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Christmas in Newport Rhode Island

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.




Bristol's Grand Illumination

December 2

Discover Newport Presents:
Bristol's Grand Illumination

The Burnside Building
Corner of Hope and Court Streets, 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 4:15pm and features amazing local talent. Santa Claus arrives just before 6pm. Get excited as he flips the switch and lights up the Town tree and the giant snowflake over Hope Street! Don't miss out on the fun!




ICC Set Dancing in 2019

December 2, 9, 16

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.




Keith Lockhart and The Boston Holiday Pops

December 4-8, 10-24

The Boston Pops Presents:
Holiday Pops 2019

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

Under the direction of Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, the 45th 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 2019 Boston Pops Holiday Series on Wednesday, December 4 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!




Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas

WIN FREE TIX!

December 4
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
151 Presidents Drive, Amherst | Directions
$45, $35, $25; FAC Club Seating: $80; Five College Students and Youth 17 & Under: $15, $12, $10
7:00 pm | 413-545-2511, 1-800-999-UMAS
http://bit.ly/34ed7TT | Buy Tix

This holiday season join award-winning fiddle virtuosos Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy for an intimate and unique Christmas concert. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children – A Celtic Family Christmas welcomes the audience into the wonderful world of their family Christmas celebration.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW WINNER OF FREE TIX!




ICC Tree Lighting

December 6

ICCNE Presents:
Tree Lighting, Carol Singing & Mulled Wine

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
8:00 pm | 781-821-8291
irishculture.org

Join the ICC for a very special Holiday evening as they light the Christmas tree and sing Christmas carols. Stay and enjoy the festivities with FREE mulled wine and mince pies. This event is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit, so bring along your family and friends for a wonderful Christmas tradition at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton.




Boston Pops Matinees for Kids

December 7-8, 14-15, 21-24

Holiday Pops
8 Special Matinees for Kids

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
3:00 pm December 7 - all other shows: 11:00 a.m.
1-888-266-1200
bso.org

These special family concerts feature the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir and include a children’s sing-along and post-concert photos with Santa and are shorter than regular concerts at about 75 minutes. For those seated at the floor tables, there are special kid-friendly menu options along with holiday treats. Tickets for children younger than 2 are free.




Holiday Craft Fair and Festival 2019

December 7

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
12th 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 12th annual BRT Holiday Fair includes 26 vendors on site to allow plenty of Holiday shopping. The event features continuous live music by Bob Drouin, Russell Gusetti, Ed Sweeney, Cathy Clasper-Torch, The Broad Street Fiddlers and more, plus raffle prizes, a bake sale table, and refreshments. 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 7

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Irish Christmas in America

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
riverfolk.org

The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish musicians, singers and dancers in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. Produced by fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2019 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, pictured, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the vocal talents of Sligo's Niamh Farrell. Also performing is Grainne Hambly on harp and concertina and Sean Gavin on flute and uilleann pipes, plus special guests!




Children's Christmas Breakfast with Santa

December 7

ICCNE Presents:
Children's Christmas
Breakfast with Santa

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
10:00am - 2:00pm | 781-821-8291 | irishculture.org

Join the ICC for a traditional Irish breakfast, a visit with Santa, and an opportunity for you to take family photo's so bring along your camera! Mrs Claus will be reading stories and there will also be plenty of arts and crafts, including ornament-making, and fun for the whole family. Breakfast includes a full hot buffet with kid friendly items like chocolate chip pancakes, whipped cream, fresh fruit & hot chocolate! 




WIN FREE TIX!
December 8

The Irish Tenors: We Three Kings

Lowell Memorial Auditorium
50 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell
3:00-5:00 pm | lowellauditorium.com

We Three Kings - An Irish Tenors Christmas features a thirty-piece orchestra, and combines enchanting Irish repertoire with sweeping holiday selections. From the title song to treasured sacred selections like O Holy Night, to secular favorites like White Christmas and Jingle Bell Rock, the Irish Tenors keeps audiences enchanted from start to finish. Singing along, applauding with vigor, and surging to their feet in ovation, The Irish Tenors' holiday audience is a picture of contentment. Christmas with The Irish Tenors is time well spent creating musical memories for families everywhere throughout the Holiday season!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW WINNER OF FREE TIX!




