I think that one of the most spectacular times to see the city is during the holidays. Whether you like roaming the decorated streets to find that perfect gift or coming to town to see a show, it is a very special time to be in the Cambridge area. For starters, if you happen to be around and love a good tree lighting there are a couple of those in the area: Harvard Sq on November 26th or Boston Common on December 1st.
For those who like holiday performances The Nutcracker is always a favorite. Jose Mateo puts on a performance that is slightly more affordable than the Boston Ballet. Or perhaps ballet bores you (or your kids) but the story of the nutcracker is something you would like to share, try Urban Nutcracker! This performance incorporates many kinds of dance and spices up the costumes a bit to please those who have seen the traditional ballet numerous times. If you like song and story, the Revels are definitely an holiday tradition in Cambridge. The story focuses on finding the light in the darkness of the winter solstice with singing and dancing to brighten your hearts. Be warned the singing and audience participation makes one feel all sorts of love, grinches be gone!
If you enjoy feeling the music of the Christian holiday, Holiday Pops as well as Handel’s Messiah will be preformed at Symphony Hall and Bach Christmas at the New England Conservatory are all options. Or maybe you plan to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with your family and the possibility of stress from all the questions about getting married has you wondering where to meet people? The MatzoBall could be the beginning of something good!
This last one is new to me but in an effort to be inclusive I’d like to also recognize Malwid on December 13th, a celebration of The Prophets birthday. On this day sometimes gifts are exchanged as well as food distributed to the poor. (Sound familiar?…we’re not all that different) Whatever your culture, religion, or race I would like to think that walking with family on the twinkling & decorated streets is something we all like to do. Whether shopping for a special gift at a local shop or holiday fair or just cuddling up with a hot chocolate at a cafe- the holidays are a time to pause, share a smile, be with the people you love and share kindness.
Peace be with you all!
P.S. For all you runners out out there sign up for the Yulefest 5K! Or if you are staying with us on December 11th make sure you stand outside of Harding House and cheer them on!