NEW BEDFORD — Carving the turkey and giving thanks are just a few days away, however then the vacation season kicks into full swing.
Certain, there are Black Friday offers to seek out and purchasing lists to verify off, however for a lot of, the vacations are all about lights, craft festivals, vacation parades and spending time with family and friends.
Final 12 months, the COVID-19 pandemic derailed just about the entire vacation happenings which have grow to be a practice within the SouthCoast, however excellent news, they’re again. Love an quaint vacation live performance with the classics? Test. Wish to carry the kiddies to see Santa? Test. Or possibly it is the glow of the vacation lights? Then hop within the automotive and head out for dazzling journey.
It doesn’t matter what your style for the vacation season, there’s positive to be an occasion that may go well with you, so flip up the Christmas music, warmth up the cocoa, and get into the spirit of the season as you mark your calendar with these vacation occasions.
La Salette’s 2021 Competition of Lights
Guests trek from all around the area annually to see one of the vital beloved and standard Christmas shows within the Bay State. Open day by day from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 25 by Jan. 2 at La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro
La Salette’s Competition of Lights options roughly 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres to create a winter wonderland. The theme for this 12 months’s Competition of Lights is “Love is Born.”
Because of the excessive quantity of tourists throughout the Christmas season, masks can be required always whereas indoors and guests are requested to keep up social distancing.
Vacation Lights Spectacular at Roger Williams
Vacation Lights Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo is an all-new walk-through expertise simply in time for the vacations. Open choose nights from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 26 by Jan. 2, it options festive larger-than-life dazzling shows with over 1.5 million lights.
Tickets are timed-entry and accessible for buy on-line solely. Reserve tickets and be taught extra concerning the occasion at www.rwpzoo.org/holidaylights.
The occasion is held rain or shine however can be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day at Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Windfall.
Christmas Bazaar and Breakfast with Santa
Be part of the enjoyable and festivities at Our Woman of Grace Parish because it hosts its thirty fourth annual Christmas Bazaar. The bazaar will characteristic a wide range of craft tables with handmade youngsters’s clothes, do-it-yourself jellies, and honey, candles, Christmas gadgets of all kinds, wreaths, work, academics presents, doll clothes, soaps, lotions, jewellery, crocheted and knitted gadgets, therapeutic oils and lip balm and extra.
The bazaar can be held from 9 a.m. to three p.m. Nov. 27 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at Our Woman of Grace Parish, 569 Sanford Street, Westport.
There can be a craft desk arrange for youths, and children are additionally inspired to carry letters to place in Santa’s mailbox. St. Nicholas will make an look from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to go to and take footage with the children.
Get pleasure from Christmas music carried out by a stay band and convey your urge for food as a result of there can be loads of meals. The kitchen is open each days serving a breakfast and lunch menu.
There is no such thing as a admission payment, loads of parking and the occasion is handicap accessible.
A Breakfast with Santa can be held from 7 a.m. to midday Dec. 19 within the parish middle of Our Woman of Grace Parish, 569 Sanford Street, Westport. Come and revel in a scrumptious breakfast and meet Santa. The price of $6 a plate and kids 5 and youthful are $3. No reservations are required. For extra data, go to their web site at www.ologwestport.com.
SNOW Outdoor Holiday Market
Flakes may not yet be flying, but you can kick off the Christmas season early at SNOW, an outdoor holiday market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27, at the YMCA, 271 Sharps Lot Road, Swansea.
Not your grandmom’s typical craft fair, this one-day event by the organizers of Southcoast Open Air Market will be full of local gift shopping, food, entertainment, and nostalgic highlights sure to leave you with unforgettable memories and filled with the spirit of the season.
Middleboro Christmas Parade
“Making Spirits Bright,” the 61st annual Middleboro Christmas parade will be on November 27, with a rain/snow date of November 28.
The Christmas Parade Committee is thrilled to be coordinating another exciting parade that will no doubt gather the community together to ring in the most festive time of the year. We hope to continue a tradition that has brought happiness to young and old alike, spanning several generations.
The parade will begin at 1 p.m. from Burkland School, continue up Mayflower Avenue to Courtland Street, around Station Street, down Centre Street, continue to South Main Street, and return to the Burkland School.
