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Special Events

Thursday, November 18


Giant Gingerbread House Lighting | 6PM
A free family event! Experience the excitement as Blue Ocean Event Center unveils and lights this year’s giant confectionery creation by extreme baker Jim Shalkoski. Holiday caroling creates the perfect start to the holiday season, complete with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies.


Friday, November 19

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Spirits of Christmas Gala | 6:30PM
A holiday FUNdraiser featuring the grand lighting of this year’s festival trees and announcement of the 2021 tree award winners. Ticket includes food and dessert stations, and complimentary tastings by liquor, wine and beer vendors.  Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. SOLD OUT


Saturday, November 27

Rockin’ Into the Holidays Dance Party
Featuring Foreigners Journey
8PM | Blue Ocean Music Hall | $15 – $29
The music and energy of two legendary stadium rock bands comes together in one electrifying show! Featuring lead singer Constantine Maroulis, of “American Idol” fame and two-time Tony-nominated star of Broadway’s “Rock of Ages.”’ Bringing together the incredible sights and sounds of two of rocks greatest arena bands of the 80’s – Foreigner & Journey. Tickets on sale through the Blue Ocean Music Hall Box Office (978-462-5888) or on BlueOceanHall.com.


Friday, December 3

Skating Party w/ Blades the Bruin | 5PM – 8PM
Included in Festival Admission

Join beloved Boston Bruins mascot and the Blades ambassadors for skating on Seaside Ice. The fun-loving bear mascot is available for photos with fans on a first-come, first-served basis. Wear your Bruins gear to show your support for New England’s favorite hockey team! Meet and greet participants can register to win a family four-pack of Bruins game tickets and hockey swag.


 Sunday, December 5

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Tree Raffle | 5PM – 7PM
Last day for public viewing, open 11AM-5PM. After that time, we will randomly draw a winner for each tree from the raffle tickets. Winners will be called Sunday night, and will be able to pick up their trees Monday 12PM – 6PM.


 Sunday, December 5

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Naughty + Nice Brunch w/ Santa + The Grinch | 10AM – 12PM
Brunch with the mean green one + the jolly red fellow. Featuring Santa’s arrival by fire truck, DJ music, scavenger hunt + games! More Info



 MORE HOLIDAY EVENTS

These events do not include festival admission, as they take place after the festival closes for the season.


 Wednesday, December 8


Gingerbread Night Out | 6:30PM – 9PM
Deck the halls! It’s a Girls Night Out Gingerbread Workshop with Holiday Bites & Drink Tastings all wrapped up in one fun event.Creative chefs will love decorating a take-home gingerbread house. All candy and supplies included. On Sale Starting Saturday, November 20, at Noon. More info


 Thursday, December 9


Holiday Sip + Shop | 5PM – 8PM
Get a jump on your holiday shopping and take 20% off the whole store at By the Sea Unique Gifts! Enjoy holiday mini cocktails and hors d’ouevres and fi nd unique gifts for everyone on your list. Our best sale of the season!


 Friday, December 10


Polar Express Pajama Party | 6PM – 8PM
Come in your PJs for a dinner buffet and enjoy a conductor reading, hot cocoa, fudge brownies, visit from Mr. Claus, and a keepsake silver bell for each child. More Info


 Sunday, December 12


Nutcracker Brunch | 10AM – 12PM
Featuring Methuen Ballet Ensemble. From Sugar Plum Fairies in the Land of Sweets to Brunch By the Sea, don’t miss this annual holiday tradition! More Info