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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.




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December 2
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Present:
A Celtic Family Christmas

The Cabot
286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
8:00 p.m. | 866-811-4111 | $38.50 - $58.50 | Buy Tickets Here

This holiday season join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas concert you will never forget. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children – A Celtic Family Christmas will guide you into the wonderful world of a true MacMaster Leahy Christmas celebration. “Christmas is where this whole concept started and we are excited to be travelling as a family,” says Donnell. “It’s a perfect time to bring light and happiness to families and fans.” With a lineup of familiar Christmas songs intermingled with classic Celtic songs, A Celtic Family Christmas brings you in the door, and welcomes you in as part of the family.

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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:
10th annual Holiday Craft Fair and Festival

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

The 10th 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 3

BRT Presents: 5th annual Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular
Featuring Tir Na Nog Irish Dance

Greenwich Odeum
East Greenwich, RI
1:00 p.m. | $13
riverfolk.org

Two shows of Irish dance, and live Celtic and Christmas music. All dances have been choreographed and taught by instructor Erika Damiani and will be performed by dancers from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, based out of Blackstone River Theatre. The shows will be filled with Christmas cheer, beautiful traditional and modern Irish dancing, live Celtic music, and will conclude with a visit from our friend from the North Pole!  




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 8

Deadbeat

Ocean Mist
895 Matunuck Beach Road
Wakefield RI
401-782-3740 | 9:30 p.m. | deadbeatband.com

DEADBEAT is a Grateful Dead Tribute Band in MetroWest Boston - a jam band that brings alive the sound and style of the Grateful Dead, The Jerry Garcia Band & all of the music that Dead Heads love to hear! DeadBeat gigs are upbeat, fun, wild... perfect for dancers, twirlers & everyone looking to have a "real good time!" Deadbeat is: Mike (Bails) Bailey, Bass Guitar - Gary Barth, Rhythm Guitar; Vocals - Rich Cesarini, Keyboards - Jennifer Markard, Vocals - Joe Pulitano, Drums - Brian Stormwind, Lead Guitar. Don't miss the party!  




December 9-10

BRT Presents: Christmas Celebration

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI
Dec 9: 8 pm | Dec 10: 7 pm
$22.00 advance / $25.00 day of show | riverfolk.org

The 10th annual Christmas Celebration features Aubrey Atwater, Erika Damiani and members of Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Elwood Donnelly, Bob Drouin, Benedict Gagliardi, Russell Gusetti, Mary Lee Partington, Torrin Ryan, and Ed Sweeney. Expect the unexpected with songs, high energy clogging and step dancing, ancient carols, spoken word, jokes and more - as musicians and dancers perform in varied combinations or join together on beautiful Christmas and winter-themed pieces. Blackstone River Theatre will shut down for the holiday season starting December 12 and will reopen again on January 13, 2018.




December 12 (2 shows) SOLD OUT

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
with Brian O’Donovan

Shalin Liu Performance Centre
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA
4:00 pm & 8:00 pm | 978-546-7391
rockportmusic.org | See All Shows

Brian O’Donovan’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn has entertained and enlightened radio audiences since 1986. Now celebrating a decade and a half of holiday performances, the Christmas-time live version of the show draws on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program plus the excitement of a live show featuring the Celtic world’s best performers. Cellist Natalie Haas, pictured, joins an all-star cast of singers, musicians, dancers, directors and choreographers!




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December 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22 (10 shows)

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan

Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
219 Tremont Street, Boston
Dec 14: 7:30 pm | Dec 15: 7:30 pm | Dec 16: 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm | Dec 17: 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Dec 21: 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm | Dec 22: 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm
617-824-8000 | cutlermajestic.org | See All shows

