Boston, MA - Whether you’re visiting the city, or you live nearby, you’re probably always wondering what there is to do during the holiday season.
Let me start with this: Boston is a magical place to be during the Christmas season. Just the charm and beauty the city brings alone is reason enough to adventure out and find some cool activities to brighten up your day.
Typically, during the holiday season, you’ll see snowy days up in Boston. With the Victorian architecture and wintertime atmosphere, you’re sure to get in the Christmas spirit.
Check out the best, most fun, things to do in Boston this holiday season below:
1. Visit Quincy Market
Quincy Market may be one of the most well-known tourist locations in the state of Massachusetts, but during Christmas, you can’t get better than this place. They have special events going on almost every single day in this area of Boston, so something will be sure to catch your eye. In fact, most afternoons are filled with tree lighting, historical tours, and holiday light and sounds shows.
2. Tree Lighting in the Common
Are you looking for some good, clean, holiday fun? Say no more. Head on down to the Common, better known as the biggest park in downtown Boston, where couples and families alike go to visit all year round. Take a stroll and check out the beautiful decorations.
3. Boston Pops Orchestra
Schedules and ticketing can be found via their website. The Boston Pops Orchestra plays a variety of Christmas classics around the holidays, even with Santa involved most of the time. Bring the kids out and fill yourselves with Christmas cheer!
4. Take a Stroll Around Back Bay
Wait until after the snowfall, and you’ll easily be impressed by this magnificent neighborhood. If you’re looking for a beautifully scenic and relaxing stroll, start in the Common, make your way over to the Back Bay neighborhood, then end your route in Beacon Hill.
5. Hop onto the Holiday Lights Trolley
This trolley ride takes you on a ride to see the most impressive lighting displays around the city. What makes this tour even better It’s BYOB. Check out their website for schedules and ticketing.
6. Go See the Nutcracker
The ultimate, absolute classic, ballet show is back (per usual). The Nutcracker will be held throughout the Christmas season as a tradition at the Boston Opera House. Every night there’s a show performed, making it easy to fit into your busy holiday schedule.
7. The Slutcracker
Instead of the Nutcracker, you can swap it out for the Slutcracker. This play is an adult interpretation of the Nutcracker, so be sure not to bring ANY children to this showing. It sells out every single year, so that must mean the producers are doing something right. Find a babysitter and head on out to the show.
8. Head to the Stone Zoo with the Kids
The Stone Zoo is about a 20-minute drive from Boston, but it’s worth the travel. The zoo closes at 4 every day, so be sure to plan accordingly.
9. City Hall Plaza Ice Skating
This rink is open until 9 p.m. during the week and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For those of you who love ice skating, head on down. While you’re there, check out the nearby holiday market for food and drinks.
10. Check out the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
This amazing park gets decorated with approximately 50,000 blue lights every year for the Christmas season, making it the perfect spot to snap a great picture with family and friends. What’s the plus? It’s located right near the waterfront, with several restaurants nearby to cozy up in after the stroll.