Event Calendar

The FamilyFriendlyBoston.com Event Calendar is provided as a service to our readers. Though the calendar is moderated for posting acceptable (and awesome) events, Family Friendly Boston does not endorse nor verify the information included. Please contact or call the host before heading out.

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Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker @ The Boston Opera House
Dec 20 all-day
Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker @ The Boston Opera House | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker returns to the stage November 28 -December 31 at the Boston Opera House.   One of two spectacular commissions for Boston Ballet, Robert Perdziola’s original Nutcracker sets and costumes return to the stage following the world premiere of his creations for Swan Lake (October 2014).  Following its world premiere in 2012, The Nutcracker gained record-breaking popularity, dazzled audiences, and was hailed as “elegant and theatrically striking”, by The New York Times.

This year’s production features the full company at its largest size of 60 Company dancers, 9 Boston Ballet II dancers, and over 250 Boston Ballet School students. The 44-performance run will feature many never-before-seen casts, showcasing the vast talent within the Company, and providing many opportunities for dancers to shine in Soloist and Principal roles. Each performance will be accompanied by P.I. Tchaikovsky’s renowned score, performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra.

Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas, père titledThe Tale of the Nutcracker, which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The story follows the wondrous journey of young Clara, who receives a nutcracker as a gift at her family’s Christmas Eve party. Later that night, her nutcracker magically transforms into a handsome prince, who leads her through an enchanted forest and on to the Nutcracker Prince’s Kingdom. This timeless classic is presented by State Street Corporation.

All performances of The Nutcracker will take place at The Boston Opera House, November 28 – December 31, 2014.

 

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Ice Skating and Winter on the Wharf @ Rotunda Rink at Boston Harbor Hotel
Dec 20 all-day
Ice Skating and Winter on the Wharf @ Rotunda Rink at Boston Harbor Hotel | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Breathtaking views and a playful atmosphere come together at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s approximately 2,500 square foot (80 ft. by 30 ft.) Rotunda Rink to create a unique and luxurious winter retreat.  Made with real ice, the Rotunda Rink can accommodate up to 75 skaters.

Spend winter days and nights enjoying the food, drink, merriment, and spectacle of the Boston Harbor Hotel’sWinter on the Wharf, a season of five-star fun and festivities anchored by the new Rotunda Rink.   Combining perennial favorites with one-of-a-kind special events and holiday traditions, Winter on the Wharf offers visitors a flurry of festivities that can be enjoyed throughout the winter months.

After a spin on the rink, skaters are invited to warm up with après-skate treats.  Timeless winter indulgences like specialty hot cocoa, winter cocktails and Rowes Wharf Sea Grille’s seasonal Frost Tea are sure to warm children’s hearts and make adult spirits soar.  Hand-crafted cocktails, signature dishes and sensational snacks prepared by the Boston Harbor Hotel’s award-winning culinary team will be offered daily in Rowes Wharf Sea Grille and Rowes Wharf Bar throughout the season.

Hours of Operation:

MondayFriday         3:00PM – 8:00PM

Saturday & Sunday      10:00AM – 8:00PM

RATES:     

Admission: Adults: $10 | Children: $5

Children under 5 years old: Complimentary

Rentals:  Adults: $10 | Children: $8

Warming room, lockers and skate rentals available on-site.

 

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BSO Holiday Pops Kids Matinee @ Boston Symphony Hall
Dec 20 @ 11:00 am
BSO Holiday Pops Kids Matinee @ Boston Symphony Hall | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

The 2014 Holiday Pops season will present seven Kids Matinee concerts featuring a special children’s sing-along, a kid-friendly menu with special holiday treats, and an opportunity for parents to bring their cameras and take photos of their children with Santa Claus after the concert. Children under two years of age are admitted free.

These Kids Matinee concerts will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 6; Sunday, December 7;Saturday, December 13; Sunday, December 14; Saturday, December 20; Sunday, December 21, andWednesday, December 24. The Arbella Insurance Foundation is the official sponsor of the Kids Matinees.

 

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Eat Boutique December Pop-Up Shop @ Next to Sweet Cheeks BBQ
Dec 20 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Eat Boutique December Pop-Up Shop @ Next to Sweet Cheeks BBQ | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Tis’ the season for food gift giving, and to help make sure your holidays are merry and bright, Eat Boutique is hosting a pop-up shop from December 4 – 21, 2014 (see open hours below).

Come say hello to Maggie and the team, sample fabulous food items, and find everything you need for everyone on your list, including small-batch & artisan food gifts, kitchen tools, linens, and curated gift boxes. Plus, there will be special events, where you can meet amazing makers and cookbook authors. Check back often for announcements. Hope to see you there and happy holidays!

Check the web site for more information and for details on special events at the pop-up shop!

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ZooLights @ Stoneham Zoo
Dec 20 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ZooLights @ Stoneham Zoo | Stoneham | Massachusetts | United States

ZooLights is set to dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Thanksgiving (November 27). This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Upon entering Stone Zoo, guests will visit Yukon Creek, which not only features dazzling holiday lights, but is also home to bald eagles, North American porcupines, Canada lynx (including three kittens born earlier this year), reindeer and arctic foxes. Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during the nightly photo opportunities.* Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa’s Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be available for photos throughDec. 23. After visiting with Santa, enter a magical holiday world filled with fairy tale characters and dancing plush animals.

