What: Christmas at Castle Hill
When: Friday, December 4, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday, December 6, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich
Tickets: Trustees Member $10 adult and $5 child/senior. Nonmember: $15 adult and $10 child/senior. Ipswich resident: $10 with proof of residency.
About the Event: Polar bears, snowflakes, and dogsleds will abound at “Christmas at Castle Hill,” December 4-6. Visitors can experience spectacular floral and Christmas decorations and special activities all weekend long in celebration of this year’s theme–1920s polar exploration. Visitors can gear up like an explorer at the polar dress up station, visit an exhibition on Admiral Byrd’s 1928 expedition, and find that perfect holiday gift at the Castle Hill gift shop or the Harbor Sweets pop-up store. Guests are encouraged to donate a pair of warm new socks to benefit needy children through Ipswich Caring.
The celebrations kick off on Friday evening with acapella singers from The Essex Harmony; magical nighttime lighting; and a cash bar with beer, wine, and a special polar punch.
On Saturday, visitors can watch Fitzy the Snowman carve an ice sculpture in the courtyard, enjoy a dance performance by Ipswich Moving Company’s Youth Dance Ensemble at 3 pm, and listen to holiday favorites performed by local musicians throughout the day.
On Sunday, the delights will continue, particularly for the young at heart. From 12 Noon to 2 pm visitors can meet a real sled dog, from 2 pm – 4 pm meet the North Pole’s most famous resident, Old Saint Nick, and at 3 pm listen to the North Shore Bell Ringers. There’s something for everyone at Castle Hill this December. Visit the website at www.thetrustees.org or call 978.356.4351×4015 for more information.
Directions: From Rt. 128 (Exit 20A) follow Rt. 1A north for 8 mi. to Ipswich. Turn right onto Rt. 133 east and follow for 1.5 mi. Turn left onto Northgate Rd. and follow for 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Argilla Rd. and follow for 2 miles to entrance to Crane Beach.