Hotlist November 26 – December 2

Annual Gingerbread Festival

The Marblehead Museum is proud to present once again the Annual Gingerbread Festival. The festival begins on Tuesday, November 27th with the Children’s Gingerbread Workshop. Children ages 2-10 are welcome to come build a gingerbread mini-mansion! The festival continues throughout the week with the public display of gingerbread houses at the Lee Mansion. Build and donate Gingerbread houses, buildings, or boats. The possibilities are unlimited! Drop off your delicious creation on Wednesday, November 27th between 3-6pm.

Tuesday, November 27 (Children’s Gingerbread Workshop)
The Marblehead Museum and Historical Society
170 Washington Street, Marblehead
1:00pm until 2:00pm ages 2-4 (with adult)
3:00pm until 4:00pm ages 5-10
Tickets: $10 per child. Sign up required |

Holiday Card Workshop

Come create a set of holiday cards with your family and friends. In this workshop, participants will gather natural objects such as pinecones, boughs and holly leaves to use in a large group print. Pieces of this print will be added to cardstock for a great mixed media holiday greeting. Students will take home a set of 10 cards and envelopes. Adults, teens, and children are all welcome. (Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian).

Wednesday, November 28
ArcWorks Community Art Center
22 Foster Street, Peabody
6:00pm until 8:00pm
Tickets: $25 |

Salem Winter Farmers’ Market

The Salem Farmers’ Market is moving into Old Town Hall for the first time! The Winter Market will include produce from local farms, fresh baked goods, flavored organic butter, mushrooms, soups, artisan soaps and more. All items must be grown or produced in New England. There will be 20 vendors at the Winter Market, which will run eight weeks on Thursdays from 3 – 6 pm (beginning November 1).

Thursday, November 29
Old Town Hall
32 Derby Square, Salem
3pm until 6pm
Tickets: FREE |


The Salem State Theatre Department presents Cabaret with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb. While most of us have the iconic images of Joel Grey as the Master of Ceremonies and Liza Minelli as Sallly Bowles in our minds, director Peter Sampieri’s production is going to have a little less glitz and a bit more grit. Recommended for mature audiences. The production runs November 29-December 1 and December 6 – December 8 at 7:30 pm and December 9 at 2 pm.

Friday, November 30
Salem State University, Mainstage Theatre
352 Lafayette Street, Salem
Tickets: $20 general, $15 students/seniors |

Winter Family Fun Day

Celebrate the beginning of winter as the award-winning puppet company, the Gerwick Puppets, hosts Mid-Winter Magic. This musical fantasy tells the story of two children’s wintry dream with over 30 puppets of all shapes and sizes! The Puppet Making Workshop starts at 2:15pm and is an additional $5.00 per participant. Pre-registration is required and is appropriate for ages 5 years and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For questions or to register for the workshop please contact the museum.

Saturday, December 1
Lynn Museum
590 Washington Street, Lynn
12:00pm until 4:00pm
Tickets: $10 per family, $5 extra for Puppet Making Workshop |

Greening of the Great House: A Winter Festival

Celebrate the magic of winter as the Great House on Castle Hill is festively decorated by area florists and designers. Enjoy live music, a dance performance, a children’s “Eye Spy,” refreshments, and more at this winter festival. On Friday evening, make it a date and come for live jazz music and a drink at the cash bar.  On Saturday and Sunday, visit the Gift Gallery for distinctive holiday gifts. The Festival will run Friday November 30 through Sunday December 2.

Sunday, December 2
The Crane Estate
290 Argilla Road, Ipswich
12:00pm until 4:00pm
Tickets: Adult $10, Children $5, Nonmembers: Adult $15, Children $8, Ipswich residents: $5 with proof of residency |

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