December Community Calendar

December Community Calendar Events:

Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Science Park, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://bodyworlds.com/exhibition/cycle-of-life-2/

BODY WORLDS, the most visited traveling exhibition in the world, comes to the Museum of Science with a new chapter, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life.

Don’t miss this truly unique opportunity to look within yourself and gain a whole new perspective on what it means to be alive.

More than one hundred preserved human specimens reveal the wonders of human development and demonstrate how poor health, good health, and lifestyle choices can shape your body.

Whole-body plastinates, created from people who have donated their bodies for Plastination, the advanced scientific technique invented by pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, with the express purpose of educating future generations about health, teach us the story of our lives like no textbook can.

Experience this life-changing exhibition, designed by BODY WORLDS’ creative and conceptual designer, Dr. Angelina Whalley, and look inside to find out what makes us human.

Fruits in Decay Exhibit

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, March 1, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://hmnh.harvard.edu/fruits-decay

Fruits in Decay is a new special exhibit in the Glass Flowers gallery that explores blight, rot, and other diseases on summer fruits.

It features exquisitely detailed glass botanical models of strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, and pears made by famed glass artist Rudolf Blaschka.

On display for the first time in nearly two decades, these models capture—with astonishing realism—the intricacies and strange beauty of fruits in various stages of decay.

Winter Wonderland

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, December 29, 2019

Time:  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA

For More Information: https://www.towerhillbg.org/2019/11/12/winter-wonderlands-daytime-festivities-offer-special-holiday-experience/

This December the public is invited to attend Winter Wonderland daytime festivities at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass.

From Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 3pm, guests can enjoy indoor decorations, subtropical plants in greenhouse conservatories, lunch in a farm to table cafe, a boutique-style gift shop, outdoor trails, a model train display, hands-on children’s activities, and more.

Parent & Tot Story Time: Peabody Essex Museum

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: East India Square, Salem, MA

For More Information: https://www.pem.org/

The Peabody Essex Museum welcomes you to the new Parent and Tot Story Time, held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

Meet other parents and introduce your young child to the wonderful world of museums through stories and related activities in the Peabody Essex Museum galleries.

Stay and enjoy the many fun activities in the Art and Nature Center, and have a snack or lunch at the reasonably-priced cafe.

Coolidge Corner Kids Shows

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

For More Information: http://www.coolidge.org/programs/kids-shows

All shows start at 10:30 am. All presentations take place in 217-seat second floor theatre unless otherwise indicated; stroller parking is available in the downstairs lobby and the theater is fully accessible. Booster seats are also available for the tiny ones.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Location: 2 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://mgol.net/

An interactive story time that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Followed by free play.

Stories, Stories, Stories at BPL Codman Square Branch

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: 690 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA

For More Information: https://dorchester.macaronikid.com/events/5c1c5e6213302270816b32fd/stories-stories-stories-codman-sq

Join them for pre-school storytime. There will be picture books, songs, and a craft. For kids ages 2-5.

This event takes place at the BPL Codman Square Branch.

Windows Invitational: Alexandria Smith: Seed to Harvest

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA

For More Information: https://www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum

The Windows Invitational engages artists in transforming the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that articulate the lobby and courtyard plaza of our signature Rafael Moneo building.

The third commission in the series is by Alexandria Smith, Head of Painting at the Royal College of Art in London, formerly Assistant Professor of Painting at Wellesley College.

Smith’s Seed to Harvest foregrounds portraits of Wellesley’s first African American graduates and borrows its title from the “Patternist” series of novels by Octavia Butler, stories that explore themes of science fiction, humanity, and the ethical and unethical uses of power.

Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a Painting

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA

For More Information: https://www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum/whats-on/upcoming/node/166216

Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a Painting examines a 16th century Venetian Sacra Conversazione, recently donated to the Davis Museum. This Holy Family with Saint Catherine, Saint Sebastian, and a donor was previously attributed to Giorgione, and exists in multiple versions, including one at the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Several important details in the Davis’s painting, such as the donor figure and the background landscape, differ from the other nearly identical works. Restorations, like the head of Saint Joseph, are clearly visible on the canvas. The history of visual change evident in this painting spans centuries, and now raises many questions: Who made it? How many artists or conservators worked on the painting? Why are there multiple copies, and why is this work different from the others? Hidden Histories explores this Sacra Conversazione painting through recent conservation, technical analysis, and an art historical lens to uncover a wealth of new information and highlight the unknown.

Kanishka Raja: I and I

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA

For More Information: https://www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum/whats-on/upcoming/node/166201

Painter Kanishka Raja transforms a hybrid inheritance—the post-colonial confluences of an urban Indian childhood, familial roots in textile manufacture and clothing design, liberal arts and studio education in the US, bi-national footing in New York and Kolkata—into gorgeously patterned and painted work that both reflects and exceeds its foundational elements.

New Photographs: Haley Morris-Cafiero and Habiba Nowrose

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA

For More Information: https://www.wellesley.edu/events/content/node/167346

Two recent acquisitions of work by up-and-coming women photographers, Haley Morris-Cafiero and Habiba Nowrose, embrace the performative aspects of portraiture, one of photography’s oldest genres, to confront societal expectations around body image and identity.

Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA

For More Information: https://www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum/whats-on/upcoming/node/166196

The Davis Museum at Wellesley College presents Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons, a major solo exhibition that investigates history, technology, and the home.

Wreath Decorating

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: 1904 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA

For More Information: https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/results/blue-hills/(keywords)/wreath

Celebrate the start of the holiday season by creating a beautiful and unique wreath to take home.

With specialty wreaths retailing between $75 – $100, you’ll save money and craft a wreath that complements your home and décor.

You’ll start with a balsam wreath base and add evergreen cuttings, cones and other natural elements.

Finish your creation with your choice of ornaments and ribbon.

During the workshop, you’ll learn about evergreens and their adaptations to winter.

You’ll also dive into wreath design and creating bows.

They’ll supply everything you need, but if you have your own pair of clippers you may want to bring them.

STEAM Crafternoon Playgroup at BPL West End

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019

Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: 151 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.downtownboston.org/explore-downtown-boston/downtown-boston-events-calendar/steam-crafternoon-playgroup/

Each STEAM Crafternoon, children have access to an abundance of art supplies, simple science manipulatives, and toys galore! Drop by the library to try out materials and meet friends. Ideal for children of all ages. Groups and individuals welcome. This event takes place every Thursday afternoon at the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library.

Gardens Aglow – A Celebration of Lights

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Monday, December 30, 2019

Time: 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA

For More Information: https://heritagemuseumsandgardens.org/event/gardens-aglow-4-2019-11-29/

Heritage sparkles this holiday season with Gardens Aglow, featuring over nine miles of holiday lights throughout the gardens, a stunning model train exhibit in the Special Exhibitions Gallery with new features this year, and music and dance performances in the Automobile Gallery.

Visitors of all ages are invited to take a stroll through the gardens made even more enchanting with thousands of twinkling lights.

