North Shore Kid Stories, Events, Activities, Camps and Recipes

Register to have Tea with Santa at the Crane Estate in Ipswich!

Welcome the start of the holiday season at Castle Hill! You'll be amazed by the Great House's lavish floral displays, 10' tall glittering trees, and other amazing holiday displays designed by the North Shore's finest florists and designers. For the little ones, make a reservation for Tea with Santa, in the Great House ballroom. Seatings available at 12Noon, 1:30PM, and 3:00PM.


Join the Cape Ann Symphony featuring the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus for an excitin

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert is an exciting celebration of holiday music favorites featuring The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts and an updated sing along to kick off the holiday season!


Burn some calories before the Thanksgiving Feast at Ipswich's Run for the Pies!

Start your turkey day by burning off some calories with a run or walk along the Ipswich River and you'll have a chance to win a pie! Racers, runners, walkers or stroller pushers are incited to the Ipswich Town Hall bright and early on Thanksgiving Day for a 2.8 mile riverside race along Turkey Shore Drive and Labor in Vain Road.  The 1.2 mile kids run starts at 8am.


Santa will come to Gloucester to launch the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting -

The annual Gloucester Holiday Parade has been a Gloucester tradition for many years. Come enjoy the parade, Santa, and the tree lighting at Kent Circle!  Volunteers will line up parade participants at the State Fish Pier on Parker Street at 2:00 PM and will guide them through downtown Gloucester and on to Kent Circle for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.


The Marblehead Gingerbread Festival is part of the Marblehead Christmas Walk!

Come see over 100 locally and professionally made gingerbread creations on display at the historic Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead, MA during this year's Marblehead Christmas Walk. Community members, businesses, and families are building and donating dozens of gingerbread houses, boats and local buildings that will be on display and available for raffle throughout the weekend. Days and times vary so check the times!


The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite at the Fi

Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts just in time to kick off your holiday season! Join the cast for a gala* reception which will be held in the upper lobby at 6PM on November 29th prior to the 7PM show!


Run like a turkey through downtown Salem MA on Thanksgiving Day!

Join the fun for the 11th annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run in downtown Salem Massachusetts Thanksgiving morning and raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem! This is the largest race on the North Shore, with 2,000 anticipated participants. The race starts on the Salem Common and finishes at the Boys & Girls Club. Chip timing done by Racewire.

Location: Salem Common


The Art of the Brick at Faneuil Hall Boston. The world's largest display lego

Over 1 million colorful LEGO® pieces were used to create this show. Artist Nathan Sawaya has an ability to transform a common toy into something meaningful, elevating what almost every child has played with into the status of contemporary art.


Boston Children's Theater The Velveteen Rabbit. Holiday tradition for the whole

A rocking horse that talks, boats that dance, a toy soldier that marches and a soft, endearing rabbit who changes a young boy’s life. This is all part of the magic created on stage in Boston Children’s Theatre’s (BCT) annual production of the classic children’s story THE VELVETEEN RABBIT. Returning for a 6th season, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT will be performed this year at Endicott College’s Manninen Center for the Arts in Beverly from December 6 – 21.


Discount tickets to Boston family events. Holiday event tickets at 50% off

Announcing the Eleventh Annual MAYOR’S HOLIDAY!
Thousands of half-priced tickets to over 130 beloved holiday performances throughout Greater Boston including:


Experience the beginning of the holiday season at Marblehead's Christmas Walk!

The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce invites you to Marblehead to enjoy four days of holiday festivities, family events and activities!  Come for one or all four days with highlights that include Santa's arrival by lobster boat, the town tree lighting ceremony, Holiday shopping preview parties, the Christmas Walk Parade, 'Holidays are Grand' live performances, a great raffle with great prizes, and all kinds of family events and activities sponsored by local merchants and organizations! And, for the first time in the history of the Christmas Walk, the Chamber in partnership with National Grand Bank will be using a locally grown tree.


This benefit Holiday Pops concert will raise funds for the Colleen Ritzer Schola

International Cars, LTD. and its Flagship Danvers dealership, Honda North invites you and your family to attend the 11th Annual Holiday Pops Concert to benefit Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund and The Danvers High School Arts & Music Program. The concert features the return of the Hillyer Festival Orchestra at the Danvers High School Auditorium.


Salem Trolley Christmas Carol, Fun Holiday Events north of Boston

Join Scrooge on the Salem Trolley as you ride through Salem Massachusetts in this rolling production performed by the Griffen Theater . Now entering into it's 27th Season, this humorous & whimsical interactive performance reanimates Dickens’ timeless seasonal holiday classic!

Location: Salem Trolley


Shore Country Day School Beverly MA Parent Education Katie Koestner

Please join parents and educators for a crash course on everything a parent needs to know about the troublesome world of the Internet, social media, mobile photo sharing apps, and erasable media.


Annika McKenna gorgeous jewelry best holiday gift for women

In time for the upcoming holiday season, I’m happy to find Annika McKenna, SeaSalt Design, handmade jewelry. A talented, local artist with a studio here on the north shore, Annika creates unique collections of handmade Sterling and Fine Silver jewelry inspired by nature.

* On Black Friday any purchase over $50 will receive a free seaglass pendant.
* Cyber Monday will be a free pair of freshwater pearl earrings with any purchase.


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