Holiday-themed events fill the calendar this weekend. Below you will find the when and where for some of our picks, including a gingerbread house contest and holiday home tour, but there's a lot of other events going on this weekend in Hamilton, Wenham and the nearby area of the North Shore.
To see more events and activities going on beyond what's listed here, check our events calendar for a complete list.
Remember, each week Hamilton-Wenham Patch’s “Weekender” planner brings you a quick guide to local events and activities.
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Where/When: Wenham Museum; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Why Go: Gingerbread homes built along the theme of "flavorful fantasies" - a food theme - will be on display starting on Saturday as part of the Gingerbread Express Model Train Layout. Voting will be open through Dec. 15 for visitors to choose the best gingerbread home for the 7th annual contest.
Pricing: Included with museum admission, $8 for adults, $6 for under 18
Where/When: Beverly Historical Society; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Why Go: It's the Historical Society's first ever holiday house tour, showing off the city's history from the 17th century to today. Premiums tickets, for $75 for members and $100 for nonmenbers, includes a reception afterward with refreshments.
Pricing: Historical Society members, $25; nonmembers, $35
3. SANTA BY SEA
Where/When: Popes Landing, 8 Harbor St., Danvers; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Why Go: Santa Claus comes to town by boat and there will be tons of activities for kids and loads of food, according to organizers of the annual event. Santa arrives around 11:30 a.m., but kids can also enjoy pony cart rides, bouncy houses, trackless train rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, popcorn, treats, candy, cocoa and more. The event is hosted by the Danvers River Committee, Friends of Danvers Recreation, Inc., Danvers Harbormaster’s Office and Danvers Recreation.
Where/When: Northshore Mall (lower level of Nordstrom wing), 210 Andover St., Peabody; Saturday, 9 a.m.
Why Go: Santa Claus will be reading some of his holiday favorites to kids while they cuddle up on Yogibo cushions. There will also be arts and crafts and some Radio Disney fun. The event is sponsored by Yogibo.Pricing: Free
Where/When: Lahey Outpatient Center (formerly Beverly Hospital at Danvers), 480 Maple St., Danvers; Sunday, registration starts at 11 a.m., 1K Fun Run at 12 p.m., 5K at 12:30 p.m.
Why Go: The race, on a USATF Certified Course in Danvers and Middleton, benefits Special Olympics Massachusetts. It will also include raffles, prizes, entertainment and "all you can eat" food afterward.