In addition to the beautiful light displays throughout the gardens, the event features extensive indoor holiday décor and numerous activities around the grounds and galleries. Visit Santa Claus in the 1913 Model T Ford. View a stunning model train display and create a mural on their Giant Lite-Brite.

La Salette Festival of Lights

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, January 5, 2020

Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: 947 Park Street, Attleboro, MA

For More Information: https://lasaletteattleboroshrine.org/christmas-festival

This is one of the most beloved and popular Christmas displays in the state. Featuring: 300,000 Lights illuminating over 10 acres of winter wonderland. The event is held at The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, so many of the displays celebrate the spiritual side of the holidays.

Don’t miss the International Creche Museum featuring hundreds of creches from around the world.

SoWa First Fridays

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.sowaboston.com/sowa-first-fridays/

On the first Friday of every month, 200+ artists, galleries, shops and showrooms of the SoWa Art + Design District open their doors to the public for an evening of art, culture, and inspiration. Meet the artists in their element, view the latest gallery exhibitions, shop small, and dine at one of SoWa’s world-class restaurants.

Enjoy Short Vignettes from Black Nativity at the MFA

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM – 6:45 PM

Location: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.mfa.org/event/special-event/black-nativity?utm_source=press&utm_medium=press&utm_campaign=holidays

Enjoy short 15-minute vignettes from Black Nativity, a cherished Boston tradition since 1970.

These uplifting performances set out to restore hope and faith in the season of goodwill, and will be performed in the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard at 6:30pm.

The Black Nativity play itself is being presented in full at the Emerson Paramount Center from December 6th through the 22nd, 2019.

The dramatic choreography of the Nativity song-play by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes fast forwards the action to ourr times while keeping the relevant themes of neighborly love, community collaboration, activism, peace, and leadership within our community.

This uplifting production sets out to restore hope and faith in the season of goodwill.

Old Town Trolley Holiday Lights & Sights Tour

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Monday, December 30, 2019

Time:  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: 200 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.trolleytours.com/boston/christmas-holiday-tour

From its colonial beginnings and revolutionary past, Boston has since been one of America’s most essential and diverse cities in the USA.

Visiting Boston is great any time of year; but this year, winter just got even better!

For the first time, you’ll be able to take in the fun and merriment of the holiday season on an Old Town Trolley Holiday Lights and Sights Tour!

You’ll have a front-row seat as you experience the dazzling lights and splendor of the season, riding through town as carolers fill the night air with music.

Forbes House Museum Tours

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 215 Adams Street, Milton, MA

For More Information: http://www.forbeshousemuseum.org/visit/

Tours cover the 1870’s kitchen and the first and second floors of the house, and they last about 1 hour. With its interior restored to a circa 19th-century appearance, the house and the rooms are furnished with original objects owned and used by four generations of Forbes Family members dating back to the 1830’s.

Public Telescope Stargazing Nights at New England Sci-Tech

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 16 Tech Circle, Natick, MA

For More Information: https://www.nescitech.org/public-telescope-nights/

The public is invited to join the New England Sci-Tech community for an evening of astronomy at 16 Tech Circle, Natick.

Public Telescope Hours – Tuesday and Friday evenings 8:00–9:00 pm in the spring, summer, and fall, weather permitting. See website for occasional variations for astronomical events or special children’s programs.

Depending on conditions and season, they will point their larger telescopes toward a variety of planets, the Moon, and stars.

Visitors also can borrow smaller “Starblast” telescopes to hunt sky objects on your own.

Methuen’s Festival of Trees

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 13 Branch Street, Methuen, MA

For More Information: https://www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com/

In 2019, they present the 26th Annual Festival of Trees! A year-long celebration – including several special events – celebrates this important anniversary!

This year’s Festival will once again feature 240 spectacular, shiny, sensational trees, mini-trees and wreaths which you can win. Don’t miss this year’s sparkling event!

Trees will be on display for 3 weeks lighting up the city of Methuen and then raffled off to attendees to enjoy in their own home.

The Festival of Trees raises funds for historic preservation in the City of Methuen.

Ecotarium Budding Scientists Program

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 22 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA

For More Information: https://www.ecotarium.org/events-activities/kids-programs

Curious little explorers (ages 4-6 years) conduct simple, safe, science and nature experiments in the EcoTarium’s Budding Scientists program. Held on the first Thursday of every month, you and your child will learn basic scientific principles while having fun with hands-on activities.

Guided History Tours on the Esplanade

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 376 Boylston Street #503, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://esplanade.org/guidedtours/

There are countless stories behind Boston’s most iconic park and they want to share them with you! The Esplanade Association’s free guided history tours will walk participants through the fascinating history of the Esplanade. The guided tours last about an hour-and-a-half and cover about a mile of the Esplanade and over 150 years of history!

Zoodoptions at Zoo New England

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.zoonewengland.org/act/ways-to-give/zoodopt

With the holidays right around the corner, a perfect gift option for the animal (and stuffed animal!) lover in your life might just be a Zoodoption package from Zoo New England.

Not only does the animal lover in your life get a sweet plush animal gift, but the cost of the “adoption” directly benefits the zoo by helping to feed and care for animals, create educational programs, and support conservation efforts.

Drop-in Art Making at PEM

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, December 29, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: East India Square, Salem, MA

For More Information: https://www.pem.org/

Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3pm (and select Monday holidays), come to the Art & Nature Center galleries to investigate and create art inspired by the natural world. Each month they explore a different scientific phenomenon and art-making process.

Winter Reimagined: Holiday Lights at Tower Hill

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Monday, December 30, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA

For More Information: https://www.towerhillbg.org/night-lights-2019/

The most dazzling display of winter lights in Central Massachusetts returns to Tower Hill this winter.

Marvel at glittering light displays indoors and out, uniquely decorated trees and nature-inspired ornaments, lush conservatories, children’s scavenger hunts, and more.

Join them during the day to explore the gardens, trails, conservatories, and uniquely decorated trees and nature-inspired ornaments. As evening falls all of the glittering outdoor lights transform the gardens into a winter wonderland. Find unique items for everyone on your shopping list at The Garden Shop.

Sea Squirts – Ocean Babies: Programs for Children 2-4 yrs.

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Central Wharf, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.neaq.org/learn/for-families-teens/programs-by-age/sea-squirts/

Sea Squirts classes introduce your child to the wonders of the aquatic world while focusing on their developing motor and language skills and encouraging the development of early science skills such as observation and exploration. Classes run for one hour and include free play, circle time with songs, stories and activities, art projects and a visit to the Aquarium exhibits.

Daily Tours & Talks at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/

Join their lively public tours and talks, which are a great way to enhance your Gardner experience. Whether you’re a first-time visitor who wants an introduction to the Museum or a returning visitor who is looking for a deeper understanding of the collection, one of their lively talks or tours will fill the bill.

Mapparium Tours

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/project/mapparium/

The Mapparium’s three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935 is enhanced by A World of Ideas, an original presentation that features a rich orchestration of words, music, and LED lights to illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world.

