Hummingbird Books Charming Pop-Up Toy Shop

The Street Chestnut Hill and locally owned bookstore Hummingbird Books unveil an enchanting concept for the holiday season. Hummingbird Books’ kids section has been transformed into a charming pop-up toy shop, offering a special holiday shopping experience for the whole family to enjoy. Now open, The Toy Shop at Hummingbird Books is a destination for finding unique gifts, complete with a selection of handpicked toys, games for the whole family, creative stocking stuffers, and special surprises.

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Life Size Gingerbread House
Bursting with holiday cheer, The Toy Shop at Hummingbird Books features a whimsical life size Gingerbread House at its entrance, and the bookstore has transformed itself into a festive holiday wonderland. As guests pass through the Gingerbread House, they will be delighted to find toys for all ages, including the popular Toniebox, Bitzees, Picasso Tiles, wooden toys, and locally made plushies from Scatterbrain Toys. Hummingbird Books’ beloved collection of children’s books is also available.

Gift Wrapping
Hummingbird Books is offering special holiday gift-wrapping with donations benefiting over a dozen local charities. Participating organizations include Newton Food Pantry, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Mass Post Partum Depression Fund, Off The Rocks Animal Rescue, Centre Street Food Pantry, Caitie’s Closet, and many more. For the complete list of organizations and the gift-wrapping schedule, visit

Santa Storytime-Sold Out
On Saturday, December 16th, guests will be treated to a special Storytime with Santa. From 10am to 11am, little ones can gather around the shop’s Gingerbread House while Santa reads holiday favorites like ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Jimmy Fallon’s 5 More Sleeps ‘Til Christmas. Following storytime, Santa will stay for photos with guests. Tickets for Storytime with Santa are $5 per family and all proceeds will benefit Brookline Food Pantry. Registration is required for this event; to register, please visit the event page here. Hummingbird Books’ weekly Sunday storytime at 11am will continue throughout the season. No registration required for the weekly storytime.

Weekly Storytime
No registration required for the Sunday weekly storytime at 10am. Enjoy a story under the great oak tree!

Great Oak Tree
Image by Haley Abram

“We love the kids who frequent our store! We hope to create a magical holiday toy store to be the one-stop shop for all families in our community,” says Wendy Dodson, owner of Hummingbird Books.

The Toy Shop at Hummingbird Books is now open during the same hours as Hummingbird Books:

  • Monday – Thursday from 10am – 8pm,
  • Friday – Saturday from 10am – 9pm, and
  • Sundays from 11am – 7pm.

For more information on The Toy Shop at Hummingbird Books, please visit

Photo of The Toy Shop at Hummingbird Books;
Credit Benjamin Esakof

About The Street Chestnut Hill
Located in the heart of Chestnut Hill, The Street has quickly become one of the region’s most delightful destinations for shops, eateries, entertainment and culture. Both a leader in national retail trends and a cornerstone within its Chestnut Hill community, The Street enchants its visitors with a collection of over 40 unrivaled brands, as well as lively programming by way of art, music, fitness, and kid-friendly fun. The Street boasts the first Juice Press, Showcase SuperLux, Shake Shack, Limani, and Splendid in Massachusetts, as well as locally and nationally loved restaurants and retailers such as Blue Bottle, Warby Parker, Simon Pearce, Porcelanosa, Polkadog Bakery, Bianca, Chilacates, lululemon, Nike Well Collective, Studs, Chef Dave’s and PNC Bank. The Street’s transformation under owner WS Development led the International Council of Shopping Center’s U.S. Design and Development to recognize the property with a Gold Award in the category of Renovations/Expansions of Mixed-use Projects. The Street is also a Boston Magazine “Best of Boston” winner for 2022 Best Shopping Complex: West. The Street is located at 33 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, directly along Route 9, between Hammond Pond Parkway and Hammond Street. For more information about exciting programming and retailer announcements, please visit to join our email list or follow @shopthestreet on Instagram and Facebook.

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