Holidays in Roslindale

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 25th, from 3 - 5 pm

This much-loved event always draws a crowd, featuring musical performances, ornament-making, and visits with Santa. 2017 is the 33rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Save the date and stay tuned for more details!

Small Business Saturday

November 25th is also Small Business Saturday. Falling between the infamous “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” Small Business Saturday is a national campaign by American Express and the National Main Street Center to help spur business for neighborhood merchants. Show your loyalty and support at the many local Roslindale shops, salons, and restaurants on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Special events and offers are available at participating shops. 

Bay State Model Railroad Museum Open House

Weekend of December 2nd and 3rd, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Be sure to visit the Bay State Model Railroad Museum’s Open House, one of only two times a year in which they are open to the public. Santa also makes an appearance on Sunday at noon!





Holiday Market

Thursday, December 7th, from 4:oo to 8:00 pm

RVMS will be holding our 2nd annual Holiday Market on Birch Street on Thursday, December 7th from 4:00 to 8:00pm. The Holiday Market offers residents the opportunity to celebrate and shop for the season in their neighborhood, and will feature live music, local vendors and delicious treats.

For more and up-to-date information about the Holiday Market vendors and activities, visit the Holiday Market page





Pop Up Opera at Tony's Market

Thursday, December 14th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

popup operaJoin the Boston Opera Collaborative and Tony's Market as singers 'surprise' the neighborhood. 





Posada Navideña

Saturday, December 16th


A true Mexican, and now Roslindale, tradition the Nativity re-enactment of Joseph and Mary seeking lodging.

Come dressed in warm clothes and ready to carol for “Posada” or “Shelter” around the Village accompanied by a Mariachi band which ends at Roslindale Library.  The Friends of Roslindale Library will be generously waiting to greet participants with books, pinatas and goodie bags for the children, as well as traditional Mexican food such as warm tamales, champurrado (hot chocolate) and other treats prepared by local residents Alejandro Rodriguez and Lucy Galvan at the Roslindale Library where the Posada ends. More information can be found here. 

Menorah Lighting

Sunday, December 17th at 4:00pm

Residents will host the 2nd Annual Community Menorah Lighting in Adams Park on Sunday, December 7th at 4:00pm in Adams Park. The event is BYOM (Bring Your Own Menorah). All are welcome!






Winter Solstice Luminaria

Thursday, December 21st at 6:30pm

Join the Winter Solstice Luminaria 2017 in Roslindale as the community marks the Solstice by lighting up the shortest day of the year. Celebrate this year on Thursday, December 21st at 6:30 pm. Come with your neighbors, friends and children to enjoy the beautiful glow from hundreds of candle-lit luminaries in Adams Park and throughout the Roslindale business district.

The Luminaria is made possible by Karen Kirchoff Acupuncture & Herbs and Richard Chalfin.





Holiday Happenings at Local Shops and Restaurants

Explore the map below for special menus, sales, and other events at local businesses during the holidays!