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‘A Christmas Carol’

 

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center in partnership with the Charlestown Working Theater present a youth holiday musical production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9 at the Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St.

 

Students, ages 7-12, will retell the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his whirlwind adventure on Christmas Eve to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Tickets are $15 general admission and can be purchased online at charlestownworkingtheater.org.

 

For more information, send an email to mshepherd@nempacboston.org or call 617- 227-2270.

 

Charlestown stroll

 

The annual Charlestown holiday stroll and festival of trees will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Training Field. Kids will have fun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Winter Wonderland with Santa’s Village and a visit from St. Nick himself.

 

Local vendors and nonprofit organizations will sell unique gifts for all the holiday shipping. There will be an art show at StoveFactory Gallery on Medford Street, food specials, face painting, children’s art activities, carolers, a kids’ holiday train ride and prizes. DJ Karson Tager of Mix 104.1 will provide holiday music.

 

There will be a screening of the 1969 classic “Frosty the Snowman” at 4:30 p.m. Attendees can bring blankets and snacks for an evening under the stars watching a childhood favorite.

 

All around Charlestown, businesses and restaurants will offer special deals and discounts, treats, giveaways and prizes.

 

Visit www.charlestownmachamber.com for more details.

 

Old Ironsides’ tree lighting

 

The crew of the USS Constitution will mark the start of the holiday season with their traditional tree lighting ceremony at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 in the Navy Yard.

 

The ceremony will start following evening colors at sunset and a shot fired from the port saluting battery and culminate in the lighting of the 18-foot tree on the ship’s stern. The tree will be decorated with handmade ornaments created by Charlestown area children.

 

There will be cookies and hot chocolate, as well as a visit from Santa Claus and his elves. The ceremony will include a performance by the Holiday Victorian Carolers.

 

Visit www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org or call 617-242-7511 for more information.

 

Holiday concert

 

The St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish will host a free holiday concert at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at St. Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St.

 

The Copley Singers and director Brian Jones will return this year with another popular and wide ranging program of familiar carols and anthems in both traditional and new interesting arrangements, both sacred and secular. There will be audience participation in hymns and the singers will mingle with the audience. Peter Stoltzfus Burton will accompany the singers, showcasing the church’s restored Woodberry & Harris organ.

 

The concert is free with a suggestion of donations to Harvest on Vine Food Pantry. For more information about the church, visit http://stmarystcatherine.org.

 

Enchanted trolley

 

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour the Charlestown neighborhood at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, starting at Thompson Square.

 

A visitor from the North Pole and his reindeer, snowmen and gingerbread people will bring holiday cheer and light the Christmas tree at the square. Festivities will include carolers, refreshments, prizes and games for the children.

 

Call 617-635-3549 for more information.

 

Songs of power

 

The Bunker Hill Community College Popular Music Ensemble will perform in a free concert from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford St.

 

This concert examines power through a musical lens. Power shows up in a variety of ways in popular songs, touching on many themes, including politics, personal resilience, spirituality, freedom and love. Music relating to power can uplift, embolden or strike down.

 

Songs will include Katy Perry’s “Roar,” Lauryn Hill’s “Everything is Everything,” “For What It’s Worth (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound)” by Stephen Stills, “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty, “Vem Pra Rua,” by Henrique Ruiz Nicolau, “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder and many more.

 

The program will be in A300 auditorium. For more information, call 617-228-2093 or visit www.bhcc.mass.edu.