Massachusetts 2014 Christmas and Holiday Events

Picture of a Christmas TreeWe now move into southern New England to start rounding up holiday events focusing on Massachusetts. The Bay State has a plethora of great events to bring you tidings of good joy.

Christmas Tree Lightings and Holiday Strolls

Performances of a Christmas Carol

  • December 5 to 21, 2014: A Christmas Carol at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA
  • December 13, 2014: A Christmas Carol at The Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA
  • December 14, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2014: A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA
  • December 19 to 28, 2014: A Christmas Carol at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA

Performances of the Nutcracker

  • November 28 to December 31, 2014; The Nutcracker by the Boston Ballet in Boston, MA
  • November 23, 2014: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA
  • November 28 to November 30, 2014: The Nutcracker by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA
  • November 28 to November 30, 2014: The Nutcracker by Commonwealth Ballet Company at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, MA
  • November 28 to 30, 2014: The Nutcracker by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center in Duxbury, MA
  • November 29, 2014: The Nutcracker by the MetroWest Ballet at the Rogers Kirshner Theater in Sudbury, MA
  • November 29 to 30, 2014: The Sea Captain’s Nutcracker by the Turning Pointe Dance Studio at the Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, MA
  • November 30, 2014: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at Bristol Community College
  • December 4 to 6, and 11 to 14, 2014: The Nutcracker by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Sanctuary Theatre in Cambridge, MA
  • December 6 and 7, 2014: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA
  • December 7, 2014: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at the Rogers/Kirshner Theater in Sudbury, MA
  • December 9 to 21, 2014: The Nutcracker by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Strand Theater in Dorchester, MA
  • December 12 to 28, 2014: Urban Nutcracker at the John Hancock Hall in Boston, MA
  • December 12, 13, and 14, 2014: The Nutcracker by Commonwealth Ballet the Casey Theatre at Regis College in Weston, MA
  • December 13, 2014: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA
  • December 13, 2014: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at the Littleton Performing Arts Center in Littleton, MA
  • December 14, 2014: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, MA
  • December 14, 2014: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 20 and 21, 2014: The Nutcracker by the Dancing Arts Center at the Norwood Theatre in Norwood, MA
  • December 20 and 21, 2014: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at The Collins Center in Andover, MA
  • December 21 and 22, 2013: The Nutcracker by the Atlantic Coast Academy of Dance at the Cape Cod Community College – Tilden Arts Center

Performances of The Messiah

  • November 28 to November 30, 2014: Handel Messiah by the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA
  • December 6, 2014: Handel’s Messiah by the Worcester Chorus at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 12 and 13, 2014: Handel Messiah by Boston Baroque at Jordan Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 19 and 20, 2013: Messiah Sing by the Masterworks Chorale at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA
  • December 14, 2014: Messiah Sing performed by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers at Trinity Church in Northborough, MA

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

Other Holiday Events

 

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New Hampshire 2014 Christmas and Holiday Events

Picture of Christmas Ornaments on a TreeStill up north continuing with our series on holiday festivities around New England finds us in the Granite State. New Hampshire has many fabulous holiday events to make your season sparkle:

Christmas Tree Lightings and Holiday Strolls and Parades

Performances of A Christmas Carol

  • December 5, 2014: A Christmas Carol at the Players’ Ring Theatre in Portsmouth, NH
  • December 5 through December 14, 2014: A Christmas Carol at the Leddey Center in Epping, NH
  • December 5 through December 21, 2014: A Christmas Carol at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH
  • December 11 through 14, 2014: The Christmas Carol at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH
  • December 18, 19, 20, and 21, 2014: A Christmas Carol at the Rochester Opera House in Rochester, NH
  • December 20 and 21, 2014: A Christmas Carol at Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln, NH

Performances of the Nutcracker

Performances of Handel’s Messiah

  • December 5, 2014: Handel’s Messiah by the North Country Chorus at the First Congregational Church, Littleton, NH
  • December 7, 2014: Handel’s Messiah performed by the Concord Community Chorus at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Concord, NH
  • December 22, 2014: Messiah Sing! at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

Other Holiday Events

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Maine 2014 Christmas Events

Picture of Christmas OrnamentsMoving along in our annual round up of Christmas / Holiday activities and events finds us in the State of Maine where you will find plenty to make the season bright!

