6 Ideas for Local Holiday Week Fun

A lot of people I know have time off right now and if you’re one of them, you may be looking for some fun things to do. I’ve got a few ideas on how to make the most of your vacation this week even if you’re not traveling and especially if you have family in town. And if you’re away, file these suggestions to use another day!

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Taza Chocolate Factory Tour: This is one of my favorite things to do in Somerville because it’s educational, entertaining and delicious! The tours cost $5 per person, reservations are recommended and can be made here and Taza is hosting extra tours this week because it’s holiday time. So gather your friends and family and get ready for an afternoon of chocolatey goodness.

Pippin at the A.R.T.: I recently had the pleasure of seeing Pippin at the American Repertory Theater and recommend that you do too. The show is on through January 20, 2013, at the Loeb Drama Center in Harvard Square and tickets are still available for many of the shows. The performance is a feast for the eyes and ears and if you enjoy it as much as I did, you’ll be talking and thinking about it for days!


Take in the Lights: You’ve probably seen the lights lining Highland Ave. and the the big tree all lit up in front of the City Hall, but do yourself a favor and really take them in this week. I absolutely love it when Highland Ave. is all aglow this time of year and a stroll under the lights is a great way to kick off an evening out in Somerville.

The Tea Party Museum: During the Thanksgiving holiday, I spent an afternoon at the Tea Party Museum revisiting our country’s early history. The tour is fabulous, from the “disguises” and speeches made by those in period costumes to seeing one of the two surviving tea chests and of course sampling some tea, it was a great afternoon. This is perfect for the whole family–truly something everyone from young kids to grandparents will appreciate and enjoy.


Jamaica Plain: I don’t get to Jamaica Plaine enough, but every time I do, I’m so happy I went. There are lovely restaurants and cafes, lots of boutiques and the Sam Adams Brewery calls it home. If you want to feel like you went on vacation, but didn’t, head to JP to experience a whole other side of Boston!

Salem: If you’re looking to venture a bit further afield, I recommend a trip to Salem, Massachusetts. I used to work in Salem, so I’m quite familiar with the city and know that it holds many treasures beyond all the witch stuff. Some of that is just fine, but my favorite thing to do there is visit the Peabody Essex Museum and dine at one of Salem’s terrific restaurants.

One of my favorite things when I have time off but I’m not traveling is just to do something different. I hope one of my suggestions fits that bill for you. Happy holidays!

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