Weekend Roundup

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you've been enjoying a wonderful holiday! I've been very much off the grid and it's been such a nice change of pace! I'm about to hop back off the grid, but quickly, I'll share this roundup of 27 event ideas, lovingly curated for your consideration. Enjoy and share, and happy new year!

1. Countdown to 12 (noon) with a pajama dance party (Acton)

2. Experience the Polar Express in 4D (Avon)

3. Celebrate the end of 2016 at First Night, the country’s largest New Year’s Eve arts festival (Boston)

4. Boston Winter transforms Boston City Hall Plaza (Boston)

5. It’s Finding Dory Chanukah on Ice (Boston)

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

7. Enjoy a showcase of Boston’s landscape and architectural talent at the Gingerbread House Design Competition (Boston)

8. Go sock skating with elves in an alpine village at Snowmazing! (Boston)

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

10. Disney on Ice Dare to Dream continues (Boston)

11. Catch one of the year’s last performances of The Urban Nutcracker (Boston)

12. Tentacles Take Hold continues at the New England Aquarium (Boston)

13. James and the Giant Peach concludes at American Repertory Theater (Cambridge)

14. 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)

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

16. The USS Constitution Museum offers hands-on exhibits, interactive programs, and creative crafts to keep kiddos busy (Charlestown)

17. 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)

18. Patriot Place continues its special holiday events for Winter Break entertainment (Foxborough)

19. Join a Reindeer Quest at Appleton Farms (Hamilton)

20. Celebrate the New Year with juggling, magic, storytelling, face painting, crafting, and a climb-a-truck event (Newton)

21. Get ready for the New Year with noisemakers, confetti blasters, and festive party hats (North Easton)

22. Ring in 2017 with 79 live shows, including music, storytelling, puppet shows, and more at Rockport New Year’s Eve (Rockport)

23. LEGOLAND hosts its first Noon Year’s Eve celebration (Somerville)

24. ZooLights concludes its winter wonderland of twinkling tree-lined paths (Stoneham)

25. The National Marionette Theatre performs at Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge)

26. Countdown to “midnight” at noon with hat-making, balloon animals, face painting, puppets, and live music, then celebrate with a ginger ale toast (Wenham)

27. Enroll in the Ecotarium School of Science-craft and Magical Inquiry with Hogwarts-inspired explorations, then make time capsules, take silly photos, watch the ball drop, and more at the Noon Year’s Eve Celebration (Worcester)