HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Family Fun, Live Performances, Festive Decorations, Holiday Shopping, and a lot more!

Enjoy 2 hours of free parking in downtown parking garages during holiday season courtesy of the City of New Bedford.  Effective Thursday, December 5 – Wednesday, January 1

Holiday Happenings 2019 Printable Brochure

Saturday, November 30
Holiday Shop & Stroll
Downtown New Bedford
Shop Small! Stroll the festively decorated streets of downtown, shop locally for gifts, hear festive holiday music, dine out, jump aboard fire truck rides, meet Santa and more. 12PM-5PM

Saturday, November 30
Salty Santa & Ornament Making
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St.
Stop by the Center for stories with Salty Santa, ornament making, work from local artists, and 10% off your purchases in the gift shop. 10AM-4PM

Saturday, November 30
City of New Bedford Tree Lighting
William Street & Pleasant Street
Join Mayor Jon Mitchell, New Bedford City Councilors and the New Bedford community for the annual tree lighting celebration! 5PM

Saturday, November 30
New Bedford Festival Theatre: The Best of Times
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase St.
Celebrating 30 seasons of musicals with a star-studded cast of New Bedford Festival Theatre performers returning to the Zeiterion stage. 7PM

Sunday, December 1 & Monday, December 2
Sunday, December 8 & Monday, December 9
Afternoon Tea in the Parlors
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County St.
Enjoy tea and scones in the festively decorated double parlors of the mansion. Festive dress encouraged. 12/1 & 12/8 at 4PM, 12/2 & 12/9 at 2pm

Thursday, December 5
TEN Tenors: Home for the Holidays
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street
With a generous mix of festive favorites, The TEN Tenors create a musical winter wonderland that truly captures the essence of the holidays. 7:30PM

Thursday, December 5
Jon Campbell In Concert
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St.
Jon Campbell celebrates the people living in coastal regions, including the tourists, the cuisine, the fisheries, and an assortment of humorous and poignant characters. 7PM

Friday, December 6
Fruitcake Friday
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County St.
Enjoy cider and a bite of everyone’s favorite holiday food while browsing through the museum’s festive decorations and gift shop. 4PM-6PM

Friday, December 6
The Nields Seasonal Christmas Concert
Wamsutta Club, James Arnold Mansion, 427 County St.
Popular folk/pop duo The Nields presents a mix of Christmas and seasonal songs. 7:30PM

Saturday, December 7
Holiday Activities with Salty Santa
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St.
Stop by the Fishing Heritage Center for stories with Salty Santa, ornament making, work from local artists, and 10% off your purchase in the gift shop! 10AM – 4PM

Saturday, December 7
New Bedford Science Café KIDS
Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St.
Kid-friendly, hands-on activities and Science On a Sphere® demonstrations about climate change solutions for the holidays. 11AM-2PM

Saturday, December 7
A Christmas Carol
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street
The beloved holiday classic from Nebraska Theatre Caravan returns! 2PM and 7PM

Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8
Kilburn Art Expo
Kilburn Mill, 127 W Rodney French Blvd.
Showcasing the best creations from local artists & artisans. 11AM-4PM

Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8
Friday, December 13, Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15
A New England Nutcracker
New Bedford Ballet Community Theatre, 2343 Purchase St.
Journey back to the 1850s for “A New England Nutcracker,” re-imagining this favorite holiday story through New Bedford’s historic whaling era. Saturday & Sunday at 1:30PM, Friday at 6:30PM

Sunday, December 8
Lessons and Carols
First Unitarian Church, 71 8th St.
All are welcome to begin the holiday celebrations with carols featuring the First Unitarian Church Choir. 11AM

Sunday, December 8
Rotch-Jones-Duff House Tour
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County St.
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Festive dress encouraged. 2PM

Sunday, December 8
Festival of Lights Celebration
Clasky Common Park
Join the countdown celebration to illuminate festive displays of dazzling lights throughout Clasky Common Park. 5PM

Monday, December 9
Movie Monday: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street
A screening of the 1989 classic film, where the Griswold family’s Christmas plans predictably turn into a hilarious disaster. 7PM-9PM

Thursday, December 12
AHA! City Sidewalks
Downtown New Bedford
Art, history and architecture come alive in New Bedford! Stroll the city’s sidewalks for a perfect night of shopping, dining with friends, and enjoying downtown New Bedford all decked out for the holiday season. 5PM-9PM

