Lots of exciting things to do pack the Boston Event Calendar for December. 

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

Special holiday events take place all month - The Nutcracker, Black Nativity, Boston Pops, Disney on Ice, and holiday concerts. 

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.

On New Year's Eve, Boston's First Night festivities include a huge parade, ice sculptures, entertainment and musical performances, light displays, and a fabulous midnight fireworks show over Boston Harbor.  Lots of other New Year's Eve events will be going on as well - so it's a great time to visit Boston!

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.

Need more suggestions?  Check out more things to do and see in Boston in December.

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Boston Theater & Shows for December

Boston concert schedule - December
Stage and ornate decor in the Boston Opera House - Photo credit: Bill Damon

Top December Theater Shows in Boston - Schedule & Tickets

Boston theater during December focuses on the holidays, with three different Nutcracker shows for you to choose from and everyone's favorite Boston Pops. Toward the end of the month, Disney on Ice brings its magic back to Agganis Arena:

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Where to Stay near Boston's Theatre District

Enjoy your Boston performance or show experience to the fullest when you stay in one of the nearby Theatre District hotels, such as the luxurious Hyatt Regency:

Hyatt Regency Boston Hotel, top choice near Boston's Theatre District

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Boston Concerts & Shows - December

Top December Concerts in Boston

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    Special Holiday Cruises on the Northern Lights in Boston Harbor

    Holiday cruises around Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights
    Red poinsettias on the Northern Lights

    Celebrate the holidays while relaxing and sightseeing on the elegant yacht Northern Lights, lavishly decorated for the holidays, on these special weekend holiday brunch, New Year's Eve fireworks, and New Year's Day cruises around Boston Harbor:

    Celebrate the holidays while relaxing and sightseeing on the festively decorated Yacht Northern Lights on these special cruises around Boston Harbor:


    Ice Sculpture Strolls

    Ice sculptures on the Steps in Downtown Crossing
    Ice sculptures on the Steps in Downtown Crossing

    Dazzling ice sculptures bring beauty to Boston's winter landscape during December.  Their ephemeral nature, especially when temperatures rise above freezing, mean you need to move fast to see them before they disappear. 

    Here's the current schedule for Ice Sculpture Strolls in Boston this December:

    • Snowflake Crossing Ice Festival - Look for large-scale interactive ice sculptures, lots of festive holiday decorations, carolers and dancers, music by a local DJ, an appearance by the Bruins' Blades, and special performances by Urban Nutcracker, Black Nativity, and Lion Dancers at the Steps in Downtown Crossing on December 17, 11-5pm and December 18, 11am - 4pm.  While you're there, check out all the interesting places to shop in DTX.
    • First Night Ice Sculptures, a popular attraction during Boston's First Night New Year's Eve celebration, will be located around the fountain in Copley Square on December 31 from 1pm until half an hour after midnight (in other words, 12:30am on January 1), and will reflect this year's "250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party" theme.  Look for additional sculptures around Boston Public Library across from Copley Square.  If you're in the area earlier in the day, stop by for a possible glimpse for one or more sculptors adding final touches to their creations.
    • Boston's Waterfront Ice Sculpture Stroll returns on December 31, 1pm until sundown with 32 fantastic ice sculptures mostly (but not all) along the waterfront in the North End, East Boston, Charlestown, Downtown Waterfront, Seaport, and Roxbury - use this interactive map to find them.
    • Annual Ice Sculpture Stroll at Assembly Row - Get into the holiday spirit at Assembly Row's free and festive Ice Sculpture Stroll on Thursday, December 8, 6-8pm.  You'll also love the giant Christmas tree, special holiday vignetts with photo ops, live music, and more.  Find more info here, and check for any updates before you go if the weather looks iffy.   Nearest metro:  Orange Line/Assembly
    First Night ice sculpture in Copley Square
    First Night ice sculpture in Copley Square

    Disney on Ice in Boston December

    Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic comes to Boston - tickets, discount tickets
    Mickey Mouse in Disney on Ice - Photo credit: Anna Fox, cc by 2.0

    With a cast of over 50 world-class performers, Into the Magic, December's enchanting ice show at Boston's Agganis Arena, will leave you smiling as you wantch exciting acrobatics, expert skating, and fantastic stunts on the ice and in the air.

    Your whole family will be mesmerized as the dancing and music bring all of your favorite Disney princesses to life - be prepared to enjoy every moment!

