Weekend 12.14-12.16: Chocolate, Illuminations Tour & Storytelling

I absolutely love this time of year and all of the fun seasonal events happening around Somerville! From the tree and menorah lighting last week (Highland Ave. looks so pretty right now) to the Illuminations Tour, Jingle Bell Run and Winter Solstice Storytelling, there’s so much holiday cheer in the air. If you’re still looking for holiday gifts (I know I am!), check out my guides on what to buy in Somerville here and here. I hope you’re having a great holiday season so far!

Friday

Coffee Cupping: Join the folks at Counter Culture Coffee’s Boston Training Center (374 Somerville Ave.) for a coffee cupping (tasting) this and every Friday at 10 a.m. Stop by to learn more about and try some delicious coffee!

Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a holiday wine tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a Christmas beer extravaganza from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts an Atlantic wine tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sav-Mor Liquors (15 McGrath Highway) hosts a Gekkeikan Sake tasting and a Lady Bligh Rum, Pearl Vodka and St. Brendan’s Irish Cream tasting from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday

Winter Farmers Market: The Winter Farmers Market runs again this and every Saturday through April 13 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). Don’t miss the delicious apples from Apex Orchards, the amazing fish from Jordan Brothers Seafood and fresh mozzarella and burrata from Fiore di Nonno, among the many great products and vendors at the market!

Taza Chocolate Holiday Fiesta: Stop by the Taza Chocolate Factory Story (561 Windsor St.) on Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. to nosh on lots of free samples from Taza, Counter Culture Coffee and 7ate9 Bakery, and purchase gifts for the holidays. There will also be a taco truck on hand selling authentic Mexican-style food.

EHChocolatier Open House: After you pop into Taza on Saturday, stop by the EHChocolatier kitchen (561 Windsor St., B206) from noon-4 p.m. to see what’s cooking for the holidays. EHChocolatier and Taza are on my list of sweet treats made right here in Somerville that make great holiday gifts, see the rest of my recommendations here.

Winterland in Somerville: Teen Empowerment Somerville invites local families to come to 165 Broadway this Saturday from noon-4 p.m. for a fun afternoon of cookies and gingerbread houses, arts and crafts and more! The free event will also open an open mike at 2 p.m.

Stilt-Making: Join Parts and Crafts and OPENAIR Circus this Saturday from noon-4:30 p.m. to craft stilts for OPENAIR Circus’ August show. The event is open to adults and kids of all ages and takes place at 339R Summer St.

Wrap Around Sale: The Nave Gallery (155 Powderhouse Blvd.) hosts its final weekend of the Wrap Around Sale of knitted, crocheted or sewed goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition this Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (Pictured above is some of the work from the Nave Gallery’s Yarnstorming at Perry Park this summer.)

Illuminations Bike Tour: Join the Somerville Bicycle Committee and the Somerville Arts Council for a festive bike ride around Somerville to take in the decorations lighting up the city! The ride meets at the Somerville High School Main Entrance on Highland Ave. at 5:50 p.m. on Saturday and departs promptly at 6 p.m. The ride will last about 45 minutes and participants are required to wear warm clothes and have lights on their bikes. Holiday lights, costumes and good cheer are encouraged! There is a suggested $5 donation for the Somerville Arts Council and there will be hot drinks and treats after the ride at City Hall.

Second Annual Snow Ball: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Second Annual Snow Ball on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. featuring music from Hornography, Surf’s Up Spicoli and So Sol. Tickets are $5 for the show and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday

Jingle Bell Run: The Sixth Annual Jingle Bell Run is sold out, but you can still cheer on the runners (including yours truly) as we wind through Somerville on the 5K course that starts in Davis Square at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The money raised from the race goes to benefit several local nonprofits and it’s a festive event for all, with many runners dressing in costumes. Keep in mind that some traffic will be diverted during the race.

Taza Chocolate Holiday Fiesta: Stop by the Taza Chocolate Factory Story (561 Windsor St.) on Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. to nosh on lots of free samples from Peak Organic Brewing, MEM Tea and Sofra Bakery and purchase gifts for the holidays.

Wrap Around Sale: The Nave Gallery (155 Powderhouse Blvd.) hosts its final day of the Wrap Around Sale of knitted, crocheted or sewed goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Slutcracker: The Slutcracker has shows throughout the month of December and though some are sold out, there were still tickets available for today’s performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at publication time. Tickets for the raunchy and raucous burlesque show are $25 and all performances are at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square). If you’ve never been to this unique event, I highly recommend it for a wicked good time. Tickets go quick, so snap them up!

The Winter Solstice in Lengend and Song: Welcome the Winter Solstice with storytelling and music this Sunday at 4 p.m. at Third Life Studio (33 Union Square). Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb shares traditional tales about mistletoe and English Wassail traditions accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan. The event is appropriate for adults and children over the age of 12. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Artisan’s Asylum Tyler Street Birthday Party: The giant makerspace Artisan’s Asylum has been in its home at 10 Tyler St. for a year and to celebrate, the Asylum is hosting a birthday party on Sunday night at 6:30. Join Artisan’s Asylum for cake, a potluck dinner and more!

Upcoming

Somerville Sleigh Ride: This Tuesday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., a group of bike-loving Somervillians are hosting a holiday-themed bike ride through the city to provide gifts to homeless children and benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. The ride starts in Union Square and all are welcome. A pedicab will be turned into Santa’s sleigh, costumes are encouraged and carols will be sung!

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