Holiday Weekend Roundup + Weekly Blueprint

Hello friends, I hope you’re all doing well with your holiday preparations! As you can probably already tell, I’m quieting down here through the end of the year, but wanted to pop in to share a holiday joint Weekend Roundup + Weekly Blueprint. Enjoy!

Weekend Roundup

December 24: Take in the final performance of this year’s Boston Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops (Boston)

December 24: Puppet Showplace Theater performs Peter and the Wolf (Brookline)

December 24: Support local artists and crafters at the Harvard Square Holiday Fairs (Cambridge)

December 24, 26-31: Cast a vote and tour the creations of Boston’s landscape and architectural talent at the Gingerbread House Design Competition (Boston)

December 24, 26-31: Boston Winter transforms Boston City Hall Plaza -- sip wine at Vinopolis, stop by Santa’s house, help light the pedal-powered tree and menorah, enjoy the Chocolate Story,  and shop the Holiday Market, including an Etsy Artists of Boston Holiday Chalet plus 40 other artisan and craft vendors (Boston)

December 24, 26-31: Go sock skating with elves in an alpine village at Snowmazing! (Boston)

December 24, 26-January 1: Disney on Ice Dare to Dream continues (Boston)

December 24, 26-January 1: Experience the Polar Express in 4D (Avon)

December 24, 26-January 1: Blink! is a state-of-the-art, LED light and sound show with over 350,000 LED lights choreographed to music (Boston)

December 24, 26-January 1: Tour the Festival of Lights at Edaville (Carver)

December 24, 26-January 1: ZooLights concludes its winter wonderland of twinkling tree-lined paths (Stoneham)

December 24, 26-January 2: Take in 38 fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by children’s literature at Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature (Concord)

December 24, 27-31: Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker completes another holiday season (Boston)

December 24, 29-31: Catch one of the year’s last performances of The Urban Nutcracker (Boston)

December 25: Gather gelt as it rains down from above, enjoy live music, sizzling latkes, sufganiyot donuts, dreidel giveaways, and hot apple cider at the Great Chanukah Gelt Drop and Menorah Lighting (Brookline)

December 25-29: Sing-a-long to The Sound of Music (Arlington)

Weekly Blueprint

December 26: Everyday Engineering: Boxing Day! at the Discovery Museums (Acton)

December 26: Celebrate Boxing Day with cider and cookies at The Old Manse (Concord)

December 26-27: Puppet Showplace Theatre performs Pinocchio (Brookline)

December 26-27: The Christmas Revels: An Acadian-Cajun Celebration of the Winter Solstice completes its season (Cambridge)

December 26-30: Enjoy special vacation week programming at the MFA (Boston)

December 26-31: Tentacles Take Hold during special Vacation Week hours at the New England Aquarium (Boston)

December 26-31: James and the Giant Peach continues at American Repertory Theater, including a Sensory Friendly performance on the 30th (Cambridge)

December 26-31: The USS Constitution Museum offers hands-on exhibits, interactive programs, and creative crafts to keep kiddos busy (Charlestown)

December 26-January 2: Join a Reindeer Quest at Appleton Farms (Hamilton)

December 26-January 2: Patriot Place has special events all week for Winter Break entertainment (Foxborough)

December 26-January 2: Get ready for the New year -- craft noisemakers, confetti blasters, and festive party hats (North Easton)

December 28-31: The National Marionette Theatre comes to Old Sturbridge Village for School Vacation week (Sturbridge)

December 27: Build giant towers with recycled materials (Acton)

December 27: Celebrate the Festival of Light with Latkes and Lanterns (Dover)

December 27: Join a late afternoon reading of Owl Moon, then go on an Owl Prowl (Sheffield)

December 27-31: Enroll in the Ecotarium School of Science-craft and Magical Inquiry with Hogwarts-inspired explorations and activities throughout school vacation week (Worcester)

December 28: Trim a Tree for the Birds at the Discovery Museums (Acton)

December 28-31: Matchless and The Happy Prince pairs Gregory Maguire’s take on The Little Match Girl with Oscar Wilde’s beautiful tale in a magical puppet performance (Cambridge)

December 29: Discover the math and science of snowflakes and create a masterpiece (Acton)

December 29: Become a wildlife detective and track local animals at Family Fun Days - Winter WIldlife (Ipswich)

December 30: Create a one-of-a-kind lantern and join in an early evening lantern procession (Acton)