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State House tree lighting

 

A giant Christmas tree in the Rotunda will light up in the annual tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.

 

The lighting will be followed by an open house and visit from Santa in Doric Hall. Visitors can explore the special treasures in the State House.

 

Visit www.mass.gov/state-house-events for more details.

 

Skating gala, tree lighting

 

The 75th annual Boston Common tree lighting ceremony will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Boston Common.

 

Weather permitting, the Skating Club of Boston will present a gala show from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Frog Pond featuring national and international figure skating champions, synchronized skaters and Theater On Ice Boston teams.

 

Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will join Mayor Walsh and the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, for the lighting ceremony of the Nova Scotia tree at approximately 7:55 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 617-635-4505 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/parks.

 

Charlestownware

 

The China Students’ Club of Boston, America’s oldest ceramics study group, will host a free presentation at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 at King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St.

 

Joe Bagley, City Archeologist and Boston Landmarks Commission, will look at “Charlestownware: The Archeology of Boston’s Potters.”

 

All are welcome to this free program.

 

For more information, visit www.chinastudentsclub.org.

 

Christmas music

 

The Boston Cecelia will present “Radiant Dawn: Music for Christmas” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer St.

 

The chorus will continue to explore American and British choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries, weaving together the themes of light in the world: as truth, as peace, as signal and warning and as the harbinger of change. They will perform “O Radiant Dawn” by James MacMillan; Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna;” Serenity” by Ola Gjeilo; “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and Eric Whitacre’s “Hope, Faith, Life, Love.”

 

Tickets are priced from $15 to $62 with discounts for seniors and students.

 

Further information is available at www.bostoncecilia.org or by calling 617-232- 4540.

 

Holiday decorating

 

The Beacon Hill Civic Association will sponsor two days of decorating Beacon Hill from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, hosted by the Harrison Gray Otis House, 141 Cambridge St.

 

On Saturday, volunteers will begin preparing the garland and bows and start decorating the 1,000 plus gas lamps in the neighborhood, finishing the decorating on Sunday. Participants can help for a few hours or one day or both. Hot chocolate, coffee, donuts and snacks will be available all day. All volunteers are invited to the pizza party at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Visit www.bhcivic.org or call 617-227-1922 for further information and to volunteer.