Lots of free seasonal fun -- special tours at the Fruitlands Museum Holiday Open House, a tree lighting and Elf Hunt at West Brookfield's White Christmas celebration, and sweets, treats and classic fun at Yuletide at Storrowtown.
Saturday, December 1
BRICKTACULAR: A Charlie Brown Christmas Live. LEGOLAND Discovery Center: Boston, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. 10 a.m. Stop by all weekend and enjoy a holiday themed display capturing the joy of A Charlie Brown Christmas, activities, and large-scale sled. Through Sunday. Free with admission. Advance $14.95; day-of $23. boston.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
CookieFest. Bentley University Arena, 400 Beaver St., Waltham. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Girl Scouts, troops, families, and friends, are invited to celebrate the start of the new Cookie Season with booths, activities, and games plus American Ninja Warrior Allyssa Beird. $5, ages under 4 free. bit.do/cookiefest
Holiday Open House: Colonial Arts and Crafts. Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Welcome winter with performances by musicians from the New England Conservatory, family activities, and fun. Free. osmh.org.
Opening Celebration: Lumina. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Step into an animated canvas of brilliant color and light, with hands-on exploration discovering the themes of light and imagery. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $16, youths 4 and up $6, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.
The Land Before Time. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy as Littlefoot, a young brontosaurus, finds his way to the Great Valley alongside friends to reunite with their families. $5. coolidge.org.
Beyond the Spectrum: Wonderful Weaving. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Explore weaving, sewing, knitting, and knotting before creating your own woven wonders during this adventure in art for children on the Autism Spectrum. For ages 8 to 12. $9. mfa.org.
Zumba Kids. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 11 a.m. Kids and adults join in a family friendly Zumba class, incorporating dance, exercise, and fitness. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $17, ages under 12 months free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Yuletide at Storrowtown. Eastern States Exposition's Storrowtown Village Museum, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. 11 a.m.-4p.m. This free winter festival offers traditional Yuletide activities, entertainment and shopping in the historic village. Stop by the pop-up holiday sweet shop for hot beverages and home-baked treats, take in blacksmithing, hearth cooking, and letterpress. Through Sunday. Free. storrowtownvillage.com.
Gingerbread Saturday. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet Santa, explore his workshop as we make gifts for a special loved one, high five or hug the Grinch, and more during this day of fun. Check schedule of events. Free with admission. Adults $25, youths $13, ages under 3 free. springfieldmuseums.org.
Holiday House Tour. Wright Tavern, 2 Lexington Rd., Concord. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Partake in the 8th Annual Holiday House Tour. Enjoy touring seven of Concord’s most beautiful private homes, professionally decorated in the holiday spirit. Members $45, nonmembers $50. concordmuseum.org.
Make a Mess: Foamy Fun. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 12-2 p.m. Drop-in and have some good clean fun, experimenting and creating using bubbles and shaving cream. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Holiday Open House. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 12-5 p.m. Enjoy family programs, special tours in the Art Gallery, and plenty of browsing. Free. fruitlands.org.
The Nutcracker presented by Sterling Youth Ballet. Stratos G. Dukakis Performing Arts Center, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, 1492-1706 Westminster St., Fitchburg. 2 p.m. Celebrate the season with a magical performance of this classic ballet specifically designed to excite children and the young-at-heart. $18-20. sterlingyouthballet.org.
Special Storytime: Kevin Barry. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join Kevin Barry as he reads from his new picture book ‘Kindergarrrten Bus’ combining new experiences with seafaring pirates. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Incredibles 2. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Join the Parr family as they set off once again to save society, during this fantastic Pixar Studio’s film. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
ELF: The Musical. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Join Buddy the Elf as he travels from the North Pole to New York City on a quest to find his birth father and revive the spirit of Christmas to the big city. $43-76. thehanovertheatre.org.
Winter Stroll: Meet Mrs. Claus. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 2-3 p.m. Share a story with Mrs. Claus and make a snowy owl craft, before searching for the library’s green elf hiding somewhere in a shelf. For ages 12 and under. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.
Zoolights. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 5-9 p.m. Come be dazzled during this annual festival of twinkling lights, as you stroll by gorgeous scenes all aglow and winter-joyful animals from lynx to foxes to reindeer. Through December 31. Adults $12, children $10, ages under 2 free. zoonewengland.org.
Sunday, December 2
BJ Hickman Magic Show. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this family-focused magic show filled with silliness galore, audience participation, and fun. Adults $13, children $10. coolidge.org.
Brunch with Santa. Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation St., Worcester. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Create magical holiday memories at this award-winning Santa Brunch. Celebrate with a merry meet and greet with Santa while enjoying culinary delights with special offerings for children. Reservations required. Adults $46.95, children 6-12 $19.95. beechwoodhotel.com.
Holiday Market. Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The team behind stART on the Street returns to Union Station for the 13th annual stART at the Station. shop from over 130 local artists, crafters, and makers, enjoy live music and food. Free. startonthestreet.org.
West Brookfield White Christmas. Town Common, West Brookfield. 12-3 p.m. The picturesque Town Common hosts a tree lighting and free hayrides and hot chocolate. A Christmas concert, open houses, shopping, and an Elf Hunt for kids round out the annual event. Free.
ELF: The Musical. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Join Buddy the Elf as he travels from the North Pole to New York City on a quest to find his birth father and revive the spirit of Christmas to the big city. $43-76. thehanovertheatre.org.
Chanukah-Themed STEAM Fair. JCDS Boston's Jewish Day School, 57 Stanley Ave., Watertown. 2-3:30 p.m. Hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities. Learn about light, use Scratch Jr! to make a Chanukah animation, create holiday crafts, and challenge a friend in a dreidel competition. Stay for Chanukah songs at 3:15 p.m. Free. jcdsboston.org.