2018 Holiday Events Calendar
City of Amesbury
Nov. 10 – 11
Amesbury Open Studio Tour
The Amesbury Cultural Council presents its annual open studio tour where the work of local artists and fine crafters can be viewed and purchased. Live music, children’s activities and refreshments will be available at select locations.
Billerica Public Library
Nov. 17 – Dec. 9
Billerica Holiday Festival
This event begins with a reception on Nov. 16. Tree lighting will occur on Dec. 1 and displays are open to the public through Dec. 10. BillericaHolidayFestival.wordpress.com
Blue Ocean Music Hall
Coastal Christmas Arts + Crafts Show
More than 30 artisans and crafters offer a magical holiday shopping experience by the sea. The $7 admission includes entrances to the crafts show and Sea Festival of Trees.
Winter Holiday Stroll
This annual event sees the streets of downtown Nashua tricked out in holiday style. The stroll kicks off with a candlelight procession up Main Street, then pulls out all the entertainment stops: an afternoon visit with Santa, numerous music performances and a crafts fair are just three of the family-friendly activities scheduled.
Christmas Open House
Methuen Memorial Music Hall will be holding its annual Christmas Open House at 7 p.m. Attendees will enjoy holiday tunes performed on the hall’s famous “Great Organ.”
2018 Holiday House Tour
The Concord Museum will hold the 2018 Holiday House Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will walk through seven private residences decked out in the holiday spirit by local interior designers.
Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
Dec. 1 – 16
A Little Women Christmas
Gather with the Alcotts in Orchard House to celebrate the season of giving. As you go through the seasonally decorated home, meet Louisa May Alcott and participate in Victorian-era holiday activities and caroling. All ages are welcome.
Holiday Invitation Nights
Dec. 7, 14 and 21
Enjoy merchant hospitality, live entertainment, fabulous shopping and dining in beautiful and festive downtown Newburyport, The Tannery, Merrimac Place and Horton’s Yard.
25th Annual Festival of Trees
Nov. 17 – Dec. 8
A Merrimack Valley tradition since 1994, the 25th anniversary celebration features many special events.
6th Annual Sea Festival of Trees
Nov. 17 – Dec. 2
Get ready for a giant maze of sparkling holiday trees, designer wreaths, holiday stage performances, seaside ice rink and skate rentals, visits with Santa and other fun characters.
10th Annual Southern N.H. Festival of Trees
Nov. 23 – Dec. 1
Sherburne Hall hosts this family holiday tradition, which features delicious baked goods at the Candy Cane Cafe and a daily scavenger hunt for the kids. PelhamCommunitySpirit.org
Nov. 23 – Dec. 7
17th Annual Buttonwoods Festival of Trees
In addition to a variety of specially decorated trees, this event will feature raffle items, senior and family days, and a live choral performance.
Nov. 23 – 25
Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic returns to Manchester, conducted by Grammy winner John McLaughlin Williams and performed by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater.
Nov. 30 – Dec. 16
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ classic story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim.
The world-famous orchestra stops in Manchester on its winter tour for a rollicking concert full of Yuletide cheer. 3 & 8 p.m.
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Nov. 24 – 25
Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic to the Firehouse. Times vary.
Firehouse Annual Holiday Sing Along
Join in song with friends, family and the youth choir from the Immaculate Conception Church. A treat will be provided to each child as part of the ticket price.
The Sweetback Sisters offer a wide-ranging program of holiday music in their annual Country Christmas Sing-Along Spectacular. 7 p.m.
Blue Ocean Music Hall
Santa + The Grinch Naughty & Nice Holiday Brunch
A true Who-Feast with kid-friendly selections, sweet & sour ice cream bar, table visits from beloved characters, music, trivia, a scavenger hunt, and the Dr. Seuss classic on the big screen. Santa arrives by fire truck. Ticket price includes admission to the Festival of Trees. 10 a.m.
Polar Express Pajama Party + Brunch
Kids can use their imaginations to transport themselves to the eponymous train of Chris Van Allsburg’s “The Polar Express” at this Blue Ocean Music Hall event, where the classic book will be read to them alongside Alan Silvestri’s film score. Parents have plenty to look forward to at Seaglass Restaurant’s brunch buffet.
Nutcracker Ballet Show + Brunch
From sugar plum fairies to brunch by the sea with sundae treats, savor this holiday Nutcracker ballet event. Tableside character visits, kid-friendly food, 20-minute exclusive performance and admission to the Festival of Trees are included. 10 a.m.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Nov. 28 – Dec. 23
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
Playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon find the perfect warm-hearted blend of wit and manners in this period drama. Centered around Jane Austen’s delightful characters from “Pride and Prejudice,” the play involves love letters delivered to the wrong person and unexpected engagements announced.
Methuen Memorial Music Hall
Holiday Open House
Featuring the Fidelio Society choir of Phillips Academy, seasonal music will be played on the “Great Organ.” The event is free, with donations accepted for the Organ Restoration Fund. 7 p.m.
Dec. 1 – 2
A Merry Music Hall Christmas
This cheer-filled musical program features municipal organist Ray Cornils with brass instrumentalists Greg Gettel and Robinson Pyle. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m.
Chelmsford Center for the Arts
Kick off the holiday season at the 5th annual Holiday Party Pops. The Chelmsford Jazz Band will play music for the season and there will be a singalongs and surprises. Cash bar and free parking.
2 and 7:30 p.m.
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
The beloved TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. 3 p.m.
The New England Classical Singers present “Magnificat!”
This year’s holiday concert presents J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat in D major,” a richly inspired masterpiece even by Bach’s standards. NewEnglandClassical.org
West Parish Church
Mistral presents “The Baroque Big Band (& Beyond) Holiday Concert”
Enjoy performances of Vivaldi, Bach and Boccherini at the intimate West Parish Church to get your holiday spirits soaring.
Newburyport Choral Society
Dec. 8 – 9
Peace and Remembrance
The Baroque masterpiece, “Messe de Minuit de Noël” by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, incorporates French carols within the framework of a traditional Christmas oratorio. The concert includes favorite carols of the season and the voices of the Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Custom House Maritime Museum
Holiday House Tour
In one of the city’s most anticipated and beloved holiday events, ornately decorated homes are opened to the public. Local musicians and free hot cider keep everyone in the holiday spirit.
Rogers Center for the Arts
North Andover, Mass.
A Merrimack College Christmas:
Join the Merrimack College Jazz Ensemble, Concert Choir and student and guest musicians in a holiday tradition.
A Festival of Lessons and Carols
A centuries-old tradition, Lessons and Carols is a heartwarming journey that leads you through centuries of prophecy, culminating in the birth of Christ. The program uses sacred texts from the Old and New Testaments, traditional hymns and carols of the season, and is performed amid the holiday lights and Christmas trees in the Rogers Center Theater.
Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy
The a cappella group Rockapella presents sophisticated, spirited and soulful interpretations of your favorite holiday songs. 7 p.m. StockbridgeTheatre.com
Dec. 20 – 23
Christmas on Broadway
An original, family-oriented musical revue inspired by the holiday favorites of the Great White Way. Featuring musical selections from “Annie,” “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” “Elf: The Musical,” Disney’s “Frozen,” “Rent,” “White Christmas” and a visit from Santa Claus.