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Ladies dancing, calling birds, and partridges in pear trees 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—The Twelve Days of Christmas. Visitors can check out the gingerbread replica of the Great House, enjoy complimentary cookies and cider, and find that perfect holiday gift at the Castle Hill gift shop or the Harbor Sweets pop-up store.

The celebrations kick off on Friday evening with magical nighttime lighting and a cash bar with beer, wine, and a special holiday punch.

On Saturday, visitors can 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 Old Saint Nick, and at 3 pm listen to the North Shore Ringers. There’s something for everyone at Castle Hill this December. Visit the website at or call 978.356.4351×4015 for more information.


Friday, December 2, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday, December 4, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich

Trustees Member $10 adult and $5 child/senior. Nonmember: $20 adult and $10 child/senior. Ipswich resident: $10 with proof of residency.