Winter Vacation Event Mega-Roundup!

Hello friends, I hope you are as excited about the winter break as I am! Our team has been cranking pretty hard so it’s time for a slow down! This winter vacation event mega-roundup has you covered from December 22 - January 4! The list starts with recurring events then breaks things down by day. Have a beautiful, restful holiday and if you want to keep up with what I’m up to over the break, I will continue to post over on Instagram!

Recurring Events

December 22-24: Puppet Showplace Theater stages Punschi: The Adventures of Kasper (Brookline)

December 22-24: Create a nautical, anchor-themed Christmas ornament (Charlestown)

December 22-27: Stop by the Fatima Shrine’s Annual Festival of Lights, which includes loads of twinkle lights, candles, and a nativity (Holliston)

December 22-30: 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)

December 22-30: Catch a performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (Cambridge)

December 22-30: 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)

December 22-31: Check out the entries in this year’s BSA Gingerbread Design Competition and Exhibition (Boston)

December 22-31: 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)

December 22-January 1: Visit a beautifully restored holiday display plus take a photo with Santa at The Enchanted Village (Avon)

December 22-January 1: Take in the bright Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville, an enchanted wonderland with millions of lights, attractions, and holiday train rides (Carver)

December 22-January 1: Admire 30 fanciful trees and wreaths with ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites at Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature (Concord)

December 22-January 1: 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)

December 22-January 1: Bright Nights at Forest Park offers up three miles of lighting, from the traditional “Victorian Village” to childhood favorites like “Seuss Land,” plus visits with Santa, and horse-drawn carriage rides (Springfield)

December 22-January 1: Take a StoryWalk® through the Fells to explore the book It’s Winter (Stoneham)

December 22-January 6: Catch The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience at the Museum of Science (Boston)

December 22-January 6: Stop by The Stevens-Coolidge Place for a New Year’s Resolution Scavenger Hunt (North Andover)

December 22-January 6: Marvel at the engineering of our railroads at this All Aboard! Trains exhibit (Boston)

December 22-January 6: Blink! features thousands of twinkling lights synchronized to music (Boston)

December 22-January 6: 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)

December 26-29: Vacation week at the ICA features art-making activities with local artists as well as family-friendly film screenings (Boston)

December 26-December 31: The MFA offers vacation week programming including art-making activities and music focused on the theme “Celebrations” (Boston)

December 26-31: The Ecotarium Holiday Vacation Week activities call upon young engineers to help solve problems faced by characters in familiar stories (Worcester)

December 26-January 1: Catch interactive and educational animal presentations each day during winter break at Animal Adventures (Bolton)

December 28-January 1: The National Marionette Theatre performs Peter and the Wolf (Brookline)

Weekend of December 22 + 23 Events

Saturday, December 22

Engage in a bit of everyday engineering by building cup towers and structures (Acton)

Take in a marionette performance of The Nutcracker (Allston)

Découpage, paint, tile, design with sand, and more at Artbeat’s Holiday Gift Making Extravaganza (Arlington)

Get last minute gifts at the Boston Public Market Holiday Cr[eat]or Market (Boston)

Participate in this Nature Story Hour (Boston)

It’s a family-friendly and allergy-free Gingerbread House Workshop (Boston)

Support indigenous arts and fair trade at the Cultural Survival Shop Sustainably Bazaar (Boston)

Take in The Muppet Christmas Carol on a big screen (Brookline)

Kids can craft last minute gifts with free supplies provided (Dorchester)

Celebrate Festivus with food trucks, a Festivus Pole, and the airing of grievances (Dorchester)

Watch a matinée of Home Alone at The Luna Theater (Lowell)

It’s the last weekend to make holiday crafts and reindeer food in the decorated barn at Smolak Farms for a relaxed, line-free way to see Santa (North Andover)

Find music floating on wintry air, candles glowing, gingerbread samples, local history, and cozy hearth fires along the way during Plimoth Plantation’s annual Light in the Darkness stroll (Plymouth)

Sing along with Peter Sheridan (Wakefield)

Head outside for a Reindeer Quest at Bird Park or at Weir Farm (Walpole, Hingham))

Sunday, December 23

Découpage, paint, tile, design with sand, and more at Artbeat’s Holiday Gift Making Extravaganza (Arlington)

Visit a pond, forest, field, and vernal pool on this holiday hike, then make special bird feeders (Attleboro)

Say farewell to fall and welcome winter at this Solstice Celebration with a guided loop walk around Fresh Pond and solstice traditions of nature and culture along the way (Cambridge)

Join storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a tapestry of songs and ancient tales to celebrate the solstice (Jamaica Plain)

Skate with Santa at the Peabody Skating Rink (Peabody)

Enjoy Elf in your pjs along with hot cocoa and cookies (Quincy)

December 24 - 28 Events

Monday, December 24

Get creative at this drop-in Cookie Decorating event (Boston)

Head outside for a Reindeer Quest (Hamilton, Ipswich)

Take the Four Centuries of Christmas Tour at The House of the Seven Gables (Salem)

Tuesday, December 25

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!