Behind the Scenes Tours at New England Aquarium

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Central Wharf, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.neaq.org/exhibits/animal-encounters/behind-scenes-tour/

Learn exactly what it takes to run the New England Aquarium day to day. From making sure the animals are healthy to inspecting the tanks and introducing new animals into the exhibits, Aquarium biologists work hard every day to make sure the Aquarium runs smoothly. (After all, the animals still need to eat on weekends and holidays!)

Now it’s your chance to get a peek at the life behind the glass. Join an educator for a personalized behind-the-scenes tour of one of our many galleries. You will learn what the animals eat, how their tanks are maintained, how sick animals are nursed back to health, and other insider tidbits.

Great Bear Rainforest at the Museum of Science

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 1 Science Park, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.mos.org/imax/great-bear-rainforest

Journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters, and the all-white spirit bear — the rarest bear on Earth — in the giant-screen film Great Bear Rainforest.

Hidden from the outside world, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the wildest places left on this planet.

Now, for the first time ever, you can discover the land of the spirit bear for yourself, via New England’s only IMAX Dome screen!

Arlington Community Card Fundraiser

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 187 Everett Street, Arlington, MA

For More Information: https://thompsonschoolpto.org/fundraising/arlington-community-card/

The Arlington Community Card is a $10 discount card, published and sold exclusively by Thompson PTO, that grants the bearer ongoing discounts at over 40 Arlington restaurants and businesses for an entire year.

The proceeds from the sale of the cards goes to Thompson Elementary School PTO, to fund enrichment (field trips, visiting authors, special presentations) for their students.

Arnold Arboretum Tours & Discovery Packs

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA

For More Information: https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/

Families can take the self-guided tour with a plant treasure map in celebration of Ernest Henry Wilson’s first Arnold Arboretum expedition to Asia.

Boch Center Tours

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.bochcenter.org/tours

Learn about the theatre’s architectural highlights and unique history – from its hotel roots and glamorous days as a movie “cathedral”, to today’s role as an impressive venue for performances and events.

31 Nights of Light at Prudential Center

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.prudentialcenter.com/entertain_events_premier.html?id=257

It’s the 11th anniversary of 31 Nights of Light when for each night of December, the top of Prudential Tower is lit a different color in support of that night’s charity partner.

31 Nights of Light was created to help community organizations gain key visibility during the holiday season. Each night, the top of Prudential Tower is lit a different color in support of that night’s partner.

Participating groups will ‘flip the switch’ each night, with a host of musical performances and speakers each night.

Each organization will have one night in December to light the top of the Prudential Tower.

Boston Blink! Holiday Light & Sound Extravaganza 2019

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: Quincy Market Colonnade, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://faneuilhallmarketplace.com/event/blink-boston-selfie-contest/2019-11-25/

Faneuil Hall Marketplace continues the annual tradition of having the largest tree in the northeast, an 85-foot fir tree adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music to provide entertainment for visitors who want an authentic New England holiday experience.

This year’s show is all-new with more lights, more music, more color, more sound and more fun!

This magical and unforgettable light show uses over 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston’s skyline to the song stylings of the Holiday Pops. The lights dance seamlessly to the music, creating a spectacular not to be missed! Blink! is a must-see holiday show, perfect for all ages.

Holiday Zoolights: Stone Zoo 2019

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Saturday, January 4, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA

For More Information: https://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/zoolights/

This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights.

ZooLights dazzles visitors of all ages each holiday season. Visit black bears, Smoky and Bubba in the festively decorated area around their exhibit.

Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer.

Bright Nights at Forest Park Holiday Lights

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, January 5, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA

For More Information: https://www.brightnights.org/

Bright Nights is New England’s largest holiday lighting display. Enjoy the wonders of Seuss Land, Jurassic World, Toy Land, North Pole Village, and many more from the comfort of your own car.

Visitors can tune their car radio to 98.5 FM to enjoy holiday music. Don’t forget to stop at ‘Bright Nights Gift Stop’ for refreshments and souvenirs!

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature 2019

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, January 5, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA

For More Information: http://concordmuseum.org/calendar/annual-events/

The Concord Museum’s galleries are filled with fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.

The annual ‘Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature’ at the Concord Museum in historic Concord, gives Concord’s renowned literary tradition a creative twist. On view this year in the Museum’s new Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center.

A love of books and reading is a lifelong treasure passed from adult to child, from generation to generation.

Proceeds from Family Trees, organized by the Museum’s Guild of Volunteers, benefit the Concord Museum’s education initiatives.

WFT’s Curious George: The Golden Meatball, Sock Skating, Elves, & more!

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, January 12, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/snowmazing-and-curious-george

George had been waiting all month for that day—a day almost bigger than his birthday!

George goes on a mission to enter the Chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome.

Don’t miss Curious George: The Golden Meatball, a live musical created exclusively for the Museum by Boston University Wheelock Family Theatre.

2020 Lilac Sunday T-shirt Design Contest

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 125 Arborway, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/news-events/lilac-sunday/lilac-t-shirt-contest/

Create a piece of Arnold Arboretum history…enter their contest to design the 2020 Lilac Sunday t-shirt!

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University invites artists of all ages to submit logo designs for the Lilac Sunday 2020 T-shirt.

Lilac-themed t-shirts have been a tradition for many years, and continue to be a highly anticipated and popular memento of this event.

 ‘Child’s Play’ — A Serious Look At A Time Of Innocence

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Wednesday, January 18, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 100 Pier Four Boulevard, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.societyofcrafts.org/

In a new exhibition at Boston’s Society of Arts + Crafts (SA+C), craft artists from around the country get playful exploring the markers of childhood through the lens of an adult.

The toys, games, and kinetic objects in the show cover mediums from ceramic to textile to metal, and take as inspiration the mostly blissful side of play.

Nautical Overnights at Battleship Cove

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Friday, January 31, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 5 Water Street, Fall River, MA

For More Information: https://battleshipcove.org/nautical-nights/

If your family is seeking a different kind of experience to enjoy together, the Nautical Nights Program is just what you’re looking for!

GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, February 2, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA

For More Information: https://ecotarium.org/exhibit/gear-up-the-science-of-bikes/

The EcoTarium museum of science and nature will present GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes, organized by Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh).

From schoolyards and mountain trails to bustling city streets, you encounter bicycles nearly every day. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the bicycle has affected how people live, work, and play. Its popularity has only grown over time, and it is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.

Visitors learn how bikes work; what the history/evolution of the bike is; the science and technology behind the machine; and how bikes have impacted our culture. Like the bicycle itself, the exhibit has been designed to appeal to people of all ages and with diverse interests, from STEM to design to history to art.

Ice Skating at the Worcester Common Oval

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Monday, February 24, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA

For More Information: http://www.worcesterma.gov/worcester-common-oval/ice-skating

The Oval has piped-in music, skate rentals, concessions, holiday lights and more, making it a fun and affordable family-friendly activity. The rink is professionally managed by SMG, the DCU Center’s talented management team.

All Aboard! Trains! at Science Park

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, March 1, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: Science Park, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://www.mos.org/exhibits/trains-at-science-park

The Museum’s seasonal tradition continues with All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, their fun-for-all-ages temporary exhibit featuring classic winter landscapes and a hint of nostalgia.