WIN FREE TIX!
December 8

The Spirit of Christmas starring: The New York Tenors

John Hancock Hall
Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116
508-285-9700 | Buy Tix: bit.ly/TheSpiritofChristmasNYT

Bridget's - An Irish Tradition proudly presents The Spirit of Christmas gala concert of holiday song, music and dance starring The New York Tenors - Daniel Rodriguez, Andy Cooney and Christopher Macchio. The New York Tenors are joined by special guests who weave a musical tapestry of peace, joy, goodwill and holiday magic: Brian Kennedy, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, one of Ireland's most inspired and revered ambassadors of music, Marjie Delaney Fitzpatrick, the Haley Irish Dancers and Declan Houton, all accompanied by The Big Apple Ensemble.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW WINNER OF FREE TIX!




December 8

ICCNE Presents: Irish Christmas in America

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
1:00 pm | 781 821-8291 | irishculture.org

Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada (Téada), the 2019 tour features guest singer Niamh Farrell, who has toured with David Gray, and legendary singer Séamus Begley, famous for his charming wit. The family-friendly performance includes lively instrumentals on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing from Samantha Harvey, while evocative, photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland take you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season.




A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

SOLD OUT!
December 11 (2 shows)
(Show runs December 11-22 at various venues)

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 | Both shows sold out!
rockportmusic.org | See All Shows

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan has entertained and enlightened radio audiences since 1986. Now celebrating over 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. Harpist Maeve Gilghrist, pictured, joins an all-star cast of singers, musicians, dancers, directors and choreographers!




Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy

December 13

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Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas

The Cabot
286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
8:00 p.m. | 866-811-4111 | Tickets starting at $44.50 | 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.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW WINNER OF FREE TIX!




WIN FREE TIX - Dec 14 Show!
December 13, 14, 15Show runs Dec 11-22. Additional Boston dates below Dec 19-22)

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan

Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
219 Tremont Street, Boston
Dec. 13: 7:30 pm | Dec. 14: 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm | Dec. 15: 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm
617-824-8000 | wgbh.org/music | cutlermajestic.org | See All Shows

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan has established itself as a holiday tradition gem throughout New England over the past 17 years. Music director Seamus Egan and assistant director Maeve Gilchrist lead a cast of virtuosic musicians including Natalie Haas (cello), Jordan Perlson (percussion), Chico Huff (bass) and Owen Marshall (Guitar/Bouzouki/Harmonium). Acclaimed fiddlers Liz Carrol & Haley Richardson are joined by renowned vocalists Siobhan Miller & Matthew Byrne, along with host Brian O'Donovan, his wife Lindsay, and Maeve Gilchrist. Maureen Berry, Dance Director, brings Jason Oremus (Riverdance fame) and Ashley Smith-Wallace (World Champion dancer), to this year's run, along with the Harney Academy of Irish Dance, led by dance master Liam Harney. Director Paula Plum, for the seventeenth straight year, will once again bring a spectacular Sojourn to mark your Holiday celebrations!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW WINNER OF FREE TIX TO THE DEC 14th 7:30 p.m. SHOW!




December 14

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Áine Minogue Christmas/Solstice Concert

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
$18 or $22 at the door | riverfolk.org

As traditional Irish music and dance continue to enjoy phenomenal success both in the United States and in Ireland, Áine has worked to explore their themes and to understand their very essence. Her voice, though uniquely her own, also reflects the lyricism and richness to be found in Irish music, mythology, and poetry. She has a dozen solo recordings on several labels including RCA Victor/BMG and has been nominated for FIMA awards for her work as a record producer. Her TV production work on “A Winter’s Journey” earned her a New England EMMY ® nomination.




