Top Boston Holiday Attractions to Visit This December

Planning on spending the some time in Boston this holiday season? We know you’ll love the festive atmosphere and beautiful holiday displays that seem to be everywhere this time of year.

If you’re looking for some of the top Boston holiday attractions to visit this December, look no further – we’ve put together a list of our favorite activities, events, things to do, and more for you and your family to enjoy.

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Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker

Boston Ballet
November 27 – December 31, 2015

This Boston tradition is the perfect way to get yourself in the holiday spirit. Each year this amazing performance is different, with revamped costumes, redesigned sets, and reconceived choreography.

Be sure to purchase tickets in advance, as they can sell out rather quickly.

Holiday Pops

Boston Symphony Hall
December 2 – December 31, 2015

The longtime conductor of the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart, will lead this most famous orchestra in the performance of all your holiday favorites.

This festive event is family friendly, encouraging sing-alongs and featuring visits from Santa at all pre-Christmas shows.

We also recommend getting tickets in advance to this high-demand event.

Holidays at Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation
December, various dates in 2015

Christmastime is one of the best times to visit Plimoth Plantation during the offseason.

You’ll be able to enjoy everything from a holiday wreath-making workshop (December 5) to breakfast with Santa (December 6) to a performance of Charles Dickens’ famed A Christmas Carol that comes with an accompanying delicious dinner (December 18).

Events are separately ticketed.

Faneuil Hall Tree

Quincy Market
December, 2015

Decorated and lit just after Thanksgiving, this festive display of lights is one of our favorites throughout the city.

It provides a fun and cheery atmosphere in one of the city’s most popular shopping and touring districts, and is a nice place for the whole family to enjoy some holiday spirit.

Official Boston Christmas Tree

Boston Common
December, 2015

Each year this magnificent tree travels down from Nova Scotia to grace the Boston Common with its beautiful and majesty.

It’s a gift to the city of Boston in remembrance of a time when Boston sent aid to Nova Scotia in the event of a big fire.

Today it’s one of the most impressive sights in the city around the holidays and gets a major lighting ceremony in early December.

Ice Skating at Frog Pond

Boston Common
December – March, weather permitting.

Located just adjacent to the Boston Common Tree, Frog Pond is a charming little venue that turns into a fun urban ice-skating rink for a few months each winter.

The kids will love this easy-going atmosphere, and parents will enjoy the nearby Frost Bar for some warming drinks. Skates are available for rental on site.

Holiday Décor on Newbury Street

Newbury Street, downtown Boston
December, 2015

It's pretty enough just covered in snow! Image credit: Newbury Street Facebook page.

It’s pretty enough just covered in snow! Image credit: Newbury Street Facebook page.

Who doesn’t love a good window display? If you’re looking for some of the most beautiful seasonal displays in the city, then Newbury Street and the adjacent Boylston Street are the places to be this winter.

You’ll see grand decorations and magnificent miniatures all together in painstakingly crafted displays. Conveniently, it’s also a great place to get some holiday shopping done!

Zoo Lights

Stone Zoo
November 27 – January 3, 2016

Image credit: Zoo New England.

Image credit: Zoo New England.

Watch as the Stone Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with magical lighting and other festive décor.

Kids can participate in fun seasonal activities and special programming, and even adults will enjoy watching the animals play with their holiday treats.

Christmas in Salem House Tour

Salem, MA
December 4 – 6, 2015

Image credit: Christmas in Salem

Image credit: Christmas in Salem

Salem, Massachusetts is about so much more than just witches (although that’s quite a lot of fun around Halloween time). It’s a historic town with a wealth of beautiful old architecture that’s well-worth scoping out.

This holiday season, nine private homes and four community sites will go all out in the holiday décor department and open their doors to the visiting public.

Looking for more Salem history? Be sure to stop by the beautiful House of Seven Gables.

Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights

Museum of Fine Arts
December 9, 2015

Image credit: Museum of Fine Arts.

Image credit: Museum of Fine Arts.

For a second year running, this amazing artistic celebration of Jewish art and culture returns to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Learn all about the museum’s Judaica collection, tour the galleries, check out seasonal art installations, and participate in a special candle-lighting ceremony in the courtyard. Admission is totally free!

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So whether you plan to check out one of these things or see just how many you can cram into a festive itinerary, we know you’ll love every minute of your Boston holiday.

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