There are so many great events going on during the holiday season. It's probably impossible to do them all, but here is a little guide on all the great things happening in and around New Bedford this month.

South End Business Association Tree Lighting
Dec. 4: Reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 4 p.m. with tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Howland Green Library, 3 Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford.

Fairhaven Old-Time Holiday Weekend
Dec. 7-9. Holiday marketplaces and craft fairs, pancake breakfast, book fair and more. For children, there are craft making a cookie decorating opportunities and many chances for photographs with Santa or Father Christmas. For more information on events, visit Handout sheets are also available at Visitors Center at the Academy Building, 141 Main St., Fairhaven.

'Miracle on 34th Street'
Burt Wood School of the Performing Arts: "Miracle on 34th Street," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15, 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $15 and can be purchased at (508) 946-1071; "Building Life Skills and Relationships Through the Arts," eight week course. Meets 3:30-4:30 p.m. through Dec. 10. $160. For information, visit or call (508) 946-1071. The Alley Theatre, 133 Center St., Middleboro.

21st Annual Holiday House Tour
Presented by the New Bedford Preservation Society. Visit restored historic 19th century homes, all decked out for the holidays. Candlelight tour 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8; afternoon tour, 1-5 p.m, Dec. 9. Holiday raffles will also be available. Tickets $17 for society members, $19 for general admission. Tickets day-of are $23. For tickets call 508-997-6425 or visit Wamsutta Club, 427 County St., New Bedford.

Buttonwood Park Zoo: Holiday ZOObilee
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22. Enjoy train and carousel rides, caroling with animals, hot chocolate and more. Admission charge. New Bedford.

'A New England Nutcracker'
New Bedford Ballet: Announce performances of "A New England Nutcracker," 1:30 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16; 6:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 seniors, students and children. New Bedford Ballet Community Theatre, 2343 Purchase St., New Bedford.

South Central /South First Association tree lighting
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m. at Monte Park on the corner of Russell Street and Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford.

Rockdale Avenue Neighborhood Association tree lighting
Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m. at Harrington Park, corner of Court Street and Liberty Street (across from Hathaway School), New Bedford.

Bullard Street Neighborhood Association tree lighting
Saturday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m., at Riverside Park on the corner of Belleville Avenue and Coffin Avenue, New Bedford.