If you’re looking for the best holiday events in Boston, you’ve come to the right place. The historic and festive city of Boston has a full calendar of holiday fun leading up to Christmas. From tree lightings to ice skating, we’ve got the scoop on things to do in Boston with your family for the holiday season.
Boston Common Tree Lighting
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 6-8 pm
The annual Boston Common Tree Lighting is a big event right in the heart of the city. In its 71st year, the ceremony features live music as well as popular hits courtesy of Magic 106.7. The event draws quite a crowd—a mix of local families and nearby college students, making it a fun time for everyone. Before the show, stop by the Boston Frog Pond to check out the talented local ice skaters at the Tree Lighting Pre-Show Skating Spectacular.
The Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Join the Beacon Hill Business Association for an evening of Victorian Carolers, strolling brass quintets, and horse and buggy rides on the Hill. Refreshments will be available at the local shops and all of the Association’s restaurants will be open and taking dinner reservations. A special tree lighting takes place at 7 PM on the corner of Charles and Mount Vernon Street, and Santa will be set up at the Hill House for photos.
Macy’s Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting
Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 9
Celebrate the holidays in each of the neighborhoods of Boston as you roll through on the Macy’s Enchanted Trolley Tour. Enjoy tree lightings, holiday shopping, and all of the elaborate storefronts that make each Main Street district unique.
Brighton Main Streets Tree Lighting
Monday, December 10, 2012, 6pm
Brighton Center’s tree lighting ceremony is a beloved family-friendly activity. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available for all, and Santa Claus will be spreading holiday cheer and posing for pictures with the kids.
Ice Skating at Boston Frog Pond
You can ice skate all season long at the Frog Pond on the Boston Common. This romantic and quintessential Boston tradition is an enjoyable pastime to get you in the Christmas spirit. If you have your own skates, you’ve got it made because daily admission is only $5 for adults and FREE for children 13 & under. Don’t own ice skates? No problem! Rentals are only $8 per pair. The Frog Pond Café is open during all public skating hours, featuring treats like Hot Cocoa, Belgium Waffles with sweet toppings, and hot chowder.
Mayor’s Holiday Special
The 9th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special is your opportunity to get half price tickets to theatre, music, dance, and holiday activities all over the Greater Boston area. Some special events include the Holiday Pops at Boston Symphony Hall, The Nutcracker by Boston Ballet, Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Citi Wang Theater, and Clay Aiken at the Wilbur Theater. You can also snag great deals on restaurants, parking, hotels, shopping, and gift certificates.