Holiday Events Calendar
Nov. 13 – 14
25th Annual Amesbury Open Studio Tour
The Amesbury Cultural Council will be hosting their 25th annual open studio tour this November. Guests can explore the work of local artists and fine crafters while enjoying refreshments, live entertainment, and engaging activities.
Small Business Saturday Art Market
Looking for Christmas gift ideas? Support local artisans and crafters by shopping at Western Avenue’s Small Business Saturday Art Market. The market will feature the unique works of local artists.
Billerica Holiday Tree Lighting
For years the Billerica Holiday Festival has delighted people of all ages during the holiday season of enchantment and celebration. The festival’s annual tree lighting will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Billerica Center at 4:30 p.m. Photos with Santa will take place at Billerica’s Council on Aging on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Annual Nighttime Santa Parade
In addition to the annual Nighttime Santa Parade in Lowell, the Christmas festivities on Saturday, Dec. 4, will include the Rogue River Artisans’ 38th annual fine art and craft show, Santa visits, live nativity scenes, Rudolph’s craft workshop, pancake supper and more.
Chelmsford Center for the Arts
Mads Tolling and the Mads Men: Cool Yule
Danish jazz violinist Mads Tolling blends Old and New world traditions in a special live performance called “Cool Yule.” The two-time Grammy award winner blends the authentic customs and sounds of the Nordic countries with the sound and spirit of American jazz. Experience the warmth and specialness of “hygge,” the Danish word for cozy that sets the tone for ringing in the holiday season.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Nov. 26 – Dec. 12
The Rise and Fall of Holly Fudge
This holiday season, the MRT will premiere the timely comedy, “The Rise and Fall of Holly Fudge.” “It’s Christmas 2020, and Carol is a hard-working single mother who makes award-winning “Holly” fudge. She’s determined that this year won’t be any different, even if she has to wear a mask while whipping up her famous dessert. But with numerous obstacles standing in her way, Carol is finding it tough to make this the most wonderful time of the year.”
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”
The beloved television classic “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Watch the beloved characters from the special come to life in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.
Celebrate the magic of Mannheim Steamroller when they bring their annual holiday tour to the LMA.
Boston Pops – 2021 Holiday Pops
Join the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Conductor Keith Lockhart for their sparkling Holiday Pops concert that captures the magic of the Christmas season and the winter charms of New England.
Blue Ocean Music Hall
Rockin’ Into the Holidays Dance Party
Foreigner’s Journey kicks off the holiday season by blending the music and energy of two legendary rock bands of the ‘80s, Foreigner and Journey. Experience the rock ballads “Faithfully,” Don’t Stop Believin’” along with classics such as “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” and “Feels Like The First Time,” and much more in one electrifying live show.
New Year’s Eve Bash
The Blue Ocean Music Hall New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature music by The Fools, a dinner buffet, champagne toast, party favors, an expansive dance floor, and midnight balloon drop.
Dec. 3 & 5
Lexington Symphony – Holiday POPS!
The Lexington Symphony is back at Cary Hall for the annual Holiday POPS! concert. Experience the magic of the holidays and celebrate tradition with family and friends.
Methuen Memorial Music Hall
Dec. 4 – 5
A Merry Music Hall Christmas
The annual Methuen Memorial Music Hall Christmas celebration will feature musicians Ray Cornil on the organ, and Greg Gettel and Robinson Pyle on trumpet. The concert will be available to experience both in-person and virtually via the MMMH YouTube channel.
The Palace Theatre
Nov. 19 – 21
Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic returns to Manchester.
The beloved Trans-Siberian Orchestra is back, celebrating 25 years of “Christmas Eve and other stories.” Experience this rock holiday tradition and their legendary live rendition of “Carol of the Bells” in an exciting show.
Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy
Rockapella Holiday Concert
Returning to the Stockbridge for their 18th annual performance, Rockapella is “often imitated – never duplicated.” Join in on the fun for this special holiday show for family members of all ages.
Dec. 10 – 12
The Pinkerton Players Present: A Coney Island Christmas
Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music, and merriment in this new seasonal classic. A holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, Coney Island Christmas captures a timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays.
Dec. 16 – 19
A Christmas Carol: An Original Live Radio Play
Peacock Players’ original radio play adaptation of this classic Christmas tale will feature live traditional holiday music, and performances from multi-award-winning resident artists, alumni, and students. Rediscover Charles Dickens’ timeless tale as you’ve never heard it before.
Methuen Festival of Trees
Nov. 19 – Dec. 4
For 27 years, the Methuen Festival of Trees has brought the joy and spirit of Christmas to the Merrimack Valley and beyond. Join them for their 28th year and experience unique decorated trees, mini-trees, wreaths, raffles, a holiday gift shop, and visits with Santa.
Sea Festival of Trees
Nov. 20 – Dec. 5
Experience the joy and excitement of the seacoast’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more family friendly activities at Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury, Mass.
12th Annual Southern N.H. Festival of Trees
Nov. 26 – Dec. 4
This highly anticipated tradition that kicks off the holiday season and features a winter wonderland of holiday trees and wreaths brought to you by Pelham Community Spirit. Food, beverages, raffles, and visits with Santa are also included in this year’s festival.
Nov. 26 – Dec. 12
The Buttonwoods Festival of Trees is celebrating 20 years of bringing the holiday spirit to Haverhill. In addition to beautiful, decorated trees and wreaths and raffles, this year’s festival will feature a family day, an ugly sweater night, a children’s scavenger hunt, a Holiday Gala celebration, and more.