With much to celebrate and extra time off of work, there’s no better time of year to bask in quality family time than during the holidays. Boston transforms into an enchanting holiday paradise each December and features all sorts of family-oriented happenings. Whether you have little kids, teenagers, or are a group of adults, we know you’ll enjoy the following family holiday events in Boston:
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A Holiday Classic: Ice Skating on The Frog Pond
Even if you’ve never visited Boston before, chances are you’ve heard of the Boston Common. It’s one of the most iconic and famous public parks in the U.S. and has something unique to experience during each season. Ice skating in the winter season is a classic family fun activity, especially on Frog Pond. Details on the rinks hours, rates, and gear rentals can be found here.
Holiday Music: Boston Pops
Another annual family-friendly favorite in Boston is the Holiday Pops concert at Symphony Hall. Enjoy hearing all of the best holiday tunes, singing along when prompted, and visiting with Santa. Certain matinee performances also have the opportunity for the kids to take photos with Santa.
Children’s Theater: Velveteen Rabbit
Few things are as powerful as the creativity of a child’s mind, which is what The Velveteen Rabbit is all about! Enjoy watching this enchanting play put on by the Boston Children’s Theater, adapted by Burgess Clark, which features puppetry and live acting.
Ballet: The Nutcracker
Another iconic holiday classic is heading to the stunning Boston Opera House to catch the Boston Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker.
New Experience: Urban Nutcracker
Perhaps you’ve seen the classic Nutcracker one-too-many-times, or you simply can’t get enough of the Nutcracker, and want to see as many versions as possible! If either of these is the case, we recommend seeing the Urban Nutcracker, which is a modern spin on the fairy tale. The classic Tchaikovsky score is fused with Duke Ellington’s jazz interpretation, and features classical ballet, urban tap, hip hop, swing, flamenco, step, jazz, and a few other modalities! This production is put together by Tony Williams, and is wonderful for all ages!
New Year’s: First Night 2018
Each year Boston rings in the New Year with an annual city-wide arts festival known as First Night. Each year the festivities evolve and change, but generally, you can expect ice sculpture, light displays, fireworks, art and musical performances, and more. Most of the attractions will be focused in Copley Square and the Back Bay.
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Simple Pleasure: Lights and Festivals
No tickets are needed to enjoy the simple pleasures of twinkling lights, holiday trees, and city-wide decor. Neighborhoods such as the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and Copley Square will have some of the most charming decor. Every Boston holiday trip should include seeing the Christmas Tree at Faneuil Hall, which is draped in thousands of lights. Additionally, the Faneuil Marketplace features a synchronized light show called Blink! Which incorporates surrounded buildings and trees.
With so much to enjoy, we recommend planning a trip for at least a few days! Especially if you intend to visit Boston between Christmas and New Year’s! To ensure you and your family make the most of your time together, choose accommodations that are centrally located to the activities you plan on enjoying. As mentioned, most of the productions, festivals, and decorations are focused in the Copley Square and Back Bay neighborhoods. Which, is ideal, since Copley Square Hotel is right in the heart of it all! Book your stay with us and savor every drop of your Boston holiday experience!