Weekend Roundup

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you're having a great week. OMG school has been cancelled for my kiddos today so I'm going to get right to it. Enjoy this roundup of 59 weekend events, lovingly curated for your consideration! And also there are lots of Santa sightings and holiday fairs taking place throughout the weekend

1. Rock out at the Alastair Moock & Friends Holiday Hootenanny (Arlington)

2. Experience the Polar Express in 4D or stroll through the Enchanted Village (Avon)

3. North Shore Music Theatre performs A Christmas Carol (Beverly)

4. Stories Alive! brings Frosty the Snowman to life with audience participation, games, and holiday singalongs (Boston)

5. 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)

6. This is the final weekend to see The Velveteen Rabbit (Boston)

7. The Cultural Survival Shop Sustainably Bazaar features work of indigenous artists and cooperatives from around the world at fair prices (Boston)

8. Attend the opening weekend of A Year With Frog and Toad and go sock skating with elves in an alpine village at Snowmazing! (Boston)

9. Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker celebrates another holiday season (Boston)

10. Enjoy a showing of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Boston)

11. It’s time for the Boston Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops (Boston)

12. Invite whimsy into the season as performers from around the world share Cirque Dreams: Holidaze (Boston)

13. The Urban Nutcracker opens with multiple performances, including a sensory-friendly one

14. Take a Christmas Celtic Sojourn (Boston)

15. Visit Lights of Boston 2016, as dramatic 3D projections and colorful animations transform Boston’s Art Square into an enchanted landscape of festive and familiar scenes (Boston)

16. Come together for a Candlelit Labyrinth Peace Walk (Boston)

17. Gumdrops & The Funny Uncle is an alternative non-Nutcracker dance/theatre performance that celebrates families of choice through an LGTBQ lens (Boston)

18. Join Rabbi Berman for the annual Chanukah Cantata of “A Light through the Ages” and candlelighting ceremony (Boston)

19. Make paper snowflakes and listen to stories about snow to celebrate winter (Boston)

20. Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity continues (Boston)

21. Blink! is a state-of-the-art, LED light and sound show with over 350,000 LED lights choreographed to music (Boston)

22. The Boston Children’s Theatre performs A Charlie Brown Christmas (Boston)

23. Marvel at over fifteen miles of lights, trees, nature-inspired decorations, lush conservatories, children’s scavenger hunts, and more at Winter ReImagined (Boylston)

24. Come along on a whirlwind tour of Tall Tales: Stories and Songs from Old New England at Puppet Showplace Theater (Brookline)

25. Take in a showing of Hugo or watch the Bolshoi Ballet perform The Nutcracker on film (Brookline)

26. Check out the work of 36 sculptural and functional clay artists at the annual Feet of Clay Holiday Show and Sale (Brookline)

27. Take a ride on the Polar Express (Buzzard’s Bay)

28. James and the Giant Peach opens at American Repertory Theater (Cambridge)

29. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen (Cambridge)

30. Support local artists and crafters at the Harvard Square Holiday Fairs (Cambridge)

31. It’s time for The Christmas Revels: An Acadian-Cajun Celebration of the Winter Solstice (Cambridge)

32. 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)

33. Tour the Festival of Lights at Edaville (Carver)

34. 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)

35. Enjoy a performance of José Mateo’s The Nutcracker (Dorchester)

36. Sip cocoa and make gingerbread houses (Dover)

37. At the Bass Pro Shops’ Santa's Wonderland, not only are the photos with Santa free, the crafts and games are as well (Foxborough)

38. Look for signs of winter on this Winter Solstice Stroll, then sip warm cider while enjoying the cozy fire and a reading of Susan Cooper’s poem “The Shortest Day” (Harvard)

39. Craft unique ornaments from nature using washed ashore beach treasures (Ipswich)

40. Celebrate Solstice with a spiral lantern walk (Ipswich)

41. Search for Snowy Owls in the dunes (Ipswich)

42. Explore a twinkling holiday landscape, sing holiday songs, and warm up with cocoa and s’mores around an outdoor fire pit at Illumination Nights (North Andover)

43. Make holiday crafts and reindeer food in the decorated barn at Smolak Farms for a relaxed, line-free way to see Santa (North Andover)

44. Welcome Winter Solstice, learn the science and myth behind it, make and decorate a paper luminary to take home, and help the birds through winter by crafting a bird feeder (Mattapan)

45. Join Christmas at the Plimoth Grist Mill as festive holiday traditions and an enchanting Christmas Story come to life with surprises, crafts, and treasures around every corner (Plymouth)

46. Dress up and join the fun at this Puppet Playtime Holiday Sing-a-Long -- afterward, meet the artists, enjoy free refreshments, and participate in a puppet-making craft activity (Reading)

47. View this torch-lit live reenactment of the Nativity at the 71st Annual Rockport Christmas Pageant (Rockport)

48. Carol for “Posada” with Mariachi Estrella de Boston, enjoy warm tamales, champurrado, and other Mexican treats, as well as books, piñatas, and goodie bags, at this Annual Posada Navideña, a reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging (Roslindale)

49. Take in a performance of the original play Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa (Roxbury)

50. Gardens Aglow transforms 100 acres into a twinkling wonderland with holiday displays, family-friendly activities, marshmallow-roasting, live performances, Santa Claus visits, model trains, and baby animals (Sandwich)

51. Enjoy coffee, cocoa, and cookies on the Somerville Illuminations Tour (Somerville)

52. Experience a LEGO® winter wonderland (Somerville)

53. Welcome winter by celebrating the ancient seasonal tradition of Saturnalia -- light candles, play games, enjoy fireside snacks, and craft pileus, felt hats worn by Saturnalia revelers (Southborough)

54. ZooLights continues with its winter wonderland of twinkling tree-lined paths (Stoneham)

55. More than 200 singers, dancers, and performers present the Teddy Bears’ Nutcracker, a Living Nativity, Santa’s Workshop, children’s singalong, and more at ChristmasTime, a family Yuletide spectacular (Waltham)

56. The Hanover Theatre performs A Christmas Carol (Worcester)

57. Craft a menorah at Home Depot’s Menorah Building Workshop (Multiple Locations)

58. Find Santa at multiple sightings throughout the weekend (Multiple locations)

59. Enjoy free admission to holiday classic films by donating to local food pantries (Multiple Locations)