Historic Newton offers free weekend and special programs December 2-3

Free weekend at Historic Newton – Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to Jackson Homestead and Museum at 527 Washington Street and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds at 286 Waverley Avenue on December 2 and 3, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For information: 617-796-1450.

Sugar and Spice: Gingerbread History – In early America, ginger was considered a sign of wealth because it had to be imported. Not until after Christmas became a national holiday in 1870 did gingerbread become associated with American celebrations of Christmas. Chase down the story of the gingerbread man and his ancestors with Clara Silverstein of Historic Newton.

The talk is part of the Waterworks Museum’s Gingerbread Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. View the magical display of gingerbread houses and creations by some of Greater Boston’s finest bakeries and caterers. Kids are welcome to try decorating a gingerbread cookie of their own. Visit the vendor hall and start (or finish!) your holiday shopping.

Suggested donation, $5 per person. For information: 617-277-0065

December 2, 2:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill