The Basics: Arlington First Lights is the town’s annual holiday celebration at local businesses and restaurants along Mass. Ave. (from Arlington Heights to East Arlington) from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. There will be special deals (see below), free treats, activities, carolers, tree lightings and much more. In the evening, businesses will light up their storefronts for a window-decorating contest.
Parking and Trolleys: Parking in the town's two municipal lots (the Russell Common lot behind Arlington Catholic High School and the Railroad lot on Lamson Way) will be free, this Saturday, Dec. 7, and Dec. 14 and 21 as well. Two free trolleys will stop at Russell Common lot and take shoppers to businesses along Mass. Ave. (one will head toward the Heights, the other to East Arlington). The first 100 trolley riders will receive a free goody bag courtesy of Leader Bank.
Where to See Santa:
Tony’s All Sports Barber Shop
Along Mass. Ave. (he’ll be riding along Mass. Ave. in a fire truck starting at 2 p.m.)
Arlington Swifty Printing (2:45-5 p.m.)
Tree Lightings: Each Arlington business district will have caroling at 4:30 p.m. followed by tree lightings at 5 p.m.
Arlington Heights: At Arlington Community Media Inc. (the one at 85 Park Ave.), the Liberty Belle Chorus will sing.
Arlington Center: At Arlington’s Central Fire Station, the Arlington Treble Chorus will sing.
East Arlington: At Capitol Square, Lesley Ellis students and the Arlington Children Theatre’s case of Scrooge the Musical will sing.
Deals and Events
Angelina’s Pastry: Cannoli sale, $1 for mini, $2 for large
Arlington Community Media Inc.: Tree lighting, carolers, light food
Arlington Florist: Surprise flower giveaway and Heights gift raffle
Arlington Swifty Printing: noon to 2 p.m. petting zoo, 2-4 p.m. pony rides, 2:45-5 p.m. photos with Santa
Balich 5 & 10: 10% off your purchase
Big Foot Moving & Storage Inc.: $50 off every $500 spent on your move
Big Picture Framing: Heights gift raffle
Brigham’s: 10% off all food
D’Agostino’s: Gift card raffle
Firefly Moon: Fun holiday snacks, ornament making for kids
Horizons Salon and Day Spa: Free consultation
J&L Hair Studio: Product discount, stocking stuffers, for every $20 spent receive additional $5 toward gift certificate purchases, hot chocolate bar and homemade goodies
Lakota Bakery: Heights gift raffle
Leader Bank, 1300 Mass. Ave.: Hot chocolate, snacks, noon to 3 p.m.
Leader Bank, 864 Mass. Ave., Ice sculpture on display in front of the building
M.Y. Salon and Day Spa: Window decorations and Heights gift raffle
Mirak Chevrolet Hyundai: Refreshments and bites, a raffle for an oil change and those who fill out a ticket will get 10% off service
Old Schwamb Mill: 1:30-2:30 p.m. talk on the Mystic River and its tributaries, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Winter Art Show opening, refreshments and frame raffle
Sports Etc.: Raffle for table top hockey table
Star Nails: Raffle basket
Thai E-Sarn Cuisine: 10% off food, raffle (gift certificate)
The Right Spot: Window and store decorations
The UPS Store: 10% off on all purchases
Tweet Tweet Toy Shop: Face painting
Villa House of Pizza: 10% discount on all food orders purchased in store
Wanamaker Hardware: Giveaways, raffle
Quadcycles: Free samples of Turkish delight
Andrina’s Pizza: 10% off and get a free large cheese pizza coupon if your bill exceeds $10
Allure Hair Salon: Raffle
Anderson’s Florist of Arlington: Warm cider, cookies, discount on local floral orders delivered by Dec. 21
Arlington Centered: 5% off everything until 8 p.m., 15% off from 8-9 p.m., 20% off from 9-10 p.m.
Artful Heart Gallery: Raffle for $50 gift certificate with email sign-up and choice of free earrings with $25 purchase, one per customer
Coyote Impressions: Free gift with a purchase plus other surprises
Cyrus Dallin Art Museum: Raffle
Dahn Holistic Fitness: Discount and raffle, music, hot tea
Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens: Tea, truffles and late night treats, free bouquet with $50 purchase
Frames with a History: Warm cider, cookies, raffle for a mirror, discounts on custom framing
Helene’s: 20% off one item
Henry Bear’s Park: Raffle
Himalayan Crafts: 10% off all purchases
Laura’s Sewing School & More: A simple make-and-take project
Leader Bank: Coffee and snacks, noon to 1 p.m.
Pink Dolly: Letters to Santa mailbox outside of the shop, yummy treats for kids and adults, gift certificate sale and special store discounts
Play Time Inc.: Hospitality refreshments in store, cookies and soda
Regent Theatre: One day ticket sale at box office and free classic Christmas cartoons on the big screen 1-3 p.m.
Re-Use: Major sales, refreshments, window display
Robbins Library: 2 p.m. drop-in craft
Ronald A. Riesz Dispensing Optician: $25 off a complete pair of glasses or 50% off the second frame for two complete pairs, cannot be combined
Swanson Jewelers Inc.: Holiday goodies and 10-20% savings on many in-stock items
The Book Rack: Free bookmark with any purchase over $10
The Costume Company: Cookies and holiday candy
The Madrona Tree: Raffle for gift certificate, 10% off all food
Wild Child: Refreshments, 10% off purchase of $50 or more
13Forest Gallery: Kickoff of annual holiday sale with up to 20% off by participating artists, holiday treats
Anthony’s East Side Deli: $1 off your sandwich, chips and soda
Arlington Center for the Arts: Gallery open for “Small Works” art show, refreshments and free raffle to win $50 certificate toward one piece of art in the gallery, puppet show
Artbeat: Lanie the Elf with balloon magic, free ornament making with the elves
Artwear: Food and beverage, sale, raffle
Buzzys Bazaar: Coffee, 10% clothing discount, lots of stocking stuffers
Capitol Theatre: Free Christmas cartoons all day, tree lighting
Fox Library: 11 a.m. Ethan Rossiter and the Jamberries concert
Francescas Kitchen: Free cannoli with a purchase of $10
Homewood Suites by Hilton: Hot cocoa, raffle to win a one-night stay
Leader Bank: Coffee and snacks, noon to 1 p.m.
Luv and Other Gifts: Food, beverage and trunk show featuring two local artists
Maxima Gift Center: 20% off entire store selection during First Lights, 3-5 p.m. the owner of FIXX chocolates will be sampling her chocolate
RE/MAX Leading Edge: Doughnuts and cider, holiday coloring contest for the kids, decorating
Salvage LTD: Food, beverages, music
Something Sweet Without Wheat: Tons of free samples
The Little Fox Resale Shop: Clifford the Big Red Dog noon to 3 p.m., and free treats
Tony’s All-Sport Barbershop: Pictures with Santa Claus
Za: 10% off food bill