Top Five Things to do in Boston for the Holidays
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As New Englanders we have been preparing to celebrate this time of the year and Boston is at the pinnacle of hosting holiday cheer (unfortunately NYC is not in NE). The charming city puts its best foot forward by presenting a variety of festive activities to take part in: With snow sports, holiday shows, light displays and local shopping, the atmosphere provided by the following activities always warms the hearts of Boston’s well bundled residents.
5. Attend a Holiday Show
Off the bat, why not make it an event! Immersing yourself in a holiday show is a sure way to get in the spirit. Pick from many options and genres. There are various flavors of the Nutcracker, including: the Urban Nutcracker, Safe Haven Ballet, and the classic Nutcracker. If none of those are your speed, turn to A Christmas Carol or Holiday Pops.
4. Go Ice Skating
Next, step outside onto one of many picturesque skating rinks. Equipment rentals and free skating shows can be found at: The Boston Common Frog Pond, The Rink at 401 Park, The Kendall Square Rink, The Kelly Rink in Jamaica Plain, or The Jack Kirrane Rink in Brookline.
3. Get your Last Minute Shopping Done
Don’t fret if you have some catching up to do on your holiday shopping. These markets ensure that giving gifts is one of the best parts of the season and not a chore. Depending on your location, choose from The Holiday Market at Snowport (Seaport), the SoWa Winter Festival, the Downtown Boston Holiday Market, and if you are looking for top notch craftsmanship, Boston’s Women's Market.
2. Admire the Christmas Displays
One of the most recognizable holiday symbols are light displays and Christmas trees. The largest Christmas trees in Boston are located on the Common, at Downtown Crossing, Faneuil Hall, and Copley Square. There are also breathtaking light displays on the Columbus Park Trellis, Boston Public Garden, Seaport Common, and Hanover Street in the North End.
1. Enjoy Holiday Food Staples
Finally, to put the icing on the cake, it's time to do some tasteful indulgence. Head over to get breakfast at The Friendly Toast, the best hot chocolate in town in Back Bay, Bruegger’s Bagels for lunch, and Carmelina’s for dinner. There are also various gingerbread house making venues, including Loretta’s Last call for $15 on Dec. 18 from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m and at Fairmont Copley Plaza for $85 on Dec. 10 from 7 p.m.–10 p.m. If you are looking for some after hours activities, consider going on a Boston brewery tour.
This list will surely carry you over until the New Years celebration that is right around the corner. Stay tuned for that blog post and have a happy holiday season!