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WATERFRONT/NORTH END/FINANCIAL DISTRICT

Skate and toy drive

 

The community is invited to join Santa and his North End elves at the Steriti Rink, 561 Commercial St., from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 for the annual Columbus Day Committee’s Santa Skate and Toy Drive.

 

Participants can enjoy skating, holiday music and caroling, face painting, raffles, hot cocoa and holiday treats. They should bring an unwrapped toy for a child aged 13 and younger. They can also bring cameras as Santa and his friends will be available for photos.

 

Traditions of the season

 

The Paul Revere House, Paul Revere House, 19 North Sq., will celebrate the holidays with the annual “Traditions of the Season” from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2.

 

Visitors are welcome to experience the holidays in colonial times at downtown Boston’s oldest historic home and enjoy complimentary mulled cider and treats based on 18th century recipes in the Pierce-Hichborn House. They can visit with ‘Rachel Revere’ portrayed by Judith Kalaora from 1 to 3 p.m. and musician R.P. Hale will entertain on the hammered dulcimer and harpsichord from noon to 4 p.m.

 

Craftspeople working in traditional methods will demonstrate and sell wares from noon to 4 p.m. in the Education and Visitor Center at Lathrop Place. This restored 1835 rowhouse, built on property owned by Revere, incorporates original historical features with modern museum amenities, exhibits, shop and restrooms. Further information can be found at www.paulreverehouse.org or 617-523-2338.

 

Holly-Day on the Harbor The Rose Kennedy Greenway and Atlantic Wharf are teaming up for the fourth annual “Holly-Day on the Harbor” from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Waterfront Square. This free, family-friendly holiday celebration will feature a kids concert by the children’s musical group Little Groove, face painting with Jandy, arts and crafts with Fort Point Arts Community, snacks from Boloco and more.

 

For further information, visit www.atlanticwharfboston.com.

 

Holiday open house

 

The Friends of the North End Library will hold their annual holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the library, 25 Parmenter St.

 

This is a great time to meet up with library friends and enjoy delicious foods and desserts.

 

There will be musical entertainment and a 50/50 raffle to raise funds for community programs at the library.

 

Admission is free. For more information, call 617-227-8135.

 

Holiday trolley

 

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour the neighborhood from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Cross Street Plaza.

 

Santa Claus, Mayor Marty Walsh and a host of visitors from the North Pole will bring holiday cheer and refreshments and light the Christmas tree.

 

Call 617-635-3911 or visit www.cityofboston.gov for further information.

 

Movie matinee

 

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will screen “The Thin Man” from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.

 

Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case during the holiday season, mostly for the fun of it. The 1931 classic stars William Powell, Myrna Loy and Maureen O’Sullivan.

 

Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

 

Christmas parade

 

The North End Athletic Association’s 47th annual Christmas parade will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, starting at Puopolo Park, Commercial and Fleet streets. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Dec. 16.

 

Santa will arrive by helicopter at the park at 1 p.m. with Rudolph, Santa’s elves and Disney characters handing out candy and balloons.

 

After touchdown, the Aleppo Shriners’ clowns, Boston Firemen’s Band, high school marching bands, baton twirlers, the Tony Barrie Italian Band and the Massachusetts National Guard Marching Unit will parade through the streets of the North End.

 

Visit www.cityofboston.gov for more information.

 

Christmas party

 

The Saint Agrippina Society will host its 24th annual Christmas program from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 459 Hanover St.

 

This free program, for North End children only, will feature photos with Santa, face painting, balloons, characters and a gift from Santa.

 

All those who wish to attend must register by calling 617-363-2678 before Dec. 3.

 

Boston Ballet story time

 

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10.

 

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children age 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

 

Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

 

‘Messiah’

 

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center and Boston Landmark Orchestra will celebrate the holiday season with a performance of Handel’s “Messiah (Part 1)” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at St. Leonard’s Church, 320 Hanover St.

 

The production will feature the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, One City Choir and the NEMPAC Youth Orchestra. Soloists are soprano Teresa Wakim, contralto Emily Marvosh, tenor Ethan DePuy and bass Junhan Choi.

 

The concert is free, but a donation would be welcome.

 

Visit www.nempacboston.org or call 617- 227-2270 for further information and to reserve free tickets.

 

Santa Speedo run

 

The 19th annual Santa Speedo run will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Registration and libations will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The run will start and end at Lir Tavern and Whiskey’s at the corner of Gloucester and Boylston streets.

 

Participants must be 21 or older. Runners are encouraged to wear Speedo-like bathing suits and bikinis in holiday colors, Santa hats, beards and other holiday flair. Musical entertainment will be provided.

 

A post-run party will be held at 1:30 p.m. Registration is $30. Proceeds from the run will benefit the Play Ball Foundation, an organization that provides Boston middle school students with a chance to play and build friendships and character through the lessons of sport.

 

Further information can be found at www.ssrunners.org.

 

Carousel is open

 

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through December.

 

This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.

 

Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.