If you want to spend the whole day walking and singing in JP, there is plenty of company for you as you can see below.
I'm not sure if the Charles Hotel skating rink is opening today as scheduled.
1pm to 3pm
2nd Annual Jamaica Pond Winter Solstice Celebration
at Jamaica Pond Gazebo, about 507 Jamaicaway, Boston
1pm -- Haiku and Nature Poetry Open ReadingFeat: Dorothy Derifield, Carolyn Gregory, Susanna Kittredge, Jim LaFond Lewis, Sandra Storey, Jeffrey Chasin
2pm -- Winter Solstice bird walk
Maybe it would feel like winter, if I stood outside in the cold for an hour while listening to poetry.
Then there's a guy who looks like Frederick Law Olmsted. Gerry Wright has created a one-man play as Olmsted and will go on the walk in character to discuss the landscape he designed and probably point out some birds.
The day is a cold, but the cider will be hot.
"3rd Annual Vintage Christmas Show"
at Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
Howard Burr collected films for about 60 years, and Harvard has the whole kit and caboodle. They've scoured the films to find some holiday shorts in 16mm and 35mm.
I can imagine there could be some hilarious glimpses into the past.
"This program is appropriate for the whole family"
Annual Caroling Mob
meet at Forest Hills T, about 3798 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
A bunch of festive souls walk around JP and sing holiday songs, and all singers of any size, shape, creed, or ability are welcome to join along. (They'll leave about 4:15pm.)
Bring candle lanterns (Lantern Parade lanterns work great), weather-appropriate clothing and gloves, festive hats and scarves, mugs for drinking Wassail (if you want to be green), and your good cheer.
When the time is right (cold and/or hunger), they'll hit a pub.
"A Light Through The Ages"
at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St, Boston (Back Bay)
It's difficult to say what to expect from a program of choral holiday music in honor of the "Festival of Lights". I think Rabbi Howard A. Berman, one of the Boston Jewish Spirit founders, will also read/perform his story of Chanukah at different times in history.
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
FREE / 18+
Feat: Girlfriends, Bearstronaut
Everyone is welcome to hang out and check out some great garage and synth-pop.
You don't have to bring an unwrapped toy(s) for Great Scott's annual toy drive, but it will probably go to a kid that will really appreciate it.