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    A Gilded Christmas at Prescott House

    Prescott House (on the right) on Beacon Street
    Prescott House (on the right) on Beacon Street across from Boston Common

    The National Society of Colonial Dames in Massachusetts will celebrate the holidays with three special events at its headquarters, the William Hickling Prescott House at 55 Beacon Street on Beacon Hill.  Dates, hours, and entertainment include:

    • Dec 9 - 5pm-8pm - Live music by Jayne Young on the home's 1808 piano
    • Dec 10 - 1pm-5pm - Concert by the Back Bay Bell Ringers
    • Dec 11 - 1pm-5pm - Music by the Boston College Madrigal Singers

    You can find out more information and get your tickets ($10 each adults; children under 12, free) on the event website.

    Prescott House, built in 1808 by Boston merchant James Smith Colburn (who also built the almost identical house next door at #54) is one of the best examples of Federal architecture in Massachusetts and has been a National Historical Landmark since 1964.  

    Fun Boston Tours for December

    Newport Mansion decorated for Christmas season
    Newport mansion decorated for the holiday season - Photo credit:  Robyn Feming via Creative Commons license
    • Hop On Hop Off Trolley - Explore at your own pace, get off and on the fun trolley as often as you'd like, and take advantage of the winter special, which gives you a second consecutive day on the trolley free, plus free admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.  Find out more
    • Boston Brewery Tour - Visit famous Boston breweries, cider houses, and distilleries and enjoy samples along with lunch or dinner - plus you get a behind-the-scenes view of how beer is made while you chat with the brewery owners.  Find out more
    • Boston: Personal Travel & Vacation Photographer - For the ultimate lasting memory of your trip to Boston, book your own personal professional photographer who will photograph you and your group in the beautiful Public Garden, along the cobblestone Acorn Street in nearby Beacon Hill, or other iconic sights customized for your preference.  Perfect for a family trip, romantic getaway, or fun experience with friends!  Find out more
    • Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum - Relive the key Boston events leading up to the American Revolution in this unique museum that lets you travel back in time and experience the Boston Tea Party.  Fascinating interactive exhibits and restored tea ships make this top-rated museum a must-visit Boston attraction.  Find out more
    • Boston Pub Crawl along the Freedom Trail - Visit 4 historic taverns along the Freedom Trail and sample the brews along the way (or choose the "Dry Run" option) as you see historic sites and learn about the important role beer has played in Boston's history on this fun 21+ tour.  Find out more
    • Newport Mansions at Christmas - Tour The Breakers and Marble House, famous Newport mansions, and enjoy their lavish holiday decorations on this top-rated day trip tour. 

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    New Year's Eve & New Year's Day Brunch Cruise

    Holiday cruises around Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights
    Celebrate New Year's Eve & New Year's Day on Boston Harbor cruises - Photo credit: AdobeStock/Pasco Maksim

    Welcome the New Year aboard the elegant yacht Northern Lights on these special New Year's Eve and New Year's Day cruises around Boston Harbor:

    • New Year's Eve Cruise - Say goodbye to 2024 and welcome 2025 on this elegant Boston Harbor cruise with fireworks, live music, and gourmet appetizers; purchase the beverage of your choice onboard - or pre-order a bottle of Moet & Chandon when you book - Book now
    • New Year's Day Brunch Cruise - Welcome the New Year with a tasty hot 3-course brunch on this relaxing sightseeing tour around Boston Harbor - perfect start to the New Year! - Book now
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    These cruises always sell out early - so don't wait to make your reservations!

    Holiday Decorations Tour: Downtown Boston Lobbies

    Festive decorations in a Downtown Boston hotel lobby
    Festive decorations in a Downtown Boston hotel lobby

    Did you know that some of Downtown Boston's most festive holiday decorations are in hotel and office building lobbies?  You are invited to drop in and check them all out when you're in the neighborhood for shopping, theater, or entertainment, and vote for your favorite from December 6 - 17.  (to be confirmed)

    Participants include The Godfrey Hotel (505 Washington Street), The Parker House Hotel (60 Summer Street), and office buildings at 155 Federal, 100 Federal, 75-101 Federal, 160 Federal Street, 1 Federal Street, 99 Summer, 100 Summer Street, 75 State Street, 100 High Street, and 125 Summer Street.

    Please note that some buildings may be closed to the public on the weekend (Dec. 10 & 11). 

    First Night Celebration - New Year's Eve & New Year's Day

    Glasses of bubbly
    Glasses of something bubbly - Photo credit: AdobeStock/kieferpix

    Over 1 million people typically turn out for Boston's gala First Night 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.  Find out more!

