FEATURED THIS WEEK: Join Merrimack College’s student and guest musicians in a new holiday tradition on Sunday at 3 p.m.: A Merrimack College Christmas at Rogers Center for the Arts. The sweet sounds of the Jazz Ensemble will combine with the powerful voices and instruments of the Concert Band and Choir for a seasonal event to remember. Plus, 50 percent of all Box Office sales will be donated to Lazarus House Ministries!
ONE: The Methuen Memorial Music Hall invites the public to its annual Christmas Open House on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free to this festive event, in which an organist and vocalist from Haverhill, along with two young musicians from New Hampshire, will perform.
TWO: Merrimack Repertory Theatre is continuing its 39th season with a beloved Christmas story, “A Christmas Carol.” MRT favorite Joel Colodner (It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Going to See the Kid) uses his dexterous voice and inventive acting to bring Ebenezer Scrooge and the rest of your favorite characters to life, inspired by Charles Dickens’ own live storytelling performances. Catch the show Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m., or on Sunday at 2 p.m.
THREE: The Museum of Printing will present a special exhibition and program on Gutenberg and the Printed Bible. Subjects include why it took Gutenberg three attempts and several years to get the font right, why he lost everything just as his Bible was being produced, and more. Learn about the early history of printing this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FOUR: Enjoy treats, face painting, games, prizes, crafts, music and more at Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s We Love Santa Party on Saturday at 2 p.m. Bring your camera for a keepsake photo with Santa, along with a nonperishable food item to donate to the Neighbors in Need food pantry.
FIVE: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold the 25th Annual Christmas Stroll on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. in Downtown Haverhill. Merchants and businesses will offer an array of fun things to do, from Christmas karaoke at Fishbrook Design Studio to handcrafting ornaments at Lioness Boutique. Joining in the fun will be WMUR weatherman Josh Judge, signing his book “Be Kind to the Weather Guy.” All proceeds from sales of the book benefit The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth–Hitchcock (CHaD).
SIX: Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, N.H., will be putting on their 6th Annual Tree Lighting this Saturday. Bring the kids along for pictures with Santa at 4 p.m., then enjoy the actual lighting of the tree at 5 p.m. Plus, spread the Christmas cheer by bringing along a toy for the restaurant’s Toys for Tots drop-off station.
SEVEN: The MSPCA at Nevins Farm invites the public to help create a holiday meal for their homeless horses waiting for adoption at their annual Holiday Tree and Christmas Feast for the Horses event on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bring carrots and apples, or just bring your family! Visit the barn and adoption center, enjoy the tree-lighting ceremony, meet special guests and enjoy refreshments and seasonal music!
EIGHT: Kids will love Blue Ocean Music Hall’s Polar Express Pajama Party & Brunch. A reading of the eponymous book by Chris Van Allsburg will be accompanied by festive music, a full brunch buffet at Seaglass Restaurant & Lounge, hot cocoa and a visit from Santa and his elves. Join in on the fun this Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Looking for even more things to do this weekend and beyond? Check out Merrimack Valley Magazine’s event calendar!