Huge List of Things to Do in Boston: November 25-December 11

by on September 9th, 2010
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F.A.T. Chain Reaction @ MIT

Friday, November 25 1pm-4pm

MIT Rockwell Cage Gymnasium, 120 Vassar St., Cambridge, 02139


All Ages

$15/day of, $12.50/in advance, $5/kids 5-17, students, seniors, MIT ID-holders, Free/Kids under 5

The infamous Friday after Thanksgiving Chain Reaction event at MIT has been described as similar to watching a giant domino demonstration. Witness, along with thousands of spectators, participating teams, as they work to link the mini chain reactions they have created together to form one big one. More Info or Get Tickets.

Sing-a-Long Mary Poppins

Friday, November 25-Sunday, November 27

Times Vary

The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington


All Ages


The Regent Theatre presents Sing-a-Long Mary Poppins, an interactive movie watching experience featuring on screen lyrics to sing along with, bags of props to play along with, and an on stage parade featuring audience members in costume. More Info and Tickets

Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream- Live Performance

Saturday, November 26 @ 7:30pm

The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington



The Regent Theatre presents Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream-Live on Stage and Screen, which will feature a screening of the documentary, Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream, a Q&A session with Jimmy Tingle as well as the director, Vincent Stragass, and a performance of Jimmy Tingle for President: The Funniest Campaign in History. Reserve Seats

Free Film Screening @ BU Medical Campus: Miss Representation

Tuesday, November 29 5:15pm-8pm

Boston University Medical Campus, Keefer Auditorium, 72 East Concord St., Boston 02118


The BU School of Public Health presents a free screening of Miss Representation, a film about the under-representation of women in positions of power and the ways in which the mainstream media contributes to the problem. (Watch Trailer) The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, among many other film events. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and dinner. Registration is requested. Sign up here.

Copley Square Holiday Tree Lighting Fest

Tuesday, November 29 5pm-6pm

Copley Square, Boston


All Ages


Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and the Friends of Copley Square present the Copley Square Tree Lighting event, featuring a tree lighting ceremony accompanied by a bell tolling from the Old South Church. Other festivities will include live entertainment by the United States Air Force Brass Band Quintet and Boston Children’s Chorus, and holiday caroling. Following the tree lighting, a family reception with light refreshments will take place at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

SAC Fundraiser: Thai Tapas & Tunes

Wednesday, November 30 6pm-8pm or 8:15pm-10:15pm

Ronnarong Thai Tapas Bar, 255 Washington St., Somerville

617-625-6600 x2985


The Somerville Arts Council is holding a fundraiser at Ronnarong Thai Tapas Bar on November 30th. The Thai Tapas & Tunes event costs $25 and includes specialty Thai Tapas tastings, a complimentary Singha Thai beer, and background music in the form of mid-20th Century Thai pop by DJ Brother Cleve. Cash only tickets are on sale at Magpie, 416 Highland Ave., in Davis Square. There are 2 sessions: a 6pm and an 8:15pm; each lasts 2 hours. The event is expected to sell out so go get your tickets ASAP!

New Play by Trainspotting Screenwriter

Thursday, December 1 @ 7pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, 02446



The Coolidge Corner Theatre’s NT Live program series presents Collaborators, a new play by Trainspotting screenwriter, John Hodge, live in High Definition, as performed on stage at London’s National Theatre.

Frog Pond Ice Rink Grand Opening

Thursday, December 1 @ 5:30pm

Boston Common


All Ages


The Boston Common Frog Pond ice skating rink will open for the 2011/2012 season with skating show, followed by free admission to the rink for all. Kennedy Elsey from Mix 104.1 will emcee the skating show, which will star 2011 U.S. bronze medalist Ross Miner, 2011 U.S. Pairs 5th place winners and 2009 Junior World Bronze medalists Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, 2011 New England Regional Intermediate Silver medalist Isabelle Dost, and 2011 New England Regional Intermediate Champion Bennett Gotlieb. The event will also include free samples and giveaways and special guest appearances by mascot Frog Pond Freddie and Sony Pictures “Arthur Christmas”.

