The Christmas and Hanukah seasons may dominate when it comes to December happenings in Boston, but the calendar is also jam-packed with other events as well. Here are some highlights of a very busy calendar.
Christmas Events in Boston
All month long.
The holiday season is here, with a slew of events to attend and enjoy.
Official Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec. 1, 2011, 6-8 p.m., Free
The city's official holiday tree is lit in a popular ceremony. Also broadcast live on WCVB-TV (beginning at 7 p.m.)
Dec. 2-24, 2011, $25
Perhaps not as classic as the show its name derives from, the "Slutcracker," is a naughty re-telling of the Nutcracker at Somerville Theater. You'll want to leave the kids at home for this one.
Dec. 6-26, 2011, $34-$127
Symphony Hall bursts into the spirit of the season when the Boston Pops presents its annual month-long treat, playing beloved Christmas tunes. Find out which special guests – besides Santa – will be appearing at www.bso.com
Santa Speedo Run
Dec. 10, 2011, 1 p.m.
Just your typical Saturday in Boston - hundreds of people dressed in nothing but Speedos and Santa hats running through the streets of the Back Bay to benefit charity. Registration for this year's run has reached capacity. Viewing areas are abundant.
Tea Party Reenactment
Dec. 11, 2011, 5:30 p.m., $9
Take on the role of a Patriot or a Loyalist at the Old South Meeting House in this annual reenactment of the most pivotal event during the American Revolution.
Dec. 17 (4 p.m.) and 20 (4 and 7 p.m.), 2011
You'll have to arrive early to snag a good spot, but this event (suggested donation, $10) at Trinity Church is sure to leave you humming in the spirit of the season. The earlier event is a fund-raiser for the Candlelight Carols Benefit, and tickets come in tiers of $35, $65, and $100. Childcare for children 4 years old and younger will be available by reservation. Doors open one hour before show time.
Mighty Mighty Bosstones Hometown Throwdown
Dec. 28-30, 2011, $25-$35
The hometown rockers throw their 14th annual end-of-year event at the House of Blues.
First Night Boston
Dec. 31, 2011, $15, plus $3 shipping
The annual New Year's Eve tradition features a full day and night of family-themed events. Your purchased button will allow entry in all events.