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Sparklefest in Harvard Square!

The Harvard Square Business Association is delighted  to announce our Sparklefest 2013 schedule of events.  Sparklefest is a five week celebration of the holiday season in Harvard Square that begins on Plaid/Black Friday and culminates on New Year’s Eve.  With colorful holiday lights adorning the trees and street lamps, Harvard Square becomes the perfect festive location to shop, dine and enjoy the holiday season.  Set aside time to partake in all the family-friendly events, many of which are free and open to the public! Please check back regularly for updated events.



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November 29th - December 22nd

Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre brings its acclaimed Nutcracker back
for the holiday season.  For an intimate Nutcracker experience
like no other, Mateo’sNutcracker
captures the true spirit of the season
at affordable ticket prices. 

Choreographed by Artistic Director, Jose Mateo,
and inspired by Tchaikovsky’s glorious score,
Mateo’s ‘Nutcracker’ brings Clara’s dream world
to life with festive sets, sumptuous costumes, and
spectacular dancing.  Over 200 children, ages
6 – 18 from throughout Massachusetts and New
Hampshirejoin Ballet Theatre’s acclaimed company
dancers as Party Children, Mice, Soldiers, Polichinelles, Cherubs,
Angels and the lead role of Clara. 

Tickets $38 - $50; to purchase visit


The Sanctuary Theatre, 400 Harvard Street,, (617) 354-7467

November 30th
Annual Tree lighting Ceremony at the Charles Hotel
Join us on Saturday, November 30th for the Lighting of the Harvard Square Holiday Trees!

This family themed event includes lives performances and a visit from Santa Claus. Warm up with a cup of complimentary hot chocolate or hot apple cider. We invite families to come around 4:00pm to have their children help decorate the trees. Santa Claus’ Jazz Band will perform at 5:00pm, and then we will light the trees at 5:30pm, followed by a vist by Santa! The performances will continue until 6:30pm, allowing everyone a chance to visit with Santa.

The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St,, (617) 864-1200  

December 1st
"Everyone Loves Latkes" Free Tasting event

“Everyone Loves Latkes” Party!  Hot and delicious latkes will be given out between 2:30 – 3:30 on Brattle Plaza, in front of Hidden Sweets (25 Brattle Street), while Joe Kessler and his Klezmer band, Klezwoods serenades the crowd with traditional songs.Fresh jelly donuts from Dunkin Donuts will also be available in keeping with tradition and JP Licks will be providing Hanukkah themed ice cream!

Brattle Plaza, in front of Crema CafĂ©, 27 Brattle Street, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

December 1st 
Cambridge 5k Yulefest

The 3rd Annual Cambridge 5K Yulefest - Long before Christmas, there was a quirky winter festival named "Yule" that people really loved. Join us on Sunday,  12/01/13 @ 9:30am for a 5K race that takes the holidays back to their old school roots!

For more information, and to register please visit:

Cambridge 5k Yulefest,


December 4th
Holiday Shopping Kickoff Party
The event will feature information and discounts to Harvard Square businesses, live music hot cider, cocoa, and more! 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Holyoke Center, 1350 Mass. Ave

December 6th
Vienna Boys Choir at St. Pail's Church

The choir will be featured in a very special Holiday Concert at
St. Paul’s Church to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
founding of St. Paul’s Choir School.  
St. Paul’s Choir School ( )
and Spectacle Management proudly present
The Vienna Boys Choir Holiday
Celebration, Friday, December 6 at 8 PM
at St Paul’s Church in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.
Tickets for The Vienna Boys Choir ($45-$65)
are on sale now and are available by calling
(617) 531-1257 and at

St. Paul's Church, 29 Mt. Auburn St, (617) 256-9815 ext 319 


December 6th – 8th, 13th – 15th, 18th – 23rd
The Harvard Square Holiday Fair
The Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair, one of the oldest and most popular fairs in Boston, will celebrate its 28th season in 2013. It takes place in the basement and courtyard of the First Parish Church on the corner of Church Street and Massachusetts Avenue. The fair is juried and includes a changing mix of New England craftspeople and world travelling importers featuring many wonderful gift items. There is always a great selection of beautiful, original and affordable gifts. Talking to the craftspeople who make what they sell gives shoppers a connection to what they are buying that is just not possible at the mall, through a catalogue or online.

First Parish Unitarian Church, 3 Church Street,, (617) 876-7772 

December 9th & 16th
Choir of St. Paul’s Annual Christmas Concert

Choir School Annual Christmas Concert with Choir of St. Paul’s, Trebles, Schola Cantorum, Recorders, Bells, Brass and Family Carols.

