Christmas in Boston

Dec 2, 2019

Christmas in Boston

The much-awaited Christmas holidays are upon us as 2019 comes to an end. What better place than America's cultural hub, Boston, to celebrate the occasion?

Beantown has a rich history and comes alight with a blend of modern and traditional Christmas events. You are going to need plenty of energy to get the best of Christmas in Boston. There is no shortage of festivities at this time of the year.

You may find yourself overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of the city, as it is hard to keep up with everything. So, ready yourself to make some unforgettable memories with your friends and family over Christmas in Boston.

It's Christmas in Boston!

So, here are some fun things to do...

Boston Common Tree Lighting
December 5th

What better place to start your Christmas activities than at the event that marks its beginning in Boston? Watch the Christmas trees light up around Boston Common & Public Garden on the evening of December 5th at The Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The Nutcracker
November 29th - December 29th

Christmas brings back another of its tradition in the shape of The Nutcracker. It's a holiday favorite, regardless of where you live.

Throughout December, you get to witness the play at Citizens Bank Opera House. The majority of Boston looks forward to this event. So, if you do not want to miss out, get your tickets as soon as you can.

The Boston Tea Party Reenactment
December 16th

This year is the 246th anniversary of The Boston Tea Party, which was a historic event in the American Revolution. It's not a Christmas event. But as it's held in the middle of the season, it's a way to get together with family and friends and participate in something different.

You'll get to delve back in history with the Boston Tea Party Reenactment at Old South Meeting House on the evening of December 16th. It is yet another event where the early bird gets the worm. So, get your tickets early to avoid missing out on the experience.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Musical
December 6th - 8th

You know him, and you love him, and he'll be in Boston for three days in December. We're talking about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Musical. You will find yourself emotionally immersed in its story. Isn't it fun when TV comes to life?

This fun play is performed at Boch Center's Shubert Theatre over the weekend that starts on December 6th. Tickets start at $43, and dinner packages are also available, while they last.

Teddy Bear Tea
December 1st - 23rd

The Teddy Bear Tea is a wholesome event to extend the spirit of Christmas to those less fortunate than yourself. Through the activity, you get to donate a stuffed teddy bear to childcare organizations. After all, Christmas is about coming together and spreading the love.

The tradition comes to life daily from December 1st to 23rd at The Bristol Four Seasons Hotel. The event runs a little over an hour and a half at the same time every afternoon.

SoWa Winter Festival
December 6th - 8th

If you are looking to do some Christmas shopping while having a good time, then the SoWa Winter Festival is the place to go to between December 6th and 8th. It is the biggest shopping hub in Boston with a variety of items.

As you look for accessories, the marketplace offers tasty snacks and drinks to keep you stuffed and warm. On December 6th, the festival begins in the evening, while starting in the morning on the two weekend days.

The Gingerbread Workshop
December 1st, 8th, and 22nd

The prestigious Boston Harbor Hotel presents one of the most enjoyable family events over the holiday period in the form of The Gingerbread Workshop. It is an activity to decorate your gingerbread house with a variety of delicious treats.

The fun starts in the afternoon of December 1st, and also runs on the 8th and 22nd of the same month. Children under two get to take part in the activity free of charge.

The Light Show at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
December 3rd - January 1st

Being in Boston is the perfect opportunity to witness the lighting up of the tallest Christmas tree in the whole of New England! The Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the place to be on the evening of December 3rd (and beyond) for a dazzling spectacle.

The event is free and offers a variety of entertainment for people of all ages.

Kendall Square Ice Skating

The wintry snow in Boston brings a chance to try your hand (or feet) at ice skating. To get a better idea of the activity, you get to watch professionals at Kendall Square on December 14th.

Whether you are a new or seasoned ice skater, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience since the event will be free. On other days, the skating rink is open to the public at a low admission cost. So, take your family out on a fun, wintry day at Kendall Square this holiday season.

A Holiday Cruise
Various dates

Another Holiday plan is to go for a fun cruise at one of the Boston waterfronts. One yacht that offers such services is the Northern Lights. There are different cruise options you can choose from depending on the time of day and the duration of the trip.

Some of the best ones are the Holiday Brunch Cruise, Cocoa & Blues, a Holiday Cruise, and the Holiday Sunset Cruise. Each cruise offers different services at its own cost. But all of them are certain to give you a Christmas holiday to remember.


Boston Celtics holiday giftsA "Sporty" Christmas
various schedules

The holiday season gives you the chance to go to events that you may not have time for the rest of the year because of your day-to-day schedule. The Red Sox will not be in action until Spring Training next year. But perhaps the NBA will bring a bigger fan out of you, with the Boston Celtics taking center stage at TD Garden. The second half of December holds several of their home games that you can go to with your family and friends.

As a sports enthusiast, you can also take the opportunity to support your local Boston Bruins. The ice hockey sensations will be in action around the Christmas period, with games against the Predators, Capitals, and Sabres.


These are just a few of the Christmas in Boston festivities. You can find similar top-notch events scattered all over the city so that the holidays will be anything but dull.

Be sure to bookmark the OTL City Guides Holiday and Gift Ideas section, as we'll be adding more fun tips, tricks, and things to do over the Christmas season and beyond.

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