Boston Event Calendar - December 2015

Nutcracker, Christmas Trees, Pops, NY Eve!

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Holiday trees in Downtown Boston in December

All kinds of exciting things to do pack the Boston Event Calendar for December 2015.

If you're visiting Boston in December, you'll see festive lights and sparkling Christmas trees everywhere as the city embraces the coming of winter.

Holiday shoppers fill the sidewalks and stores, and music is in the air. 

Best of all, you'll find lots of special holiday events: the Christmas tree light ceremony on Boston Common, The Nutcracker, Black Nativity, Boston Pops, and other special shows.  

On New Year's Eve, up to a million people join the First Night celebrations across Boston's central neighborhoods - easily the biggest event in the December event calendar!

Plan to spend time walking around the city, enjoying all the homes and shops decked out in the holiday spirit.  Check out all the special Christmas in Boston events and activities.

Finally, if you're planning a visit to Boston over New Year's Eve, be sure to make your hotel reservations early to avoid disappointment.  Look for special New Years Eve packages.

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First Night 2015 - New Year's Eve

Boston's First Night has 2 fireworks displaysWhen:  December 31
Where: Boston's central neighborhoods:  Back Bay, Downtown, South Boston Waterfront, Fenway, West End
More information:  First Night Boston
Stay:  New Year's Eve Hotel Packages and Specials

Over 1 million people typically turn out for Boston's gala celebration to welcome the coming New Year.  This day-long, alcohol-free event features ice sculptures, fireworks, crafts, performances, entertainers, and a grand parade filled with costumed entertainers.

First Night Boston will be bigger and better than ever this year.  More info


New Year's Eve Parties in Boston

Look for 2015 events to be added in early December.


Other Discounted New Year's Eve Events In & Near Boston

Look for 2015 events to be added in early December.


New Year's Eve Special Packages at Boston Hotels

Photo of Langham Hotel in Boston, MASpecial New Year's Eve Boston hotel packages give you elegant accommodations to enjoy when the night's festivities end, plus a tantalizing array of complimentary amenities and meals.  Some even let you add on extra nights at discounted rates.

What's on offer?  Look for specials like the "New Year's Eve Rest and Recovery" package at the Langham including a "Recovery Brunch" at Cafe Fleuri on New Year's Day.  Other hotels offer complimentary First Night buttons, special dinners, even gala parties.

Each special package is unique - so check out each one to see which you like best!  And remember, you can also book at the regular rates, usually at their lowest levels during winter months.  Check out New Year's Eve hotel specials in Boston


Shows for December 2015

The Nutcracker posters and signs on the Boston Opera House

Elf:  The Musical  - Wang Center - thru December 6
Boston Ballet: The Nutcracker
- Boston Opera House - thru December 31
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer  - Shubert Theatre - December 1 - 6
Once  - Shubert Theatre - December 8 - 27
A Christmas Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan - Cutler Majestic Theatre - December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 (multiple show times)
A Confederacy of Dunces - Huntington Theatre - December 12
Urban Nutcracker
- John Hancock Hall at Back Bay Events Center - Dates TBD
Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove
- Agganis Arena - December 26 - January 3
Shear Madness - Charles Playhouse - on-going - Half price tickets @ Goldstar

On-going shows

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Half-price & discount tickets for Boston events in December

- Dirty Disney (funny improv - but NOT for kids) @ The Button Factory in Fort Point

More half-price Boston events

Even more half-price tickets to top Boston concerts, shows, tours, games, and other December events become available about a couple of weeks before their scheduled date - why pay more?


Holiday Sale & Stroll - Fort Point

Fort Point Arts Community Holiday Sale and Stroll in BostonFort Point Arts Community's annual Holiday Stroll on Friday, December 5, 4pm-8pm kicks off FPAC's fabulous 3-day Holiday Sale (Dec 5, 4-8pm, Dec 6 & 7, 11am-4pm). 

Artists will display their jewelry, paintings, clothing, cashmere accessories, holiday ornaments, and pottery, such as the irristible pieces by Gabrielle Schaffner shown in this photo. 

For the Sale, gather in the lobby of 315 on A, where you can also enjoy drop-in holiday art and craft activities, refreshments, and the fireplace.  More information:  617-423-1100.

For the Stroll, just follow the signs to local businesses and restaurants (Row34, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Fort Point Market), museums and galleries (Children's Museum, Grand Circle Gallery), art studios, and more!

