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Fun Ways to Get into the Holiday Spirit in Medford- Updated

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Now that Medford has officially kicked off the holiday season with the annual lighting of City Hall and Holiday Glow event, here are some more ways to celebrate the season locally:

Frosty the Snowman Holiday Lighting
Friday, December 1
5:30 pm, Hormel Stadium, 90 Locust Street
Free hot cocoa and community skating 6-7 pm at nearby LoConte Rink

Jingle Bell Festival
Friday, December 1- Holiday Tree Display and raffle, 10 am to 7 pm, Medford City Hall
Saturday, December 2- Holiday House Tour, 4 pm, followed by cocktail and buffet reception
Sunday, December 3- Holiday House Tour, 12 pm, followed by a pastry reception
Tour tickets $50
For more information, call 781-475-2162 or email

Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
Saturday, December 2
9:30 am to 3 pm, Medford Public Library, 111 High Street
Stretch your holiday shopping dollars by purchasing your gift books and other items at the Friends of the Medford Public Library’s Winter Holiday Book Sale. This mini-sale features gift-quality books in all subject areas and an extensive assortment of holiday specific books and other gift items. Most of these books are from the Friends’ specially priced area and are in “like new” condition! Plus, the entire children’s book area will be open.

Holiday Artistry of Wine
Wednesday, December 6
6 to 8:30 pm, Atlas Liquors, 156 Mystic Avenue
The first Artistry of Wine event in March was so much fun, CACHE in Medford, Medford Arts Center, Inc. and Atlas Liquors are doing it again — just in time to help you to stock up on holiday gifts!

This event will feature samples of hand-picked wines and fine crafts made by local artisans. Stroll through the recently renovated store enjoying a selection of fine wines chosen by the staff of Atlas Liquors, a family-run institution in Medford since the 1930s. Meet the artists and purchase their works, including Rita Dioguardi’s multi-media collages; Arielle Mossberg’s ceramics; Sarah Beardslee’s hand-crafted jewelry and beaded gifts; Clair Ghiloni’s photography; Susan Altman’s mosaics; Rose Lambias’s paintings; Celia Lee’s jewelry; Ruth Youngblood’s handmade cards; and Sat Dhyan Kaur’s cards and prints.

Learn about CACHE’s programs and pick up a free, handmade holiday ornament. Buy a raffle ticket to win a sock monkey quilt made by Betty Sue Clarke, with proceeds to benefit the Mystic Makerspace at the Medford Public Library (the raffle drawing will be at 8 p.m.). And take a tour of MACI’s MARV, the Medford Arts Resource Vehicle.

James Pierpont in Medford
Friday, December 8
7 to 9 pm, Medford Historical Society, 10 Governors Avenue
Kyna Hamill, a reference volunteer at the Medford Historical Society & Museum and faculty member at Boston University, will speak on James Lord Pierpont (1822-93), the man who wrote “Jingle Bells.” Learn about his connections to Medford when he (sometimes) lived at his father’s house on Mystic Street between 1849 and 1857, his travels to California and Savannah, and how the minstrel halls of Boston taught him how to write one of the most popular American Christmas carols. Holiday refreshments and conversation to follow. MHSM members, guests, and those interested in Medford history are welcome. Donations to MHSM are appreciated.

Holiday Cookie Walk
Saturday, December 9
11 am to 2 pm, Sanctuary United Church of Christ, 458 High Street
Over 15 varieties of your favorite delicious, homemade holiday cookies! Pick up a plate and walk along the beautiful displays choosing your favorites cookies! Cookie plates make a great gift for your family, neighbors, friends or co-workers…or your mail carrier! Cookies are $15/lb with all proceeds going to the Lakota YouthStay program to support a homestay program in Medford for Native American youth from South Dakota. Stop by, pick up some yummy cookies and support a great program!

