Holidays in Roslindale

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 30th, from 3 - 5 pm

Join us for the 35th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Adams Park! This festive event always draws a crowd, featuring live musical performances, ornament-making, hot chocolate, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrive on the Ladder 16 truck. We will officially light Roslindale's holiday tree, and visitors are welcome to make an ornament to decorate it! The event kicks off with a "Reindog" pet costume contest, judged by The Pet Cabaret. This year, The Pet Cabaret's Annual Photos with Santa Fundraiser will also be starting November 30th from 12:00-4:00pm, so you can bring your dressed-up pups to get their pictures taken just up the street before or after the contest! This fundraiser benefits Panda's Prayer Fund. Schedule a time for those photos on November 30th & find other date options here. After the costume contest, enjoy musical and dance performances by local groups and indulge in some hot cocoa and treats!

Small Business Saturday

November 30th 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.

Holiday Market

Thursday, December 5th, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm

RVMS will be holding our 4th annual Holiday Market on Birch Street on Thursday, December 5th 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. Visit our Holiday Market web page to read about vendors, business happenings, and more! For more and up-to-date information about the Holiday Market vendors and activities, visit the Holiday Market page.

The Bay State Model Railroad Museum's Holiday Open House, Saturday December 7th and Sunday, December 8th from 11:00am-3:00pm

The Bay State Model Railroad Museum's annual Holiday Open house is happening Saturday December 7th and Sunday December 8th this year! Hours are 11:00am - 3:00pm both days. As always starting at noon (on Sunday ONLY), Santa will be downstairs at YMAA Boston. Admission for the show is $5 for adults and kids 12 and under are FREE! As an added bonus, Birch St. House & Garden will be giving away a Christmas Train Set with purchase of $40 or more during this festive weekend!

Tony's Market Christmas Opera Party, Friday, December 13th, 6:00-9:00pm

Tony's Opera Party is happening at Tony's Market in Roslindale on Friday, December 13th from 6:00-9:00pm. Visit the event page to reserve your spot.

The Friends of Roslindale Branch Library's Annual Posada Navideña, Saturday, December 14th at 9:30am

The Friends of Roslindale Branch Library's Annual Posada Navideña celebration will be held on Saturday, December 14th at 9:30am in the BCYF Roslindale Community Center located at 6 Cummins Hwy this year. As part of this Mexican tradition, come dressed warm and ready to carol for "Posada" or "Shelter" around the Village accompanied by Mariachi Estrella de Boston and expect to be greeted with goodies for the children, warm tamales, champurrado (hot chocolate) and other Mexican treats. Click here to learn more on their event page.

Menorah Lighting in Adams Park, Sunday, December 22nd at 4:00pm

Celebrate Hanukkah at the Annual Community Menorah Lighting in Adams Park on Sunday, December 22nd at 4:00pm. Hosted by Roslindale residents, this event is BYOM (Bring Your Own Menorah). All are welcome! Sponsored by Temple Hillel B'nai Torah & RVMS.

Holiday Happenings

Peruse the map below for upcoming happenings in the Roslindale community as well as events or specials at local businesses for Small Business Saturday and throughout the Holiday season!