You can get to Boston's Fort Point neighborhood by T on the Red Line (South Station; walk across the Summer Street Bridge).

If you come by car, you can enjoy cheap or free parking.  For the Holiday Stroll, park in the Necco Garage (10 Necco St) for $5 from 3:30pm-10pm on December 5 (mention the Holiday Stroll at the parking office).  For the Holiday Sale, park in Central Parking Lot on A & Binford Streets, and validate your ticket at Made in Fort Point (315 A Street) to park for free.


Santa Speedo Run on Newbury Street

Santa Speedo Run in Back Bay BostonIn case you need an extra incentive to do your holiday shopping in Back Bay on Saturday, December 6, the annual Santa Speedo Run may be just what you're looking for as 700 scantily-clad Santas complete a 1-mile jog to raise money for the Play Ball Foundation, which brings sports and team-building skills to local Boston middle-schoolers. 

Runners (must be 21+) register at Lir (903 Boylston) at 10am for check-in and libations, kick off at 1pm, and make their way down Boylston to Berkeley and then back up Newbury Street and back to Lir.  It's a fun event.  Bring your camera! 

More about Newbury Street shopping and art galleries

Speedo Santa photo courtesy of Jeremy T. Hetzel


Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Boston in December

Top of Christmas Tree in Boston CommonChristmas tree lighting ceremonies in Boston in November and December signal the "official" start of the holiday season.  These festive occasions are fun to attend and the lights are spectacular!

Here are exciting Holiday Lighting Ceremonies taking place in December:

- Copley Square Tree Lighting - Tuesday, December 2, 5:00pm-6:00pm - Wreaths with red bows decorate the square and the Old South Church bell tolls when the lights go on - look for appearances by Santa, the Boston Pops, and Rudolph!  The Boston Public Library and Catered Affair host a story time and candy cane tea at the Fairmont Copley Plaza from 3:30-5pm (tea is free but you must make reservations - call 617-859-2282).  More family fun begins at about 4:30pm with Jugglers, stilt walkers, and holiday music provided by Magic 106.7.
- Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting - Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4pm-8pm (lights go on at about 7:55pm), with games, prizes, a Skating Spectacular exhibition (5pm - 6pm) and more at the Frog Pond Skating Rink.  This exciting event takes place near the Visitors Information Center on Tremont St and stars the special tree sent as a gift from Nova Scotia and 80+ other lighted trees throughout the Common and Boston Garden.  The Mayor will be joined by Santa and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the show will close with fireworks.  When the Mayor turns on the lights, the Boston holiday season officially begins!
- Commonwealth Avenue Mall - Monday, December 1 - Thousands of twinkling white lights transform this tree-filled parkway, transforming the Mall into a sparkling forest.

These lights have been on since November (check the November Events Calendar for exact dates):

- Annual Lighting of the Trellis - Thousands of blue lights transform the trellis in Christopher Columbus Park
- 31 Nights of Lights at Prudential Center - Prudential Tower displays lights of a different color each night to bring awareness to non-profit organizations. 
- Blink! at Faneuil Hall Marketplace - The most extravagant light show in Boston, with shows running daily from 4:30pm-9:30pm through January 4 - More about Blink


Holiday Events - Look for Half-Price Tickets

Half-price tickets for Christmas and holidays events in BostonDon't miss these half-price tickets to top Boston Christmas and holiday events:

These events are for last year and will be updated soon - but meanwhile, they will give you an idea about what to expect for 2015:

- Black Nativity - Paramount Theatre
- Holiday Pops - Boston Pops at Symphony Hall
- Disney on Ice - Worlds of Fantasy - Agganis Arena
- Handel's Messiah - Boston Baroque at Jordan Hall; Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall
- A Christmas Celtic Sojourn - Cutler Majestic Theatre
- Boston Baroque rings in the New Year with Bach - Sanders Theatre
- Home Alone - Classical Holiday Movie with Boston Symphony Orchestra playing live@Symphony Hall + the Wellesley High School Chorus

Find ALL half-price and discount Christmas and Holiday tickets


The Nutcracker Ballet at the Opera House

The Nutcracker balletWhen:  November 28 - December 31, matinees and evening performances almost daily
Where: Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston Theatre District
Ticket options: 
- TicketLiquidator for best seat choices on last-minute tickets
- Boston Ballet website
Closest T station: Green Line/Boylston

Attending a performance of The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition in Boston, and for good reason - there's nothing more magical than watching Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and all the other dancers twirl around the stage as Tchaikovsky's music soar, and then walking out of Boston's gorgeous Opera House afterwards and perhaps seeing snowflakes softly falling. 

