Top Boston Events for January 2016 include the Winter Classic 2016 at Gillette Stadium, other New Year's Day festivities, and lots more fun things to do in the city - indoors and outside.
Yes, Boston's January weather can be cold - so you have to embrace it! Dress warmly, go outside, and enjoy our winter wonderland!
Kick off the New Year by watching the Boston Bruins battle the Canadiens on ice in the Winter Classic. Or watch Boston's famous L Street Brownies make their annual Polar Plunge.
Treat yourself to a New Year's Day Brunch ... you can always work off those extra holiday pounds later at the Frog Pond Ice Rink on Boston Common.
Join commemorations of renowned civil rights leader (and former Boston University student) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., savor wine and food pairings at the renowned Boston Wine Festival, head to the Garden to cheer the Celtics and Bruins, and don't miss the Boston Celtic Music Festival.
Many Boston hotels give you their cheapest discount rates of the year during January. With so much going on in the city, January is the perfect time to enjoy world-class music, museums, sports, restaurants, and more.
With plenty of indoor warmth in our welcoming Irish pubs, historic taverns, and superb restaurants, you'll find a city filled with excitement, fun, good food, and cheer.
January 2016 official holidays in Boston :
- New Year Day - January 1
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18
Boston Events Each Month
Bruins Home Games @ TD Garden - January 2017
Get your Boston Bruins tickets for January home games, and head over to TD Garden for some fast action on the ice.
The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.
Don't miss the chance to see Boston's hockey team, winner of 6 Stanley Cup championships!
Hotels near TD Garden
If you're coming to an event at the Garden, spend the night or the weekend in a nearby hotel, such as the comfortable Wyndham (that's the Wyndham's outdoor swimming pool in the photo):
More top hotels near TD Garden:
Half-Price & Discount Tickets for Boston Events in January 2016
- Trinity Irish Dance Company @ Cutler Majestic Theatre - Regular price $35-$68, Goldstar $l8-$34
- CRASHfest Music Festival @ House of Blues - Full price $40, Goldstar price $20
- Disgraced @ Boston University Theatre - Full price $63-$87, Goldstar price $32-$45
- Sondheim on Sondheim @ Lyric Stage Company of Boston - Full price $49-$74, Goldstar price $29-$52
- Citizens of the Empire: A Space Opera @ Boston Center for the Arts
- Boston Bruins @ TD Garden - Full price $96-$387, Goldstar price $75-$250
- Violet @ Calderwood Pavilion - Full price $25-$60, Goldstar price $10-$30
- Acoustica Electronica @ Oberon - Full price $25, Goldstar price $13
- Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse
- Improv Asylum's Mainstage Show - Boston's North End
- Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse
Celtics Basketball at TD Garden - January 2016
The Celtics pack in plenty of excitement during home games throughout January over at the Garden.
January - Regular Season Schedule - Home Games
January 2 vs Brooklyn - 3pm
January 6 vs Detroit - 7:30pm
January 13 vs Indiana - 8pm
January 15 vs Phoenix - 7:30pm
January 22 vs Chicago - 7:30pm
January 27 vs Denver - 7:30pm
January 29 vs Orlando - 7:30pm
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Hotels near TD Garden
Best Boston Tours for January, 2016
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tour - This fascinating tour lets you step back in time to learn about the market's central role in Boston's history, how it was built, and how it led to Boston's importance as an international trade center.
The free tour takes place on Sunday, January 3 at 11am (weather permitting) and lasts about an hour. Meet your guide by Pulse Cafe on South Market Street. Find out more
Forget those New Year's Resolutions . . .
. . . and sign up for these special culinary classes for January and beyond (note: they almost always fill up quickly - so sign up fast if you want to participate):
- Sofra's Winter Cooking Classes - Award-winning Chefs Ana Sortun and other instructors from Oleana, Sofra, and Sarma conduct almost-weekly cooking classes/demonstrations from 6:30pm-9pm at Sofra Bakery (1 Belmont Street, Cambridge). In addition to yummy samples including wine pairings, you get a recipe book to take home with you.
On offer this month: January 19, Whole Grains and the Mighty Chickpea ($110); January 26, Love Affair with Chocolate (make something special for Valentine's Day!) ($85).
