News from Chelsea Prospers, the city’s community initiative

Menorah Lighting & Public Art

Sunday, November 28, 2021

6 pm to 8 pm

Chelsea Square

The annual Hanukkah-themed celebration in Chelsea Square is expanding this year. On Second Street there will be an illuminated mobile art display called “Brighter Revealed.” Artists Tova Speter and Emily Bhargava focused on sharing the light and vibrancy we each have to offer. Commissioned by JArts Boston and incorporating artwork created by students and local partners throughout the Greater Boston area, this large-scale beacon reveals the inner strength and bright spirit contained within our community. The celebration of Hanukkah centers around sharing the miracle of light amidst darkness and the triumph of freedom prevailing over persecution. By bringing communities together to create art and by publicly showcasing their collaborative work, the work seeks to not only highlight the past miracle of Hanukkah, but also to reveal and acknowledge the present-day miracles, inspiration, and collective strength found in our Boston community.


At 6:30 gather with members of Tobin Bridge Chabad, Temple Emmanuel and Walnut St Synagogue for the lighting of the public menorah with song, prayer and refreshments.


Santa Visit Chelsea

City-Wide with a Party in Prattville

Saturday, December 4, 2021

1 pm to 2 pm Santa on tour

2 pm to 3:30 pm Washington Park event with a Santa visit

Raindate December 11

Santa and Mrs Claus take a tour all across the City of Chelsea. The most famous couple in the world will ride a fire truck through our neighborhoods starting at 1 pm.

Maps of Santa’s route are available here so you can see him as he passes your house.

Or follow the trip via the City of Chelsea’s Facebook Live.

Starting at 2 pm all are welcome at Washington Park in Prattville where music, food and reindeer games will keep us entertained. Santa will stop to meet his fans here.

This program is presented by the City of Chelsea with the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.

Tree Lighting

Thursday, December 9, 2021

5:30 to 7 pm

Chelsea Square

Count down to the lighting of the ceremonial tree in Chelsea Square. Enjoy the holiday decorations and a gathering of friends.

Play Street Pilot on Walnut Street

Monday, December 6, 2021

2:30 to 4:30 pm

Walnut Street beside the Williams School


Play Streets are sometimes called Peatoniños (aggregation of the Spanish words for pedestrian + child). They’ve been hosted in cities for more than 100 years and all around the world.


Well more than half of the land in Chelsea is devoted to roadways. In cities like Chelsea with limited open space and lots of people, play streets are a way to reclaim, if only in a temporary way, some of this space for kids to engage in active play.


For the past several months a team of graduate students at UMass Boston, informed by a group of middle school students meeting at the Williams School, have been designing and planning a one day pilot of what a play street might look like in Chelsea. They’re trying out their ideas in this one afternoon event.


This effort is part of a project to revisit how the City of Chelsea regulates the use of public spaces for people-oriented, community uses.