Skating with Santa Among Christmas Events on the North Shore This Weekend

Looking for Christmas and holiday events this weekend? Check out this roundup of things to do across the North Shore on Friday through Sunday.

It's almost Christmas! 

Here's a roundup of local Christmas and holiday events taking place nearby Danvers on the North Shore on Friday, Dec. 21, Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23.

If you'd like to let us know about another holiday event, be sure to leave a comment below.


Family Skating with Santa  Picture time with Santa, music, face painting, free raffle, prizes from 2:10–3:40 pm at O'Keefe Memorial Skating Rink.

$3 ages 8 and under, $5.00 youths and adults.


Christmas Memories – Sea Change Theatre Company presents Christmas Memories - a delightful, heartwarming holiday show for the whole family at Dane Street Church.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for student and seniors.Buy Tickets Online.


Toys for Tots with DJ Tone and Friends: Toys for Tots benefit at Vic's Boathouse in Victoria Station from 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Friday.  DJ Tone, Ross Livermore and Paul Dumas of The Ross Livermore Band, Fishing the Sky and Dan Levy of In The Meantime will all be performing. Bring a brand new, unwrapped toy to donate or $5 to get in (or both if you really want to help the kids)! All the toys and money will be donated to Toys For Tots. 


One Night in Bethlehem: Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Bethlehem on the night Christ was born. A candlelight processional leaves First Parish Church, Congregational in Manchester (on the Village Green) at 4:15 p.m., arriving at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 4:30 p.m. to kick off the live nativity and indoor market. 


Appleton Farms has its own “Nisse”: An elf-like creature lives in Appleton Farm's barns and protects its farmers, animals, and crops. Each holiday season the Farm Nisse appears for his special porridge. Join Appleton Farms on Friday, Dec. 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. as they kindly thank their Nisse for bringing luck to the farm, offer him porridge, and listen to his tales of mischief! Share in holiday goodies, crafts, and caroling. RSVP: 978.356.5728 x18 or afeducator@ttor.org. Meet at Appleton Farms' Carriage Barn.

Suggested donation is $5.

Music for the Holidays: The Orchestra On The Hill and The Festival Chorus will perform in Concert in Ipswich's annual Music For The Holidays at 7:30 p.m. at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center in the Ipswich High School.

Free admission with donations gladly accepted.


Polar Express Party: All aboard for a special holiday event. Be sure to wear your pajamas for this trip on the Polar Express at Wit and Whimsy Children's Bookstore. Listen to a reading of the book by author, Chris Van Allsburg, make a a Christmas craft, drink hot chocolate and enjoy a special treat! Friday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Holiday Village Open House Once again the Gerry 5 VFA will display a beautiful Holiday Village in their Function Hall from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday. Santa will visit from 2-4 p.m.


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