Front & Centre Holiday Market
Four women-owned shops are “Front & Centre” in this charming section of downtown New Bedford at Front, Centre, and North Water Streets. Shop local from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 28 at 36 N. Water St., New Bedford.
The holiday market features exquisite gifts from bejeweled, The Drawing Room, The Landing, and Salt & Sole.
The Whaling Museum will join the fun with a holiday sing-a-long, sidewalk chalk art contest, and more. Plus, we’ll be joined by some of our favorite artists and makers for demonstrations, pop-up sales, and wine tastings. More detail available at facebook.com/events/1041541299976922.
Vacation Vivid Evening
The historic Tiverton 4 Corners can be all aglow from 4 to 7 p.m Dec. 3 for a night of vacation purchasing and household enjoyable.
The occasion will characteristic a festive neighborhood of galleries and outlets the place you’ll be able to scoop up vacation décor and particular gives to finish your Christmas record.
Luminaries will gentle the best way to shops in addition to the annual re-Tree exhibition, an outside showcase of do-it-yourself bushes manufactured from recycled supplies created by neighborhood members, offered by the 4 Corners Arts Heart. Vote on your favourite tree earlier than Dec. 17, and the winner of this 12 months’s re-Tree can be honored on Vivid Evening.
Santa can be ready for company younger and outdated on the Cheese Wheel Village Market. Keep for dinner and help the neighborhood, because the 4 Corners Grille can be donating 20% off their gross sales to the native meals pantry.
Masks and Rhode Island COVID-19 rules can be in place. For extra data, go to www.tivertonfourcorners.com.
Miracle on Nice Road
Miracle on Nice Road is an art-filled vacation fundraiser in downtown New Bedford. Proceeds assist help The New Bedford Artwork Museum. The festive social gathering consists of stay music, outside eating, a silent public sale, and a possibility to buy distinctive presents created by native and regional artists.
The occasion can be held from 6 to eight p.m. Dec. 3, on the New Bedford Artwork Museum, 608 Nice St., New Bedford. Tickets are $75 per member| $85 per non-member and will be bought at newbedfordart.org.
New Bedford Competition Theatre
Competition Theatre and Govt Producer Wendy Corridor invite South Coast audiences to rejoice the December holidays with two distinctive theatrical occasions.
On Dec. 3 at 8 p.m., Competition Theatre will rejoice the return engagement of John Michael Dias (Jersey Boys and Lovely: The Carole King Musical on Broadway) as Evita Loca in Skilled Christmas Woman.
Skilled Christmas Woman will run for one efficiency on the Zeiterion Performing Arts Heart at 8 p.m. Dec. 3.Tickets: $25-$35.
The Randy Andys Vacation Extravaganza
On Dec. 4 at 8 p.m., Competition Theatre will welcome The Randy Andys Vacation Extravaganza.
Of their Vacation Fête, The Randys invite you into their annual celebration, highlighting the music and traditions of a few of right now’s favourite December Holidays. Be part of the total forged of Randys as they reminisce on their years collectively and private heritage they’ve carried into maturity. With hits corresponding to “All I Need For Christmas” and “Mele Kalikimaka,” intermixed with songs celebrating Kwanzaa and Hanukkah – and all with a 40s flare – prepare for laughs, pleasant choreography, and tight three-part harmonies you can be buzzing for the remainder of 2021!
Tickets: $25-$35. For tickets to each occasions, go to the Zeiterion web site.
On Dec. 3 and 4, Competition Theatre invitations audiences to assist rejoice the December holidays with Carols and Cocktails, a complimentary vacation social gathering that may happen earlier than and after every of the vacation exhibits. Toast the beginning of the 2021 vacation season with vacation sweets, a money bar, and extra. Carols and Cocktails begins at 6:30 p.m, and is complimentary for all ticket holders.
Snacks with Santa – Dartmouth Mall
Seize some yummy treats whereas hanging with the Massive Man and his particular buddies. The enjoyable is going on between 8:30 to 10 a.m. Dec. 4 within the Heart Courtroom on the Dartmouth Mall, 200 Dartmouth Mall, Dartmouth.
Tickets are required for kids solely and embrace a snack pack per baby plus meet & greet with their favourite pups. There can be dancing, crafts, and enjoyable for all. The fee per ticket is $15 and will be bought here.
Photographs with Santa can be found for a further payment. Area is restricted to permit for bodily distancing.
