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Somerville 2012 Holiday Dates to Know

Learn about Somerville's Illumination Tour, tree lighting, visit from Santa Claus and array of holiday markets.

Here are some key dates to remember if you're hoping to celebrate the holiday season in Somerville.

If you've got a great event not listed here, leave a comment and email chris.orchard@patch.com.

Now (since Nov. 27): Illuminations Tour trolley tickets on sale at Blue Cloud Gallery in Ball Square. Visit www.somervilleartscouncil.org. for more information.

Nov. 29: The Next Wave and Full Circle tree lot opens in Foss Park. When you buy your tree there, you support the Next Wave and Full Circle schools, which teach Somerville students with special academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs. The tree sale continues until Dec. 19.

Dec. 1: Winter Craft Market in Union Square, organized by Union Square Main Streets.

Dec. 1 and 2: Davis Flea Holiday Market in Union Square.

Dec. 2: "Local is for Lovers" holiday market, organized by Somerville Local First, at The Center for Arts at the Armory.

Dec. 1 and 2: Tons of markets and open studios. Basically, this whole weekend is full of markets and events. It's a good weekend to celebrate in Somerville (and convince your friends and family to visit). Union Square Main Streets has compiled this great list of all that's happening.

Dec. 6: Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah lighting at Somerville City Hall, followed by a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus. Music will be provided by the high school band and the El Sistema music program. It starts at 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 6:  DARBI's—Davis Area Resident/Business Initiative—"Midnight Madness: An Amazing Shopping Extravaganza."

Dec. 8 and 9: Davis Flea Holiday Market in Union Square.

Dec. 15: Illuminations Tour. According to a description from the city of Somerville, "The 45-minute tours will showcase holiday light displays in our own Somerville. Tours leave from (and return to) Somerville City Hall where coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies are served. Entertainment at City Hall includes choral music, courtesy of the Somerville Community Chorus and craft activities for children." Tours begin at 4:30 p.m.

AHM November 29, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Are these not Holiday Trees now?
Chris Orchard (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I think you're right that in some places they're called "holiday" trees, but the Somerville's website says it the "annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony," so I went with "Christmas." (http://www.somervillema.gov/alerts/2012-holiday-events) The city is also lighting a menorah, and I don't think people would call it a "holiday" menorah, so maybe they're just letting each tradition keep its own name. Or, maybe the city has been reading Somerville Patch blogger Brian McCarthy (http://somerville.patch.com/blog_posts/merry-christmas-b1370158), whose views are his own and not necessarily the views of Somerville Patch.
Matt C November 29, 2012 at 07:49 PM
good one!
Dan Buchman November 30, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I get "Happy Holidays", I don't agree, but I understand. However, only one celebration uses a tree and that is CHRISTMAS. It is a CHRISTMAS tree not a holiday tree. I hope the cities and towns that are lighting "holiday" trees are also lighting a "holiday" display of 8 candles for Channuka
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