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Monday, November 23, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving! Tis the season for giving thanks, turkey, gravy, stuffing, cider, root vegetables, and delicious pies. For those of you who are lucky enough not to have to travel over the holiday - here's the lowdown on how to entertain all of your guests this week. If you are hosting the big day this year, we have lots of fun ideas on where to go and what to do, once the delightful meal is over, and beyond.

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Family Fun for the Week of 11/23 - 11/29

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Nobles Day Camp Open House - Dedham
Tour our fabulous facilities, meet our wonderful staff and take advantage of Early Bird Discounts. Registration is open. Don't miss out - Early Bird Discounts ends Dec. 6th!
Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Boston Metro

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Musical - Boston
Join us in celebrating Rudolph´s 50 years on television and come see all of your favorite characters from the special including, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, the Misfit Toys and, of course, Rudolph
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2015 - Sunday, Dec 6, 2015

Boston Christmas Tubas at Faneuil Hall - Boston
Get in the holiday spirit Experience over 150 local tuba players playing your favorite holiday tunes Faneuil Hall Marketplace is proud to host the Annual Boston 'Tuba Christmas' concert.
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

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Mayor's Holiday Special 2015 - Boston
ArtsBoston invites you to take part in Mayor's Holiday 2015, a celebration of what makes the holiday season in Boston so special. Explore thousands of 1/2 price tickets to over 100 theater, music, and dance performances throughout the region, as well as free festivities, dining deals, gift ideas, and more. Your holiday magic begins here.

Arabian Nights: Central Square Theater - Cambridge
Enter ancient Persia, and be transformed by the power of storytelling. Based on 'One Thousand and One Nights,' a collection of folk tales from the Middle East and Asia, Arabian Nights is rich with suspense, romance, and hilarity – stories irresistible for all ages. At its heart is the power of the imagination to heal, inspire, and transform.
Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from Nov 27, 2015 - Jan 6, 2016

Handel and Haydn Society: Handel Messiah - Boston
Join H&H for an outstanding rendition of Handel´s masterwork, performed in the US by H&H in its first concert in 1815. No holiday season is complete without this stunning oratorio.
Fri, Sat, Sun from Nov 27, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015

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Project Giving Kids - Boston
Project Giving Kids is a nonprofit that connects kids to causes. PGK’s online platform provides age-appropriate activities for children, allowing them to learn the power of giving back at an early age, while simultaneously supporting the local nonprofit community. Kids have fun and learn they can change the world, while also changing their own.

The Nutcracker: José Mateo Ballet Theatre - Boston
José Mateo Ballet Theatre is thrilled to celebrate its 30th Anniversary season by bringing its treasured production of The Nutcracker back to the Theatre District after over a decade.
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 - Sunday, Dec 6, 2015

Celebrate with Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers - Boston
The Celebrate series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America´s rich cultural diversity through the arts with fr-ee performances. Reservations: visit or call 617-514-1644.
Friday, Nov 27, 2015

Take a Closer Look at Fay School - Southborough
Curious about the difference an independent school can make in your child’s life? Located in Southborough, Fay is an outstanding Pre-K-9, coed day school, with 5 and 7-day boarding available in grades 7-9. Attend our Classroom Visit Day to learn more!
Thursday, December 3 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Copley Square Tree Lighting - Boston
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square will welcome revelers to the annual Copley Square Holiday Tree Lighting.
Monday, Nov 30, 2015

Work off the Turkey Family Hike - Dorchester
Join the Appalachian Mountain Club's Outdoors Rx family program for a easy family hike in Franklin Park. Entertain your loved ones with a walk along the trails that wind through Franklin Park's woodland.
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

Geocaching at Franklin Park - Dorchester
Geocaching is a fun treasure hunt that uses technology to help you find hidden boxes in the wood filled with a cache of items you can trade.
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015