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    Bruins Home Games @ TD Garden - December 2024

    Get your Boston Bruins tickets for December 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 this chance to see Boston's hockey team, winner of 6 Stanley Cup championships!

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    Hotels near TD Garden

    Coming to an event at the Garden? Consider spending the night or the weekend at one of these top nearby hotels: 

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    Holiday Concerts, Shows, & Performances 2024

    Boston Holiday Pops show at Symphony Hall
    Holday Pops concert in Boston's Symphony Hall - Photo credit: Robotika

    Boston Holiday Pops Concerts in Symphony Hall throughout the Boston Christmas season provide the perfect chance to sing along with old favorites, be photographed with Santa, and hear the special holiday music conducted by Keith Lockhart. 

    Lots of other special musical performances and shows also take place throughout December, such as these:

    Boston theater during December focuses on the holidays, with three different Nutcracker shows for you to choose from and everyone's favorite Boston Pops. Toward the end of the month, Disney on Ice brings its magic back to Agganis Arena:

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    Celtics Basketball at TD Garden - December 2024

    Get your Boston Celtics tickets for December home games, and head over to TD Garden for some fast action on the court.

    The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.

    Get ready for plenty of action at the net from Boston's champion basketball team.

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    Nearest public transportation:  Green Line/Orange Line or Commuter Rail to North Station, next to the Garden
    Where to stay:  Hotels near TD Garden

    Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Boston in December

    Christmas Tree in Boston Common
    Christmas tree from Nova Scotia on Boston Common

    Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in Boston during November and December signal the "official" start of the holiday season. 

    These festive occasions are fun to attend and the lights are spectacular!

    Find the complete schedule with dates, times, and locations for the exciting Holiday Lighting Ceremonies taking place in December

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    Hanukkah - The Festival of Lights in Boston

    Wilbur Theatre - Boston comedy club and concert venue in the Theatre District
    Menorah in the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill

    Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, takes place from December 18-26 this year.  To commemorate Hanukkah, public menorrah lightings take place at various Boston sites to mirror the celebrations also happening in private homes and synagogues around the city.

    Look for one of New England's tallest menorah at Brewer Fountain on Boston Common.  A lighting ceremony of the first branch of the candelabra takes place on December 18 at 4pm, with special guests, live music, holiday treats, and warm beverages.  Lightings on the following evenings mostly take place at 4pm.  (date and time to be confirmed)

    Other places in Boston to see nightly lightings of public menorahs during Chanukah include the Massachusetts State House, Seaport, Copley Place Mall (with live music, kosher wine tasting, and a latke bar), and the BCA Plaza (539 Tremont St) in the South End.  All events are free.  Details

    The Museum of Fine Arts hosts a Hanukkah celebration on December 15 at 5-10pm - Registration required

    Vilna Shul (18 Phillips Street, Beacon Hill) hosts a special Hanukkah A Cappella concert this year.  Vilna Shul, which has the only examples of prewar Jewish mural art in the U.S. and is the only remaining intact immigrant-era synagogue in Boston, is a cultural center and home to monthly Kabbalah Shabbat services.  Details

    Chef's Table Food & Wine Pairing Events at Bonde

    Chefs Table food & wine pairing at Bonde, with Gilbert Cellars' Grüner Veltliner paired with Peruvian/Lima cuisine by Chef JuanMa Calderón from Celeste (Union Square, Somerville)
    Chefs Table food & wine pairing at Bonde, with Gilbert Cellars' Grüner Veltliner paired with Peruvian/Lima cuisine by Chef JuanMa Calderón from Celeste (Union Square, Somerville)

    Get ready to savor superb small-production American wines paired with cuisine from top local restaurants when Bonde Fine Wines' owner/sommelier Bertil Jean-Chronberg teams up with chefs at some of the area's best restaurants to present weekly wine and food pairings.  You'll enjoy a flight of four special wines accompanied by small plates of complementary food as you learn about the 5 key things to consider when doing your own pairings. Here's the lineup for December:

    • Dec 7:  Chocolate-centric wine tasting featuring Cabernet Sauvignon and dessert wines such as port
    • Dec 14:  A festive Chardonnay-themed tasting and food pairing

    Bonde also offers 45-minute wine and food tastings on Sunday afternoons; see the website for details

    Location:  54 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge
    Time:  Wednesday evenings, 7pm-9pm
    Cost:  $85; sessions limited to 8 participants; reservations required
    More information and reservations: Bonde website

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    The Nutcracker Ballet at the Opera House

    Photo courtesy of KCBalletMedia
    Boston Ballet photo courtesy of KCBalletMedia, cc by 2.0

    Attending a performance of The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition in Boston, and for good reason. 

