The holiday season is filled with cheer and activities throughout the city of Boston. While many of the activities, lights and activities get into full swing in December, several of Boston’s holiday events get underway in November. Here is a look at just a few of the holiday activities you can enjoy in Boston during the month of November.
Boston Common Holiday Lighting Ceremony
The Boston Common Christmas tree will be lit near the Visitors Information Center on Tremont Street on November 14th. The tree itself, which is sent by the citizens of Nova Scotia, is scheduled to arrive at around 11:00 am. Each year, Nova Scotia sends a tree to Boston as a symbol of friendship and in remembrance of how Boston helped the country when its munitions ship exploded on December 6, 1917 in Halifax Harbor. The explosion injured 9,000 people and killed 2,000. Boston was the first outside entity to provide assistance to the people involved.
Blink! At Faneuil Hall Marketplace
The annual Blink! event at Faneuil Hall Marketplace consists of a lit Christmas tree and a spectacular light show featuring more than 350,000 low-energy LED lights that are synchronized to twinkle along with music that has been recorded by Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops. The festivities take place every evening from Saturday, November 22nd through January 5th, with entertainment starting at 4:30 pm.
Lighting of the Trellis
The Annual Lighting of the Trellis takes place on Monday, November 24th. The event takes place in Christopher Columbus Park at dusk, which is at around 5:30 pm. Located at 110 Atlantic Avenue on the historic waterfront, Christopher Columbus Park is transformed when the 50,000 blue lights on its 260 foot trellis are lit. Entertainment will also be provided by the North End Music and Performing Arts Center Children’s Choir. Holiday treats, refreshments and giveaways will also be provided.
A Christmas Story at the Wang Theatre
A Christmas Story: The Musical will take place at the Wang Theatre from November 20th through December 8th. Depending upon the day, show times will be 1:00, 2:00, 6:30 and 7:30. Ticket prices for the two hour show range from $45 to $125. The show will have a 20 minute intermission.
Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Opening night for Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the Friday following Thanksgiving (November 28th), though performances will continue throughout the month of December. Tchaikovsky’s famous holiday musical will take place at the Boston Opera House.
31 Nights of Lights at Prudential Center
Throughout the 31 Nights of Lights at Prudential Center event, Prudential Tower displays different colored lights each night from November 30th through December 31st. The different colors of lights are meant to help bring awareness for various non-profit organizations.
Of course, this is just a sampling of the holiday cheer that will be taking place throughout Boston in November. Lights will also be twinkling at many other areas throughout the city including Copley Square and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The closer the calendar gets to Christmas Day, the more activities and sites you can expect to see.