Christmas Tree Festival: 3-8 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 and 9, The MEG Foundation, 54-58 Essex St., Saugus. For information: 781-233-4607; 781-231-2842. The MEG Foundation presents the seventh annual Christmas Tree Festival. Admission is free. Community members decorate a tree to represent a local business or special theme of their choice. Trees will be on display for two weekends and viewers will have the opportunity to purchase chances to win their favorite tree. Set-up for trees is Nov. 25 and 26. Winners will be announced Dec. 10 via phone calls. Pick-up will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10.
Gingerbread house event: 4-6 p.m. Dec. 7, Saugus Public Library, 295 Central St. Teens are invited to stop by the Library and build, decorate and take home a gingerbread house. This program is for ages 13 and up. For information: 781-231-4168, ext. 17; http://Sauguspubliclibrary.org; https://Facebook.com/SaugusPublicLibrary.
Living Nativity: 3-8 p.m. Dec. 8-9, MEG Foundation, 58 Essex St., Saugus. The New Hope Assembly Worship & Arts Team presents “Living Nativity.”
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9; 2 p.m. Dec. 10, American Legion Post 210, 44 Taylor St., Saugus. Cost: $15-$20. For ticket and information: 781-816-7019; TCSaugus@gmail.com; http://TCSaugus.org. The Theatre Company of Saugus presents its holiday season show for 2017, including two short plays: “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” based on the Peanuts television special, and “A Christmas Carol - Readers Theatre,” based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
Mitten Cookie Decorating Party: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Panera Bread, Fellsway Plaza, 647 Broadway, Saugus. For information: http://hamraenterprises.com/panera-bread/boston/community-events/. Join for a Mitten Cookie Decorating event. Guests may purchase a mitten-shaped Shortbread Cookie to join the fun, and Panera will provide the frosting and toppings. When customers purchase a Mitten Shortbread Cookies through Dec. 10 at participating Boston area Panera Bread bakery-cafes, Panera Bread franchisee Hamra Enterprises will donate 10¢ to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital.
Tree Decorating at Breakheart: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10, Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center, Breakheart Reservation, 177 Forest St., Saugus. For information: 781-233-0834; http://friends-of-breakheart.org. The Friends of Breakheart Reservation have invited the community to their annual tree decorating event. Participants can also make an elf bracelet to take home, craft an ornament to hang, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, meet Santa, and visit the Friends Gift Shoppe. This event is free and open to the public, however, donations to the Friends of Breakheart help fund future events. For this event, the Friends are also accepting canned goods to help feed the hungry.
Pet Photo Night: 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 10, Square One Mall, 1201 Broadway, Saugus. For information, visit http://simon.com/mall/square-one-mall; http://simon.com/petphoto. Simon Malls in New England announced that Pet Photo Night events with Santa will return to select Simon Malls as part of the Simon Santa Photo Experience. Pets will have their turn to sit on Santa’s lap on Sundays throughout November and December. Pet Photo Nights are hosted after the mall closes and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers. Photo packages and pricing vary. All pets must be leashed or crated while walking through participating malls.
SRWC Annual Meeting: 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 11, Spinelli’s, Route 1 South, Lynnfield. Cost: $25. For reservations: http://conta.cc/2zybJMS. Join the Saugus River Watershed Council and friends for their annual meeting and dinner at Spinelli’s Function Facility. SWRC Executive Director Joan LeBlanc will provide a keynote presentation highlighting opportunities and challenges within the Saugus River Watershed. Come learn about the unique natural resources of the Saugus River watershed and ongoing efforts to protect them for future generations. The River Stewardship Awards will also be presented.
Curbside leaf collection dates: Dec. 4-8, Saugus. For information: 781-231-4036. The town of Saugus will hold several curbside leaf collection days over the next couple of months. Residents may dispose of leaves curbside on their regularly scheduled collection day during the following upcoming weeks: Nov. 13-17 and Dec. 4-8. Leaves should be left outside by 7 a.m. on the appropriate days. Residents should ensure that leaf containers are physically separated from trash and recycling. Paper leaf bags are the preferred method of leaf disposal. If using barrels, however, they must be clearly marked with yard waste stickers. Stickers are free and may be obtained at Inspectional Services in the lower level of Town Hall at 298 Central St., Saugus. Barrel covers must remain removed so that the leaves are visible. Plastic bags, cardboard boxes, branches and brush will not be accepted. Residents should note that separate trucks collect the rubbish, recycling and leaves, so the leaves may be collected at a different time of day. “Missed pick-ups” will not be conducted.
Simon Santa Photo Experience: Nov. 18-Dec. 24, 1201 Broadway, Saugus. Children and their families can experience the joy of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience. Children will have a chance to visit and have their picture taken with Santa. For a complete list of Santa’s photo hours, visit http://Simon.com/squareone and click on “Santa’s Waiting” under “News and events.” Guests can also reserve a time slow with Santa by visiting http://simonsanta.com.
Seasonal Gift card Booth: Nov. 24-Dec. 24, Simon Square Mall, 1201 Broadway, Saugus. For information: http://simon.com/SquareOneMall. Shoppers buying for those who may want to pick out their gifts themselves with a Visa or American Express Simon Giftcard, as well as dozens of other retailer and restaurant gift cards, can purchase gift cards throughout the season at a special holiday booth set up on the upper level of Center Court.
Charity Giftwrap: Nov. 24-Dec. 24, Square One Mall, 1201 Broadway, Saugus. Students from Saugus High School will provide holiday gift wrapping, which will benefit SHS. Visit http://simon.com/mall/square-one-mall for gift wrap hours.
Youth Basketball League: 8-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Dec. 2-Feb. 24, Saugus Family YMCA, 298 Main St. Registration is underway for the Youth Basketball League. Cost: $80-$140. To volunteer, email email@example.com. Team practices will take place Dec. 2-30. Ten regular season games will take place from Jan. 6-Feb. 24. Final games and Awards Day will be held Feb. 24. Ages 4-5 meet from 8-9 a.m.; ages 6-8 meet from 9:15-10:15 a.m.; and ages 9-12 meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Leagues use age-appropriate basketballs and hoop settings and are focused on fun and fair play. Trained volunteer coaches will guide players through games and skill-building drills. Each child will receive a jersey.
Tend the Children’s Garden with Youth and Nature: 3:30-4:40 p.m. every Tuesday, Saugus Public Library, 295 Central St. For information: http://sauguspubliclibrary.org. Join to plant, care for and taste items from the garden. Participants will grow flowers, herbs, vegetables, a pizza garden and a fairy garden. Each week features a project with tastings, crafts and story time.
Knights of Columbus meeting: 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Columbus Building Association Hall, 57 Appleton St., Saugus. For information: 781-233-9858. The Saugus Knights of Columbus Council #1829 meet every Tuesday of the month. Membership is open to Catholic men ages 18 and up, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church.