Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes
Holiday Pop-Up Series
The Godfrey Hotel Boston’s Holiday Pop-Up Series continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays in the hotel’s lobby at 505 Washington St. with the grand finale on Dec. 21.
Designed to help Godfrey's guests and Boston natives discover thoughtful gifts uniquely made in New England, the pop-ups will feature an assortment of locally made and beloved items ranging from luxury handmade knits to cocktail kits and specialty baked dog treats for furry friends.
The Holiday Pop Up Series will feature the following stores: Nov. 30: Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company; Dec. 7: Crush Boutique; Dec. 14: Sarah Bertochi; and Dec. 21: Sheperd’s Run Jewelry + Basic Batch Donuts.
For more information on the Holiday Pop-Up Series, visit www.godfreyhotelboston.com.
Boston Tuba Christmas
Faneuil Hall Marketplace will present the annual Boston Tuba Christmas Concert from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30.
Join the fun and watch 200 tuba players serenade the crowd with everyone’s favorite holiday classics in front of the giant holiday tree at Marketplace Center.
Visit faneuilhallmarketplace.com for more information.
José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’
The José Mateo Ballet Theatre will present “The Nutcracker” from Nov. 30 through Dec. 8 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St.
Take a fantastic journey with Clara and her Nutcracker-turned Prince who battles an army of mice and guides her through the Enchanted Forest of dancing snowflakes to arrive at the fabled Kingdom of the Sweets, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.
For show times and tickets, visit ballettheatre.org.
Migration and walls
Interactive tours of the exhibition “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. will be held at select times through Jan. 26.
“A Wall is a Wall” will be shown at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 and from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Jan. 20 in conjunction with the exhibition. The selection presents abstract meditations on, and sobering documentation of, border walls and the lived experiences of those who journey from one side to another.
Visit icaboston.org for additional information including other related programs.
King’s Chapel Concerts
The King’s Chapel Concert Series will be held at 5 p.m. at King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St.
The Sunday series will include the following: Dec. 1: “Advent Baroque;” Feb. 23: “Sonata;” Mar. 29: G.F. Handel: “Alexander’s Feast.”
The doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
For more information and tickets, visit kings-chapel.org.
Toys for Tots
The United States Marine Corp’s and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans’ vans will be adjacent to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company at Faneuil Hall (behind 60 State St.) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 accepting donations of new unwrapped toys the for Toys for Tots campaign and new unwrapped clothes for homeless veterans.
Volunteer for SLM
Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) at 727 Atlantic Ave. (3rd floor) will be hosting a Volunteer Informational Session from 6 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4.
SLM empowers youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential skills.
Some of the volunteer opportunities include mentoring youth, joining the Board of Ambassadors, supporting annual events and fundraisers plus skills-based positions to lend expertise to SLM.
These opportunities range in commitment from one-off projects or consulting to multiple years of committed mentoring.
The session will include information about the organization, the range of opportunities available and ways to identify best fits.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, visit eventbrite.com.
South Station History Tour
The South Station History Tour is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month through Dec. 7 (at South Station, 700 Atlantic Ave).
Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Meet at the tour sign inside the Grand Concourse, by Teddy Ballgames. No reservations are necessary. Private group tours can be arranged for a fee.
The free South Station tour is a lively hour-long walk through the 20th century, glimpsing into the railroad past and peeking into its future.
Points of discussion include: geography of the area, architecture, history of the railroad, and historic events that shaped the railroad and South Station Terminal in particular.
The tour covers three levels of South Station, accessed via escalator and elevator.
For more information, visit south-station.net.
“Quixote Nuevo” is being presented through Dec. 8 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave.
One of literature’s most vibrant and memorable characters, Cervantes’ Don Quixote is boldly brought to life in this hysterically funny and exceptionally poetic adaption of the classic novel.
Transported to a border town in Texas, the eccentric, brilliant knight embarks on a cross-desert quest to reunite with a long-lost love. Chased by Death himself – in the form of roving bands of guitar-playing Calacas – Quixote always leads with his heart in a world of people led astray by their brains.
Visit huntingtontheatre.org for tickets and show times.
Catholic Charities Christmas Gala
The annual Catholic Charities Greater Boston Christmas Gala will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Seaport Hotel.
The Christmas Gala is a marquis event of the Christmas season that raises funds to fuel the programs that help their neighbors and communities realize self-sufficiency and stability.
