The holiday spirit is alive and well in Southeastern Massachusetts! Communities throughout the region are hosting visits with Santa, festivals of lights, church fairs, choir concerts, and trips to the North Pole. With just a few weeks left until Christmas, you may want to jam in as much of the “season to be merry” as you can.
Here’s a top 5 of December Events South of Boston.
Christmas in Columbia Square, Weymouth, Sat. Dec. 8, 4-7 p.m. This annual holiday outing is hosted by the Columbian Square Business Association. Get your kids pictures taken with Santa Claus, watch the tree lighting, enjoy a trolley ride or participate in a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt. And if you’re really in the spirit, sing along with the carolers on the lawn of the Fogg Library. Shops in the square will be showcasing their wares and offering special give-aways.
14th Annual Jingle Bell Run, Brockton, MA, Sat., Dec. 8., 1 p.m. Conference Center, Massasoit. If you want to do something active this holiday season, think about participating in a 2-mile run/walk to benefit a local charity. Adults pay $20 to participate in the race, and kids can run for free if they bring a non-perishable food item with them. Wear a Santa’s hat or a holiday costume to really get in the spirit. All proceeds benefit the Enterprise Helping Hands Fund. Call Dave Gorman, 508-588-3148 for details.
Canton Garden Club Holiday House Tour, Fri., Dec. 7, 1- 8 p.m. and Dec. 8. 12-3 p.m. If you’re looking for ideas to decorate your home for Christmas, you’ll want to see how the experts do it. The theme of the 2012 Canton Garden Club tour is “Songs of the Season,” and each house that is showcased will illustrate a holiday theme. Three homes – 14 Williams St., 319 Sherman St., and 54 Messinger St. are open for viewing this year as well as Pequitside Farm at 79 Pleasant St., which will also host a Garden Club boutique and bake sale. Tour tickets are $25. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus –Holiday Concert, Bridgewater-Raynham High School, Sat., Dec. 8, 7 p.m. and St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Taunton, Sun. Dec. 9, 3 p.m. – This 100-voice chorus and 24-piece live orchestra is celebrating its 20th anniversary with two holiday concerts entitled “Believe.” If you enjoy the traditional carols, you’ll love the chorus’s rendition of “O Holy Night and other sing-along favorites, but be ready to hear some “new classics” and salsa music performed by guest soloists as well. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for children, and $15 for students and seniors. Call 508-821-9571.
Sandwich Holly Days and First Night. Christmas on Cape Cod has never been brighter! You won’t know which activity to do first on the streets of this classic Norman Rockwell town. You can visit the Heritage Museums and Gardens, which are now adorned with lights and hosting a Santa Claus who is ready and willing to pose with your kids. The children can take a ride on the old-fashioned carousel, and live music is playing throughout the grounds. If eating with Santa is appealing, bring your kids to a pancake breakfast with the jolly old elf at the Sandwich Grange Hall on Sat., Dec. 8. The next day you can tour some beautiful historic and contemporary homes opening their doors to tourists with halls bedecked. And then mark your calendars for the big event – “First Night Sandwich,” which will take place in the Village on December 31st from 4 to 9 p.m. Artists and ice sculptures, music, mask-making, magicians, jugglers, and a Mardi Gras-style parade awaits you on the streets of Sandwich Village on New Year’s Eve. Check out www.firstnightsandwich.com for a full schedule of entertainment.