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Check out more cooking classes during February
MFA: Free Open House
When: Monday, January 18 - Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day 2016
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Fenway, Boston; 617-267-9300; www.mfa.org
MFA will celebrate Dr King's legacy with special exhibitions and free admission on Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day.
Look for family-friendly activities and special exhibits throughout the museum celebrating Dr King, who lived in Boston while studying at Harvard and BU.
Can't come on the 18th? You can still get free admission if you have a Boston Discount Card.
Boston Celtic Music Festival - 2016
Boston's Celtic Music Festival on January 8-9 brings together over 100 musicians in a 3-day event to spotlight Boston area Celtic musicians and singers. Expect to hear lots of Irish fiddle music, Scottish, Cape Breton, Quebecois, and even New England music as the musicians explore Celtic music from Europe to the New World.
The festival kicks off on Friday with a parade and concert at Club Passim in Harvard Square (yes, despite having "Boston" in its name, the festival actually takes place in Cambridge), and music and traditional dancing at the Atrium. Music continues throughout Saturday at several nearby venues, ending in a rousing concert of music and dance on Saturday night.
Closest T station: Red Line/Harvard Square
Cost: Tickets required for various events, with prices ranging from $15 - $28, or $55 for a weekend pass
More info and full schedule: www.clubpassim.org
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Boston Theater & Shows for January 2016
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- Holy Holy: David Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World - Wilbur Theatre - Jan 21
- Women of Country Tour: Jennifer Nettles, Brady Clark, Lindsay Ell & Tara Thompson - House of Blues - Jan 23
- Eliades Ochoa & Babarito Torres: Strellas de Buena Vista Social Club - Orpheum Theatre - Jan 23
- Muse & X Ambassadors - TD Garden - Jan 25
- Wilco - Orpheum Theatre - Jan 29-30
- Greensky Bluegrass - Paradise Rock Club - Jan 29
- Jeff Dunham - Agganis Arena - Jan 30
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Winter Trails Day at Weston Ski Track near Boston
Winter Trails Day, on Saturday, January 9, 2016 is a national event designed to introduce everyone to the fun of being outside during the winter on cross-country skis or snowshoes.
Weston Ski Track, located only 30 minutes west of Boston, offers free snowshoe events between 9am and 2pm. You get a free snowshoeing trail pass, free snowshoe demos, and a free guided tour. Although some free snowshoes are available, they can only be used for 15-20 minutes per person in order to give everyone a chance to try them, but you can rent snowshoes and a pole at the regular rate of $15 ($7-$10 for kids & teens) if you want to spend a longer time on the trails.
More information: www.skiboston.com
More places to ski near Boston: Read our Guide to Massachusetts Ski Areas
Boston Insider Tip: More Winter Activities in Boston
- Best winter Boston tours - Don't let cold weather slow you down!
- Winter walking tour - Try our suggested itinerary for a memorable walk in the snow
- Rainy day walk around Boston - Follow this itinerary during drizzle or light rain
- Rainy day activities - You always need a "Plan B" for Boston weather
- Where to ice skate in Boston - Best rinks in Boston!
- Winter break in Boston - Fun February activities
- Skiing near Boston - Where to enjoy the snow!
- Extreme Boston Weather - Want to know more about blizzards & nor'easters?
Boston Pride - Women's Professional Hockey Schedule - 2016
Boston Pride, women's professional hockey team, plays 3 home games during January at Bright-Landry Hockey Center (65 North Harvard Street, Boston) at Harvard University.
Tickets are $20 and you can get them here: http://nwhl.co/tickets-pride
Here's the home game schedule for January:
January 3 vs Buffalo Beauts - 3:00pm (Sunday)
January 10 vs New York Riveters - 3:00pm (Sunday)
January 17 vs Connecticut Whale- 3:00pm (Sunday)
Boston One-Minute Play Festival
Here's your chance to see terrific theater from 50+ Boston area playwrights - in two 2-night marathon series at the Boston One-Minute Play Festival!
Series A runs on Saturday and Sunday, January 3rd and 4th. Series B runs on Monday and Tuesday, January 5th and 6th. The 4-day event benefits Boston Public Works, a Boston playwrights' collective and event co-sponsor, along with Boston Playwrights' Theatre.
