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December

Holiday Pops
7 Special Matinees for Kids

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
11:00 a.m. | 1-888-266-1200
bso.org

Seven special Christmas matinee performances for kids. These special family concerts feature a shorter program without intermission, and include family-friendly music, a children's sing-along and post-concert photos with Santa. For those seated at the floor tables, there are kid-friendly menu options along with holiday treats. Children younger than 2 are admitted free. Dates coming soon, please check back.




December 1-31

Discover Newport Presents:
Christmas in Newport

Various Venues
Newport, Rhode Island
401-849-6454
ChristmasInNewport.org

Founded in 1971, Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 46th year, the annual program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar with city-wide events and activities. PIctured: The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff.




December 2

Discover Newport Presents:
Bristol's Grand Illumination

The Burnside Building
400 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 
401-849-6454 | explorebristolri.com

A holiday tradition in Bristol that includes, caroling, music ensembles, dancing and the annual reading of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas. Gather downtown at the Burnside Building for an evening of fabulous entertainment and holiday cheer. Entertainment begins at 4pm and features amazing local talent. Santa arrives @ 5:45PM and introduces 2 lucky children that he has selected to help him flip the switch and illuminate the Town Tree at 6pm. 




December 2, 9, 16

Discover Newport Presents:
UnDecked Halls at Rough Point Mansion

Rough Point Mansion
680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
401-847-8344 | NewportRestoration.org

Heiress Doris Duke spent Christmas in sunny Hawaii far away from Rough Point, her Newport estate. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke's tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point's winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours offered every half-hour.




December 2

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Holiday Craft Fair and Festival

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI
9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Free Admission | riverfolk.org/schedule.html

The 9th annual BRT Holiday Fair includes 26 vendors on site to allow plenty of Holiday shopping. The event features continuous live music by members of Pendragon, The Broad Street Fiddlers, and The Swamp Meadow Victorian Carolers. Plus raffle prizes, a bake sale table, refreshments and more. Door prizes will be raffled off from each vendor with the raffle proceeds to benefit BRT's programming. 




December 4, 11, 18, 25

ICCNE Presents:
Set Dancing with Cait Bracken

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:30-9:30 pm | $5 donation at the door | Adults (16 & up)
781 821-8291
irishculture.org

Every Monday throughout the year (except Holidays), the ICC presents set dancing with Cait Bracken from 7:30-9:30pm. Set dancing is a form of social dancing which has been popular in Ireland for over 150 years. Sets are danced by four couples in a square.  No previous dancing experience or partner required! No registration required for this class.




December 5-24

The Boston Pops Presents:
Holiday Pops 2017

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
617-266-1200 | bso.org

Under the direction of Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, the 44th annual Holiday Pops season presents some of the most-loved holiday music including selections from the orchestra’s most recent recording A Boston Pops Christmas – Live From Symphony Hall. Enjoy a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-a-long, and even a visit from jolly old Santa Claus. Continuing one of Boston's most beloved holiday traditions, the Boston Pops opens the 2017 Boston Pops Holiday Series on Tuesday, December 5 through December 24, when Symphony Hall is transformed into a magical place for all ages as the Boston Pops perform the most beloved holiday music alongside the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. A perfect holiday tradition!




December 31

Ring in the New Year with Bo Winiker
And the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
10:10 pm | 617-266-1200
bso.org

Ring in the New Year with the Boston Pops on December 31 at 10:00 pm. Dance the night away with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra and legendary bandleader extraordinaire Bo Winiker! There will be a cash bar and several dining options will be available. Doors open at 8:00 pm.





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