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    Christmas Eve in Harvard Square

    Christmas is a special time when families and friends gather to celebrate and be together. Harvard Square has always been a traditional gathering spot for celebrations of all kinds and Christmas Eve is no exception. Our restaurants, shops, hotels and cultural institutions have opened their doors and their hearts to local residents and weary travelers.  Come join us for hearty fare, sparkling lights, and festive and thoughtful pursuits!      





    Celebrate Christmas Eve, the loveliest night of the year, at UpStairs on the Square.

    $85 Prix Fixe menu (half price for children), reservations start at 5pm. The menu includes a choice of Classic Prime Rib, Sage Roasted Half Chicken, Christmas Spiced Artic Char and more delectable options. UpStairs is also open for Christmas Eve lunch, finish your shopping with a lunch and a pop!

  • Click here to view the menu

  • UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop Street, 617-864-1933,


    16 Garden Street is hosting a Festive Holiday Buffet on Christmas Day from noon-3:30pm. A small sampling of what will be offered includes winter vegetable soup with pesto croutons, prime rib of beef carving station, Yule logs, chocolate truffles, eggnog and French-cut Sattler chicken with champagne cranberry cream!

    $45 for adults, $20 for children, tax/gratuity not included and children under 4 are admitted free of charge.

  • Click here to see full menu

  • 16 Garden Street, 16 Garden Street, 617-234-1365,


    Sandrine’s offers a French take on Christmas Eve with a mouth watering menu that includes quail, bass, escargot and lobster butternut squash bisque. Both an a la carte and a prix fixe menu are available (see menu for details)

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  • Sandrine’s, 8 Holyoke Street, 617-497-5300,


    Activities and Events


    The Brattle Theatre is closed on Christmas Eve. Re-opens Christmas Day with movie classics: Grapes of Wrath at 4:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. / Edward Scissorhands at 9:30 p.m.

    The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, 617-876-8021,


    Harvard Museum of Natural History offers Free Admission to all Massachusetts residents on Sunday, Dec. 26 from 9 AM until 12 noon and on Wednesday Dec. 29 from 3-5 p.m.  Bring visitors to see the renovated African wildlife gallery or the Blaschka Glass Flowers. Pick up a Marauder’s Map to explore the galleries with the Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt through December 31. (Museum closed Dec 24, 25 & Jan 1)


    Follow your visit with lunch or dinner in Harvard Square, where your HMNH membership card earns you a 10% discount on your meal (excluding drinks) at Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Redline or Russell House Tavern.

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street,  

    The Charles Hotel has open hours for the public during holiday season, including abbreviated hours on Christmas Day. Visit the Charles Hotel website for details.

    Rink Hours:

    Christmas Eve – 10am – 6pm

    Christmas Day – 10am – 2pm

    Dec. 26 – Jan. 2nd – 10am – 6pm

    The CharlesHotel, 1 Bennett Street, 617-864-1200,