Performances take place at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre at 949 Commonwealth Ave on the Boston University campus. Performances start at 8pm. Tickets cost $20 for each series. Ticket information: www.facebook.com/one.minute.plays
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations in Boston 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January - January 18th in 2016 - to commemorate Dr. King's role in ensuring civil rights, peace, and equality in America. Dr. King lived in Boston for several years while he studied at Harvard and Boston University, where he received his Ph.D. in systematic theology in 1955.
Although numerous events take place around Boston to honor Dr. King, one of the biggest is at Faneuil Hall on Boston's Freedom Trail at 1pm on Monday, January 18 (date and time to be confirmed for 2016). This event features a tribute by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's Intensive Community Program of talented young musicians, and readings and tributes by distinguished guests. More information: http://www.afroammuseum.org/events.htm
More suggestions for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
Visit the Free at Last sculpture (shown in the above photo) honoring Dr. King in front of Marsh Chapel at Boston University, where he studied from 1951-55. Then attend BU's annual Commemoration of MLK Day (another of the city's biggest MLK Day events) at 1pm on January 18 (date and time to be confirmed for 2016) in BU's George Sherman Union (775 Commonwealth Ave). The 2016 event will include readings, talks, and dramatic pieces that reflect on the power of words to empower social justice and civil rights. More info: 617-353-4126 (Dean of Student's office).
Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service - Honor Dr. King's memory by participating in this event to make a better America by volunteering, part of the United We Serve initiative. Find more details on mlkday.gov
Visit Boston's Museum of African American History in Beacon Hill and walk along the Black Heritage Trail (the Museum is an excellent starting point). The museum will also host their Annual Tribute Concert to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18 - time to be announced later (more info: 617-725-0022 x22)
Enjoy free admission on MLK Day at the Museum of Fine Arts, plus films, performances, and art activities to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day.
Not Sure about Boston Neighborhood Locations?
This neighborhood map should help you get oriented. You can find a list of top attractions in each neighborhood here.
Need a more details? Here are our favorite free and low-cost Boston maps.
Shen Yun 2016 at the Wang Center
Shen Yun Performing Arts brings their brand new show of spectacular Chinese music and dance back to Boston's Opera House on January 22-24.
With incredible costumes, a full orchestra featuring Chinese and Western instruments, talented dancers, and animated backdrops, this mesmerizing show spans 5,000 years of Chinese dynasties, legends, and regions, including ethnic and folk dances, martial arts, drums, and powerful vocalists. You'll be dazzled by this unforgettable journey to the Middle Kingdom.
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Patriots - Super Bowl!
Will the Patriots head to the Super Bowl again in 2016?
Too early to tell ... but it's never too soon to start planning for Super Bowl Sunday.
Verdi's Otello at Sanders Theatre - 2016
The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra presents Verdi's Otello at 3pm on Sunday, January 24 at Sanders Theatre on the Harvard campus in Cambridge. In this semi-staged production, Verdi's soaring arias provide a lyrical focus for this melodrama about intrigue, love, jealousy, and betrayal.
Tickets: $40-$50; children under 5 not admitted and is recommended ages 10 and older due sensitive subject matter and running time of 3 hours. Call the Sanders Theatre Box Office at 617-496-2222 to order tickets.
Boston Art Shows - January 2016
Made in the Americas: The New world Discovers Asia at the Museum of Fine Arts explores the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the Colonial Americas as Asian goods made their way across the Pacific.
You'll see nearly 100 of extraordinary objects produced in the Colonies by craftsmen who adapted Asian styles in a wide range of materials.
The show runs through February 15, 2016 at the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston's Fenway neighborhood.
Museum (and show) admission: $25 adults; free entrance with Boston Discount Cards (GoBoston card and Boston CityPASS)
Museum of Science
The Science behind Pixar takes you behind the scenes to explore the science and technology that Pixar artists and computer scientists use to create these beloved animated films and characters. The exhibitions 8 sections focus on each step in the filmmaking process.
This special Museum of Science (1 Science Park, Boston) show runs through only through January 10, 2016 - so don't miss it!