MIT Museum's 18th Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction - Cambridge
Join the MIT Museum for its 18th annual Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction Event. Kinetic artists Arthur Ganson and Jeff Lieberman will mastermind the construction of this unbelievable Rube Goldberg machine.
Friday, Nov 27, 2015

Light Up The Row - Somerville
Join us on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 5-7 p.m. for a fun-filled holiday celebration that will feature a unique lighting of our iconic metal trusses.
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

Boston Pride vs. Connecticut Whale - Cambridge
Ice hockey game between the Boston Pride and New York Riveters of the National Women´s Hockey League, the first ever professional women's hockey league.
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015

Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite - Boston
Celebrate the holiday season with Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite, featuring the Rainbow Big Band directed by Tia Fuller with special guests and a narrator. There will also be small-group arrangements of holiday carols.
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

Holiday Movie Screenings at Assembly Row - Somerville
Join Assembly Row as we treat you and your family to a fr-ee big screen showing of three of your favorite holiday classics: Home Alone, Elf, and The Polar Express
Every Saturday from Nov 28, 2015 - Dec 12, 2015

North Suburbs

Holiday Zoolights: Stone Zoo - Stoneham
This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights.
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 - Sunday, Jan 3, 2016

Methuen's Festival of Trees - Methuen
Holiday festival features more than 200 decorated Christmas trees that are on display for 2 weeks and then raffled off to attendees. Lots of events for kids.
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 - Saturday, Dec 5, 2015

Lowell City of Lights Parade & Holiday Art Stroll 2015 - Lowell
Kick off the holiday season at Lowell's City of Lights Parade and Holiday Art Stroll. The event is the perfect place to get into the Holiday Spirit with your family and friends
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

Black Friday Full Day: Party Crashing - Burlington
Bring your friends and your swords Full Day Adventure on Friday, November 27th, 9:00am - 3:00pm. Extended Day option available 8:30am-5pm. Foam swords provided. Pre-registration required. For ages 6+. Call (781) 270-4800 for pricing and options.
Friday, Nov 27, 2015

Turkey Trot for Kids - Winchester
The Turkey Trot is back and better than ever Children ages 3-9 are invited to the race on Thanksgiving morning, all proceeds go to The Bridget Brigade.
Thursday, Nov 26, 2015

Santa on Stage - Beverly
A magical family Christmas program on stage at the Historic Larcom Theater in Beverly A beautiful presentation of 'The Night Before Christmas', music and photo ops on stage with Santa
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

ZooLights at Stone Zoo - Stoneham
This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights.
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 - Sunday, Jan 3, 2016

The Sound of Christmas starring Elisabeth von Trapp - Beverly
Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired 'The Sound of Music,' performs The Sound of Christmas with composer/pianist Douglas Major at the fully-restored, acoustically spectacular Larcom Theatre.
Friday, Nov 27, 2015

REI´s Black Friday #OptOutside: Fr-ee Entry @Trustees Venues - Ipswich
On Black Friday, The Trustees will offer fr-ee entry and parking at its three gated properties, which include Crane Beach in Ipswich, Worlds End in Hingham, and Bartholomew´s Cobble, a natural National Historic Landmark in Sheffield.
Friday, Nov 27, 2015

South Suburbs

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 27, 2015 - Dec 27, 2015

Polar Express at Edaville Railroad - Carver
The holiday favorite comes to life as you take a ride on The Polar Express. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole
Mon, Tue from Nov 30, 2015 - Dec 29, 2015

Wreath Making Workshop - Milton
Celebrate the start of the holiday season by creating a beautiful and unique wreath to take home. We will provide all the supplies, you bring your imagination
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015

Holiday Hay Ride - Easton
Holiday Hay Ride at Simpson Spring, America's oldest bottling plant Caroling, music, cider, our own spring water, craft soda tasting and a one man band
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

Santa´s Arrival & Holiday Parade - Providence
Usher in the holiday season with the Jolly Old Elf himself at Roger Williams Park Zoo. See Santa arrive in grand style in our parking lot.
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

