswich
The Nisse, a farm elf from Scandinavian folklore, visits Appleton Farms. While we wait for the Nisse to awake from his slumber in the hayloft, there will be children's holiday crafts, cookies and hot chocolate.
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 - Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

Middle Street Walk - Gloucester
Join the Cape Ann Museum and surrounding organizations for an afternoon of programs in celebration of Gloucester's Historic District. Open houses, concerts, tours and traditional decorations will be featured this afternoon on historic Middle Street.
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

Children's Christmas Party - Ipswich
In celebration of the holidays, the Crane Estate will host a children´s Christmas party with Santa. Guests can enjoy the snacks while they engage in a children´s performance, and arts and crafts.
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

Charles Dickens' Oliver - North Reading
North Reading High School Masquers proudly presents 'Oliver' Charles Dickens' tale of the plucky orphan hits the stage with this rousing musical featuring unforgettable characters and memorable songs for the whole family
Fri, Sat from Dec 2, 2016 - Dec 10, 2016

Karen K & the Jitterbugs Holiday Sock Hop, Drive & Concert - Lynnfield
Join Karen K & the Jitterbugs for a Holiday Sock Hop & Sock Drive. Bring a pair of socks to donate (all sizes welcome) and wear your favorite pair Proceeds will benefit Cradles to Crayons.
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

South Suburbs

Winter Skate at Patriot Place - Foxboro
Winter Skate at Patriot Place, offering day and evening public skating, is the perfect antidote to cabin fever this winter.
Friday, Nov 11, 2016 - Monday, Feb 27, 2017

The Company Theatre Presents A Christmas Carol - Norwell
The award-winning Company Theatre presents Charles Dickens´ classic joyous holiday tradition A Christmas Carol, from November 29 through December 22, at The Company Theatre Centre for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell, MA
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from Nov 25, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016

Santa VIP Train - Carver
Enter the whimsical world of Edaville USA with our traditional Santa VIP Package. You will receive early admission to the park one hour prior to the park opening.
Every Sunday from Nov 20, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016

PJ Library Maccabee Drums and Dreidels Chanukah - Sharon
Kickstart your Chanukah celebration with a high-energy party featuring Tony Fonseca of All Hands Drumming at Heights Elementary School (454 South Main Street) in Sharon on Sunday, December 11 from 10-11:30am.
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016

Holly Day Faire - Bridgewater
Friday, December 9th 6pm – 8pm - Desserts w/ Music & Santa Saturday, December 8th 10am – 2pm - Famous Soup Lunch Buffet Both days find: ***Cookie Walk ***Local Artisans ***Books ***Antique Treasures ***And maybe a Santa sighting
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 - Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

Grinch in a Pinch - Easton
The Children´s Museum in Easton will be transforming into Whoville on Friday, December 9 & 23. Join us for story time and crafts from 10am - 1pm.
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 - Friday, Dec 23, 2016

The Muppet Christmas Carol - Fr-ee Showing - Canton
Enjoy a fun family movie at Bank of Canton's 250-seat auditorium – plus tasty treats & door prizes It's fr-ee and open to the public; reservations are required. Call 888-828-1690.
Friday, Dec 9, 2016

“Beethoven, Broadway, Blues, and Beyond” with Sharon Concert - Sharon
Sharon Concert Band, a wind ensemble consisting of 60 local musicians, will present their “Beethoven, Broadway, Blues, and Beyond” concert on December 11. The event takes place at 3:00 pm at Sharon Middle School in Sharon.
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016

West Suburbs

The Nutcracker: Commonwealth Ballet - Weston
The Commonwealth Ballet´s production of The Nutcracker is renowned for its intimacy, humor, musicality and exciting dancing.
Fri, Sat, Sun from Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016

Annual Messiah Sing: Memorial Congregational Church - Sudbury
Come celebrate Memorial Congregational Church´s 43rd annual community Messiah Sing under the direction of Minister of Music Cathy Meyer.
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016

Jam Time Christmas Party with Santa - Maynard - Maynard
Ho, Ho, Ho Come meet Santa and enjoy a festive morning of festive arts & crafts. There will be plenty of picture opportunities and lots of fun. Don't forget your camera
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016

Ben Rudnick and Friends 15th Annual Holiday Extravaganza - Arlington
One of Boston's best Holiday traditions, Ben and his pals play Christmas and Chanukah songs with their usual gusto. Share the cheer at this annual holiday event
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

A Morning with Santa - Concord
Enjoy a delightful visit with Santa and have your photo taken. Make and take seasonal crafts, write a letter to Santa & more. Part of this year's 20th Annual Family Trees.
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

Dickens Holiday Festival - Waltham
Holiday vendors with unique/handmade wares and continuous holiday entertainment in the main Museum gallery space throughout the day. Tickets are standard Museum Admission rates. All ticket proceeds will go to help the Museum.
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016

Home for the Holidays: A Lexington House Tour - Lexington
The Lexington Field and Garden Club´s first house tour, celebrating diverse holiday traditions, is a festive event for family, friends, and visitors. Peek in six lovely Lexington homes, each beautifully decorated for the holidays.
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016

Atrium School's 'Middle School in Action' Open House - Watertown
'Atrium Middle School in Action' Open House for Prospective 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students and Parents on Thursday, December 08, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Atrium School in Watertown, MA.
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016

Jeff Jam Holiday Dance Party at Jam Time in Natick - Natick
Head on over for a Kiddie Dance Party with Jeff Jam - a friendly, goofy guy who sings and performs songs for kids of all ages.
Friday, Dec 9, 2016

Central Mass

Yule Time Wizard Market - Worcester
Harry Potteresque Christmas/Wizard Market with activities and entertainment. Over 50 vendors of amazing and magical wares will be vending in a castle setting. Butterbeer on tap, test your qidditch skills and have fun
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016
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