At this point in November, you're probably not totally sick of Christmas music yet. If you're one of those people that lives and breathes the holiday season, there are more than enough events, concerts and shows to tickle your Christmas itch. And if you tire quickly of constant jingling and jangling, you'll at least be able to pick your spots and find something you'll really like.
The annual Lowell City of Lights Parade and Holiday Celebration will happen Saturday, Nov. 24. The parade, which begins at 4:30 p.m., will run from Jackson Street to City Hall, where Santa Claus will join Mayor Murphy and turn on the lights of City Hall, downtown Lowell and the Wannalancit smoke stack Christmas tree. Daytime activities will also include magic performances, carolers, Lowell's Hot Chocolate Competition and more. For more information and a full list of events, contact the City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events office at 978-674-4260 or visit www.lowellcityoflights.org.
At Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford, the terrifying haunts of Witch's Woods have been replaced with some less-threatening attractions befitting the Christmas season. The Nashoba Valley Holiday Festival of Lights will be open every Thursday through Sunday night starting Friday, Nov. 23 and is open for the full week before Christmas. The Haunted Hayride is now an enchanted wagon ride which shows passengers places like The Elves' Workshop and The Reindeer Barn, while also passing by nutcrackers, snowmen, 30-foot Christmas trees and more. There will also be carnival rides, food and other attractions for the whole family to enjoy. $15 for adults, $12 for children ages 4 to 12, children 3 and younger are free.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is bringing its unique combination of Christmas music and prog rock to a couple locations in New England for its winter tour. Verizon Wireless Arena hosts the band in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Nov. 24, for two shows at 3 and 8 p.m. ($32), as well as at TD Garden for two shows on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. ($46). Tickets available from Ticketmaster.
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will also be making a couple of appearances in Massachusetts throughout December. The Holiday Pops show will include accompanying vocal group Five by Design and a special appearance from Santa Claus. The Pops will be at Hanover Theatre in Worcester on Friday, Dec. 7 ($55), and at Lowell Memorial Auditorium Sunday, Dec. 16 ($50). Tickets for the Worcester show are available at www.thehanovertheatre.org and tickets for Lowell are available at www.lowellauditorium.com or by calling 978-454-2299.
The Reagle Music Theatre puts on its 30th annual ChristmasTime show Dec. 7-16. More than 100 adults and children will be onstage recreating a wide range of holiday music. Tickets starting at $34 are available at www.reaglemusictheatre.org.
The Laurie Berkner Band holds a Holiday Celebration Concert at Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 9. The family-friendly show will have songs for all December holiday traditions, including songs from the band's latest album, A Laurie Berkner Christmas. Tickets are priced at $25, $35 and $100.
Also in Lowell, Country singer Martina McBride will be at the Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The show is part of her "Joy of Christmas" tour, where she will sing all of her favorite Christmas songs. Tickets are priced at $61.50, $71.50 and $81.50.
Wrapping up the Lowell Auditorium holiday shows is Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of Magi's Gold on Thursday, Dec. 6. The comedy traces the mystery of the Magi's gold through science, song and audience participation. Tickets are available at $25.75, $35.75 and $45.75. Tickets to all Lowell Memorial Auditorium shows are available at www.lowellauditorium.com or by calling 978-454-2299.
There are a couple productions of A Christmas Carol this month. North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly will be performing its show from Dec. 7-23. Tickets at $45, $50 and $60 are available at www.nsmt.org. The Hanover Theatre will hold its own production Dec. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. Tickets starting at $28 are available at www.hanovertheatre.org.
Boston Ballet will premiere its reimagined production of The Nutcracker Friday, Nov. 23, at the Boston Opera House. Tickets starting at $35 are available at www.bostonballet.org.
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