Christmas is getting closer and this weekend's events calendar is dominated by holiday events.
Below you will find the when and where for some of our picks, including theater performances and the arrival of Santa, but there's a lot of other events going on this weekend in Peabody and the nearby area of the North Shore.
To see more events and activities going on beyond what's listed here, check our events calendar for a complete list.
Remember, each week Peabody Patch’s “Weekender” planner brings you a quick guide to local events and activities.
If you have great ideas of your own that you want to share, please feel free to add them in the comments section at the bottom.
1. SANTA FLIES INTO TOWN SATURDAY
Where/When: Liberty Tree Mall, Danvers; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Why Go: Santa Claus and his helpers will be flying in to the Liberty Tree Mall in a Boston MedFlight helicopter. Santa is due to arrive at 8:30 a.m. and land in the rear parking lot next to the police station. If the weather is uncooperative, he'll have to take an ambulance. Danvers police officers and firefighters will then join Saint Nick in delivering a special safety message for kids of all ages. If you'd like to get your photo with Santa, stick around for the holiday open house at the mall, starting at 10 a.m. There will also be fashion shows, free food samples, door prizes and more.
Where/When: Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly; Friday, 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Why Go: Sea Change Theatre Company presents "a delightful, heartwarming evening filled with Christmas stories" that combines three stories to "create an experience that brings laughter, love, and the joy of gift-giving to the holiday season."
Pricing: Adults, $12; Seniors and students, $10
Where/When: First Church in Wenham; 1 Arbor St., Wenham; Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
Why Go: Peter Stewart, a local legend, presents "It's a Wonderful Life" (what he says is his favorite all-time movie) on stage on Friday and Saturday night, with actors Tiffany Baxter, Glen and Frank Gayton and Ernie Stone playing Clarence the Angel.
Pricing: $10 at the door
Where/When: Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers; Saturday, 1 p.m.
Why Go: Husband and wife musicians Jim and Maggi Dalton will perform a Victorian-themed Christmas show with excerpts from Charles Dickens' various Christmas stories, using period American and British music.
Where/When: Bishop Fenwick High School, 99 Margin St., Peabody; Friday to Sunday
Why Go: The Bishop Fenwick Drama Club is performing Louisa May Alcott's classic novel "Little Women" on stage this weekend. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Pricing: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students (bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry and get $1 off your ticket price if buying tickets at the door)