Boston and the surrounding area is the perfect place to spend your winter holidays. With its Victorian architecture and rich history, the charm and beauty of the city are unparalleled. If you are looking for some great holiday activities to explore in Boston this year, here are a few that are worth taking a second look.
Perhaps the most scenic of the city’s neighborhoods during the holiday season, the Back Bay is definitely worth a visit at this time of the year. Start in the Boston Common and stroll to the Back Bay and neighboring Beacon Hill for some spectacular holiday displays.
The massive Boston Common in downtown Boston offers the perfect spot to walk around and enjoy the snow-covered beauty of the city. During the winter months, you can enjoy ice skating on Frog Pond. The annual tree lighting at the Boston Common is another popular event.
Boston Pops Orchestra
The Boston Pops Orchestra puts on a great show no matter what time of the year, but their Holiday Pops performance is truly a special treat. In addition to enjoying the sounds of holiday classics, you can also expect a visit from Santa.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
From late November through December, the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park is lit up by 50,000 blue lights to celebrate the holiday season. The area also boasts many bars, restaurants and other attractions to enjoy.
City Hall Plaza
The custom-designed skating path at City Hall Plaza offers the perfect place for families and couples to work on their ice-skating skills. Open until 9:00 pm on weeknights and until 11:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, the skating path is also located near to a holiday market where a visitor can enjoy shopping, dining, and drinks.
Holiday Lights Trolley
The popular BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley takes participants on a trolley ride to some of the city’s best holiday spots, including through some of the residential lights in Somerville and lighting displays in Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston Common, and Commonwealth Avenue. The ride also includes a stop at Faneuil Hall to shop and see the light show. A souvenir Santa hat and gift bag, music, trivia, and prizes are all included.