*Festival of Trees at Elm Bank Reservation. Check out themed holiday trees and fancy gingerbread houses, plus catch a train ride around Elm Bank’s grounds. Viewing Days: Nov. 23 thru Dec. 10 (open Thanksgiving Day) Hours: weekends and the day after Thanksgiving: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Other days: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Train rides are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (except Thanksgiving) Special note: On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Festival will close at 7 p.m in order to notify the tree lottery winners. General Admission: $8 for Adults, Children under 12 FREE! Children age 14 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. More info from MassHort.
*Dec. 3, Linden Square Holiday Celebration. 2-4pm in Linden Square. Santa, Rudolph and Snowman from 2-330pm, Kathy McCrohan Dance Center Nutcracker Solist Performance at 2:15pm, Holiday Caroling by Wellesley Middle School Community Chorus at 3:30pm. Check here for more info and rain location.
*Dec. 3. Trees & Trimmings. Saint John School, 9 Ledyard Street, Wellesley. Annual holiday market will be filled with everything you need for Christmas: freshly cut trees, custom decorated wreaths, boxwoods and roping, homemade baked goods, kids’ crafts and a toy raffle. 9am-5pm.
*Dec. 4. Wellesley Holiday Stroll. From noon-6pm in Wellesley Square. Merchants will join forces to decorate the square, offer sales and sponsor a drawing for more than $1,000 in gift certificates (you’ll need to get a card stamped by 10 retailers to enter). Carolers, refreshments, author signings, and yes, Santa, will be part of the activities.
*Dec. 4. 5th Annual Luminary Night. Homes throughout Wellesley will light luminary candles and place them along driveways and sidewalks in a non-denominational celebration of the season. Proceeds will directly benefit the WHJWC’s Charitable Giving program. Luminary kits can be purchased online at www.whjwc.org. Luminary kits are sold for $20 each and include materials to create ten luminaries. Complete with instructions, kits will be delivered to your home during the week of Nov. 28.
*Dec. 8. Sprague Cookie Walk. Come peruse the wide variety of culinary delights laid out by Sprague Elementary School parents at Sprague’s yummiest fundraiser. Shop for your holiday gift baskets, or pick up some delicious treats for yourself! Younger children can enjoy interactive music and dancing performances on the Sprague Gym stage while you shop. 2:30-4:30pm.
*Dec. 9-11. Boy Scout Tree Sale. Shop for trees, wreaths, roping and holiday greens. Dec. 9, 5-8pm, Dec. 10, 8am-8pm, Dec. 11, 10am-4pm. 888 Worcester St./Rte. 9 next to St. James the Great Church. More info on Boy Scouts.
*Dec. 11. Holiday Pops. Wellesley Symphony Orchestra concert. Sleigh rides from England, Russia, Brazil & America plus a New England Sleighride by Robert Way and Symphonic Sleighride by Greg Rice (World Première). Popular soprano, Emily Browder Melville, will join us in many holiday favorites. Our traditional and popular audience sing-along, the WSO “Two Front Teeth” contest winner, a visit from Santa, and the kids get to conduct the orchestra
Tickets may be purchased in advance at: Walgreens (266 Washington St, Wellesley) ; Wellesley Books (82 Central St, Wellesley) or at the Box Office on the day of the concert. Ticket prices: Adult – $25; Senior/Student – $20; Free admission for children under 12.
Dec. 24. Christmas pageant. 7pm at Wellesley Congregational Church (Village Church), Wellesley Square
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