Holiday fun

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    Holiday fun

    Anyone have holiday fun suggestions to share? The one thing I am definitely, absolutely doing this year is visiting the Enchanted Village at Jordan's Furniture. I'm so excited about it!
     
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    FYI - My brother and SIL took their 4 kids yesterday and said it was a zoo! They suggested going when it opens (I believe at 11am) to beat the crowds.

    Stoneham Zoo Lights is on our list this year. Has anyone gone before?
     
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    Lemon-we did the Enchanted village last year with DS-a great time. Though we went during the week in the middle of the day to avoid the crowds. It was still busy, but not "wait in line for a hour busy." We plan on doing the same thing this year.

    We're planning on driving around to see Christmas Trees, one in the common, harvard square, etc. As long as it's not too cold! DH and I are whimps when it comes to cold weather.

    Interested to see what other people have found out there.
     
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    Yes, I definitely plan to go on a weekday. I get as antsy in lines as my daughter.
     
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    I want to go to the Enchanted Village too!  We went to Edaville over the weekend but that was a bit of a bust, DD is too young (1.5).  My friend is having Santa to her house later this week so we are going to that.  I've been trying to think of some other fun things but a lot are at night which is not DD's best time of day.  I am thinking of getting a gingerbread kit (lazy I know) and letting her decorate it, she loves that kind of thing.
     
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    I'm part of a facebook group with other humans who share my affinity for elf culture. Here are some of the events we discussed there:

    http://www.bostoncentral.com/events/seasonalfun/p9937.php
    The German School in Allston is holding a Christmas fair this weekend. They say it's a small version of the German Christmas markets.

    Bridgewater's Festival of Lights
    http://www.bridgewaterfestivaloflights.com/

    Somerville's tree lighting this weekend and the famous Illuminations Tour on the 18th
    http://www.thesomervillenews.com/archives/9861

    Christmas at La Salette is lovely whether or not you're religious:
    http://www.lasalette-shrine.org/Christmas.html

    The SoWa holiday market, December 11 and 12
    http://sowaholidaymarket.com/

    Old Sturbridge Village is doing something, but their site is down right now.

    Santa's Village  in New Hampsire -- website is also down, but you can read about it here
    http://maps.google.com/maps/place?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=s&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=santa%27s+village+new+hampshire&fb=1&gl=us&hq=santa%27s+village&hnear=New+Hampshire&cid=17382022305392714965

    I haven't done Zoo Lights in the past, but that is definitely on my list this year. http://www.zoonewengland.org/Page.aspx?pid=268



     
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    if any of you have older (non-baby) kids (or are total nerds like me), Harry & the Potters' Yule Ball at the Middle East is always super fun. We've been to three:
    http://harryandthepotters.com/shows/
     
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    My cousin took her daughter to Zoo Lights this past weekend and it was a hit.  This has been a tradition since her daughter was 2 (she's 10 now). 
     
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    If you're ever in the route 1 Saugus area, go down the street that Kelly's Roast Beef and Target are on, there is a house there that does an INSANE light display - they have a large front yard and a long driveway and it's amazing. This house even has lights for other holidays as well. We went for Halloween and it was pretty cool.
     
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    Thanks Lemon, you are awesome.  It might have been a bah-humbug xmas for us this year but these look like some great suggestions.

    I also want to add the Concord, MA lighting of the tree and Holiday Parade  on 12/5 from 4:45 to 6:15.  Concord Center is always jolly this time of year.  Concord Night (shops stay open late and they hold open-houses with goodies and refreshments) is on THursday night, 12/9.
     
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    Concord has one of the best toy stores I've ever seen, too -- it was like the factory store at Santa's Village or something.
     
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    Old Sturbridge is back up: they're doing "Christmas by Candlelight."
    http://www.osv.org/orders/listprograms.html?ID=8

    Christmas by Candlelight

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    Dec. 3-5; 10-12; 17-19
    4:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingergbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). Meet Father Christmas and chat with Santa Claus (bring your camera!).

    Discover the history of Christmas cards, exchanging gifts, hanging stockings, Christmas trees, mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, and candy canes. You'll learn about these traditions and more! Taste samples of foods long associated with the holiday and hear sounds of the season
     
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    KT, you're right -- everything seems to be at night. It's true that night is a magical time of lights and Santa visitations, but our daughter goes to bed at 7 so it's not great for us either.

    Here's a diurnal activity -- the Harvard Square craft fair:

    http://www.harvardsquareholidayfair.com/

     
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    Anyone here from the JP/Rox/Roz area? I'd like to drive by that crazy house this year, but I can't remember if they sold it or not.
     
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    It looks like Edaville is another victim of this endless recession, so if you are on the fence about going, this year is probably your last chance.

    The Boston Common tree lighting is tomorrow:
    http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/

    Boston Common Tree Lighting Coming December 2

    The City of Boston’s Official Tree Lighting hosted by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, title sponsor the Province of Nova Scotia, and media sponsors WCVB-TV Channel 5 and MAGIC 106.7 FM comes to Boston Common on Thursday, December 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This will be the 69th annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common. Chronicle’s Anthony Everett and NewsCenter Five's JC Monahan will host Channel 5’s live broadcast of the event beginning at 7 p.m. The celebration will feature the Radio City Rockettes, 2006 American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee, Grammy-winning R&B singer Patti Austin and the Boston Pops Gospel Choir, among many others. 


     
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    We did Santas Big Party at Charmingfare Farm in Candia NH last year with our then almost 2 year old - highly reccomended
     
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    I live near the stone zoo and the zoo lights is cool for kids.  My stepdaughter enjoyed it until she was about 7 or 8.  We plan to go with friends this year that have a 3 year old!
     
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    Well this is not going anywhere but fun at the house - We got DD an Advent Calendar and that was a huge hit!  She loved opening the little door and something fun for her everyday!
     
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    I loved the advent calendar when I was little. I wonder if they make secular ones. ha ha
     
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    I think they make advent-ish calendars that count down to Santa's arrival, actually. :)

    Here's a whole bunch at Walmart

    "Advent" Calendars
     
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    Lemon--I was just on the Jamaicaway way yesterday and they were decorating the "castle". I believe it has a new owner, different from the guy that went nuts for a couple of seasons a few years back. Last year it was pretty tame (in comparison) and yesterday it looked like they were focusing on lighting up the house instead of the displaying all the inflatable goodies. I think that guy prodded a number of houses around him into decorating, so there's usually a bunch of houses to see on that strech of the JWay. (I especially like that the next-door neighbors have a huge Star of David that they keep lit throughout the year!)
     
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    HOORAY!
     
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    In Response to Re: Holiday fun:
    [QUOTE]I think they make advent-ish calendars that count down to Santa's arrival, actually. :) Here's a whole bunch at Walmart "Advent" Calendars
    Posted by kargiver[/QUOTE]
    Could this be the start of a new, Santa-based religion?
     
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    http://www.verrillfarm.com/events.html

    Santa's coming to Verill Farm this Saturday... bring $ to buy their expensive but delicious prepared foods.
     
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    Anyone have tips on craft fairs? I went to one in Harvard Square today -- at the Episcopal church, not the big one (it's in a basement, and I had the giant stroller). It really whet my appetite for crafts.
     
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