As we approach the middle of December, many of our usual responsibilities are slowing down as we prepare for the holidays by lifting our spirits and spending time with our loved ones.
What’s the best way to spread cheer in your house this December? Here is a list of just a few of the performances and social events in Cambridge that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
Holiday Events: The Christmas Revels
The Christmas Revels is an annual celebration of the Winter Solstice in the Welsh tradition, including dance, folktales, rituals, and of course—music! According to their website, The Christmas Revels will be set in a Welsh mining village reminiscent of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by canonical British poet Dylan Thomas.
Attendees should expect “beautiful music, harmoniuos Welsh carols, wild Morris dancing, familiar rounds, at least one dragon, and lots of audience participation.” This event is suitable for all ages, so bring the whole family for an evening of culture and fun.
Christmas in Medieval England
While we’re on the subject of European Christmas, history buffs won’t want to miss the Blue Heron Choir’s Christmas in Medieval England show. Prepare to be transported back in time with authentic songs from the middle ages.
If you’ve been thinking about seeing a medieval choir, you’re in luck—according to its website, Blue Heron puts “the study of original sources in the service of persuasive, vivid, and exciting concert presentations” and “is now established as the finest of its type in North America.”
In other words, the best of the best is right here in Cambridge.
Holiday Events: Harvard Square Holiday Fairs
Since 1989, the Harvard Square Holiday Fairs have brought Cantabridgians together to enjoy fine crafts and hand-made gifts. The website perfectly describes it as “not your average craft fair—it’s more like a party where you can buy stuff!”
Crafts come from New Englanders and global vendors alike. The fair is the place to be if you’re interested in handmade soap, kitchenware, art, pottery, needlework, candles, or just anything that can’t be bought in the store.
From the 18th to the 23rd, the fair will be held at St. Paul’s Church at 29 Mt. Auburn St. which is only a short distance from the Harvard Square MBTA stop. It is open on weekdays from 11:30am – 7pm, Saturdays from 10am – 7pm, and Sundays from noon to 6pm.
Harvard Square Latke Party
The “Everyone Loves Latkes” Party is back in Harvard Square for its 9th annual celebration of the beloved Jewish food. Harvard
Square’s restaurants come together to show off their tastiest, prettiest, and fanciest latkes in a Hanukkah celebration for all ages and faiths.
Bring the whole family and let someone else do the cooking for a change. The Harvard Square Business Association is responsible for this fun, free, and absolutely delectable event.
The “Everyone Loves Latkes” Party will be held on Brattle Plaza in front of Hidden Sweets on Saturday, December 20th from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. This location is only a short walk from the Harvard Square T stop.
You don’t need to go far to find holiday cheer in Cambridge. Events cover every price range, age, and religion, so pay a visit to Harvard Square this weekend to remember what December is all about.
– Elise Grenier, Content Editor