- Christmas on Main Street: Santa and Mrs Claus' arrival in Peabody will be a little different this year. The annual holiday festival is Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. and the jolly old couple arrive by fire truck in front of the Main Branch Library. They will then walk up to the Knights of Columbus Hall for photos and to meet with boys and girls. This year's celebration is also sponsored by the Peabody Downtown Association. The usual locale for what has been a Sunday evening event -- City Hall -- still has construction equipment taking up much of the lawn and parking lot for the roof repair project underway. The traditional tree lighting ceremony outside City Hall as part of the holiday festival has also been postponed and may be rescheduled, according to the mayor's office.
- Did you get your ticket yet for the city's annual holiday concerts this weekend at City Hall? Performances are Saturday and Sunday. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Saturday and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Doors to the auditorium will not open until 6:45 p.m. Dinner will be offered at 5 p.m. on Sunday followed by the concert at 6 p.m. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. Dr. Dirk Hillyer and the Festival Orchestra return this weekend accompanied by featured Broadway soloist Rebecca Robbins, who is currently appearing in Phantom of the Opera. In fact, she'll be returning to Broadway to resume that production after her performances in Peabody. The Peabody High Chorale will also perform. Tickets are $30 for balcony chairs seats, $40 for balcony table seats and $45 for orchestra table seats. Tickets are first come, first served and available only through the mayor’s office. Call 978-538-5704. Tickets won't be available for sale at the door.
- But before you get to the weekend, the South Branch Library will hold its annual Breakfast With Santa on Wednesday (10 a.m.) for children of all ages accompanied by an adult. There will be pancakes and milk before Santa arrives. Registration is required and seating is very limited for the program. Call 978-531-3380 or stop by the library to register. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries.
- And on Monday, stop in to the Panera Bread at the Liberty Tree Mall for a Christmas tree cookie decorating party. You just have to buy a shortbread cookie to join in the fun.
- If you still have leaves to dump off at the Department of Public Services, the Farm Avenue facility will be staying open until 7 p.m. on Friday nights through Dec. 6 just for that purpose. The leaf disposal service is available to regular Peabody residents and identification is required at the time of drop-off. No contractors or contractor vehicles will be allowed. For more information, call 978-536-0600.
- Children's author and illustrator Carla Marrero will be at the Children's Room in the Main Branch Library for story time on Saturday for kids ages 3-9. Marrero will be reading "Mimsie's Mouse," followed by a story-themed craft activity. Books will also be available to purchase and/or to have signed.
- The annual Peabody Police Toy Drive underway. Drop off donations of new, unwrapped toys in the lobby of the station through Dec. 20. Toys are distributed through local agencies to local children who might not otherwise get a new toy for Christmas this year.
- It's time for the Jolly Jaunt again on Sunday. The 5K race starts at the Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers and supports Special Olympics Massachusetts. You can run or walk the 3.1 miles and there will also be a 1K kids fun run. After the race there will be awards, raffles, prizes, entertainment, and lots of food There will also be a prize for the best dressed, so get festive. Registration the day of starts at 11 a.m., the fun run begins at noon and the 5K at 12:30 p.m. You can register online at www.jollyjaunt.org.
- Howie Carr will be back at the Used Book Superstore in Danvers on Sunday to sign copies of his newest book, "Ratman: The Trial and Conviction of Whitey Bulger", or any of his other titles.
Make sure to check our local events calendar and boards section for even more happenings around Peabody.