illuminations tour

One City’s World of Traditions

When I was growing up, the holidays began Thanksgiving Day during the Macy’s parade, when our giant, old, fake tree would appear from the attic and I’d sort out the branches into color-coded piles. As I’ve gotten older and had kids, traditions have changed. Moving to Somerville six years ago gave us a new set […]


Bright Blockbusters

We profiled Lenny Rigione, one of the stars of the Arts Council’s Illuminations Tour, in our November/December issue. To give you a taste of what else the tour has to offer, we put together five more of the must-see homes on the annual tour. If you missed out on getting a ticket for the Dec. […]


Santa’s Workshop, Right in Winter Hill

For many months of the year, the outside of 166 Central Street looks like any other Somerville home. It sits on a steep, quiet road between the two main streets of Winter Hill. But inside, in the cellar and attic and garage, beloved characters come to life. Santa and Mrs. Claus dance, an ogre bares […]


SCOUT PICK: Somerville Illuminations Bike Tour

If you’re anything like us here at Scout HQ, you are probably waiting until the last minute to get all of your holiday shopping done. To be honest, it doesn’t exactly feel like the most festive and cheery season out there with the weather at 41 degrees and a (seemingly) constant rainfall. And now, to […]