It’s the last weekend before Christmas! If you’re not out doing some last minute shopping, here’s a list of 10 fun and free things to do this weekend with your friends and family.
1. Holi-Dogs Costume Parade
Santa Paws is coming to town! The Anchor Boston is hosting another dog parade. Join them on December 20th with your dog dressed in festive attire and you could be entered for a chance to win a prize for you and your pooch!
When: Friday Dec. 20th 2:00pm-3:00pm
Where: The Anchor. 1 Shipyard Park, Charlestown
2. FREE Santa Photo at CambridgeSide
Head down to CambridgeSide on this Friday for a FREE 4×6 photo with Santa! You’ll even receive a FREE digital download of the image.
When: Friday Dec. 20th 10:00am-8:00pm
Where: CambridgeSide, 100 CambridgeSide Place, Cambridge
3. 36th Annual Menorah Lighting in the Boston Common
Head over to the Boston Common on Sunday Dec. 2nd for a celebration of light and liberty with the 36th Annual Menorah Lighting! There will be live music, warm beverages and Chanukah treats. All are welcome!
When: Sunday Dec. 22nd 4:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Boston Common, 139 Tremont St., Boston
4. Winter Wellness Walk
Take a brisk walk this winter to help stay health and connected to nature! This walk focuses on wellness, fitness and a dose of seasonal information about the Arnold Arboretum. After your walk stay for a warm drink! You can register here.
When: Sunday Dec. 22nd 1:00pm-1:45pm
Where: Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston
5. Christmas Cookie Decorating Party
Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen is hosting a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party this Sunday! They’ll supply you with the cookies, frosting and tools needed to wrap up your freshly decorated cookies. What better way to get crafty this season then to decorate cookies than with a beer and a snack.
When: Sunday Dec. 22nd 11:00am-8:00pm
Where: Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen, 190 North Beacon St., Boston
6. Holiday Music on The Row
Get into the holiday spirit with FREE holiday music at Assembly Row! Victorian and Contemporary carolers will also be on hand to spread the holiday cheer throughout Assembly Row.
When: Friday Dec. 20th 5:00pm – Sunday Dec. 22nd 4:00pm
Where: Assembly Row, 355 Artisan Way, Somerville
7. Free Screening of ELF at Trident Cinema
Celebrate the holidays by heading over to Trident Booksellers and Cafe to view a FREE screening of ELF! No tickets or RSVP required. This is the perfect weekend event for the whole family!
When: Saturday Dec. 21st 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 338 Newbury St., Boston
8. Quiet Christmas Cozy Show
House Show is putting on a Quiet Christmas Cozy Show. There will be live music, cookies and holiday cheer. The show opens up with open mic poetry and ends with acoustic holiday music. Naomi Westwater will also debut her new holiday single “Quiet Christmas”. Reserve your FREE ticket here.
When: Saturday Dec. 21st 6:30pm-10:00pm
Where: House Show, Jamaica Plain
9. Somerville Winter Farmers Market
Somervile Winter Farmers Market brings you the best products from New England farms. There will be over 35 vendors each week with vegetables, fruits, meat, cheese, baked goods, fish, and more! This is the perfect place to meet up with friends in the morning to get some holiday shopping done, plus admission is FREE!
When: Saturday Dec. 21st 9:30am-2:00pm
Where: The Somerville Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville
10. Mistletoe Art Fair
This Saturday the Cambridge Center for Adult Education is hosting the Mistletoe Art Fair! Come down and shop for your holiday gifts from local artists. There will be jewelry, photography, glass art, printmaking, soap, ceramics and more!
When: Saturday Dec. 21st 10:00am-6:00pm
Where: Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Cambridge