December Events: Sugar Plum Fairies, Ferran Adrià, and a Hot Cocoa Crawl

The semester is coming to a close and the year is almost over, but there’s still plenty to do! Whether you’re heading home or sticking around town, be sure to schedule in a few of these festive events for the chilly month of December.

Please note that many of the following events require tickets or reservations.

Harvard Science and Cooking Lecture Series

When: Dates vary, but all talks begin at 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted.
Where: Harvard Science Center (One Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, Hall C & overflow Hall E)
What: A lecture series combining the expertise of food specialists, world-renowned chefs, and Harvard researchers. Lectures vary from week to week and are open to the public.

Monday, Dec. 2
“Evolution culinary theory”
Ferran Adrià, elBulli Foundation
**Tickets will be available on Tuesday, November 26th at the Harvard Box Office, located in the Holyoke Center 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA**

Monday, Dec. 9
“The Accidental Chemist”
America’s Test Kitchen
Jack Bishop, Editorial Director at Cook’s Illustrated and an Editor on The Science of Good Cooking
Dan Souza, Senior Editor of Cook’s Illustrated
Science Center Hall C, 7 p.m.

Harvard Square Hot Cocoa Crawl

When: Friday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: Harvard Square, 18 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
What: A winter crawl for only the most serious of chocoholics. Stops include L.A. Burdicks, Crema Cafe, Cardullo’s and more!

Eat Boutique Holiday Market

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Cruiseport Boston’s Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, 1 Black Falcon Avenue, Boston, MA
What: This foodie gathering includes more than 50 makers, cookbook authors, culinary experts, beverage brewers, and more. Shop for specialty food items, sample treats from local food trucks and local Beer and Wine purveyors, and attend various events like cookbook signings, culinary workshops and special tastings. Tickets required, general admission costs $20.

Downeast Cider Launch Party

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2:00 to 9:00 PM
Where: Downeast Cider House, 200 Terminal Street, Boston, MA
What: The local cider house is opening its doors to celebrate its grand opening with hard cider, music, games and more! Tickets required and cost $25.

South End Holiday Cookie Fest

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 with tours at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM
Where: South End, Boston, MA
What: A holiday tour of the South End’s best cookies from top Boston bakeries. Each stop comes with its own special occasion cookie in flavors like Ginger Molasses and Blueberry Pancookie! Tickets are $20 and must be purchased online in advance. A portion of each ticket will benefit the Boston Center for the Arts.

9th Annual Candy Land Tournament

When: Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market Bldg, Boston, MA
What: An annual Candy Land board game tournament for kids and kids-at-heart benefiting Pitching in for Kids. Entry fee is $5 per person. Additional donations appreciated. Bring your own candy for game-time snacking.

“Pop It Like It’s Hot” Hot Chocolate Pop-Up

When: Friday, Dec. 6, Friday, Dec. 13, Friday, Dec. 20, and Friday, Dec. 27 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM
Where: Revere Hotel Boston Common, 200 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116
What: A gourmet hot chocolate pop-up just in time for the holidays and that blustery Boston winter. Each Friday through the month of December, the Revere Hotel is hosting the holiday pop-up shop featuring unique hot chocolate recipes by local area chefs using hot cocoa mix from Taza Chocolate. Hot cocoa is free, but donations are encouraged and go towards The Home for Little Wanderers.

Boston Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”

When: Various showings through Monday, Dec. 30
Where: Boston Opera House, Boston, MA
What: A Boston holiday tradition, this year’s version of the classical ballet features new sets, costumes, and choreography. Tickets start at $35 and first-time buyers receive a 10 percent discount.

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