70th Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, December 1 @ 7pm

Boston Common


All Ages


The annual lighting of the City of Boston’s official Christmas Tree will take place in the Boston Common and will be broadcasted live on WCVB Channel 5 TV with hosts, Anthony Everett and JC Monahan. The event will also feature special guest appearances by New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre, American Idol finalist Siobhan Magnus, the Radio City Rockettes, Rockapella, the Boston Ballet, the Boston Children’s Choir, MAGIC 106.7’s Nancy Quill and Mike Addams, and saxophonist Grace Kelly.

First Night in Huron Village

Thursday, Decmember 1 @ 6pm

Full Moon Restaurant, 344 Huron Ave., Cambridge, 02138


All Ages


The Huron Village businesses and community present First Night in Huron Village, an evening filled with arts, music, dining, shopping, street performances, raffles, and more.

Ghost Orchids: An Artist Talk

Friday, December 2 @ 4pm

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, 02138


Free w/ Museum Admission

Scottish artist, Siobhan Healy, will be at the Harvard Museum of Natural History to talk about his sculpture, displayed in the Glass Flowers gallery, which was inspired by a rare British wild flower called the Ghost Orchid (Epipogium aphyllum) that was believed to be extinct for 23 years until it was recently rediscovered. The talk is free with a regular museum admission ticket and you can park for free at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

E.T. on the Big Screen

Fri. and Sat., December 2 & 3 @ 11:59pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, 02446


Ages 3 to 10

$7/Adults, $5/Kids

The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Magic Beans toy store co-present a special screening of E.T.- The Extra-Terrestrial, as part of the Coolidge @fter Midnite program series.

Neuroscience Expert Discusses The Most Studied Brain

Saturday, December 3 2pm-3pm

MIT Museum, Bldg N51, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 02139


Free w/ Museum Admission

The MIT Museum presents The Most Studied Brain, the last in a series of conversations in the 150 Alive program. The discussion will feature Suzanne Corkin, MIT Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, who will talk to Museum Director, John Durant, about her studies of H.M., the man whose brain surgery case jumpstarted the exploration of the nature and neural memory for further understanding of the human brain.

Cultural Survival Bazaar

Saturday, December 3 @ 10am

Harvard University Laboratory @ Harvard Northwest Bldg, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge 02339



The Cultural Survival Bazaar shopping marketplace and festival features hundreds of arts and crafts items from indigenous artists and fair trade companies, live music performances, Native American storytelling, cultural presentations, craft making demonstrations, short films and more. If you are driving, you can park for free at the Oxford Street Garage, 52 Oxford Street.

Comicazi Con & Bad *ss Bazaar

Sunday, December 4 10am-4pm

Dilboy VFW Hall, 371 Summer St., Davis Square, Somerville



The 4th Annual Comicazi Con & Bad *ss Bazaar is a combination craft fair and comic book show and will feature a marketplace of comics, toys, jewelry and other handmade arts and crafts items.

Winter Glow Fest

Sunday, December 4 2pm-5pm

Springstep, 98 George P. Hassett Dr., Medford, 02155


All ages

$10 per family suggested donation

Springstep’s Winter Glow Festival invites people of all ages to celebrate the magic and beauty of light, with a variety of activities centered on glow sticks, flashlights, projectors and other props that will light up the evening. There will also dance and music workshops, performances, crafts, warm drinks, food and more.

Albertine Press & Taza Chocolate Open House

Sunday, December 4 Noon-4pm

561 Windsor Street, Somerville 02143


All Ages


Taza Chocolate and Albertine Press at 561 Windsor Street in Somerville will open their doors to the public for a holiday celebration featuring chocolate factory tours, chocolate tastings, antique letterpress demonstrations, and more family friendly activities. Free parking is available as well.

Free College Basketball Game for Massachusetts Teachers

Sunday, December 4 @ 2pm

65 North Harvard St., Boston, 02163


Teachers Only


The Harvard University Men’s Basketball Team will play Seattle on December 4th at 2pm and all Massachusetts teachers with a valid proof of ID are invited to watch the game for free. Show your MA Teachers Association or Boston Teacher’s Union card at the door of call the Athletic Office to take advantage of this special promotion.

