2017 Downtown Holiday Event Guide

2017 Downtown Holiday Event Guide
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Hallmark Events
Voices of MetroWest presents Totally 90s
214 Concord Street  Fri 7:30 pm  Sat 3:00 pm                               
Voices of MetroWest presents this spectacular concert dedicated to the '90s, complete with Nirvana, Boy Bands, Britney Spears, and more!  Proceeds help support the Framingham Downtown Renaissance!  Get your tickets now!
Morton Street Gallery Opening 
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co.  6:00pm - 8:00pm                                    

Embrace the new collaboration between Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co. and Amazing Things Arts Center as they unveil the Morton Street Gallery!  This gallery will feature local artists with a unique style well suited to the brewery environment. The gallery will be curated and juried by Amazing Things and Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co.!  On-site parking at 81 Morton St.

Holiday Ornaments Workshop
Community Kiln 46 Park Street Suite 3 1:00pm - 4:00pm                           

Create holiday ornaments or ceramic gift tags using clay, all while learning basic hand-building techniques.  Tuition includes all materials and firing. Finished artworks can be picked up 3 weeks after the workshop.  Ages 5 to 15.  Advance registration required; price is per person so register anyone planning to create something.

26th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nevins Hall 150 Concord Street  5:45pm                             

Musical performances will be provided by Framingham Public Schools and the Framingham Girl Scouts. There will be face painting, cookies and hot chocolate. Children and families can have their photograph taken with Santa for a dollar and a free book will be provided to each child. 

Howard Street Studios -  First Open Studios
162 Howard Street (second floor)  12:00pm - 5:00pm                      

You'll be amazed at the gleaming floors and eight beautiful studios.  Come meet eight friendly artists in their own domain.  Balloons will mark the entrance to the second floor.

Community Kiln Holiday Sale & Open House
46 Park Street Suite 3   9:30am - 4:00pm                             

Celebrate the Season with Community Kiln! Come visit the studio and purchase one of a kind gifts for yourself and loved ones. There will be an abundance of sculptural and functional ceramics for sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Community Kiln's scholarship program. 

Paints and Pints 
Springdale Beer 102 Clinton  Street   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm                     

At Paint and Pints, have fun, sip a beer and take home your masterpiece. All materials will be provided in this Winter Themed Edition!  Tickets are $40 and include instructions, all materials for your masterpiece and one Springdale beer.

Holiday Stroll   7 pm - 11 pm

Get to know your community on this four-hour adventure through downtown Framingham!  Learn about others' passions and aspirations this holiday season while you partake in our fun holiday games and show off your unique stroll swag!  We'll announce the holiday gear winner and help you vote on the best storefront window decorations, too!  Remember - there is zero pressure to drink or even spend money at every venue!

Downtown Artisan Market 
Springdale Beer 102 Clinton Street 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Each select vendor has been paired with a specialty brew from Springdale Beer.  Intrigued?  Check out more here!  

> 1854 Cycling pays homage to the Abolitionist movement in Framingham's own Harmony Grove, where activists like Henry David Thoreau, William Lloyd Garrison, and Sojourner Truth gathered in 1854.  Proceeds help end cycles of poverty among formerly incarcerated.  

* Pair it with Really, Though

> Venezuelan Artist Franklin Marval lives in Boston and works as an art teacher at the Boston Day and Evening Academy in Roxbury, MA.  He is intrigued by colors and shapes, which create situations similar to human behavior, events of nature, and the observation of reality.

* Pair it with Suspended Animation

> Sweet Suds from Melissa has soaps to meet your changing mood or season!  Reward your loved ones with these amazing hand-crafted gifts!

* Pair it with Desert Solitaire

> MW Knits offers uniquely colorful creations.  Amy Weader is a well-known artist and clerk of Framingham's former Fountain Street Studios.  Come meet Amy and check out her wonderful, eye-popping collection!

* Pair it with Fresh Boysen

> Brookfield Candle Company is home-based out of Framingham and creates triple-scented, handmade candles. Each candle is made to order using 100% all natural renewable soy wax. Only the finest uncut, undiluted oils are used.  Stop  by and say hello to Karen!

* Pair it with Poive Raz

> Susie Rich is an author of children's books and social worker

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Susie has spent her career working in the social work/homelessness prevention field. She has written great children's books and resides near Boston with her family.  Please stop by to meet her.

* Pair it with On the Contrary

> Welcome to School of Rock, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock has  the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rock-star status.

* Pair it with You had to be There

> Visit Cheryl's Knits, from our very own local
Framingham knitter!

Cheryl makes her keep by delivering you this wonderful, stylish gear to help you stay warm in the colder months!  Gift your family and reward Cheryl for all her hard work! 

* Pair it with But I Digress

> Toy Trucks and Succulents from Nicole  will not disappoint! These memorable, vintage items will help you make an impressive mark upon your friends and family.  Stop by Nicole's table to see what the commotion is all about!

* Pair it with So Anyway

> If you're into trend-setting style, Janine's Jewels is your go-to stop.  Janine creates  pieces to help you capture current milestones and express special memories! 

* Pair it with Rhuby Bluesday

> Hand-knits by Jackie includes hats and accessories made from wool, alpaca and other luxury yarns.  Stop by this table to see what coziness is all about!

* Pair it with Just Sayin'

> Jensine Casey's LuLaRoe Collection will include comfortable clothing in tons of patterns that are shaped into styles that flatter!

* Pair it with Amirite?!

> Don't let the holiday stress aggravate your body.  Framingham's Chiropractic Solutions is offering much-need complimentary screenings for our holiday shoppers!

* Pair it with Good N'You?

> Atlantis Dental's team knows that oral hygiene is important during all months, especially the holiday season.  Stop by to visit this hard-working team that proudly represents downtown Framingham.  Care kits will be available for everyone!

* Pair it with Cobi Colada


Downtown Celebration   
La Cantina 911 Waverly Street 6 pm - 10 pm


It's time to come together and celebrate 2017 - a year full of business and community accomplishments!

  • Sign and facade improvements
  • Business milestones and expansions
  • New businesses
  • Green space enhancements
  • Community events and faith-based missions
  • Achievements in arts and culture
Whether you're a private citizen or business leader, ticket holders will receive great benefits, including paid social media marketing and complimentary passes to 2018 events!
Shop with a Cop 
Target     400 Cochituate Road                   

Celebrate the holiday season and shop with a cop from the MetroWest! Return the application linked here by December 14th.  Approximately 100 children will be chosen, based on financial need or military parents currently deployed. Students that are accepted will be notified by phone or email no later than Thursday, December 14th.   
- Your child must be available on December 19, 2017
- Your child must be in kindergarten through 8th grade
- You must live in Middlesex County

Photos with Santa 
MetroPCS 26 Union Avenue  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm                                  

Get FREE, high-quality photos with Santa at MetroPCS located at 26 Union Avenue.  Be sure to bring your kids out and stop at one of our downtown restaurants afterward.

7th Annual Downtown Framingham Holiday Storefront Window Decorating Contest

Wait - the voting isn't over!  Throughout the month, we will upload storefront window displays from our downtown businesses.  You, the people, can vote online for your favorites!  Our esteemed panel of Celebrity Judges will decide the best overall. Stay tuned for more voting news!  Winners will be announced at a January City Council meeting, and winners will receive complimentary paid social media marketing!

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