Tickets $25, $20 and $15
3pm both days

Choir of St. Paul’s Church Harvard Square, Bow and Arrow Streets,, (617) 868-8658

December 13th – 27th
The Christmas Revels:  An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice


This Christmas, take a fantastical musical pilgrimage through time and space as we travel to the medieval cathedral town of Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain to hear the bells ring on Christmas Day. Our plot follows “The Pilgrim,” an allegorical figure based on Everyman, who is sent on a journey to the end of the earth before the turning of the year. Needless to say, adventure - and lots of beautiful Spanish carols, dances and processionals - abound. Internationally acclaimed storyteller Jay O’Callahan leads a talented 100-member cast including The Revels Chorus of adults and children, musician and song leader David Coffin, actors Angelica Aragon and Billy Meleady, guitarist/soloist Salome Sandoval and the Pilgrim Band, the Pinewoods Morris Men and Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble.
Filled with audience participation and other familiar touchstones like the Sussex Mummers Carol, a seriously funny Mummers Play, and Revels’ signature piece, the joyous Lord of the Dance, this year’s solstice celebration will be the adventure of a lifetime. We hope you can join us!

Visit the Harvard Box Office Ticket Kiosk at 1350 Mass Ave.  Box Office Hours:  12 noon – 6:00pm Tuesday – Sunday; Note:  service fees apply to phone and web orders.

The Christmas Revels, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street,, (617) 496-2222 

December 13th - 15th
Holiday Shop Over Weekend
Its the most wonderful time of the year and there is no place better to spend it than Harvard Square!  Boasting unique stores, over 100 restaurants, historic sites, traditional and offbeat events and the sparkling holiday tree in Winthrop Park, Harvard Square offers an unparalleled festive environment.  With so much to see and do, come for the weekend!


December 14th - 15th 
The Holly Fair at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Celebrate the holiday season at Cambridge's oldest crafts fair — held in our two historic buildings in the heart of Harvard Square. This year's Holly Fair marks the 60th anniversary! The event is happening on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. Please note that due to popular demand, we have extended our Saturday holiday hours.
There will be a tremendous variety of beautiful and affordable things to buy — jewelry, hats, bags, sweaters, scarves, natural beauty items, soaps, ceramics, stained glass, ornaments, photographs, cards, prints, paintings, food, and much, much more - ranging in price from $2 to $200.

Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street,, (617) 547-6789 x1 

December 15th
Teddy Bears on Display Party with Santa, Caroling & Treats!
Teddy bears dressed up in wedding gowns, tutus, firemen’s uniforms, jammies and other costumes, including Spider-Man, Superman, and even Santa Claus, will go home to more than 400 area youngsters this Christmas. The bears, each individually “dressed” by community volunteers, are part of the Salvation Army’s annual Get Teddy Ready program. Plus a special visit from Sants, Carolers, and yummy treats! 


December 15th
Ciclismo Classico’s 17th Annual Jingle Ride

Please join the Harvard Square Business Association in welcoming over 100 cyclists from Ciclismo Classico’s 17th Annual Jingle Ride. At approximately 11:30am, the bikers will arrive in Harvard Square on Brattle Plaza (in front of Hidden Sweets).  Hot chocolate and cookies will be served and the cyclists will regale the crowd with holiday carols.  Not to be missed!
Ciclismo Classico’s 17th Annual Jingle Ride, 25 Brattle Street – outside of Hidden Sweets, (781) 646-337


December 15th
Ice Rink Opening Party at The Charles Hotel

Join us on Sunday, December 15th for the opening
of The Rink at The Charles Hotel!12:00 pm - 6:00 pm. This annual
community event is open to the public and includes:
complimentary skating; a kids' activity room; skating performances;
and more! Enjoy hot chocolate from The Charles. The kids' activity room
and performances will take place between 12:00pm-3:00pm. Guests can enjoy
complimentary skating and rentals all day
from 12:00pm-6:00pm. Free and open to the public
Performance times to be announced.
The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138


December 21 – 22

Blue Heron: Christmas in Midieval England 

Carols, motets & plainchant for Advent & Christmas from 15th-century England, beginning in candlelit darkness under the golden glow of First Church’s domed chancel. Music by Leonel Power, John Dunstaple & others. Please visit to purchase tickets.

First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street,, (617) 960-7956




Harvard Square Business Association
18 Brattle Street, Suite 352
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Tel: (617) 491-3434
Fax: (617) 491-6976

Denise Jillson, Executive Director
William Manley, Marketing and Events Manager
Natalie Damaso, Administration and Communications Manager


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