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December 2, 2013 
In The News

Bridge Over Troubled Waters
, "BOTW Opens Overnight Warming Center, Seeking Funds To Cover Shelter Costs," 12/2/13

Boston Globe, "Beacon Hill Synagogue Descendants Honor Their Heritage," 12/1/13

Boston Globe, "Downtown Macy's Holiday Tree Lighting Draws A Crowd," 11/30/13

Boston Globe
, "Mayor Menino Touches Hearts At St. Francis House Thanksgiving Event," 11/29/13

CBS Boston, "Mayor-Elect Walsh Lights Menorah In Downtown Crossing," 11/27/13

This Week's Featured Calendar Events 
Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker" Returns To Downtown

One of downtown's most cherished holiday traditions--the Boston Ballet's "Nutcracker"--is back at the Boston Opera House now through Sunday, December 29th.

Visit here for tickets to the timeless classic, which features sets and costumes by Robert Perdziola
"Five Teas That Brewed A Revolution" At Old South Meeting House

To colonial Bostonians, tea was the luxury item--it signaled their participation in a sophisticated global culture. Bostonians' obsession with tea goes a long way toward explaining the legendary Boston Tea Party protest of 1773.

This Thursday, December 5, at Old South Meeting House, join tea historian Bruce Richardson as he shares the history of Boston's "love affair" with tea and previews his new book, "A Social History Of Tea." Admission is free for members, $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/college students.
Meetings & Notices
Liberty Tree Park Community Info Session

Boston Parks & Recreation is about to launch a renovation of historic Liberty Tree Park, at the southwest corner of Boylston & Washington St (shown below).

Parks & Recreation is hosting an info session
at 885 Washington St. on Wednesday, December 4th, at 6:30 pm, to discuss the project. Officials will give a briefing on the project and solicit feedback from the community. Call 617-961-3035 for more info.
"Home For The Holidays": Parkman House Fundraiser

FamilyAid Boston, which works to provide shelter for Massachusetts families who are homeless, is hosting a fundraiser honoring Mayor Thomas M. Menino for his work on behalf of the homeless.

The event takes place Wednesday, December 11th, at 5 pm, at the Parkman House. Contact for more info.
Boston Public Schools Open House Schedule

Public schools in neighborhoods near downtown--Charlestown, Chinatown, North End, South End--host open houses starting Tuesday, December 3rd. Visit here for a complete listing of upcoming open houses, along with lots of additional information regarding public schools in Boston.
Internships Available

The Downtown Boston BID is seeking interested students to help out with a variety of projects. Please send cover letters and resumes to
BID Ambassador Services

  • Cleaning and powerwashing in downtown.
  • Providing walking escorts 24 hours/day: contact 617-261-0066 to arrange. 
  • Friendly, welcoming downtown presence: helping visitors with directions, notifying fire & police personnel of incidents, and more. 
  • Downtown beautification and capital improvement initiatives.
  • Summer arts & music shows.
  • contact for more.
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Featured Story
Meet Me At The Tent: Holiday Market Now Open!

The fifth-annual Downtown Boston Holiday Market has taken the stage on Summer Street Plaza!


Featuring more than a dozen artisan vendors--who rotate weekly--the Holiday Market Tent is open Mondays-Saturdays, 11 am-7 am, and Sundays, 11 am-5 pm, through Saturday, December 28th (closed Christmas Day). Visit here for the vendor directory.

Alex Bourgeois (above), owner of Alex's Ugly Sauce, is just one of this week's fabulous artisan vendors. Specializing in all-natural, small-batch hot sauces, he's offering same-day shipping on all purchases! Head to the Holiday Market Tent anytime through Saturday to visit Alex and this week's vendors.

Along with the vendors, this year's Downtown Boston Holiday Market features:
  • Appearances by Santa on Summer Street, across from the Holiday Market Tent, daily from 12-2 pm (with additional appearances on Saturdays & Sundays from 3-4 pm) through December 23rd.   
  • Performances by the Downtown Boston Brass strolling quartet, which plays throughout downtown daily, from 12-2 pm, through December 23rd.   
  • Performances by the Berklee College Twilight Carolers (above) who sing throughout downtown daily, from 12-2 pm, through December 20th.   

Visit here for the complete Downtown Boston Holiday Market performance schedule.     

Deals & Promotions
Macy's "Friends & Family" Almost Here
Don't forget to take advantage of Macy's "Friends & Family" sale, which runs from Wednesday, December 4th, through Monday, December 9th. The sale features an extra 25% discount on Hugo Boss, Cole Haan, and many other designer brands.

The "Friends & Family" reserve period extends through Tuesday, December 3rd; please call 617-357-3000 for more info. 
DePrisco Celebrates 65th Anniversary
With Holiday Special

DePrisco's holiday season is especially sweet this year, as the downtown jeweler celebrates its 65th anniversary with a $65 coupon discount on all sales over $200. Please visit here to access the offer.

Holiday Parking Deals In Downtown

Holiday shopping in downtown is cheaper than usual for motorists, thanks to a variety of parking deals. The City of Boston is again offering two hours of free parking every Saturday at City parking meters, through December 28th. Visit here for details.

Pi Alley Garage also offers a prepaid holiday parking discount that runs for as low as $8/day. Please use the code HOL13 when accessing the discount
Arts, Entertainment & Events
Boston Common Tree Lighting On Thursday

Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the City of Boston continue their storied partnership with the annual Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting, which takes place this Thursday, December 5th, at 6 pm.

Halifax has been donating a holiday tree to Boston for over 40 years, in commemoration of the assistance Boston gave to the city following a disastrous explosion there in 1917. Visit here for the ceremony's schedule of events.
Putting On The Ritz-Carlton's Holiday Celebrations

The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common welcomes the holiday season with a wide variety of seasonal treats!

Visit here to check out the hotel's holiday events calendar. Highlights include the Nutcracker Breakfast With Mrs. Claus, Sugar Plum Fairy Tea, and the Hot Cocoa Bar. The Ritz is also offering a special "Nutcracker Suite Package" through Sunday, December 29th. Contact 617-574-7100 for more info.
Holiday Soiree At GEM Lounge

GEM celebrates the season with an "Eat. Drink. Shop." Holiday Soiree this Sunday, December 8th!

Head to the Province St. nightclub/lounge at 2 pm on Sunday to enjoy cupcakes, champagne, mini makeovers and waxes, and a clothing/jewelry showcase. The first 50 guests will receive free gift bags! Please RSVP to by this Friday, December 6th.
Artists Crossing's Re-Opening Party
Artists Crossing has relocated to the heart of Downtown Crossing--and is ready to celebrate with a re-opening party this Friday, December 6th!


The co-op gallery is now located at 431 Washington St., between E.B. Horn and the Corner Mall's Bath & Body Works. Come check out the new space and mingle with the artists on Friday starting at 5 pm. Contact to RSVP.