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Monday, December 15, 2014
Happy Holidays!  Here's to a stress-free (ha!) holiday season filled with good health & happiness. This week is always so busy.   Final days of school, last-minute shopping, holiday preparations and a whole lot more.   There are still lots of fun things to see and do, both before & after the holidays - great places to take your holiday guests - or to just chill out with the family after the festivities.

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Family Fun for the Week of 12/17 - 12/23

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Family Fun Programs at Peabody Essex Museum - Salem
Enjoy drop-in arts & cultural programs geared specifically for families & children this season. Arts & crafts, stories, & interactives await!

Boston Metro

Boston Pops Holiday Pops Kids Matinees 2014 - Boston
These special family concerts include a children's sing-along and photos with Santa. For those seated at the floor tables, there are special kid-friendly menu options along with holiday treats.
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 - Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014

Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy - Boston
Experience a magical Disney fantasy live on ice Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy.
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 29, 2014

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Now thru New Year's Day: Mayor's Holiday 2014 - Boston
ArtsBoston invites you to take part in Mayor's Holiday 2014, a celebration of what makes the holiday season in Boston so special. Explore thousands of 1/2 price tickets to over 130 theater, music, and dance performances throughout the region, as well as free festivities, dining deals, gift ideas, and more. Your holiday magic begins here.

Family Puppet Show: Mr. Punch's Christmas Carol - Brookline
Puppet Showplace Theatre Presents Mr. Punch's Christmas Carol by Crabgrass Puppet Theater. Watch as Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, who teach him to look beyond his bank account and help him see a world of hope and love.
Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 - Sunday, Dec 28, 2014

Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker - Boston
A dazzling holiday tradition for the entire family This critically-acclaimed production debuted in 2012 with new sets and costumes, and critics called the production 'the most magical version of The Nutcracker'.
Friday, Nov 28, 2014 - Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

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Camp Sewataro Accepting Summer 2015 Registrations - Sudbury
Camp Sewataro is accepting applications for the summer of 2015. We have had steady enrollment all fall, so please apply now to ensure you won't be disappointed next spring!

Tony Williams´ Urban Nutcracker - Boston
Tony Williams´ Urban Nutcracker, Boston´s original holiday classic, is back at John Hancock Hall for its 13th season and packed with more magic for the whole family.
Fri, Sat, Sun from Dec 12, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014

Beauty and the Beast - Brookline
A handsome prince of the realm is changed into a hideous beast by an evil enchantment. The only way to reverse the spell is for someone to fall in love with him and agree to marry him.
Monday, Dec 29, 2014 - Thursday, Jan 1, 2015

Meet Dorothy Kunhardt's bunny from Pat the Bunny - Concord
Meet this larger than life costume character as you take in over 40 whimsically decorated Family Trees all decorated to the theme of a beloved classic children's book at the Concord Museum.
Saturday and Sunday, December 20-21 at 1:30pm and 2:30pm

Irving Berlin's White Christmas The Musical - Boston
This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and you have Irving Berlin's White Christmas.
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 - Sunday, Dec 28, 2014

Boston Pops Home Alone - Boston
Experience this true holiday favorite as never before, on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment
Friday, Dec 26, 2014 - Saturday, Dec 27, 2014

Introducing the "Add to Calendar" function on BostonCentral
You asked - we listened! Announcing the new "Add to Calendar" functionality on Click on any event and you can now add it to your (Google, Yahoo, Hotmail or Outlook calendar!)

Alex the Jester at JFK Library - Boston
Have you ever seen a jester perform? Have a laugh with a colorful trickster who speaks his own language, Grammelot Take a journey to medieval times and enter the hilarious and wondrous world of Alex the Jester
Monday, Dec 29, 2014

The 5th Annual Community Candlelight Christmas Celebration - Cambridge
This year, start a new tradition in your family — join us for a great evening of celebrating Christmas with carols, candles, and a message you won't want to miss.
Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014

First Night Boston - Boston
Boston's First Night celebration is a fun filled, alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration for the entire family; and includes hundreds of different indoor and outdoor locations, performances, and hundreds of musical, dance, theater and other artistic performers.
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

North Suburbs

Holiday Zoolights: Stone Zoo - Stoneham
This winter wonderland attracts visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights.
Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 - Sunday, Jan 4, 2015

