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Weekend Recommendations: It’s Holiday Time at Time Out Market

Plus, the Grateful Bagel pops up at Bar Volpe, and dig into Dbar’s new menu

Snowflake decorations hang over long wooden tables where people eat and drink at a food hall.
It’s a weekend of festival activities in Fenway at Time Out Market Boston.
Brian Samuels Photography/Time Out Market Boston

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December 15 to 18

Sleigh Belles

Mark your calendars for a double-dose of holiday happenings at Time Out Market Boston this weekend. On Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., Boston Women’s Market and Time Out Market Boston team up for the Fenway Holiday Market. Hit up the Fenway food hall and hub to shop the wares by New England-based women makers and artists, including ADK Jewelry, JB Artisans Soaps, and Lumiere Rene Candle Co. as you savor drinks and bites from the market’s restaurants. Now’s a good time to warm up with a tray of North Carolina pulled pork — which is smoked for 14 hours — from Blue Ribbon BBQ, which opened in the food hall in September. Then, on Sunday, don your best ugly Christmas sweater for Ugly Sweater Drag Bingo. The free event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a DJ set, followed by drag performances and raucous rounds of bingo starting at 7 p.m. — best enjoyed with some “Flannel Season” winter sangria from the market’s bar.

Bagel Bites

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, Bar Volpe puts a pause on the pasta to host a pop-up by the Grateful Bagel. Preorder up some hand-rolled bagels and schmear (like the bacon and scallion whipped cream cheese) online, and when you drop in for pickup you can order breakfast sandwiches. The breakfast sandwiches on offer are the Pulaski Skyway with Taylor ham, egg, and cheese on a plain bagel, and the Brooklyn Phish with scallion cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomato, red onion, and capers on a plain bagel. Bar Volpe will be slinging cappuccinos, iced coffees, and more to fuel your morning, and check out its selection of pastas and sauces for edible holiday gifts your family will actually like.

Sweater Weather

Hit up Harp & Bard in Dorchester on Friday starting at 8 p.m. for the spot’s 10th annual Ugly Sweater Party. As if breaking out your tackiest holiday sweater isn’t enough of a reason to party, the lively pub will have plenty of food on offer, with raffles and other games throughout the night. New toy donations are welcome, and all proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. Tickets are $30 and sold at the door. And if you’re looking for a dining crawl of the neighborhood, down the street at Dbar, the new American restaurant recently refreshed its menu. Warm up with pumpkin soup made with local pumpkin from Ward’s Farm in Sharon and topped by pumpkin spice latte crema and pepitas, plus hearty braised-beef barbacoa enchiladas doused with red mole sauce.

December 8 to 10

Curl Up for the Winter

Our recent oddly warm and rainy weather aside, it looks like a deep chill is finally settling over Boston. Instead of hiding in your living room all winter, hit up the living-room-like patio at the Liberty Hotel, which Condé Nast Traveler recently crowned the top hotel in Boston. Curling at the Courtyard starts on Saturday, December 9 and runs through March 17, and the event pairs the quirky winter activity with some cozy cuisine. For $180, customers can reserve a 45-minute spot for up to six people at the synthetic curling rink, and try their luck with the “easier than it looks” game. The ticket price also includes a selection of sweet or savory snacks. Choose from handmade apple Pop-Tarts, chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon mini churros with Nutella sauce, or chocolate kettle corn, with pork and ginger dumplings, togarashi chicken sliders, and sriracha-glazed kettle corn among the savory options. Wash it all down with a bottle of prosecco, malbec, or some boozy hot chocolate. The patio is pooch-friendly in case your dog wants to get in on the fun, too.

Whiskeyed Away

Need another way to warm up this weekend? Try the fiery combo of bourbon and barbecue. Horse Soldier Bourbon gallops to the Kendall Square location of the Smoke Shop on Friday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m. for a three-hour event that includes a drink tasting, a cocktail demonstration, and a barbecue dinner. Horse Soldier’s founder, Scott Neil, will be showing off three craft whiskeys: the 87-proof straight bourbon whiskey, the wheated, 95-proof small batch bourbon whiskey, and the kicking +110-proof blended barrel strength bourbon whiskey. The three-course dinner served up by the Smoke Shop stands up to the bold flavors of the award-winning whiskeys. Tickets are $70 each.

Cheese, Please

On Sunday, December 10 at 4:30 p.m., Curds & Co. in Brookline presents the incredibly scientific class titled “Cheese Plate Personality.” What does your romance with Roquefort say about you? Do you have brie on the brain? Come for a lighthearted interactive discussion about how the “personalities” of different cheeses vibe with certain character traits — as you munch plenty of samples, of course. For $55 per ticket, the class includes beverages and generous cheese pairing flights, and a discount for shopping Curds & Co.’s goodies after the class. Bring a buddy and marvel at the secrets you’ll uncover about each other’s personalities based on your cheese plate preferences.

December 1 to 3

Seasonal Chefs

Much like the bounty of gifts found in the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” chef Will Gilson and the Geppetto team are offering up culinary surprises with the 12 Chefs of Christmas dining series. Starting on December 3 at 6 p.m. — and continuing until December 17 — four guest chefs take over the Cambridge spot each Sunday for a special four-course dinner that showcases their spins on holiday dining. For this first festive feast, Tony Susi of Bar Enza, Erin Miller of Urban Hearth, host chef Will Gilson, and Brian Mercury of Puritan & Co. team up, with beverage pairings offered by Geppetto. Tickets are $120 per person, and you can purchase them here. Further down the line, Dante De Magistris, Colin Lynch, Alexis Babineau, and Rachel Dykes create their holiday magic on December 10, while Jamie Bissonnette, Louis Dibiccari, Dave Bazirgan, and Tracy Chang wrap things up in a bow on December 17.

Maker Market

As if you need an excuse to head to Bully Boy’s taproom, the distiller is holding a holiday market on Saturday, December 2 from noon to 4 p.m. Besides shopping Bully Boy’s spirits —from ready-to-drink bottles of negronis to Manhattans and distinct rums — check out the baked goods, candles, ceramics, jewelry, and other delights crafted by the mostly women-owned local purveyors. Bully Boy will be feeling festive with a new bourbon, too, and you can enjoy cocktails at their bar.

Get Sauced

A little while ago, Singh’s Roti Shop quietly moved from its spot at 692 Columbia Road in Dorchester — the current home of Side Chick — to a larger space down the road at 554 Colombia Road. And with a bigger space, including tables for indoor dining, came an expanded menu beyond just delicious meat pies, doubles, and other Trinidadian treats. Dive into new rice bowls for take out or to dine-in, and the hot bar provides a warming and generous meal while you’re on the go. And for holiday gifts (or just to keep handy in the fridge to warm you up on winter nights), you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Signh’s house-made hot sauce. Check out the bottles of Caribbean soft drinks and juices, especially the peanut punch, too.