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Thursday, December 14, 2017
As the end of the year draws near - I want to take a moment to thank you all for being a part of the BostonCentral community. BostonCentral will be entering its 17th year bringing you news and information about fun things to do with your family in & around Boston, and it's truly a pleasure.
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Family Fun for the Weekend of 12/15 - 12/17

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Sense & Sensability - Cambridge
This holiday season at American Repertory Theater Eric Tucker's exuberant, inventive staging of Jane Austen's classic novel comes to life. Bursting with humor, emotion, and bold theatricality, Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility asks: when reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?
Thursday, Dec 14 - Sunday Dec 17, 2017

Boston Metro

Candyland Tournament at Faneuil Hall - Boston
Join the fun Play Candy Land with your family and enjoy games, children's activities, holiday entertainment, snacks and more.
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

Illuminations Holiday Trolley Tour - Somerville
The 45-minute trolley tour celebrates the folk-artistry of the many Somerville residents who transform their houses and yards with lights, illuminated ornaments, and shrines of fantasy during the darkest time of the year.
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

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Hip Hop Nutcracker - Boston
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky's timeless music, sets out on a third national tour following the success of two previous sold-out tours. Special guest: MC Kurtis Blow.
Thursday, Dec 21 - Saturday Dec 23, 2017 at 7:00pm

Frozen Chanukah - Cambridge
Celebrate Chanukah with the Cambridge/Charlestown/Somerville community at Kendall Ice Skating with latkes and donuts, Chanukah crafts, and a special appearance by Olaf Fun for the whole family
Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

Tony Williams´ Urban Nutcracker - Boston
How ready are you to experience Tony Williams´ stunning Urban Nutcracker This year´s show will have new sets and costumes and the all new Tony Williams Ballet Company, launched in May. And most importantly, we´ll have 130 dancers showcasing the rich diversity of Boston.
Fri, Sat, Sun from Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017

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What the Dickens! A Contemporary Dance Twist on a Classic - Boston
This enchanting original production tells Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol through the interweaving of classical ballet with tap, hip-hop and more surprises. A great show for the family.
Thursday, Dec 14 - Sunday Dec 17, 2017

Boston Children's Theatre: The Velveteen Rabbit - Boston
A good book never gets old, and neither does your favorite stuffed bunny. One of Boston´s newest holiday traditions, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT returns for its 7th Anniversary production.
Sat, Sun from Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017

CraftBoston Holiday 2017 - Boston
CraftBoston Holiday is the bigger of two annual shows featuring almost 200 contemporary craft artists, hosted by the Society of Arts and Crafts at the Hynes Convention Center.
Friday, Dec 15, 2017 - Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical - Boston
Come see all of your favorite characters from the classic TV special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.
Thursday, Dec 14 - Sunday Dec 17, 2017

Snowmazing at Boston Children's Museum - Boston
This holiday mark your calendar for a joyful family visit to the Museum. Snowmazing sock skating sponsored by Smugglers' Notch Resort, and much more hands-on creative fun
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 - Sunday, Jan 28, 2018

Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment 2017 - Boston
The Annual Boston Tea Party Reenactment is a chance for the public to join in on one of Boston´s most iconic protests. Re-enactors from across New England come together to tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and dramatize the evening of December 16, 1773.
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

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Improv Boston Family Shows - Boston
Winner of the Nickelodeon award for Best Children's Theater, Family Show puts kids center stage. Perfect for family outings, birthday parties, and field trips. Fun for the whole family and best for kids ages 4-12.
Every Saturday at 4pm.

Ice Sculpture Stroll - Somerville
In partnership with the Somerville High Culinary Program, Assembly Row will host an Ice Sculpture Stroll with tour stops around property. Come see them all and cast your vote to help name this year's champion
Friday, Dec 15, 2017

CambridgeSide Annual Menorah Lighting - Cambridge
Please join CambridgeSide for a festive gathering to light the candles on the menorah. Enjoy sweet holiday treats, traditional games and delightful holiday entertainment. fr-ee and open to the public.
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

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Holiday Light Shows at the Greenway Carousel - Boston
This winter, visit the GreenwayCarousel to experience beautiful light shows timed to some of your favorite holiday songs! Bring your family and friends to take a spin against the backdrop of bright, festive light shows. Shows run every 30 minutes from 4:45p, Fridays-Sundays and the whole week after Christmas!
December 1, 2017, through January 1, 2018

The Nutcracker: Josť Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Strand - Boston
After nearly three decades, Josť Mateo Ballet Theatre´s original version of The Nutcracker continues to honor the classical tradition while putting an innovative interpretation on this holiday icon.
Friday, Dec 15, 2017 - Sunday, Dec 24, 2017

West Suburbs

Family Holiday Pops: Boston Civic Symphony - Weston
Celebrate the season with the Civic as we bring you the most family-friendly holiday pops in New England. The afternoon includes all your holiday favorites, a sing-along, and a visit from Santa.
Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

Model Train Show at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum - Lexington
Discover the magic of trains at the annual Model Train Show at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library. This affordable, family-friendly event is a perfect holiday-season outing for adults and children of all ages.
Sat & Sun, Dec 16 -17, 2017

Sudbury Bell Ringers Holiday Concert - Sudbury
The Bellringers of the Memorial Congregational Church of Sudbury 'ring in' the holidays with classic songs of the season. This yuletide favorite is for both young and old audiences alike.
Friday, Dec 15, 2017

Goldfish Swim School Brookline Opening Soon - Brookline
Goldfish Swim School is opening in Brookline in Early 2018 at 20 Webster Place! With an always-tropical 90-degree pool and small class sizes (4:1 student to teacher ratio), kids ages 4 mos to 12 yrs - master the skills they need to be safe and confident swimmers in the water. Learn more
Opening in Early 2018

Alastair Moock & Friends´ “Family Holiday Hootenany” - Arlington
Long one of Boston´s premier folk artists, Moock and Friends´ live shows are rowdy, rootsy, singin´ and dancin´ fun for the whole family
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Regent Theater - Arlington
Staying true to its television roots, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS features Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and all the Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas pageant and ultimately learn the true meaning of Christmas.
Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 - Sunday, Dec 24, 2017

Delphi Academy of Boston - Milton
Help your child reach his or her full potential at Delphi Academy of Boston, an independent preschool through eighth grade program. Academics focus on providing students with a solid grounding in the basics, a rich and challenging hands-on curriculum. Schedule a tour today!
Application deadline: March 1, 2018.

