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Holiday Lights Spectacular

Roger Williams Park Zoo 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, MA

The Holiday Lights Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo is bigger and more vibrant than ever this year, with over 3 ½ million bright lights. This festive family-friendly event runs […]

$10 – $12

AHA! Night: Starry Night

Downtown New Bedford Union St. /Purchase St. Area, New Bedford, MA

December’s “Starry Night” edition of the monthly cultural event features holiday shopping, selfies with Santa, poetry open mic, live music, new art exhibitions, and kids’ activities. Here are some highlights; […]

Murder Mystery Dinner at Rachel’s Lakeside

Rachel's Lakeside 950 State Road, Dartmouth, MA

The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year is a festive murder mystery comedy with a full surf and turf buffet and a DJ spinning holiday hits.

$49

Annual Holiday Marketplace

Fairhaven's Unitarian Memorial Church 102 Green St,, Fairhaven, MA

Unitarian Memorial Church hosts its annual Holiday Marketplace as part of Fairhaven's festive Old-Time Holiday. The event features local artisans, handmade crafts, raffles, baked goods (including nut-free and gluten-free), and a delicious luncheon with homemade soups and sandwiches. Saint Nicholas will be entertaining all in front of our majestic Christmas tree. Each year, this tree […]

Recurring Event Buttonwood Park Holiday Stroll

Buttonwood Park Holiday Stroll

Buttonwood Park 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, MA

Local vendors will be available for shopping and seasonal fun at the Buttonwood Park Holiday Stroll. This event will take place on two Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last admission is at 3:15 p.m. The vendor list includes the following and more: Life With Rainbows Cilla’s Devine Care […]

dNB Holiday Stroll

Downtown New Bedford Union St. /Purchase St. Area, New Bedford, MA

Downtown New Bedford Inc. and the City of New Bedford host the annual dNB Inc. Holiday Stroll and the City's Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Holiday Stroll takes place from 12–5 p.m. Pop-up events will include wine tastings, hot chocolate, craft projects, vendor markets, exhibitions, performances, cocktails, and deals from […]

20th Annual A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA

Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has entertained and enlightened radio audiences since 1986. Now celebrating two decades of holiday performances, the Christmas-time live version of the show draws on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national […]

$29 – $59

3rd Annual Kilburn Mill Holly Jolly Fest

Kilburn Mill 127 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA

The Kilburn Mill and its partner Tufts Health Plan will host their 3rd Annual "Holly Jolly Fest" on the 3rd floor Mill in the Kilburn Event Center at the Kilburn Mill. This event is free to the public, with hot chocolate and cookies provided by DND Catering, pictures with Santa, a photo booth, an indoor […]

Southcoast Jazz Orchestra Holiday Show

Pub 6T5 736 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA

The Southcoast Jazz Orchestra will perform two ho-ho-holiday shows at Pub 6T5. SJO is a 17-piece big band made up of musicians from Southeastern MA. The group is led by Bob Williamson, owner of the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth.

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA

Holiday Pops is a celebration of seasonal song favorites. NBSO, the Showstoppers, and Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestra members join in for a family-friendly performance that will make everyone merry. The children’s matinee at 3:30 p.m. features fun surprises for the young at heart, while the 7 p.m. concert features a bit more music. Both performances […]

$5 – $43

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA

Holiday Pops is a celebration of seasonal song favorites. NBSO, the Showstoppers, and Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestra members join in for a family-friendly performance that will make everyone merry. The children’s matinee at 3:30 p.m. features fun surprises for the young at heart, while the 7 p.m. concert features a bit more music. Both performances […]

$5 – $43

Virtual Event: Decked Out for the Holidays

Zoom Meeting

The Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries host Jana Milbocker from Enchanted Gardens in a virtual tour of magnificently decorated conservatories and mansions, and beautifully lit gardens during the holiday season. This presentation requires pre-registration at http://www.tinyurl.com/DeckedOut2022. Audience members must sign up with an email address to receive a ZOOM code. For more information, please e-mail […]

Winter Wonderland Holiday Party

New Bedford Art Museum 608 Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA

Celebrate the winter solstice and seasonal holidays at NBAM/Artworks. Nibble tasty hors d'oeuvres and sip some holiday cheer as you stroll through the galleries. Purchase unique holiday gift items from BuyBlackNB vendors. Watch a cutting-edge series of "tiny dance" performances curated by dancer/choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky. Hear the joyous sounds of holiday singers courtesy of […]