Royall House Holiday Shopping Day
Saturday, December 9
12 to 2pm, Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George Street
The Royall House & Slave Quarters holds its annual Holiday Shopping Day. Shop for handcrafted items including organic soaps, tumbled shard brooches, hand-dipped beeswax candles, and eighteenth-century games, toys, and crafts. Museum- and Medford-themed books, note cards, postcards, bookmarks, and magnets make perfect gifts for current and former residents. An assortment of fiction and nonfiction for adults and children – with several titles autographed by their authors –will appeal to history lovers of any age.

All proceeds support the work of the Royall House & Slave Quarters.

Christmas Tree Lighting Party
Saturday, December 9
2 to 4 pm, East Cambridge Savings Bank, 9 Playstead Road
There will be music, hot chocolate, and treats!
Hosted by the West Medford Business Committee of the Medford Chamber of Commerce

Holiday Gallery Party
Saturday, December 9
7 to 11 pm, Jerome Street Studios, 128 Jerome Street
Catering provided by Tanya the Homestyle Gourmet
Good friends, tasty food, fizzy drinks, loud music and fine art!
What more do you need?
Participating artists include:
Sheila Corkery, Tanya Howard, KT Lane, Earl Howard, Stephanie Todhunter, Amantha Tsaros, Cory Shea, Munro Market, Kirsti Barrows, Marcus Howard

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi
Monday, December 11
7:30 pm, Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, 20 Talbot Ave.
Tufts University invites you to come join a night of holiday cheer, nostalgia, and music! Tufts students Aidan Scrimgeour, piano, Matt Estabrook, bass, and Jackson Fulk-Logon, drums, will play the entirety of the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s album “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Admission to this event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10 to Operation Warm, which provides new coats for children in need. Donations can be made in the lobby of Distler Hall.

Holiday Social and Toy Drive
Wednesday, December 13
6-8 pm, Real Gusto, 24 High Street
As a way to thank the community for another successful year of collaboration and partnership benefiting Medford, we’re hosting this gathering offering complimentary appetizers and a cash bar featuring festive cocktails. Most importantly, we are collaborating with the Medford Family Network to do a Toy & Gift Drive benefiting Medford families in need, so please plan to bring something to donate!

Guidelines and Ideas for MFN Gift Drive:
* All Gifts should be UNWRAPPED
* New Toys, Books, Activities for Kids of All Ages
* Gift Cards to Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, Marshall’s, Target, Market Basket always appreciated
* New Toiletries welcome, including shampoo, baby lotion, baby wipes, body wash, deodorant, etc.

Special Evening of Caroling with the Medford Public Library
Wednesday, December 13
6:30 pm, Medford Public Library, 111 High Street
Refreshments will immediately follow the caroling

Book Talk: Christmas Traditions in Boston
Tuesday, December 19
7:00 pm, Medford Public Library, 111 High Street

The Medford Public Library welcomes author Anthony M. Sammarco to talk about his newest book, “Christmas Traditions in Boston.”

In 1659, the Massachusetts Bay Colony banned by law the celebration of Christmas, and it would not be until 1856 that Christmas Day became a state holiday in Massachusetts. In his book, Sammarco outlines the celebration (or lack thereof) of Christmas in the first two centuries after the town was settled in 1630. In this talk, Sammarco will tell tales of Christmas past from the first Boston Christmas trees to the Enchanted Village at Jordan Marsh to the lights on Boston Common.

Sammarco is a noted historian and author of 60 books on the history and development of Boston. He lectures widely on the history and development of his native city.

New Year’s Eve With Gary Gulman
8:00 pm, Chevalier Theater, 30 Forest Street

Gary Gulman is a stand-up comedian who lives in New York City. Originally from Boston, Gulman has been a scholarship college football player, an accountant, a barista, a doorman, a waiter and a high school teacher. Now he is one of the most popular touring comics and one of only a handful of comedians to perform on every late-night comedy program. Gulman has made three TV specials, three albums, and marked his 20-year anniversary in stand-up with the “It’s About Time Tour,” selling out theaters throughout the country.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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