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JP Holiday Light Show Celebrate “Peace, Love and Jamaica Plain” every night from 4 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 1 at the JP Holiday Light Show at 670 Centre St.

The 15ish-minute show will play on a loop that features a look back on vintage JP, a homage to their greenspace, and a countdown to the finale.

Lessons in Carols and Cookie Swap

Christ the King Church, 207 Armory St. invites you to join them from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 as they learn about and sing some of their favorite Christmas carols.

Bring some cookies for a cookie share afterwards.

Visit for other information.

‘Holiday Concert for the Community’

JP Concerts and the Open Theatre Project will present a “Holiday Concert for the Community” at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at St. John’s Church, 1 Roanoke Ave.

This inclusive celebration of the season will include with audience sing-a-longs and music for the whole family. Join Matt Savage Band, Zaleski, Greta DiGiorgio, Michael Caimés, ad Nick Place as they present Jazz, Classic, and Contemporary takes on holiday favorites.

Tickets are available on line or at the door. The suggested price is $20 or Pay What You Can. Kids 12 and under are free.

For more information and tickets, visit or email

Holiday ornaments The Eliot Schoolhouse, 24 Eliot St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 for families to make colorful ornaments together.

This will be an open house format. All ages are welcome. Suggested donation is $5.

For more information, visit

‘Short Days, Long Nights’ family hike The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway will host a “Short Days, Long Nights” family hike from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15.

Make paper chickadees and go on a Story- Walk and learn how a little bird can bring back the Sun.

For more information, visit

Celebrazione Musicale d’Italiano!

Enjoy the 18th century parlor music in the 18th century parlor at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15.

In celebration of the holiday season, the Loring- Greenough House is hosting a special chamber music concert featuring students from the world-renown Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Alumni from Walnut Hill are currently members of major symphony orchestras around the globe. The works of Italian composers (or those evoking the Italian “gioia della vita!”) will be featured.

A festive reception with light refreshments will follow.

Visit for tickets ($15) and other information.

Winter Wellness Walk The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway will host a Winter Wellness Walk from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Mar. 15 and Mar. 29.

Take a brisk walk this winter and stay healthy and connected to the Arboretum at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. This walk emphasizes fitness with a healthy dose of information on seasonal highlights. Winter tours are geared to adults and led by trained Arboretum docents.

After the tour, stay on for a warm drink and more conversation with your guide and staff in the Visitor Center.

For more information, visit

Holiday Toy Drive

The annual Holiday Toy Drive in memory of Mark Frattaroli to benefit the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain is accepting donations through Dec. 17.

Drop off new, unwrapped toys and art supplies for boys and girls, ages 4 through 14 to one of these locations: Filippo Ristorante at 283 Causeway St.; Ducali Pizzeria & Bar at 289 Causeway St; Ristorante Lucia at 415 Hanover St.; Ristorante Lucia at 11 Mount Vernon St. in Winchester; and/or Cunard Tavern at 24 Orleans St. in East Boston.

To learn about the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain visit

Creative drama

Children, ages 7 through 12, are invited to join Creative Drama from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 17 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 30 South St.

This program will include storytelling, theater, acting out scenes from favorite books and lots of imagination.

No previous theater experience is necessary.

For more information, visit

Kids’ Club: Winter Solstice

The Kids’ Club, for children ages five and older, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

The group will celebrate the arrival of winter with snowy stories, watercolor snowflakes and honey ginger cookies.

Visit for more information.

Winter Solstice in Story and Song

Celebrate the longest nights with Solstice stories and songs evoking the warmth of the season from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

A storyteller, Celtic harpist, and multi-instrumentalist ( will weave together a tapestry of ancient tales and tunes revealing the deep meaning behind winter holiday traditions. This theatrical storytelling features the Scandinavian “Legend of the Mistletoe,” evergreen myths and legends of light all complemented by folkloric music and songs from many lands.

Enjoy the communal fun of Wassail traditions. Complementary seasonal refreshments including a traditional Wassail bowl of mulled cider are included in the price of admission.

Visit for other information and tickets ($30).

Community Servings volunteer opportunity

Looking for a way to give back? Join the Community Servings’ staff and fellow volunteers for a two hour shift between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 to help deliver comforting, medically tailored holiday meals to critically and chronically ill neighbors in need.

Community Servings is located at 179 Amory St.

For other information and sign up, visit servings. org, email Nate at or phone 617-522-7777, ext. 228.

Infrared photography reception/exhibition

“The Light You Cannot See: Infrared Photography” exhibition by Betsey Henkels will be on view through Feb. 2 at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway.

For more information, visit

Kelly ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Kelly Outdoor Rink at One Marbury Terrace will be open for public skating through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours are Sunday through Friday from noon to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 7:30 p.m.

Phone 617-727-7000 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

Community meals The Mid-week Dinner (a hot meal and fellowship time for families followed by a seasonal program) is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and the Crossroads Café (lunch for seniors and their guests) takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

The meals are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, visit