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Weekend Picks December 4th

Eat/Drink/Be Merry:
Get into the holiday spirit! On Thursday, December 3rd take part in the South Boston Holiday Stroll!  This fun-filled event begins at 4pm.  Sip, shop, and dine your way around Southie and take advantage of special discounts and one-night only promotions at local shops and restaurants.  Enjoy one night of incredible savings at more than 20 local retail establishments, restaurants, salons and specialty pop-up shops throughout South Boston!  For a full list of participants visit: https://caughtinsouthie.com/get-holiday-spirit  Shop local!  It’s good for everyone!

Watch:
Nothing gets us more in the Christmas spirit than a good old fashioned neighborhood tree lighting!  Here in Southie we will be having  three  – yes, three – tree lightings in the ‘hood. Thursday, December 3rd – 5pm  As part of the South Boston Holiday Stroll, a tree lighting will take place in front of the South Boston Library on East Broadway.  Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, caroling, Santa and a gingerbread house. On Sunday, December 6th at 1pm Santa Claus and his posse of merrymakers will be on hand for this tree lighting.  Reindeer, snowmen, and gingerbread will be singing, dancing and getting the crowd fired up at M Street Park.  Light refreshments will be served. The West Broadway tree near the municipal lot will have its official tree lighting celebration on Thursday, December 17th at 6:30pm.  Talk about holly jolly!

Shop:
‘Tis the season of shop ’till you drop!  We say support our local South Boston businesses and keep it local!  Here are some great Southie shopping events we encourage you to attend!  Shop local!  For all events visit: https://caughtinsouthie.com/shop/southie-shopping-events

See:
“A whole new world!”  Who doesn’t love Aladin!  Head out this weekend and see the Fourth Presbyterian Church Children’s Theatre performance of the Disney classic musical with songs like “Never Had a Friend Like Me”, and “Prince Ali.” Over 40 children will be signing and performing.  This event is free and open to the public.  Shows are on Friday and Saturday at 7pm at the Fourth Presbyterian Church (340 Dorchester Street).

Support:
Support Julie’s Family Learning Program.  It’s the annual fundraiser and dinner for an amazing local institution – Julie’s Family Learning Program – on Thursday, December 3rd at 7pm at Venezia – 20 Ericsson Street.  Tickets are $50 and help support this community based support and education program helping low-income female headed families break the cycle of poverty. For more information visit http://www.juliesfamily.org/  This year, Julie’s will be honoring Southie resident Sharon Asiaf with the Angel Award.

Run:
On your mark, get set, go! Lace up those sneakers and get ready to run for a great local school – South Boston Catholic Academy.  On Saturday, December 5th at 10am join your friends and neighbors and run a 5K race along the South Boston beaches.  Start and finish is at South Boston Catholic Academy at 866 East Broadway.  Stick around for a post-race cookout.  There is also fun for the kids on deck too with two youth races.  At 9:15 – 100 Meter Dash for kids (9 and under) and at 9:30 a 1/2 mile run (14 and under). If you preregister by November 30th, it’s $20.  Post-registration is $25.  Youth preregistration is is $8 and post-registration is $10.  To register visit: http://sbcaroadrace.wordpress.com/

Be Inspired:
It’s officially the start of the Christmas season this weekend with the annual Laboure House Tour.  One of Southie’s favorite traditions, the Christmas House Tour will feature homes in the around South Boston from modern to traditional.   Five homes decorated for the holidays will highlight the creative visions of local designers and provide ideas for making your own home more festive this Christmas.  The tour will also give you the opportunity to start your Christmas shopping  at the House Tour Christmas Sample Sale Shoppe. A twilight tour will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5th, and a daylight tour Sunday, Dec. 6th, from noon to 4 p.m.
Tickets for the twilight tour are $125 and will include a complimentary food and drink. Tickets for the Sunday tour are $25 in advance or $30 if purchased on the day of the tour. To obtain tickets online or for more information, visit http://www.ccab.org/?q=ChristmasHouseTour

Decorate:
O Christmas Tree! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to deck the halls! Stop by and pick out a beauty at Brooksie’s Christmas tree pop up shop at 680 Dorchester Ave. near Andrew Square.  Whether you need an 8ft or a 4ft, they’ve got a wide variety.  Need a wreath for your front door?  They’ve got those too. Open daily from 10am-9pm and offering free local delivery.  Perfect for you late-night tree shoppers.

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.