sparkle in December

With Sparklefest already underway it is easy to see why Harvard Square literally shines this time of year. Sparklefest features so many activities that we couldn’t possibly list them all, but have tried to highlight a few of our favorites. The month gets off to a running start on Sunday, December 2ndwith the Yulefest 5K taking place in and around Harvard Square. The following weekends, treat you taste buds to the multiple flavors of the season. On Saturday, December 8th, celebrate the start of Hanukah with Everyone Loves Latkes. On Sunday, December 16th get into the Christmas spirit by having Breakfast with Santa at the Inn at Harvard.

If you feel the need to burn off a few of those extra calories, on December 16th, you may wish to head off to the Charles Hotel and open up the ice skating rink for the season.  The opening of the rink at the Charles Hotel is family friendly event that can truly be enjoyed by everyone.

Should you prefer to burn though that long list of gifts to buy, check out the Harvard Square Holiday Fair taking place on selective dates throughout December. You are sure to find just the right and unique gift for anyone on your list.

With all the hurrying around this time of the year, it can be nice to take the time to enjoy the season. The Choir of St. Paul’s will be celebrating the season with music on December 21st, 23rd, and 24th.The December 23rd performance features an organ recital.

The above events are just a few of the many, many events going on in the area this month. For more information about Sparklefest events please visit http://www.harvardsquare.com/Home/Articles/Sparklefest-2012-in-Harvard-Square!.aspx. Please keep in mind that while some of the events are free, some require an admission and some require advanced tickets.

Finally, at the end of the month (and year) comes one of Boston’s biggest celebrations of the year. First night has been a tradition in Boston for 35 years and each year it just keeps growing. With family friendly events throughout the city and two fireworks displays (an early smaller one for everyone who can’t stay up and a larger one at midnight to mark the new year), First night is the party of the year in Boston. First Night buttons are required for admission to most indoor performances, but outdoor activities, including the magnificent ice sculptures on Boston Common are free. First Night buttons may be purchased at many local businesses. Please visit http://www.firstnight.org/ for a schedule of events and First Night button details.

We at Harding House wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a joyful New Year!