Things to do: Christmas celebrations, concerts, and plays

Dec 3, 2019

There's a lot happening in Dartmouth on any given weekend. For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit

Thursday, December 5

Enjoy hot dogs for a cause.

The UMass Dartmouth Police Department and UMass Dartmouth Dining Services will host its annual Quarters for Christmas fundraising drive at the 285 Old Westport Road Campus Center. Hot dogs will be for sale for $0.75, with all the toppings. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of New Bedford, New Bedford Women's Center and Harbor House.

Friday, December 6

Check out holiday themed art. 

South Coast Artists will host its annual Holiday Art Exhibit from December 6 to 8 at the Dartmouth Cultural Center, 404 Elm St. The opening reception will be held on December 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. Works from SCA members will be on display. Works will cover a wide variety of mediums and styles. Works will also be available to purchase. For more information, visit

Celebrate Christmas in Padanaram. 

The annual Padanaram Christmas festival returns from 5 to 8 p.m along Elm and Bridge Streets. Activities include food and refreshments, a visit from Santa and his elves at 6 p.m., treats and giveaways, and various performances and arts activities. Parking will be available at the New Bedford Yacht Club and St. Mary's Church. A free shuttle bus will be available at the church. For a complete listing of participating businesses and restaurants, visit

Say good grief and bah humbug. 

The Dartmouth High Theatre Company will debut its winter double feature of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "A Christmas Carol." at 7 p.m. at Dartmouth High School. Shows are also December 7 at 1 p.m and 7 p.m. Tickets  are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. A family four-pack is available for $40. Group rates of ten tickets are also available for $100. Call (508) 971-2258 or visit to order tickets. 

Sing songs for a cause.

Hands in Outreach, a nonprofit which provides access to education to poor girls and women living in Kathmandu, Nepal,  will host a special Winter Wonderland Community Creativity and Sing-Along fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wild Honey Cafe, 1228 Russells Mills Road.  Tickets are $25. Activities including writing and singing songs, food, and more. Visit to to buy tickets.

Saturday, December 7

Get your pet photos with Santa.

The Humane Society and Shelter SouthCoast will host its annual photos with Santa event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Professional photographers from NAC Photography and Santa Claus will be in attendance to take Christmas photos with the animals. There is a $15 donation requested to attend. Proceeds will benefit the shelter and the animals it houses as they await adoption during the holiday season. The shelter is located at 31 Ventura Drive. 

Decorate the library.

The Southworth Library will host a holiday "Deck Our Halls" event from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the 732 Dartmouth St. library. Stories, meetings with Santa, and tree decorating will be offered.

Get a tree for a good cause.

The A.L.S. Family Charitable Foundation will host a Cut-Your-Own-Christmas-Tree Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a farm at 505 Horseneck Road. Trees will be available for $50. Saws will be provided. All proceeds benefit the Foundation in honor of Jeff Alan Lawrence. The Bourne-based nonprofit raises funds to support those suffering from ALS and research towards finding a cure.


Mental Note A Cappella, a UMass Dartmouth a cappella group, will host its winter concert at 6 p.m. at the 285 Old Westport Road campus’s Center for Visual and Performing Arts building. The concert is family friendly and free to attend. It will be held in CVPA Room 153.

Sunday, December 8

Meet a Bishop. 

The Rt. Reverend Gayle Elizabeth Harris, Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts will attend St Peter’s Church’s Service of Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. The service is free to attend, and a free lunch will follow. It is open to anyone in the community who would like to attend. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is located at 351 Elm Street in Dartmouth.

Celebrate Christmas in Russells Mills.

The Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society will host its annual holiday celebration at 2 p.m. at the 1205 Russells Mills Road schoolhouse. Holiday music from the Fall River Fipple Fluters, children’s activities, and carols will be offered at the event. The Smith Neck Friends Meeting will host a “Living Nativity Scene” at the neighboring Alderbrook Farm from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The events are free to attend.

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