Here’s a round-up of upcoming holiday events in Wellesley. Feel free to let us know of other activities.
But first….where to worship in Wellesley.
Friday, November 23 and Weekends : 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Other days: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
On Saturday, December 8, the Festival will close at 6 p.m. in order to notify the tree winners.
$8 for Adults, Children under 12 FREE!
Children ages 14 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
The Gardens at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
More info: http://www.masshort.org/Festival-of-Trees
Dec. 1, 1-4pm: Start the Holiday Season in Linden Square
Welcome in the holidays at Linden Square with an afternoon full of festivities including a visit with Santa, along with his pals Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph. Hosted in the Linden Square Courtyard, families can enjoy snacking on holiday sweet treats like sugar cookies, mini cupcakes, and hot chocolate. Courtyard performances will include the LINX Dance Team and caroling by the Wellesley Middle School. And what would the holidays be without doing a good deed? Support the Wellesley Food Bank just by dropping off non-perishable food items and personal products at the Courtyard. See list at ShopLindenSquare.com. All are welcome to attend this free event and are encouraged to bring their own camera for photos with Santa. In case of rain, the event will be held at LX Sports. 1:00PM – 4:00PM: Wellesley Food Bank drop-off times; 2:00PM: Meet Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph plus yummy Holiday treats and crafts; 3:00-4:00PM: Wellesley Middle School caroling & The LINX Dance Team Performance.
Dec. 2, 12pm-6pm: Wellesley Holiday Stroll
Special shopping deals (including scavenger hunt) in Wellesley Square, Santa at 13 Central St., from 1-3pm, Frosty and Rudolph will be doing meet-and-greets from 2-4pm, Tree Lighting at 5pm in Central Square, near Wellesley Post Office.
Dec. 2, 7:30-830pm: Christmas Vespers concert
Come hear the Wellesley College Choir and experience a musical performance that ranges from Renaissance music to present-day delights. No tickets are necessary. The event is free to the public. Location: Houghton Chapel Upper Chapel, Wellesley College
Dec. 7-9, Boy Scout Troop 185 Tree Sale
Saint John School’s 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. 9 Ledyard Rd.
Dec. 8, 9am-noon (or until sold out): Cookie sale
At Christ Church, United Methodist at 2 Brook St. In addition to cookies: breads, crafts, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Victorian carolers
Dec. 9, 10am-noon: Village Church Alternative Christmas Fair
The Fair accomplishes two goals simultaneously: it allows you to purchase meaningful gifts for the special people on your Christmas gift list AND it helps worthwhile organizations that are doing so much good in the world. Click here for the Shopping List and descriptions of organizations participating this year.
Dec. 9, 2-3:30pm: Holiday Concert– Solstice Sackbuts (Wellesley Free Library)
During the Renaissance and Baroque Eras, the trombone was known as the sackbut. David Lindsey, Leslie Havens and Alan Johnson are The Solstice Sackbuts, a chamber trio of trombonists. Join them on a tour through the centuries as they perform medieval and Renaissance pieces, traditional holiday music from around the world, and secular pop favorites. Free and open to the public.
Dec. 9, 2:15-415: Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops @ MassBay Community College
Soprano Nancy Hoffmann Gerber, singing many of her husband Stephen Gerber’s songs from Suddenly Christmas Eve and other holiday favorites. Traditional family holiday concert and sing-along; Winner of the WSO “Two Front Teeth” contest; a visit from Santa; and kids have a chance to conduct the orchestra. Pre-concert talk at 2:15, concert itself starts at 3pm.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at Walgreens (266 Washington St, Wellesley) or Wellesley Books (82 Central St, Wellesley), or at the Box Office on the day of the concert. Ticket prices for 2012 – 2013 season Adult – $25 - - Senior/Student – $20
Free admission for children under 12.
Dec. 9, 5pm til…: An Advent Service of Lessons and Carols
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
79 Denton Road, Wellesley
The Parish Choir singing under the direction of Helen Ward Mannix. Music by Orlando Gibbons, Elizabeth Poston, Pierre Villette, Carson Cooman, James Woodman, and Advent Carols.
All are invited to a Candlelight Reception in the Parish Hall afterwards.
Luminary Night offers Wellesley neighbors a chance to “Share the Light” by purchasing luminary kits and displaying them on Dec. 9. Luminary kits include materials to create 10 luminaries – tea lights glowing within white paper bags – that line sidewalks, walkways and driveways, creating a beautiful, soft light during the darkest time of year. Luminary kits can be purchased online. http://www.whjwc.org/content/luminary.asp
Dec. 13, 230-5pm: Sprague Elementary School Cookie Walk
Homemade holiday cookies for sale at Sprague Elementary School
Dec. 16, 3:30-4:30pm: Free kids’ concert at Magic Beans in Linden Square.
Kidville’s Rockin’ Railroad performs. A 4-person rockin’ crew and “conductor” take kids on a musical journey from Kidville Station to Instrumentville and Grandma’s house. Previews a class at Kidville, a business opening at 34 Central St., in Wellesley Square.
Dec. 24, Elmwood Road Luminary Night.
Elmwood Road residents are encouraged to light up luminaries at their homes on Christmas Eve. Contact Amelia Willcox for more info.