Weekly Top Reads: Dog Park Opens, New Year’s Eve Guide, St. Leonard’s Church Reopens, Zoning Board Approvals, Santa Traditions & Toys for Tots!

This week’s top posts on featured holiday events, opening celebrations, and upcoming property changes. Read on below to see the most popular articles from this past week.

North End Dog Park Opens at DeFilippo (Gassy) Park Flights [Photos]

After several years of planning and construction, the new official North End Dog Park was opened last Saturday morning with a celebration by the local non-profit, RUFF, Responsible Urbanites for Fido. Read more and see photos here.

Your Guide to New Year’s Eve on The Waterfront: Ice Sculptures, Fireworks and More!

Boston Harbor Now has teamed up with several local businesses and cultural institutions in the Waterfront neighborhood to bring you a full line-up of activities to ring in the new year! Read more and plan out your New Year’s Eve here.

Saint Leonard Church Reopens in Boston’s North End with Altar Consecration by Cardinal O’Malley [Photos]

Hundreds packed into Saint Leonard Church on Sunday, December 17th as Cardinal Sean O’Malley joined the Franciscan Friars to reopen the iconic church and perform the consecration of the new altar. Read more and see photos here.

Zoning Board Approves Three North End Proposals

Three proposals relating to development in the North End were approved (Nov. 28) by the City of Boston Board of Appeals Board of Directors. Read more about the proposals here.

Tradition of Santa Claus Arriving by Helicopter Continues in Boston’s North End [Photos]

Santa Claus made his annual helicopter ride from the North Pole to the North End on Sunday, December 17th. The helicopter landing was also combined with annual Santa Skate Toy Drive, bringing hundreds to the holiday gathering. Read more and see photos here.

Editor’s Choice

Toys for Tots Bash by Gilardi Group and Divine Design Center [Photos]

Toni Gilardi of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty joined with new neighbor Mariette Barsoun of Divine Design Center for a huge Toys for Tots bash! Read more and see photos from the event here.