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Tree lighting

 

The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association will host its annual tree lighting celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

 

Festivities will include prizes, a musical performance by the Yvonne Aubert Quartet, and hot chocolate, pizza, sandwiches and other fare donated by local restaurants. The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour the neighborhood at 4:30 p.m. The day will be capped by the lighting of the 20-foot tree.

 

The tree lighting is WSANA’s only fundraising event of the year, and proceeds will go toward the association’s programs and its selected charity, United South End Settlements.

 

Visit www.facebook.com/WorcesterSquare for more details.

 

Tree, wreath sale

 

The Blackstone/Franklin Neighborhood Association and the Friends of Blackstone/Franklin will be selling trees, wreaths and garlands from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Blackstone Square.

 

Santa Claus will visit for photos with all the children and there will be refreshments and musical entertainment. Trees should be preordered online through Nov. 26 for the best prices, greatest selection and guaranteed availability.

 

All proceeds will go toward neighborhood improvement and programming as well as maintenance and historical renovation of the parks.

 

For more information, visit www.blackstonefranklin.org.

 

Park lighting celebration

 

Childe Hassam Park, Chandler Street, will host the annual park lighting celebration at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

 

Admission is free; attendees are asked to consider a donation to help maintain the park and showcase more art in the neighborhood.

 

Visit www.childehassampark.com or send an email to childehassampark1@gmail.com for more information.

 

Holiday stroll

 

The annual South End Holiday Stroll will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Visitors are invited to stroll the festive South End streets.

 

More than 40 retailers will stay open late to encourage spending habits. There will be live music, giveaways, refreshments and more; complimentary wine and nibbles and a chance to win a South End-themed gift basket. Participating restaurants will include a free dessert.

 

Each participating business will have a red balloon hanging at their door. Free parking will be available at 560 Harrison Ave.

 

Christmas movies

 

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is hosting a series of classic Christmas movies from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays during December.

 

Featured will be Richard Curtis’s comedy “Love, Actually” starring Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson on Dec. 7; “Little Fockers” with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller on Dec. 14; “A Christmas Story” with Darren McGavin and Peter Billingsley on Dec. 21; and the rom com “When Harry Met Sally” starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan on Dec. 28.

 

Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for further details.

 

Open art studios

 

The SoWa Artists Guild, 450 Harrison Ave., and the Boston Center for the Arts, Artist Studio Building, 551 Tremont St., will open their studios to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 for First Friday programs.

 

At the center of the SoWa Arts District, visitors can meet artists in their studios and experience a wide variety of contemporary art. They can view and purchase their latest works, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture. This is a great opportunity to get unique holiday gifts and avoid Black Friday crowds. More than 80 artists’ studios will be open to the public.

 

Admission is free and parking is available.

 

For more information, visit www.sowaartistsguild.com.

 

Swedish Yuletide

 

The 33rd annual Swedish Yuletide celebrations will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Cyclorama, the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

 

This fair celebrates the holiday season with foods, crafts, gifts, musical entertainment and children’s activities. Unique gifts and designs, such as Sami-engraved crafts from Lapland, Scandinavian sweaters, home accessories, jewelry and books, will be on sale.

 

Children can make holiday decorations and catch treats in the fishing pond. Traditional foods including Swedish meatballs, salmon sandwiches, cakes, waffles, pastries, coffee and glogg, a spicy seasonal hot drink, will be available in the coffee shop. Musical entertainment will feature accordionist Dan Mackowiac, the SWEA Singers and students from the Swedish School of Boston performing familiar tunes.

 

The St. Lucia processions will begin at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

Tickets are $10. Children under age 13 are admitted free. Proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarship programs.

 

For more information, visit www.boston.swea.org or call 877-799-8267.

 

Caroling in the park

 

The Friends of Hayes Park will host an afternoon of caroling from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the park at the corner of Warren Avenue and West Canton Street.

 

The community is invited to join in singing favorite carols of the season. Hot cider, cookies and songbooks will be provided. Donations of canned goods for SNAP, the South End Neighborhood Assistance Program’s emergency food pantry, are requested.

 

Visit www.hayespark.org or call 617-536- 5557 for further information.