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The Weekend Guide

gingerbread house!

A deeper shade of solstice.

MAKE
Gingerbread House Workshop
What:
Channel your inner decorator-cum-chef with a preassembled dome du dough.
Why: You have great taste.
When: Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Sportello, 348 Congress St., Fort Point Channel (617-737-1234).

DRINK
Seasonal Sips at the Meritage
What:
A wide array of holiday-appropriate bubbly chased with crème fraiche and Jonah crab crepes and champagne- and spinach-glazed Island Creek Oysters from chef David Bruce.
Why: To match your sparkling wit.
When: Tonight, 5:30-7 p.m. Call for reservations.
Where: 70 Rowes Wharf, Waterfront (617-439-3995).

SHOP
L.A. Stein & Deux Filles Jewelry
What:
Emerging designers (and BFFs) Lisa Stein and Sara Harris unveil their latest pieces.
Why: Bling in the New Year.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Louis Boston, 234 Berkeley St., Back Bay (617-262-6100).

GIVE
Equinox Toy Drive
What:
Make it onto the elusive nice list by donating an unused, unwrapped toy to benefit the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.
Why: Donators (both club members and non) receive a complimentary three-day fitness pass.
When: Thru Fri.
Where: 131 Dartmouth St. (617-578-8918); 225 Franklin St., South End (617-426-2140).

SIP
Afternoon Tea at Asana
What:
Dim sum-style bites (tuna tartar and wonton sandwiches, Gala apple spring rolls) paired with exotic hot bevs (hot chocolate with truffles, masala black chai tea).
Why: Good things are brewing.
When: Fri.-Sun., 2-4 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Where: Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 776 Boylston St., Back Bay (617-535-8800).

Photo: pixxiestails / Flickr

LOCATIONS
776 Boylston St
@ Fairfield St
Boston, MA 02199
617-535-8800
Equinox Franklin Street
225 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02110
617-426-2140
348 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
617-737-1234
Meritage
70 Rowes Wharf
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston, MA 02110
617-439-3995
Equinox
131 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
617-578-8918
Louis Boston
234 Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02116
617-262-6100
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