kids! Dec 1 – Dec 3, 2017

winter

 

It’s a festive weekend in Hanover! First, Friday evening is the second annual Winter Festival in Four Corners (intersection of Broadway and Washington Streets) from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. There will be a variety of family-friendly activities including gingerbread decorating and ornament making, photos with Santa and a historical walking tour along with performances by local dancers and carolers. The entire neighborhood will be lit with luminaries and there will be a fire pit and craft vendors. The movie “Frozen” will be screened at 6:30 and there will be a Frozen parade (kids are welcome to wear costumes!) at 6:00 p.m. The Hanover High School Brass Quintet performs at the steps of St. Andrews at 6 and at Salmond School at 6:40. There will be stories by the fire and marshmallow roasting with the Boy Scouts. There will be Irish step dancing at 6, a presentation of “An Irish Christmas” at 7, dances of the Nutcracker at 7:20 and more Irish dance at 7:40 p.m. The square will be closed to traffic with parking available at Tedeschi’s Plaza and Cardinal Cushing Center. Also, the Hanover Fire and Police will be hoping to fill an ambulance with new and unwrapped gifts for “Toys for Tots!” Find Hanover Winter Festival on Facebook.

 

The Hanover Historical Society presents the 5th annual Festival of Trees on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m. each day. The Samuel Stetson House at 514 Hanover Street (Rt. 139) is where you can see the fully decorated Stetson House, Barn, Cobbler’s Shop and Grounds. You can enter the raffle for out chance to win some of the decorated trees on display. There will be a Greens Sale in the barn for your own decorating. On Saturday the Hanover Lions Club will present the Christmas Tree lighting on the lawn between the Stetson House and the John Curtis Free Library at 4:00 p.m. and Santa arrives at 3:00 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 at the door will go toward the Hanover Historical Society’s Educational programs.  The Parks and Rec Department will be on the front steps of Town Hall for Christmas caroling from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday

 

For the older set who may like to see amazing holiday décor, the Daniel Webster Estate Christmas Show House is open Saturday, December 2 through Sunday, December 10th, weekdays 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. There are two evening events as well on 12/7 and 12/7 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. You can also meet Santa on Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The house is decked out for the holidays with a “Joy to the World” theme featured in each room.  Tickets are $15, seniors $10.

 

Plimoth Plantation is hosting breakfast with Santa Sunday December 3, 10 and 17th! Visit plimoth.org for tickets! And don’t forget to bring your camera!

 

Easton’s 31st annual Holiday Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the Rockery in historic North Easton with games, parades, rides and more. There are events for the kids throughout town including the Children’s Museum. http://eastonlions.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2017-Program-Booklet-Final-mbl.pdf

 

 

Friday, December 1, 2017:

The 36th annual Christmas in the Square in downtown Hingham takes place tonight from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Santa arrives via fire truck at 6:00 p.m. and there will be shops open later offering special treats and music performed by local musicians and students as well. There will also be crafts for kids and the Festival of Trees on display at the Hingham Community Center. The festivities continue Saturday with kids’ activities, horse-drawn hayrides, music and more. https://www.facebook.com/events/156035671796782/

 

Christmas in historic downtown Plymouth today from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. There will be tractor hayrides on North Street and a parade at 6:00 p.m. from South Russell St. to Town Square and a tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. which is also the start of the 6th annual winter lights race. There will be luminarias on display at the Grist Mill and other activities throughout the area. http://www.southshorerace.com/6th-annual-winter-lights-5k—december-1-2017.html

 

 

Saturday, December 2, 2017:

The Pinehills are celebrating their 13th annual Holidays on the Green today, a day devoted to holiday activities that whole family will enjoy from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m! From cookie decorating, to ornament making or a visit with the man of the hour (Santa!) there is something for kids from 2 to 102 to enjoy. There will be carolers, face painting, a petting zoo, horse and carriage rides, marshmallow dipping, hot apple cider and more. And yes, the tradition continues with the ever adorable and always entertaining Reindog Parade! Dogs from around New England dress in their holiday attire and parade with their owners around the Village Green. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded. You can register your up at 2, the parade begins at 3:00 p.m. And the festivities come to a close as we count down to the tree lighting at 4:00 p.m.  https://www.pinehills.com/blog/events/holidays-on-the-green-saturday-december-2nd

