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Eighth-Day Hanukkah Cocktail at The Regal Beagle
What: Close out the Festival of Lights with a flute of Last Ner (gin, maraschino liqueur, green chartreuse, and lime juice), set aflame Shamash style just before serving.
Why: Last chance to stuff yourself silly with chef de cuisine Aaron Dunning’s divine latkes (the secret ingredient: shredded golden beets).
When: Today, 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.
Where: 308 Harvard St., Coolidge Corner (617-739-5151).
Design Nearby: Ladies Only
What: Peruse the hyper-creative output of twenty local lady artisans, including textile designer Seema Krish, illustrator Katie Rowley, and handbagger Laura Collins. (Gent shoppers are welcome.)
Why: It’ll whet your appetite for nearby seasonal affairs (SoWa Holiday Market and Craftboston Holiday), also happening this weekend.
When: Fri., 6-11 p.m.
Where: Pinkcommagallery, 46 Waltham St., courtyard 1, South End (617-426-4466).
Champagne and Port Tasting with Alicia Towns Franken
What: The lauded sommelier walks tasters through before- and after-dinner indulgences with slurp-worthy complements from Neptune Oyster.
Why: Free NYE menu research.
When: Sun., 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: The Urban Grape, 7 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill (617-232-4831). R.S.V.P. (required) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Gifts Inspired by Our Readers
What: We asked our Facebook friends what they want for Christmas (hand-painted shoes, a move to the Big Apple, the perfect night’s sleep), and we’ve been shopping ever since.
Why: Because we care.
When: In two shakes of a reindeer’s tail.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.
Taza Chocolate Factory Store Grand Opening
What: Somerville’s kick-ass confectioners unveil their new retail outlet with special choco-based gift ideas, raffle items, and preview samples of forthcoming flavors.
Why: Defrost extremities with complimentary Mexican-style hot cocoa from the famed Chococycle.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 561 Windsor St. (617-284-2232).
Boston Pilates Plus
What: Celeb trainer Sebastien Lagree (rumored to have gifted Ben Stiller those Tropic Thunder abs) and Waltham native Jody Merrill unveil SPX Fitness classes, intense 40-minute reformer workouts new to the northeast.
Why: Fast-track your 2011 resolve.
When: Opens Sat. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-noon.
Where: 30 Waltham St., Lexington (617-699-9496).
Photo: Sean Murphy Photography / Courtesy of The Regal Beagle