Boston Weather in December

What to expect for December weather in Boston

Boston weather in December can be unpredictable.  Howling winds, rain, warmer than normal temperatures, snow, and beautiful bright sunny days form an unpredictable mix. 

Shoppers and shop windows along Charles Street in Boston's Beacon Hill in December / Boston Weather in December -
Boston's Public Garden on December 9, after a morning shower -
Note that the weeping willow trees still have most of their foliage

But attractive Boston hotel deals, plenty of museums and sports events, and exciting shows at the Boston Opera House and other Theater District venues make December weather in Boston almost enjoyable.

Whether December is merely chilly or frankly freezing, this is a great month to check out hotels in Boston with fireplaces - especially because you'll find Boston's lowest hotel rates and biggest bargains during winter months.

If you're planning to travel to Boston in December, keep in mind that the city tends to be warmer than the average temperatures for December weather in Massachusetts most of the time - except for when coastal storms called nor'easters dump freezing rain, snow, or sleet on us.

Although each year is different, we can almost always be sure of getting some snow, even if it is only a sprinkle, at least a few 50° days, possibly some rain, and usually many days with brilliant sunshine.  And some years bring a lot of snow!

If you're planning a Boston visit during December, you should take a look at average temperatures for the month - as well as the record highs and record lows:

Average December high temperature:  42° F
Average December low temperature: 28° F
Record high temperature for December:  76° F (1998)
Record low temperature for December:  -17° F (1933)
Average precipitation for December:  3.48 inches

Be sure to check the Boston weather report before coming.


What to pack for Boston in December

Santa and Menorrah hats being worn in BostonBoston weather in December dictates that you should bring a heavy jacket or coat, preferably one that's waterproof. 

Warm gloves, a scarf, and a hat and/or earmuffs are also a must, and an umbrella can be a great addition.  Santa and menorah hats - optional.

Don't forget that Boston is a great city for walking, regardless of the weather.  If you're staying anywhere in central Boston, you'll find that sidewalks usually get shoveled quickly.  However, you still need to consider the best way to keep your feet warm.

Boots with heavy soles and perhaps an insulated lining provide the best protection.  Make sure they're comfortable for walking.  Warm socks also help keep you comfortable. 

Check my general suggestions about what to pack for your Boston trip to get more tips.


Best December activities in Boston

Holiday shoppers in Boston's Beacon HillCold Boston weather in December makes indoor activities very attractive - theaters, sports, and museums rank high on lists of popular things to do.  On New Year's Eve, First Night is Boston's biggest celebration.

December is also a terrific time to shop in Boston, as many stores offer tempting discounts to lure in shoppers.  Check out Lord & Tailor and Ann Taylor in Prudential Center, Macy's in Cambridgeside Galleria, and Gap in Faneuil Marketplace.  Stores and boutiques along Newbury Street also burst with bargains during December.

And don't forget that December is actually a wonderful time for outdoor activities, unless a nor'easter is raging.  Go ice skating on Boston Common's Frog Pond, or head to nearby ski areas for downhill and cross-country skiing.

Boston weather in December - More things to do

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