With snow-lined cobblestones streets, historic stone buildings and warmly glowing lanterns, Boston already looks like the setting for a classic holiday storybook.
Simply strolling the streets for a casual shopping trip feels like a festive celebration; so it only stands to reason that Boston’s holiday events will make for a spectacular start to everyone’s favorite season. Here are five ways you and your family can get in the holiday spirit in Boston.
Boston Common Tree Lighting
Join Mayor Menino and Santa Claus for Boston’s official tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 5 from 6-8 p.m. Get there at 5 o’clock to watch the Skating Club of Boston perform their synchronized figure-skating show on historic Frog Pond, and stick around for the fireworks post lighting!
The Nutcracker is the quintessential holiday show, and few do it better than the Boston Ballet. With shows running from November 29-December 29, you’ve got plenty of chances to catch Mikko Nissinen’s rendition of the classic holiday production, but weekend spots fill up fast, so buy your tickets soon!
Boston Holiday Pops
Nothing gives you the warm holiday fuzzies quite like the Holiday Pops at the Boston’s famous Symphony Hall. The Pops, which runs from December 4-24, is sure to put the whole family in the holiday spirit; and if you’re worried about your little ones’ attention span, the Boston Symphony Orchestra also runs a shortened matinee program for kids, complete with classic children’s songs and a meet-and-greet with Santa!
The Velveteen Rabbit
Speaking of little ones, children of all ages will fall in love with the Boston Children’s Theatre’s 5th Anniversary production of The Velveteen Rabbit. The heartwarming show, adapted by Burgess Clark and composed by Austin Davy, will be presented at the Boston Center for the Arts weekends December 7-22.
Blink! at Faneuil Hall
Starting November 23 and extending through January 5, Faneuil Hall will run its amazing light show, Blink! every night from 5-10 p.m. Young and old alike will delight as the illuminated buildings and trees light up in perfect sync with the soaring the Holiday Pops soundtrack. Blink! turns an evening stroll though Faneuil Hall into a magical holiday festival sure to enchant even the Grinchiest among us.
Wherever you end up, be on the look out for Macy’s Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lightings December 6-8. On this three night tour, Mayor Menino and Santa Claus will cruse through Boston neighborhoods lighting trees and wreaths and spreading good tidings throughout the city as they go.
Truth be told, there are dozens of ways to enjoy the holiday season in Boston; and we’ve got one more tip to make your trip as enjoyable as possible: don’t fight holiday traffic or struggle to find affordable parking. Instead, a C&J bus to South Station is the perfect, hassle-free way to get the whole family in on the festivities – and what’s merrier than that?