Wednesday, December 26

Get creative during Artlounge’s Open Studio (Arlington)

The chiseling kicks off for this year’s New England Aquarium ice sculpture display--a brood of penguin chicks and their parents (Boston)

Catch a puppet performance of Santa Mouse (Brookline)

Enjoy cocoa, dessert, hay bale seating around the campfire, stories of animals transitioning into winter, and a hayride guided by lanterns under the stars (Marshfield)

Listen to the story Over and Under the Snow and make wintry paper bag trees to learn how animals live through the winter and how people at the Jackson Homestead did, too (Newton)

Dance and sing along to Rockabye Beats (Newton)

Dress for a mess and create a color extravaganza with food coloring, washable markers, and tempera paint (Wakefield)

Thursday, December 27

Construct and create simple contraptions that harness the power of air to float and fly (Acton)

Explore the science of paleontology, interact with real fossils, and make a dinosaur craft to take home (Attleboro)

Design your own candy cane maze (Boston)

Celebrate all things Star Wars with crafts, activities, and more (Cambridge)

Build a bird feeder to attract chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals, and other birds (Topsfield)

Bring mittens, gloves, hats, or scarves for the Mitten Tree (Lowell)

Make a New Year craft, play games, and dance at this Winter Carnival Party (Milton)

Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano is an interactive adventure show with audience participation that explores the science behind chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure, inertia, and more (Newton)

Take home a free grab bag of craft supplies (Quincy)

Create and decorate a giant, oversized snowman with all sorts of crafting remnants (Wakefield)

Friday, December 28

Build a spice drop structure at the Waterworks Museum (Boston)

Get your gratitude on at this Holiday Thank You Card Making workshop (South Hamilton)

Become a winter wildlife detective, create your own wildlife tracks ID guide, and head out on the trails to follow signs left by wildlife like deer, rabbits, coyotes, beavers, and more (Topsfield)

Carve soap into boats, animals, or anything you can imagine (Wakefield)

Weekend of December 29 + 30 Events

Saturday, December 29

Take an Historic Holiday Stroll along The Freedom Trail (Boston)

Check out Myron’s CURiOSiTY Cart to learn more about the five most common media in contemporary craft--wood, metal, glass, fiber, and ceramic (Brockton)

Kick off the winter season of Saturday Storytime in a cozy living room setting with seasonal stories of history and nature (Harvard)

Participate in an outdoor winter survival challenge that includes working with a team to build shelters, collect firewood, and find food and water, then celebrate with roasted marshmallows and pine needle tea (Topsfield)

Sunday, December 30

Craft tin foil ferries (Acton)

Head outdoors for a leisurely Guided Snowshoe Walk (Boston)

Make pinecone bird feeders for feathered friends (Harvard)

Meet a few backyard birds (Newburyport)

Week of December 31 - January 4 Events

Monday, December 31

Prep for Bessie’s Noon Year’s Eve Party by making party hats and noisemakers, then dance the morning away in PJs with DJ Dave (Acton)

Have a Happy Noon Year at the Boston Children’s Museum (Boston)

Check out the New Year festivities at First Night Boston 2019 (Boston)

Explore the Harborwalk Ice Sculpture Stroll and find a winter wonderland with 16 ice sculptures (Boston)

Take a First Day Hike at Fruitlands (Harvard)

Spend Year’s Day on the Dunes (Ipswich)

Attend this Noon Year’s Day Party (Wakefield)

Enjoy family-friendly countdowns, create and toast resolutions, and make 2018 time capsules during Noon Years Eve at the Ecotarium (Worcester)

Tuesday, January 1

Rock out at this Jammin’ With You! Family Dance Party (West Newton)

Hike over glacial moraine, explore a sandy beach ecosystem, walk along a salt pond, then finish up in grasslands during this New Year’s Day Beach Ramble (Westport)

Head outdoors for a Hike Into the New Year for Families (Worcester)

Wednesday, January 2

The Girls Who Code Club begins its third year at the Robbins Library (Arlington)

Make a Pop Culture Coaster using a ceramic tile, cut out images, and mod podge (Dorchester)

Experiment with gross science, explore a variety of textures, and concoct some disgusting creations (Wakefield)

Thursday, January 3

Take apart everyday electronics to learn how they work (Acton)

Check out this Pop-Up Crafts workshop (Boston)

It’s a Pokemon Party with themed activities and snacks (Wakefield)

Friday, January 4

First Friday Nights are free at the Discovery Museums (Acton)

Teens can work with a professional music producer and learn to produce their own music, write their own lyrics, and become sound engineers (Boston)

Learn about waterfowl on this Winter Ducks Walk (Plymouth)