PACC singers at ACMi. / Rob Davison photoPACC singers outside ACMi. / Rob Davison photo

UPDATED Dec. 16: It was a chilly stroll in the Heights on Saturday, Dec. 10, but Arlington residents found ways to feel warm cheer.

That culminated in late afternoon, when an estimated 200 people gathered around the front of ACMi studios on Park Avenue for a music performance by the All-Ages Singers from Park Avenue Congregational Church.

Photos from Dec. 10 >>

Many from the audience sang along to traditional holiday tunes, including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Jingle Bells," a Medford original

Attendees were treated to cookies and hot cider served by several ACMi staff and volunteers. At 5 p.m. Norm McLeod, executive director of the Arlington cable television station, led a 10-second countdown to the tree-lighting, followed by a few more singalongs.

Watch ACMi's video of ... well ... ACMi:

Janet O'Riordan, representing the Arlington Heights Community Association, commented: "The day started off a little slow, and I was certainly concerned if anyone would venture out, given that the temperatures were below freezing.

"But, before long, families appeared walking along the sidewalks. I did see many looking at the wonderful painted windows, which really are quite nice.

"I dropped by Wonder Yoga and saw that their studio was packed with kids doing a winter-themed craft led by Tonya Grifkin with help from AHS volunteers.

"As always, the Touch-A-Truck is a major draw, and kids were able to sit inside a firetruck and a large police cruiser. The police and firefighters knew how to fully engage the kids and their families. The police department also handed out gift bags with stickers and materials for the kids.

"A Girl Scout table was also set up at the bus depot, and I believe the Scouts sold quite a few cookies with all their enthusiasm and signs."

Heights tree-lighting, stroll, 2022

The Arlington Heights Community Association in collaboration with the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce presented this year’s Arlington Heights holiday stroll and tree-lighting from 2 to 5 p.m. 

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These events were free and open to all.

Schedule of events

from 2 to 5 p.m.

Touch a truck: In partnership with the Arlington Fire and Police departments, kids will be able to talk to firefighters and police officers, and to view and touch a firetruck and police cruiser, which will be stationed at the Heights bus depot. 

Family games, a chance to play bean-bag toss and candy-cane ring-toss games outdoors in front of the Heights bus depot. 

Artists holiday store and artisans market, at Roasted Granola Café, 1346 Mass. Ave.This is an ongoing sale of photography, mixed media and collage from four visual artists, plus the work of four guest craftspeople: pottery, fiber art, clothing and accessories and jewelry.

Classic photo-op at Classic Kitchen and Bath Design, 1321 Mass. Ave., with face cutouts of gingerbread person and a snowman. 

Holiday kids craft, for ages 5 through 9, from 2 to 3:30, at Wonder Yoga Studio, 1305 Mass. Ave. with Tonya Grifkin, local artist and certified art teacher. 

Classic photo-op with Santa, from 3 to 4:15,inside ACMi Studio, 85 Park Ave.

– “Taking Turns,”for ages 4 through 10, from 4 to 4:30, at Wonder Yoga Studio, 1305 Mass. Ave., presented by Margaret Moody Puppets.

Music performance, from 4 to 5, at Roasted Granola Café, 1346 Mass. Ave.: Arlington's Basel Zayed, a virtuoso oud player and vocalist, performs classical and contemporary Arabic music. 

Holiday choral performance by PACC All-Ages Singers of Park Avenue Congregational Church, from 4:50 to 5:10: Outdoors in front of ACMi Studio, 85 Park Ave.

Tree lighting with free hot cider and cookies, at 5:Provided by Food Link, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and ACMi. Outdoors in front of ACMi Studio, 85 Park Ave.

The Heights community association thanks Wonder Yoga, Roasted Granola and ACMi for providing venues, and Food Link, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s for refreshments.

The association is a group of Heights business owners, residents and nonprofits who meet monthly to address local concerns, support beautification projects, and organize and fund public events to promote vibrant community engagement. The group's beautification projects and events include 12 seasonal flower planters (half-funded by Cambridge Savings Bank), three window-painting events -- Halloween, winter and spring -- the holiday stroll and a summer festival. 

The group welcomes new volunteers. To attend one of the monthly Thursday morning meetings, volunteer at an event or donate money to support beautification projects and events, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

This news summary was published Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. Janet O'Riordan of the Arlington Heights Community Association provided the information. It was updated Dec. 16, to add ACMi video.