Wes-Mac PTO Vacation Honest
Vacation Honest that includes over 40 distributors, Santa photographs, Children Vacation Shoppe, meals and a lot extra. The truthful can be held from 9 a.m. to three p.m. Dec. 4 on the Previous Westport Jr/Sr Excessive College, 19 Principal Street, Westport. Admission to the vacation truthful is free with a donation of canned items to profit the Westport Meals Pantry.
Duffee Christmas Arts and Crafts Honest
One of many largest craft festivals within the area returns in-person to Durfee Excessive College for a vacation purchasing extravaganza. The purchasing can be taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5.
The Durfee Christmas Arts and Crafts Honest, now in its forty fifth 12 months, is a two-day occasion that draws hundreds of tourists annually and options the handmade work of over 200 artisans from all through New England.
For extra data, go to www.facebook.com/ChristmasFairFallRiver.
Middleborough Christmas Market Fest
The Christmas Market Fest will characteristic Particular Visitor “Santa Claus,” distributors, cookies, and cocoa, in addition to a free raffle. The eighth Annual City Corridor Christmas Tree Lighting will even happen. The Rain or Shine occasion can be held from midday to five p.m. Dec. 4 within the 2nd-floor Auditorium of the Middleboro City Corridor, 10 Nickerson Ave., Middleboro. This occasion is free to the general public and extra particulars will be discovered at www.facebook.com/MiddleboroToday.
dNB’s Vacation Stroll
A fun-filled vacation weekend occasion for your entire household from midday to five p.m. Dec. 4. Downtown New Bedford is festive with seasonal actions.
Maintain an eye fixed out for a silent soapbox Winter Fairy and Santa Claus as you are taking within the sights of downtown. Vintage hearth truck rides can be supplied by the New Bedford Fireplace Museum and particular programming can be hosted all through the neighborhood, together with a BuyBlackNB Mini Market in Bristol Corridor, cookie adorning and sizzling chocolate on the New Bedford Harbor Resort, stay dancers from the New Bedford Performing Arts Heart on the Whaling Museum plaza, youth arts and crafts on the New Bedford Artwork Museum, a properly as varied gross sales, pop-up outlets, and food and drinks choices.
All of it culminates with the tree lighting at Metropolis Corridor at 5 p.m.
Keep tuned for extra updates and particulars by visiting www.facebook.com/dNBinc.
Fall River Vacation Kids’s Parade
After a 12 months on hiatus, the Christmas spirit is alive and properly in Fall River because the thirty seventh annual Kids’s Vacation Parade prepares to march again into downtown this December.
The much-anticipated household occasion will characteristic fantastically embellished floats, native marching bands, vacation balloons, cartoon characters, a particular customer from the North Pole, and extra.
The parade is slated to step off at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 from Kennedy Park, making its method down a festive South Principal Road that can be lined with spectators.
A New England Nutcracker
New Bedford Ballet will carry out its annual manufacturing of A New England Nutcracker Dec. 4 by 12 on the NBB Group Theatre, 2459 Buy St., New Bedford. Journey again to the 1850s, as this favourite vacation story is reimagined by New Bedford’s historic whaling period, and put together for the “Metropolis That Lit the World” to gentle up your vacation season.
Ten performances will happen over two weekends: 1:30 and three p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11, and 12; and 6:30 and eight p.m. Dec. 10.
Ticket costs are $12 for adults and $7 for seniors, college students, and kids. Tickets are restricted and promote shortly; reserve yours quickly by contacting the New Bedford Ballet at (508) 993-1387. Ticket gross sales for the general public start on Nov. 15. For extra data go to www.newbedfordballet.org.
Holiday in the Swansea Village
Swansea’s fifth annual Holiday in the Village kicks off at 5 p.m. Dec. 4 as Case High School performs at the Swansea Dam during the lighting of the town tree. This will be followed by a flurry of fun and festivities scattered throughout the historic Main Street area.
Enjoy a sing-along with a Snow Princess on the steps of Case Jr. High School, which will also host a Touch-a-Truck display. Guests can head into the Case Jr. High gym at 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:15 p.m. to witness magician Skip Daniels amaze audiences young and old.
There will be hot cocoa and cookies waiting for visitors looking to warm up on a chilly night at Swansea Fire Department’s Fire Station No. 1. Boy Scouts will also be on hand outside the station with a family-friendly craft project.
