Holiday festivities in Hingham
Make your own ornaments, sip hot cocoa by the fire, and visit barnyard animals at the annual Raise the Wreath event at Weir River Farm in Hingham, Dec. 9. This family-friendly event takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy Christmas music, visit the ponies, goats, and cows, and make boughs, garlands, and ornaments using pinecones, wood, and other natural materials. Buy a tree ($60-$65) for your new decorations, and don’t miss the ceremonial raising of the giant wreath onto the red barn
at 1 p.m. $5 for members, $8 nonmembers. Park at 140 Turkey
Hill Lane. 781-740-7233, www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do.
Sweet deals on Vermont
It’s not too late to snag a good deal on lift tickets for Sugarbush and Bromley. Buy the Sugarbush Quad Pack by Nov. 30 and get four transferable, unrestricted lift tickets for $229 that can be used anytime during the upcoming ski season (no blackout dates). Need accommodations? The Sugarbush Inn offers its Pillow Four Pack through Dec. 20, which includes four nights in a standard ($399) or upgraded ($449) room; use all four nights consecutively or split them up throughout the season. If you plan to visit Bromley multiple times, buy the Sun Mountain Card, which gives you $10 off on holidays, $20 off on weekends, and $30 off on weekdays, plus one free lift ticket to use anytime except holidays. Card costs $74 until Dec. 15, $84 thereafter. Book the Cyber Monday Deal (on Nov. 27) and get three anytime lift tickets for $149. 800-53 7-8427, www.sugarbush.com. 802-824-5522, www.bromley.com.
Journey through Ethiopia
Washington, D.C.-based Naya Traveler has launched private, custom-made trips to Ethiopia this month, offering travelers an opportunity to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and spend time with locals. On the Noble North and Tribal South 7-day tour, trek through national parks with rangers to learn about local flora and fauna, go on village tours led by chiefs from different Ethiopian tribes, and experience a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony in a family home followed by a cooking class with a renowned chef. Rates start at $4,200, per person double-occupancy, depending on the season, and include accommodations, domestic airfare, ground transportation, guides, activities, and most meals; international airfare not included. 301-358-5096, www.nayatraveler.com.
Join a women’s ski camp in Colorado
Grab your girlfriends and head to Crested Butte for the Elan Big Mountain Women’s Weekend, Jan. 19-21. This first-time event, geared to intermediate and expert skiers, includes guided lessons by an all-female crew to work on improving skills on the resort’s steeper terrain. It will be led by New Hampshire-native Krista Crabtree, a veteran ski coach and an expert gear tester. The event includes an evening welcome party on Jan. 19, two days of free demos on Elan’s Ripstick Freeride skis, 1½ days of guided instruction, two aprés ski events, lunch vouchers, raffle tickets, and a swag bag. $400 per person. Discounted lodging and lift tickets available to participants. 855-382-2059, www.skicb.com/elan.
A high-quality action camera
Take the GoPro HERO6 on your adventures and shoot high-resolution videos of your travels. The new action camera looks just like its predecessor, but it is what’s inside that counts: It has GoPro’s new GP1 internal processor, enabling you to shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second and 1080p full HD at up to 240 fps — more than double the HERO5. It offers superb digital (versus optical) image stabilization, smoother slow-motion footage, and better image analysis and processing for the QuickStories feature, which turns your videos into polished “stories” in one-third of the time. The HERO6 remains waterproof to 33 feet, has a super easy-to-use and responsive touchscreen that now offers pinch zooming, and offers fast Wi-Fi transfer speeds. It also offers voice control with 12 easy commands, including on/off capability. GoPro’s handy new Shorty extension pole and tripod provides versatility for shooting. $499.99 HERO6, $39.99 Shorty. 855-635-3578, www.gopro.com.
A handy mount for accessories
Clakit’s new Strap Pack GoPro-compatible clip lets you attach your action camera to a backpack strap so your device remains secure and within easy reach. Slip the industrial-strength clip around a strap and squeeze it shut until it clicks into place. Teeth on the inside of the clip prevent it from slipping. The clip fits straps measuring up to 3 inches wide. Clakit also makes clips that let you attach a water bottle, phone pouch, and other accessories onto your belt or backpack. $11.95-$19.95.