- Christmas is in the air at Worcester Square. The WSANA has scheduled its Tree Lighting for Dec. 3, 4-6 p.m. in Worcester Square with a special visit from Santa Claus on a Fire Truck. Fundraising tickets are now available from WSANA members. It is the only fundraising even for WSANA of the year, and it promises to be a fun time once again
- The Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association will have its annual Christmas Tree and Wreath sale on Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Music and refreshments provided, with a visit by Santa Claus too. Pre-order before Nov. 27 for the best prices at www.blackstonefranklin.org. All proceeds support the Neighborhood Association and the Friends group.
- The Union Park Neighborhood Association is having their holiday party Friday, December 1, 6-8p.m. at the Benjamin Franklin Institute.
- SoWa Winter Festival will take place on Dec. 2 and 3 at the Power Station.
- The Mayor’s Tree Lighting will take place Dec. 2 and starts at 3 p.m. at the Boston Center for the Arts. It will feature kids activities, music and performances. The Mayor’s trolley tour will stop by to light the tree for the holiday season.
- Chester Square Area Neighborhood Association and Friends of Chester Square Park will be holding Holiday Tea & Cookie Exchange on December 10, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the South End Historical Society at 532 Massachusetts Ave. Bring a dozen or two homemade or purchased cookies, meet and greet neighbors over tea and sweets, and take home a variety in a festive bag. Please label ingredients for the cookies you bring. Crafts for kids too!
- Copley Square Tree lighting will happen on November 27 from 5 – 6 p.m. The free event will feature appearances by NECN’s Jenny Johnson, Santa Claus, and Rudolph along with musical performances by the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Boston Pops Brass Quintet, and Berklee College of Music students. The Old South Church bell will toll when the tree is illuminated.
- The Boston Common Tree Lighting will take place on November 30 from 6 – 8p.m. with the Mayor, Santa and Chorus.
- Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting will take place December 1 at 8 p.m. at 1 Commonwealth Ave. Trees along the Mall will be lit after a festive gathering with the Taj Hotel Boston, friends, and neighbors.
- Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) will be holding the annual Christmas Tree Sale Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday Dec. 3 from 9 – 5 p.m. at the Clarendon Street Playground. Fresh cut Balsam Fir trees from Maine and local delivery will be available. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Clarendon Street Playground and NABB.
- West Fenway Christmas Tree Lighting will take place Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30p.m. outside Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens, across from 77 Park Drive. The event is sponsored by Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Fenway Civic Association, Department of Public Works, Area D-4 police and the Boston Fire Department.
- Holiday Decorating – Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 a.m. We will be decorating the neighborhood lamp posts with holiday wreaths and the holiday tree with décor. This long-standing tradition is a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit. Please help us decorate by meeting at the Church Street garden at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. Volunteers are needed. Please bring your ladder if you have one and coffee and doughnuts will be provided!
- Tree Lighting, Caroling, and Holiday Party – Sunday, December 3 at 6 p.m. The Bay Village Neighborhood Association (BVNA) will light the holiday tree in the Church Street garden at 6 p.m. on Sunday. This event will be followed by caroling down Melrose and Isabella Streets to the holiday party at Precinct. We hope to see many neighborhood children there. Bring your holiday spirit! This event is free to all BVNA members and will include wonderful refreshments from Precinct and a cash bar. To join the BVNA please go to www.bayvillage.net/join. BVNA holiday party is for paying members only. We hope to see everyone for these events!
- Cambridge Youth Dance Program (CYDP) and Producing Director Deborah Mason Dudley present a contemporary dance with a holiday twist, WHAT THE DICKENS!, for six performances December14-17, 2017 at Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Tickets are $35. For more information and tickets visit, cydp.org.
HOLIDAY EVENTS AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER
- Santa in the City! – November 17 through December 24. Santa arrives at Prudential Center on Friday, Nov. 17. Capture the magic of the holiday season and bring the kids for a special photo with Santa in his Winter Wonderland located in Belvidere Arcade. A variety of photo packages are available. Santa’s hours: Mon-Fri 11-6p.m., Sat. 10-7p.m., Sun. 11-6p.m. Closed Thanksgiving.
- 31 Nights of Light 2017 – from December 1 through 31. Prudential Center will shine a light on Boston nonprofit organizations this holiday season. Each night of December, the top of Prudential Tower is lit a different color support of that night’s partner. 31 Nights of Light was created to help community organizations gain key visibility during the holiday season. Participating groups will “flip the switch” each night, with a host of musical performances and speakers each night.
- Gifts + Glam 2017 on December 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. Gifts + Glam will feature exclusive shopping discounts, styling tips, mini-makeovers, snacks, cocktails, and holiday fun! Visit the check-in table by Club Monaco to pick up your event program.
- Charity Gift Wrap from November 24 through December 24. Enjoy free gift wrapping by local organizations this holiday season. The gift wrapping station is sponsored by Barnes & Noble and will be located at the Prudential Center Concierge Desk across from Club Monaco. All donations for this free service benefit the local organizations.
- Cultural Survival Gift Bazaar December 15 – December 17. The Cultural Survival Bazaar is a cultural festival that provides indigenous artists, cooperatives, and their representatives from around the world the chance to sell their work directly to the American public. On December 15-17 artists, cooperatives, and their representatives will setup in Belvidere and Huntington Arcades to sell traditional crafts, artwork, clothing, jewelry, carpets, and accessories.