Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 12/21/08
12/21/08 by Johnny Monsarrat
It’s a tough week out there if you want a break from family goodness or merchant madness! But I found a few gems for you. Happy holidays. 🙂
The Week in Weird
|Scandal Tour of Gore Place||Dec 26||Metro West|
|The event of the week is a breath of fresh non-Xmas air at Gore Place, the historical mansion. They’re doing a special “scandal tour” all about what made for 18th and 19th century scandals in the time where you couldn’t show a little ankle. It’s essentially the only non-Xmas thing happening this week.
52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA.(781) 894-2798. more
|All-Night Israeli Dance Marathon||Dec 24 – Dec 25||Boston Metro|
|But wait! Here’s another. Who doesn’t like dancing? I’m guessing this event is a lot of fun and they’re inclusive of anyone interested in Israeli dance. Dec 24 @ 6pm-4am.
MIT Walker Gym, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA. more
|Xmas Day: Movies, Chinese Restaurants, and a few Bars||Dec 25||Boston Metro|
|Now Christmas Day itself, that is a problem. A few movie theatres will be open. Restaurants are closed by law but a few bars will be open. Here’s one, for example, The Fireplace in Brookline. And see IMDB for a list of movie theatres.
Various Locations, Boston, MA. more
|Explore Jewish Boston by Foot on Christmas Day||Dec 25||Boston Metro|
|Also Christmas Day, see a walking tour of Beacon Hill, focusing on Jewish history. Reserve in advance.
Meet at Milk St near Devonshire St, Boston, MA. more
|Grand Menorah Lighting on Boston Common||Dec 21 – Dec 29||Boston Metro|
|And there will be menorah lightings on Boston Common every day, including Xmas.
Boston Common near Park St. Subway, Boston, MA. more
Ho Ho Holidays
|Holiday caroling – High Street Hill||Dec 24||Boston Metro|
|Always Christmas Eve at 5:45pm on the Upland Road Green.
Upland Road Green, Brookline, MA. more
|Various Churches Have Xmas Concerts||Dec 24 – Dec 25||Boston Metro|
|You won’t have to look far to find a church that has a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service. A couple top picks would be the First Church in Boston, which is Unitarian and shouldn’t be too preachy, 12/24 at 5:30pm. Or the Christmas Pageant at Trinity Church, which is that huge church in Copley Square, 12/24 @ 4:30pm or the Xmas Day Service at 11am.
Various Locations, Boston Area. more
|ImprovBoston Holiday Spectacular: What the Dickens!?!||Dec 18 – Dec 27||Boston Metro|
|Also if you’re a little tired of the holidays, ImprovBoston will be lampooning the Season of Shopping, Dec 21 @ 8pm, Dec 22, 23, 29 @ 8pm & 10pm.
Cambridge, MA. more
|Harvard Square Holiday Crafts Fair||Nov 29 – Dec 23||Boston Metro|
|Here’s one that looks promising: a church selling goods. I seem to recall that made Jesus angry. Whatever, it’s Christmas! Sat 10-7, Sun 12-6, M-F 12-7:30. Daily Dec 18-23.
Church at corner of Church St & Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA. more
|Shaker Supper @ Hancock Shaker Village||Nov 8 – Dec 27||Western Mass|
|You get a tour by re-enactors, an authentic dinner, and a cappella Shaker music from the 1830s. Nov 8, 29, and Dec 27.
34 Lebanon Mountain Rd., Hancock, MA. more
|Petting Zoo in front of Seasons Four Furniture Store||Nov 21 – Dec 28||Metro West|
|It’s a merchant event with a petting zoo, Santa, elmo, face painting, singers, balloon animals, etc.
1265 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA.(781)861-1200. more
|The Nutcracker||Nov 28 – Dec 28||Boston Metro|
|And… It’s The Nutcracker. If you’re ever going to check out ballet (I haven’t), this would probably be it.
Opera House, Boston, MA. more
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