Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:

Skate and toy drive

The community is invited to join Santa and his North End elves at the Steriti Rink, 561 Commercial St., from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 for the annual Columbus Day Committee’s Santa Skate and Toy Drive.

Participants can enjoy skating, holiday music and caroling, face painting, raffles, hot cocoa and holiday treats. They should bring an unwrapped toy for a child aged 13 and younger. They can also bring cameras as Santa and his friends will be available for photos.

Traditions of the season

The Paul Revere House, Paul Revere House, 19 North Sq., will celebrate the holidays with the annual “Traditions of the Season” from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2.

Visitors are welcome to experience the holidays in colonial times at downtown Boston’s oldest historic home and enjoy complimentary mulled cider and treats based on 18th century recipes in the Pierce-Hichborn House. They can visit with ‘Rachel Revere’ portrayed by Judith Kalaora from 1 to 3 p.m. and musician R.P. Hale will entertain on the hammered dulcimer and harpsichord from noon to 4 p.m.

Craftspeople working in traditional methods will demonstrate and sell wares from noon to 4 p.m. in the Education and Visitor Center at Lathrop Place. This restored 1835 rowhouse, built on property owned by Revere, incorporates original historical features with modern museum amenities, exhibits, shop and restrooms.

Further information can be found at or 617-523-2338.

Holly-Day on the Harbor

The Rose Kennedy Greenway and Atlantic Wharf are teaming up for the fourth annual “Holly-Day on the Harbor” from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Waterfront Square.

This free, family-friendly holiday celebration will feature a kids concert by the children’s musical group Little Groove, face painting with Jandy, arts and crafts with Fort Point Arts Community, snacks from Boloco and more.

For further information, visit

Holiday open house

The Friends of the North End Library will hold their annual holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the library, 25 Parmenter St.

This is a great time to meet up with library friends and enjoy delicious foods and desserts.

There will be musical entertainment and a 50/50 raffle to raise funds for community programs at the library.

Admission is free. For more information, call 617-227-8135.

Holiday trolley

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour the neighborhood from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Cross Street Plaza.

Santa Claus, Mayor Marty Walsh and a host of visitors from the North Pole will bring holiday cheer and refreshments and light the Christmas tree.

Call 617-635-3911 or visit for further information.

Movie matinee

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will screen “The Thin Man” from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.

Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case during the holiday season, mostly for the fun of it. The 1931 classic stars William Powell, Myrna Loy and Maureen O'Sullivan.

Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

Christmas party

The Saint Agrippina Society will host its 24th annual Christmas program from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 459 Hanover St.

This free program, for North End children only, will feature photos with Santa, face painting, balloons, characters and a gift from Santa.

All those who wish to attend must register by calling 617-363-2678 before Dec. 3.

Christmas parade

The North End Athletic Association’s 47th annual Christmas parade will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, starting at Puopolo Park, Commercial and Fleet streets. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Dec. 16.

Santa will arrive by helicopter at the park at 1 p.m. with Rudolph, Santa’s elves and Disney characters handing out candy and balloons.

After touchdown, the Aleppo Shriners’ clowns, Boston Firemen’s Band, high school marching bands, baton twirlers, the Tony Barrie Italian Band and the Massachusetts National Guard Marching Unit will parade through the streets of the North End.

Visit for more information.

Boston Ballet story time

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10.

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children age 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-227-8135 for further details.


The North End Music and Performing Arts Center and Boston Landmark Orchestra will celebrate the holiday season with a performance of Handel’s “Messiah (Part 1)” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at St. Leonard’s Church, 320 Hanover St.

The production will feature the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, One City Choir and the NEMPAC Youth Orchestra. Soloists are soprano Teresa Wakim, contralto Emily Marvosh, tenor Ethan DePuy and bass Junhan Choi.

The concert is free, but a donation would be welcome.

Visit or call 617-227-2270 for further information and to reserve free tickets.