, Newburyport, MA

November 30, 2012

Holiday Happenings

Newburyport Daily News

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Amesbury Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting, 3:30 to 5 p.m.; downtown. Float designers will craft their display to a “Christmas Around the World” theme.

40th annual holiday craft fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pine Grove School, Route 1A, Rowley.

More than 150 professional craftsmen from throughout New England will exhibit, demonstrate and sell their wares. Free admission. Sponsored by the Rowley PTA. Blizzard date Dec. 2.

Plum Island Holiday Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 8 Plum Island Blvd.

Pick out your Christmas tree, shop with local vendors, crafters and artists. Santa will visit at 2 p.m. Raffles, refreshments and lunch. Proceeds will benefit the Plum Island Foundation.

Central Congregational Church Christmas Fair, 9 a.m., corner of Pleasant and Titcomb sts., Newburyport.

Features homemade foods, including “Souper Lunch” with various soups and the church’s famous fish chowder; cookie walk, crafts and vendor tables; fresh wreaths, door swags and ornaments. Silent auction bidding runs through 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 at Auction continues throughout the fair.

Greens Fair, Laurel Grange 161, 21 Garden St., West Newbury, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh wreaths, bake sale table, handmade and knitted items, beaded Christmas balls.

Cookie Walk and Craft Fair, Emma L. Andrews Library, 77 Purchase St., Newburyport, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafters’ tables are $20 each, call Arlene at 978-255-1396.

Christmas Fair, Kindred Transitional Care and Rehab, 180 Low St., Newburyport; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., raffles, crafts, jewelry, Grandma’s Attic, holiday decorations. Proceeds benefit the Resident Council Fund.

Cookie Walk and Craft Fair, People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport; fundraiser for the Emma L. Andrews Library.

Selection includes homemade cookies, holiday cards decorated by kindergarten students, crafts, jewelry, Christmas wreaths, stained glass, candles.

Dec. 3

Annual Tree of Light Ceremony, Anna Jaques Hospital, Highland Avenue entrance, 5 p.m. The Newburyport High School Varsity Chorus will provide music, and all are welcome to join in the singing. After the music, light refreshments will be served in the Higgins Conference Room.

Dec. 8

Whisker Wonderland, Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, 63 Elm St., Salisbury, noon to 5 p.m.

Enjoy refreshments while you shop for your cat or dog. Holiday wreaths and plants will be for sale as well. All proceeds benefit the Society. Donations are also welcome from the MRFRS’s wish list, which can be found at

Dec. 13

Holiday Happenings Craft Fair, Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Higgins Conference Room. Twelve crafters — AJH employees or volunteers — will sell fine arts and crafts, jewelry, knitted items, handmade table runners and place mats, tole paintings and seasonal items. Each artisan will also be donating an item for the raffle table, to be set up outside the room. Cupcake Challenge will be set up in the atrium. The mission of the Aid is to support patient services at the hospital by helping to purchase special medical equipment.

Dec. 14 and Dec. 15

Artisans in the Open Christmas Show and Sale, Dec. 7, 2 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First Religious Society, annex building, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

More than 25 area artisans will offer a selection of wares, including photography, jewelry, pottery, hand-painted scarves, hand-painted furniture, blown glass, stained glass, painting, hand-spun wool mittens, scarves and hats, handbags and more.