December 2017
Holiday Season Arrives in the Cultural District
The holiday season began in Natick Center on November 26th with the arrival of Santa for the Holiday Lighting on the Common. A festive time was had by all and the day concluded with the downtown aglow in its new holiday lights, ushering in the 2017 holiday season begin!

December brings many new and favorite events such as the Jane Austen Ball, the Gingerbread Festival, The Nutcracker and for those last minute shoppers a super "Holiday Hustle" weekend. See below for details on events coming up this month in the cultural district.
Victorian carolers during the
Holiday Lighting on the Common on Nov. 26th.
Each week our popular Farmers Market is inside the Common St. Spiritual Center with plenty of great food and craft vendors! Visit the Natick Farmers Market Facebook Page for weekly details.

Check out our complete list of cultural events in the district by visiting  natickcenter.org. 
Holiday Lighting
It was a festive time on Sunday, November 26th with Santa arriving a little early to hear the last minute requests from eager children waiting to share their wishes with him. Arriving by fire truck with vintage cars leading the way, there were eggnog samples, munchkins, and festive music by  Metrowest Symphony Orchestra . Toys were collected for Toys For Tots by the Metrowest Marine Corps League Detachment #1037 and the  First Congregational Church of Natick, UCC  provided music, a living creche and Victorian carolers.  Impulse Dance Center  hosted 'Journey with the Nutcracker' which delighted the children that took part in it.

The finale took place as Santa used his holiday 'magic' to turn on the new holiday lights in Natick center, what a great way to begin the holiday season!

Happy holidays to all from all of us at the Natick Center Cultural District and thank you for your continued support throughout the year!
Mr. and Mrs. Claus visit Natick center!
New holiday lights on the common and downtown!

Festive holiday window at
The Common Cafe and Kitchen.
Holiday Window Contest
The 6th annual Holiday Window Contest has begun in Natick Center! This contest offers the businesses and favorite places downtown a chance to win the title of "Best Holiday Window 2017"! The winner will receive a special ceremony, a NCCD 2018 membership, and have their name engraved on the Holiday Window Contest trophy! 

Vote for your favorite window until December 10th at 6:00 pm at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZJY2JPW

Help your favorite local spot by voting soon and keeping Natick looking merry and bright for the holidays!
"Holiday Hustle" Weekend
If you've got some last minute shoppers in your life be sure to send them downtown on December 23rd and 24th for the "Holiday Hustle" Weekend in Natick Center! Shops will be open with amazing gift options, goodies for shoppers and some will even be offering free gift wrapping! Spread the word or leave hints to those that are known procrastinators that downtown is the place to be for the last minute shoppers!

Click your shoes twice and remember, "There's no place like local, there's no place like local for the holidays!"
#shopnatickcenter
Visit our Facebook page and
 Website for details soon!
Austen fans unite for the
Jane Austen Ball on December 9th at the Morse Institute Library!
Jane Austen Ball
On December 9th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm the  Morse Institute Library Natick  hosts the Jane Austen Ball! This event will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s last novel, Persuasion , at the Austen inspired ball.

There will be live chamber music performed by  Walnut Hill School for the Arts  students, English country dancing tutorials by Fox Ballroom, a number of Jane Austen and other literary inspired games, and light refreshments. Costumes are of course encouraged but not required.

This is a FREE ticketed event. To reserve tickets, please visit the main circulation desk or call 508-647-6520. One individual can reserve up to 4 tickets.
Gingerbread Festival
Check out a beautiful array of gingerbread creations by local cake artists on display at the Bacon Free library, then enter their raffle to take one home for the holidays! Visit on
Monday December 4th - Saturday December 20th. The library is open M-F 9:30-5:30 pm and Saturday from 9:00-1:00 pm. The library is closed on Sundays.

Purchase raffle tickets or bring in an item of canned goods in exchange for a ticket. All food items will be donated to   A Place to Turn. 

Free 2-Hour Holiday Parking
Put your quarters away for the month of December because there's Free 2-Hour Parking in Natick Center through January 2nd. Thank you  to the Town of Natick for this holiday gift!
Farmers Market
Every week it's something new at the Natick Farmers Market located inside the Common St. Spiritual Center on Saturday's from 9-1:00 pm. Fresh produce, donuts, meat, cheese, great vendors, one-of-a-kind crafts and entertainment weekly, it's not to be missed!

Please visit  natickfarmersmarket.com   for more information and a weekly list of vendors.
The holiday favorite, Nutcracker, performed by the talented Walnut Hill School for the Arts students.
Nutcracker
The Walnut Hill Dance Department proudly presents "The Nutcracker" at the Keiter Center for Performing Arts. 

Performances are December 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14,15,16 at 7 pm and December 9,10,17 at 2 pm. Free parking at 146 Bacon Street. 

For more information and tickets contact Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
TCAN
On December 21st at 6:30 pm, Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony, a collaborative group of Boston-based singers and string players who gather once a year to reinvent the sound of the holidays, will perform at TCAN for a special show. You may purchase your tickets HERE for this holiday favorite!

Natick Center Cultural District
20 Main St., Suite 208
 Natick, MA 01760 - 508-650-8848
Check out our Events Calendar at our website for information on Natick Center activities and information!

Also visit the business directory for downtown information on local merchants,
art classes, organizations and much more!