American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street
Museum hours: 10 AM – 5 PM
Come for family-friendly activities in the Textile Learning Center! Open exhibits will include “High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture,” and Molly Hixon’s “Sparkle Paintings.”
Holiday Stocking Stuffer Scavenger Hunt, ALL Arts Gallery, 22 Shattuck Street
12 Noon – 3 PM
Start your downtown Lowell Scavenger Hunt at the ALL Arts Gallery where you can pick up and decorate your stocking. Then, head out and explore downtown Lowell and collect FREE stocking stuffer gifts from participating locations. * Please note: Stocking decorating and scavenger hunt is for ages 13 and under.
Holiday Express Village at the New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street
10 AM – 4 PM
Don’t miss the New England Quilt Museum’s First Annual Holiday Express Village, a panorama of quilted houses and shops and a working model train. The village and its quilted backdrops will enchant old and young alike and will be open for viewing during regular museum hours from November 27 – December 31. Regular museum admission applies. For details, visit www.nequiltmuseum.org.
3rd Annual Hot Chocolate Competition, downtown Lowell
12 Noon – 4 PM
Take a tour of downtown Lowell and stop in to participating businesses for the City’s 3rd Annual Hot Chocolate Competition! Just 25 cents buys you a delicious sample of hot cocoa of all flavors and concoctions. Be sure to vote for your favorite! Ballots available at participating locations and at the ALL Gallery, 22 Shattuck Street. As you visit downtown, keep a lookout for live street performances!
Street Performances / Family Fun
Live performances and family activities add to the festive atmosphere throughout the day!
12 – 3 PM: Balloon Animals (ALL Gallery)
12 – 1:30 PM: “Bells on Tap” solo hand bell performance (Masonic Center)
2 – 4 PM: Gentleman Songsters (throughout downtown)
2 – 2:30 PM: UTEC B-Boys Dancers (St. Anne’s Churchyard)
2 – 3:30 PM: “Bells on Tap” solo hand bell performance (ALL Gallery)
3 PM: Kids entertainment with Trisha (Viewing Stand, Arcand Drive)
“All Aboard” Tour of Lowell on The Trolley Express
Departs Boott Cotton Mills Museum at 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM and 3 PM
Experience the magic of The Polar Express(c) on a FREE round-trip trolley ride aboard the Lowell National Historical Park trolley. Listen to a reading of the classic story and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the end of your journey. You will also receive a special gift to commemorate your visit. Space is limited, reservations are required! Call 978-970-5000 to reserve your seat.
City of Lights Parade
4:30 – 6:30 PM
Get your spot along the parade route, from Jackson Street to City Hall. Enjoy music, dancing, and a variety of floats from over 60 participating groups! Don’t miss the official holiday lighting of downtown Lowell and City Hall at the end of the parade route.
St. Anne’s Church, 8 Kirk Street
Holiday Concert – 6:30 PM
Finish the evening with a special concert featuring the Lowell Gentlemen Songsters, who will sing a variety of barbershop tunes and Christmas songs. Then St. Anne’s choir, under the direction of Michael Dugas, will sing “Holy Night of Miracles”, a narrated Christmas cantata written by Lloyd Larson. The concert starts at 6:30 PM and is free admission. Donations accepted to benefit the Lowell Transitional Living Center.
Photos with Santa, 375 Merrimack Street / City Hall
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
After the parade, come for a complimentary photo with Santa at historic City Hall, courtesy of Lowell Cooperative Bank.
Merrimack Repertory Theater presents Beasley’s Christmas Party
Runs November 26 – December 19, 2010
Sat., Nov. 27 is Lowell Night! Lowell residents receive $10 tickets (limit 2), cash only at the box office, starting at 5 PM.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Magnificent Ambersons comes this story of a curious journalist and his extremely eccentric next door neighbor who is planning a most unusual Christmas party. Magically and imaginatively delivered, it is a distinctly American and spiritually uplifting holiday story for the whole family filled with humor, heart and hope. Visit www.MerrimackRep.org for details.