One of the things I love most about the holiday season is when local bands put on holiday benefit shows in and around Boston.


I have two such shows to share with you as we get the month of December underway. First up, it’s Anngelle Wood’s 11th Annual Spectacular Gift Drive: “The 11th Annual Spectacular Gift Drive for DCF Wonderfund comes to Faces! The Wonderfund will be collecting unwrapped gifts for foster families in Massachusetts, so bring some gifts and help spread holiday cheer!”


If you’re not wise, Faces Brewing in Malden has been playing host to some amazing local acts as of late. And on Thursday, December 8, they’ll have a lineup of Parlour Bells, Gretchen Shae & the Middle Eight, and Little Fuss. Boston Emissions goddess Anngelle Wood and her elves will be collecting unwrapped gifts like toys, books, clothing, sporting goods, art supplies, and gift cards for local foster families. It’s all ages, doors are at 8 p.m., tickets are $10 in advance, and you can get them here.


Continuing the tradition of holiday benefit shows is the fantastic locally-based music blog The Ash Grey Proclamation: “We’re thrilled to announce that we will be teaming up with Midnight Werewolf records for the return of Noise For Toys. Along with Pet Fox, Twin Foxes, Sponge Head, Nanny, & Christmas in The City with the goal of getting kids at risk holiday gifts this year.”


This one’s at O’Brien’s in Allston on Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. It’s $15 at the door, but an unwrapped toy will get you into the show for a reduced ticket price of $10.


You can check out the fancy show flyers below and get more details. But it’s a win-win: you show some local acts some live love, and you help out kids in need during the holiday season. And as always, we have more festivities in our Wicked Holiday Guide.


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