what to do with the kids: Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1, 2019



The Trustees’ Winterlights event takes place this season at the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton which will sparkle with thousands of shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the family for scavenger hunts, crafts, seasonal characters and experiences as well as food and refreshments and more. Winterlights runs multiple evenings each week through the end of December. Cost for members is $12, non-members $17 and kids under age 12 are admitted for free. http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/special-events/winterlights-tickets.html


ZooLights is back at the Stone Zoo through January 4th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Stroll along the tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights, where you’ll see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and even reindeer! As you explore the paths of Stone Zoo be prepared to spot over 40 live-size animal sculptures made from millions of colorful LEGO bricks! From the iconic elephant (made from over 270,000 bricks!) to the feisty Tasmanian devil, safari-goers will discover wildlife from all corners of the globe. Enjoy more festive fun by warming up by the fire pits and toasting marshmallows for s’mores, available for purchase. You can visit Santa through December 24 and you’ll want to check out their website for more details on special events at ZooLights like ice princesses and hot chocolate with the reindeer!! https://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/zoolights


2019 Easton Festival of Trees opens Saturday, November 30th and runs through Sunday, December 15th – closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. This is a popular fundraiser that invites residents from the community to visit the display of beautifully decorated trees. All trees are donated by local residents, merchants and organizations. There are more than 70+ themes and designs! The fundraiser benefits Easton Charitable Trust which provides financial support to individuals or groups representing outstanding values or charitable needs. You can enjoy a drink and snack and take in the kids’ workshop too. The event is held at the Easton Country Club and tickets cost is $10 for adults, kids 12 and under are admitted for free. https://www.eastonfestivaloftrees.org/ Opening day from noon until 8:00 p.m. will feature Victorian Carolers from 2:30 – 5:30 and a holiday hayride.


Friday, November 29:

Join Santa’s Elves at War Memorial Building in Brockton for the annual reading of James Edgar Story – the first department store Santa – and the tree lighting! It’s a special evening of holiday music, singing, and a special presentation of the James Edgar story. The event takes place from 6 – 7:00 p.m. http://www.usachristmastown.org/


The city of Quincy will host their tree lighting at Hancock Adams Common today from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Time to flip the switch to the holidays with strolling carolers, ice sculptures, costumed characters, letter writing to Santa, free popcorn and hot chocolate and a puppet show too.



Saturday, November 30:

The 33rd annual Greater Brockton Downtown Holiday Parade takes place today with the parade stepping off at 1:00 p.m. and events beginning as early as 9:00 a.m. This year’s theme: The Joy of Toys! There will be many family-friendly activities including free pictures with Santa at City Hall from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the City Hall Bazaar and the holiday parade from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. which starts on Belmont Street, travels up Main Street to American Legion Parkway and marches around the top of American Legion down to Montello Street and wrapping up at Brockton City Hall. http://www.usachristmastown.org/


Santa arrives by parachute in Quincy as the holiday merriment continues at noon at Pageant Field, 1 Merrymount Parkway.


The Hingham Public Library has a wonderful opportunity for your new(ish) reader to gain comfort and experience reading: it’s their read to a dog program Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Designed for kids ages 5 and older you can reserve a 15 minute reading session by calling the Children’s Department: 781.741.1405 x1403. This week you’ll read to Hope a Cocker Spaniel, and her partner Lynn. Reading to a trained therapy dog helps develop literacy skills and builds confidence and self-esteem. The library’s canine friends are all wonderful, patient listeners who are looking forward to reading with you!


Today at 2:00 p.m. head to Humarock for the Tree Lighting festival! Free hayrides by the sea from 3 – 5, church choir Christmas carols at 4, sing-a-long with Mr. Mundt at 4:30 and the community tree lighting at 5! Enjoy the flatbread pizza special at The Voyage and the Marshfield Boy Scout Troop 101 will be selling holiday wreaths and garland! https://www.facebook.com/events/429500057971228/


The annual Rockland Holiday Stroll takes place this evening from 4 – 7:00 p.m. through downtown Rockland where you can enjoy sidewalk treats for all from chili to cider to cookies and more. The event kicks off at the library


Sunday, December 1:

Today at 11:00 a.m. Santa arrives by boat at the Town Pier – Marshfield Maritime Center, 100 Central Street in Brant Rock. There will be music, hot dogs, candy canes, clam chowder and hot chocolate. This is also a Marshfield Police Department stuff-a-truck location.

The 67th annual Quincy Christmas Parade steps off at 12:30 p.m. today from the Hannon Parkway intersection! Watch the marching bands, floats, costumed characters, antique vehicles, and Santa’s traditional fire truck ride to get into the holiday spirit at one of the largest parades in the Commonwealth.  https://www.discoverquincy.com/events/69th-annual-christmas-parade


The 15th annual Duxbury Holly Days is today from noon until 4:00 p.m. This fun-filled day includes a free trolley to move you about town with visits to different shops and vendors along with free hot cocoa, photos with Santa, popcorn, games, arts and crafts, a puppet, a magician, face painting, music and so much more. After the event the tree lighting takes place on the town green at 4:30 p.m. https://duxburyhollydays.com/


It’s Christmas on the Common time today from noon until 4:00 p.m. at the Central Square Congregational Church. There will be a parade that will deliver Santa and Mrs. Claus and have your photo taken! There will be pony rides, music, a food court, hot coffee and cocoa and vendors galore. This event is free to attend but bring cash for activities like photos and pony rides. https://www.facebook.com/events/607233809811644/


The Molly Fund’s Annual Tree Lighting at Dandelion Park takes place today from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. There will be a special visit from Santa and carolers, plus hot cocoa and cookies. Tree lighting at dusk where you’ll see the more than 8,000 lights adorn the 16 foot tall tree! https://www.facebook.com/events/460592711249955/


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