This Weekend: Shop-A-Palooza Edition

by Lauren Russo on December 1, 2010

Thursday, Dec. 2

Christmas tree lighting at Somerville City Hall

5:30 p.m.

Join Mayor Joseph Curtatone for the Somerville’s annual Christmas tree lighting.  Entertainment will include musical performances by the Somerville High School Band, caroling by the Somerville Community Chorus and a Santa Claus appearance.  The tree lighting will also serve as the kick off for the Toys for Local Children Campaign.

Midnight Madness in Davis Square

6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Join the Davis Area Resident/ Business Initiative (DARBI) for a holiday shopping event unlike any other in Somerville: Midnight Madness.  Retailers will keep their doors open late to entice late-night shoppers with great savings and fun perks like progressive sales, appetizers, cocktails and hot apple cider.  Participating businesses, which range from Artifaktori to The Boston Shaker to Zipcar, will have balloons outside their storefronts.

Friday, Dec. 3

OneWorld Global Crafts Bazaar and Development Fair at Tufts University

11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This Friday will mark the second annual Global Crafts Bazaar and Development Fair, hosted by the OneWorld student group at Tufts, intended to draw attention to development initiatives and give interested parties a chance to network as well as serve as venue to purchase fair trade crafts from across the globe.

The event will be held in the Mayer Campus Center — you can find an interactive campus map here.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Shop-A-Palooza across Somerville

Shop-A-Palooza, a collaboration by DARBI, Somerville Local First and Union Square Main Streets intended to support local business and the city’s arts community, encompasses the myriad craft fairs and sales that will be occurring all across Somerville. Details on which stores are participating can be found here.

Maple Syrup Project Brunch Fundraiser at The Independent

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join Groundwork Somerville for their second annual Somerville Maple Syrup Project brunch fundraiser, which will feature maple-inspired menu items. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go toward the project.  Reservations are strongly recommended; call (617) 628-9988.

Union Square Winter Craft Market at Precinct Bar & Union Square Plaza

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The annual Union Square Winter Craft Market will be happening this Saturday in Union Square Plaza.   A participating event in the Somerville holiday shopping blitz that is Shop-A-Palooza, the Craft Market is a wonderful opportunity to shop locally and support Somerville artisans.

Paper & Chocolate at Taza Chocolate

12 – 4 p.m.

Fortunately for us, Taza Chocolate and Albertine Press are located in the same building.  This Saturday will mark the fourth annual open house of awesome as Albertine Press welcomes friends and neighbors to witness antique letterpress demonstrations, sample chocolate and browse their wares, including cards, calendars and coasters.  The work of local chocolate artisans will be on display and available for purchase.

The Taza Factory Store will be open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday — reservations are required for factory tours.

Snow Mall at The Center for Arts at the Armory

12 – 6 p.m. Dec. 4-5

This weekend will be the first of what is sure to become an annual holiday tradition at the Armory.  Snow Mall, a festive holiday marketplace, will play host to more than 35 local vendors selling a wide variety of wares Saturday and Sunday.  A list of participants can be found on this Etsy list. Admission is $2.

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