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Holiday in Chinatown

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour Chinatown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Chinatown Gate on Harrison Avenue and Beach Street.

Neighbors can enjoy an afternoon with Mayor Marty Walsh and Santa and his elves. Festivities will include the tree lighting, pictures with Santa, singing, dancing, refreshments, gifts and games for the children.

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Rebels and admirers

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will present “Rebels and Admirers: Poets of the Old South, 1700s to Today” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The evening will include a mini lecture on “Poets of the Old South Through the Centuries,” then readings of selected poems from 18th, 19th and 21st centuries by a bevy of local poets, plus an open mic audience participation opportunity with a poem from the 1877 collection “Poems of the Old South.”

Following the readings, guest poets will lead small discussion sessions on featured poets of the evening. The program will culminate with a poem written on the spot for the event by Allison Adair of Poetry on Demand.

Guest readers will include Adair, Regie Gibson, Serina Gousby, January Gill O’Neill, Anna Ross, Sandra Storey and Lloyd Schwartz.

Registration is requested for this free program; at

Call 617-482-6439 or visit for further details.

Local author to visit

Author Vincent Lee will be the guest of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St., from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Lee’s second book is “The Tamago Stories,” a collection of eight riveting, contemporary Asian American short stories spanning a multitude of genres from crime-action to family drama, legal and medical situations, romance comedy and even sci-fi. The Asian American characters are a blend of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Thai to show Asian American intersectionality in storytelling.

Though there will be a small number of books on hand, it is recommended that attendees buy “The Tamago Stories” or Lee’s first novel, “The Purple Heart” beforehand for it to be signed.

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

Black-owned businesses

The September Boston Black-Owned Business pop-up market will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the heart of the Seaport area at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.

The community is encouraged to shop and support local black owned businesses while enjoying raffles, music and community building.

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Advent concert

A 40-member ensemble of choir and instrumentalists will present “The Thrill of Hope: A Celebration of Prayers, Readings and Poems” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Paulist Center, 5 Park St.

The music features innovative settings of familiar carols and beautiful contemporary compositions. Holiday hospitality is offered after each performance.

A children’s pageant with drama, dance and music will precede the Sunday concert.

Tickets in advance are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-17 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. Tickets at the door will be $15 for adults and $10 for children.

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, Dec. 15, at BSA Space, 290 Congress St.

Families can enjoy a holiday tradition while learning design and decorating tricks. 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.

The seventh annual Gingerbread Design Competition and Exhibition will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Attendees can view gingerbread designs from teams of architecture and landscape architecture firms on exhibition, enjoy light refreshments and celebrate the incredible bakers. The event is a fun and tasty way to highlight the talents of Boston architecture firms and raises funds for community design programs of the BSA Foundation and the Community Design Resource Center.

Registration is requested for this free event.

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

Tea party reenactment

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St. and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will present the 245th anniversary reenactment of the Boston Tea Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. This is a rain, snow or shine event.

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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Black Nativity

The National Center of Afro-American Artists is presenting “The Black Nativity” at 8 p.m. on Fridays, 3:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and at 3:30 p.m. now through Dec.23, at the Paramount 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.

Portraits of dementia

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Beginning at the End: Portraits of Dementia,” photographs by Joe Wallace, now through Friday, Dec. 21.

In 2018, 50 million people are living with dementia globally.

In the U.S, one in three seniors suffered from Alzheimer’s or dementia at the time of their death. Despite the millions of individuals and families who are affected, dementia is often a taboo subject with limited public awareness or discourse, with the individual often segregated from society.

Wallace’s portraits reflect the cross-section of races and ethnicities affected. As a nation of immigrants, so many have struggled and suffered to leave behind one community and embrace a new one and this work honors their legacy and highlights a lifetime of experience.

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

Ceramic works on display

The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., is welcoming two new exhibits, “Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Then and Now” and “Our Cups Runneth Over,” the sixth biennial Ceramic Cup exhibition and sale. Both exhibitions will be on view through Feb. 17.

“Adorning Boston and Beyond” features the contemporary artistic heirs of seminal artists working in and around Boston from the mid 20th century. Artists such as Alexander Calder and Margaret De Patta established the Northeast as a hub of innovation and creativity in studio jewelry.

Contemporary artists who have lived, worked and been educated primarily in Boston continue this thread of innovation in contemporary studio jewelry that focuses on one-of-a-kind handmade pieces that emphasize creative and expression and design, making the genre ideal for experimentation in form, material and concept. Over 30 artists, working throughout mediums will be on view.

“Our Cups Runneth Over” explores the notion of a cup as more than a vessel. The sixth iteration of this biennial Society exhibition, with guest curator Mary Barringer, gives audiences the opportunity to expand upon their understandings of these objects that serve a function in their daily lives.

Through vignettes and curatorial storytelling, viewers will examine how they define a cup and evaluate its quotidian role. Cups as well as representative portfolio pieces from upwards of 25 artists will be showcased and sold during this special exhibition which has come to be a destination for collectors.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information.

Carousel is open

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through December.

This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.

Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit for more 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.