Bring a blanket and watch a holiday movie on the Case Junior High lawn, enjoy performances from a local dance troupe, and snuggle up for storytime at the Swansea Free Public Library, which will host readings of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” as well as offering take-and-go crafts.
Stony Acre Farms will host a petting zoo on the Christ Church lawn and offer wagon rides throughout the night along the scenic Main Street decked out for the holidays. Inside Christ Church Hall visitors will find refreshments and cookie-decorating kits for the kids.
Head to the historic Stevens Home to take part in their holiday giving tree, and don’t forget to get some goodies from the selection of food trucks located behind the library.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/holidayinthevillage.
Sons of Serendip Christmas Live performance
The band Sons of Serendip can be returning subsequent month for its third annual Christmas live performance in Fall River. Doorways open at 6:15 p.m. and music begins at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 4, at Durfee Excessive College, 460 Elsbree St., Fall River.
Finest referred to as finalists on the ninth season of the TV competitors “America’s Received Expertise,” Sons of Serendip are a quartet consisting of a harpist, cellist, pianist and lead vocalist. Becoming a member of them on Dec. 4 can be The Jabberwocks, Brown College’s oldest A Capella group.
Sponsored by Bristol County Financial savings Financial institution, the occasion is free however tickets are required. A restricted variety of tickets can be found at Metropolis Corridor and on-line through Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-in-fall-river.
In lieu of admission, company are requested to carry an unwrapped toy for the Fall River Police Division/Legislation Enforcement Aiding Households annual toy drive.
Parking can be accessible within the college tons off of Elsbree Road with overflow parking accessible within the West Principal car parking zone on Ray Road. For extra data and updates on the occasion, go to https://www.facebook.com/event.
Social gathering and Dine with Santa in Fall River
Larger Fall River Re-Creation is planning a Christmas Celebration on Dec. 5 that includes meals, face portray, footage with Santa, and extra vacation enjoyable. The occasion is free and can be held from midday to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at 45 Rock St., Fall River.
Comply with this up with Dinner with Santa Claus, with a menu of greater than milk and cookies, on Friday, Dec. 10, within the Re-Creation gymnasium. Doorways open at 6 p.m. The fee for ages 4-12 is $6, ages 13 and older are $12, and kids 3 and youthful are free. Tickets will be bought at Larger Fall River Re-Creation.
For extra data, go to www.gfrrec.org or name 508-679-0922.
Vacation Tea on the Oliver Home
Come rejoice the vacations on the Oliver Home this December. The historic home is opening its doorways 4 days in December for a Vacation Afternoon Tea. Get pleasure from a wide range of sandwiches, scones, and sweets together with sizzling tea along with your family and friends. The home can be embellished with vacation decorations so take pleasure in a tour after your treats.
This occasion is being held from 1 to three p.m. Dec. 7, 9, 12, and 15 on the Oliver Home, 445 Plymouth St., Middleboro. Tickets are $30 per particular person and will be bought by visiting here. There’s a 48-hour cancellation coverage with no refunds. Every occasion is restricted to 24 individuals.
Cookies, Paws and Santa Claus
It’s starting to look lots like Christmas in New Bedford. What higher strategy to rejoice the vacation season than with Cookies, Paws, and Santa Claus? The Buttonwood Park Zoo is the place to be for candy treats, festive craft actions, animal counters, limitless rides, sizzling cocoa, and outside photographs with Santa. Prepare and carousel rides are included, weather-permitting.
The pawsome enjoyable can be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Dec. 11,12, 18, 19 at Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford. Pre-registration is required and tickets are restricted for every session. Members tickets are adults $12 and kids $10| Non-Member tickets are adults $15 and kids $13| Kids underneath 3 are free. Go to www.bpzoo.org for extra data.
New Bedford Vacation Pops
Share the enjoyment of the season with family and friends at the very best vacation live performance on the town. The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra performs all of your vacation favorites, and the Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestra members take part for a vacation efficiency that may make everybody merry.
Our family-friendly ambiance, the festively embellished theater, and your selection of efficiency occasions make this the proper household vacation outing.
Dec. 11: The kids’s matinee at 3:30 p.m. options enjoyable surprises for the younger at coronary heart – like a go to from Santa and a present for every baby; The 7 p.m. live performance incorporates a bit extra music. Each performances are roughly one hour lengthy, with no intermission. The tickets value between $10 to $43 and will be bought here.