College Nights at Frog Pond - 2016
Head over to Frog Pond every Tuesday Night (except for major holidays, and school breaks / vacations) from 6pm - 9pm for College Nights. Show your current college ID and get half-price admission (bring your own skates or rent them at the rink) - it's the best Cheap Date in Boston!
When: Through mid-March, depending on the weather
Where: Frog Pond,
Closest T station: Red & Green Line/Park St
Boston Wine Festival 2016
Boston Harbor Hotel's epic "Boston Wine Festival" kicks off its 27th anniversary with a special opening ceremony on Friday, January 8.
Sample more than 50 wines from the many wineries featured this year, and enjoy seminars, receptions, and brunches as well as the world-famous dinners. Boston Wine Festival continues through March.
More about Boston Harbor Hotel
Almost 3 decades ago, Chef Daniel Bruce of Meritage Restaurant located in the luxurious Boston Harbor Hotel launched the Boston Wine Festival, now the longest-running and most famous food and wine event in the United States.
What is it about? For 3 months, Chef Bruce pairs some of the world's finest wines with his innovative cooking overlooking Boston's waterfront.
Chef Bruce, whose wine knowledge is exceptional even among Boston oenophiles, gathers bottles from the best boutique wineries around the world for events such as the Battle of the Cabernets, Super Tuscans, and Rising Pinots, as well as nightly dinners profiling the best from particular wineries or labels.
If you love excellent wine and superb food, this is a must-not-miss event.
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L Street Brownies Take Their Annual Plunge
Are they crazy . . . or just incredibly fit and brave?
Ever since 1904, the L Street Brownies celebrate the New Year by plunging into the icy waters of Dorchester Bay and raising money for local charities. If you're visiting Boston and want to have a true "insider" experience of our real culture - head to Carson Beach/L Street Beach for this famous Boston event on January 1.
Between about 500 and 1,000 swimmers participate in the New Year event. Irish bagpipers usually play until they also jump in the water. A large crowd of friends and onlookers cheer the swimmers on while passing around towels, vitamin C, and flasks.
Many of the L Street Brownies, a polar bear swim club formed in 1902 and named after the L Street Bathhouse in South Boston, swim here daily throughout the year. Although most members appear to be 50-something or younger, a number are in their 80s and 90s and attribute their strong immune systems to the daily exercise and icy water.
When: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 9:30am (Registration for those making the plunge starts at 8am)
Where: L Street Bathhouse at Curley Community Center (617-635-5104), 1663 Columbia Road, Carson Beach, South Boston
Closest T station: Red Line/JFK-UMass Station; walk half a mile to the Curley Community Center. Alternately, take the T Red Line to Broadway Station and transfer to the #9 or #11 City Point bus.
Note: MBTA subway and buses run on a holiday schedule in New Year's Day; expect more of a wait than usual
Parking: Available along Day Blvd
New Year's Day Brunch (aka "Hangover Brunch")
When: Friday, January 1
So, you partied all night to greet the New Year and slept until noon . . . but now you're awake and starving!
What Boston restaurants serve New Year's Day brunch?
Fortunately, more than you might imagine:
- Citizen's Public House (1310 Boylston St, behind Fenway Park; 617-450-9000) - More Fenway restaurants
- Aquitaine (569 Tremont St, 617-424-8577) - More South End restaurants
- Aura (Seaport Hotel, 617-385-4300) - More South Boston Waterfront restaurants
- Brasserie Jo (120 Huntington Ave, 617-425-3240) - More Back Bay restaurants
- Durgin Park (Faneuil Hall, 617-227-2038) - More Historic Downtown restaurants
Be sure to make advance reservations, as lots of Boston locals as well as visitors go out for brunch on New Year's Day to get a good start on the New Year.
Boston Baroque First Day Concert 2016
Boston Baroque welcomes the New Year with a thrilling performance of Domenico Cimarosa's Il Maestro di Cappela and Mozart's Arias and Duets. Celebrate with complimentary champagne and chocolates during intermission.
Winter Classic 2016 at Gillette Stadium
It's official - the National Hockey League has announced that the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will feature the Boston Bruins and arch-rivals Montreal Canadiens in an historic game at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2016.
This will be THE way to spend New Year's Day, 2016!
And don't wait to reserve your hotel room near Gillette.
Closest is the spectacular Renaissance Hotel just steps away from the stadium.