📷 A festive holiday arrangement to be sold by the Southbridge Garden Club at their annual greens sale. Photo courtesy Barbara Kalber.
SOUTHBRIDGE – As we enter December, several popular holiday events are scheduled for this weekend. Notre Dame’s annual Festival of Giving Trees opened Thursday, Nov. 29 and continues with a full schedule of events each day through Sunday, Dec. 2. Gateway Players Theater will present It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and the Southbridge Garden Club will have its annual sale. Each event has more than one date, so you can easily enjoy each of the offerings.
Below is a schedule of weekend events in Southbridge by day to help you plan.
If your group or organization has an event or fundraiser that we’ve missed, please contact us and we would be glad to add it to our list. Contact Sarah Champagne(Sarah@TheCitizenChronicle.com) to add to the schedule.
Festival of Giving Trees events are held at La Salle Notre Dame, 444 Main Street, Southbridge, except for the choral premiere, which is at 446 Main Street as noted below.
Gateway’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is held at Elm Street Congregational Church fellowship hall, 61 Elm Street (Enter fellowship hall from the side of the building).
Jacob Edwards Library events are at 236 Main Street.
The Southbridge Garden Club Greens Sale is at 111 Main Street (Ruth Wells Center for the Arts)
THURSDAY, NOV. 29:
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Southbridge native Meghan Maclean Weir presents her novel, The Book of Essie.
Festival of Giving Trees:
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Opening day, tree viewing. $3 per person, under 12 free with an adult present.
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Choral premiere. $5 per person, under 12 free with an adult. 446 Main Street, Notre Dame Church.
FRIDAY, NOV. 30:
Southbridge Garden Club Greens Sale: Noon – 7 p.m.
Gateway Players Theater Presents It’s Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play: 7:30 p.m., opening night.
Festival of Giving Trees: Friday is Senior Citizen Day at the Festival of Giving Trees. Those older than 62 attend free. General admission is $3 per person, under 12 free with an adult present. Hourly door prizes for senior citizens. Friday Night Lights is a separate event with a $20 admission.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Senior luncheon $5 per person.
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Southbridge High School Jazz Band, Chorus and Southbridge Middle School Band
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Trinity Catholic Academy Chorus
Noon – 12:30 p.m. “A Christmas Cup of Tea” read by Grace Young
1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Tantasqua Faculty Hand Chime Players
2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Frank Gallagher, Singer/Songwriter
3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Central Mass Music Academy
4 p.m – 4:45 p.m. D.J. playing Christmas music.
5 p.m. Daytime festival activities close. Friday Night Lights requires separate admission price.
6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday Night Lights, $20 per person. Entertainer Noah Lis from The Voice & Live Auction with Rich Merrill, Auctioneer. (click here for more details)
SATURDAY, DEC. 1:
Gateway Players Theater Presents It’s Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play: 7:30 p.m.
Southbridge Garden Club Greens Sale: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. or until all items are sold.
Festival of Giving Trees: Children’s Day theme. Admission is $3 per person, children under 12 free with an adult. Food is available for purchase from Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen (click here for menu) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Santa Claus, Stories with Mother Goose, Mirror Me Photo Booth, Letters to Santa, Santa’s Workshop and other children’s activities.
9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Spotlight Dance Academy
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Pumpernickel Puppet
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Holly the Elf
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Holly the Elf, Balloon Making
12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lee Irish Dance
1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m. Heather, Cody & Cate, Acoustic Trio
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Elle Parker, Singer
3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m. Turning Point Dance Studio
4 p.m. – Festival’s Got Talent contest
SUNDAY, DEC. 2:
Gateway Presents It’s Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play: 2 p.m.
Festival of Giving Trees: Final day of the festival. Admission is $3 per person, children under 12 free with an adult present. Food is available for purchase from Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen (click here for menu) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Drawings for the tree raffles start at 3 p.m. Festival of Giving Trees website says that arrangements must be made by 5 p.m. & “tree removal by 7 p.m.”
9 a.m. – 9:45 Mass Academy of Dance
10 a.m.- 10:45 a.m. Karen Anderson Dance Studio
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. The Inspired Arts Academy
Noon – 12:45 p.m. Revival of Dance Academy
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Revelations Dance Academy
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. JOYCO, live band.