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UPDATED Dec. 6: The Arlington Heights Community Association, with support from the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, presents this year’s Arlington Heights Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. 

Visitors of all ages can enjoy viewing 52 winter-themed painted windows in 21 business storefronts and are invited to support our Arlington businesses by dining and shopping locally. Free family fun activities will take place throughout the afternoon. The Roasted Granola Café, 1346 Mass. Ave., will be serving hot apple cider and a snowman character will be strolling along Mass. Ave. handing out treats. 

This free, family-fun activity includes outdoor games ― such as cornhole and ring toss ― held in front of the bus depot, 1389 Mass. Ave., so it won’t interfere with families walking by, Janet O’Riordan, Arlington Heights Community Association, told the Select Board on Nov. 22.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2 to 4 p.m.Heights window

PAPER BIRDS & PAPER DRAGONS (ages 5-9) with Tonya Grifkin, local artist and certified art teacher. 

Wonder Yoga will host this event inside their studio at 1305 Mass. Ave. Masks required.

CLASSIC PHOTO-OP with face cutouts of Gingerbread person and a Snowman. Bring your cell phone.

Classic Kitchen and Bath will host this fun event inside their showroom at 1321 Mass. Ave. 

FAMILY GAMES Come play Corn Hole and Candy Cane Ring Toss games outdoors in front of the Heights Bus Depot on Massachusetts Avenue.


ARTISTS HOLIDAY STORE AND ARTISANS MARKET - An on-going sale of photography, mixed media and collage from nine visual artists, plus the work of three guest craftspeople: a textile artist, a glass and cards craftsperson and a fiber artist at the Roasted Granola Café, 1346 Massachusetts Avenue.

ENJOY A 10% DISCOUNT to strollers at Sports Etc. located at 1303 Mass. Ave.
3:30 - 4:30

MUSIC PERFORMANCE Arlington's Basel Zayed, at right, a virtuoso oud player and acclaimed vocalist, performs classical and contemporary Arabic music.  Limited to 20; masks required. 


Hosted by RepHAIRations, 1339 Mass. Ave.

4:15pm - 4:45pm

“MATHILDA’S BATH,” presented by Margaret Moody Puppets. Only Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s magic can convince grimy Mathilda to take a bath in this light-hearted adaptation of a Betty MacDonald story. Margaret Moody tells the tale with needle-felted pig puppets and gentle humor. Best for ages 4 to 7.

See a video clip here >>

Wonder Yoga will host this event inside their studio at 1305 Massachusetts Avenue. Masks required.

5:00 pm

TREE LIGHTING WITH HOT CIDER AND COOKIES provided by ACMi (Arlington Community Media, inc.) in front of their studio at 85 Park Ave. 

This event is free and open to all. The rain/snow date for the holiday stroll is Sunday, Dec. 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Hanukkah lantern walk held

Nov. 29: Enjoy a festive lantern walk on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m., in Arlington Center (snow/rain date: Dec. 5).

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Parents and their children ages 3 to 8 are to arrive at Kickstand Café, 594 Mass. Ave., at 3:30 p.m., where the children can assemble Hanukkah lanterns on the café’s outdoor tables.

Strolling musicians will lead the one-hour parade along Mass. Ave. and Broadway, before returning to Kickstand. The café will then serve hot chocolate, and participants can bring doughnuts, which are part of the Hanukkah holiday tradition, said Stephanie Marlin-Curiel, Arlington’s Commission for Arts and Culture, at the Nov. 22 Select Board meeting.

For more about this event, including a mobile art display, click here >>

Cost: $10 per family.

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This news summary, by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert, was published Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, and updated Dec. 6.