ONE: The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce encourages holiday shoppers to stop by Market Square from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday for their Holiday Invitation Night. Enjoy beautiful Christmas decorations and live entertainment by the Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus and the Newburyport High School Students Band while you check off your list.
TWO: The Stevens Estate will open their doors for the second annual Holly Days Open House Weekend from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Attendees will be able to tour the gorgeously-decorated Victorian mansion and enjoy delicious refreshments provided by local businesses.
THREE: Audience participation is the name of the game when it comes to Firehouse Center for the Arts’ hilarious and energetic A Nutcracker Panto! show. Bring the kids along for a festive blend of comedy, dance and music — from graceful ballet to pie-in-the-face laughs, they’re bound to find something they enjoy. Shows take place on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
FOUR: The Palace Theatre is the place to go this weekend if you’re in the mood for a traditional holiday story, since they’re putting on a version of A Christmas Carol on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Palace’s rendition is a New Hampshire favorite, winning multiple votes in Hippo Magazine as the defining theater event of the year.
FIVE: You don’t have to wait for a holiday party to treat yourself to a little sip — Lucia’s Bodega is holding a Holiday Wine Tasting this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Join Steve and Chris from Horizon Beverages to sample from a huge selection of delicious wines, or take your pick from a number of beers to taste.
SIX: When it comes to New England holiday traditions, few are more traditional than gathering at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House for the annual “An Alcott Christmas Stocking” Holiday Program. Meet members of Alcott’s family, participate in Victorian-era holiday activities and caroling, and view the house’s gorgeous seasonal decorations. The program’s last two days are this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
SEVEN: Need a little feel-good holiday entertainment this holiday season? The Luna Theater has several showings of Frank Capra’s Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Join George Bailey, Clarence and the nasty Mr. Potter and don’t forget the tissues. You may find yourself shedding a tear by the film’s end.
EIGHT: The Newburyport Festival Baroque Orchestra is headed to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport for a Winter Baroque show on Sunday at 4 p.m. Led by concertmaster Nurit Pacht, let the orchestra warm you up with the classical compositions of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.