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
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