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slides: Central MA Holiday Events for the Naughty and Nice

Saturday, December 08, 2012


Whether you’re looking to a chance to sin a little before Christmas gets here, or to find some wholesome events that get you in the spirit, we’ve got a list of hot events for the naughty in you, and sweet ones for the nice.

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LudaChristmas Party

Ralph's Rock Diner
Saturday, December 22nd. 9 pm-2 am

The annual party at Ralph's always brings great drinks and a ton of live music. Head over to Grove Street to have a few drinks and meet some new friends. Thrown by Honor Roll productions, you can expect a few surprises from this holiday bash.

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A Christmas Carol

The Hanover Theatre
Shows run from December 15th-23rd

This performance of Charles Dickens' classic tale is sure to please families throughout Central Mass. Now in its fifth consecutive year at the Hanover Theatre, it will show you the true meaning of Christmas.

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Belgian Christmas

Armsby Abbey
Wednesday, December 12th. 6 pm-close

Armsby Abbey is known for having the best beer list in Worcester, and they will tap 12 new holiday ales in honor of Belgian Christmas. So, if you have a thing for funky brews, and excellent food, by the way, stop by Armsby Abbey.

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Gingerbread Competition

Higgins Armory
Saturday, December 15th. 10 am-3 pm

This competition of local bakers, chefs and culinary students strives to answer the age old questions- How does one construct the perfect gingerbread house? You can join in on the fun by decorating your own cookie for just a $1 donation.

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Homies for the Holidays

The Palladium
Saturday, December 22nd. 6 pm-close

The Palladium is anything but nice and wholesome, and this concert series is sure to bring out your naughty side. Stop by this Main St. staple to see live acts like USA!! USA!! USA!! and A Turn for the Worst to fight off any feelings of holiday cheer you might have.

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A Christmas Journey

The EcoTarium
Sunday, December 9th. Various times.

The EcoTarium creates a trip to the North Pole straight out of the "Polar Express" for you and your family. Go by train to the home of St. Nick with hot cocoa and cookies, and enjoy a visit from Santa himself.

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Harpoon Dinner

The Boynton Restaurant and Spirits
Tuesday, December 11th. 5:30-8:30 pm

Is it really naughty to indulge in a five course meal, beer and additional cheeses and fruits? We say yes! While it doesn't have the party appeal of other events, this dinner, presented by The Boynton and one of Massachusetts' finest breweries, gives you the chance to try some fine brews, and a wide variety of food inspired by it. Let's call it the naughty event you can bring your in-laws to.

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Brunch With Santa

Old Sturbridge Village
Saturday, December 23rd. 9 am-2 pm

What kid doesn't want to meet Santa during the holiday season? Well, now your children can meet him while you enjoy a delicious brunch at the Oliver Wright Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village.

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End of the World Party

Friday, December 21st.

While it may not exactly be holiday themed, the End of the World, according to the Mayan Calendar, is coming up in the next few weeks. So, what better way to ring in the end of days than with some beers and great bar games at Jillian's. As an added bonus, DJ Bobby J will be spinning and heating up the dance floor.

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Holiday Concert

 Mechanics Halls
Wednesday, December 19th. Noon.

Mechanics Hall has long been known for its impeccable acoustics, so you know there is no better place to take in holiday music. Sit back and listen to all your holiday favorites played on the Hall's famous Hook Organ, located in the Great Hall.


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