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Out and About: Celebrate the Season: December Delights invCentral Massachusetts

Charles O’Donnell 

As the snowflakes dance from the December sky, Central Massachusetts transforms into a canvas of joy and connection, inviting everyone to partake in the festivities. Beyond the customary holiday cheer, this lively region unfolds a myriad of activities, much like freshly fallen snowflakes, each unique and embracing the diversity, inclusivity, and the heartwarming spirit of togetherness that defines this time of year.

The month kicks off with a burst of creativity at “stART at the Station” on Sunday, December 3rd at Union Station. This event is a testament to the local art scene, providing an opportunity for the community to engage with artists and their work. This celebration of local art is not just an exhibition, it’s a chance to find that perfect piece of art that resonates with the holiday spirit. 

For an evening filled with glamor and excitement, the “Worcester Drag Gauntlet” finale on December 8th at Electric Haze promises an extraordinary experience. Drag shows are more than just entertainment; they are a celebration of individuality and acceptance. In this dazzling event, attendees can revel in performances that embrace diversity and uniqueness.

A week later, on December 10th, “Drag Story Time”, hosted by Love Your Labels, at Redemption Rock Brewing Co. infuses classic tales with a touch of enchantment. This family-friendly event is a perfect setting for parents and children alike to come together, share stories, and revel in the uncomplicated delight of the season. 

For those seeking a space within the LGBTQ+ community, “Queer Artist/Maker Nights at the Hub ” on December 17th, and every first Thursday of the month, at Creative Hub Worcester provides a haven for creative expression and camaraderie. The power of art to unite people is palpable in these gatherings, fostering an environment where diverse stories can be shared.

Adding a retro flair to the mix is “Win Lose or Drag”, an interactive retro-game show hosted by Worcester’s beloved drag queens Gem Stoner, Bootz, and DaishaDore Famouz at Femme Bar. Starting on December 7th, and every other Thursday, this unique event promises an evening of laughter and competition, where the audience is an integral part of the show. Beyond the glitter and sequins, “Win Lose or Drag” creates an environment where everyone, regardless of background, can come together and share in the joy of playful competition.

On December 21st, and every third Thursday of the month, “Harley’s Fun House” at Ralph’s Diner wraps up the month with a celebration of music, dance, and vibrant energy. This inclusive event filled with music and dance, bringing people from all walks of life to share in the joy of music and movement. It’s a testament to the power of shared experiences in fostering connections. 

In the spirit of the season, these events in Central Massachusetts shine as bright with joy, love and celebration of individuality. They are not just activities; they are moments to create memories, to laugh, to share, and to feel the warmth of community. As we navigate the festive month, let us embrace the universal joy that December brings – a time when cheer knows no boundaries, and the spirit of togetherness weaves us all into the delightful fabric of the holiday season.