Here's a look at local holiday activities:

Thursday, Dec. 5

DECORATION TOUR: The “Upstairs, Downstairs" tour will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Andover Center for History and Culture, 97 Main St. Visitors will explore the festively decorated 200-year-old Amos Blanchard House, including the period rooms and the private “off-limit” areas. The tour will go through third-floor rooms where collection items are stored, and behind the closed doors of work and storage spaces.

The Blanchard House is not mobility accessible. The tour involves a considerable amount of standing, climbing stairs and moving through tight spaces. Registration is required but there is no charge to participate. Visit For further information call Marilyn Helmers at 978-475-2236.

Saturday, Dec. 7

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: Local artists will showcase their talents from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Church in Andover. For sale will be handmade jewelry, pottery, quilted and sewn items, greeting cards, portraits, local honey, savory jams and other items. 

HOLIDAY LIVE CHAMBER MUSIC: The Baroque Big Band will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. at West Parish Church on Reservation Road. The performance will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s Baroque masterpieces, specifically Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2, 3, 4, and 5.

LIVE HOLIDAY MUSIC: The Merrimack College Concert Band, Choir and Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Rogers Arts Center on campus. Tickets are $8 to $10. Call 978-837-5355 for more information. 

Sunday, Dec. 8

TREE LIGHTING: The public will gather at BallardVale Green at 5 p.m. There will be carol singing and refreshments will be served as people gather to watch the community tree become illuminated.

HOLIDAY BALL: The Crystal Ballroom Holiday Ball is from 6 to 10 p.m. at  Old Town Hall, 20 Main St. The evening starts with dance instruction by First Dance Studio from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by music by D.B.’s Orchestra. Black tie is optional. Tickets are available at the Center at Punchard or The Andover Book Store for $15 per person and $25 per couple. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Thursday, Dec. 12

FLASHLIGHT CANDY CANE HUNT: Santa will hide hundreds of candy canes in The Park at Chestnut and Bartlet streets. Then from 6 to 7 p.m. residents are invited to bring a flashlight and a bag to collect candy. The cost is $5 per child and registration is required with the Recreation Department, which hosts the event. Call 978-623-8340 for more information.

Friday, Dec.13

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS: Downtown will come alive from 4 to 8 p.m. with musical entertainment, carnival rides, food trucks, horse-drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa and a parade. Fireworks will finish off the festivities. 

Sunday, Dec. 22

HANUKKAH: Begins at sundown.




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