Sunday is the "12th day of Christmas," which marks the traditional Christmas tree fire at Patton Park in Hamilton. That's just one of the events happening this weekend.
Below, get the when and where for other happenings in Hamilton and Wenham and the nearby area during the coming weekend.
Remember, each Friday Hamilton-Wenham Patch’s “Get Out” weekend planner brings you a quick guide to local events and activities.
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1. MIDDLE SCHOOL NEW YEAR'S DANCE
Where/When: Community House of Hamilton-Wenham; Friday, 7-9 p.m.
Why Go: For middle schools, it's back to the fun with the first dance of the new year. In addition to the music, there's foosball and a pool table for the teeangers.
2. TED BUCCI BLOOD DRIVE
Where/When: Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Why Go: There's an ongoing need for blood donations and there's a chance to help out close to home on Saturday morning. The blood drive is in memory of Ted Bucci, father of Hamilton resident Mike Bucci. Donors must be at least 17-years-old or 16 with a signed parental consent form. You can just show up or make an appointment in advance by calling 800-REDCROSS or online at www.redcrossblood.org.
3. SALEM PHILHARMONIC
Where/When: Salem High School; Sunday, Jan. 6, 3:30 p.m.
Why Go: Chia-Jung Tsay, a piano soloist, is featured in a performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto as the Salem Philharmonic begins its 108th season of concerts.
4. CHRISTMAS TREE FIRE
Where/When: Patton Park; Sunday, 6 p.m.
Why Go: It is an annual tradition at Patton Park, where the community gathers for a winter get-together as the Hamilton Fire Department keep a careful eye on the fire. To have your tree part of the fire, make sure it is dropped off by 4 p.m.
Where/When: Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Ferrini auditorium; Thursday, 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
Why Go: Miles River Middle School puts on "Honk," the musical version of “The Ugly Duckling.” Tickets will be available at the door or you can buy them in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pricing: $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors
This story has been updated to include the correct prices for "Honk."