Miniature trains, snow-covered peaks, engaging hands-on activities, and even a few surprises await!

Experience a whimsical setting where powered model trains at different scales run through various colorful scenes, complete with intricately created décor, buildings, and even people.

You can also check out smaller wooden train tables where you can lay your own tracks and engineer layouts—moving trains by hand and around curves.

Ice Skating On Frog Pond

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Saturday, March 14, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: Boston Common, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://bostonfrogpond.com/winter-programs/pricing-season-passes/

A hopping spot for ice-skating is Frog Pond on the Boston Common. Although dependent on the weather, Frog Pond has its own ice-making system. It also offers skate rentals and hot cocoa at the Pond Cottage.

The prime location of Frog Pond makes it easy to squeeze in just an hour or so of ice skating before or after another activity downtown.

Love is Calling Exhibit

Event Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 – Sunday, February 7, 2021

Time: Varies

Location: 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/yayoi-kusama-love-calling

Representing the culmination of her artistic achievements, it exemplifies the breadth of her visual vocabulary—from her signature polka dots and soft sculptures to brilliant colors, the spoken word, and most importantly, endless reflections and the illusion of space.

It is composed of a darkened, mirrored room illuminated by inflatable, tentacle-like forms—covered in the artist’s characteristic polka dots—that extend from the floor and ceiling, gradually changing colors.

As visitors walk throughout the installation, a sound recording of Kusama reciting a love poem in Japanese plays continuously. Written by the artist, the poem’s title translates to Residing in a Castle of Shed Tears in English.

Exploring enduring themes including life and death, the poem poignantly expresses Kusama’s hope to spread a universal message of love through her art. LOVE IS CALLING will be accompanied by a focused presentation drawn from the ICA’s collection titled Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art After Kusama that will offer insight into Kusama’s influences and her important legacy on contemporary art.

Holiday Helper Celebration & Fundraiser

Event Date: Monday, December 2, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: 443 West Broadway, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://sbnh.org/

South Boston Neighborhood House’s Holiday Helper Program pairs South Boston families in need with sponsors (Holiday Helpers!) to provide gifts to their children for the holidays. Last year their Holiday Helpers sponsored more than 400 families, donated warm winter clothing, boots, coats, pajamas, gifts and toys for an additional 160 children and contributed over $4500 in gift cards and other donations. In addition, 50 dinner baskets were delivered to families throughout their community.

They are having a Celebration & Fundraiser for their Holiday Helper Program on Monday December 2, 2019 at Capo from 6-8pm. Tickets will be $20 and include 1 complimentary drink and appetizers. There will also be raffle prizes, live music and a wine pull!

2019 YES Annual Celebration

Event Date: Monday, December 2, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 20 Jersey Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://yeskids.org/event/2019-annual-celebration/

Overlooking the playing field and the Boston city skyline, the State Street Pavilion Club, located on Fenway’s upper level behind home plate, provides incomparable views of the park and a special place to celebrate YES.

A light dinner will be followed by a brief program.

2019 RAW Series Awards Night

Event Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Location: 175 Main Street, Waltham, MA

For More Information: https://www.rawseries.org/

Join them to celebrate another great year — awards, special recognitions, food, cash bar, and great company.

Mass Rivers Alliance Annual Meeting and Dinner

Event Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: 404 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA

For More Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-rivers-alliance-annual-meeting-and-dinner-tickets-71810782985?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Please join them for a wonderful evening of great company, good food, and lots of talk about water. It is Mass River’s annual tradition to bring together their friends and colleagues for a warm and lively evening to celebrate their rivers and the year’s achievements.

LexArt’s Annual Holiday Marketplace

Event Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 – Monday, December 23, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA

For More Information: https://www.lexart.org/exhibits-events

LexArt’s Annual Holiday Marketplace of Arts and Crafts features beautiful handcrafted creations in ceramics, metal & jewelry, wood, polymer clay, beading, painting, needlework, weaving, decorative arts, basketry, and photography.

All work is made by their member fine artists and craftspeople.

Find your perfect original and one-of-a-kind gift, and support local artists who work to preserve and advance their traditions, arts and crafts.

African Twilight: Vanishing Ceremonies of the African Continent

Event Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019

Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: 1280 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://africa.harvard.edu/event/african-twilight-vanishing-ceremonies-african-continent

For the last forty years, American born Carol Beckwith and Australian Angela Fisher have journeyed over 300,000 miles travelling through 44 countries and recording over 150 cultures on the African continent.

Their recently published double volume book, African Twilight, the subject of this lecture, is the magnum opus of these two pioneering documentary photographers of African tribal cultures and ceremonies.

Their lecture will feature highlights from African Twilight, a fifteen-year study and visual homage to the vanishing traditions of the continent.

Fisher and Beckwith seek out remote communities to record sacred ceremonies, celebrating Africa’s powerful art forms and boundless creativity.

Their presentation will range from Maasai warrior initiations in Tanzania to the courtship rituals of the Ariaal of Kenya, from the masquerades of the spirit world in Burkina Faso to the royal rituals of the Kuba Kingdom in DR Congo.

Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll

Event Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Beacon Hill, Back Bay, MA

For More Information: http://beaconhilltimes.com/2018/11/29/holiday-stroll-returns-dec-6/

Families are invited to a festive evening of refreshments, shopping, Santa, horse and buggy rides, Victorian Carolers, a strolling brass quintet and Charles Street businesses open for good cheer.

Autism Goes to College

Event Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 51 Water Street, #206, Watertown, MA

For More Information: https://www.aane.org/

AANE will host a special screening of the film, “Autism Goes to College” followed by a  discussion with Dr. Eric Endlich, a psychologist and college consultant who specializes in working with students on the spectrum, and Dr. Jan Blacher, the film’s Executive Producer and Director of SEARCH, a Family Autism Resource Center she established at UC Riverside.

“Autism Goes to College” profiles five students on the autism spectrum and their college experience. This film chronicles their lives from school selection to the day-to-day challenges of college life.

NPHC Winter Bowling and Toy Drive

Event Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: 820 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nphc-winter-bowling-and-toy-drive-tickets-79655380387?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Boston’s Divine 9 is getting up for a winter bowling night and toy drive! On Thursday, December 5th, kick off your holiday season with a little fellowship and some bowling, too! Bring your sorority sister or fraternity brother with new or gently used toys and games to benefit the Dudley Square Main Streets Youth Holiday Party! Help them donate as many toys for kids in need ages 7-15 for the holidays. Event includes 2 hours of unlimited bowling, bowling shoes and light refreshments. Tickets will be $20 with a toy, $25 without (strictly enforced!) If you cannot make it, please consider making a donation to buy toys for the toy drive.

Marblehead Christmas Walk 2019

Event Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019 – Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Washington Street, Marblehead, MA

For More Information: https://www.marbleheadchamber.org/christmas-walk

Enjoy Marblehead’s Holiday Spirit!

Well known as one of the finest holiday happenings in New England, Marblehead Christmas Walk is a signature event that captures the warmth of the holiday season throughout the entire town.

This is a time when Marblehead’s historic charm shines bright, and the festive spirit of the holidays provide a truly enchanting experience.

Benching To Break Barriers

Event Date: Friday, December 6, 2019

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: 320 Washington Street, Easton. MA

For More Information: https://healthimperatives.org/penelopes-place-domestic-violence-shelter/

The Stonehill College Strength and Conditioning Department will be hosting its third annual “Benching to Break Barriers” on Friday, December 6. The bench press competition is designed to raise awareness for sexual assault and domestic violence. All proceeds and donations will go to Penelope’s Place, a local emergency shelter providing safety to families fleeing domestic violence.

Bird Park Tree Lighting

Event Date: Friday, December 6, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Polley Lane, Walpole, MA

For More Information: http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/south-of-boston/event-48545.html

Get into the holiday spirit at Bird Park as they celebrate the season with a tree lighting! On this magical night, enjoy the beautiful holiday sounds of the Walpole High School Chorus and Treble Chorus.

Stay warm with a cup of hot chocolate and experience the joy of the season as they light their magnificent 10-ft balsam fir tree.

The performances and lighting take place at the Music Court (stone stage). Informal seating on the lawn.

Festival of Lights, Worcester

Event Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 – Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA

For More Information: http://www.worcesterma.gov/calendar/festival-of-lights-day-1

The City’s annual Festival of Lights event will begin on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 4:30 – 9pm on the Worcester Common Oval.

The event will feature live music, food trucks, free ice skating, street performers, tree lighting and more. This year, the celebration will continue Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 1 – 7pm. with additional live performances, ice skating and a local vendor market.

Christmas by the Sea at Castle Hill

Event Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 – Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

For More Information: http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/northeast/event-48419.html

Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition. Don’t miss this year’s beautiful and nostalgic ‘An Old-Fashioned Christmas’. Each room in their 1920s mansion is festively decorated by garden clubs, florists, designers, and other organizations. You’ll find live music and dance, fresh baked cookies and cider, and a family treasure hunt. New for 2019—The Christmas Greens Courtyard selling beautiful wreathes, kissing balls, and cut branches for arranging.

SoWa Winter Festival & Holiday Market

Event Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 – Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 530 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.sowaboston.com/sowa-winter-festival/

‘Tis the season for the 5th annual SoWa Winter Festival. Join them December 6 – 8 for the biggest winter shopping village and holiday festival in Boston. You’ll find the perfect handmade gifts, sip on winter cocktails, and discover the best of the SoWa Art + Design District.

Shop from 130 of the region’s best makers and specialty food vendors spread across two maker marketplaces. While you stroll, savor their favorite winter cocktails, seasonal craft brews and wines.

Enjoy Boston’s best food trucks, live ice sculpting, holiday workshops, as well as the galleries, artist studios, and shops that call SoWa home year ’round.

Enchanted Trolley Tour Boston

Event Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 – Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Various

For More Information: https://www.boston.gov/news/mayors-2019-enchanted-trolley-tour

This year, the Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour will start on Friday, December 6 and end on Sunday, December 8, in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

For the 24th year, the Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour will continue the festive tradition of lighting holiday trees while bringing holiday spirit to children across Boston. The event is sponsored by Bank of America, and includes visits with Santa, holiday performances, tree lightings, and more.

Burst

Event Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 – Saturday, December 14, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 189 Winnisimmet Street, Chelsea, MA

For More Information: https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&m=78cfd9c90ecd9d011fa04273e5db9665

As their mother lies in a coma in the Neuro ICU after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm, three siblings find a home in waiting room 3.

With humor and heart, Burst explores the comedy and clarity of crisis and love.

The Longwood Players and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation partner to bring Burst to the greater Boston area to raise awareness of brain aneurysms.

Boston Pops: Holiday Pops 2019

Event Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 – Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.bso.org/brands/pops/features/2019-holiday-pops.aspx

Take part in one of Boston’s most beloved traditions – a Holiday Pops concert at historic Symphony Hall. Bring your family and friends for a matinee or evening concert and enjoy the glorious 2019 New England holiday season.

Keith Lockhart, guest conductors and the Boston Pops invite you to experience a magical holiday season celebration at historic Symphony Hall December 6-24. All concerts include the traditional Pops sing-a-long and a visit from jolly old Santa Claus.

Christmas by Candlelight at Sturbridge Village

Event Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 – Sunday, December 29, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA

For More Information: https://www.osv.org/event/cbc/

Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common.

Do not miss the nightly tree lighting and the ever-popular gingerbread house contest!

This year, stroll the all-new Christmas Tree Trail! Take a few moments away from the hustle and bustle of the activities surrounding the common to reflect on the holiday season. Out on the trail, you’ll enjoy a roaring bonfire, cocoa and cookies, music, and of course, 50 sparkling trees.

At the end of the trail, write a special Christmas Wish at our Christmas Wish Bridge! You will make heart-warming holiday memories with your friends and family.

First Parish of Westwood Silent Auction, Christmas Fair with Family Concert

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: 252 Nahatan Street, Westwood, MA

For More Information: https://www.firstparishwestwood.org/

Every first Saturday in December, the First Parish of Westwood hosts an annual community tradition, its Silent Auction and Christmas Fair.

The community will have opportunity to find holiday gifts and treats collected by First Parish of Westwood members and volunteers.

Auction offerings include BSO tickets, Red Sox tickets, Skating Club of Boston lessons, Abbott Center massages, TreeTop Adventures tickets, a handmade quilt and scarves, and other items.

Holiday shoppers will also find Fair offerings to include handmade wreathes and crafts, baked goods and jewelry.

3nd Annual Reindeer Run 5K

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: 104 Sterling Street, Clinton, MA

For More Information: https://www.uwotc.org/reindeer

Don’t miss the 3nd Annual Reindeer Run 5K in Clinton. $30 Race fee ($25 for children 14 and under) includes 1 beer for those 21+ and the first 300 to register will receive a comfy long-sleeve t-shirt! This is a run/walk for anyone who would like to come out and support the local community!

The after race party at Break Away Billiards will include a DJ, raffles, and food – and prizes for the top male and female runners in eight age categories will be awarded!

100% of your registration fee will support WHEAT Community Connections supporting struggling families in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Lancaster and Sterling.

Festival of Sharing

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: 31 Edsel Road, Littleton, MA

For More Information: https://saint-matthews.org/events/festival-of-sharing/

Please join them for the Festival of Sharing where they celebrate the true meaning of Christmas – to love one another. It brings together people in their local communities committed to social justice and to making the world a better place.

The Festival raises money, visibility, and involvement for twenty different local and worldwide charities. 100% of proceeds go to these charities committed to social justice!

Come have your individual or family portrait taken. Participate in an interactive Christmas story. There will be fun and interactive activities too, as well as a Cookie Walk and lunch!

Evergreen Faire

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time:  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: 100 Winter Street, Norwood, MA

For More Information: http://firstcongregational-norwood.com/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi

The First Congregational Church in Norwood will hold its annual Evergreen Faire on Saturday, December 7, from 10am to 3pm. This year’s faire will feature beautiful sea glass jewelry, wooden bowls carved by local craftsman Ken Lindgren, and Christmas wreaths sold by the Boy Scouts.

