KIDS MENU: Halfway to Dot Day 5k, music and crafts mark holiday season

It’s officially the season to celebrate: snow is in the forecast and various holiday parties are popping up all over the neighborhood (and beyond). It’s a great time to join your friends and neighbors to celebrate all the wintery happenings- even with only six months to Dot Day!

Sat., Dec. 9, 9 a.m.— Half Way to Dot Day 5K. Join the Dorchester Running Club for another great year raising money for local families and charities. Registration $20. Kids under 12 are free with an unwrapped toy. Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St, Dorchester. The race starts promptly at 9 a.m. at the Hallet Street entrance of DCR’s Pope John Paul Park. More at DotNews.com

Sat., Dec. 9, 7 p.m.— Saint Brendan’s and Saint Ann’s “Swing into Christmas” on Sat., Dec. 9 from 7-9 p.m. at Saint Brendan Father Lane Hall features live music.

Sat, Dec.9 at 3 p.m.—Holiday Christmas Party at Christ the King Dorchester, 10 Parish St. This free event is fun for all ages - with music, food, and activities for kids and adults.

Sun., Dec. 10, 2p.m. – Music and surprises at the Dorchester Historical Society holiday party from 2-4 p.m. at William Clapp House, 195 Boston St., Dorchester.

Sun., Dec. 10, 1 p.m. — Holiday Craft Workshop for Kids presented by Dottie Hottie Kendra Stanton Lee each student will come home with a painted flower pot, a decorated bag, ornament, and greeting card to be gifted and treasured for years to come. All ages welcome, although child should know how to form his/her own letters. All supplies are included in price of class. Boston Sensory Solutions, 500 Granite Ave., Milton. To reserve your spot, go to kendrastantonlee.com.

Tues, Dec.12 at 5pm. — Jingle & Mingle at the Barking Crab Restaurant to benefit Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester. Enjoy live music from Legends of Summer, Farmer Willie’s popular Ginger Beer paired with cookies, complimentary food and drinks, raffles, and more.

Wed, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m.— Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights at the Museum of Fine Arts. Join us for an evening celebrating “Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights.” Enjoy an array of festive musical performances, engaging tours, and family-friendly activities. Explore the MFA’s collection of Judaica, view a one-of-a-kind menorah, and join a community candle lighting.

Mon, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.— December Holidays Magic Show at Adams St Library. This magic show is an exciting and colorful program that will captivate children ages 4 to 12 with mystifying stage magic, lively comedy, and enchanting lore. The audience will actively participate in Debbie’s merry celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, The First Day of Winter, Diwali, New Year’s Eve, Bodhi Day, Saint Stephen’s Day, Three King’s Day, Kwanzaa, and more as they learn about the different holidays that light up this special month.

Thur., Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.— “An Irish Christmas Show with Chloë Agnew Original Star of Celtic Woman” at The Irish Cultural Centre of New England 200 New Boston Drive, Canton.

Tues., Dec. 26, 10:30 a.m. —The Fairy Circus: Tanglewood Marionettes Come enjoy turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry featuring over twenty hand-crafted marionettes that dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform and fly through the air - all to the best-loved music of famous composers. All performances are. jfklibrary.org/celebrate or call 617-514-1644.