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This art by Daniel Gordon showing lobsters and ferns can be seen on the Rose Kennedy Greenway at Dewey Square on Atlantic Avenue across from South Station. This large piece of art will be on display until May 2022.

Holiday Creator Market at BPM

The Holiday Creator Market will be held from Sunday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 19 for one-stop shopping for groceries and gifts this holiday season.

Visit dozens of local artisan pop-ups alongside BPM’s year-round vendors for specialty foods, jewelry, artwork & home goods.

Open: Fridays & Saturdays - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Sundays - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit for more information.

Virtual Play Date: Family Flicks

Create a Play Date from home through Sunday, Nov. 28.

Explore exhibitions The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection, Raúl de Nieves: The Treasure House of Memory, 2021 James and Audrey Foster Prize, and Deana Lawson with your family from home through downloadable activities and a virtual cinema. 

Get free admission for families from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.

Go to for more information, registration for virtual activities and reservations for admission tickets.

Holiday Ship Lighting in Martin's Park

The first annual Holiday Ship Lighting in Martin's Park, 64 Sleeper St. will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.

Join the Friends of Martin Park to welcome Santa who will be arriving by boat and enjoy some hot cocoa, caroling, and other holiday fun.

Go to for more information.

Boston Christmas Tubas at Downtown Crossing 2021

Get in the holiday spirit - experience more than 150 tuba players (from ages 8 to 85) playing favorite holiday tunes and Christmas carols at the Annual Boston 'Tuba Christmas' concert at noon on Sunday, Nov. 28 at Downtown Crossing, 1 Franklin St. (Tuba rehearsals begin at 10 a.m.)

Go to for more information.

Shine a Light on Antisemitism: Community Menorah Lighting

Join JCRC and CJP for a community-wide menorah lighting at the New England Holocaust Memorial, 98 Union St. from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29.

Together, the group will shine a light on antisemitism and raise the profile of this critical issue.

They’ll gather together on the second night of Chanukah with community and interfaith partners, civic leaders and elected officials to publicly reaffirm their commitment to teaching about the consequences of hate and unchecked bigotry. Special musical performance by the Gann Academy ShenaniGanns.

Go to for more information.

CraftBoston Artist Demo: Metalworking with Elizabeth Arnold

Alloy there! Elizabeth Arnold of Alloys by Arnold will take a technical deep dive into her work as a metalsmith in this online demo from 2 to 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

This graduate of Oberlin College specializes in goldsmithing and jewelry.

Visit for the links to watch on their YouTube page or their website.

Bright Lights: ‘No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics’

“No Straight Lines” tells the story of five scrappy and pioneering cartoonists who depicted everything from the AIDS crisis, coming out, and same-sex marriage, to themes of race, gender, and disability. They tackled the humor in queer lives in a changing world, and the everyday pursuits of love, sex, and community. Their work is funny, smart and profound, and provides a unique, uncensored window into LGBTQ lives from the 1970s onward, beginning at a time in which there was no other genuine queer storytelling in popular culture.

Equally engaging are their personal journeys, as they, against all odds, helped build a queer comics underground that has been able to grow and evolve in remarkable ways.

On Demand Streaming will be available for viewing from 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1 until the live 45-minute moderated discussion with producer director Vivian Kleiman and comic artists Rupert Kinnard and Jennifer Camper begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Co-presented with Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival and the Boston Women's Film Festival.

Visit for more information and registration.

Deciphering The Goldfish Effect 

Breaking News: The average human attention span is now shorter than a goldfish's. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a recent study found that the average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000 to eight seconds today. It’s important to note that goldfish have a nine-second attention span.

So, how exactly do creatives and marketers create impactful content to penetrate through modern day attention spans? General Assembly Boston is partnering with industry experts to teach people just that from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Takeaways: Learn about the importance of creating easy to consume and impactful content; Dive deeper into the psychology behind human attention spans; and discover impactful marketing techniques.

Go to for more information and Zoom registration.

Artist Chat: Paper + Wire with Sally Prangley

Join Society of Arts + Crafts for a chat with CraftBoston artist Sally Prangley about her passion for working with paper and wire!

This conversation will be livestreamed on the Society of Arts + Crafts website and their  YouTube channel from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Visit for more information and registration.

SNOWPORT w/ Holiday Market + Light Up Seaport + Menorah lighting

A European-style holiday market, showcasing more than 60 small businesses, a festive menu from Tuscan Kitchen and Breezy Hill Orchard (served in heated tents), and a colorful array of holiday décor will join SNOWPORT, complete with large-scale winter games, the Seaport Tree Market and Light Up Seaport.

