Weekend Roundup

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you’re having a great week! Thank you for all of the well wishes and support around Brave New World Designs! It’s been sort of crazy to return to shopkeeper mode (back from my stationery days). Anyway, on to weekend planning. There is a TON to do this weekend. Enjoy this round up of 59 events, lovingly curated for your consideration.

1. The Discovery Museums offer their monthly Especially for Me: Free Evening for Families of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (Acton)

2. Create a character at Making Puppets Together (Arlington)

3. Join Lanie the Jolly Elf for treats and ornament making at Artbeat’s First Lights Holiday Celebration (Arlington)

4. Stroll through the Enchanted Village (Avon)

5. The ICA celebrates ten years in Boston with ten days of activities, performances, art-making, and reduced admission (Boston)

6. Wine tastings and food trucks kick off the holiday shopping season at SoWa Winter Festival (Boston)

7. Snowmazing! begins at the Boston Children’s Museum with sock skating, music, games, and elving (Boston)

8. Take in a performance of José Mateo’s The Nutcracker (Boston)

9. Mrs. Claus takes a break to share cookies, cocoa, and holiday cheer (Boston)

10. Enjoy a tropical visit with Santa at the Franklin Park Zoo (Boston)

11. Take a ride on the Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour (Boston)

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

13. Be inspired by Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity opens (Boston)

14. Boston Winter transforms Boston City Hall Plaza -- ice skate, 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)

15. The Nutcracker celebrates another holiday season (Boston)

16. Search for art that echoes Harry Potter characters, places, and enchanted objects at the MFA with this WIzard School Scavenger Hunt for HP Fans (Boston)

17. The Boston Children’s Theater performs The Velveteen Rabbit (Boston)

18. Holiday shop at CraftBoston Holiday to support local artisans and crafters (Boston)

19. Find presents with a certain je ne c’est quoi at Le Marché de Noël Holiday Gifts with French Flair (Boston)

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

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

22. Join a colorful cast of cartoon characters for a morning showing of Beethoven’s Wig (Brookline)

23. Support student artists by shopping the MassArt Made Holiday Sale (Boston)

24. Puppet Showplace Theater presents The Velveteen Rabbit (Brookline)

25. Stop by the Brookline Arts Center Artist Marketplace (Brookline)

26. 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)

27. Join other families at Fresh Pond’s Winter Birding for Children to look for migrating ducks and exposed nests (Cambridge)

28. The Women’s Center offers its monthly support group for single moms -- kids welcomed (Cambridge)

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

30. 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)

31. Explore The Umbrella Winter Market (Concord)

32. Santa visits the decorated greenhouse at Verrill Farm, with complimentary refreshments (Concord)

33. Visit local crafters during the Framingham High School Holiday Marketplace (Framingham)

34. Celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas with room decorations inspired by that classic song, live music, cookies, and mulled cider (Ipswich)

35. The Jamaica Plain Crafts Fair returns (Jamaica Plain)

36. The 46th Annual Waldorf School of Lexington Holiday Fair offers a magical marionette show, crafts and activities for young children, live music, and work for sale from dozens of artisans and crafters (Lexington)

37. Celebrate local and sustainable shopping with the Gift Local Holiday Market (Lincoln)

38. Meet the artists during Holiday Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios (Lowell)

39. Purchase unique gifts at the ArtSpace Annual Holiday Sale (Maynard)

40. It’s time for the annual Melrose Home for the Holidays event (Melrose)

41. Visit the Happy Hosta PopUp Shop at the Haskell Public Gardens (New Bedford)

42. Trace the history of local Christmas celebrations by sampling and smelling popular foods of the 1770s, 1850s, and 1930s (Newton)

43. The Newton Craft Fair presents original art and craft pieces by local juried artisans (Newton)

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

45. Volunteers can help young shoppers find the perfect gifts for everyone on their list at the Kids’ Holiday & Elves Workshop hosted by the Children’s Museum of North Easton (North Easton)

46. The Holiday Bazaar & Book Fair returns with a lineup of 20 local authors, book signings, crafts, and activities for the whole family (Plainville)

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

48. Eat breakfast with Santa (Plymouth)

49. Enjoy live performances and welcome Mr. and Mrs. Claus as they arrive by lobster boat (Rockport)

50. Meet barnyard animals, chat about giving with Santa, decorate cookies, and enjoy hayrides, soup, cocoa, cider, roasted chestnuts, and more at Heifer International Holiday Open House and Living Gift Market (Rutland)

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

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

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

54. It’s carolers, hayrides, food, music, and crafters at the West Boxford Winter Festival (West Boxford)

55. The Hipstitch Handmade Holiday Pop Up offers handmade gifts created by favorite Etsy artists (West Newton)

56. Enjoy this Winter Wonderland Tea with Elsa and Olaf (Wellesley)

57. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Festival of Trees continues (Wellesley)

58. Karen K & the Jitterbugs perform a benefit concert (Winchester)

59. Caring Santa for kids with special needs, Pet Photos, and lots of other Santa Sightings take place throughout the weekend (Multiple locations)