The evening will kick off with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by a festive dinner with live music from the wildly popular World Premier Band and dancing.
The After-Party, an alternative to dinner, will begin at 8:45 p.m. featuring a dessert buffet, open bar, and the musical styling of the renowned World Premier Band.
Visit ccab.org for tickets and other information.
Tea Party reenactment
Celebrate the 246th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Reenactment with Old South Meeting and the Boston Tea Party Ships Museum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16.
The event will begin at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St. and end at the Harborwalk behind the Intercontinental Boston Hotel, Congress Street Bridge (rain or shine).
Visit oldsouthmeetinghouse.org for an event schedule and tickets.
Christmas in the City volunteering
Join BYHP members and volunteers in supporting Boston’s Christmas in the City from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St.
The group will be helping to make 6,000 cheerful and inviting, hand-decorated placemats for 6,000 Christmas in the City guests.
The Christmas in the City party – a truly magical experience – hosts children (and their parents) from Boston-area homeless shelters.
Visit christmasinthecity.org to learn more about other opportunities.
Visit eventbrite.com to volunteer.
Quincy Market history tour
A free historical walking tour of the architecture, politics, people and geography of Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall is held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Dec. 28, rain, snow or shine.
This spot at the heart of the Freedom Trail tells the story from the Puritan settlement through the American Revolution into the 21st century.
Meet the guide at the property directory near Anthem Restaurant.
For more information, visit faneuilhallmarketplace.com/boston-things-to-do-in-boston-today-what-to-do-in-boston/historic-quincy-market-tour.
Boston Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’
The Boston Ballet will present Mikko Nissinen’s “The Nutcracker” at select times through Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St.
This enchanting holiday classic – set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky – is a perfect introduction to ballet for kids, with captivating dances by the Sugar Plum Fairy, eye-catching costumes and snow scenes, and plenty of area children participating.
Visit bostonballet.org for other information, including tickets and show times.
The “Child’s Play” exhibition that celebrates the joy and amusement of handcrafted toys, collectibles, and games through interaction, shared memories and imagination will be on view through Jan. 18 at the Society of Arts + Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd. Suite 200.
From board games and dolls to computer games, this exhibition of self-assembled and handcrafted toys encompasses playthings from previous generations right up to today.
Visit Societyofcrafts.org for more information.
Holiday Mitten Tree
Give the gift of warmth to those less fortunate by hanging a pair of new or slightly worn mittens on the designated tree at Faneuil Hall Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Jan. 1.
Visit faneuilhallmarketplace.com for more information.
District Hall tour
The District Hall Weekly Community Tour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on most Tuesdays throughout the year.
District Hall is the world's first freestanding public innovation center, designed to inspire innovation, foster collaboration and make great ideas come to life is located at 75 Northern Ave.
District Hall operates a free, public workspace, rentable event space and runs free programming that's open to everyone.
For event bookings, visit www.districthallboston.org/host-an-event.
To learn more about District Hall, visit: www.districthallboston.org.
Net Impact Boston (NIB) holds a monthly informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals on Wednesday mornings. Drop in anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. at Pret a Manger, 101 Arch St. for networking, discussion and moral support.
NIB combines members’ talents, energy and commitment with the wealth of business, educational, nonprofits, public sectors and other resources to make a positive social, environmental and economic impact.
For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
Walk to the Sea
The Walk to the Sea encompasses four centuries of Boston history.
Beginning at the State House on Beacon Hill, overlooking Boston Common, the Walk passes among historic landmarks and skyscrapers. The Walk crosses ground that, centuries earlier, was not ground at all, but an active harbor.
Boston's history is tied to the sea, whose smells and sounds once pervaded the town. The Walk from summit to sea, spanning one mile and descending 100 feet, brings that history to life.
Mayor Thomas Menino dedicated the Norman B. Leventhal Walk to the Sea in 2008.
For more information, visit walktothesea.com.
Freedom Trail Tour
The Freedom Trail Tour will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Mar. 31.
Join Boston by Foot and stroll the Freedom Trail’s ancient streets, past historic cemeteries and colonial stone houses all the while hearing tales of rebellion, war, and independence of a nation.
It is the epic stories of Boston’s rise and America’s birth.
The tour will meet outside the Park Street MBTA station on the Park Street side of the Boston Common and end at Faneuil Hall.
For more information and to reserve a spot on this “name your price tour,” visit freetoursbyfoot.com.