Bring the kids to the Children’s Shopping Room where they can choose gifts for their families and friends, and browse the Country Store well stocked with their famous homemade apple pies, Finnish coffee bread, fudge, and other baked goodies.

And don’t forget to check out the items in the marvelous Silent Auction including gift baskets, sports memorabilia, and gift cards for local stores and restaurants.

The 15th Annual Holidays on the Green

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: The Village Green, Plymouth, MA

For More Information: https://www.pinehills.com/events/holidays-on-the-green-2019

This is a free, family and pet friendly event. Here is just some of the fun you can expect at Holidays on the Green:

Shop the Holiday Artisan Market. Whisper your wish list to Santa Claus. Make some furry new friends at the Annual Reindog Parade. Fashion Trucks. Food Trucks by Wahlburgers and others to be announced soon! Watch Ice Sculpting Holiday Characters and Carolers, and more!

Festival of Trees

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Location: 45 Temple Street, Reading, MA

For More Information: https://readingef.org/ref/

Kick off your holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th by visiting Reading Education Foundation’s (REF) 18th annual Festival of Trees, a winter wonderland of decorated holiday trees donated by local families, organizations, businesses and schools that festival visitors can win for themselves!

All proceeds go towards teacher grants in Reading public schools.

The Nutcracker Sweet

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM

Location: 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA

For More Information: https://www.hopartscenter.org/dance_events

Kids will enjoy a 50-minute performance of scenes from The Nutcracker followed by a meet and greet with the cast and a sweet surprise.

Presented by the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

Holly-Day on the Harbor!

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holly-day-on-the-harbor-tickets-80250837415

This holiday season Atlantic Wharf will be hosting their 5th Annual free “Holly-Day on the Harbor” on Saturday, December 7th from 12pm-2pm in Waterfront Square.

This family-friendly holiday celebration will feature a kid concert by children’s musical group, Little Groove, Face painting with Jandy, Arts & Crafts with Fort Point Arts Community, activities with Save the Harbor Save the Bay, the Boston Society of Architects, e Inc, Ohana New England Dragon Boating, Boston Harbor Now, Boston Harbor Islands and more!

Gorse Mill Studios 11th Annual Holiday Open House

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 – Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: 31 Thorpe Road, Needham, MA

For More Information: https://www.gorsemillstudios.com/

Join them at their Holiday Sale and Open Studio!

Over two dozen artists show off their work, plus demonstrations and a gallery exhibit!

Artist Reception and Storytelling at 5pm on Saturday!

35th Annual Fall River Children’s Holiday Parade

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: Kennedy Park on South Main Street, Fall River, MA

For More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2032698216774987/

The 35th Annual Fall River Children’s Holiday Parade Committee and Greater Fall River RE-CREATION invite you to kick-off the holidays in Fall River.

Parade steps-off at 1 p.m.

Parade Route: Kennedy Park down South Main Street ending at the corner of Central and Bedford St.

Advent Festival – Free family fun!

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: 50 Essex Street, Saugus, MA

For More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/468742263742641/

Come kick off the holiday season with an evening of free Christmas fun for the whole family!

Join them on Saturday, December 7th from 5:30-7:30pm at Cliftondale Congregational Church for their annual Advent Festival.

Activities include: Spaghetti Dinner, Crafts for Children and Adults, Christmas Photos, Carol Sing-a-Long.

Evergreen Evening

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Location: 34 Main Street, Hingham, MA

For More Information: https://www.hinghamwomensclub.org/events.html

The Hingham Women’s Club is hosting an Evergreen Evening on Saturday, December 7th to cap off Festival of Trees, their annual holiday fundraising event during Christmas in the Square! Please join them at the Hingham Heritage Museum for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auctions, raffles, music, and merriment!

All proceeds from Evergreen Evening benefit the Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore and the HWC Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are $85 each and include cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Cocktail attire. The party kicks off at 7pm!

Sudbury Tree Lighting 2019

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Town Center, Sudbury, MA

For More Information: https://www.facebook.com/The01776/

The nonprofit Sudbury Historical Society is pleased to be working with several Town of Sudbury Departments and Commissions, the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, and the Chabad Center which will light a menorah.

The activities and events, which take place at the Hosmer House, the center, Grange Hall and Town Hall, There will be lots of family activities at The Grange and Town Hall.

The evening kicks off with family activities at 4:30pm, followed by carol singing at 5:30pm, the tree and menorah lighting at 6pm. Mister Vic and his Band performs and the town’s fire engine and DPW truck will be on the premises, as well as Olaf the Snowman, pajama storytime, ornament making and cookies and cocoa.

Kids, too, can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hang out with Twillingate alpacas and drop off Toys for Tots. The Hosmer House is decorated with festive displays and also serves refreshments.

ICS’s Polar Express Ride 2019

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Newburyport Train Station, Newburyport, MA

For More Information: https://icsnorthpoleexpress.com/ic-north-pole-express

70 Minute journey to the North Pole. Rendition of the children’s book, The Night Before Christmas. Hot cocoa and treats. Letter writing to Santa. Playing games led by the conductor. Singing Christmas carols. A sea of elves, Rudolph, Frosty, the Christmas Mouse and of course Santa himself will be visiting the train!

Wild About Winter at the Ecotarium

Event Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 – Saturday, December 15, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA

For More Information: https://ecotarium.org/event/wild-about-winter/

Celebrate the wonders of winter at the EcoTarium this December! Join them for indoor sock skating, winter science and crafts, and to celebrate the first birthday of their mountain lions!

Wear cozy socks to slide and glide on their sock skating rink in the warm indoors. Their slippery surface will let you twirl and spin without getting chilly!

From snowflakes to snowmen, with options for toddlers to teens, make a craft inspired by the season to take home with you.

Join a Science Discovery program to learn about the science of snow and what animals do in the winter.

Try your hand at building a winter shelter just the right size for you.

Jingle Bell Run Boston 5K Run

Event Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Corner of Beacon and Charles Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://events.arthritis.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=856

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. It’s where you can strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume and feel good about doing good. Together, you’ll jingle all the way to a cure – and have a fantastic time every step you take! Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk. Get your jingle on and spread the Spirit of Yes: Yes to having fun and celebrating what you love. Yes to living life to the fullest. Yes to conquering arthritis for good. 100% of your registration fee and fundraising go to a great cause!

Pancakes with Santa

Event Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: 50 Audubon Drive, Acton, MA

For More Information: https://actonma.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30087

Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa!

Kids will decorate a cookie and everyone will enjoy a hot chocolate bar.

Kids will meet Santa and his elf — great photo opportunity!

Chanukkah Wonderland and Gift Shop

Event Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: 200 Stuart Stuart Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.chabaddowntownboston.org/copy-of-chanukkah-on-the-common

Sing-Along with Popular Children’s Musician, Chanukkah Crafts and Activities, Art Class by Minni, Wax Candle Making with Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, Build a Giant Lego Menorah for Children’s Hospital, Hanukkah Crafts, Latkes and more!

