Weekly Blueprint

Happy Sunday everyone, I hope you're enjoying a great weekend! I just returned from an epic gingerbread house decorating party at a friend's house and feel like I need a nap, but first, I want to get the Weekly Blueprint to you. Enjoy these ideas for Monday - Friday, and don't forget to check out the santa sightings taking place throughout the week.


December 5: The Prudential Center offers a special Sensory-Friendly Santa event with holiday crafts, hot cocoa, and of course, photos with Santa (Boston)

December 5-10: Support student artists by shopping the MassArt Made Holiday Sale (Boston)

December 5-17: Stories Alive! brings Frosty the Snowman to life with audience participation, games, and holiday singalongs (Boston)

December 5-24: Stroll through the Enchanted Village (Avon)

December 5-31: 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 5-31: Go sock skating with elves in an alpine village at Snowmazing! (Boston)

December 5-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 5-January 1: Tour the Festival of Lights at Edaville (Carver)

December 5-January 1: ZooLights continues with its winter wonderland of twinkling tree-lined paths (Stoneham)

December 5-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 6: The Discovery Museums host Especially for Me!, an ASD Friendly Afternoon (Acton)

December 6: Create snowflake masterpieces and suss out snowflake imposters (Acton)

December 6: Travel Tuesday journeys to Antarctica (Boston)

December 6: Learn about manners with Please, Mr. Panda storytime (Boston)

December 6: Mrs. Claus reads stories on the farm (North Andover)

December 6: Design, create, dress, and name a unique shelf elf (North Easton)

December 6: Meet Mrs. Claus at ZooLights (Stoneham)

December 6-10: The ICA continues to celebrate ten years in Boston with activities, performances, art-making, and reduced admission (Boston)

December 6-24: It’s time for the Boston Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops (Boston)


December 7: The Bradley Estate kicks off 10 days of holiday themed events with a tree lighting and bell choir, as well as the children’s event Holiday Deck the Halls, featuring Frozen characters, songs, and games (Canton)

December 7: Michael Thompson, PhD, discusses Best Friends and Worst Enemies, the complex social world of childhood, including friendship stages, popularity, social cruelty, and how to support a child’s development (Natick)

December 7: Make holiday cookies and crafts at Smolak Farm (North Andover)

December 7: Hear stories about snowmen and winter fun, explore holiday decorations throughout the Gore Mansion, and take home a winter craft (Waltham)

December 7-11: Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker celebrates another holiday season (Boston)

December 7-11: 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 7-11: The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Festival of Trees continues (Wellesley)

December 7-January 8: Marvel at over fifteen miles of lights, trees, nature-inspired decorations, lush conservatories, children’s scavenger hunts, and more at Winter ReImagined (Boylston)


December 8: Make a Mess with Marbleized Masterworks (Acton)

December 8: The Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll closes down Charles Street for caroling, bell ringers, horse drawn carriages, a tree lighting, and pictures with Santa at the firehouse (Boston)

December 8: The Biggest Baby Shower Ever is a one stop shop to enjoy treats and mocktails while testing out, touching, feeling, and getting educated about baby gear, accessories, furniture, clothing, skin care, and more (Boston)

December 8: Listen to holiday stories throughout the day (Canton)

December 8-11: Be charmed as Puppet Showplace Theater tells the story of the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in Snowflake Man (Brookline)

December 8-23: Check out the work of 36 sculptural and functional clay artists at the annual Feet of Clay Holiday Show and Sale (Brookline)


December 9: Listen to the magic of traditional caroling and bells on the Rose Kennedy Greenway (Boston)
December 9: Take in a free showing of The Muppet Christmas Carol (Canton)

December 9: Make holiday cookies and crafts at Smolak Farm (North Andover)

December 9: Create festive crafts and decorations when The Children’s Museum of North Easton transforms into Whoville for its Grinch in a Pinch event (North Easton)

December 9: Have hot chocolate and cookies with the reindeer at ZooLights (Stoneham)

December 9: Join more than 80 local performers for a sensory-friendly performance of Commonwealth Ballet’s The Nutcracker (Weston)

December 9-10: Enjoy holiday crafts, cookies, cocoa, and carolers while waiting for The Nisse, a farm elf from Scandinavian folklore, to awake and try his porridge (Ipswich)

December 9-11: The Boston Children’s Theatre performs A Charlie Brown Christmas (Boston)

December 9-11: Invite whimsy into the season as performers from around the world share Cirque Dreams: Holidaze (Boston)

December 9-11: Take a Christmas Celtic Sojourn (Boston)

December 9-11: Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity continues (Boston)

December 9-11: It’s time for The Christmas Revels: An Acadian-Cajun Celebration of the Winter Solstice (Cambridge)

December 9-11: Take in a performance of José Mateo’s The Nutcracker (Dorchester)

December 9-11: 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)

December 9-11: 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)