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Advent concert

A 40-member ensemble of choir and instrumentalists will present “Hope is Born: A Celebration of Prayers, Readings and Poems” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Paulist Center, 5 Park St.

A children’s pageant will precede the Sunday concert. The music features innovative settings of familiar carols and beautiful contemporary compositions. Holiday hospitality is offered after each performance.

Tickets in advance are $10 for individuals and $25 for families or $15 and $30, respectively, at the door and are available at the Paulist Center, 5 Park St., by calling 617-742-4460 or sending an email to Sponsorships are available at $50, $100 and $150 levels.

Santa Claus is coming

Santa Claus will be visiting Downtown Crossing on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 from noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. He will be outside of Macy’s on Summer Street during these times. It is free to visit Santa Claus.

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‘A Christmas Carol’

The Omni Parker House, 60 School St., will host a reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10. Doors will open 30 minutes before the performance.

When Dickens visited Boston on his 1867 tour, he stayed at the Omni Parker House where he also did his first American reading of this classic tale.

Actor Al LePage will read from Dickens’ historic script, creating all 26 characters from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, Marley’s Ghost to Mrs. Cratchit, as well as providing the sound effects, just as Dickens did. Warm spiced cider and Parker House mince tarts will be served.

This performance is best suited for children, ages 10 and older.

Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Call 617-227-8600 or visit for more information.

Hanukkah soiree on ice

Chabad of Boston will host the third Hanukkah soiree from 8 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14 at Boston Winter ice skating, City Hall Plaza.

Attendees will meet and skate with fellow young professionals. At 8 p.m. there will be a mix and mingle in the warm tents with hot drinks, donuts and other Hanukkah treats, followed by ice skating, the menorah lighting and socializing at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25.

To purchase tickets and for more details, visit or call 617-247-7100.

Anniversary exhibit

Fort Point Theatre Channel is celebrating a decade of presenting new configurations of the performing arts with “Art of the Theatre” now until Jan. 15 at the Midway Studios Gallery, 15 Channel Center St.

The exhibit will feature anything that has to with the art of FPTC: sketches, mock-ups, posters, stage models, puppets, videos, sound recordings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, annotated scripts, costumes, props and parts of sets from the many artists who have worked there over the past decade.

Admission is free.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-750-8900.

Tea party reenactment

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St. and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will present the 244th anniversary reenactment of the Boston Tea Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m.

Re-enactors from across New England will tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and dramatize the events of Dec. 16, 1773. The program will begin with the meeting at the Old South Meeting House, followed by a procession to Boston Harbor and ending with a reenactment of the destruction of the tea into Boston Harbor.

Visitors will join in with Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Dr. Joseph Warren and other members of the Sons of Liberty as they debate with the Loyalists in an attempt to resolve the crisis. Then they will proceed to Griffin’s Wharf, led by fife and drums, where the Sons of Liberty will storm aboard the brig Beaver and spill the tea into the harbor.

The fully narrated program is suitable for school-age children and older.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for members and include seating at the Old South Meeting House and access to the reserved viewing area along the HarborWalk. Early purchase of tickets is advised, as space is limited. The Tea Party aspect of the evening is free and open to the general public.

Proceeds will support the preservation of the Old South Meeting House.

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Afternoon concert

A Sing Home concert and song sharing with Shaw Pong Liu will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St.

Violinist and erhu player Liu will perform as part of her Pao Arts Center artist-in-residence “Sing Home” project. She will perform music gathered from the Chinatown community and the audience will be able to share stories and songs in this family-friendly, song-sharing performance.

Registration is recommended for this free event, online at or by calling 617-635-5129.

Gingerbread houses

The Boston Society of Architects will host a Family Design Day: Gingerbread Edition from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17, at BSA Space, 290 Congress St.

Families can enjoy a holiday tradition while learning design and decorating tricks. They will tour the gingerbread houses designed by local design firms for the Community Design Resource Center of Boston’s annual Gingerbread Design Competition and then create their own houses.

This family program is designed for parents and children, ages 5 to 13 years old. There is a maximum ratio of one adult per three children.

Admission is $12 or $10 for members. Pre-registration is required.

Visit or call 617-391-4039 for further details and to register.

Photography exhibit

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Living in Color” on Saturday, Dec. 16.

A closing celebration will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.

This is a collaborative mother-son photography project by David Kong and Wen Yuan Kong that celebrates the movement, color and light of the living world.

Wen Yuan Kong is a retired math professor who loves traveling and taking photographs. She is inspired by the interplay of light and reflections, by interesting perspectives of everyday objects and by the changing of scenery in sunlight. David Sun Kong is a synthetic biologist, community organizer, musician and photographer.

Visit or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.

Black Nativity

The National Center of Afro-American Artists will present “The Black Nativity” at 8 p.m. on Fridays, 3:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and at 3:30 p.m. on Sundays now to Dec.17, at the Paramont Theatre, 44 Charles St.

The performance tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music and dance, based on the Gospel of St. Luke and combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes. Boston’s production is the longest running performance in the world of Harlem Renaissance poet Hughes’ song-play.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-824-8400.

Boston Winter

Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza is being held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, now through Dec. 31. It will be open until 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and until 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, and closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

Eighty vendors will sell their wares for the holiday season and there will be ice-skating on Boston’s premier custom designed skate path that weaves around the main stage.

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Coat drive

In partnership with the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, the Bostonian Society will collect winter coats, clothing and accessories to benefit Boston’s homeless community throughout the holiday season.

Donations of new or lightly used, weather-resistant winter coats can be donated to the Old State House, 206 Washington St., everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Tuesday, Jan. 2. They will collect any size garment, for any age or gender; BHCHP serves men, women and children of all ages and sizes.

Call 617-720-1713 or visit for further information.

Made in Fort Point

The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.

Call 617-423-1100 or visit for more information.