Fun Holiday Activities in Boston

shutterstock_224559145The city of Boston is alive with activity throughout the year, but December is a particularly fun time for those who enjoy celebrating Christmas and other winter holidays. There is a look at a few of the fun things taking place in Boston this December.

Christmas Trees in Boston

Christmas trees and other holiday decorations can be found throughout the city during the month of December, but the two biggest trees in the city can be found in Boston Common and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Faneuil Hall is also home to the annual Blink! holiday lights and music show, which will take place every night through January 4th this holiday season. Macy’s, which is located in Downtown Crossing, also has a massive Christmas tree on display each year.

Several tree lighting ceremonies are also still scheduled to take place in December. Here are just a few that you can catch this week:

  • Commonwealth Avenue Mall – Thousands of white lights will be lit throughout the tree-filled parkway today, December 1st.
  • Copley Square Tree Lighting – The event will include appearances from Santa, Rudolph and the Boston Pops. The tree lighting ceremony will take place from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on December 2nd, but the Boston Public Library and Catered Affair will host a story time and candy cane tea at the Fairmont Copley Plaza from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. To participate in the free tee event, call 617-859-2282 to make reservations. Stilt walkers, jugglers and holiday music provided by Magic 106.7 will also begin at 4:30 pm.
  • Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting – This event will feature games and prizes starting at 4:00 pm on December 4th. The lights themselves will be turned on by the Mayor at around 7:55 pm. All of the events take place near the Visitors Information Center on Tremont Street.

Even if you miss the opportunity to participate in the lighting of these trees, they will remain lit throughout the holiday season for you to see and enjoy.

Ice Skating in Boston

Ice skating is one of the most popular winter activities that people like to enjoy in the city, and there are a couple of options available to those who want to enjoy this activity. The Boston Harbor Hotel has already begun its Winter on the Wharf  festivities, with Santa scheduled to appear in December. In addition offering ice skating opportunities for up to 75 skaters at a time, the event also features hot chocolate, s’mores and cocktails. The rink will remain open through March 15th.

Ice skating is also officially underway at Frog Bond in the heart of Boston Common. The holiday lights twinkling in the surrounding trees really brings the holiday spirit to life!

Bring in the New Year

Boston is also a great place to bring in the New Year. Each year, the city hosts its First Night Boston event. The 11-hour event includes a parade down Boylston Street, two fireworks shows, live musical performances, family-friendly activities and ice sculptures. The first fireworks show takes place at 7:00 pm on Boston Common, while the other takes place at midnight. Taking place every New Years Eve since 1976, the family-friendly, alcohol-free event attracts more than 1 million people every year. Admission to the event is $10, with children under the age of 4 admitted for free.

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