West Suburbs

The Nutcracker: Dance Prism - Sudbury
Dance Prism, a Boston-area professional ballet company, presents its annual production of The Nutcracker in Fall River, Sudbury, Littleton, Worcester, and Andover.
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 - Sunday, Dec 20, 2015

Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins - Arlington
Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins invites audiences of all ages to step in time with Mary, Bert and the gang. A restored 35mm print of the classic 1964 film has been customized with on-screen lyrics so that audiences can join in the fun by singing along.
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015

Festival of Trees and Snow Village at Mass Hort - Wellesley
Mass Hort´s Society´s Festival of Trees, Nov. 27 – Dec. 13 showcases over 65 beautifully decorated trees, raffle, and features Snow Village― a magical exhibit of model trains, holiday villages, Fenway Park, Beacon Hill.
Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from Nov 27, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015

Christmas City - Lexington
New England famous Balloon Twister and Face Painter from Entertwist, will be entertaining from 12pm - 3pm at Seasons Four in Lexington. Petting Zoo and Elmo Christmas Trees and Ornaments Galore.
Sat, Sun from Nov 28, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015

Family Gratitude Turkey Trot 5K - Dedham
What better way to prepare for your Thanksgiving feast than by getting some morning exercise? Dedham non-profit, Ripples of Hope is pleased to present the 4rd Annual Thanksgiving Day “Family Gratitude 5K Turkey Trot.'
Thursday, Nov 26, 2015

Royal Ballet & Tea Party at Jam Time in Maynard - Maynard
You are cordially invited to a royal drop off event for ages 3-6 This Royal evening will feature dress-up fun, dance instruction, a princess craft, Nutcracker storytime, and a real tea party
Friday, Nov 27, 2015

Mickey Mouse Play + Dance Party at Jam Time in Natick - Natick
Join us for this special after hours meet and greet with Mickey Mouse the day after Thanksgiving at Jam Time in Natick Kids will enjoy quality playtime with everyone´s favorite Mouse
Friday, Nov 27, 2015

NCT's Miracle on 34th Street - Needham
Come and see Needham Community Theatre's fall, 2015 production, Miracle on 34th Street. Set in 1940's New York, this family-friendly show will be the perfect start to the holiday season
Fri, Sat, Sun from Nov 20, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015

The Snow Queen - Watertown
An exciting new pop/rock musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen´s classic tale, The Snow Queen is a coming-of-age adventure that follows a young woman on a journey of self-discovery in a magical, wintry landscape.
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 - Sunday, Dec 20, 2015

Bye Bye Birdie - Weston
Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of Kim MacAfee, an ordinary girl in Sweet Apple, Ohio, who is chosen as the lucky girl to give “one last kiss” to singing sensation Conrad Birdie before he joins the Army.
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 - Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

Solomon Pond Mall: Pet Photos with Santa - Marlborough
Simon Malls in New England are inviting families to bring their furry friends to visit with Santa and to join in on the holiday fun
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015

Central Mass

Winter Market: Handmade for the Holidays - Sturbridge
Kick off your holiday shopping with the winter market at Old Sturbridge Village Enjoy dozens of juried craft vendors offering the finest handmade items for the special people on your gift giving list.
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015

Traditional Thanksgiving Feast at Bullard Tavern - Sturbridge
There are few places as special at Thanksgiving as Old Sturbridge Village. Treat yourself and your family to a unique holiday experience with dinner inside the Village.
Thursday, Nov 26, 2015

Fiddlehead Theatre Company's Disney's The Little Mermaid - Worcester
Fiddlehead Theatre Company presents Disney's The Little Mermaid for an extended run of nine performances from Nov 27th-Dec 6th at The Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA).
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from Nov 27, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015

Winter Reimagined - Boylston
The most dazzling display of winter lights in Central Massachusetts Marvel at glittering light displays indoors and out, decorated trees, fire-pits, thousands of handcrafted ornaments, children's activities, live music and more.
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from Nov 27, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016
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