    Enjoy the magic as Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and all the other dancers twirl around the stage as Tchaikovsky's music soars in Boston's gorgeous Opera House. 

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    New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium - December

    The New England Patriots play only one home game at Gillette Stadium during December  - so don't miss it!

    Get your tickets now, and get ready to join in the fun!

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    Where: Gillette Stadium
    Getting there:
    The Patriot Train - plus more ways to get to Gillette from Boston
    Where to stay:  Hotels near Gillette Stadium
    Tickets: Check for great prices, great seats, and sometimes discounts

    Holiday Pops from Boston Pops  

    Santa and a music stand
    Photo credit: istock/Sinekiy

    Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops present the beloved annual Holiday Pops concert at Boston's Symphony Hall. 

    You'll get to hear and see all your favorites:  the Pops’ classic "Sleigh Ride" and "Twelve Days of Christmas," jazzy arrangements of traditional favorites, "O Holy Night," "Home for the Holidays," a virtual performance with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and a special new reading of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" ("‘Twas the Night Before Christmas"). 


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    Another way to get in the mood for Christmas:  listen to A Christmas Festival by the Boston Pops, which includes many favorites such as Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, and more (Amazon ad).

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    Fun Ways to See Boston

    Snowport:  Winter Holiday Market in Boston's Seaport 4

    Christmas Trees and artisan chalets at the Holiday Market in Boston's Seaport
    Christmas Trees and artisan chalets at the Holiday Market in Boston's Seaport  

    Seaport's popular European-style Winter Holiday Market at Snowport returns from November 10 through December 31 to light up the holiday season with shopping, fun activities, food, and beverages. 

    The market showcases 120+ small businesses selling art, jewelry, home goods, apparel, and other gifts and crafts, plus seasonal treats such as hot chocolate, freshly-made waffles, craft beer, and more from 19 different food and beverage spots. 

    As you walk around, you'll have the opportunities to chat with the makers about their creations.  Many are from the Boston area, as well as other New England states.

    In addition, there will be lots of fun activities and events such as iceless curling, fun games, a tree market, and the "Light Up Seaport" holiday tree lighting celebration.

    Seaport's Snowport this year is more than twice the size of previous years, and tons of fun - so don't miss it!

    Find out about all of Boston's fun holiday markets, dates, hours

    Candlelit Labyrinth Walk on the Greenway

    Daytime photo of the Labyrinth on the Rose Kennedy Greenway
    Daytime photo of the Labyrinth on the Rose Kennedy Greenway  

    Join the Friends of the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a Candlelit Peace & Harmony Walk around the park's Labyrinth at 4:45pm on Sunday, December 11. 

    The Boston Children's Chorus will perform at 5pm, and hot chocolate and cookies will be available for your enjoyment.  You can also tie a ribbon on the wishing tree. 

    If possible, please share the warmth by brining a winter hat, scarf, or gloves to donate to the group's ABCD Winter Drive. 

    More information

    Save Big $$$s on Boston Museums and More Top Attractions

    Find out how a Boston Discount Card gives you free entrance to museums and lots of other attractions every day while your card is valid - plus you get to go straight to the head of the line.

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    The Immersive Nutcraker

    The Immersive Nutcracker at Lighthouse ArtSpace
    The Immersive Nutcracker at Lighthouse ArtSpace

    The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle combines stirring music selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite with immersive projections of video and animations for a festive holiday experience for the whole family.  Benches scattered along the walls provide some seating, but don't be surprised to see kids (and adults) dancing along with the show in the ballroom-sized space.

    The show lasts 30 minutes and is currently playing at Boston's Lighthouse ArtSpace at The Saunders Castle, 130 Columbus Ave, now through January 1.  Book your tickets online in advance to get your preferred date/timeslot.

    Globe Santa

    Globe Santa in Back Bay's Copley Square - Boston Christmas spirit in action
    Globe Santa in Copley Square in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood

    Want 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). 

    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

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    Not Sure about Boston Neighborhood Locations?

    Map of Boston showing central neighborhoods

    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.

    New Year's Eve Special Packages at Boston Hotels

    Photo of Langham Hotel in Boston, MA

    Special 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 special dinners, even gala parties.  (Note:  These packages are from last year - look for specials to be announced in early December.)