– The Holiday Market at SNOWPORT, located at 88 Seaport Blvd. at the corner of Fan Pier Blvd. will feature a dramatic canopy of more than 2,000 twinkling lights, a 3-D backdrop of gifts, and a Winter Wish Wall (a 30-foot interactive chalkboard where guests can share their holiday wishes).

The Holiday Market will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 2. The market will extend its hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from Friday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 24.

– SNOWPORT at Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave. will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays through Monday, Feb. 28.

This interactive winter wonderland will offer outdoor play for all ages: iceless curling, light-up Bocce, and large-scale versions of classic games such as Battleship, Jenga, KanJam, and more. The North End Curling Club will also provide complimentary Learn to Curl classes from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on select Saturdays with reservations.

– The Tree Market at SNOWPORT, 65 Northern Ave., will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 24.

The Tree Market will sell Christmas trees, wreaths, kissing balls, as well as tree stands and lights. Shoppers will be able to bale and load trees directly into their vehicles, or they can schedule EverGreen Delivery to deliver trees right to their homes via bicycle.

– Light Up Seaport & Holiday Stroll will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 at Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave.

The event will begin with the lighting of the 54-foot Norway Spruce tree adorned with 10,000 white lights and performances by the Boston Children’s Chorus and other local entertainers. 

The tree lighting will be followed by a holiday stroll throughout the neighborhood where more than 40 Seaport retailers will be offering one-night-only promotions and goodies.

– Seaport will celebrate Chanukah at a Menorah lighting celebration with Chabad Boston from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5 at One Seaport Courtyard, 60 Seaport Blvd. Guests will be treated to traditional kosher jelly donuts and chocolate gelt.

Visit for more information and reservations.

Lion Dances at The Chinatown Gate

Lion Dances will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 through Dec. 18 at the Chinatown Gate in Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway, welcoming everyone to Chinatown and parading through the streets (weather permitting).

Visit for more information.

Japan Festival Boston 2021

The Japan Festival Boston 2021 – slated from Tuesday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 5 – will be a series of small, focused mini-events, social media features, and in-person/virtual workshops offering a little piece of everything from sake, to kimono, to bento, to arts & crafts.

Workshop events are ticketed; Performances will be held on Instagram Live.; The Film Festival will include virtual “shorts” and a “feature” – a discussion with the director will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Go to for more information and links to enjoy (prices vary by event).

Straight No Chaser: Back in the High Life Tour

A cappella group Straight No Chaser will be returning to the Boch Center Wang Theatre stage at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, just in time for the holidays.

Straight No Chaser is the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor.

Visit for more information and tickets (Tickets starts at $39).

Exhibition Tour: Deana Lawson

Join ICA’s Graduate Student Lecturers Aubrey Beam and Kevin Cervantes for a tour of Deana Lawson. Deepen your understanding of the artist, her photographic practice and exhibition themes through guided close looking and discussion.

Beam will be leading tours at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. Cervantes will be leading tours at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10.

Go to for more information and registration (Free with admission).

Boston Ballet: ‘The Nutcracker’

The Boston Ballet will perform the classical ballet – “The Nutcracker” – set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky – at the Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St.

Evening and matinee shows will be held on select days from Friday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 26.

Visit for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Dino Safari: A Walk-Thru Adventure

Dino Safari is a walk-thru dinosaur exhibition with more than 30 realistic and scientifically-accurate animatronic creatures. Get up close and personal with these giant ancient creatures in a thrilling experience. People will learn where on earth they lived, how they behaved and how they evolved over time.

Dina Safari will be open through Thursday, Dec. 30 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace - 4 S Market St. Time Slots and ticket prices vary.

Go to for more information and reservations.

CraftBoston Holiday Online

Artists will showcase one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces perfect for gift-gifting, including ceramics, decorative fiber, art-to-wear, furniture, toys, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.

Join Society of Arts + Crafts to shop the artists’ handmade wares and participate in virtual events and artist-led workshops streamed from their studios through Sunday, Jan. 30 at

BBF November walking tours                                

The Boston by Foot Heart of the Freedom Trail tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and The Road to Revolution tours will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in November.

Visit for more information and reservations (Adults: $15 | Child: $8 | Child under 6: Free).

ARC Blood Drive at  Boston Blood Donation Center                   

Donate blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. (inside the Tufts Medical Center) to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross:

– Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

– Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 8:15 p.m.

– Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

– Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Visit or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

AFH's virtual/onsite open studio

In addition to their popular and inspiring, in-person monthly open studio, Artists for Humanity also has a new, virtual open studio platform. Travel through their studios and event venue - meet their teen artists and designers, hear from AFH mentors, view teen artwork and their recent client commissions.

