Things to do: Week of Dec. 7

Dec 6, 2023

There’s always a lot to do in Dartmouth. This week, head to a holiday concert, take a pet photo with Santa and catch the annual Town Hall tree lighting.

Saturday, Dec. 9
Deck the halls

Kids (or Santa-lovers of all ages) can head to Southworth Library for the annual decorating day at 10:30 a.m.

The event will include a story, winter-themed crafts and tree decorating with the librarians.

Sign up at in advance.

A canine Christmas

On Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Humane Society and Shelter — SouthCoast will host “Santa Paws is Coming to Town,” a fun-filled photo event for kids, pets and adults. 

Symphony in the bookstacks

The Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries will host a concert featuring classic holiday music and favorite Christmas carols on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. 
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra musicians will present the festive program.

The concert will be held at the Dartmouth North Branch Library, which is located at 211 Cross Road.

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra members Elisa Birdseye (viola), Fabrizio Mazzetta (cello) and Caitlyn Schmidt (flute) will perform an afternoon of holiday-themed music. 

The Orchestra is a non-profit organization that aims to enrich the community through classical music in the form of traditional concerts, educational programs and community outreach.

For more information, e-mail

Sunday, Dec. 10

Tree lighting (take two)

After rain prevented last week’s tree lighting at Town Hall, the event will now take place Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Christmas concert

Jordan Paiva, who describes himself as “New England’s Josh Groban” returns to Dartmouth with his holiday Christmas concert at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Padanaram.

The show starts at 6 p.m. and doors open at 5:30 p.m. The show will also feature a few special guests. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at in advance.

Wednesday, Dec. 13
Birding around

Go birding with the Lloyd Center! The center hosts weekly bird walks every Wednesday. Routine stops include parking areas at the forest edge, trails within the forest, the bird feeder station, the pier on the Slocum River, vernal pools and kettle ponds, and the Little River salt marsh on the less traveled “Lloyd Woods” property.

Birding is the focus, but other natural features on the landscape will also be explored.

Participants should be prepared for easy to moderate trail hiking.

Pre-register online. If participants have specific questions regarding the program, call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email

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