Happy December! It’s a big month, with Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve all arriving in the coming days. However, we’ve got some time until then. One of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to take an evening stroll past festive lights that have begun popping up all over the city. This weekend in Boston, you can do that at Stone Zoo. There’s also a holiday scavenger hunt being offered at Boston Landing, a winter piano recital from Harvard students and a dance performance from the new dance troupe The Click. Check out those events and the rest of our recommendations for this weekend below.
Friday, Dec. 2-Sunday, Dec. 4
The Click, a newly formed dance collective, will showcase its work at The Foundry in Cambridge. The show features a rotating slate of soloists over four performances that explore beauty and joy alongside the collective loss experienced due to the pandemic. The dancers will move through light and dark, celebrating regrowth while honoring what has passed. “Refract/Reframe” is the creation of choreographer and dancer Kristin Wagner and solos will be performed by Decent Dance, Angelina Benitez, Leah Misano Abbott and Lonnie Stanton.
Saturday, Dec. 3
Head to Boston Landing for an afternoon of scavenger hunts, live music, food and drinks. Free crafts will be available at Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar, and the acapella group Beezlebubs will sing. At Broken Records Beer Hall, Jeff Rosen will perform and visitors can take part in a free holiday craft, pool, shuffleboard, board games and a seasonal beer tasting. There will also be a free essential oil workshop at Cambridge Naturals and many more activities to partake in at participating local businesses. Make sure to stop by Lantera first to get your scavenger bingo card with instructions. The first 25 guests to turn in their completed scavenger bingo card will receive a free gift.
Saturday, Dec. 3
On Saturday, in the Harvard Art Museums’ Calderwood Courtyard, you can watch exceptional young pianists in concert for free. The Harvard Piano Society will perform its final show of the year, a winter recital, for the public. The troupe is a student organization devoted to providing opportunities for student pianists and connecting with the Harvard arts community. This special performance comes from the class of 2026.
Through Sunday, Dec. 18
This play is a 1920s “whodunit,” a murder mystery, comedy and drama all in one. It’s a play within a play that takes place during the Cornley Drama Society’s production of “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” As the title suggests, things don’t go smoothly for the theater troupe. The play, directed by Fred Sullivan Jr., is open to all ages. And The Lyric Stage Company of Boston will collect personal hygiene items for their neighbors residing at the 140 Clarendon affordable housing units. Before the show, you can drop off items at the Kumba Library, located on the same floor as the theater.
Through Jan. 8
Stone Zoo’s 26 acres have been transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland. In the Yukon Creek section of the zoo, home to black bears, artic foxes, reindeer and Canada lynx, trees shine from branch to trunk and animal lantern displays light the walking path. On Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., Mrs. Claus will stroll throughout the zoo, available for photos and messages of gift requests to be delivered to Santa.