Tickets for the most popular dates such as weekends and around Christmas can be hard to get, and they're expensive.  Try these strategies:

Recommended Boston Theatre District Hotels

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Boston Concerts & Shows - December

Boston concerts during December

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Colonial Tea & Free Holiday Open House at Old South Meeting House

Tea time at Old South Meeting House in BostonOld South Meeting House on Boston's Freedom Trail welcomes visitors on Friday, 12/5, and Saturday, 12/6, for a free Holiday Open House. 

On Saturday, you can join costumed reenactors (shown in photo) for a tea and discussion about taxes in Colonial Boston at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm. 

Check Old South's event calendar for other interesting Open House events.


Hanukkah Celebration at Faneuil Marketplace

Hanukkah Celebration - Boston December EventMenorah lighting and Hanukkah celebration takes place at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.  Date and time for 2014 to be announced.  This family-oriented event features music, crafts, hot latkes, jelly doughnuts, chocolate gelt, dreidels, and games for children. 

The Freedom Menorah Lighting will be dedicated to the memory of those who died as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings last spring.

Photo: Stained glass window in Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips Street, Beacon Hill.  Vilna Shul, the only remaining intact immigrant-era synagogue in Boston and now a cultural center and home to monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services, contains the only examples of prewar Jewish mural art in the U.S.


Globe Santa

Globe Santa - Boston December eventWant to meet Globe Santa?  You can find him (or her) in various places and events around Boston during December, such as Copley Square (shown in photo) and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. 

More important...want to help Globe Santa raises fund for Boston's neediest children, one of Boston's best holiday traditions?  100% of all donations go to purchase and deliver holiday gifts for Boston families in need.  More about donating



Ice Skating on the Waterfront

Ice Skating at Boston Harbor Hotel opening eventBoston Harbor Hotel kicks off their Winter on the Wharf festivities in mid-December with the opening of their seasonal ice skating rink under the hotel's iconic arch. 

The rink accommodates 75 skaters - but even if you're not on the ice, you can enjoy hot chocolate, s'mores, and cocktails at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille.

And in December, a special Skate with Santa event will give you the chance to share your holiday wish list as you skate alongside Santa to the beat of holiday music.

The rink will be open through late February, 2015. 

More about Boston Harbor Hotel's ice rink and other places to skate in Boston


242nd Boston Tea Party Reenactment

Old South Meeting House on Boston's Freedom TrailCelebrate the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party - take on the role of a Patriot or a Loyalist as you join more than 100 reenactors to bring to life the famous tax protest that sparked a revolution. 

Events begin at Old South Meeting House, where the Old South’s Tea Party Players portray Patriots such as Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock as they recreate the events of Dec. 16, 1773, when more than 5,000 colonists gathered here to voice concerns on a moonlit night. 

After the debate, you can join the procession, complete with fifes and drums, down to Griffin's Wharf to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, and watch as the tea is dumped into Boston Harbor.

When:  Wednesday, December 16, 6:30-8:30pm (date and time to be confirmed for 2015)
Where:   Old South Meeting House
Closest T station: Red and Orange Line/Downtown Crossing; Orange and Blue LIne/State
Parking:   Use the Boston Common Garage and walk over - maybe an 8-10 minutes , or check out Boston garages near Government Center
Cost:  $25
More information and tickets:  website (don't wait too long to get tickets - this event always sells out)

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Boston Tea Party Dinner

L'Espalier restaurant in BostonAnother way to commemorate the Boston Tea Party is to make reservations for L'Espalier's special Boston Tea Party Anniversary Dinner featuring the teas thrown into the Harbor during the real Tea Party.

L'Espalier's Tea Sommelier Cynthia Gold will pour a tea cocktail and tea pairings for the sumptuous 6-course tea-infused dinner. 

