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what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8, 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.


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!!


2019 Easton Festival of Trees 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.


Friday, December 6:

The Hanover Four Corners Winter Festival returns today from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. A variety of family-friendly activities are planned throughout the festival including photos with Santa, gingerbread decorating and ornament making, and performances by local dancers and carolers! There is a “Frozen” parade at 6, scavenger hunt, corn hole and more! The entire neighborhood will be lit with luminaries and there will be a fire pit and craft vendors too. And Hanover Firefighters will be collecting new and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.


The 2nd annual Luminaria Festival takes place in Downtown Hingham, part of Christmas in the Square, Hingham’s annual holiday tradition for nearly 40 years! It will be a family-fun night filled with holiday merriment! At 6:00 p.m. Santa arrives by firetruck and there will be activities for kids as well. On Saturdays horse-drawn hayrides are available through downtown too.


Holidays in the Harbor tonight in Scituate with hay rides, music throughout and great shopping all around the Harbor. The fun kicks off at 4 and runs until about 8:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 7:

Hanson Firefighters local 2713 Breakfast with Santa takes places today at Camp Kiwanee with seatings at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $8 and includes breakfast of pancakes, sausage, bacon and beverages along with a free download picture with Santa. A portion of the funds are donated to Hanson Holiday Fest….see below!


You can have breakfast with Santa at the First Church in Weymouth today from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and it’s free. Bring your own camera!


Head to Scituate Harbor to welcome Santa as he cruises in by boat around 11:00 a.m., escorted by the Harbormaster! There will be a chance for you to have your picture taken with Santa at Nona’s until about 1:00 p.m.


The East Bridgewater Christmas Parade kicks off at 10:00 a.m. today from the Industrial Park on Laurel Street and will proceed up Spring Street around the Town Common to the Plymouth Street entrance of the new Junior/Senior High School.


15th annual Holidays on the Green takes place today at the Pinehills from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free event is open to the public and is an entire day devoted to food, music and festive holiday activities for the whole family like cookie decorating, a visit with Santa, the annual Reindog Parade and the lighting of the Christmas tree!


Hanson Holiday Festival takes place today at Hanson Town Hall from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. There will be restaurants and vendors on the Town Hall Green, cookies will be served and fireworks begin at 7! Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry.


Saturday Science is back every first Saturday of the month for another fantastic year. The Hingham Public Library hosts Saturday Science which is designed to expose kids to different scientific fields and the leading female scientists in those fields. The theme for this year’s series is The Science of Food and each session includes a hand-on experiment or craft activity tailored to two elementary school age groups: K-2, which meets from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. and 3 – 5 which meets from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. Age limits are strictly enforced to ensure a positive experience for all kids. Today’s theme: Gingerbread Houses and scientist Neri Oxman! You must register to attend:


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 Boo, a Shih Tzu, and his partner Toni. 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!


Mamastep and Santa visit Buttonwood Books & Toys in Cohasset for a holiday sing-a-long today at 9:30 a.m. And then at 10:30 a.m. author and illustrator Matt Tavares will read and sign his new book Dasher until about noon time. Join the fun and discover why Dasher is the true reindeer hero of Christmas!


And at The Children’s Museum in Easton you can make gingerbread houses and enjoy hot cocoa today from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. In addition to museum admission one gingerbread house kit and hot cocoa bar for up to 3 family members is $15 additional while supplies last!

Abington Celebrates this weekend and welcomes Christmas with the tree lighting at Island Grove at 5:30 p.m. The festivities take place from 3 – 7:oo p.m. and there will be wagonette rides through the grove, visit Mrs. Clause in her gingerbread cabin for cookies and crafts and visit Santa in his secret workshop too.

Sunday, December 8:

Norwell is celebrating Holiday on the Common today at Cushing Center & Town Common from 2 – 4:00 p.m. The day includes holiday music and carolers, photos with Santa, light refreshments, ornaments and Norwell Garden Club greens for sale. Santa arrives at 2:30 and the tree lighting takes place at 4:30 p.m.


About Lisa Azizian

Lisa loves sitting by Rob’s side as his official Sidekick on The South Shore’s Morning News!