 

Christmas in Columbian Square, Weymouth from 4 – 7 today! Many of the businesses in the area will be offering free treats, food and beverages and the there will be live music, caroling the famous scavenger hunt and the tree lighting. Santa will be arriving by 4 to South Shore Bank as well! http://columbiansquare.com

 

The Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries are hosting a holiday open house today at 2000 Main Street in Marshfield from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Enjoy free admission, cider and snacks while shopping for unique and locally handmade gifts. There will be demonstrations by woodturners as well as Marshfield’s Kevin Dunn who hand-carves and paints wooden birds. Kids can enjoy discovery room activities while the adults shop and the trails are open all year for strolling.

 

The Middleborough Town Hall Christmas tree lighting takes places today at 4:45 p.m. Entertainment from 3:30 – 5 and a special guest appearance by Santa Claus!

 

It’s Christmas at the Alden House in Duxbury today from noon until 3:00 p.m. Experience some old fashioned holiday fun where you can explore early New England Christmas traditions on tours of the house decorated circa mid-nineteenth century, hands-on activities and holiday goodies.

 

The 34th annual East Bridgewater Christmas on the Common and Christmas Parade is today, stepping off at 10:00 a.m. from Spring Street, past the Common and ending at the Plymouth Street entrance to the East Bridgewater High School where there will be photos with Santa, performances by the high school band and choir, carolers, more dancers and craft fair and train and pony rides! https://www.facebook.com/ebxmasparade/

 

Marshfield’s holiday stroll and tree lighting is today in Marshfield Center. The tree lighting takes place at dusk and from 4 – 6 there will be cookies and cocoa and entertainment at Dandelion Park.

 

And prior to the tree lighting Santa will arrive by boat at the Green Harbor Town Pier, 100 Central Street in Marshfield from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.! http://959watd.com/blog/2017/11/marshfield-santa-claus-is-coming-to-town-by-boat-2/

 

Today from 9:30  – 2:30 p.m. it’s the annual Country Christmas Fair at Dalby Farm in Scituate! Get in some holiday shopping and help save rare farm breeds and have fun at the same time. You can visit with the goats ($1.50 per person – cash please), sip hot cocoa and get warm by the fire. While admission is free tickets will be sold for animal visits and craft activities. https://www.facebook.com/events/176311636266121/

 

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017:

Pembroke will host their annual tree lighting and celebration today from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Pembroke Town Green. There will also be ornament and cookie decorating, hay rides, a holiday photo booth and a moon bounce along with roaming holiday characters, face painting, creating your own luminary and much more. You can also roast marshmallows over a fire pit! And Santa will arrive by fire truck around 5:00 p.m.! https://www.facebook.com/pembroketreelighting

 

Christmas on the Common on the Bridgewater Town Common celebrates 25 years today and will take place from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. You can have your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, there will be live music and entertainment, pony rides, food, a Christmas Bazaar in the Masonic Hall and Central Square and more! https://www.facebook.com/events/161236074087009 

 

Upcoming & Ongoing Ideas

Been to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton? Children under 12 are admitted for free and everyone is admitted for free Thursdays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Admission is free for Brockton residents! www.fullercraft.org 

 

The Children’s Museum in Boston costs $1 to enter Fridays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.! Current exhibits include Explore-a-Saurus where you can assume the role of scientist and explore the evidence, the science and the features that make dinosaurs so compelling. You can touch and measure a fossil footprint and learn what clues it gives about a dinosaur’s size. You can manipulate a full-size model and learn how they moved and rearrange bone puzzles to learn about dinosaur anatomy. Learn more HERE. http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/exhibits-programs/exhibits/explore%E2%80%A2a%E2%80%A2saurus  

 

Check out the fun events & activities at the Boston Museum of Science: www.mos.org.

 

Visit the New England Aquarium: www.neaq.org.

 

 

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