Cue awkward office Yankee swap, it must be the holidays. While you might spend your days silently judging your co-workers non-ironic Christmas sweaters, try spending a few nights ringing in the season at a number of Hub holiday hotspots. Whether your season lasts one or eight days, December is packed with a myriad of events for you to eat, drink and be merry. From scantily clad Santas, to twenty-something’s in speedos you’re bound to forget about your impending family obligations for at least a few hours. Here a few places to enjoy some yuletide cheer. – By Rhiannon D’Angelo

Photo Credit: Spirit of Boston

Sangria with Santa

Spirit of Boston Sangria with Santa Midday Cruise
December 1st and 15th
Board boat at 2:30 p.m., cruise runs from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Spirit of Boston
Tickets: $22.90 per person

Forget happy hour, how about a liquid lunch? The Spirit of Boston wants you to blow off the afternoon at work altogether. On December 1st and 15th leave the office early and head to the water. The lunchtime cruise features dancing, drinks and a light lunch menu. All guests (21 and older with ID) will be greeted with a complimentary glass of sangria upon boarding.

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Drink, Dance, Donate

25th Anniversary Snowball
Friday, December 2, 9:00 p.m.
Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA
Tickets $75.00 at the door

Put on your holiday finery and join Santa Claus Anonymous for their 25th annual Snowball on December 2, at the Copley Marriott hotel. Tickets almost always sell out for the black tie affair – long a holiday tradition in Boston. Bring your dancing shoes, Kahootz, one of Boston’s best wedding bands, will grace the stage for the second year in a row. All the proceeds raised from the Snowball are donated to three beneficiary organizations selected each year, aimed at having a positive impact on the development of youth in the Greater Boston area.


Scantily Clad Sprint

2011 SSRun
Saturday, December 10
Start at Lir Tavern
903 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
Registration fee: $30
Runners must be 21+

Join the flurry of sports bras and speedos on a one-mile jog through Boston’s Back Bay. The 12th annual SSRun starts at LIR Tavern and winds its way from Boylston to Berkley and back again. Since you’ll need liquid courage to saunter the streets in your skivvies, libations will be provided pre and post run. While speedos are required, thongs are strictly prohibited. And, don’t worry, you’re stripping down for a good cause, all proceeds will go to the Play Ball Foundation.

Photo Credit: Nancy Palmieri

To Hell with Holiday Hype

“F*** That!” Erin’s Anti-Holiday Show!
Thu Dec 22, 2011, 7:30 pm
Club Passim
47 Palmer St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-7679

There’s someone out there that hates the holidays more than you do and her name is Erin McKeown. The holiday hater’s eponymous holiday performance is sure to make you ha-ha-ha about everything ho-ho-ho. “F*** That!” Erin’s Anti-Holiday Show!, features songs about everything from ugly Christmas sweaters to cranky carolers. Catch the spectacle at Cambridge’s Club Passim.

When not 9-to-5-ing it, Bostonian Rhiannon D’Angelo is sharing her wry thoughts on pop-culture, fashion and travel on her popular blog Down The Rabbit Hole: A Bostonian’s Musings on Fashion and Culture.