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Rockin’ around the tree
Faneuil Hall Marketplace will host “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” fundraisers from noon to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, 16 and 23.
DJ Kenny Young from WZLX-FM will be on site to collect toys for “10,000 Toys for Girls and Boys” to benefit Boston area Toys for Tots.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be entertainment by the Greater Boston School of Dance, Life of the Party, Catching Arrows and the Red Guard. Kids can take a selfie with Santa. Toy bins will be set up for donations to the New England Patriots Toy Drive.
Visit www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com for more details.
Old North concert
The annual Christmas concert at Old North Church will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the church, 193 Salem St.
The community is invited to join the choir and orchestra and the Longy School of Music’s Women’s Choir for a special Christmas concert featuring the Ceremony of Carols and “Missa Nativitatis Domini.”
A $10 offering at the door is suggested.
For more information, call 617-523-6679 or visit www.oldnorth.com.
The North End Music and Performing Arts Center and the Eureka Ensemble Orchestra will celebrate the holiday season with a performance of Handel’s “Messiah (Part 1)” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at St. Stephen’s Church, 401 Hanover St.
The production will feature the Boston Landmarks Orchestra One City Choir, NEMPAC Holiday Orchestra with Eureka Musicians and soloists and the St. John School Honor Choir. Soloists are soprano Emily Tweedy, alto Nataly Wickham, tenor Ethan DePuy and bass Junhan Choi.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Visit www.nempacboston.org or call 617-227-2270 for further information and to reserve free tickets.
The St. John School Christmas Carolers will host a caroling program from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at St. Stephen’s Church, 401 Hanover St.
The carolers will share some Christmas cheer in the North End community along with members of the North End Music and Performing Arts Center.
Visit www.sjsne.com or call 617-227-3143 for more information.
Toys for Tots party
Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty will is hosting its 18th annual Toys for Tots toy drive at its offices at 350 Commercial St.
Unwrapped, non-violent gifts for children can be dropped off at any time before Dec. 15, when Marines will collect the toys.
The office will also host its traditional cocktail party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14 with drinks, food and musical entertainment. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child under the age of 14.
For more information, phone 617-227-1000.
Classic Christmas movie
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will screen the classic Christmas movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15.
Starring James Stewart and directed by Frank Capra, the bittersweet comedy/drama follows banker George Bailey, who facing financial ruin, wishes he were never born, until Angel Clarence shows him how many lives in Bedford Falls he has touched and how dismal the town is without him.
Admission is free.
Call 617-227-8135 for further details.
Candy Land tournament
The Pitching in for Kids Foundation will sponsor the 13th annual benefit Candy Land tournament for children from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 16 in the Quincy Market Building, upper rotunda of Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
A children’s snack buffet, local entertainment, arts and crafts and Candy Land games will be available. Every child will receive a toy or game from Hasbro. Admission is $10 per person and children under 3 are admitted for free. Tickets are purchased at the door.
Pitching in for Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for hospitalized children and their families in New England.
Further information can be found at www.pitchinginforkids.org or 617-367-3322.
The 28th annual “El Jolgorio Navideño” celebration will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St.
El Jolgorio Navideño preserves the Puerto Rican Christmas traditions of sharing of gifts, food and dance, while raising funds for literacy and cultural programs for Latino youth.
The festivities will include Puerto Rican traditional music, art exhibits, entertainment, traditional foods and dancing. Dinner will be served from 8 to 10 p.m.
The evening will feature Jorge Arce y Raiz de Plena performing Puerto Rican plena music and original music by Arce. Special guest Paquito Guzman, one of the world’s leading exponents of romantic salsa, will also perform. Jose Masso will be this year’s honoree.
Formal dress is required. Proceeds will support UMass Boston’s TAG Latino Program, the only Latino-focused mentoring program in Boston, and relief aid to Puerto Rico
Further information is available by calling 617-564-0787 or at www.eljolgorio.org.
North End Christmas
The St. Leonard’s Choral Society will present its annual Christmas concert from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Sacred Heart Church, 10 North Square.
Joining the choral society will be the North End Chamber Orchestra. Musical selections will range from Handel to “Silent Night” and Gusu Bambino.”
A reception with coffee and dolci will follow the concert. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Tickets are available at the St. Leonard Parish office, 12 North Square, online at http://saintleonard.weebly.com or by calling 617-523-2110.
Re/Max at 169 Salem St. will host a children’s party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17.
Kids can make their own gingerbread houses and enjoy holiday treats.
RSVP is encouraged, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Re/Max is collecting toys for Toys for Tots through Dec. 13. Call 617-227-2002 for more information.
The North Bennet Street School, 150 North St., will host “Heroic Works: Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2017” exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, now through Dec. 22.
The theme of this exciting exhibition is “Myths, Heroes and Legends” and it features work by professional, amateur and student bookbinders from all over the world. This special showing at NBSS will feature all 28 prizewinners, along with eight additional bookbinders from the U.S.
The exhibition is produced in association with Mark Getty and the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, Great Britain.
Admission is free. Further information can be found at www.nbss.edu or by calling 617-227-0155.
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., is displaying “The Double Life of Elizabeth Bishop” now to Dec. 30.
“The Double Life of Elizabeth Bishop” features Lucienne Bartfield’s pencil portraits of American poets. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.
Call 617-227-8135 for further details.