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.

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.

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.

Women’s City Club of Haverhill Presents Holiday Gift Swap, Rick Scalise Music Dec. 13

A holiday gift swap with holiday music sets the scene for an upcoming magical meeting of Women’s City Club of Haverhill. The club’s festive December meeting takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 13, beginning at 12:30 p.m., in the lower level of Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton St., Haverhill. Doors open at 11:45 a.m.

Musician Rick Scalise returns to the club to entertain on his keyboard. Members may also take part in a holiday gift swap.

Expected Rain Postpones Tree Lighting and Holiday Festivities at Haverhill’s Gale Park Until Monday

Haverhill’s Gale Park’s Christmas tree lighting, visit by Santa and other festivities planned for tonight, have been postponed until Monday night because of predictions of rain.. The 23rd annual tree lighting is now planned for Monday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m.

Gale Park Association’s Kathy Fitts told WHAV recently the lighting is “just spectacular because we wrap trees down low and the city comes with its cherry picker and helps us get lights high up in the trees.”

The rescheduled event will still be accompanied by hot cocoa with whipped cream, cookies, crafts for the kids, music, display of the reproduction Haverhill Christmas bell and Santa. Gale Park is at Kenoza Avenue and Mill Street in Haverhill.

Buttonwoods Museum Celebrates the Holiday Season with Annual Festival of Trees, Opening Tonight

The 21st annual Buttonwoods Festival of Trees opens tonight for its two-week presentation of f trees, wreaths and centerpieces with family entertainment. The Festival runs tonight, from 5-8 p.m., with a candlelight tour of the John Ward House between 6 and 7:30 p.m., all at Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St., Haverhill. The opening weekend continues Saturday, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., with Family Day until 4 p.m. and coloring and fun crafts for the kids, plus a visit from Santa between 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday also features a holiday concert featuring Emily Forisso, between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and including light refreshments. Sunday is Veterans and First Responders Appreciation Day, taking place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with free admission for veterans and first responders with identification and discounted admission for family members. Greater Haverhill Arts Association demonstrations take place with Tracey Meola at noon and Joan Turner at 2:30.