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Festive Happenings in Harvard Square

selective focus photo of Happy Holidays board decor

It is the season of lights and they are burning bright in Cambridge this year. As the famous movie claims, it is the most wonderful time of the year and the city of Cambridge leans into the celebration with many festivities to enjoy.

Here’s a sampling of what should be on your list :

Christmas in Harvard Square - December 17, 2023 Kick off the Christmas season with the boys of St. Paul's! We have two performances this year on the 10th and 17th of December at 3:00 pm

Candlelight: Holiday Special featuring “The Nutcracker” and More Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Boston. Get your tickets now to discover Holiday music featuring “The Nutcracker” and More at Temple Ohabei Shalom under the gentle glow of candlelight.

Holiday Poetry Stroll

The Harvard Square Business Association and the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site’s Holiday Poetry Stroll returns December 9th through January 6th as an opportunity to share hope and light through verse. Designed to be safe and self-guided, this approximately one-hour walking tour around Harvard Square highlights some of Cambridge’s renowned poets and will be curated on the theme of hope by Mass Poetry. 

Harvard Square Holiday Fair

December 16th – 18th

The Harvard Square Holiday Fair is one of the oldest and most popular fairs in Boston – the original rock and roll holiday fair.   Now in its 36th year, the fair runs for two consecutive weekends, Dec 9-11 and Dec 16-18 at 33 Dunster St in Cambridge. The fair is juried and includes a changing mix of New England craftspeople and world traveling importers featuring a great selection of beautiful, original and affordable gifts. This is not your average craft fair – it’s more like a party where you can buy stuff!   It’s a high energy alternative marketplace with a great soundtrack – a taste of the old Harvard Square. 

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre

The Nutcracker Family Affair
December 15th – 18th

The Nutcracker Family Affair is a special event celebrating the timeless magic of The Nutcracker!

The Nutcracker Family Affair will feature select highlights from the beloved Holiday Classic, including snowflakes, soldiers, mice, angels, cherubs, and the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier of course. Immerse yourself in Clara’s journey as you enjoy tasty treats, refreshments, and a wine & beer bar in a Kingdom of the Sweets atmosphere. The event will also feature a Live Holiday Auction with great gift options and much more! Don’t miss what is sure to be a special experience for the uninitiated and veteran Nutcracker fan alike.

The Brattle Theatre

It’s a Wonderful Life
December 16th – 18th
A Holiday Tradition!

Forget about watching this classic film at home on TV, we’re showing it the way it was meant to be seen: on the Big Screen on real-live 35mm film! Tickets available here.


The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration
December 16th – 28th

The Midwinter Revels is a cherished holiday tradition for over 70,000 people throughout the country. Every December, the Cambridge Revels community gathers in Harvard University’s historic Sanders Theatre to celebrate the season through the traditional songs, dances, and stories of cultures from around the world. This year’s production will be performed live at Sanders Theatre December 16 – 28 and will be followed by a virtual encore streaming option!  here.

But there is so much more!  Here’s a full list of happenings in and around Harvard Square. May your lights burn bright with health and cheer!

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