 

* Please note: The reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals’ needs and the weather.

 

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21
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Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker @ The Boston Opera House
Dec 21 all-day
Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker @ The Boston Opera House | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker returns to the stage November 28 -December 31 at the Boston Opera House.   One of two spectacular commissions for Boston Ballet, Robert Perdziola’s original Nutcracker sets and costumes return to the stage following the world premiere of his creations for Swan Lake (October 2014).  Following its world premiere in 2012, The Nutcracker gained record-breaking popularity, dazzled audiences, and was hailed as “elegant and theatrically striking”, by The New York Times.

This year’s production features the full company at its largest size of 60 Company dancers, 9 Boston Ballet II dancers, and over 250 Boston Ballet School students. The 44-performance run will feature many never-before-seen casts, showcasing the vast talent within the Company, and providing many opportunities for dancers to shine in Soloist and Principal roles. Each performance will be accompanied by P.I. Tchaikovsky’s renowned score, performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra.

Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas, père titledThe Tale of the Nutcracker, which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The story follows the wondrous journey of young Clara, who receives a nutcracker as a gift at her family’s Christmas Eve party. Later that night, her nutcracker magically transforms into a handsome prince, who leads her through an enchanted forest and on to the Nutcracker Prince’s Kingdom. This timeless classic is presented by State Street Corporation.

All performances of The Nutcracker will take place at The Boston Opera House, November 28 – December 31, 2014.

 

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Ice Skating and Winter on the Wharf @ Rotunda Rink at Boston Harbor Hotel
Dec 21 all-day
Ice Skating and Winter on the Wharf @ Rotunda Rink at Boston Harbor Hotel | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Breathtaking views and a playful atmosphere come together at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s approximately 2,500 square foot (80 ft. by 30 ft.) Rotunda Rink to create a unique and luxurious winter retreat.  Made with real ice, the Rotunda Rink can accommodate up to 75 skaters.

Spend winter days and nights enjoying the food, drink, merriment, and spectacle of the Boston Harbor Hotel’sWinter on the Wharf, a season of five-star fun and festivities anchored by the new Rotunda Rink.   Combining perennial favorites with one-of-a-kind special events and holiday traditions, Winter on the Wharf offers visitors a flurry of festivities that can be enjoyed throughout the winter months.

After a spin on the rink, skaters are invited to warm up with après-skate treats.  Timeless winter indulgences like specialty hot cocoa, winter cocktails and Rowes Wharf Sea Grille’s seasonal Frost Tea are sure to warm children’s hearts and make adult spirits soar.  Hand-crafted cocktails, signature dishes and sensational snacks prepared by the Boston Harbor Hotel’s award-winning culinary team will be offered daily in Rowes Wharf Sea Grille and Rowes Wharf Bar throughout the season.

Hours of Operation:

MondayFriday         3:00PM – 8:00PM

Saturday & Sunday      10:00AM – 8:00PM

RATES:     

Admission: Adults: $10 | Children: $5

Children under 5 years old: Complimentary

Rentals:  Adults: $10 | Children: $8

Warming room, lockers and skate rentals available on-site.

 

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BSO Holiday Pops Kids Matinee @ Boston Symphony Hall
Dec 21 @ 11:00 am
BSO Holiday Pops Kids Matinee @ Boston Symphony Hall | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

The 2014 Holiday Pops season will present seven Kids Matinee concerts featuring a special children’s sing-along, a kid-friendly menu with special holiday treats, and an opportunity for parents to bring their cameras and take photos of their children with Santa Claus after the concert. Children under two years of age are admitted free.

These Kids Matinee concerts will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 6; Sunday, December 7;Saturday, December 13; Sunday, December 14; Saturday, December 20; Sunday, December 21, andWednesday, December 24. The Arbella Insurance Foundation is the official sponsor of the Kids Matinees.

 

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Eat Boutique December Pop-Up Shop @ Next to Sweet Cheeks BBQ
Dec 21 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Eat Boutique December Pop-Up Shop @ Next to Sweet Cheeks BBQ | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Tis’ the season for food gift giving, and to help make sure your holidays are merry and bright, Eat Boutique is hosting a pop-up shop from December 4 – 21, 2014 (see open hours below).

Come say hello to Maggie and the team, sample fabulous food items, and find everything you need for everyone on your list, including small-batch & artisan food gifts, kitchen tools, linens, and curated gift boxes. Plus, there will be special events, where you can meet amazing makers and cookbook authors. Check back often for announcements. Hope to see you there and happy holidays!

Check the web site for more information and for details on special events at the pop-up shop!

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ZooLights @ Stoneham Zoo
Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ZooLights @ Stoneham Zoo | Stoneham | Massachusetts | United States

ZooLights is set to dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Thanksgiving (November 27). This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Upon entering Stone Zoo, guests will visit Yukon Creek, which not only features dazzling holiday lights, but is also home to bald eagles, North American porcupines, Canada lynx (including three kittens born earlier this year), reindeer and arctic foxes. Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during the nightly photo opportunities.* Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa’s Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be available for photos throughDec. 23. After visiting with Santa, enter a magical holiday world filled with fairy tale characters and dancing plush animals.

 

* Please note: The reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals’ needs and the weather.

 

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