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Cambridge Winter Event Guide: 2017 & 2018

Your comprehensive guide to the must-see events of the winter

THE CHRISTMAS REVELS | DECEMBER 8-27

Fusing together music, dance, and storytelling, Revels is a fascinating tradition that encompasses the human desire to celebrate. Using stories and song to bring together various people and culture, come watch The Christmas Revels which includes a perfect blend of dance, carols, professionals, and drama.

SPARKLEFEST | NOVEMBER 24-DECEMBER 31

Beginning on Black Friday and ending on New Year’s Eve, Sparklefest is a truly unique festival that brings out the holiday spirit in everyone. You’ll find illuminating holiday lights encasing the trees and street lamps. Come on down to celebrate, grab a bite and get started on your holiday shopping.

EVERYONE LOVES LATKES PARTY | DECEMBER 9

Stop on by the Brattle Plaza on Saturday, December 9th for the annual “Everyone Loves Latkes” Party. These hot, wholesome treats will be given out between 1-2PM.

CULTURAL SURVIVAL BAZAAR | DECEMBER 9-10

Need to do some last-minute holiday shopping? The Cultural Survival Bazaars in Harvard Square provides it all- including live music, cultural performances, and presentations, as well as an opportunity to purchase an array of products from Indigenous artists. Look at crafts, artwork, clothing, jewelry and more from various countries.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH WITH SANTA | DECEMBER 10

Before Santa officially visits your homes on Christmas Eve, he’s stopping by the Royal Sonesta Hotel in East Cambridge to have breakfast and lunch, and you’re invited! Enjoy a holiday buffet, featuring all of your favorite traditional items and sweet treats. Each little one will have the opportunity to meet the big man in red, as well as his helpers!

THE DONKEY SHOW’S NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION | DECEMBER 31

Enter the 70s with The Donkey Show’s spin on the classic Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Experience retro glittered disco, roller skates and a circus of mirror balls – truly a one of a kind performance.

CAMBRIDGE WINTER FARMERS MARKET - EVERY SATURDAY STARTING JAN 6

Who doesn’t enjoy fresh produce? Every Saturday, make a stop outside of Central Square and enjoy fresh produce, meat & fish, dairy, drinks, bread & baked good, specialty foods and body care. Bring your little ones and enjoy face painting, “paint with nature” and plenty of arts & crafts.

HASTY PUDDING “WOMAN OF THE YEAR” PARADE AND ROAST | TBD

Every January, you might be lucky enough to spot one of your favorite female celebrities cruising down the streets of Harvard Square, starring in a spirited parade in her honor. Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club will select one woman, and one man (see below) who they feel has made a positive impact on the entertainment industry.

With past recipients ranging from Kerry Washington and Anne Hathaway to SJP, Amy Pohler, and Elizabeth Taylor, there's no telling who will be crowned the next Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year. And because the parade takes place on Mass Ave, it's the perfect opportunity to take an Instagram your friends will be completely jealous of (and tag us so we can help you brag! #PictureCambridge!).

To learn more about the history behind the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, click here.

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL | JANUARY 26-28 (TASTING EVENT ON JANUARY 27)

Calling all chocolate lovers! Indulge in three days of decadent chocolate including chocolate apps, entrees, desserts, and cocktails. We’re talking about high-quality, mouth-watering chocolate from some of Harvard Square’s most established restaurants. After you’ve dined on chocolate at your favorite spot, be sure to stop by the free tasting in Harvard Square’s Brattle Plaza on January 27th.  Your sweet tooth will thank you.

HASTY PUDDING CLUB’S MAN OF THE YEAR | DATE TBD

The Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Ceremony is a little bit different than the club's Woman of the Year parade. Taking place in early February, the Man of the Year will endure a brutal (but hilarious) roast by members of the Hasty Pudding Club, ending in a presentation of a golden pudding pot, and an opening-night performance of the club's newest play. Past recipients of this honor include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Justin Timberlake, Chris Pratt, Clint Eastwood, and much more. 

To learn more about the history behind the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year, click here.

SOME LIKE IT HOT CHILI COOK-OFF | FEBRUARY 3

Sample chili recipes from Harvard Square restaurants! After you’ve sampled them all at Brattle Plaza in Harvard Square, vote for your favorite.

FEB FEST AT THE MIT MUSEUM | FEBRUARY 19-24

For all the students looking for something fun to do on school vacation, the MIT Museum will be celebrating National Engineers Week. Here you can work on engineering-specific activities as well as take part in various workshops.

LONGFELLOW BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION | FEBRUARY 24

Celebrate the birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at the Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Story Chapel. Bite into the birthday cake, enjoy some refreshments and listen to a short program.


WINTER MUSEUM EXHIBITS + THEATER
 

Gridiron Glory | Through January 7

This winter spend the afternoon viewing more than 200 artifacts, award-winning photographs, and one-of-a-kind documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame's vast collection at the Museum of Science.

Proof at the Central Square Theater | January 18-February 18

Stay warm and cozy inside at the Central Square Theater for their winter production Proof from January 18th through February 18th.

Proof, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama is a moving exploration of the nature of genius, women in mathematics, and father-daughter relationships.

ROBOTS AND BEYOND: EXPLORING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AT MIT | MIT MUSEUM

Since 1959, MIT has revolutionized the way we view and interact with artificial intelligence systems. Robots and Beyond will give you an in-depth look at how MIT’s AI labs have impacted medicine, underwater exploration, and entertainment.

GLASS FLOWERS: THE WARE COLLECTION OF BLASCHKA GLASS MODELS OF PLANTS | HARVARD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

View over 4,000 models of glass flowers which represent 830 plant species. Created by German father and son duo, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, this exquisite exhibition displays models dating back to 1887.

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