Christmas Tree Lightings and Holiday Strolls

Performances of A Christmas Carol

  • November 28 to December 24, 2014: A Christmas Carol at The Portland Stage in Portland, ME
  • December 12 to 14, 2014: A Christmas Carol at The Public Theatre in Lewiston, ME

Performances of the Nutcracker

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

Other Holiday Events

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Vermont 2014 Christmas and Holiday Events

Picture of a Christmas Tree with Lights in Soft FocusThe calendar is down to just two pages and it is time once again to start thinking about holiday season festivities. Starting off our annual roundup of holiday events in New England finds us in the State of Vermont where there are plenty of great  holiday events to get you into the spirit of the season:

Christmas Tree Lightings and Holiday Strolls

Performances of A Christmas Carol

Performances of The Nutcracker

Performances of The Messiah

  • December 5, 2014: Handel’s Messiah by the Vermont Philharmonic at St. Augustine Church in Montpelier, VT
  • December 7, 2014: Handel’s Messiah by the Vermont Philharmonic at the Barre Opera House in Barre, VT

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

  • December 12, 2014: Holiday Pops at the Barre Opera House in Barre, VT
  • December 13, 2014 Holiday Pops at the Flynn Center in Burlington, VT
  • December 14, 2014: Holiday Pops at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland, VT

Other Holiday Events

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A Tale of Two Seasons

Even after the wet windy weekend some good foliage can still be found in Southern New England. Meanwhile, up north Killington and Sunday River opened up for the 2014 / 2015 ski season yesterday. A little glimpse of things to come…

Sunday River edged out Killington by a few hours for bragging rights as the first to open for the season.

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Portland Museum of Art to Unveil Sculpture This Friday

Picture of Robert Indiana's Sculpture SevenThe Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will unveil Maine resident Robert Indiana’s sculpture SEVEN this coming Friday. The sculpture will make its home at the Museum’s front plaza at 7 Congress Square and is sure to become one of Portland’s most noticeable landmarks.

The presentation will take place at 5:30 PM on Friday, November 7, 2014, during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk. Festivities for the evening will include the ribbon cutting ceremony as well as performances by local artists.

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Veterans Day at Old Sturbridge Village

Celebrate Veterans Day, November 11, 2014, at Old Sturbridge Village. Veterans, active duty military, and their families (up to 6 people) get in for free. Events and displays on tap for Veterans Day include:

  • Firing of vintage firearms
  • Casting of lead musket balls
  • Performances of martial music
  • A display of military uniforms
  • A reenactor portraying an 1812 surgeon from the U.S.S. Constitution
  • Village blacksmiths working on an 18th-century-style cannon
  • . . . and more . . .

It should be a great day for the whole family.

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Vampire Chronicler to Visit Portsmouth, NH

Get a last little thrill and chill out of the Halloween season by catching the Vampire Chronicles author Anne Rice at The Music Hall in Portsmouth NH. Rice will be there on Tuesday, November 4, 7:30 PM to discuss her new novel PRINCE LESTAT: The Vampire Chronicles as part of The Music Hall’s Writers on a New England Stage series.

Tickets are $13.25 along with the purchase of a book voucher ($28.95). The voucher may be redeemed at the event for a signed copy of the book.

For another event to get you into the Halloween spirit, you may also want to catch the 1922 film classic Nosferatu at The Music Hall tonight at 7 PM.

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Winds of Music Passing On by the Chameleon Arts Ensemble

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston will continue its 2014/2015 season with their presentation of Winds of Music Passing On. The concert will feature:

  • Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47
  • Clara Schumann’s Drei Romanzen, Op. 22
  • Franz Schubert’s String Trio in B-flat Major, D. 951
  • Dan Welcher’s Florestan’s Falcon for flute and piano;
  • John Woolrich’s A Cabinet of Curiosities for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, and piano

The concerts will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8 PM at First Church in Boston, and Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 4 PM at the Goethe-Institut in Boston.

Tickets for this program exploring Robert Schumann’s influences and his influence on later generations can be ordered online at the Chameleon Arts Ensemble web site.

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Old Sturbridge Village Evening of Illumination

Picture of a Tabble by CandlelightExperience the magic of Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) by candlelight, lamp light, and firelight as it would have been in the 1800s when OSV hosts their annual Evening of Illumination.

The evening features a guided tour of select buildings around the common where the shops and homes will be lit by candle light, the light of oil lamps, and, of course, the light of a fire in the hearth. Other things to see and experience include:

  • Watch craftsman doing night work in their shops
  • Join in a barn dance
  • Listen to storytelling and music
  • Enjoy light refreshments, mulled cider, and a cash bar at the Bullard Tavern

OSV’s Evening of Illumination will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Tours are every 10 minutes from 6 PM to 7:30 PM and are limited to 15 people.

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