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Sunday, Dec. 18

Third Annual Poetry Stroll, around the clock at various spots around Harvard Square (and continuing through Jan. 1). Free. A self-guided, 18-stop outdoor tour that highlights local poets by displaying works in storefronts and public spaces. Information is here.

An aerial view of the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Qatar. (Photo: Ross Dunn via Flickr)

World Cup finals screening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port. It’s free to attend this 21-plus event. Regardless of who’s playing, the back taproom will show the action. Cold beer or coffee is available. Pepita Coffee breakfast sandwiches are available until 2 p.m. Information is here.

Winter in the Garden: Birds in Winter from noon to 2 p.m. at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Learn about winter birds and how they survive the colder months, then build your own bird feeder to take home. Information is here.

The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration at 7:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square (and continuing though Dec. 28). Tickets are $24 to $112. The 52nd annual celebration of this moment in the calendar; this year using the music, stories and dance of Irish, German and Russian Jewish families and the Mexican nurses they meet on Christmas Eve at Ellis Island in the 1920s. Information is here.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” with the Heather Pierson Trio from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. General admission is $25. Vince Guaraldi’s iconic soundtrack of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” additional Guaraldi compositions and other holiday favorites are played by the Conway, New Hampshire-based band. Information is here.

Gingerbread house building at 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Tickets are $10. There are three sessions available that come with a kit for building your own gingerbread house. Information is here.


Monday, Dec. 19

An image for the Harvard Square’s Poetry Stroll. (Image: Grace Coffey/National Park Service)

Third Annual Poetry Stroll (continued) around the clock at various spots around Harvard Square (and continuing through Jan. 1). Free. Information is here.


Tuesday, Dec. 20

Third Annual Poetry Stroll (continued) around the clock at various spots around Harvard Square (and continuing through Jan. 1). Free. Information is here.

Outdoors Pub Sing, Wassail and Solstice Party from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Dress warmly to sing songs of the season around a fire pit, with marshmallows to toast and mulled cider. (More snacks would be welcomed.) Attend only if fully vaccinated, boosted and symptom-free. Information is here.

“Elf” Choose-the-Movie Night from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., in the Winter Hill neighborhood. Free. Residents voted among four holiday films to watch together and chose “Elf,” the 2003 comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. Information is here.

The Sweetback Sisters (via Facebook)

The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $24. A country cowgirl-style variety show starring Emily Miller and Zara Bode, with hints of jazz and ragtime amid the Americana. The Boston Globe called the show “the perfect balance of sass, sincerity and swing.”Information is here.


Wednesday, Dec. 21

Third Annual Poetry Stroll (continued) around the clock at various spots around Harvard Square (and continuing through Jan. 1). Free. Information is here.

Gift Anyagwochu (via Facebook)

“Lost Love and Music” graduating student recital at 3 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, but a donation of $10 or more is welcome. Baritone Gift Anyagwochu performs selections by Rossini, Schubert, Okechukwu, Ambriose, Finzi, Mozart, Androzzo and Thiele backed by a sextet of piano, trumpet, saxophone and voice. Information is here.

Winter Solstice Celebration from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Cambridge library’s O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free. Seasonal story time, an illuminating craft and a cozy winter treat helps celebrate the shortest day of the year and the start of winter. Information is here.

Winter Solstice Social from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Ave., West Cambridge. Free. Card making for loved ones or neighbors start off the event, followed by a social hour with treats and a discussion of favorite books and memories of the past year. Information is here.

Solstice Celebration from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Singers Leo Balkovetz, a tenor who performs operatic, choral and chamber music, and Laura Thomas, a soprano specializing in early and sacred music (including with the electroacoustic ensemble Silica Gel), perform medieval songs and chants for “a beautiful, unique interplay of vocal lines.” Information is here.

The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square (and continuing though Dec. 28). Tickets are $24 to $112. Information is here.

The Lilypad Variety Show from 10 p.m. to midnight at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square. There’s a $5 cover. Music, comedy, dance, poetry, art and film may make its way to the stage. Information is here.


Thursday, Dec. 22

Third Annual Poetry Stroll (continued) around the clock at various spots around Harvard Square (and continuing through Jan. 1). Free. Information is here.

Photo-scanning party from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Cambridge library’s Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Ave., Observatory Hill in Neighborhood 9. Free. Come scan all those photos and documents collecting dust in the basement, closet or attic. Staff suggest inviting friends and bring something to eat and drink – along with a USB drive with at least 4GB available or any hard drive. Information is here.

The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square (and continuing though Dec. 28). Tickets are $24 to $112. Information is here.


Friday, Dec. 23

Third Annual Poetry Stroll (continued) around the clock at various spots around Harvard Square (and continuing through Jan. 1). Free. Information is here.

The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration (continued) at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square (and continuing though Dec. 28). Tickets are $24 to $112. Information is here.

Cambridge Festivus from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St., Riverside. General admission is $20 (not including a $2.85 online fee). Live music, poetry and stand-up comedy at a nondenominational party with $4 drinks; proceeds benefit the center. Information is here.


Saturday, Dec. 24

Third Annual Poetry Stroll (continued) around the clock at various spots around Harvard Square (and continuing through Jan. 1). Free. Information is here.

The annual Slutmas Eve show returns Saturday. (Photo: Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys brings via Facebook)

“The Slutcracker” Slutmas Eve from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $35 for this 18-plus show. The annual show brings Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys to the stage followed by a cabaret themed after “The Slutcracker,” our area’s naughty holiday stage tradition. Information is here.


Sunday, Dec. 25

Third Annual Poetry Stroll (continued) around the clock at various spots around Harvard Square (and continuing through Jan. 1). Free. Information is here.