Now in its 15th year, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn returns to Boston, Rockport, Worcester, New Bedford and Providence, from December 12 through 22. Music director Seamus Egan and assistant music director Maeve Gilchrist lead a cast of virtuosic musicians including cellist Natalie Haas, Uilleann piper Joey Abarta, and the phenomenal fiddle section of Liz Knowles, Jenna Moynihan and Haley Richardson. Featured singer Mairi Campbell is joined by Windborne's four-part harmonies, and combined with those of host Brian O’Donovan, his wife Lindsay, and Maeve Gilchrist. Dance director Kevin Doyle is joined by choreographer Maureen Berry and the Harney Academy of Irish Dance. Rounding out this spectacular line-up is percussionist Ben Wittman and bassist Chico Huff. Artistically directed by Paula Plum for the fifteenth straight year, this year promises to be one of the most spectacular shows to date!
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December 16

Deadbeat

Opus Underground
87 Washington Street
Salem, MA
978-744-9600 | 9:30 p.m. | deadbeatband.com

DEADBEAT is a Grateful Dead Tribute Band in MetroWest Boston - a jam band that brings alive the sound and style of the Grateful Dead, The Jerry Garcia Band & all of the music that Dead Heads love to hear! DeadBeat gigs are upbeat, fun, wild... perfect for dancers, twirlers & everyone looking to have a "real good time!" Deadbeat is: Mike (Bails) Bailey, Bass Guitar - Gary Barth, Rhythm Guitar; Vocals - Rich Cesarini, Keyboards - Jennifer Markard, Vocals - Joe Pulitano, Drums - Brian Stormwind, Lead Guitar. Don't miss the party!  




December 18

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
with Brian O’Donovan

The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
2 Southbridge Street, Worcester
7:30 pm | 1-877-571-7469 | Directions | See All shows
thehanovertheatre.org | Tickets

Now in its 15th year, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn returns to Worcester on December 18th. Music director Seamus Egan and assistant music director Maeve Gilchrist lead a cast of virtuosic musicians including cellist Natalie Haas, Uilleann piper Joey Abarta, and the phenomenal fiddle section of Liz Knowles, Jenna Moynihan and Haley Richardson. Featured singer Mairi Campbell (pictured) is joined by Windborne's four-part harmonies, and combined with those of host Brian O’Donovan, his wife Lindsay, and Maeve Gilchrist. Dance director Kevin Doyle is joined by choreographer Maureen Berry and the Harney Academy of Irish Dance. Rounding out this spectacular line-up is percussionist Ben Wittman and bassist Chico Huff. Artistically directed by Paula Plum for the fifteenth straight year, this year promises to be one of the most spectacular shows to date!




December 19

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
with Brian O’Donovan

The Zeiterion Theatre
684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA
7:30pm | zeiterion.org | Get tickets
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A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan is now in its second decade and has established itself as a holiday tradition gem throughout New England. “The New Bedford audiences have been so receptive to what we bring to the stage, and we just can’t wait to return this year” says O’Donovan, who is producer, host and creator of the show.  Get ready for an enchanting night of Celtic music and dance, all to celebrate the holiday season! Group of 10 or more, call 508-997-5664 x123 or email dlegge@zeiterion.org.




December 20

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
with Brian O’Donovan

The Veterans Memorial Auditiorium
One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI
7:30pm | Directions | thevetsri.com | Get tickets | See All shows

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan returns to Providence for the second time since 2012 with an all-star cast of singers, dancers and musicians. Music director Seamus Egan and assistant music director Maeve Gilchrist (pictured) lead a cast of virtuosic musicians including cellist Natalie Haas, Uilleann piper Joey Abarta, and the phenomenal fiddle section of Liz Knowles, Jenna Moynihan and Haley Richardson. Featured singer Mairi Campbell is joined by Windborne's four-part harmonies, and combined with those of host Brian O’Donovan, his wife Lindsay, and Maeve Gilchrist. Dance director Kevin Doyle is joined by Maureen Berry, choreographer  and the Harney Academy of Irish Dance. Rounding out this spectacular line-up is percussionist Ben Wittman and bassist Chico Huff. Artistically directed by Paula Plum for the fifteenth straight year, this year promises to be one of the most spectacular shows to date!




December 26

JFK Library Celebrate! series
Tanglewood Marionettes - The Fairy Circus

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Stephen E. Smith Center, Columbia Point, Boston
10:30 - 11:30 am | Free, Registration Required
617 514-1644 | jfklibrary.org

Come enjoy turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of famous composers.This show is appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up.




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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