Boston Holiday Events for 2016


If you are looking for some great things to do in Boston this holiday season, you will not run short of options. Here is a look at a few holiday events taking place over the next month.

31 Nights of Lights at Prudential Center

An annual tradition, the Prudential Tower will once again display lights of different color each night of December. The colors are meant to represent, and thereby spread awareness, about various nonprofit organizations. Participating groups are invited to “flip the switch” each night while each night will also bring various musical performances and speakers.

Blink! Faneuil Marketplace’s Holiday Event

Faneuil Hall Marketplace will once again host Blink!, which features 350,000 flashing LED lights along with music from the Boston Pops’ Holiday Pops show. The free show, which runs continuously from 4:30 pm throughout the evening, will run from now until January 1, 2017. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is also home to New England’s largest Christmas tree.

Black Nativity

Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ gospel song-play, Black Nativity, will be returning to Boston again this year. The lyrical retelling of the original Nativity story combines words with dance, music and traditional Christmas favorites sung in Gospel style. Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, the production has been entertaining visitors from around the world since 1970. As such, it is the longest-running Black Nativity production in the world. The production will run from now until December 18th with both matinee and evening performances at Paramount Theatre.

Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll

The Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll features carolers, music and festive holiday decoration. Taking place on Charles Street in Beacon Hill, it also offers a variety of galleries, boutiques and restaurants. As such, the holiday stroll creates a festive atmosphere where you can get all of your holiday shopping done. The Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll will take place on Thursday, December 8th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

Christmas Celtic Sojourn

The Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College will bring Christmas Celtic music and dance to Boston again this year. Both afternoon and evening shows will be offered from December 9th through the 21st. The Cutler Majestic Theatre is located a 219 Tremont Street in the Theatre District of Downtown Boston.

Boston Baroque’s Handel’s Messiah

Musical Directory Martin Pearlman’s Grammy-nominated production of Handel’s Messiah will be coming to Boston once again this December. The event will feature Boston Baroque’s period instruments, which are beautifully set off by Jordan Hall’s perfect acoustics.

Boston Baroque will perform Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 pm on December 9th and 10th at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. The conservatory is located at 30 Gainsborough Street in the Fenway neighborhood.

North End Christmas Parade

Beginning at Puopolo Field on Commercial Street, the 46th Annual North End Christmas Parade will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 11th. The parade will kick off with Santa’s arrival by helicopter at North End Park, after which the parade will wind its way through neighborhood streets. The parade will include antique cars, marching bands and plenty of holiday festivity.

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