It’s that time of year again, when it starts to get cold and the holiday spirit takes over.  I have put together a short list of on-going events in the Boston Area that are fun to do with the whole family.   They start today, so go, get out there, relax and get moving . . . Tree Lighting Pre-Show at Frog Pond Skating Rink: Thursday, December 1, 5:00pm, Ice Skating: ongoing through the entire Winter Season Get in the spirit at Boston Common and enjoy a holiday skating show at the Frog Pond on your way to the Official Tree Lighting. Hop over to Frog Pond at 5:00pm and enjoy a festive skating spectacular with pairs and dance couples, synchronized skating teams, and fun holiday performances from our talented Skating Academy students and local and national champion figure skaters. Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fairs: Dec. 1, 2, 7-9 and Dec. 14-23. Saturdays 10-7 p.m., Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Weekdays: 12-7:30 p.m. First Parish Unitarian Church. Corner of Mass. Ave and Church Street. The fair includes a changing mix of New England craftspeople and world traveling importers featuring many wonderful gift items. Gardens Aglow – Sandwich, MA: Now through December 18, 2011 The Heritage Museums and Gardens grounds and museums will sparkle with festive lights and decorations. In addition, we will host many fun-filled activities throughout the property including a gingerbread house display, yuletide kids’ crafts, rides on the vintage carousel and a visit from Old St. Nick. Location: Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street. Time: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 5-9 p.m. Cost: Adults, $10; youth (ages 3-17), $5; children age two and younger admitted free. Information: 508-888-3300 or