When:  Sunday, December 13, 7pm (date and time to be confirmed for 2015)
Where:  L'Espalier, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Boston, 774 Boylston Street in Back Bay
Cost & Reservations: $85/person; call 617-262-3023
Stay at the 5-star Mandarin:  Reviews and rates


Boston Hotels Special Packages for December

Boston hotel specials for DecemberColonnade Boston: Frosty Friday's Package - Stay at the Colonnade Hotel near Prudential Center from November 21, 2014 through March 28, 2015 for Friday and Saturday night, and you'll pay only the outside temperature on Friday night, based on the 5pm National Weather Service reading, for your room, and a special rate of $289 for Saturday night.  Use your savings to shop!  Plus you'll get your choice of 2 tickets for the Old Town Trolley Tour or admission and skating rental at the Frog Pond skating rink on boston Common.  To get this deal, book online at  Compare regular rates

Marriott Long Wharf "Indulge in a Weekend on Boston Harbor" Package - Deluxe accommodations, $50 dining credit for lunch, dinner, or drinks in Waterline restaurant, and valet parking for one vehicle - must use promotional code D60 in the Corporate/Promotional box when booking.  Valid through 12/30/14.   Reserve Now


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North End Holiday Stroll

Boston hotel specials for DecemberWhen:  Friday, December 5, 6pm-11pm
  North End
Closest T station: Orange Line/Haymarket

Parking:   Don't even think about street-side parking!  Try Boston garages near Government Center

Participating North End boutiques, galleries, and studios offer warm hospitality and 1-night-only discounts during their Buon Natale Holiday Stroll.  

Where to stay in and near the North End

Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston MA Battery Wharf Hotel Boston Bricco Suites in Boston's North End Millennium Bostonian Hotel in Boston MA


2014 Holiday Pops from Boston Pops 

Symphony Hall, in Boston's Fenway neighborhoodWhen:  December 3 - 31, 2014; matinee and evening performances
Where: Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue (intersection of Mass Ave and Huntington Ave), Fenway, Boston
Closest T station: Green Line/Symphony
Tickets and more information:  website

Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops present the beloved annual Holiday Pops concerts during the mornings, afternoons, and evenings before and after Christmas featuring traditional holiday favorites. 

Special kids matinees include a family sing-along, photo opportunities with Santa after the performance, and a special kids menu for those seated at tables.  Several matinees feature a screening of Home Alone with orchestral accompaniment.

Get in the mood by listening to A Christmas Festival by the Boston Pops, which includes many favorites such as Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, and more.

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Blink!  Faneuil Marketplace's Holiday Event

Blink at Faneuil Hall MarketplaceBlink! combines 350,000 flashing LED lights and music from the Boston Pops' Holiday Pops show to set Faneuil Hall Marketplace ablaze every evening through January 4, 2015.

Catch the free show, which runs continuously throughout the evening as you stroll around the country's first open-air marketplace. 

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is also where you'll find the largest Christmas tree in New England - it's even larger than the one in New York's Rockefeller Center!  

Where to stay in Boston near Faneuil Marketplace

Millennium Bostonian Hotel in Boston MA Ames Hotel room in Boston Massachusetts Nine Zero Hotel in Boston, near ice skating on Frog Pond Luxury hotel Fifteen Beacon in Boston Mass


Holiday Family Activity:  Gingerbread House Brunch

Gingerbread house decorating eventDecorate your own Gingerbread House while enjoying a holiday brunch in this special event in one of Beacon Hill's magnificent mansions, Hampshire House (home of the original Cheers).  Perfect Sunday event for the whole family!

When:  Sundays - November 30, December 7 & 21, 2014, seatings from 11am-12:30pm or 1pm-2:30pm
Where:   Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street (across from the Public Garden), Boston's Beacon Hill
Public Transportation:  Green Line/Arlington
Parking:   Closest is Boston Common Garage
Cost:  $30 per child and $50 per adult - includes brunch, gingerbread house, tax and tip; excludes beverages and ticketing fee
Reservations (a must): 617-227-9600; please note that this events often sells out far in advance


Boston Baroque performs Handel's Messiah - 2015

Boston Baroque performs Handel's MessiahWhen:  December 11 and 12, 2015, 7:30
Where: Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough Street, Fenway neighborhood
Closest T station: Green Line E/Symphony
More information and tickets:  Boston Baroque's website

Photo courtesy Boston Baroque

Musical Director Martin Pearlman's Grammy-nominated production of Handel's Messiah for a spell-binding experience. 

Adding to the experience are Boston Baroque's period instruments, plus the splendor of Jordan Hall's perfect acoustics.  Attending a performance of Messiah is a Boston Christmas tradition for many people, and this production is always among the very best. 

Boston Baroque is also playing special New Year's Eve and First Day Concerts.  More . . .


Black Nativity - 2015

Black NativityAnother beloved Boston Christmas tradition is Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes' gospel song-play, Black Nativity.  Hughes' lyrical retelling of the original Nativity story comes to life in this marvelous production combining words, music, and dance, including traditional Christmas favorites sung in Gospel style. 

