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The Crane Estate's Great House has been festively decorated for the season, and you can get a peek tonight from 5 to 9. The event includes self-guided tours of the house, live jazz music, fresh-baked cookies and a cash bar. Attendees are welcome to bring an unwrapped gift donation, which will benefit families in need through Ipswich Caring. Greening of the Great House, at 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, is $10 adults, $5 children for Trustees of Reservations members; $15 adults, $8 children for nonmembers; and $5 for Ipswich residents with proof of residency. For more information, call 978-356-4351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get in the holiday spirit with two tree-lighting events tonight.
- From 6 to 7:15 Marblehead kicks off its annual Christmas Walk weekend with a tree lighting celebration at the National Grand Bank parking lot, 94 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Paul Crosby, the "person of the year," will light this year's tree, which was locally grown by Tree Warden Doug Gordon. For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Walk website.
- Watch with delight as one of Santa's helpers arrives in Salem at 6 p.m. He'll appear atop the Hawthorne Hotel and, with the help of the Salem Fire Department's ladder truck, make his way down to Salem Common for a tree lighting and carols. Afterward, follow Santa to the Museum Place Mall, where he'll be available for photos. For more information, visit salem.org.
And hear sounds of the season at two concerts tonight.
- The Dane Street Church Community Concert Band presents its 15th annual Christmas Pops Concert featuring holiday melodies and a Christmas singalong. The free concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. For more information, call 978-922-4325.
- And at 8 p.m., the Concert Singers presents "Mass in A Major" by French composer Cesar Franck followed by a "POPS style" show of Christmas and Hanukkah selections. Get your voices ready for an audience singalong. The free concert takes place at Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. For details, contact Margaret Oleson at 781-639-4558 or Bill Sano at 978-744-4787.