Like an eccentric uncle, the holidays often sneak up on people and leave tinsel wherever they go. Avoid seasonal surprises with proper preparation from today's Groupon: for $55, you get one ticket to the SnowBall, presented by Santa Claus Anonymous (up to a $75 value). SnowBall takes place 9 p.m.–2 a.m. on Friday, December 2, at Boston Marriott Copley Place.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the annual SnowBall welcomes approximately 1,500 partygoers to the holiday season with a warm and fuzzy cause, as 100 percent of the evening's proceeds benefit a trio of youth organizations. The mysterious coordinators of Santa Claus Anonymous present the seasonal gala, where fashionably outfitted guests enjoy nonstop dancing and freestyle rap battles to the tunes of local party band Kahootz. An on-site casino encourages attendees to swap party faces for poker faces, and a photo booth captures each memorable moment sprinkled throughout the evening. Additionally, guests can step away from rambunctious revelry and attempt to win a variety of prizes with their assassin-level silent-auction skills. Although not included with today's Groupon, the Marriott offers all SnowBallers a special rate for an overnight stay following the event.