From the moment when the actors walk on stage singing "Go Tell it on the Mountain" to the final scene, you'll be captivated and enthralled.

Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, this renowned holiday show features a large cast of professional singers, dancers, musicians, and actors, along with talented amateurs, children, and community dignataries.  It has enchanted Bostonians and visitors from all over the world since 1970, making it the longest-running Black Nativity production in the world and a tribute on one of America's finest poets. 

When:  December (dates for 2015 to be announced later), with both matinee and evening performances
Where:   Paramount Theatre  More info
Closest T station: Orange Line/Chinatown, Red Line/Downtown Crossing, Green Line/Boylston
More information and tickets:  Black Nativity's website; 617-585-6366

Photo courtesy National Center of Afro-American Artists

Other Boston Christmas events


Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll

Boston hotel specials for DecemberWhen:  Thursday, December 11, 5pm-9pm
Where:   Charles Street, Beacon Hill
Closest T station: Red Line/Charles-MGH
Parking:  Boston Common Garage

Carolers and music, festive holiday decorations, and all the eclectic boutiques, galleries, and restaurants along Charles Street make this annual Holiday Stroll a special occasion.  Enjoy the festive spirit - and get all of your holiday shopping done in one evening!

More about top places for holiday shopping in Boston


Celtics at the Garden

Boston Celtics logoWhere:  TD Garden
Stay: Hotels near TD Garden
Park: Garages near TD Garden
Celebrate: Nightlife near Celtics Games

Tickets for Boston Celtics GamesBoston Celtics schedule for October 2011 home games

The Celtics pack in plenty of excitement during home games throughout December over at the Garden.

December 9 vs Chicago - 7:00pm
December 11 vs Golden State- 7:30pm
December 15 vs Cleveland - 7:30pm
December 18 vs Atlanta- 7:30pm
December 21 vs Minnesota - 7:30pm
December 27 vs NY Knicks- 7:00pm
December 30 vs LA - 7:30pm

Hotels near TD Garden   

Boxer Hotel, Boston MA Holiday Inn Express near TD Garden in Boston Millennium Bostonian Hotel Swimming pool at Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston
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Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2014

Celtic Sojourn in Boston MAWhen:  December 12 - 21, afternoon and evening shows
Where: Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, 219 Tremont Street, Theatre District, Downtown Boston
Closest T station: Green Line/Boylston
More information:  Cutler Majestic website; (617) 824-8000

Enjoy a marvelous afternoon or evening of Christmas Celtic music and dance featuring Seamus Egan with Solas, Johnny Connolly on accordian, fiddler Winifred Horan, Eamon McElholm on guitar and keyboard, and Chico Huff on bass.  Dancers from Liam's Academy of Irish Dance in Walpole will be joining the festivities.

Here's a flavor of the type of music you'll hear:

Brian O'Donovan, host of classical music radio station WGBH's popular Celtic Sojourn program presents this wonderful event, now in its 11th year.  In addition to the Boston performances, Christmas Celtic Sojourn also offers shows Worcester, Rockport, and Stockbridge.


New England Patriots Schedule

Boston PatriotsNew England Patriots Home Game Schedule at Gillette Stadium for December

When:  Home games on December 14, and Dec 28:

Week 14 - Sunday, December 7, 8:30pm at San Diego
Week 15 - Sunday, December 14, 1pm vs Miami - Gillette Stadium
Week 16 - Sunday, December 21, 1pm at New York Jets
Week 17 - Sunday, December 28, 1pm vs Buffalo - Gillette Stadium

Where: Gillette Stadium
Tickets:  Check for best prices, seats, discounts
Getting there: How to get to Gillette Stadium from Boston

Stay:  Hotels near Gillette Stadium

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Christmas Revels at Harvard's Sanders Theatre

Christmas Revels in Harvard's Sanders Theater 2013When:  December 12 - 28 - matinees and evening shows
Where: Sanders Theatre in Memorial Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Closest T station: Red Line/Harvard Square
Tickets:  Revels website (tickets on sales Oct 20, noon)

Since 1971, the Christmas Revels Boston have used music and dance to explore winter solstice traditions from different cultural perspectives.  The 2014 theme is the "Crystal Palace" - you'll almost feel like you're in Victorian England in 1851.

