The Merrimack Valley String Orchestra Hosts Free Winter Concert Saturday

The Merrimack Valley String Orchestra presents a free winter concert this weekend for the general public. The concert is happening Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., at Universalist-Unitarian Church, 15 Kenoza, Ave., Haverhill. Music includes Corelli, Vivaldi and arrangements of Intermezzo and Catalonian Carols, Pirates of the Caribbean, Colors of the Wind, Ode to Joy and more. Violin soloists will be Carla Stein and Jeffrey Rubino and cello soloists will be Juliette Tardiff and Nick Rosa.

Relay for Life of Greater Haverhill Holds Breakfast with Santa to Benefit American Cancer Society

Relay for Life of Greater Haverhill is having a pancake breakfast with Santa this weekend to benefit the American Cancer Society. The breakfast is on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., at the American Legion, 1314 Main St., Haverhill. Activities include crafts, photos with Santa and gingerbread houses to decorate. Attendance costs $7 per person or $30 for a family pack which includes two adults and four kids.

Methuen and Groveland Police Departments Participate in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign

The Methuen and Groveland Police Departments are taking part in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign this holiday season by adding more patrols and advocating for safe driving practices. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately one-third of all traffic crash deaths in the U.S. involve drunk drivers. On average, more than 10,000 people have died each year from 2014 to 2018 in drunk-driving crashes. As part of the Municipal Road Safety Program, local police departments received more than $5 million in road safety grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Methuen and Groveland Police Departments were awarded $32, 595 and $5,760 respectively.

Atkinson Garden Club Hosts Festive Holiday Market with Annual Greens and Gifts Sale

Atkinson Garden Club is bringing back its annual Greens and Gifts Sale this weekend with an array of holiday gifts and crafts. The sale happens Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Atkinson Community Center, 4 Main St., Atkinson, N.H.

Attendees may purchase handmade holiday items such as table top holly trees, kissing balls, centerpieces with candles, wreathes and more. Some new items include gnomes, golden apple centerpieces and grapevine wreathes.

Haverhill Council on Aging Presents ‘Celebrating the Season’ with Davis Bates Friday

Haverhill’s Council on Aging is offering a performance of songs by award-winning storyteller Davis Bates. The performance takes place Friday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m., at the Haverhill Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., Haverhill. Entitled “Celebrating the Season,” the program includes traditional and contemporary participatory folk songs and stories in the cultural traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and the Winter Solstice. Stories include how a teacher saved Santa Claus’ life, the origins of snow and a teaching tale from Zimbabwe.

Haverhill Brings Holiday Cheer Downtown with Hometown Holiday Celebration Friday Night

Haverhill’s Hometown Holiday Celebration presents live music, awards, contests, Santa’s arrival, the annual tree lighting downtown and other holiday activities this Friday night. Formerly called the city’s “Christmas Stroll,” the reimagined event brings a coalition of partners, including Destination Downtown Haverhill, which this year’s presents “Deck the Downtown Awards.”

“I applaud Destination Downtown Haverhill, the Haverhill Chamber and all our great volunteers, businesses and performers who have come together to plan and execute this year’s downtown holiday celebration,” Mayor James J. Fiorentini said. The mayor said he will be will be arriving by trolley with Santa at 6:30 to light the Christmas tree in Washington Square. In addition to the tree lighting at 6:30, live musical performances take place at at G’s Restaurant, 35 Washington St., and an Ugly Sweater Party at The Peddler’s Daughter, 45 Wingate St. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also make an appearance.

North Andover’s Stevens Library Presents Free, Virtual Program on the History of Nutcrackers

Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover is hosting a free, online presentation on the history of nutcrackers. Art historian Mary Woodward leads guests through the nutcrackers’ origins, from the development of tools in the Stone Age to Communist-era Germany, a Russian Ballet and American GIs. She also discusses other traditional Christmas decorations such as pyramids and smokers. Woodward received a bachelor’s in art history from Furman University and a master’s in art history at Emory University. She is a guide at several Historic New England properties and previously served as public programs coordinator and educator at the Concord Museum.

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Holidays with Wine Tasting and Fashion Show

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is having its annual holiday party Thursday featuring a buffet, wine tasting and a fashion show. The party begins Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., at Salvatore’s at the Riverwalk, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence. The fashion show includes clothing from Brides Across America, Consignment Bridal and Prom and Uncommon Closet. A buffet features garden salad, chicken marsala, eggplant parmesan, pasta marinara, meatballs, cookies, brownies, mini cannolis, soda and coffee.