LOWELL -- Join in the fun at this year's City of Lights Parade and Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 26, noon-7 p.m.
Stroll the city streets and enjoy live performances, childrens' activities, holiday shopping, photos with Santa and the annual favorite -- the hot chocolate competition. Safari Rides with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Lucy the Polar Bear, Maurice the Great Christmas Moose and Sno-Cat the Siberian Tiger will return to City Hall Plaza, as well as the Lowell National Historical Park's Holly Jolly Trolley running from the Boott Cotton Mills to the Visitor Center. And be sure to cast a ballot in the window decorating contest to vote for your favorite downtown business.
The nighttime extravaganza will feature The City of Lights Parade and City Hall lighting, marking the city's official start to the holiday season.
Visit www.lowell.org for a complete schedule.
NASHUA, N.H. -- The Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., will host music for children and adults during Nashua's Winter Holiday Stroll on Saturday, Nov. 26.
At 5:45 p.m. and again at 7:10 p.m. in the Children's Room, singer/songwriter Steve Blunt will perform songs from his brand new Christmas/holiday CD. Best-selling author and illustrator Marty Kelley will join him to read from his very silly work. The performance is perfect for young children, with plenty of audience participation.
Also at 5:45 p.m., the Regional Youth Choir, a group of talented middle schoolers from Merrimack, will perform in the library's theater.
At 7:10 p.m. in the library theater, pianist Deborrah Wyndham will perform arrangements of holiday songs popular and traditional, along with rare holiday pieces, ragtime, stride and boogie-woogie.
And from 5:45 p.m. to 8:10 p.m., kids can get temporary holiday tattoos in the Teen Room.
For information, call 603-589-4610 or visit www.tinyurl.com/nplconcert.
STONEHAM -- ZooLights will shine brightly at the Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., nightly from 5 to 9, Nov. 25-Jan. 1. Visitors can stroll along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights and take in sights like Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, Canada lynx and reindeer, which will be available to meet up close for photo opportunities. Jolly Old St. Nick will be at Santa's Castle for photos through Dec. 23, with Mrs. Claus attending on Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 24. ZooLights will be closed on Dec. 25.
The Stone Zoo also invites visitors to celebrate the characters from Star Wars on Sunday, Nov. 27, 5-8 p.m., when members of the New England Garrison and Alderaan Base dressed as characters from the films roam the zoo. The costumed characters are local members of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion; groups of Star Wars fans who, with the use of their movie-quality costumes, contribute to the local community through charity and volunteer work. Guests are invited to wear their own Star Wars attire and bring their cameras.