Work Off That Turkey This Weekend With Some Fun!

Dinner is over, the dishes are done, the turkey coma has set in! Take advantage of the long weekend to have some fun and work off that big meal.

24th Annual Methuen Festival of Trees.  Do you love Christmas trees? Looking for some tree decorating ideas? Want to awe the kids? Head to 13 Branch Street in Methuen (you'll see the big neon sign on Rte. 113) on Friday or Saturday from 10 am - 9 pm. In addition to nearly 250 trees, there are gifts and decorations for sale, raffle (win a tree or even $5,000!) and food.

Not enough trees in Methuen? Take a quick ride north and see more at the 5th Annual Sea Festival of Trees at the Blue Ocean Event Center on Salisbury Beach. Check out the holiday trees, designer wreaths, holiday stage performances, Seaside Ice rink and skate rentals, visits with Santa and other fun characters, our Giant Gingerbread Castle display, North Pole Gift and Sweet Shoppe, and Festival Café. Open daily through December 3.

Edaville Railroad Christmas Festival of Lights.  Kids and adults alike will love the park even more than usual when they see the 17 million (yes million) lights around the park.  Take a ride on the train and take advantage of all the other attractions in the park.

23rd Annual Castleberry Faire at the Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington. Over 250 of the nation’s finest Craftspeople selling products including Holiday Décor, Pottery, Tile, Fine Jewelry, Soy Candles, Turned Wood, Soaps, Fine Art, Toys, Wildlife & Nature Photography, Ceramics, Wearable Art, Victorian Wreaths, Leather, Pet Treats & Accessories, Children’s Clothing, Clay, Ladies Apparel, Sports Apparel, Sheep Skin Accessories, Fleece, doll clothes, table games and so, so, so much more! Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza returns! This outdoor mix of live performances, holiday shopping market in dozens of "chalets" and an outdoor skating rink.  Easy to park or take the T, walk to other attractions like Faneuil Hall, or just spent some time enjoying the events and local vendors offerings.

Cider Hill Farm Holiday Open House at the farm in Amesbury on Saturday and Sunday. Bring the kids and enjoy storytime, gingerbread man decorating, letter writing to our troops, a complimentary hot chocolate bar, and more! After your visit, take a stroll through downtown Amesbury and check out all the new shops, cafes and restaurants.  Amesbury is bustling!

North Andover Holiday Events The annual Santa parade kicks off at the middle school on Saturday at noon, and will progress down Main Street to Elm Street to Watter Street, back to Main Street and end at Sutton Street.  Lots of local talent will be participating! On Sunday at 4:30 be on the Common for the tree lighting and take part in the festivities until 6:30. Meet Santa Claus and have some free cookies and hot chocolate! There will be live entertainment as well as a free printed picture with Santa!

Small Business Saturday! Get out and support our local small businesses and take part in some special events and sales planned just for the day!