Free Documentary Movie: Freedom Riders

Sunday, December 4 2pm-4pm

Cambridge Public Library Main Branch, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, 02138


All Ages


In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders of 1961, the City of Cambridge and Citizens of the World will host a series of events throughout December. The December 10th event will feature a screening of the Emmy Award winning documentary, Freedom Riders, directed by Stanley Nelson at the Main Branch of the Cambridge Public Library. Register to attend this free event.

Bazaar Bizarre

Sunday, December 4th Noon-6pm

Boston Center for the Arts, Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston 02116



The Bazaar Bizarre Boston holiday shopping event will feature a marketplace of arts, crafts, and other unique gift items from over 100 independent artists, designers and craftspeople from New England and beyond. Food and beverages from local vendors will also be available for purchase.

Black Nativity Performance

Thurs and Friday, Dec 8 & 9 @ 8pm

Saturday, Dec 10 3:30pm & 8pm

Roxbury Community College 1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury


All Ages


The National Center of Afro-American Artists presents Black Nativity, a performance that uses scripture, verse, music, dance and the poetry of Langston Hughes to tell the original story of the Nativity, basded on the gospel of St. Luke. The show will take place at the Mainstage Theater at the Media Arts Center of Roxbury Community College. Buy Tickets

Storytelling Open Mic

Friday, December 9 6pm-9pm

Caffe Paradiso, 255 Hanover St., Boston 02113


The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) presents a new program called “The Sixes”, a series of events where members of the public can tell their best stories to a “receptive” audience, kind of like a storytelling open mic. Anyone and everyone can participate, but registration is requested, as spots are filling up. Get tickets here or for more information, contact

Craftboston Holiday Show

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 & 10 10am-7pm

Sunday, Dec. 11 11am-5pm

Boston Center of the Arts Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston 02116


All Ages


The Society of Arts and Crafts presents Craftboston Holiday, a showcase and marketplace of one of a kind and limited-edition art and craft items in a variety of mediums by 90 remarkable craft artists. There will be baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, art-to-wear, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.

SoWa Holiday Market

Saturday, December 10 @ 11am

Cathedral High School, 74 Union Park St., Boston 02118


$5/adults, Free/Kids under 12

The SoWa Open Market presents the 8th Annual SoWa Holiday Market, which will showcase work from over 80 New England based juried artists and designers. Gift items in a variety of mediums will be available for purchase, including handbags, jewelry, pottery, letterpress stationary, silk-screened t-shirts, baby clothes and more.

Free Festivities @ the ICA

Saturday, December 10 10am-5pm

Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston 02210


All Ages


In honor of the museum’s 75th Anniversary, the Institute of Contemporary Art will open their doors to the public for a full day of activities and free admission for all on December 10th. The family friendly program includes live music performances, animated films, a tap dance performance, art making activities, and more. See Schedule

European Opera Performance: Macbeth

Saturday, December 10 @ 10am

Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, 02446



As part of the Europe’s Grand Opera program series, the Coolidge Corner Theatre presents a High Definition, large-screen projection of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, featuring music by Verdi, as performed live on stage at London’s Royal Opera House.

Cultural Survival Bazaar

Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11 @ 10am

Harvard University CGIS-1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge 02138



The Cultural Survival Bazaar shopping marketplace and festival features hundreds of arts and crafts items from indigenous artists and fair trade companies, live music performances, Native American storytelling, cultural presentations, craft making demonstrations, short films and more. If you are driving, you can park for free at the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street.

Holly Fair in Harvard Square

Saturday, December 10 10am-5:30pm

Sunday, December 11 Noon-5pm

Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Brattle House, 42 Brattle St., Cambridge 02138

617-547-6789 x1

All Ages


The annual Holly Fair is presented by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and will offer a wide selection of gifts by local artisans and craftspeople. See List of Vendors. The fair is free to attend; money raised from vendor rental fees will support the CCAE Scholarship Fund.

Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment

Sunday, December 11 @ 5pm

Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston 02108


All Ages


The Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum present a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party in honor of its 238th anniversary. This event will feature a theatrical retelling of the original 1773 tea party, a town meeting where the audience members can debate the colonial tea tax as a Patriot or Loyalist, and special guest appearances by historical characters such as Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. Please note that space is limited for this event and it is expected to sell out. Reserve your tickets online here or by calling (800) 838-3006.

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