Weekend Event Roundup

Hello friends! If you're looking for something to do this coming weekend, fear not. We’ve got a great roundup of 34 weekend events in Boston and beyond for you to consider! As always, events are organized alphabetically by town.

1. Paint or découpage mâché Pears for Peace (Arlington)

2. Visit a beautifully restored holiday display plus take a photo with Santa at The Enchanted Village (Avon)

3. Catch The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience at the Museum of Science (Boston)

4. Marvel at the engineering of our railroads at this All Aboard! Trains exhibit (Boston)

5. A Story Beyond: A Musical Fable uses music, masks, and puppetry to tell the tale of a young heroine struggling to save her village (Boston)

6. Blink! features thousands of twinkling lights synchronized to music (Boston)

7. The South Boston Holiday Market is back (Boston)

8. This month’s MFA Playdate explores the theme of Forest Friends (Boston)

9. Participate in the Boston Society of Architects annual Family Gingerbread Design Day (Boston)

10. Build marshmallow snowmen, sip hot cider, and enjoy music at this South End Winter Celebration (Boston)

11. Walk a Candlelit Labyrinth Peace Walk, tie a ribbon with your wish on the Wishing Tree, and sip hot cocoa (Boston)

12. Celebrate the winter season with thousands of lights and enchanting landscapes, plus enjoy s’mores and seasonal drinks at Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s Night Lights (Boylston)

13. Puppet Showplace Theater stages The Snowflake Man, telling the story of Wilson Snowflake Bentley, the self-educated farmer and scientist who became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal (Brookline)

14. Check out free performances all day at Kendall Square Holiday on Ice (Cambridge)

15. Head to the Harvard Museum of Natural History for a Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt to examine the ingredients for Polyjuice Potion, touch “unicorn horns,” meet the Harvard Quidditch team, try scoring with a Quaffle, and invent your own magical creature mask (Cambridge)

16. Catch a performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (Cambridge)

17. Finish up your holiday shopping while supporting indigenous arts and fair trade at the Cultural Survival Shop Sustainably Bazaar (Cambridge)

18. Take in the bright Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville, an enchanted wonderland with millions of lights, attractions, and holiday train rides (Carver)

19. Participate in a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)

20. Take in 30 fanciful trees and wreaths with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites at Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature (Concord)

21. Travel around Look Park and its Winter Wonderland Light Display to visit a friendly dragon, admire a castle of light, sing a few carols, and stop by Santa’s Trains (Florence)

22. Stop by the Fatima Shrine’s Annual Festival of Lights for loads of twinkle lights, candles, and a nativity (Holliston)

23. Take a free guided family hike at the Arboretum to discover what can be found on short days and what happens during the long nights at this time of year (Jamaica Plain)

24. Test drive STEAM games for free at this Osmo 4-Day Natick Mall Pop Up (Natick)

25. Matt Heaton hosts a Holiday Hootenanny CD release party (Natick)

26. Listen to The Mitten by Jan Brett, try a drop spindle, and create cotton ball mittens (Newton)

27. The Rockport Makers’ Festival serves up festive food, crafty family activities, holiday music, and more (Rockport)

28. Celebrate Posada Navideña by caroling for shelter around the Village accompanied by Mariachi Estrella de Boston and enjoying warm tamales, champurrado (hot chocolate), and other Mexican treats (Roslindale)

29. Bright Nights at Forest Park offers up three miles of lighting displays, from the traditional “Victorian Village” to childhood favorites like “Seuss Land,” plus visits with Santa, and horse-drawn carriage rides (Springfield)

30. The gardens at Naumkeag and Stevens-Coolidge Place sparkle with thousands of shimmering lights, plus weekend performances and activities during Winterlights (Stockbridge and North Andover)

31. Dance the morning away at this Hip Hopping Family Dance Party (Somerville)

32. Take an Illuminations Tour trolley ride through town to see the folk artistry of residents who transform their homes with lights, illuminated ornaments, and more (Somerville)

33. The Somerville Flea features two floors of unique gifts, a DJ, café, and craft beer and wine (Somerville)

34. Feel the holiday spirit at Zoolights, where you’ll meet reindeer up close, walk along paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights, and pose for photos with Jolly Old St. Nick in Santa’s Castle (Stoneham)