Dec 5-13, 2011: Santa Speedo Run, Boston Tea Party, Pearl Harbor Day, & Tons of Xmas Parades, Fireworks, Caroling, & Nighttime Holiday Lights

This Week in Review

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This week I feature the biggest list of Christmas parades, nighttime holiday lights, and even fireworks. Plus plenty of non-Xmas things to do, like Pearl Harbor Day, streaking at Harvard, a meteor shower, and ticket giveaways. I hope you are having an awesome week. Now get out there and do something fun! -Johnny

The Christmas Revels - tix giveaway at Boston Events INSIDER

The Christmas Revels – tix giveaway

Mon 12/12 – Sat 12/31

Revels puts on a fantastic annual performance, with comedy, carols, and and this year find the Lord of the Dance! Email johnny@eventsI… Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA.
The Merry Wives of Windsor - tix giveaway at Boston Events INSIDER

The Merry Wives of Windsor – tix giveaway

Wed 12/7 – Sat 1/1

If you’re a little hesitant to see Shakespeare, this comedy will be very accessible, with physical gags, sharp wi… Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA.
The Nutcracker - tix giveaway at Boston Events INSIDER

The Nutcracker – tix giveaway

Fri 11/25 – Thu 12/22

A team of crazy-fun toys gives little Clara the Christmas of her life as they fight off the evil Rat King in this Chicago adaptation of the … Stoneham Theatre, Stoneham, MA.
The Watch City Dickens Christmas Festival & Market at Boston Events INSIDER

The Watch City Dickens Christmas Festival & Market

Sat 12/10 – Sun 12/11

Every event at the Charles River Museum of Innovation is pitch-perfect, and this time they’re bringing… Charles River Museum of Innovation, Waltham, MA.
Santa Speedo Run at Boston Events INSIDER

Santa Speedo Run

Sat 12/10

This is a charity event where you race naked except for sneakers, speedos and santa beards & caps. 1pm run, check in starts at 10am. Starts and en… 617-351-7000.Lir, 903 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.
Skating Rink Opening at Charles Hotel at Boston Events INSIDER

Skating Rink Opening at Charles Hotel

Sun 12/11

Nearby, The Charles Hotel is opening their ice rink with some free skating, Santa, and professional peformances 12-3pm. Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.
Boston Tea Party, Old South Meeting House at Boston Events INSIDER

Boston Tea Party, Old South Meeting House

Sun 12/11

The event of the week is protesting British tax on tea! Re-enactors will lead you through an old to… 617-482-6439.Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, MA.
Holiday Caroling with Arlington Street Church at Boston Events INSIDER

Holiday Caroling with Arlington Street Church

Sun 12/11

And another concert at a church that’s Unitarian, so it shouldn’t be too heavy with spirituality. Also participatory. Looks lik… Church, 351 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.
Ice Chimes Opening at Boston Events INSIDER

Ice Chimes Opening

Thu 12/8

Ooh! There’s a new 20-foot sculpture designed to let icicles form on it, and the wind play chimes, at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Come to the opening reception. 6-7pm… Rowes Wharf Plaza, Boston, MA.
Geminids Meteor Shower at Boston Events INSIDER

Geminids Meteor Shower

Tue 12/13 – Wed 12/14

The Geminids are one of only a few annual meteor showers. Dec 13 & 14, peaking at 11pm at the evening of Dec 13th. Make sure to go to… Go somewhere without city lights, Everywhere.

This week’s top items are below, or see the complete Boston Events Insider.


And a lot more this week at Boston Events Insider, the most popular events blog in New England, including:

Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride
Longfellow: The Poet and His Songs
Primal Scream at Harvard
Open House at Emily Dickinson Museum
Pearl Harbor Day at Battleship Cove
Jingle Bell Run
Tree Lighting & Bell Ringing on the Rose Kennedy Greenway
Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting
Roxbury Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting
Brighton Center Tree Lighting
Handel’s Messiah Community Sing at Brandeis
Yuletide Festival at Winslow Farm
Fezziwig’s Ball
Holiday Sing Along in Newburyport
Annual Marblehead Christmas Walk
Wareham Village Association Christmas Parade
Edgartown Caroling Stroll & Holiday Parade
Mashpee Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
Holiday Tree Lighting & Caroling Party
Lenox Caroling Festival
Fort Adams Festival of Lights
Messiah Sing
Medway Holiday House Tour
Gingerbread House Workshops at Verrill Farm
Christmas in the Village at Remick Museum
Dover Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Christmas at Canterbury
Christmas in the Village at Remick Museum & Farm
Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll
Shop Inman By Moonlight
Boston Pride’s 2nd Annual Holiday Event
Visits with Santa Claus at the Newport Mansions
TubaChristmas – Ayer
TubaChristmas – NH
Science on Screen: 12 Monkeys
Jane Austen Holiday Tea & Tours
1820s Holiday House Tour
Candy Land Tournament
Owl Prowl at Fisherville Brook
Full Moon Owl Prowl for All Ages
Full Moon Hike: Long Nights Moon
Moon Before Yule Full Moon Hike
Moonlit Snowshoe Tour
Winter Celebration at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
Wenham Museum’s Gingerbread Contest
Bright Nights 5K Road Race
Wanderbird’s Adventures in the Arctic
A Cure for Emma – Book Talk
A Christmas Carol – Our review
New England Ringers Handbell Concert
Black Nativity
Holiday Concert featuring Calliope
Jefferson Christmas Festival
Winter Solstice Steampunk Tea Party
East Haddam Stage Co. presents Sherlock Holmes: From Page to Stage
Christmas Lights Spectacular
Festival of Lights at Mystic Aquarium
Festival of Lights at Mystic Aquarium and Old Mistick Village
East Lyme WinterFest & Light Parade
Hartford Festival of Light
Spirit of the Holidays
TubaChristmas – CT
Christmas by the Sea Celebration
Christmas Prelude
Southern Maine Christmas Parade
Vermont Holiday Festival
Wassail Weekend
Coolidge Holiday Open House

And the Largest List of Nighttime Holiday Lights and Santa events in New England, tracking 130 ongoing attractions and dozens of one-shot events!