Lights, Trees, Music, Action – 7 Enchanting Holiday Experiences in Boston

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Few U.S. cities are quite as enchanting during the holiday season as Boston. The city is aesthetically pleasing year round thanks to its lush greenery, classical brick architecture, and numerous iconic sights, but the holiday season is next level. Boston offers more than a pretty face, though, during the holidays. It becomes a mecca for holiday-themed art productions, musical productions, cultural activities, cuisine, and much more.

Here are 7 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays in Boston This Year

If you’re in the market for a holiday destination to explore and enjoy this year, Boston is sure to delight! To paint a clearer picture of what you can experience when here’s a quick list of the holiday activities and sights we recommend!

1. Thanksgiving Dinner

November 23

It’s no secret that Boston cuisine is quite palatable! If there’s ever a place where one might consider allowing a chef to do the cooking, Boston is the place. Many restaurants feature traditional Thanksgiving fare, while many others offer more modern options, even vegetarian options! If you’re staying in a Boston hotel, chances are your hotel will be offering a delicious multiple course pre-fixe Thanksgiving meal. To research all the other restaurant options, visit here.

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2. Blink! @ Faneuil Hall Marketplace

November 19 – January 1

Prepare your sight and sound senses for an incredible experience! Every single evening for seven minutes, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Marketplace Center are illuminated with over 350,000 LED lights alongside song stylings of the Holiday Pops. Blink! begins on November 19th when the Tree Lighting Spectacular will take place, and from that day forward the show will begin every at 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. every half hour, on the hour.

holidays in boston3. The Nutcracker Performed by the Boston Ballet

November 24 – December 31

What makes The Nutcracker so endlessly popular year after year? It’s a lovely timeless tale of youth, dreams, and happiness displayed through the breathtaking movements of ballet dancers. The Boston Ballet is world renowned and somehow manages to outdo itself every single Nutcracker season. Bask in the holiday spirit and leave feeling inspired.

4. Holiday Pops

December 5 – December 31

A visit to Boston’s Symphony Hall is a must-do no matter which time of year you’re visiting. The acoustics are world-famous as are the skills of the the symphony. The iconic song “Sleigh Ride” was composed within the Boston Symphony Hall in 1946 by Leroy Anderson, specifically for the Holiday Pops. Today, the Holiday Pops features “Sleigh Ride” among many others, within an atmosphere of holiday magic. You’ll get to sit at cabaret-style tables where you can order food and drinks!

5. Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting

December 8

Possibly the most iconic Boston Tree Lighting is the Boston Common holiday tree. What makes this holiday tree stand out among the rest, is the gesture behind it. It’s a gift from the people of Nova Scotia! The lighting will take place on December 8 from 5-6 p.m. With almost 7,000 lights on the main tree, accompanied by lights on more than 80 other trees interspersed through the Common and Public Garden, it’s quite a spectacle! Some refreshments and entertainment will be provided by local groups. The Mayor will be the one to turn on the lights, and once the lights are lit, the holiday season is officially in full force!

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Source: Society of Arts + Crafts | Facebook. Pictured: Kirsten Bassion, ceramic artist

6. CraftBoston Holiday

December 14 – December 17

CraftBoston Holiday is the go-to event to purchase any and all holiday gifts and to spend the day (or weekend) perusing handmade art and goods from the best craftsmen and women in the country. What makes CraftBoston so popular is that you can find truly unique gifts and the purchase of said gifts support the artists! It’s a win-win all around. This is literally a one-stop shop.

7. Boston First Night/Day

December 31 – January 1

Boston is a city of traditions, and Boston First Night + Day is one of the best and has been going on for over 41 years. This year the celebration is free and open to all and will feature entertainment, special attractions, displays, and more. Most of the activity is focused in Copley Square and the Back Bay.

You’ll find the coziest, most luxurious, and centrally located accommodations at Copley Square Hotel. Copley Square Hotel lies in the heart of historic Copley Square, which is a stone’s throw from nearly all of the above-mentioned events and attractions. Plus, Copley Square is offering Home For the Holidays Boston Style, a special holiday promotion. Enjoy 30% off rates during the holiday season, learn more and book here!


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