    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 

    Black Nativity

    Another beloved Boston Christmas tradition is Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes' gospel song-play, Black Nativity, which has enchanted Boston audiences since 1970. 

    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 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, and returns again this year to the dazzling Paramount Theatre in Boston's downtown Theatre District.

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    251st Boston Tea Party Reenactment

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    Celebrate 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 over 100 volunteer reenactors 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, and watch as the tea is dumped into Boston Harbor.

    When:  December 16, 5pm  (rain or shine) 
    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:  $30 (plus service fee) with reduced prices for children and seniors; includes access to both the Old State House and Old South Meeting House
    More information and tickets:  website

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    Boston Hotels Special Packages for December

    Boston hotel specials for December

    Colonnade Boston: Retail Therapy Package - Stay at the Colonnade Hotel and get a discount booklet for 500+ stores at nearby Shops at Prudential Center and Copley Place Mall, overnight parking, and overnight accommodations for two.  Promo code:  RETTHER
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    North End Christmas Parade

    Look for Santa, clowns, and favorite characters at the North End's annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 11 (bad weather date:  Dec 18), at approximately 12:30pm. 

    Starting at Puopolo Field on Commercial Street where Santa arrives by helicopter, the parade marches around neighborhood streets.  Look for marching bands and plenty of good cheer during this festive event, a North End tradition for half a century.

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    Boston Baroque Performs Handel's Messiah

    When & Where:  December 3 at 7:30, GBH's Calderwood Studio, and Dec 4 at 30m, at Jordan Hall 
    More information and tickets:  Boston Baroque's website

    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. 

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    Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration

    When:  December 16-28 - matinees and evening shows
    Where: Sanders Theatre in Memorial Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    Closest T station: Red Line/Harvard Square
    Tickets:  Revels website

    Since 1971, the Christmas Revels Boston have used music and dance to explore winter solstice traditions from different cultural perspectives.  The theme this year is "Midwinter Revels." You'll be transported as the Revels recreate Christmas Eve on Ellis Island of the 1920s, when Irish Catholic and European Jewish families shared their music and stories.

    Holiday Strolls

    Get your holiday shopping done, enjoy some good cheer, and feel the spirit of the season in these fun holiday strolls in favorite Boston neighborhoods.

    These popular events are slowly returning post-pandemic.  Here's what we know so far:

    • Boston's South End Stroll - Dec 3, 4 - More information. Come for the weekend and enjoy a stay in the sleek new Alise Hotel in the heart of the South End - Check rates
    • Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll - Dec 1, 6pm-9pm, on Charles Street.  Look for festive holiday decorations at all the eclectic boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, with free snacks and beverages.  Pictures with Santa from 3-5pm at Hill House (127 Mt Vernon Street), followed by tree lighting at 7pm at Charles and Mount Vernon Streets, with musical entertainment by the Back Bay Ringers, Beacon Hill Village Carolers, Brass Quartet, and the John Everett Band.  More information
    • South Boston Christmas Stroll - December 1, starting at 4pm, with a Santa Claus process along East and West Broadway, performances by the Original Dickens Carolers (4-6pm, E Broadway; 5-7pm, W Broadway), and free pedicab rides from 5:30-7:30 to take you to your favorite shops - More information

    "The Ice" at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Come celebrate the New Year by enjoying "The Ice" - Faneuil Hall Marketplace's own interactive ice sculpture to ring in the New Year on December 31.

    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.

    Museum of Science Exhibits

    Museum of Science Boston Exhibit
    Museum of Science Butterfly Garden - Photo credit: Ted

    Special Exhibits

    • Changing Landscapes: An Immersive Journey - Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites in this new immersive exhibit about adapting to climate change
    • Arctic Adventure: Exploring with Technology- Fly a virtual drone and become an Arctic explorer
    • Exploring AI Making the Invisible Visible: Discover how AI is already part of your life, and examine your choices about how and when you use it

    With fascinating permanent exhibits for all ages, there's always something to see, do, and learn.  Here are just a few of the most popular: Engineering Design Workshop, Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff, Cosmic Light, Dinosaurs, Arctic Adventure, Hall of Human Life, Live Animal Care Center, Mathematica,Natural Mysteries, New England Habitats, Project Vaccine.

    Where:   Boston's Museum of Science
    When:   Daily, 9am-5pm; open until 9pm on Fridays
    Admission:  $29 general museum admission ($24 for kids; children under 3 free).  Reserve your tickets, or get free museum admission when you have a GoBoston Discount card or CityPASS card. 

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