The Good Life is Merrimack Valley Magazine’s weekly roundup of “the finer things in life,” from wine tastings to special dinners at local restaurants.
THIS WEEK’S TOP TREAT
A Big Band Holiday: Adagio’s “A Snazzy, Jazzy Christmas”
Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Blue Ocean Hall | Salisbury, Mass. | BlueOceanHall.com | (978) 462-5888
Swing into the holiday with “A Snazzy, Jazzy Christmas” presented by the Adagio Big Band, a 12-piece combo with the sound of a full orchestra. Featuring talented New England jazz and contemporary swing musicians, some of who hail from the United States Air Force’s renowned Big Band, the show also includes special guest vocalists, each with their own unique sound and style performing the season’s most spirited holiday songs. Purchase of ticket includes optional entry into pre-show dinner buffet.
TAKE A TASTE
Holiday Cupcake Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 16 from 1 to 2 p.m.
A Sweet Affair | Haverhill, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 702-4497
A Sweet Affair is offering a holiday cupcake decorating workshop for parents and children to attend together! Kids ages 3 and older will get to learn by doing, and are encouraged to explore their imaginations and get creative. Best of all, it’s a great way to introduce them to the joy of baking and decorating. Even if you don’t feel like attending the workshop, go ahead and treat yourself! The shop will still be open to the public for healthy smoothies, acai bowls, candy, ice cream and more.
Wine Glass Decorating Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 16 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.
Western Avenue Studios | Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 710-8605
Bordeaux Wine Tasting
Fri, Dec. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Andover Classic Wines | Andover, Mass. | AndoverClassicWines.com | (978) 470-0500
Adults-Only Baking Class
Thursday, Dec. 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Sugar Coated Bakery | Dracut, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 226-8367
Bubbles from Around the World
Thursday, Dec. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tutto Bene | Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 459-9463
HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES AROUND THE VALLEY
A Tuscan Christmas Carol
Friday, Dec. 22 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Tuscan Kitchen Salem | Salem, N.H. | Eventbrite.com | (603) 952-4875
Start your weekend of holiday celebrations at Tuscan Kitchen Salem with a very special evening filled with dinner, dancing and live entertainment. Enjoy a four-course artisan Italian dinner along with festive holiday carols and Frank Sinatra favorites performed by Michael Dutra.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 16 at 8 a.m.
The Irish Cottage | Methuen, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 208-4347
It’s a Wonderful Market
Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 5 p.m.
Mill No. 5 | Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 656-1828
Holiday Grand Tasting
Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 6 p.m.
Lucia’s Bodega | Windham, N.H. | LuciasBodega.com | (603) 421-9463
Looking for even more indulgent things to do? Check out Merrimack Valley Magazine’s event calendar!