The Christmas Story.....Live on the Lawn - Natick
Experience the true meaning of Christmas. Hear the Christmas story with narration and music with church members as actors. Event begins outdoors, then moves indoors.
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

Model Train Show at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum - Lexington
Discover the magic of trains at the annual Model Train Show at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library. This affordable, family-friendly event is a perfect holiday-season outing for adults and children of all ages.
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017 - Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

3D Printing Holiday Workshop: Make Your Spinning Ornament - Wellesley
In this workshop, you will learn to 3D model a spinning ornament and 3D print a it. A Toysinbox associate will guide you through the steps.
Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 - Saturday, Dec 23, 2017

Olive Press Workshop - Newton
First time in Newton Discover the process of making olive oil with a real authentic press Hear the story of Chanukah and the miracle of lights.
Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

Sudbury Historical Society Carol Sing and Holiday Party - Sudbury
Join the SHS for the Annual Carol Sing on the Steps of Sudbury's Town Hall and Party with Santa and Mrs. Claus Kids can also visit our Kindermarkt to shop for their family.
Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

Chanukah Fire & Ice Celebration - Sudbury
The Chabad Center of Sudbury invites you to join us for a magnificent Fire & Ice Chanukah Celebration. The event will feature the carving, building and lighting of a Five foot Ice Menorah, a stunning Fire Stunt Show and Performance after the lighting of the Menorah.
Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

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 15, 2017 - Saturday, Dec 23, 2017

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 8, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017

Through the Wardrobe: A Winter Wonderland Panto - Newburyport
Returning once again to the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Theater in the Open is performing a holiday panto, full of bad puns, slapstick, and fairy-tale magic.
Friday, Dec 8, 2017 - Saturday, Dec 23, 2017

Santa's Workshop and Holiday Crafts at Smolak Farms - North Andover
Bring your list or write one here, as Santa will be there himself for photo opportunities and to spread holiday cheer. Admission is fr-ee and there is a $3.00 per craft fee.
Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 - Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

NERF Adventure Night: Battle at the Toy Factory - Burlington
Join us for monthly Nerf Wars, Nerf Games and Nerf events at Guard Up in Burlington MA. Bring your blasters or use ours Hope to see you and your friend this Friday night
Friday, Dec 15, 2017

Dance Prism Brings The Nutcracker To Andover - Andover
Don´t miss this opportunity to see a beloved holiday classic right in your neighborhood at the J. Everett Collins Center for three performances only on December 16, 2:30 & 6:30 and December 17, 2:30
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

Hanukkah Hootenanny - Medford
Celebrate Hanukkah with us We will have menorah making, crafts, games, an extensive book fair, luscious homemade latkes, and Boston's Best Kids Entertainer, Davey the Clown
Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

Salem Holiday Market - Salem
​The Salem Holiday Market is an annual 2-day indie craft show in the heart of downtown historic Salem MA, featuring over 90 of the best local and regional designers and artists around New England.
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017 - Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

The Nutcracker Storytime - Burlington
Bring your children to New England Movement Arts for a very special storytime presented by International Ballet Academy of Norwell. A perfect introduction to the classic ballet performance
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

Third Annual Holly Days Open House - North Andover
Tour the beautifully decorated rooms and hallways and enjoy organized activities including card making and gingerbread decorating. No cover charge. Support the continued preservation of this historic mansion and estate
Fri, Sat, Sun from Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017

The Farm Nisse: Holiday Celebration at Appleton Farms - Ipswich
The Nisse, a farm elf from Scandinavian folklore – will visit Appleton While we wait for the Nisse to awake from her slumber in the hayloft, enjoy children's holiday crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, and music
Friday, Dec 15, 2017

South Suburbs

La Salette Festival of Lights - Attleboro
This is one of the most beloved and popular Christmas displays in the state. Over 300,000 lights are spread over 10 acres of winter wonderland. The event is held at The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, so many of the displays celebrate the spiritual side of the holidays.
Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 - Monday, Jan 1, 2018

The Company Theatre Presents: Company for the Holidays - 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 24, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017

Gardens Aglow - A 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 25, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017

Edaville Express: Where's Santa? Train Package - Carver
Join Mrs. Claus, Santa Claus & Santa´s elves at the Edaville boarding station as they embark on a 45 minute interactive train ride adventure to find Mrs. Claus or Santa
Wed, Thu from Nov 17, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018

Breakfast with Santa at Plimoth Plantation - Plymouth
You are cordially invited to enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa. Children will have the opportunity to decorate their own holiday gingerbread man and visit with Santa.
Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 - Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

fr-ee Santa Photo at Westgate Mall - Brockton
Santa has a gift for the good girls and boys this year at Westgate Mall. NOW through December 24, every family that visits Santa will receive TWO fr-ee 4'x6' Santa photo prints and digital download.
Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017 - Sunday, Dec 24, 2017

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 18, 2017 - Monday, Jan 1, 2018
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