There’s a lot going on in the city. Many of the events don’t need our help in drawing a crowd, but some do. Here’s our take on some of this week’s most worthwhile excursions.
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Sunday, Dec. 13 — Celebrating Christmas with the New England Irish Harp Orchestra, 2-3:30 p.m., Fiddlers Green, 19 Temple St. Another night game for the Pats. That’s starting to get old — or maybe I am. Either way, bright side is our afternoon’s free. So, start your week with a little Hibernian holiday fun. Sing and clap along, or just sip an afternoon Guinness, sit back, laugh and have a good time.
Tickets are $10. Check out the New England Irish Harp Orchestra here.
Monday, Dec. 14 — A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Maybe you’re a late tree-picker-outer and you missed all the fun at Fiddlers Green Sunday. Maybe you’re just an Irish, good-times-having sonofagun who can’t get enough holiday spirit. Maybe you have two hours to kill stuck in downtown construction traffic. All good reasons to find yourself a prime seat for the 13th annual live edition of the longtime radio special.
Tickets start at $46, but you get 10 percent off with your Woo Card.
Tuesday, Dec. 15 — High school basketball take-your-pick:
- Holy Name girls vs. Algonquin, 7 p.m., 144 Granite St.
- St. Peter-Marian boys vs. Catholic Memorial, 7 p.m., 781 Grove St.
- South boys vs. Holy Name, 7 p.m., 170 Apricot St.
- Worcester Tech boys vs. Bay Path, 7 p.m., 1 Skyline Drive
Wednesday, Dec. 16 — Holiday Cheer Glass Sculpting, 6:30-9:30 p.m., New Street Glass Studio, 35B New St. Not a lot of free stuff this week. $65, this one. But it is the season of giving (all your money away), after all! Anyway, if you’re one of those folks who likes to give personal, thoughtful gifts and isn’t afraid of playing with “molten borosilicate glass,” you can learn how to make anything from small ornaments and candy canes to dreidels and jewelry. Sounds worth it.
Thursday, Dec. 17 — Paint Lab for Kids! Darth Vader, 5-6 p.m., C.C. Lowell Art Supply Co., 258 Park Ave. Have a kiddo or two between the ages of 6 and 12? How many of your grandmother’s heirloom decorations have they broken already? Right, get those troublemakers out of the house for a while and let them mess up somebody else’s place. This is a weekly event at the historic paint/arts shop, but a timely one at that, what with the new “Star Wars” coming out — and all those Superglued ornaments on your kitchen counter. $15.
Friday, Dec. 18 — John McDermott & Friends: A Family Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. John McDermott is a Celtic tenor. At least, that’s what the Mechanics Hall folks say; I had no idea, I’ll be honest. Sorry, John. (Check him out here — he’s legit.) Turns out he’s got some friends, too, who also happen to be headed to Worcester and of the mind to give a holiday concert. I feel like this is going to work out for everybody. Especially the folks at the St. John’s Food for the Poor Program, the Temple Street nonprofit that will benefit from the proceeds.
Tickets are $30, $40 and $60 (VIP).
Saturday, Dec. 19 — Holiday concert with Cataclysmic, 3-4 p.m., Birch Tree Bread Company, 138 Green St. There was a definite theme this week — not sure if you picked up on it or not — until these meddling kids came along and had to be all different. This concert will cost you no bucks. That’s right. Free. At last. For that — nothing, nada — you get to see Worcester Music Academy’s teen rock band, Cataclysmic, jam on some classic holiday tunes.