Thursday, December 12
AHA! 11th Anniversary Exhibition Reception
Judith Klein Art Gallery, 127 West Rodney French Boulevard
Join the 11th anniversary celebration with work from Phyllis Dobbyn Adams, Lori Bradley, Alma Cummings, Deb Ehrens, Michael Hubert, Anthony Miraglia, Sheila Oliveira, Ewa Romaszewicz, Valorie Sheehan, Laurie Carlson Steger, Adrian Tio, Patricia White, and Klein herself. 5PM-8PM

Thursday, December 12
AHA! Holiday Sing-Along
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St.
Enjoy a holiday sing-along with Jeff Angeley of Southcoast Lessons! There will also be hot cocoa, ornament making, and 10% off your purchase in the gift shop! 6PM-7PM

Thursday, December 12
AHA! Interactive Drum and Animation Performance with Rachel Blumberg
New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!, 608 Pleasant St.
Ready to make music and live animation together? Join us for an interactive performance with visual artist Rachel Blumberg, composer, artist, and filmmaker, best known for her tenure as the drummer for the band The Decemberists. 6PM-8PM

Saturday, December 14
NBSO presents Holiday Pops Family Concerts
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street
Conductor Yaniv Dinur leads the magnificent New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and joining in the family holiday festivities are the Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestra & Showstoppers. 3:30PM and 7PM

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15
New Bedford Preservation Society’s 28th Annual Historic Holiday Tour
Wamsutta Club, James Arnold Mansion, 427 County St.
Featuring costumed historical interpreters, visitors will be inspired by the varied architecture and beautifully decorated interiors of the 28th annual tour. Saturday 4PM-8PM, Sunday 1PM-5PM

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15
Holiday Festival
Buttonwood Park Zoo
Come celebrate the holiday season with your friends at Buttonwood Park Zoo. 10AM – 4PM

Sunday, December 15
Cultural Roadtrip: Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase St.
Come aboard a motor coach to the Boston Opera House where we’ll see the world-class Boston Ballet perform the timeless classic, The Nutcracker! 1:30PM

Sunday, December 15
Children’s Tea
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County St.
Bring your favorite doll or plush animal friend for tea in the decorated parlors of the mansion. Dress-up is encouraged. Recommended for ages 5 and up, with adult companion. 4PM

Tuesday, December 24
First Unitarian Church Christmas Eve Service
First Unitarian Church, 71 8th St.
Featuring the First Unitarian Church Choir – all are welcome to the special Christmas Eve service. 7PM

Tuesday, December 31
Noon Year’s Eve
Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St.
This unique, family-friendly celebration includes a dance party with a DJ, encounters with the Zoo’s animal ambassadors and festive activities. Ring in the New Year at NOON time. 10:30AM-12:30PM

Tuesday, December 31
City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve
Downtown New Bedford
Ring in the New Year with fire eaters, stilt walkers, live music, delicious food, and many more festive activities in and around Custom House Square from 5PM – 8PM. Don’t miss the spectacular FIREWORKS display from State Pier on the working waterfront at 8:30PM.

Friday, January 3 – Sunday, January 5
The Annual Moby-Dick Marathon
New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill
An annual celebration of all things Moby-Dick and Melville, the Moby-Dick Marathon draws readers and enthusiasts from around the globe the first weekend of the new year.

 

CITY CELEBRATES! NEW YEAR’S EVE

Ring in the New Year with amazing street performers, stilt walkers, jugglers, fire-eaters, and… a spectacular FIREWORKS display from State Pier on the working waterfront at 8:30PM.

Printable City Celebrates New Year’s Eve map – coming soon!

 

Holiday Happenings and City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve is presented by Mayor Jon Mitchell, City of New Bedford in collaboration with:

 

Great appreciation and thanks to this year’s Event sponsor:

Bristol County Savings Bank

Fireworks in-kind sponsors: AGM Marine Contractors, Inc. and Tucker-Roy Marine Salvage & Towing

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PARTNER VENUE LOCATIONS: UMass Dartmouth CVPA, New Bedford Harbor Hotel, New Bedford Public Library, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Fishing Heritage Center, YMCA of Southeastern MA,  Seamen’s Bethel, Zeiterion Theatre, Parks, Recreation & Beaches (Custom House Square and Wing’s Court)