ICC Christmas Raffle

December 14

ICCNE Presents:
2019 Annual Drawing & Holiday Open House

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
6:00 - 11:00 pm | 781 821-8291
Enter the drawing online here: irishculture.org

All are welcome to join in the festivities of an Irish Christmas at the Irish Cultural Centre during Open House at the ICC. You can expect lively Irish music, dancing, singing, food, cash bar and good Christmas cheer! The $30,000 raffle drawing will be held at the centre on the 8th! Raffle Tickets are $100 each. Grand prize: $30,000, 2nd prize: $5,000 and five additional chances to win $1,000.




Mechanics Hall

December 14

Holiday Pops Concert

Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street, Worcester
8:00 pm | 508 752-0888
mechanicshall.org

A beloved Worcester holiday event, the Holiday Pops Concert is an ideal celebration for friends and family and company holiday parties! Myron Romanul and Jorge Soto, Soloists and Conductors. Jane Shivick Vocal Soloist. The Salisbury singers and Enthralling Irish Step Dancers. Features traditional favorites of the season!




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December 17(Show runs December 11-22 at various venues)

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

Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan has established itself as a holiday tradition gem throughout New England over the past 17 years. Music director Seamus Egan and assistant director Maeve Gilchrist lead a cast of virtuosic musicians including Natalie Haas (cello), Jason Perlson (percussion), Chico Huff (bass) and Owen Marshall (Guitar/Bouzouki/Harmonium). Acclaimed fiddlers Liz Carrol & Haley Richardson are joined by renowned vocalists Siobhan Miller & Matthew Byrne, along with host Brian O'Donovan, his wife Lindsay, and Maeve Gilchrist. Maureen Berry, Dance Director, brings Jason Oremus (Riverdance fame) and Ashley Smith-Wallace (World Champion dancer), to this year's run, along with the Harney Academy of Irish Dance, led by dance master Liam Harney. Director Paula Plum, for the seventeenth straight year, will once again bring a spectacular Sojourn to mark your Holiday celebrations!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW WINNER OF FREE TIX!




December 18(Show runs December 11-22 at various venues)

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
with Brian O’Donovan

The Veterans Memorial Auditorium
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 has established itself as a holiday tradition gem throughout New England over the past 17 years. Music director Seamus Egan and assistant director Maeve Gilchrist lead a cast of virtuosic musicians including Natalie Haas (cello), Jason Perlson (percussion), Chico Huff (bass) and Owen Marshall (Guitar/Bouzouki/Harmonium). Acclaimed fiddlers Liz Carrol & Haley Richardson are joined by renowned vocalists Siobhan Miller & Matthew Byrne, along with host Brian O'Donovan, his wife Lindsay, and Maeve Gilchrist. Maureen Berry, Dance Director, brings Jason Oremus (Riverdance fame) and Ashley Smith-Wallace (World Champion dancer), to this year's run, along with the Harney Academy of Irish Dance, led by dance master Liam Harney. Director Paula Plum, for the seventeenth straight year, will once again bring a spectacular Sojourn to mark your Holiday celebrations!




December 19, 20, 21, 22 (Show runs December 11-22 at various venues)

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan

Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
219 Tremont Street, Boston
Dec. 19: 7:30 pm | Dec. 20: 3:00m (Sensory Friendly show - 45 mins.)
Dec 20: 7:30 pm | Dec 21: 3:00 & 7:30 pm | Dec. 22: 1:00 & 5:00 pm
617-824-8000 | wgbh.org/music | cutlermajestic.org | See All Shows

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan has established itself as a holiday tradition gem throughout New England over the past 17 years. Music director Seamus Egan and assistant director Maeve Gilchrist lead a cast of virtuosic musicians including Natalie Haas (cello), Jason Perlson (percussion), Chico Huff (bass) and Owen Marshall (Guitar/Bouzouki/Harmonium). Acclaimed fiddlers Liz Carrol & Haley Richardson are joined by renowned vocalists Siobhan Miller & Matthew Byrne, along with host Brian O'Donovan, his wife Lindsay, and Maeve Gilchrist. Maureen Berry, Dance Director, brings Jason Oremus (Riverdance fame) and Ashley Smith-Wallace (World Champion dancer), to this year's run, along with the Harney Academy of Irish Dance, led by dance master Liam Harney. Director Paula Plum, for the seventeenth straight year, will once again bring a spectacular Sojourn to mark your Holiday celebrations!




