As of today, December 2nd, we are officially in holiday mode and we’ve got enough awesome events to carry you right through finals week! We could go on for ages, but here are twelve of the best things to do this December out and about in Beantown:
1.Christmas Tree Lighting at Boston Common – December 4
The gorgeous Boston Common is lit up each year by a massive Christmas tree donated by the people of Nova Scotia. This Friday, Mayor Marty Walsh will host the official ceremony, complete with fireworks, music, and plenty of holiday revelry. The ceremony beings at 6 pm, although food vendors and performers will be out all afternoon.
2. The Yule Ball – December 5th
Grab your finest dress robes and pretend you go to Hogwarts for a night at NU Ballroom Dance Club’s annual Yule Ball! Free waltz lessons will be followed by dancing and a showcase from NUBDC’s finest. The first 60 in line get a Harry Potter scarf! Waltz lessons are from 8:30 to 9:30, and the rest of the festivities continue until 11 pm. Dress is semi-formal, although Harry Potter themed attire is enthusiastically encouraged!
3. The Nutcracker at the Boston Ballet – Through December 31st
This classic holiday spectacular is brought to life by the Boston Ballet, choreographed by world-renowned artist Mikko Nissinen. Go for the gorgeously opulent costumes and some of the world’s best ballet dancers performing to Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky’s epic music. There are near-daily showings throughout December with tickets starting at $45.
4. 8 Nights, 8 Windows – December 6th through 14th
In windows across Boston, artists have come together to share their stories about celebrations of Hanukkah. The 8 interactive art installations will be open from December 6th through 14th and will include performances and discussions. Routes can be found here: http://www.8nights8windows.com/
5. Winter Wonderland – December 7th
Sponsored by Sigma Pi Epsilon and Student Affairs, December 7th will see the Library Quad turned into a true winter wonderland. There will be hot cocoa and cider, a gingerbread house decoration competition, personalized snow globes, and plenty of awesome music. Best of all, Frosty the Snowman himself will be there!
6. The Shamash Event at the MFA – December 9th
The Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate Hanukkah with an awesome display of art, poetry, music, and faith on the evening of December 9th from 5 to 9:45 pm. In addition to a community candle lighting, there will be a spotlight talk on Judaica in the museum, as well as performances by Two-Shekel Swing and Klezwoods. Selections from the Boston Jewish Film Festival will also be shown at 6:30 pm. Head across Huntington to celebrate the festival of lights!
7. Gingerbread Construction Contest – December 10th
A Northeastern favorite, don’t miss out on building and decorating your own gingerbread house for the chance to win some pretty impressive cash prizes! The contest always fills up fast, so make sure to register with NU Dining for your name to be entered to compete. Sign ups close December 4th and can be found here: http://www.nudining.com/events/2015/11/15th-annual-gingerbread-construction-contest
8. Pitchmas Classics – December 11th
Pitch Please, one of Northeastern’s very fabulous acapella groups, is hosting its first winter showcase in Blackman Auditorium at 8pm. They’ll be joined by The Nor’easters, as well as acapella groups from Tufts, BU, and Cambridge Ringe and Latin School. They promise plenty of holiday favorites as well as a few surprises! Get tickets on myNEU.
9. NUDANCO 13th Annual Winter Showcase – December 12th
The 12th annual Northeastern University Dance Company spectacular kicks off at 3 pm in Blackman Auditorium. It’s free and promises to be very jolly! Get your tickets on myNEU.
10. Signs of the Season
The Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service has a ton of awesome events throughout December to get you in the holiday spirit! Look no further for all religious celebrations being held on campus this holiday season.
11. Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa
Celebrate Kwanzaa a bit early this year with Origination Cultural Arts Center’s production of Tafuta!, a story of the search for the true meaning of Kwanzaa. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from campus at Roxbury Community College on Columbus Avenue! Get your tickets online and use the promo code TAFUTA2015 to get an extra 20% off! More info and ticket purchases here: http://www.originationinc.org/
12. Winter Showdown
Northeastern’s athletic event of the year will take place at historic Matthews Arena on Dec. 18 and 19, when the Huskies battle the Michigan State Spartans in the Winter Showdown. Get tickets to all three showdowns on myNEU! On Saturday the 19th, you can hang out between games in the Indoor Quad from 3 to 6 pm; there’ll be plenty of free food, a bar for 21+, lots of games and face painting with Paws! #StayforState