Looking for something holiday related to do with the family this weekend? We've got you covered. Here's a sampling of what's going on around New England Friday, December 11 through Sunday, December 13:
Christmas Prelude – Kennebunk, ME
(Historic Kennebunkport, ME - Voted the #2 Christmas town in America by HGTV)
Now through December 13, 2009
There are lobster trap tree lightings in Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, and Cape Porpoise Choose from multiple public suppers, arts and crafts fairs, concerts, gallery and shop sales and specials, a historic walking tour, caroling and roving entertainment. Location: Dock Square, Lower Village, Cape Porpoise. Information: www.christmasprelude.com.
Santa's Big Party -- Candia, NH.
Now through December 20.
Take a 30-minute horse-drawn ride to Santa's Big Party. Santa along with an assortment of holiday costumed characters and live reindeer will be on hand. Enjoy Mrs. Claus's cookies and hot cocoa around the bonfire. Reservations are strongly recommended. Location: Charmingfare Farm, 774 High Street. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $17. Information: 603 483-5623 ext. 100
Walk of the Santas Weekend - Mount Snow, Vermont Dec. 11 - 13
On Saturday December 12th, Santas will gather at Noon in Mount Snow's main base lodge in Dover, Vermont. (By the games between the cafeteria and Cuzzins.) We will take a short walk around the base area singing carols and sharing holiday cheer to all the spectators. Anyone can be a Santa and raise money for your favorite charity. www.walkofthesantas.com
A Polar Bear's Journey -- Worcester, MA.
December 12, 2009 to December 20, 2009
Chris Van Allsburg's winter tale The Polar Express comes to life on the EcoTarium's Explorer Express Train. Enjoy a special holiday story time, meet Santa Claus and board the Explorer Express train to visit the EcoTarium's North Pole, home of Kenda the polar bear. Afterward warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. Location: 222 Harrington Way. Dates and times: December 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Information: www.ecotarium.org
The 12 Dinosaurs of Christmas – Oakdale, CT.
Now through January 3, 2010
Come enjoy this exhibit of walk-through scenes of "The 12 Days of Christmas"... with a prehistoric twist; take fun family photos and visit with Santa; kds make a free dinosaur ornament to keep. Location: The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art, 1650 Hartford New London Turnpike. Information: 860-443-4367 or visit www.thedinosaurplace.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $4 per person; under age 3 free.
29th Annual Newport Yachting Center Tree Lighting Ceremony. Friday, December 11th
At the Sovereign Bank Family Skating Center, 5:45 p.m., America’s Cup Ave. Music, ice skating, carols, refreshments, Santa and Mrs. Claus and other surprises. Free.
[Image credit: www.walkofthesantas.com]