December 21

ICCNE Presents:
An Irish Christmas with
Chloë Agnew (formerly of Celtic Woman)

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:00 pm | $35 GA | $30 members | Post concert meet and greet $50
781 821-8291
irishculture.org | Buy Tix

Enjoy an Irish Christmas concert with the very popular Chloë Agnew, formerly of Celtic Woman fame. Chloë will be joined by Irish tenor Dermot Kiernan and local special guests. Back by popular demand, this show sold out last year so we highly recommend purchasing tix soon to secure your seats for this enchanting Christmas concert.




cape cod parade fundraiser

December 21

Cape Cod Saint Patrick's Parade
1st Annual Winter Wonderland

Hyannis Youth & Community Center
141 Bassett Lane, Barnstable, MA
5:30-7:30 pm | $5 - $10
Buy Tix here | capecodstpatsparade | more details here

Take a trip on the ice with your favorite Snow Queen and Princess! Here is your chance to ice skate with royalty. While you skate, enjoy the Cape Cod Carolers, cookies and cocoa. Warm your hearts, hands and bellies all in one night! Ticket price includes: skate rentals and rink time, cookies, cocoa, Santa and entertainment! There is something for everyone as you support the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade Fundraiser!




December 23

Áine Minogue - Christmas Concert

Club Passim
47 Palmer St., Cambridge
7:00 pm | 617-492-7679
aineminogue.com

As traditional Irish music and dance continue to enjoy phenomenal success both in the United States and in Ireland, Áine has worked to explore their themes and to understand their very essence. Her voice, though uniquely her own, also reflects the lyricism and richness to be found in Irish music, mythology, and poetry. She has a dozen solo recordings on several labels including RCA Victor/BMG and has been nominated for FIMA awards for her work as a record producer. Her TV production work on “A Winter’s Journey” earned her a New England EMMY ® nomination.




December 26

JFK Library Celebrate!
National Marionette Theatre:
Peter And The Wolf

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
10:30-11:30 am | Free Performances For Children Ages 5 and Up
Reservations: 617 514-1644
jfklibrary.org

Enjoy marvelous scenery, handcrafted marionettes, and enchanting music from Prokofiev’s orchestral score as Peter and his animal friends work together to capture the wolf in turn of the twentieth-century Russia. Space is first come, first served basis.
Reservations are required for all visitors to this free program.




December 28-29

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
30th Anniversary Edition

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
Buy Tix here for: Dec 28: 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Buy Tix here for: Dec 29: 3:00 pm
617-266-1200 | bso.org

The world’s favorite classic Looney Tunes, projected on the big screen, while the Boston Pops performs their exhilarating, original Carl Stalling scores live!  The concert includes such iconic classics as What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, Rhapsody Rabbit, Long-Haired Hare, Show Biz Bugs, Baton Bunny, and many new additions. Conductor: George Daugherty. Created by Daugherty & David Ka Lik Wong.




ICC New Year's Eve Gala

December 31

ICCNE Presents: New Year's Eve Gala
With Margaret Dalton & Erin’s Melody

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:00 pm -12:30 am
781 821-8291 | irishculture.org

Don't miss this sell-out event. Evening includes: Hors D'oeuvres, Buffet Dinner, Dancing, Coffee & Desert, Champagne Toast at Midnight. Entertainment by Margaret Dalton and Erins Melody. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the ICC. Call 781-821-8291.




December 31

Ring in the New Year with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra
and The Hot Sardines

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
Doors open at 8:30 pm | 617-266-1200 | bso.org

Party the night away with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra and The Hot Sardines, performing jazz covers and originals that channel New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets, and New Orleans jazz halls. “Not many bands have seized the postmillennial early-jazz spotlight with as much gusto as The Hot Sardines. An eight-piece outfit co-led by singer Elizabeth Bougerol and pianist Evan Palazzo, it has devoted more than the last decade to a razzle-dazzle reclamation of prewar swing.” – Nate Chinen, WBGO. There will be a cash bar and several dining options.




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