Weekend Roundup

Hooray, you guys it’s almost weekend! And buckle up because today’s roundup includes 65 ideas, lovingly curated for your consideration. Also, if you’re looking specifically for Santa sightings or holiday fairs, there’s lots going on in those roundups. Enjoy!

1. Bed Rudnick and Friends perform their Annual Holiday Extravaganza (Arlington)

2. Support young crafters at the Winter Youth Craft Fair (Arlington)

3. Craft lanterns to join this Chanukah Lantern Walk-About and search for “hidden” candles, sip cocoa, and sing along with a special guest (Arlington)

4. Stroll through the Enchanted Village (Avon)

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

6. Sing-Along with the Boston Children’s Chorus Holiday Concert (Boston)

7. Santa visits the Seaport for cookie decorating, hot cocoa, photo ops, writable walls, and holiday movies (Boston)

8. Celebrate the season with Swedish foods, crafts, gifts, cafés, live music, and activities for kids at the Swedish Yuletide SWEA Fair and Holiday Celebration (Boston)

9. Honk! The Musical provides a free sensory-friendly performance (Boston)

10. Dance along to live children’s music, be mystified by a magic show, craft, and play during Holly-Day on the Harbor (Boston)

11. 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)

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

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

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

15. The ICA continues to celebrate ten years in Boston with activities, performances, art-making, and reduced admission (Boston)

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

17. Take a Christmas Celtic Sojourn (Boston)

18. Play Candy Land for a good cause (Boston)

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

20. New England’s indie artists, crafters, and designers gather for the annual SoWa Holiday Market (Boston)

21. Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity continues (Boston)

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

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

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

25. The Fuller Craft Museum opens its doors for a weekend of storytelling, gingerbread, cider, and live music (Brockton)

26. Don’t miss this Tanglewood Marionettes performance of Hansel and Gretel (Brookline)

27. Be charmed as Puppet Showplace Theater tells the story of the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in Snowflake Man (Brookline)

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

29. Celebrate Chanukah with songs, stories, and crafts (Brookline)

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

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

32. Eat brunch with Santa (Cambridge)

33. 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)

34. Enjoy this free outdoor Holiday on Ice show and celebration (Cambridge)

35. Gift shop at the Harvard Square Holiday Fairs (Cambridge)

36. Holiday music fills the air all weekend (Canton)

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

38. 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)

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

40. The Lewis Brothers join with harpist Suzanne Greenwald to perform holiday music (Dover)

41. Don an ugly holiday sweater for the “Merriest 5K on the Planet” to benefit Save the Children (East Boston)

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

43. Take a ride on the historic Paragon Carousel, have your photo taken with Santa and enjoy hot cider, cocoa, carousel rides, holiday music, and more (Hull)

44. 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)

45. Craft lanterns, listen to solstice lore, then stroll the trails to light up the night with a Lantern Walk (Ipswich)

46. Second Saturdays are free at the deCordova (Lincoln)

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

48. Karen K & the Jitterbugs perform perform benefit concerts (Lynnfield, Peabody)

49. Guinness World Record Holders The Yo-Yo People impress with new and bizarre yo-yo tricks (Natick)

50. Newton Family Singers perform “Happiness is the Truth” (Newton)

51. 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)

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

53. 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)

54. Join the Rockport Holiday Gallery Stroll for live music, wine, and artist demonstrations (Rockport)

55. 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)

56. 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)

57. Kickstart Chanukah celebrations with this Maccabee Drums and Dreidels event (Sharon)

58. Experience a LEGO® winter wonderland (Somerville)

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

60. Attend the Dickens Holiday Festival for readings, old-fashioned bells and carolers, Steampunk, unique crafts, and more (Waltham)

61. 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)

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

63. Worcester Roller Derby’s annual Craftershock! “alternative craft fair” hosts more than 70 local artists and crafters (Worcester)

64. Santa welcomes children with special needs, offers Pet Pics, and takes lots of photos at sightings throughout the weekend (Multiple locations)

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