Performers include the Pinewoods Morris Men, actors Billy Meleady, Sarah deLima, Marge Dunn, Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell, musician/songleader David Coffin, the Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble, and the Revels Chorus.

Want to get a preview of the Revels? Listen to samples of The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice, Sing We Now of Christmas, and Wassail! Wassail! Early American Christmas Music.


Boston Bruins Schedule for December 2015

The Nutcracker balletHome game location:  TD Garden
Nearest T stop: North Station
Parking:  Boston garages near North Station / TD Garden
Stay: Hotels near TD Garden
Celebrate:  Best Boston bars near TD Garden
Show your love:  Dress like a Bruin (or do your holiday shopping the easy way!)

Get ready for these exciting home games. Here is the schedule for all the Bruins fans out there.

December 7 vs Nashville - 7:00pm
December 12 vs Florida - 1:00pm
December 14 vs Edmonton- 7:00pm
December 16 vs Pittsburgh - 8:00pm
December 20 vs New Jersey- 5:00pm
December 22 vs St Louis- 7:00pm
December 26 vs Buffalo - 7:00pm
December 29 vs Ottawa - 7:00pm

Buy yourself a Bruins shirt, wear it everywhere, and cheer on the Bruins!



"The Ice" & More First Night Street Theatre at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Interactive ice sculptures at Faneuil Hall MarketplaceCome celebrate the New Year by enjoying "The Ice" - Faneuil Hall Marketplace's own interactive ice sculptures - accompanied by many more live street theater performances from December 30, 2014 through January 1, 2015. 

Don't worry if the weather is frosty - all the festive holiday lights will make you feel warm, and in addition to enjoying post-holiday sales, you'll find many inviting restaurants and pubs where you can warm up.  And don't forget, several of Boston's oldest historic pubs and Colonial-period taverns are right around the corner.


Free Holiday Movies at Assembly Row

AMC Assembly Row 12 TheaterHead to Assembly Row for free holiday movies at the AMC Assembly Row 12 theater at 9:30 am on the three Saturdays before Christmas.  Here's the schedule:

- December 6 - Polar Express
- December 13 - Home Alone
- December 20 - Elf

Let your family relax and have fun while you enjoy big bargains at the discount and outlet stores.

More about Assembly Row and Boston's other outlet shopping mecca, Wrentham Village


Holiday Pops from the Waltham Symphony Orchestra

Patrick Botti conducting the Waltham Symphony Orchestra, Waltham MassachusettsWhen:  Saturday, December 6, 4pm
Where:   Kennedy Middle School Auditorium, 655 Lexington Street, Waltham
Parking:   Free, on-site
Admission:  Free, with contributions gratefully accepted at the door
More information:   Waltham Symphony Orchestra website 

Come hear holiday music by Leroy Anderson and the Peanuts' Christmas Time, plus more music by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Holst, Cohn, and R. Srauss with Musical Director Patrick Botti conducting.  Special appearance by the Arlington Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jing-Huey Wei.

Photo courtesy Waltham Symphony Orchestra


Need more ideas about what to do in Boston in December?  Check out my recommendations for best things to do in Boston in December.

And find even more suggestions in our Romantic Things to Do in December article.

December Events Posted by Others - Or Post Your Own

In addition to the December events described on this page, many other interesting events take place in and around Boston.

We hear about lots of these events directly from other visitors to Boston Discovery Guide, or from the event organizers.   Find a list of these events

Do you know about an event for December that other might enjoy?   Tell us about it here

Or, if your event is for another month (not December), tell us about it here

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Find More Fun Boston Events Year Round

Boston Events in January - Wine Festivals, Polar Bear Swim, New Year Brunch February Events in Boston - Valentines Day, Running of the Brides, Chinese New Year March Events in Boston - St Patricks Day Parade, Film Festivals, Restaurant Week April Events in Boston - Marathon, Patriots Day, Boston Garden Show Boston May Events - Memorial Day, Duckling Day Parade, Open Studios Boston June Events - Harborfest, Scooper Bowl, Dragon Boat Races
Boston Events in July - Fireworks, Harborfest, Shakespeare on the Common August Events in Boston - Shakespeare on the Common, Running of the Brides, Restaurant Week September Events in Boston - Labor Day, Fashion Week, BeanTown Jazz Festival October Events in Boston - Columbus Day Parade, Halloween, Head of the Charles Boston Thanksgiving Events - Thanksgiving, The Nutcracker, Black Friday Boston December Events - First Night, Holiday Pops, Black Nativity


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