Boston Fire Museum
The Boston Fire Museum at 344 Congress St. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays or by appointment.
The Boston Fire Department is one of the oldest in the country and the Museum occupies the historic Congress Street Fire Station.
The Museum collection comprises fire alarm displays and artifacts, firefighting equipment, antique fire apparatus and photograph that were used in the Greater Boston area.
Sparky the Dalmatian, a real-life fire house dog, is always welcoming and ready to assist the guide during the tours.
Admission is free; donations are always welcome.
To learn more, visit bostonfiremuseum.com.
HUZZAH! Tavern Nights
HUZZAH! Tavern Nights – Boston’s only colonial tavern experience – will be held the first Friday of the month at Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum at 306 Congress St. (on Congress Street Bridge).
Revel with Sam Adams, John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy and other prominent Bostonians as they lift their glasses in celebration, raise their voices in song and determine the fate of Colonial America. Sample rustic fare, play authentic games, learn boisterous songs and cheerful dance in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. Let joy be unfettered and laughter unchained with the Sons of Liberty and Daughters of Freedom.
From April through October, the doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. From November through March the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Visit bostonteapartyship.com for details and tickets.
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 www.fortpointarts.org for more information.
‘Stories from the Soul’
“Stories from the Soul” is an open mic-style storytelling event hosted at HI Boston Community.
These events are held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at HI Boston in the Community Room at 19 Stuart St.
People are invited to share their stories based on a selected theme and learn by hearing others’ stories.
To sign up as a storyteller, email email@example.com.
For more information, visit bostonhostel.org.
‘Hostel Takeover’ improv night
“The Hostel Takeover” is a free night of improv comedy held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Friday of every month.
The event is hosted by My Dinosaur Life and is held at HI Boston Hostel at 19 Stuart St.
For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/MyDinosaurLifeImprov.
“Kusama: Infinity” will be shown on select dates through Mar. 1 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.
The film explores artist Yayoi Kusam’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in American during the 1960s (where she rivaled Any Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international acclaim she has finally achieved within the art world. Now in her 90s, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan.
The “Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama” exhibition will be on view through Feb. 7.
For other information, visit icaboston.org.
BTU homework help
The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays through May 28 at the Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St.
There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).
For more information, visit bpl.org/events.
Little free libraries
Little Free Libraries at Readers Park (School and Washington streets) and 175 Federal Street Plaza are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (weather permitting)
Now through the end of the year, anyone can take a book and leave a book.
Foster Prize Exhibition
The 2019 installment of the biannual James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition highlighting the work of Boston-area artists will be on view through Jan. 5 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.
This intergenerational group of artists works across media including painting, sculpture, film and video to explore questions of place, portraiture and belonging and demonstrates the breath and ecology of contemporary art practices in Boston.
For more information, visit ica.org.
Yoga for adults
Adults of all ages and experience levels are invited to join the weekly yoga class with instructor Gigi at the Chinatown Library, 2 Boylston St from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays (except holidays).
Wear comfortable clothing. Limited mats will be provided or bring your own.
For more information, call 617-807-8176.
Model room tours
The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.
Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.
For more information, visit bostonplans.org.
For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at eventbrite.com.
For groups larger than 15 people email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a tour.
$1 night at museum
Admission to the Boston Children’s Museum at 308 Congress St. is $1 per person every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit bostonchildrenmuseum.org or phone 617-426-6500.
Play with a dinosaur
The first-ever hands-on dinosaur exhibit, Explore•a•Saurus, will be at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., through Dec. 31.
Highlighted by a life-size animatronic Dilophosaurus, Explore•a•Saurus introduces clues that dinosaurs left behind and how those clues are used to tell the stories of these amazing prehistoric animals.
Building a three-dimensional dinosaur bone puzzle is only one of the interactive activities that this event offers.
For more information, visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Learn to speak Chinese (Mandarin) via the Mango Languages group from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 31 at the Chinatown Branch Library at 2 Boylston St.
Mango Languages is an interactive language-learning resource supporting dozens of languages, including Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), English, Hindi and Spanish.
This class is for adults.
Visit bpl.org/events or phone 617-807-8176 for more information.
The “Community Circles” Exhibition will be on view at the Boston Children’s Museum (308 Congress St.) through Dec. 31.
Children and staff from the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) created this community art piece led by artist Chaina Lu.
For more information, visit bcnc.net or bostonchildrensmuseum.org.