Designed in partnership with Northeastern University students, new content will be updated periodically, allowing people to return for a new experience at

Art Lending Showcase

Stop by The Gallery at the Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St. to view the latest art exhibit in partnership with FPAC, Art Lending Showcase, on display through Dec. 10.

Artist participating in Art Lending are FPAC members working in a range of media, materials and styles.

For more information visit

Embodied Identities exhibit at POA Arts Gallery

Embodied Identities – part of the New Narratives – will be on view at the Pao Arts Gallery, 99 Albany St. through Dec. 17. 

Curator: Leslie Anne Condon – Artists: Maria Fong, Eugene La Rochelle, Brenda Lau, Mel Taing and Jennifer Okumura

Go to for more information.

Singing Tree Concerts at The Rocks

The Seaport Singing Trees will sing in concert from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays at The Rocks at Harbor Way.

A new audio installation – powered by PlantWave and sponsored by Delta Air Lines – will transform ordinary trees into master musicians. Listen as the biorhythms of several Sugar Maples – and a few Sassafras backup singers – are translated into music

Learn more at

Arts and Culture Open Exchange

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Arts & Culture Department is holding a monthly Arts & Culture Open Exchange from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through Dec. 15.

This is a new opportunity to virtually connect with others in Greater Boston interested in art, culture, placemaking and art-centered engagement.

Register at

MA: Climate Action Call

Make a difference for the climate by taking action at the statewide Climate Action Call – at noon on the third Thursday of each month. Join Mothers Out Front for this 45-minute online “actionar” to learn about a specific climate issue and take focused and impactful action together.

People don’t have to be experts to advocate for just solutions to the climate crisis. At these events, seasoned volunteers will provide the background information and clear instructions for actions you can take with others during the call.

Visit for more information and registration.


If you are separated or divorced and need healing, the Park Street Church invites you to attend DivorceCare, a 13-week support group, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Dec. 16 via Zoom.

You’ll find a warm, caring environment and will come to see the group as an oasis in this difficult season of life. There are three key elements to this experience: video seminar, group discussion and a personal workbook.

Each Biblically-based session is self-contained. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to understand the hurt that comes from separation and divorce. That’s why many of friends and family might not fully understand what you are going through and may not know how to best help you.

If you are interested in attending, please register by emailing to receive the link for the meeting.  

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth. 

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.

Go to for more information and registration.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, 

recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit for more information and registration.

MassHire Career Center

The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center, 75 Federal St. is currently offering all services, including webinars, coaching and employment services, by appointment only, both virtually and in person.

Visit for more information.

Boston Children’s Museum onsite/online                          

Boston Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through Sundays and timed ticketing (purchased online) will be required for the two time slots: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Virtual tours and a host of resources are also available online.

Visit and/or follow their social media accounts for more information and reservations.

ICA onsite/online perks                                                                   

– The Institute of Contemporary Art is open - advanced timed tickets and face masks required.

– When accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under, up to two adults per family are admitted free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month (except December). 

– ICA is free for all visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays – Tickets available at 10 a.m.

– ICA is free for all visitors on select holidays

– Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us

– ICA provides virtual programs and at-home art activities for kids and families, including Virtual First Fridays

– ICA online Store is open

Go to for more information.

Old State House and Old South Meeting House open                 

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House are open for general admission. One ticket grants entry to both sites.

Go to for more information.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/online

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum has opened for the season. It will also continue to hold virtual events year-round.

Visit for more information.

The Boston Cyclists Union                                                                          

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

– Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

– The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.

Visit or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed                   

There are times when we could all use a helping hand and other times when we could lend one, and that’s the underlying sentiment behind Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed (NIN NID) – a program that connects St. Joseph’s parishioners with neighbors who could use a little assistance or just some cheering up.

If you are in need of anything – or are willing to assist them in outreach – please email or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email and a list of items needed or availability to serve.

Help Support MANNA Community Program      

Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.

In addition to serving individually-packaged meals at the Monday Lunch Program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., they are also serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays to a larger number of people in need which comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this 30-year program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit for more information.

Support Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)    

From 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday nights and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, the Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.) at Park Street Church prepares hot meals and packages of socks, underwear and toiletries for men and women and then distributes them outside their church to their vulnerable neighbors who live on the streets of Boston.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, toiletries, gift cards, or clothing or would like additional information on ways to make a difference, visit

St. Francis House

St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. – the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – continues to welcome more than 500 poor and homeless men and women a day for emergency refuge services.

Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:

– Make a monetary donation

–  Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist

–  Volunteer and/or attend events

Your gift has the power to rebuild lives; St. Francis House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.

Visit to learn more, including links to support their mission.