what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 9, 2018



This weekend Abington Celebrates Christmas! On Saturday you can enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Abington Senior Center from 8-11:00 a.m. There will be a dedication of Ford Park at noon and history exhibits at the library from 1 -3 p.m. The festivities move to Island Grove for the lighting of the Christmas tree and the fun starts around 3:00 p.m. when you can visit Santa in his secret workshop, visit Mrs. Claus at Cabin in the woods for some shopping, enjoy wagonette rides throughout Island Grove and the tree lighting will take place at 5:30. On Sunday there will be a candlelight Christmas concert at the United Church of Christ from 4 – 5, along with a live nativity.


Friday, December 7:

Head to Scituate for their annual holidays in the harbor first Friday night with music, shopping, hayrides, kids’ crafts and snacks and more from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Holidays in the harbor continues on Saturday and Sunday – see the complete schedule at scituateharborma.com 

Tonight from 4:30 – 6:30 you can participate in the family gingerbread event at The Children’s Museum in Easton. You’ll make a graham cracker candy house and partake in the hot cocoa bar with its many fabulous toppings. Space is limited and cost is $15 per child.

The annual Christmas in the Square event takes place in Downtown Hingham today, an event that has been a tradition for over 30 years. There will be family fun with holiday merriment, and at 6 Santa arrives on a fire truck. There will be activities for the kids and the festival of trees will be on display too. This year is also the first annual luminaria festival, which will help to light the square.


Saturday, December 8:

Christmas in the Square in Hingham continues Saturday from 10 to 2 at the Community Center with kids activities, horse drawn hayrides and  music and more.


Santa seems very hungry today – you have a number of opportunities to dine with him including at Camp Kiwanee with the Hanson Firefighters from 8 – 12:30 (there are seatings at 8 and 11 – the 9:30 seating is sold out). You can buy your tickets online for $8 to reserve your spot before it sells out!


Santa will also be dining at Halifax Elementary School from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. today and breakfast will be served until 10:30 a.m. There will also be a kids shopping room along with interactive crafts and festive activities. Tickets are $5, $20 for a family of 5 or more.


The Rockland Kiwanis are hosting Santa, too, from 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. at the Harmon golf course. Kids 14 and under eat for free, adults play $8.


Simpson Spring in Easton is hosting a holiday market today from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. including a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, live music, a petting zoo from 10-2 and many amazing local crafters and artisans too.


The Marshfield DPW is hosting an open house and touch a truck today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Whitman Rec presents the 2018 Christmas festival at town hall from noon until 7:00 p.m. Santa will be present from noon until 3:00 p.m. There will be face painting along with teddy town buid a bear, holiday music, story time and snacks and more. From 4 – 7:00 p.m. head to the Whitman Town Park Band stand and take a ride on Santa’s train! There will be a giant slide, obstacle courses, music, entertainment, food and more.


The Cohasset Village Holiday Stroll takes place from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. today. Santaa arrives by ire truck and you can take a holiday hayride through the village. There will be live music, carolers and more surprises!


The Stoughton Recreation Department and the town ring in the holidays today with their annual holiday parade of lights! The parade runs through the center of town and includes music and of course Santa. A winter warm-up festival follows at the O’Donnell Missle School from 6 – 8:00 p.m. with cookies, hot chocolates, pictures with Santa and live music.


The Hanson Holiday Fest takes place at Town Hall today from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. There will be food from local restaurants, music, pictures with Santa, personalized Santa hats, the tree lighting will take place this event and the night ends with fireworks. Yes, fireworks!



Sunday, December 3:

Santa is visiting the Hingham Community Center Sunday morning for breakfast! There are two seatings to choose from: 8 – 9:30 and 10:30 – noon. Cost is $15 per person, kids under 2 are free and includes a digital pic with Santa and a handcrafted ornament along with a yummy breakfast. You must pre-register for this event.


Did you know Santa loves to bowl? You can bowl with Santa from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Boston Bowl in Hanover! $14 for kids, $16 for adults for 2 hours of bowling along with shoe rental and their world famous socks and a picture with Santa and a toy, too.


The annual Marshfield tree lighting at Dandelion Park takes place today beginning at 4:00 p.m. There will be a special visit from Santa, plus hot cocoa and cookies and entertainment. Tree lighting takes place at dusk.


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.


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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