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Christmas concert


King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets, will present a lunchtime performance at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Hiroaki Honshuku and Yuka Kido’s Love to Brazil Project will present the annual A-No- Ne Christmas.


A donation of $3 is requested; all contributions are given directly to the musicians.


Visit or call 617- 227-2155 for further information.


Beacon Hill stroll


The Beacon Hill Business Association and the Beacon Hill Civic Association are sponsoring the Beacon Hill Stroll from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.


Charles Street will be shut down and transformed into a festive wonderland with Victorian carolers, a strolling brass quintet, horse and buggy rides and free refreshments.


Santa will light the tree at 7 p.m. on the corner of Charles and Mount Vernon streets. The Apollo Club Men’s Chorus, the Back Bay Ringers, King’s Chapel Choir and the Brass Quartet will entertain throughout the evening.


For more information and to volunteer, call 617-720-7888 or 617-227-1922 or send an email to


Photos with Santa


Santa Claus will arrive from the North Pole to visit the Hill House Firehouse, 127 Mount Vernon St., from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.


Kids can deliver their Christmas list in person and get a complimentary photo before joining in on the holiday stroll festivities.


Visit or call 617- 227-5838 for further information.


Rock ‘n’ roll movies


The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen films celebrating rock ‘n’ roll from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in December.


The films will include the biographical film “The Buddy Holly Story” with Gary Busey on Dec. 5; the award-winning “Almost Famous” starring Kate Hudson and Billy Crudup with on Dec. 12; the comedy “School of Rock” starring Jack Black on Dec. 19 and the story of Irish soul band “The Commitments” on Dec. 26.


Call 617-523-3957 for more information.


Jingle bell run


The 2018 Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis will FOCUS ON BEACON HILL/WEST END NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 starting at the Boston Common, corner of Beacon and Charles Streets. Registration is at 8 a.m. with the first wave of runners leaving at 9 a.m. A Kids’ Fun Run will be held at 10:30 a.m.


The 5K Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive while racing and walking to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Runners are encouraged to put on their favorite holiday costumes and tie jingle bells to shoelaces. There will be a competitive open division for organizations, colleges, high schools, families and other teams.


All proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to conquer and cure arthritis.


To register or for more details, visit or call 617-762-2126.


Holiday house tour


The Nichols House, 55 Mount Vernon St., will host the annual holiday house tour from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.


This event will offer a rare opportunity to experience a select group of private residences, showcasing outstanding examples of historic preservation as well as creative modern interpretation and adaptation in a broad range of architectural and interior design styles. The museum will also host “Craftswomen: The Wood Workings of Rose and Margaret Nichols in Arts & Crafts New England,” a pop-up exhibition.


A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the William Hickling Prescott House. The house tour generates financial support for the museum’s ongoing preservation and programming needs.


To register, visit or call 617-227-6993.


Picturing Douglass


The Museum of African American History is presenting a new public exhibition “Picturing Frederick Douglass” at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy St., now through December.


Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th century, more frequently photographed than Abraham Lincoln, and was immediately recognizable to millions in his own lifetime.


Based on the book of the same name by Drs. John Stauffer and Zoe Trodd, co-curators of the exhibit, it features more than 90 objects, including historic photos, books, newspapers articles and original letters by Douglass.


Further information can be found by calling 617-725-0022, ext. 222 or online at