It’s the last weekend before Christmas, which means that either you’re exciting for the holiday cheer and ugly sweater parties to be over or you’re bittersweetly soaking in the last of the Christmas-themed fun. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, this weekend’s biggest event has nothing to do with the holidays at all. The pill, Great Scott’s Friday dance party, is sadly hanging up its hat this Friday after 16 years. So whether you’re nogged-up or nodding-off, get those dancing shoes on and forget about ho, ho, ho-ing for a night.
[Photo credit: Ben Sisto]
Dec. 19 – Harpoon Holiday Party
Join the local brewers from Harpoon at Harp for some holiday bacchanalia. A toy donation or a donation of $5 will get you admission, a brewery tour voucher, and a free raffle ticket, with prizes including K2 skis, lift tickets, Harpoon swag, and more. With live music from Ryan Brooks Kelly and over 10 Harpoon beers to choose from, it’s not a bad way to get a holiday buzz going (6 p.m., 21+).
The popular Middlesex Lounge dance party combines forces with FIXED NYC, another one of the east coast’s staple dance nights, housed in New York. Come out and melt the dancefloor with FIXED NYC’s JDH and Dave P, and Make it New’s resident DJs Coralcola and Alan Manzi
(9 p.m., free, 21+
Dec. 20 – Ree Drummond Book Signing
Writer, photographer, and Food Network star Ree Drummond comes to the Barnes & Noble on BU campus to sign copies of her latest cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays.” Could be the perfect gift opportunity for the chef in your family (6 p.m., free, all ages).
Dec. 20 – the pill: Do you remember the last time?
The legendary Friday night dance party that has kept Bostonians shaking for 16 years will celebrate its last romp this Friday at Great Scott. In a city that’s notoriously anti-dance, DJs Ken and Michael V, as well as a number of guest bands and DJs, have spun the best in Britpop, synthpop, and modern indie, attracting curious listeners and pickier fans who turned away from Top 40. Additionally, the pill acted as a meeting spot for local musicians, like-minded music fans, and other Allston culture junkies to share memories, dance moves, and maybe a pickleback or six. The loss of the pill will leave a tremendous void in Boston, not necessarily for dance nights, but dance nights of a certain kind, that successfully attracted listeners of all shapes and forms. Help raise a glass to this storied night, as it will be sorely missed. Whatever you do, get there ridiculously early, because this is going to pack up extremely fast (10 p.m., $5, 21+).
Dec. 21 – Kielbasa Holiday Extravaganza
No, not the sausage, the accordion playing drag lunch lady. Yes, you heard correctly, she’ll be at Arts at the Armory playing all the holiday classics. Joining Kielbasa will be the Ladies Accordion Orchestra, featuring half a dozen squeeze-boxers (7 p.m., donation based, all ages).
Dec. 22 – Santa on Wheels
Nothing like a 22-mile bike ride in the middle of December to get you in the holiday spirit. Dress up festively (and warmly), congregate at Kickstand Cafe in Arlington, and make a big loop around Boston, spreading holiday cheer, and enjoying some hot cocoa and cookies along the way. A suggested $25 donation goes right to Horizons for Homeless Children (11 a.m., $25 donation, all ages).
All Weekend – Local Markets for last-minute shopping
The Downtown Boston Holiday Market on Summer Street (11 a.m – 7 p.m.), the Somerville Winter Farmer’s Market at Arts at the Armory (Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.), and the Local is For Lovers Holiday Market at Arts at the Armory (Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.) are all good options for picking up last-minute presents from funky local vendors.