December 6 - December 22
Emerson Paramount Theatre
Why? Because the annual staging of Langston Hughes’ nativity retelling always sells out, and sells out quickly. The National Center of Afro-American Artists puts on a performance that melds scripture, music, dance, and Hughes’s poetry.
Cost: Tickets start at $35.
Get your IG filters ready. Cheer on hundreds upon hundreds of joggers as they take over the streets of Back Bay sporting little more than red hats and scandalous bathing suits (though folks get creative with their costumes). The annual run raises money for Play Ball Foundation, which funds sports in Boston middle schools.
Cost: $30 to register
Fairmont Copley Plaza
Because we’re tired of the tinies having all the fun. Adults get their turn at the decorating table, tossing back some distinctly adult drinks while adorning their edible real estate. Tickets include canapés, lots of hands-on guidance, an open bar, and, of course, your new masterpiece to take home.
Cost: $85 per person
December 6-8 & December 14-15
Prudential Center and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
Enough with the Amazon packages. Instead, spend two weekends browsing gift ideas from international free-trade vendors. The best part of the bazaar is that you can spend your time leisurely chatting with the indigenous artists behind the work, the better to learn about their jewelry, textiles, and paintings.
Cost: Free to attend