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See the Worcester PopUp Holiday Shop with Your WOO Card

Thursday, December 04, 2014


The weekend is fast approaching, and GoLocalWorcester brings you the best places to use your WOO Card around town for discounts and WOO Points.

Help your friends and family get in on the act as well. WOO Cards make great gifts!

Share discounts and special offers at more than sixty area cultural destinations, restaurants, hotels, retailers, transportation providers and more! Best of all–WOO Cards NEVER expire!

Use the coupon code 'GLW' to save $5 off the online purchase of a WOO Card today. Click here to purchase your own.

Friday, December 5th 

Festival of Lights at Worcester Common Oval

455 Main Street, Worcester

Swipe your WOO Card at the skate shack for WOO points

Ring in the season at the City of Worcester's Annual Festival of Lights!

Festivities will include performances by the Worcester Public Schools All City Chorus, Seven Hills Charter School Choir and Burncoat High School Quadrivium leading up to the lighting of the tree at

approximately 6 p.m. Following the lighting enjoy visits with Santa Claus on the City Hall Plaza as well as complimentary horse drawn wagon rides around the lighted common. Worcester Common

Oval will open for public skating immediately following the lighting. 

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Friday, December 5th 

Worcester PopUp Holiday Shop

38 Franklin Street, Worcester

Swipe your WOO Card for WOO points

Pop in to the Worcester PopUp throughout the City’s of Festival of Lights celebration to browse and buy from a variety of area artisans who will be showing and selling their works.

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Friday – Sunday, December 5th – 7th  

Holiday Open Studio & Sale at The Fireworks Studio

38 Harlow Street, Worcester

Free admission, swipe your WOO Card for Double WOO points

12th Annual Open Studio and Sale featuring more than a dozen local ceramicists showing and selling their handmade wares.

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Sunday, December 7th 

stART at the Station at Union Station

2 Washington Square, Worcester

Swipe your WOO Card for WOO points

Don’t miss this annual holiday and gifting-themed event featuring more than 100 local artists and crafters selling uniquely handmade items!

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Sunday, December 7th 

Master Singers of Worcester in Concert

First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester

$5 off admission with WOO Card

The Master Singers of Worcester presents "Myriad Colors" featuring music which celebrates color in both sound and text, including Worcester premiere of Mass in Blue.

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Weekends in Worcester…


Related Slideshow: 10 Tips For Holiday Tipping

Here are ten tips to help you determine who to tip and how much this holiday season...

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10. It's a gift

You are not obliged to tip at the holidays

While it may be customary, the “etiquette police” aren’t going to arrest you if you fail to give a tip or give less this year than last, because money is tight.

A holiday tip is intended to show appreciation for work and services provided throughout the year. In reality, a holiday tip is a gift, one that should leave you feeling the “joy of giving.” The most important aspect is being thoughtful of another person who you value.

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9. Who should get a tip?

Two holiday tipping categories

There are two main categories to consider.

Those service providers that you normally tip for their services – such as hairdressers, manicurists, etc.

Those service providers that are not normally tipped but upon whom you rely throughout the year – such as a babysitter, housekeeper or the newspaper carrier.

In both categories, someone who has provided regular service to you or your family throughout the year is someone you would want to consider tipping, especially in recognition for the times when they have gone above and beyond to meet your needs.Photo: The Plunge Project

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8. When tipping is not okay...

...and how to thank them anyway

In some situations, company or government policies may prohibit a service provider from accepting a tip in the form of money. For example, mail carriers working for the US Postal Service are prohibited from accepting cash or cash equivalents such as gift cards….but if you want to give a small box of chocolates, that might be very much appreciated (so long as the dollar value of the chocolates is under $20.)

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7. How much to tip?

Easy holiday tipping math

An easy rule of thumb to remember is that the tip should be equal to the cost of “one service” provided. From that starting point, the amount might be adjusted upwards for an extraordinary level of service or downward to fit within one’s personal budget.

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6. Home services tipping

They help your home run smoothly

Here are some specific tip ranges for those folks who provide services around your household:

* Housekeeper 1 week’s pay

* Nanny 1 week’s pay + a small gift from child

* Newspaper Carrier $15 to $30

* Package Carrier $15

* Home Caregiver 1 week’s pay

* Babysitter the equivalent of one evening’s pay

* Private Sanitation workers $5-$10 each

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5. Personal services tipping

The folks who make you (and your pet!) look and feel good

Don't forget the men and women who provide personal services throughout the year. Here are some good ranges for holiday tipping:

* Fitness Trainer Cost of one session

* Pet groomer 50% to the full cost of one service

* Hairstylist 50% to the full cost of one service

* Manicurist $10 - $15

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4. Don't forget the garage!

Parkers, pay attention!

Do you take advantage of a private lot or garage at work every day? Consider thanking the parking garage attendants with a $20 tip. That's a great thank you for taking care of your vehicle, day in and day out, year-round.

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3. Tipping on a budget (Part I)

Plan ahead

Money is tight, but you want to do the right thing.

Save a little each month. Perhaps the easiest to aspire too…but the hardest to actual follow through on, is to create a personal “Holiday Tip” fund and set aside some money each month toward end of the year tips. This approach lessens the sticker shock at the end of the year.

For this year, make a set-aside for the next 3 weeks and you'll feel the pinch less right before the holiday.

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2. Tipping on a budget (Part II)

Give as a group

When appropriate, give as a group. When tipping some like daycare providers or teachers, for example, consider collecting donations from all of the families, and then giving the tip on behalf of the group, with a nice card signed by everyone.

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1. Tipping on a budget (Part III)

Make it personal

If you do give less, include a note. Not of explanation of why you can’t be as generous, but rather a personal note, letting the service provider know how much you appreciate their efforts. It is always an option to include a small gift…but say no to the holiday junk…no one really wants a Santa Holiday Mug full of candy. Really.


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