Getting Ready for the Holidays

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Turkey Day is this week… and although I am excited for a family binge fest of 4 different stuffings, 3 styles of cranberry sauce, my mom’s award-winning apple pie, sweet potato smashed potatoes, and whatever style turkey my dad decides for this year (Tur-duck-in, Fried Turkey, Stuffed, Glazed, or Brine), I am truly excited for helping my dad untangle lights and set up the Santa Express Train.

This weekend is the start of all things to get you in the Holiday spirit.  Here is a very brief rundown of some of my favorite things, other than whiskers-on-kittens and brown-paper-packages-tied-up-with-string

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Something about a countdown to flicking a switch to turn on several hundred watts of gleaming light bulbs gets me in the spirit.  If you love basking in the wonder that is modern-day electricity as much as me… here is a rundown of all the tree lighting ceremonies you can see…

Macy’s Tree Lighting head downtown on Friday November 23rd at 4:45.

Copley Square Tree Lighting- November 27 5-6.

Boston Common Tree Lighting- November 29th 5-9.

My apartment November 26th 8-9.

Holiday/Christmas Concerts

I can’t believe that I have never been/ heard of this seemingly fantastic event…. A Tuba Fest!?! If you are wandering around the city on Saturday at 11, make sure you head over to Quincy Market for the 27th Annual Boston Tuba Christmas ConcertTell me how it is!


SoWa Vintage Market– Awesome place to find anything for that special someone… everything decorative mirrors, to vintage books, and top hats. Open every Sunday from 10-4.

One of my favorite holiday places… From November 24-December 29th head to downtown Crossing for the 4th Annual Holiday Market, Monday-Saturday 11-7, Sunday 11-5.  I timidly tried Dessert Hummus 2 years ago and became an instant addict.


Head north of the city on December 2nd to Peabody,  for Laktkepalooza.  Free Latke tastings with various holiday boutique vendors and activities will take place 12-3.

If you are a gamer… December 8th marks the 8th Annual Candy Land Tournament to Benefit Pitching in for Kids, “a nonprofit dedicated to providing grants designed to improve the lives of children across New England”.

I’m excited for Ice Skating on Frog Pond (already open!!), going to the Nutcracker at The Hanover Theatre (you can buy half price tickets here), and perhaps a performance of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Wang (1/2 price tickets here).  For a full list of all things to get you craving Eggnog, and your grandmother’s sugar cookies, go to The Mayor’s Holiday Special Website.

What do you do to get in the holiday spirit?