FEATURED THIS WEEK: Celebrate the holidays with a little schadenfreude by laughing at the Griswolds’ classic Christmas disaster when Rogers Center for the Arts presents “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” this Friday. A prescreening lecture will be delivered at 6:30 p.m., with the film to follow at 7 p.m.
ONE: Join The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce for their 4th Annual Holiday Party and Wreath Auction on Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Merrimack Valley Country Club. Come by yourself or bring your whole office to enjoy a silent wreath auction, live music, delicious food and great drinks.
TWO: Over 150 dancers of the Northeast Youth Ballet will give four performances of holiday classic “The Nutcracker” at the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts this weekend. Catch the show on Thursday, Friday or Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 2 p.m.
THREE: Northern Essex Community College’s Performing Arts Department will put on their rendition of “A Christmas Carol” on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. NECC’s version is musical, tying Scrooge’s journey together with a number of favorite holiday tunes.
FOUR: Mill No. 5’s Holiday Oddity Market purports to have “the perfect gift for your favorite weirdo.” If you’re looking to do a little shopping for that certain strange someone (or maybe multiple strange someones, if you’re just that lucky), pencil yourself in some time from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday to pick their present.
FIVE: Head over to Newburyport this Saturday at 1 p.m. for Untapped History’s Naughty and Nice Tour. Among the various points in history you’ll learn about on the tour: when ship captains and merchants banded together to help the unfortunate, houses of ill repute really did exist and the antics of “Lord” Timothy Dexter entertained and horrified everyone. Plus, have a sampling of historic cocktails when the tour is over!
SIX: The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association is offering a free showing of Angelina Jolie’s film “First They Killed My Father” on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Lowell High School’s Cyrus Irish Auditorium. The film examines the Cambodian genocide by the Khmer Rouge through the eyes of a 7-year-old girl forced to become a child soldier.
SEVEN: Pub crawl Santacon Manchester describes itself as “a most mature way to kick off the holiday season.” On Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight, don your most festive holiday-themed costume and traverse through the streets of Manchester, visiting some of the best local bars for some drinks, bites and fun.
EIGHT: “Songs for the Season” is Westford Chorus’s holiday concert featuring Christmas favorites such as “Hodie Christus Natus Est,” “Lo How a Rose,” and “Hymn to the Virgin,” as well as songs of the winter season. Enjoy these holiday classics at United Methodist Church in Westford on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or Trinity Lutheran Church in Chelmsford on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Looking for more fun things to do this holiday season? Check out Merrimack Valley Magazine’s event calendar!