Looking for something to do in December and January? Check out these awesome events in the neighborhood!

An Allston Forum

What?  Please join the Harvard Ed Portal for an Allston Forum, an engaging panel discussion on Harvard in Allston. The Forum will feature:

  • Tom Glynn, Chief Executive Officer of the Harvard Allston Land Company
  • Frank J. Doyle, John A. Paulson Dean of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Katie Lapp, Executive Vice President, Harvard University

Where? Harvard Ed Portal – 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

When? December 2nd, 6:00-7:30 pm

Cost? This event is FREE! For more details, click here.

Black Nativity

What? Looking for an amazing theatrical performance that will warm your hearts? Come enjoy a legendary Christmas event put on by the Black community. This performance includes an amazing company of singers, actors, dancers, and musicians to put on a song-play based on the Gospel of St. Luke and combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes. This show is produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists and is a display of a historic event from 2,000 years ago, telling the original story of the Nativity through scripture, verse, music, and dance. This is the longest running performance of the Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ song-play in the world.

Where? Emerson Paramount Center – 559 Washington St, Boston, MA, 02111

When? Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from December 6th to December 22nd, at varying times

Cost? $35 – $65

Cultural Survival Bazaar

What? Cultural Bazaars are a series of cultural festivals that provide indigenous artists, cooperatives, and their representatives from around the world the chance to sell their work directly to the U.S. public. Therefore everything that you buy at these events are not only hand-made, but they are sustainably made and created with passion. There are two locations in the greater Boston Area this year hosting this festival including the Prudential Center and Cambridge Ridge and Latin School. The specific dates and times are listed below. Don’t miss out on this festival, it is the perfect opportunity to buy some unique gifts for the holiday season! 

Where? Prudential Center (Dec 6th-8th) and Cambridge Ridge and Latin School (Dec 12-15th)

When? Prudential Center: Friday, Dec. 6th from 10-10pm, Saturday, Dec. 7th from 10-10pm, Sunday, Dec. 8th from 10-8pm Cambridge: December 14th-15th 10-6pm

Light the World

What? Looking for a fun choral performance this holiday season? Come and listen to a variety of choruses perform at the Strand Theatre. The performance consists of cherished tales paired with music that celebrate light, joy, and peace. It includes songs from cultures around the world that celebrate light and all that it symbolizes.

Where? Strand Theatre – 543 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA

When? December 7th, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Cost? $15 – $75

Hand-in-Hand Community Dinners

What? Hand-in-Hand Cafe is a monthly community dinner at First Parish Church in Lexington. Partnering with First Parish Lexington, LexRAP has hired refugee women to cook meals inspired by their homelands. Dinners will be both alcohol and nut free and all meat served will be Halal. There will be a vegetarian option at each meal. At the dinner, there will be music and the opportunity to chat with the cooks and learn about their food and culture. 

When? January 11th, 6:00-8:00 pm

Where? First Parish in Lexington Church

Cost? The cost is $30. For more information, click here.

A Celebration Of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What? Come enjoy a performance put on by Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Museum of African American History, and distinguished leaders. These performers will work to evoke the power and promise of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through spoken word and concert. This performance will include classical music, spirituals, and freedom songs.

Where? Faneuil Hall Marketplace – 1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, MA

When? January 20th, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Cost? Free!

Urban Nutcracker

What? The Urban Nutcracker puts a twist on the Nutcracker we all know by incorporating all styles of dance into the show. This production embodies Boston’s diversity and vibrancy by showcasing people of all colors, ethnicities, and backgrounds! See for yourself why this show has received raving reviews! 

When? December 19th-28th 

Where? Shubert Theater (265 Tremont Street, Boston)

Cost? $29-$119

For showtimes, tickets, and more information view this link: http://urbannutcracker.com/

To watch documentary view this link: https://vimeo.com/16591270

Adapted from S-LOG post published on November 29, 2019.