The Latest During Festival of Trees at the Buttonwoods Museum: Day for Seniors, Family and Concerts

The Festival of Trees at the Buttonwoods Museum offers fun for all ages today and this weekend with Senior Day, Family Day and Sunday concerts. Today is Senior Day at the Festival with the Comedy Masque Review performing from 11 a.m.-noon; Nostalgia Christmas from noon-5 p.m., with old-time radio shows while enjoying coffee, tea and pastries; and a Candlelight Tour of the Buttonwoods Museum from 6-7:30 p.m. Seniors receive $1 off admission. Saturday is Family Day with a visit from Santa from noon-1 p.m.; crafts, coloring and snacks for children; and a holiday concert featuring Voices of Hope with Emily Forisso kicking off the concert. The true meaning of the holidays is featured Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-4 p.m. Area church choirs gather to read excerpts from the gospel and present religious Christmas music.

Methuen Police Department Hosts its Annual Toy Drive; Receives 1,000 Children’s Wishes

Methuen Police Department is hosting its annual toy drive to benefit children in need this holiday season. Police are working with Debbie’s Treasure Chest, which provides aid and support to families in need during the holidays. This year Debbie’s Treasure Chest has received close to 1,000 wishes. A “giving tree,” decorated with snowball-shaped tags holding one child’s wish for a toy, is set up in the roll call room at the Methuen Police Department. Toys can be for boys and girls of all ages, but no food can be accepted.

Christmas at Winnekenni Castle Brings Cocoa with Santa, Sing-A-Long Concert, Craft and Gift Faire

It’s Christmas at Winnekenni Castle. The Winnekenni Foundation plans “Cocoa with Santa,” “Family Sing-A-Long Holiday Concert” and “Holiday Craft and Gift Faire” over the next two weeks at the castle, 347 Kenoza Ave. “Cocoa with Santa” takes place Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m.-noon. The event features treats and sweets, hot and cold drinks, including cocoa; kiddie games and holiday activities; and a visit and photograph opportunity with Ol’ St.

Haverhill Women’s City Club Postpones Yankee Swap and Christmas Party to Dec. 10

Because of the weather the meeting of the Haverhill Women’s City Club planned for Tuesday is postponed until next Tuesday, Dec. 10. There will be a Yankee swap and caricatures created by a Boston artist will entertain members and guests of the Women’s City Club of Haverhill. The meeting tomorrow is postponed. The club’s Christmas party is 1 p.m. in the lower level of Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton St., Haverhill.

Haverhill Chamber’s ‘Christmas Stroll’ Friday Brings Santa, Tree Lighting, Music

The 27th annual Christmas Stroll of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce takes place this Friday night in downtown Haverhill. Family friendly activities include a visit Santa’s Workshop, cookie decorating, ornament making and live music with performances by local artists. Holiday music includes performances by wandering carolers and a saxophone quartet. The highlight of the night is the official tree lighting with Santa in Washington Square. Attendees may also take advantage of discounted goods and services, taste delicious fare from local restaurants.

Citizens Center

Haverhill Council on Aging Begins Accepting Giving Tree Gifts Monday

The Haverhill Council on Aging is accepting gifts for the its Giving Tree beginning on Monday. The Citizens center Christmas tree will be decorated with ideas for gift-giving to needy nursing home patients. The Council says disadvantaged seniors need such items as pajamas, sweat shirts and pants, socks, sweaters, toiletries and slippers. Items must be wrapped and marked with contents, including size. All wrapped gifts must be at the Citizen Center, 10 Welcome St., by Wednesday, Dec.

Haverhill Public Library Plans Paper Craft and Card Making Class Dec. 9

Just in time for the holidays, the Haverhill Public Library is having a paper craft and card making class. Ruth Tinkham leads the class for beginners as well as those with stamping and papercrafting experience. Participants will be creating a multi layered card, bookmarks and 3-D items, using several techniques including stamping, die cutting and embossing.  All supplies are included, but participants are welcome to bring their own tools, such as, scissors, adhesive, etc. The class takes place Monday, Dec. 9, from 6-8:30 p.m., at the library, 99 Main St.

Buttonwoods 18th Annual Festival of Trees Launches Friday Night; Theme Days to Suit All Tastes

There is a day and night for everyone during Buttonwoods Museum’s 18th annual Festival of Trees through Sunday, Dec. 15. The first full day takes place Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with a Holiday Gala Celebration, featuring live holiday music and a buffet by local chefs. On following days, there are special events for veterans and first responders, business people, children, seniors, ladies and educators. There will be comedy performances, presentations of old-time radio shows, children’s scavenger hunts, candlelight tours, a colonial cooking demonstration, music and more.