Christmas Tree Nesting Doll Workshop

Event Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Location: 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA

For More Information: https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/event/nesting-doll/

Treat yourself for the holidays, or create a special gift for someone.

Join docent and teacher Larissa Dyan for this fun and festive Christmas tree matryoshka (nesting doll) workshop, where you will hear the story of the Russian nesting doll and create your own three-piece set featuring a Christmas tree, Santa, and snowman.

All materials provided.

Nirbhaya – A Fundraiser to Benefit Saheli

Event Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: 1 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA

For More Information: https://saheliboston.org/nirbhaya2019/

Saheli, Support and Friendship for South Asian Women and Families, is holding the 6th Biennial Gala Fundraiser ‘Nirbhaya’ (Fearless Women) on Sunday, December 8th, 2019 at the Burlington Marriott Hotel from 3 to 7pm. Over the years, Nirbhaya has a gained a spot in the hearts and minds of the South Asian community. The event will bring together distinguished guests including community leaders, business women and men as well as political leaders.

Living Legends Gala

Event Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: 200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://on.spingo.com/e/MAAH19

Join the Museum of African American History and their co-chairs, Mark Touhey (Liberty Mutual) and Paul Francisco (State Street) at the Living Legends Gala, on Sunday, December 8 at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston.

The Living Legends Gala is one of the most anticipated events celebrating Boston’s unique African American experience.

The compelling stories of the past and present inspire pride and continue the legacy of equality for all.

Breakfast with Santa at Plimoth Plantation

Event Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA

For More Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-santa-tickets-73466752033

Two dining times are available: 10:00am – 11:30am or 11:30am – 1:00pm

You are cordially invited to enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa!

Children will have the opportunity to decorate their own holiday gingerbread man, write a letter to Santa, make food for Santa’s reindeer, and a visit with Santa.

North Shore Bartender Competition to Support CORE

Event Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: 94 Wharf Street, Salem, MA

For More Information: https://coregives.org/

Join them for their first local bartender competition to support CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees)

Holiday themed cocktail recipes & grand prize for the best recipe (VISA gift card donated by Tito’s Vodka. Winner determined by Tito’s Vodka judges panel.)

Most popular recipe determined by all attendees (Sea Level gift card awarded.)

In addition to CORE, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is donating up to $4,000 for the top three competitors and a charity of their choice.

Very Merry Hollyday Celebration!

Event Date: Friday, December 13, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: 25 Ledge Rock Way, Acton, MA

For More Information: http://www.actonma.gov/306/Concerts-and-Special-Events

Join them for this fun, free outdoor holiday event at NARA Park.

They’ll have a sign-a-long on a big screen, games, prizes and a visit from Santa’s elf!

Please dress for the weather.

Bring your own flame less battery operated candle for their sing-a-long!

They’ll have hot chocolate and cookies while they last!

Christmas Pilgrimage Concert

Event Date: Friday, December 13, 2019

Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://oldpostroad.org/concert_series

This Holiday program explores the guiding light of Epiphany.

The ensemble will premiere Christoph Graupner’s cantata Das Volk so im Finstern wandelt (The people that wandered in darkness), Telemann’s New Year cantata Der mit Sünden beleidigte Heiland, and pastorales by Heinichen and Pez

With vocal soloists soprano Jessica Petrus, alto Sophie Micheaux, tenor Jason McStoots, and baritone Bradfod Gleim.

Boston Dance Theater at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Event Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.globalartslive.org/content/event_page/8611/boston-dance-theater

Under the co–artistic direction of Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and award-winning Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili, Boston Dance Theater (BDT) is a Boston-based contemporary dance company committed to presenting relevant works by acclaimed choreographers.

BDT showcases the talents of Boston-based dancers and will perform world-premiere works by Shannon Gillen/VIMVigor, Itzik Galili, and Micaela Taylor, along with Peekaboo, a US premiere by Marco Goecke.

Free preperformance talks with Boston Dance Alliance Executive Director Debra Cash 30 minutes prior to curtain in the ICA Common Room.

Holiday Holly Hike at Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary

Event Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Ashumet Road, East Falmouth, MA

For More Information: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/long-pasture/news-events/holiday-holly-hike

Join Director Ian Ives the morning of December 14 for a ‘holly-day’ season walk at Ashumet Holly in Falmouth—home to one of the largest holly plantations in New England!

The sanctuary boasts more than 65 types of hollies, ranging from American to Asian to European specimens, as well as the rare Franklinia tree. You’ll learn about the natural history of Ashumet’s 50 original hollies, which were propagated by former property owner—and the first Agriculture Secretary of Massachusetts—Wilfred Wheeler.

You won’t go home empty-handed, either! Bring a grocery bag to gather your own holly boughs for the holidays. Holly Guides will be handed out free of charge. Your holly boughs can be used in stunning seasonal decorations like centerpieces or garlands, and holly sprigs make beautiful finishing touches on gift-wrapped presents!

Cultural Survival Bazaar

Event Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: 459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://bazaar.culturalsurvival.org/cambridge-ma

This free admission, family-friendly festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by Indigenous artists from dozens of countries.

Enjoy demonstrations by artists, Indigenous cuisine, and live music from around the world.

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exchange, connect, and build community.

Chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and bring home a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world.

Make a Mess: Spin Art

Event Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: 177 Main Street, Acton, MA

For More Information: https://www.discoveryacton.org/event/make-mess-spin-art-12

They’re putting a fresh spin on art!

You’ll twist their tools, twirl their paper, and give their watercolors a whirl.

Whatever technique you choose, you’ll create a uniquely spun piece of art that won’t leave you dizzy.

The Make a Mess program series introduces STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through sensory-based hands-on experiences, imagination, and fun.

Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

Event Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

For More Information: https://www.carylibrary.org/calendar/program-calendar

Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship is an award-winning picture book based on a real-life partnership between a young girl and her service dog.

Meet co-authors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, and Rescue, an ASPCA Dog of the Year!

Learn about the role of service dogs to help people with physical disabilities and the amazing things that people and dogs can accomplish together.

Jessica and Patrick will read the book aloud and share their story, take questions, and sign books for attendees (Rescue’s ‘pawtograph’ included with your copy!).

16th Annual Army Navy Football Luncheon

Event Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: 15 Middlesex Canal Park, Woburn, MA

For More Information: https://ahernfoundation.org/2019/10/31/16th-annual-army-navy-football-luncheon/

Come support children of deployed and fallen troops at the 16th Annual Army Navy Football Luncheon! This event will support Operation Santa- Massachusetts. A program partnered by the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation and the Military Friends Foundation.

Operation Santa- Massachusetts provides gift cards during the holiday season to Massachusetts children who have a parent deployed or have lost a parent in the war against terrorism.

Enjoy the history and rivalry of the 120th Army Navy Football Game on dozens of wide screen TV’s at the Scoreboard Sports Bar & Grill! Voted #1 Sports Bar in the Boston Area! Doors open at 2pm and kick-off is at 3pm.

Tickets are $40 and include a buffet lunch, a commemorative challenge coin to the first 300 at door, cash bar, live & silent auctions and raffle.