$80 – $85

Jingle Mingle Holiday Party & Buffet

White's of Westport 66 State Rd, Westport, MA

White’s will host a holiday celebration with a festive buffet and DJ George Ayoub Jr. spinning the tunes. This event is suitable for individuals, groups, and companies big or small. Individual tickets are available for $45. Smaller parties will be combined to form tables of eight. To make things even easier and more economical you […]

$45

Christmas in Fall River: Concert with Sons of Serendip & Javier Colon

BMC Durfee High School 460 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA

Local favorite Sons of Serendip will be returning to Fall River this December for a Christmas performance on Friday, Dec.16. This time, they’ll be joined by The Voice winner Javier Colon. All ages are welcome. The concert will be ticketed as $10 per person, with proceeds to be donated to the Law Enforcement Assisting Families/Blessed […]

$10
Recurring Event Buttonwood Park Holiday Stroll

Buttonwood Park Holiday Stroll

Buttonwood Park 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, MA

Local vendors will be available for shopping and seasonal fun at the Buttonwood Park Holiday Stroll. This event will take place on two Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last admission is at 3:15 p.m. The vendor list includes the following and more: Life With Rainbows Cilla’s Devine Care […]

The Nutcracker in Providence, R.I.

The Vets One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

The Nutcracker by Yury Yanowsky returns to the stage at The Vets in Providence, R.I. This family-friendly production features a spectacular tree that grows 38 feet, a Nutcracker character designed by Big Nazo Lab, clever magic tricks, vibrant and shimmering costumes, and dozens of young dancers performing alongside the Festival Ballet Providence Company of world-class […]

$40 – $100

Movies Through the Decades: The Miracle on 34th Street

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA

“Movies Through the Decades” celebrates the Zeiterion’s 100th birthday and long history as a movie house. The Z will honor this event with films throughout the century and matching “vintage” ticket prices. The series begins with the festive 1947 classic, The Miracle on 34th Street.

$0.40

The Nutcracker in Providence, R.I.

The Vets One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

The Nutcracker by Yury Yanowsky returns to the stage at The Vets in Providence, R.I. This family-friendly production features a spectacular tree that grows 38 feet, a Nutcracker character designed by Big Nazo Lab, clever magic tricks, vibrant and shimmering costumes, and dozens of young dancers performing alongside the Festival Ballet Providence Company of world-class […]

$40 – $100

Southcoast Jazz Orchestra Holiday Show

Pub 6T5 736 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA

The Southcoast Jazz Orchestra will perform two ho-ho-holiday shows at Pub 6T5. SJO is a 17-piece big band made up of musicians from Southeastern MA. The group is led by Bob Williamson, owner of the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth.

The Nutcracker in Providence, R.I.

The Vets One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

The Nutcracker by Yury Yanowsky returns to the stage at The Vets in Providence, R.I. This family-friendly production features a spectacular tree that grows 38 feet, a Nutcracker character designed by Big Nazo Lab, clever magic tricks, vibrant and shimmering costumes, and dozens of young dancers performing alongside the Festival Ballet Providence Company of world-class […]

$40 – $100

Spirit of Saint Anthony Choir Christmas Concert and Sing-Along

Saint Anthony of Padua Church 1359 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA

On Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3:00 p.m., the 45-voice choir will perform a Christmas Concert, including their traditional sing-along and Hallelujah Chorus. Complimentary refreshments will be available following the concert in the church hall. For this event, free parking and shuttle service are provided by Tremblay Bus from the St. Killian's parking lot on Earle […]

$10

The Nutcracker in Providence, R.I.

The Vets One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

The Nutcracker by Yury Yanowsky returns to the stage at The Vets in Providence, R.I. This family-friendly production features a spectacular tree that grows 38 feet, a Nutcracker character designed by Big Nazo Lab, clever magic tricks, vibrant and shimmering costumes, and dozens of young dancers performing alongside the Festival Ballet Providence Company of world-class […]

$40 – $100

The Dartmouth Public School Orchestra: TSO Tribute

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA

The Dartmouth Public School Orchestra will perform a Trans Siberian Orchestra tribute with guest artist, Mark Wood the founding electric violinist of the TSO. The show will feature the DHS Orchestra, with guest appearances by the 8th grade string players as well as the DHS Chorus.  In keeping with TSO tradition, we will perform with […]

$25 – $30