Train Time 18: Farm to Table by Train exhibit at the Wenham - Wenham
Have a “rail” fun time discovering the role our railroads have played in moving food from the fields to our tables since the 19th century.
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 - Sunday, Feb 22, 2015

Meet Me in St. Louis - Stoneham Theatre - Stoneham
Come enjoy this heart-warming holiday classic with your family and friends and sing along to familiar songs. This musical is sure to put you into the holiday spirit.
Friday, Nov 28, 2014 - Sunday, Dec 28, 2014

December Vacation Week Flyby at Joppa Flats: Welcome Winter - Newburyport
Our school vacation programs offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities while we keep minds active and hands busy during school break with fr-ee-flow learning for the whole family.
Monday, Dec 29, 2014

Beverly’s New Year 2015 - Beverly
It’s the North Shore's favorite Family-Friendly Celebration of the New Year. Enjoy train rides, performances, arts and crafts and more. Grand Procession is at 6pm and Kid’s Countdown beach ball drop is at 6:45pm.
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

South Suburbs

Festival of Holiday Lights: Edaville USA - Carver
Hop on board and make the holidays really special. Hundreds of lights surround you on this magical train ride. Come enjoy one of New England's largest display of holiday lighting.
Friday, Nov 21, 2014 - Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

The Nutcracker: José Mateo Ballet Theatre - Duxbury
José Mateo Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition for New England audiences.
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 30, 2014

Bubbleology - Norwell
Looking for some family fun during the December Holiday vacation? Join children´s entertainer Keith Michael Johnson for a fun and educational show about the science of bubbles, at the South Shore Natural Science Center.
Saturday, Dec 27, 2014

Gardens Aglow - An Annual Celebration of Lights - Sandwich
Heritage´s annual Gardens Aglow event offers a fabulous celebration of lights and includes live performances, decorating demonstrations, carousel rides & much more including Santa in his special place of honor – a vintage Model T Ford
Fri, Sat, Sun from Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014

Enchanted Village: Jordan's Furniture Avon - Avon
Enjoy Boston's historic Enchanted Village, now on view at Jordan's Furniture in Avon. Jordan´s Furniture purchased the surviving pieces of the Enchanted Village at auction and restored the vintage collection to its former glory. The Village is open for all to enjoy during the holiday season.
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 - Sunday, Jan 4, 2015

Sparky's Puppets at Providence Children's Museum - Rhode Island
Sparky´s Puppets dramatize favorite children´s stories with colorful hand puppets, playful humor and plenty of audience participation. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.
Saturday, Dec 27, 2014

Family New Year's Eve Party - Easton
Ring in the New Year with The Children’s Museum in Easton on Wednesday December 31, from 10am-4pm at our exciting Family New Year’s Eve Party.
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

West Suburbs

Sing-Along Sound of Music - Arlington
Have you ever been to a film musical and had the uncontrollable urge to burst into song? Do you muse over the endless tailoring opportunities for chintz curtains? Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music is your chance to test your vocal range with several hundred other assorted nuns, Von Trapp family members and Julie Andrews look-a-likes.
Friday, Dec 26, 2014 - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014

19th Annual Family Trees at the Concord Museum - Concord
19th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature at the Concord Museum - visit up to 40 fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with ornaments inspired by children´s storybooks and contemporary favorites.
Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 - Sunday, Jan 4, 2015

Chanukah on Ice - Arlington
Join Center for Jewish Life Arlington-Belmont for an all inclusive Chanukah day of fun at Ed burns Skating Arena Ice skating, Arts and Crafts, Chanukah Treats and so much More
Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014

Drop Off Vacation Art 'Camp' - Needham
Does your child like to paint, dance, play games and have lunch with new friends?? Pick one day or more over the winter break at Kids Place 4 Fun.
Friday, Dec 26, 2014 - Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

Everyday Engineering: House of Cards - Acton
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Sharpen your design skills as you to build a two-story structure
Mon, Sun from Dec 28, 2014 - Dec 29, 2014

Bessie’s New Year’s Eve Party - Acton
We want to get ready to shake, rattle, and roll into the New Year by making our own party hats and noise makers. We’ll be doing prep work all the way.
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

Central Mass

A Christmas Carol at Hanover Theatre - Worcester
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption.
Friday, Dec 19, 2014 - Sunday, Dec 28, 2014
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