ONE: This is the last weekend to explore the grounds of the Stevens-Coolidge Place as they twinkle and shine with holiday lights during the historic home’s Illumination Nights. Get your holidays started with some sparkly fun this Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. Plus, warm up with hot cocoa and make s’mores around an outdoor fire pit!
TWO: At Stone Zoo’s ZooLights, stroll along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. New this year: visit black bears Smoky and Bubba in the festively decorated area around their exhibit, then take a trip through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer. The lights are a-twinkling this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m.
THREE: Navigation Brewing Co. is having their annual Ugly Sweater Holidays Party on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus … whatever you celebrate, just make sure you bring your ugliest sweater for some Phoenix Rising Pizza and lots of fresh beer!
FOUR: If you haven’t seen it yet, be quick to get your tickets – Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s version of “A Christmas Carol” is already on its final weekend! 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 on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 or 8 p.m. or Sunday at 12 p.m.
FIVE: Head to the Chelmsford Agway Winter Farmers Market on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fresh seasonal produce, meats, fish and seafood, bakery items, maple syrup, alpaca winter wear, soaps and salves, and much more. Since the market is indoors, you’ll have access to fresh food no matter what the weather.
SIX: In “The Breadwinner,” 11-year-old Parvana lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father, she cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family, discovering a new world of freedom and danger. See the movie, created by the same folks behind the brilliant animated features “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea,” at The Luna Theater on Saturday at 5:05 p.m.
SEVEN: The Worthen House is hosting the 10th Annual Texmas Eve Fundraiser on from Saturday at 8 p.m. until Sunday at 2 a.m. At this charitable event, the area’s local musicians come together and play Christmas music all night long. Proceeds will be donated to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation Supporting Cancer Patients and Families.
EIGHT: On Sunday (that’s Christmas Eve, in case you’ve forgotten), head over to the Artist Cafe from 10 a.m. to noon for a special Breakfast with Santa. Of course, the main draw will still be the cafe’s extensive menu of yummy morningtime favorites, including their special “Chunky Monkey” pancakes, filled with a melty combination of bananas, pecans and chocolate.