Candy Cane Tea at the Boston Public Library
Nov 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kick off the holiday season with child-friendly activities and festive treat with the Catered Affair and Boston Public Library Candy Cane Tea!

Boston Public Library Candy Cane Tea

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The hanging of the Christmas wreaths, the lighting of the Menorah, the smell of cookies baking in the oven. The Catered Affair has a deep affection for holiday traditions. That’s why we’ve created one of our own right here at The Boston Public Library. Our Annual Candy Cane Tea is a free community event that brings families together to kick off the holiday season with child-friendly activities, delightful treats and a festive traditional tea prior to the popular Copley Square tree lighting ceremony.

The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library is happy to invite you to join them for this unique Boston holiday activity and family tradition. The Candy Cane Tea is free and open to the community, drawing children of all ages with seasonal activities and seasonal food and drink.

Join them for a fun-filled afternoon that celebrates all of the joyful traditions of Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa. Kids can partake in a variety of festive holiday-themed crafts, listen to book readings dedicated to the season, and enjoy a true tea experience from The Catered Affair. Featured treats include:

  • Peppermint Bark
  • Gingerbread
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Candy Apple Juice & more!

Add the Candy Cane Tea at the Boston Public Library to your holiday traditions this year and start out with a warm, festive afternoon before heading out to enjoy the Copley Square tree lighting ceremony.

Due to the popularity of this event, the organizers will be distributing tickets via raffle. REGISTERING IN THIS EVENT WILL ONLY ENROLL YOU IN THE RAFFLE. They will be giving away 200 tickets to randomly selected winners registered to this event. Winners will be notified on 11/13 via email, so please be sure to provide your email address when registering. You can request up to 4 tickets with your entry.

If you are a winner, you will have until Tues., November 21st to register your tickets and secure your spot at this year’s Candy Cane Tea. Note: you may only register for the number of tickets you requested in your raffle entry—we want to make sure all families selected to attend will have their requested tickets!

Click here to register for your chance at tickets!

Copley Square Tree Lighting
Nov 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Copley Square Tree Lighting @ Copley Square | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Kick off the holiday season in Copley Square with Santa Claus, Rudolph, and more!

This free event will feature appearances by Mayor Walsh, Santa Claus, and Rudolph along with musical performances by vocalist Mark “sing” Robertson, the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Boston Pops Brass Quintet, and Berklee College of Music‘s own Natalie Daniela Castro Diaz.

The Old South Church bell will toll when the tree is illuminated. Light refreshments will be provided by local businesses New England Coffee, and HP Hood LLC.  Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a family reception immediately following for all in attendance. The reception will include cookie decorating, photos with Santa and treats from the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Even more festivities will take place in and around Copley Square on November 26. The Boston Public Library and The Catered Affair will host a Storytime and Candy Cane Tea at the library from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The tea is free but reservations are required by calling (617) 859-2272.

For additional information please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505. To learn more about The Friends of Copley Square, please visit

CWF Book Sale to Benefit the Boston Public Library
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
CWF Book Sale to Benefit the Boston Public Library @ Boston Public Library | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

The perfect event for book lovers — all benefitting the Boston Public Library!

The City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library will host a book sale from 10am to 4pm. Most books are $1-$2, and they have something for everyone- mystery, romance, biography, history, art, science, cooking, and a ton of books for kids! If you’re more musically inclined, we have sheet music, records, and CDs.

Too many books? Bring donations to the sale! Or, if it’s one bag of books, drop them at the circulation desk anytime- just make sure they’re labeled City-Wide Friends. If you have a larger donation, call us at (617) 859-2341 and they’ll make an appointment for drop-off.

All proceeds from these sales are used to purchase equipment and sponsor programs for the BPL.

For more information on the FrIends or to make sure you never miss a sale, follow them on Facebook ( or Twitter (@cwfbpl) or check out our website at

Carly Copley’s Birthday Party at the Fairmont Copley Plaza
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Carly Copley's Birthday Party at the Fairmont Copley Plaza @ Fairmont Copley Plaza | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Wish Carly Copley a very happy birthday with cake and a story!

Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a birthday party for its canine ambassador, Carly Copley, on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1pm. Hosting Carly’s 8th birthday will be Vanessa Welch, Anchor for Boston 25 News, who will be reading “Catie Copley” to guests. The reading will be followed by birthday cake (for humans) and special snacks for Carly’s canine friends. This beloved Boston holiday tradition is free and open to the public.

In lieu of gifts for the hotel’s pampered pooch, Fairmont Copley Plaza invites guests to bring a donation of towels, blankets or toys for the dogs and cats at the Animal Rescue League’s Boston Shelter.

*This is a dog-friendly event.