Christmas music is on the radio, ornaments and wrapping paper have moved into the seasonal aisles, and Black Friday ads are being leaked left and right. The holidays are coming. Strike that, they’re here! Get into the spirit with these holiday happenings all around the South Shore (and some drive-worthy events a bit beyond). Fill your calendar with gingerbread house decorating, tree lightings, musicals, parades, and more.
Best Books of 2014 for Kids
The James Library, Norwell
Dec 2, 7:00pm
Book reviewer and librarian Shelley Sommer will present her popular “Best Books of 2014 for Kids”. She will talk about the best books for children of ALL ages (up to grade 8) for holiday gifts. Buttonwood Books will be there if you want to make a purchase on the spot.
Blink! at Faneuil Hall
Nov 22 – Jan 4
Blink! – the state-of-the-art light & sound extravaganza returns to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a third year. This magical light show uses over 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston’s skyline – to the song stylings of the Holiday Pops – in a seven-minute spectacle that runs continuously each evening.
Bog Hollow Farm Annual Tree Farm Weekend
Dec 6 & 7, 9am-3:30pm
Free Admission, Free Hay Rides, Fresh Cut Trees. Choose & Cut Your Own Trees!
Boston’s 73rd Annual Official Tree Lighting
Dec 4, 6-8pm
The holiday lights throughout both parks will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when Mayor Walsh is joined onstage by Premier McNeil, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Santa Claus. The show will close with a pyrotechnic display by MagicFire, Inc.
Chatham Bars Inn – Gingerbread House Workshops
Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20
Chatham Bars Inn is hosting children’s Gingerbread House Workshops, where guests will be presented with freshly baked and built gingerbread houses, primed for their creative touch. Colorful frosting and a bounty of eye-pleasing candies will be at the ready!
Edaville’s Festival of Lights
Nov 21-23, 26, 28-30, Dec 1-Jan1
Passengers relax comfortably in warm and dry coaches while riding through a spectacular holiday setting featuring an explosion of lights. Kids of all ages will enjoy an array of vintage amusement rides and a visit with Santa in one of our indoor play areas. Trains typically run on an hourly schedule beginning one hour after opening and the last train is at 8pm.
Enchanted Village at Jordan’s Furniture
Through Jan 4, 2015
Walk through the Enchanted Village, take a picture with Santa, and finish it off with a Jordan’s Blueberry muffin.
Fairy Christmas at the Hedge House Museum
December 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st
This December, the Antiquarian Society presents a magical holiday celebration for the whole family – a Fairy Christmas at the historic Hedge House. Enter the elegant 1809 mansion into a fantasy wonderland; explore eight rooms decorated with handcrafted displays in an enchanting fairy theme. Visit the Fairy Queen and her attendants in their glittering throne room. A holiday shop will offer a selection of handcrafted ornaments, wreaths and fairy accessories for sale.
Fee: $16 adult; $12 child; $50 Family Four-pack (2 adults and 2 children). Tickets are non-refundable. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Purchase your tickets by PayPal button below or click here for a reservation form. For more information, email email@example.com or call 508-746-0012.
Gingerbread House Decorating
The Quarry Restaurant, Hingham
December 13 & 14
Build holiday memories with your children. This is the one holiday experience your child will talk about for years to come and will never forget! Each parent-child team receives a handmade pre-build gingerbread house to decorate under the guidance of Chef Greg Jordan and our staff. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
The James Library, Norwell
December 6, 9am-3pm
Don’t miss one of the South Shore’s best December shopping fairs. Artisans on three floors of the James Library offer quality, hand-made items for holiday gift giving. Hand-crafted clothing, children’s items, original artwork, wreaths, jewelry and more. Each year new craftspeople and artists are featured. Support local artisans and the James in a charming historic New England atmosphere.
Symphony Hall, Boston
Special post-Christmas concerts feature screenings of the favorite holiday movie Home Alone with live orchestral accompaniment, and New Year’s Eve with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra and bandleader Bo Winiker. During pre-Christmas concerts join conductor Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in performances filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-a-long, and even a visit from jolly old Santa Claus.
Kids Matinee Performances: These special family concerts feature a shorter program without intermission, and include family-friendly music, a children’s sing-along and post-concert photos with Santa and special treats. For those seated at the floor tables, there are kid-friendly menu options along with holiday treats.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical
Citi Wang Theatre, Boston
This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and you have IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL.
Marshfield Annual Holiday Festival
Marshfield High School
Dec 7, 12-4pm
Join us for pictures with Santa, a holiday train ride, lots of children’s activities, and our signature holiday marketplace for your best Christmas gifts from our local artisans!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Shubert Theatre, Boston
Join us in celebrating Rudolph’s 50 years on television and come see all of your favorite characters from the special including, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, the Misfit Toys and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in the all new RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL.
Santa’s Arrival & Holiday Parade
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Usher in the holiday season with the Jolly Old Elf himself at Roger Williams Park Zoo! See Santa arrive in grand style in our parking lot at 9am. Then head into the Zoo for a festive holiday parade. Ticket booths will open at 8:30am for families who would like to purchase tickets before Santa arrives.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Nov 15 – Dec 24
Gather the family and come to experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Stay for FREE games, crafts, and activities that celebrate the season. You’ll find our store filled with magical gifts for folks of all ages, with plenty of awesome toys for girls and boys.
Scituate Harbor Stroll
Music, entertainment, face painting, tree lighting, and more!
Nov 28-Dec 31
A dazzling holiday tradition for the entire family! This critically-acclaimed production debuted in 2012 with new sets and costumes, and critics called the production “the most magical version of The Nutcracker“. See it again or for the first time, and be swept away in a winter wonderland.
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
Nov 28 – Dec 21
Discover the magic and feel the excitement of the Holidays with José Mateo’s Nutcracker.
South Shore Ballet Theatre
Dec 13 & 14