Lots of happenings scheduled to brighten the holiday season

Nov 21, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Not to mention the busiest.

Don’t miss a moment. Synch up your calendars and make plans to celebrate the holidays with these area activities.

Local businesses will be in the spotlight from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, Black Friday, for the Sip and Stroll on the lawn of Middleboro Town Hall. 

Sip and Stroll will feature 88 vendors, food, raffles, The Bartending Service of New England, and music. Proceeds benefit The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts Scholarship program. Admission is free.

The Middleboro Christmas parade returns this year at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, with a rain/snow date of Sunday, Nov. 27.

The parade starts at Burkland School, 41 Mayflower Ave. The parade continues up Mayflower Avenue to Courtland Street then travels around Station Street, down Centre Street to South Main Street and returns to Burkland School.

This year’s theme is “Keeping the Christmas Spirit.’’ Community participation is encouraged. The Middleboro Little League team, who made it to the nationally televised World Series, will serve as grand marshals. 

For more information or to sign up for the parade, e-mail gregthomas33@hotmail.com.

The Lakeville Arts Council will host All That Glitters, a holiday craft event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 inside Loon Pond Lodge at Ted Williams Park, 28 Precinct St., Lakeville.

A cash bar will be offered to shopping guests Friday evening with musical entertainment by Blake Gorman of Lakeville. Bela Sarkozy Jr of Lakeville will   perform on Saturday. Both entertainers will play music with holiday tunes to get you in the holiday mood. 

Local crafters will sell their one-of-a-kind crafts at this special event such as acrylic paintings, cards, photography, stoneware pottery, woven items, knitted items, fused glass- dishes and jewelry, holiday decorations, decoys, doorstops, mosaics with resin, dog and cat items, quilts, CBD salves, soaps and balms, among other items.

For more information, visit LakevilleArtsCouncilMA.org and the council’s Facebook page at LakevilleArtsCouncilMA/.

The Festival of Trees begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at 46 South Main St., Middleboro.

The trees on display will feature a range of themes, including Harry Potter, Boston sports teams, angels, Vineyard mysteries, Snowflakes and Snowmen.

Those attending can view the trees and visit with Santa.

Admission is $2 for adults. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.

Soule Homestead, 46 Soule St., Middleboro, will host a holiday wreath workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in the West Classroom.

Long-time volunteer and instructor Mary Ann Cunningham will conduct two sessions of wreath making workshops using freshly cut winter greens. The first session is from 10 a.m. to noon and the second session is from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Cost for making a wreath is $25 for Soule members and $30 for non-members. 

Those attending are asked to bring garden gloves and hand pruners if they have them and any special items they might want to add to the wreath. Fresh cut greens, ribbon, wire, wreath backs and other additional decorations will be provided. 

Hot cocoa, coffee, and soup will be served.

Pre-registration is required. Call or email to reserve a spot at director@soulehomestead.org or info@soulehomestead.org or (508) 947-6744.

Seasonal decor handmade by members of the Friends of the Lakeville Council on Aging will be sold from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Lakeville Landing Parking lot, 350 Bedford St., next to the fire station.

Rain date is Sunday, Dec. 4. The sale will also continue on that date if items aren’t sold.

Friends members created fresh green wreaths, centerpieces, baskets, pine cone wreaths and ornaments, among other items. 

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Friends.

The Lakeville Lions will host a tree lighting and caroling ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Lions Club headquarters, 170 Main St., Lakeville. 

There will be visits with Santa and refreshments served. 

Those attending are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and a food item for the Sacred Heart Pantry. 

A Christmas market and tree lighting will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the ballroom at Middleboro Town Hall. 

Activities will include vendor displays and face-painting. A holiday train display will be set up in the select board room and Santa will make an appearance.

Holiday Lights at the Park, a park and walk event at Battis Field in Middleboro, will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. The Middleboro Parks Department and Middleboro Tourism Committee are the sponsors.

Cost is $15 per a family of up to four people on Eventbrite, $5 cash per person on the day of the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit discovermiddleborough.eventbrite.com.

Do you know of other holiday activities? Send them to editor@nemasketweek.com.