Reveals will happen at Zeiterion Performing Arts Heart, 684 Buy St., New Bedford. Go to their website to view full particulars on all Well being & Security protocols.
OLOP 2021 Christmas Pageant
The Kids of Our Woman of Purgatory Catholic Church will as soon as once more assist to rejoice the Beginning of Our Lord as they current the Story of the First Christmas, and carry out conventional and fashionable Christmas Carols. The story begins at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11, at Our Woman of Purgatory Catholic Church, 11 Franklin St., New Bedford.
After the Pageant, there would be the conventional Christmas Social gathering and share some tasty treats, refreshments, and laughter. Phrase has it, that there will even be a particular customer to take footage with the kids.
Grinch Evening on the Fall River Library
He is a imply one, Mr. Grinch. However rumor has it the inexperienced, grimacing grump simply would possibly take trip from his busy schedule of stealing Christmas to go to the Fall River Public Library to greet followers of all ages. Children can pose for vacation footage with the Grinch within the Assembly Room, and obtain a take-home Grinch craft.
Take part on the Christmas enjoyable from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 on the Fall River Public Library, 104 N. Principal St., Fall River.
Have fun! – Messiah and Carol Sing-along
Pilgrim Competition Refrain presents its tenth annual Have fun! – Messiah and Carol Sing-along at 7:30 p.m. Dec.17, at First Congregational Church, 6 Plympton Road, Middleborough.
In Messiah Sings, standard all through the realm for a few years, the viewers can both sing or pay attention. For some, there is not any higher strategy to begin off the Christmas season.
PFC takes the protection of its members and viewers critically. This season, the singers have dedicated to being absolutely vaccinated and are carrying masks for rehearsals and performances. We count on viewers members to be vaccinated, put on masks whereas in attendance, and to maintain socially distanced as attainable.
Tickets for Have fun! – Messiah and Carol Sing-along are $10 for adults and youth ages 12 and up, accessible on the door. For kids underneath the age of 12, there isn’t a cost. Scores can be found to borrow on-site, or attendees are welcome to carry their very own. Funds raised from this occasion help PFC’s yearly working bills. For extra data, please go to www.pilgrimfestivalchorus.org or observe Pilgrim Competition Refrain on Fb.
Jingle Mingle Open Vacation Social gathering
Household or good friend teams, firms giant or small want a vacation social gathering? Be part of Rachel’s Lakeside at 650 State Street, Dartmouth for his or her Jingle Mingle. It’s time to rejoice the season and DJ George Ayoub Jr. will make this social gathering one to recollect! Get pleasure from our scrumptious Vacation Buffet throughout the social gathering. Doorways open at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 with dinner being served at 7. To purchase tickets or tables go to shop.lafrancehospitality.com.
Breakfast with St. Nicholas
Households are invited to hitch Saint John of God Parish Household Life at 9 a.m. Dec. 18 for Breakfast with Saint Nick.
Get pleasure from a sizzling breakfast, vacation crafts, a film, and a particular go to from Santa at St. John of God Parish, 1036 Brayton Ave., Somerset. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youths underneath 12. Reserve a spot by emailing [email protected]
Fall River Vacation Pops Live performance
Fall River Symphony Orchestra, now in its 97th season, is gearing as much as carry out its annual Vacation Pops live performance, that includes your entire yuletide favorites. The music begins at 3 p.m. Dec. 19 on the Margaret L. Jackson Performing Arts Heart at Bristol Group Faculty, 777 Elsbree St., Fall River.With the return to in-person live shows, FRSO is adhering to BCC’s masking coverage. All patrons should be masked no matter vaccination standing. The FRSO can be requesting training social distancing as you choose your seat.Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for kids and college students. To buy tickets, go to fallriversymphony.yapsody.com.
Tiverton Winter Solstice Tree Lighting
Be part of the Tiverton Land Belief from 3:30 to five:30 p.m. Dec. 21 — the Winter Solstice — for a tree lighting occasion at Pardon Grey Protect, 3460 Principal Street, Tiverton. Highlights of the occasion embrace the lighting of the tree, vacation photograph alternatives, sizzling chocolate, and extra. To enroll upfront free of charge photographs with Santa, go to givebutter.com/WinterSolstice21.