11th Annual AO Boston Winter Ball

Event Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: 5 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.aoboston.us/11th-annual-ao-boston-winter-ball/

For the 11th year, the American Outlaws Boston Chapter is proud to host the Boston Soccer Social event of the year, the AO Boston Winter Ball.

The Winter Ball is a night of fancy clothes, dancing, drinking, and socializing all while raising funds for Boston Scores.

Light food provided. Raffles. Entertainment provided by EventSmith Boston.

Brockton City Hall 125th Gala

Event Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Location: 45 School Street, Brockton, MA

For More Information: https://brockton.ma.us/event/brockton-city-hall-is-125/

Brockton City Hall is 125 years old! They will be honoring this historic milestone with a festive Red, Black and White Ball on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 6 pm to 12 am. Please join them in celebration of the resiliency of their city as they transition to a new and exciting future!

Come bask in the beauty of this magnificent building, designed by Wesley Lyng Minor in the late 19th Century. This edifice hosts irreplaceable and inspiring art depicting scenes from the North’s victory in the Civil War as well as other historic portraits. Mingle, Nibble and Dance the night away as the community comes together at City Hall!

Net proceeds from the event will benefit “The Champion Plan”, a non-profit initiative which helps individuals with substance use disorders.

Heidi’s 15th Annual Toys for Tots

Event Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Location: 11 Dorchester Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heidis-15th-annual-toys-for-tots-tickets-79356043061?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Light Hors D’ouevres will be provided (Full Kitchen will be open). Music by some of iHeartRadio’s brightest star DJ’s.

Santa Clause and U.S. Marines will be accepting gifts for the children. Semi-Formal Attire.

Valet Parking available at your discretion.

Santa Teas at Gore Place

Event Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

For More Information: https://goreplace.org/event/santa-teas-at-gore-place/

During the Santa Teas, families enjoy a 3-tiered tea with scones, sandwiches, and sweets in the beautiful 1793 carriage house; children do a holiday craft; families take photos in front of the tree to receive as a keepsake; and everyone joins Santa for songs and stories.

Science on Screen: Sherlock Jr.

Event Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

For More Information: https://coolidge.org/films/sherlock-jr

Before the film, a local scientist will discuss optical illusions and film special effects.

Buster Keaton plays a movie projectionist who daydreams himself into the movies he is showing and merges with the figures and the backgrounds on the screen.

While dreaming he is Conan Doyle’s master detective, he snoops out brilliant discoveries.

Family Hike: Short Days, Long Nights

Event Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Location: 125 Arborway, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1881&DayPlannerDate=12/15/2019

Families need nature at all times of the year!

Meet inside the main gate at the Hunnewell Building Visitor Center.

You’ll make paper chickadees and go on a StoryWalk to learn how a little bird can bring back the Sun!

Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages 4 through 10.

New Phil’s Annual Holiday Celebration

Event Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: 848 Beacon Street, Newton, MA

For More Information: http://newphil.org/concerts/season-at-a-glance/family/

Join them for New Phil’s annual holiday celebration filled with beautiful music and dance for children of all ages.

This concert is presented in collaboration with Boston Ballet School and Newton All City Treble Singers.

All Family Concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm, followed by their Instrument Petting Zoo.

Sabinea Carinalis Gala 2019

Event Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: 20 Ericsson Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.bostonfordominica.org/

Boston for Dominica cordially invites you to their 2019 Sabinea Carinalis Gala featuring keynote speaker, the Honorable Justice Dr. Irving Andre.

Come and enjoy fine cocktails and a delicious plated dinner. Be moved by live entertainment and dance to diverse Caribbean music. Come ready to win fantastic prizes!

All proceeds go to support the continued development of the people of Dominica.

Chanukah party

Event Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 475 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA

For More Information: https://templeshalommedford.org/wp/

They will host an annual Chanukah party with homemade latkes, games, entertainment, and make-your-own menorahs.

For Purim, they will host a carnival with games, prizes, skits, and face painting. People come from all around the area to celebrate with them.

23rd Annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride

Event Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 594 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA

For More Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/23rd-annual-ciclismo-classico-jingle-ride-registration-80059733819

The 23rd Annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride is one of the longest-running Boston holiday sporting events and certainly one of the most colorful.

What started out as a simple and fun idea to bring some cycling magic to the holidays has evolved into an annual event that many come to year after year.

For those who love a parade, love to sing, or who get a kick out of wearing antlers or a holiday costume, the Jingle Ride is a must for your holiday calendar.

Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment 2019

Event Date: Monday, December 16, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 310 Washington Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.osmh.org/boston-tea-party/boston-tea-party-reenactment

Friends! Brethren! Countrymen! Join them to celebrate and re-enact the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution—the Boston Tea Party! A must-see for the whole family, if in or visiting Boston.

Presented by Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Relive the event that changed American history forever- the Boston Tea Party, in the same place where it all began 245 years ago.

Join Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock for a fiery debate about the tea tax. Then, follow the Sons of Liberty on a march to the tea ships in Boston Harbor to make salt-water tea.

Led by fife & drum corps, the public is invited to march from the Old South Meeting House to Boston Harbor where Griffin’s Wharf once stood along the same route these Patriots walked to Boston Harbor to destroy the tea!

Then line the shores of Boston Harbor and watch as the Sons of Liberty storm aboard the Brig Beaver to destroy chest after chest of East India Company Tea, just as the colonists did 246 years ago.

The Annual Boston Tea Party Reenactment is a chance for the public to join in on one of Boston’s most iconic protests. Re-enactors from across New England come together to tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and dramatize the evening of December 16, 1773.

Rockin’ Around the Lansdowne Pub!

Event Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: 9 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rockin-around-the-lansdowne-pub-tickets-79432650195?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

They are hosting a fundraiser benefiting Boston Children’s Hospital to raise money for the Children’s Activities Program. The program supports Child Life Services to provide toys and activities to reduce stress for patients and families!

Please join them for an evening of fun, food, raffle prizes, and music to raise money and awareness for an amazing cause.

Raffle proceeds will be donated to the Boston Children’s Hospital Children’s Activities Program.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Event Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 – Sunday, December 29, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.bochcenter.org/buy/show-listing/white-christmas-2019

The timeless movie “White Christmas” is adapted for the stage in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process.

Full of dancing, laughter, and some of the greatest songs ever written!

Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England

Event Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: 170 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA

For More Information: https://royallhouse.org/whats-happening/news-and-events/

Shortly after the first Europeans arrived in 17th-century New England, they began to enslave the area’s indigenous peoples and import kidnapped Africans. By the eve of the American Revolution, enslaved people comprised only about 4 percent of the population, but slavery had become instrumental to the region’s economy and had shaped its cultural traditions.

In this concise yet comprehensive history, Jared Ross Hardesty focuses on the individual stories of enslaved people in New England, bringing their experiences to life. He also explores the importance of slavery to the colonization of the region and to agriculture and industry, New England’s deep connections to Caribbean plantation societies, and the significance of emancipation movements in the era of the American Revolution.

Dr. Jared Hardesty is an Associate Professor of History at Western Washington University. He is the author of Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston.