Holiday Fun

Meet Santa (and Mrs. Claus)

Meet Santa (and in some cases, Mrs. Claus) at these fun activities around the North Shore. Be sure to click each link to check if advance registration is required or if there is a cost to attend.

We’ll be updating this page with more Santa sightings as we learn of them. If we’re missing your favorite Santa event, email it to us at info@thenorthshoremoms.com.

Ongoing
Santa at the Northshore Mall, Peabody. Located in the Nordstrom Wing, Lower Level. Open during Mall hours, but hours may vary by day. Take advantage of Santa FastPass: Save time, avoid the line by reserving your magical moment with Santa online. 

November 29
Santa’s Arrival and Lighting of the Holiday Tree, Salem, 5:45-7 pm

November 30
Santa Visits Woodman’s, Essex, 1-3 pm
Tree Lighting with Santa, Smolak Farms, North Andover, 3-6 pm
Community Carol Sing with Santa, Community House, Hamilton, 4-6 pm

December 1
Caring Santa (Sensory Friendly), Northshore Mall, Peabody, 8:30-10 am
Breakfast with Santa, Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers, 9 am – 12 pm
Santa’s Workshop, Smolak Farms, North Andover, 10 am – 3 pm
Santa Visits Woodman’s, Essex, 1-3 pm
Pet Photo Night Event with Santa, Northshore Mall, Peabody, 6:30-8 pm

December 6
Santa Arrives by Boat, Town Landing, Essex, 6-8 pm

December 7
Breakfast With Santa – Community House, Hamilton, 7:30-10 am
Pancake Breakfast with Santa, Salem Community Life Center, 8-9:30 am
Breakfast with Santa – Essex Holiday Festival, Woodman’s, Essex, 8:30-10:30 am
Disney Junior Holiday-Themed Play Date & Story Time with Santa, Northshore Mall, Peabody, 9-10:30 am
Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Smolak Farms, North Andover, 10 am – 12 pm
Santa’s Workshop, Smolak Famrs, North Andover, 10 am – 3 pm
Pictures with Santa, Marini Farm, Ipswich, 11 am – 3 pm
Santa Visits Woodman’s, Essex, 1-3 pm
Santa Claus Comes to Manchester, 1-3 pm
Tea with Mrs. Claus, Smolak Farms, North Andover, 1-3 pm
Sensory Friendly Breakfast with Santa – Community House, Hamilton, 10-10:45 am
Danvers Tree Lighting with Santa, Danvers Square, 2-5 pm (Santa arrives closer to 5 pm)
Topsfield Holiday on the Green, Topsfield, 3-7 pm
Holiday Party with Santa, Children’s Piazza, Peabody, 4-6 pm
The Eleventh Annual Chief Will’s Winter Festival, Middleton, 4-6 pm

December 8
Caring Santa (Sensory Friendly), Northshore Mall, Peabody, 7:30-9:30 am
Santa’s Workshop, Smolak Farms, North Andover, 10 am – 3pm
Santa Brunch, Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, 11 am – 1 pm
Santa Visits Woodman’s, Essex, 1-3 pm
Endicott College Holiday Open House (with Santa), Beverly, 1-3 pm
Holiday Cookie Baking With Mrs. Claus, Honeycomb. Hamilton, 2-3:30 pm
Holiday Stroll (with Santa), MarketStreet, Lynnfield, 3-6 pm

December 14
Santa’s Workshop, Smolak Farm, North Andover, 10 am – 3 pm
Mrs. Claus is Coming to Town, Studio 17, Danvers, 10:30 am – 12 pm
Santa Visits Woodman’s, Essex, 1-3 pm
Tea with Mrs. Claus, Smolak Farms, North Andover, 1-3 pm

December 15
Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Smolak Farms, North Andover, 10 am – 12 pm
Santa’s Workshop, Smolak Farms, North Andover, 10 am – 3 pm
Breakfast with Santa, Greater Beverly YMCA, 10 am – 12 pm
Santa Brunch, Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, 11 am – 1 pm
Santa in Salem, Phillips House, 12-2:30 pm
Santa Visits Woodman’s, Essex, 1-3 pm

December 20
Santa Story Time, T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, Essex, 4-5 pm

December 21
Santa’s Workshop, Smolak Farms, North Andover, 10 am – 3 pm

Holiday Tree Lightings

A brightly lit Christmas tree signals the start of the holiday season. Head out to a local tree lighting with a thermos of hot chocolate for a festive family evening.

We’ll be updating this page with any additional tree lightings as we learn of them. If we’re missing your favorite event, email it to us at info@thenorthshoremoms.com.

November 29
Santa’s Arrival and Lighting of the Holiday Tree, Salem, 5:45-7 pm

November 30
Peabody Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting, Peabody, 1-5 pm
Tree Lighting with Santa, Smolak Farms, North Andover, 3-6 pm

December 5
Essex Tree Lighting – Essex Fire Station, 6:30 pm

December 6
Ipswich Memory Tree Dedication and Tree Lighting, Ipswich, 6:30-9:30 pm

December 7
Danvers Tree Lighting with Santa, Danvers Square, 2-5 pm
Topsfield Holiday on the Green, Topsfield, 3-7 pm
The Eleventh Annual Chief Will’s Winter Festival, Middleton, 4-6 pm

December 8
Christmas Tree Lighting Party & Ceremony, Hastings House, Beverly, 3-9 pm
Christmas Concert with Tree Lighting to Follow, Town Green, Manchester-by-the-Sea, 5 pm

Gift Guides

Need some holiday shopping ideas? We released three gift guides at the start of the holiday season, combining ideas from small and local businesses with some of the hottest items of the season. Since then we’ve also added Holiday Books for Kids and two timely lists of last minute gifts you can order from Amazon with Prime 2-Day Shipping.

Check them out here:

  1. Gifts for Mom
  2. Gifts for Kids
  3. Gifts from Local Small Businesses
  4. Holiday Books for Kids
  5. Last Minute Gifts for Kids from Amazon
  6. Last Minute Gifts for Mom from Amazon

Our parent company, The Local Moms Network also released a Holiday Gift Guide with gifts for moms, dads, kids, hosts and more.

Local Toy Stores

Want to shop in-person to pick out the perfect gifts for the kids in your life? Without Toys R Us it may seem like your only options are Target or Walmart, but don’t forget about these awesome, local businesses that sell great gifts for kids.

1. Rose & Dove Specialty Gifts, North Andover
2. Henry Bear’s Park, Ipswich (Read our review of this store.)
3. Wenham Museum Gift Shop, Wenham
4. Learning Express – Lynnfield & Beverly
5. 4 Beach Gifts & Goodies, Manchester-by-the-Sea
6. Paper Asylum, Beverly
7. Roost & Co – Salem & Beverly
8. Bookshop of Beverly Farms, Beverly Farms
9. Mud Puddle Toys, Marblehead
10. The Merry Lion, Wakefield
11. LEGO® Store, North Shore Mall, Peabody
12. Cuddlefish, Manchester-by-the-Sea

And check out our Gift Guide #2 – Gifts for Kids for more ideas!

25 Christmas & Hanukkah Books for Kids

Read the full post on 25 fun holiday books for both Christmas and Hanukkah here. Make bedtime festive for the whole family!

  1. Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht; illustrated by Jarvis
  2. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Jane Chapman
  3. Silent Night by Lara Hawthorne
  4. This Is Christmas by Tom Booth
  5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  6. The Broken Ornament by Tony DiTerlizzi
  7. Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares
  8. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore; illustrated by Charles Santore
  9. Little Robin’s Christmas by Jan Fearnley
  10. How Winston Delivered Christmas: A Christmas Story in Twenty-Four-And-A-Half Chapters by Alex T. Smith
  11. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  12. The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup ; illustrated by Matt Tavares
  13. A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World by M.E. Furman; illustrated by Susan Gal
  14. Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift by Dara Goldman
  15. Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel; illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
  16. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle
  17. Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale by Gloria Koster; illustrated by Sue Eastland
  18. Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  19. Hanukkah Cookies With Sprinkles by David Adler
  20. All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
  21. Brian the T-Rex and the Christmas Gifts by Beatriz Rare
  22. The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler; illustrated by Jill Weber
  23. Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin
  24. The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser; illustrated by Nancy Cote
  25. The Crayons’ Christmas by Drew Daywalt; Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Visit our Amazon Idea List to shop all of these books.

(This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase using one of these links I receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support! ) 

Christmas Shipping Deadlines

USPS Shipping Deadlines to the U.S.
(for delivery by December 25)
First Class Mail – Thursday, December 20
Priority Mail – Friday, December 21
Priority Mail Express – Sunday, December 23

FEDEX Shipping Deadlines to the U.S.
(for delivery by December 25)
SmartPost Services – Monday, December 9
Ground – Monday, December 16
Home Delivery – Monday, December 16
Express Saver – Thursday, December 19
2 Day Services – Friday, December 20
Overnight Services – Monday, December 23

UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines to the U.S.
(for delivery by December 25)
Ground – Friday, December 13
3 Day Select – Tuesday, December 19
2nd Day Air Services – Friday, December 20
Next Day Air Services – Monday, December 23

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