Holiday Events at Arsenal Yards: Black FridAY, Holiday Pop Up, Hannukah Celebration & Santa!

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Arsenal Yards has a lineup of events for the Holidays. (Courtesy of Arsenal Yards)

The following information was provided by Arsenal Yards:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Arsenal Yards, the bustling new neighborhood in Watertown, invites area residents, workers, and visitors to make their holiday season merry and bright with holiday happenings now through December. Guests can enjoy a packed schedule of seasonal activities and entertainment along with plentiful opportunities to give back to the Watertown community.

The festivities will kick off on Black Friday, November 24th,with the Black FridAY Celebration + Gift Drive. While getting ahead on holiday shopping, visitors can enjoy festive activities, treats, crafts & more. Visitors are invited to stop by the fire pits to warm up while shopping, before or after fueling up at any of Arsenal Yards’ deliciously festive restaurants. Guests are also encouraged to drop off an unwrapped gift on the River Green to be donated towards children and families at the Watertown Boys & Girls Club and to the Whooley Foundation Gift Drive.

Additional festive happenings during the holiday season include meet and greets with Santa, holiday character extravaganzas, holiday crafting, a Menorah lighting, and oh-ho-ho-so much more. 

“The holidays are such a special time full of memorable moments with friends and family, and we’re excited to invite the Watertown community out to celebrate this season with us,” says Jessica Peterson, Marketing Director at Arsenal Yards. “From festive photo opps and character meet & greets, to live music, holiday pop ups and more, Arsenal Yards abounds with holiday merriment. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a day full of shopping, catching up with friends over a delicious meal, seeing a holiday film at the movies, or practicing some self-care with a workout class or spa treatment, we pride ourselves on truly offering something for everyone this holiday season here at Arsenal Yards!”

Santa will be appearing at Arsenal Yards on Dec. 4. (Courtesy of Arsenal Yards)

Visitors are encouraged to check out the Arsenal Yards Events Calendar all season long, and see below for the full current schedule of events:

Black FridAY Celebration + Gift Drive

On Friday, November 24th from 11:00am–4:00pm head to Arsenal Yards to enjoy festive activities, treats, crafts & more. Visitors are also encouraged to bring unwrapped gift donations to support two local organizations this holiday season. BONUS: The first 100 people to donate will get an Arsenal Yards Swag Bag.

FOUND Holiday Pop Up Shop

Shop sustainably this holiday season at the FOUND Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Arsenal Yards. Open Thursdays – Sundays until December 23rd, visitors can shop from 45 vintage and upcycled clothing and goods vendors at this unique pop-up experience. With fast fashion dominating the shopping world, FOUND was established as a reminder that small changes can make a positive impact on the environment. While traditionally FOUND has been executed in a pop-up market structure, their first ongoing market will allow shoppers to explore sustainable offerings to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list.

Character Extravaganza

Don’t miss this exciting meet and greet on Wednesday, November 29th from 4:00–6:00PM with holiday characters, including take-your-own photos ops with all the fan-favorites from Frozen, The Grinch, Elf, and Rudolph. RSVP encouraged.

Santa’s Workshop

On Monday, December 4th from 4:00–6:00PM, guests can bring the kids to the River Green to meet Santa and warm up with a hot cocoa (and maybe even a sweet treat as we hear its national cookie day)! Plus, kiddos can help Santa’s elves make a take-home craft. RSVP via Eventbrite is REQUIRED in order to receive professional photos. RSVP here.

Hannukah Celebration

In partnership with Chabad Watertown, the community is invited to the second-annual public menorah lighting ceremony and celebration at Arsenal Yards in Bond Square on December 7th from 4:30–5:30PM. Enjoy a live fire dance performance, lighting ceremony, live music, complimentary treats, crafts and more!

Free parking for all Arsenal Yards events is available in the red or purple parking garage, along with the surface parking area near City Works. For more information about Arsenal Yards, visit


Along the Charles River, Greater Boston’s next great neighborhood is thriving in the East End of Watertown. Arsenal Yards boasts curated shops, eateries, fitness, and entertainment venues including Buttermilk & Bourbon, Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, Kura Sushi, The Majestic 7, Shake Shack, City Works Eatery & Pour House, Gordon’s Wine, Pure Barre, Roche Bros., Ulta and more. Spanning over one million square feet, Arsenal Yards offers 200,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art life science space, home to current biotech tenants SQZ Biotech, Kymera and Arkuda; 300 contemporary apartments at Blvd & Bond; and a 146-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton. With a focus on building community, Arsenal Yards hosts seasonal event series for both residents and visitors, including outdoor musical performances and fitness classes, along with a “Picnic in the Park” series in the summer months and a “Fireside” fire pit activation in winter. Arsenal Yards is a co-development of Boylston Properties and Wilder. For more information visit

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