Don’t let the winter weather trap your family in the house. There’s plenty of holiday fun to be had in Andover this December, so gather the family for the area’s top five 2014 seasonal activities. Savor New England’s beautiful winter scenery by taking part in the following types of events:
- Holiday decorating contests
- Clothing donations for candy canes
- Winter group hikes
- Outdoor ice skating
- Seasonal trolley tours
Christmas is just around the corner, and community members have been busy decorating their homes in anticipation. If you’ve entered your own home in the first annual Holiday House Decorating Contest, be sure to check out the competition and all the festive decorations and cheery Christmas lights in Andover.
The Mitten Tree Collection offers a great way to celebrate the true spirit of the season. Round up everyone in the household and go shopping — but not for the usual holiday gifts. Pick up mittens, gloves, scarves and hats, and head for the Town Offices. Trade each of your new purchases for a candy cane, and your donation will be given to someone who needs it this winter. Gently used winter accessories are also welcome. In addition to the municipal office site, you’ll find mitten trees at various Andover locations.
Resolve to end 2014 on a positive note by getting some fresh air, exercise and a little mingling when you participate in We Walk the Woods at Harold Parker State Forest. Meet up with a group at the park’s headquarters in North Andover. This moderately paced walk is a free event that’s appropriate for people of all ages. Bundle up and bring your favorite snacks!
Nothing says ‘winter fun’ like ice skating. Corral the kids and hit Marketstreet Lynnfield for outdoor skating on the Green. Enjoy the lights and festive atmosphere as you relive your childhood and watch your little ones experience theirs. Public skating is open daily through March 1st, with skate rentals available and free admission for children aged three and under.
2014 may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy sightseeing opportunities near Andover. Get ready for Christmas by touring Salem by trolley this December. Enjoy a trolley ride with Scrooge as you take in the sights and sounds of this historic Massachusetts town. Multiple daily shows are scheduled through December 23rd, 2014.
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