Boston December Events

Boston Events for December 2019

Nutcracker, Holiday Lights, Pops, NY Eve!

Lots of exciting things to do pack the Boston Event Calendar for December 2019.

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 Christmas tree light ceremony on Boston Common, 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.

Illuminus Boston 2019

Theater productions and shows for December in Boston

Get ready to see 3 blocks of Boston's Downtown Crossing/Financial District transformed by Illuminus 2019, a free annual digital nighttime art festival.  Art, design, technology, and science intersect in giant displays of video art, live performances, projections, and immersive experiences with light and sound. 

Start your experience at 100 Summer Street in Downtown Crossing.  December 5 and 6, 5pm-11pm.

Boston Theater & Shows for December 2019

Theater productions and shows for December in Boston

Top December Theater Shows in Boston

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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 2019

Boston concert schedule - December
Stage and ornate decor in the Boston Opera House

Top December Concerts in BostonTop December Concerts & Shows 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

Celebrate the holidays while relaxing and sightseeing on the elegant yacht Northern Lights, lavishly decorated for the holidays, on these special cruises around Boston Harbor:

Celebrate the holidays while relaxing and sightseeing on the elegant yacht Northern Lights, lavishly decorated for the holidays, on these special cruises around Boston Harbor:

  • An Irish Christmas Carol Cruise - Get into the holiday spirit with Slainte, the Northern Lights' house Irish band.   Raise your glass as you join in singing some merry Irish holiday ballads on this 90 minute Harbor cruise - Find out more
  • Holiday Sunset Cruise - As the ship's captain points out highlights of passing landmarks and soft music plays in the background, watch the ever-changing sunset colors as the sun sets behind Boston's city skyline on this relaxing 90 minute cruise around the Harbor.  Find out more
  • Holiday Jazz Cruise - Relax to the sounds of the Benjamin Young Jazz Trio as they play jazzy Christmas tunes on this romantic evening cruise past iconic attractions along the Boston waterfront - Find out more
  • Holiday Brunch Cruise - See historic sights and panoramic views around Boston Harbor as you enjoy this 2.5 hour narrated cruise including hot chocolate and brunch (Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and spiked hot chocolate available at the bar) - Find out more
  • Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise - Join in singing your favorite Christmas holiday songs led by Northern Lights' house band and singer from Berklee School of Music on this cozy 90 minute Harbor Cruise with drinks and snacks available for purchase at the yacht's Main Deck Bar. - Find out more
  • Rhythm & Blues Holiday Cruise - Enjoy Boston's city lights at night during this evening cruise as the Northern Lights' house band plays contemporary versions of holiday classics - Find out more
  • New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise - Celebrate the New Year on this fabulous 3-hour fireworks cruise with live music, dancing, appetizers, & more!  Fills up early - so don't wait to book! - Find out more
  • New Year's Day Brunch Cruise - Welcome the New Year on January 1st with a tasty hot 3-course brunch on this relaxing 2.5 hour sightseeing tour Boston Harbor - Find out more
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Disney on Ice in Boston December:  Worlds of Enchantment 

Disney on Ice comes to Boston in December - tickets, discount tickets

With a cast of amazing performers, Worlds of Enchantment is a spectacular performance on the ice at Agganis Arena that will leave you smiling. 

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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Fun Boston Tours for December

Newport Mansions at Christmas - Top December Tour departing from Boston

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.  Transportation from selected Boston hotels included.  Find out more

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: Personal Travel & Vacation Photographer - For the ultimate lasting memory of your trip to Boston, book your own personal professional photographer who will help you customize a tour and then capture your experience on camera.  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 1-Day Sightseeing Tour - You get to experience all the best historic sites of Boston, Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord during this special 1-day sightseeing tour - Paul Revere's route, Beacon Hill, the Boston Massacre Site, Lexington Battle Green, Harvard Square, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and more!  Find out more

Boston Brewery Tour - Visit famous Boston breweries and sample up to 15 different brews 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

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New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium - December 2019 

New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium

Three New England Patriots home games take place this year at Gillette Stadium during December, including one on Christmas Eve - so don't miss these chances to watch the Pats play the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Miami Dolphins.

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
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New Year's Eve Cruises

Holiday cruises around Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights

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 with live music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, & more

- New Year’s Day Brunch aboard Northern Lights

These cruises always sell out early - so don't wait to make your reservations!

First Night / First Day 2019-2020 - New Year's Eve & New Year's Day

Boston's First Night fireworks

When:  December 31 and January 1
Where: Copley Square, Boston Common, Boston Harbor
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.

New Year's Eve Events in Boston  -  New Year's Eve Parties in Boston

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 

Bruins Home Games @ TD Garden - December 2019

Bruins playing against the Penguins at TD Garden
Bruins playing against the Penguins at TD Garden - Photo courtesy of Dan4th

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?  Spend the night or the weekend at a nearby hotels, such as the glamorous Onyx (shown in photo), part of the Kimpton hotel family:

Onyx Hotel, top choice near Boston's TD Garden

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Holiday Concerts, Shows, & Performances

Boston Holiday Pops show at Symphony Hall

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.  Holiday Pops Tickets

Lots of other special musical performances also take place throughout December - here's a sampling:

- The Nutcracker - Boston Ballet at Symphony Hall
- Handel's Messiah - Jordan Hall - Goldstar $13-$38; full price $25-$75
- A Christmas Celtic Sojourn - Cutler Majestic Theatre

Black Nativity is another huge Boston Christmas musical event.  Tickets sell out fast - you need to move fast to get them, and be flexible about seating.  More about Black Nativity tickets

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Half Price & Discount Holiday Tickets

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Celtics Basketball at TD Garden - December 2019

 Boston Celtics playing at TD Garden

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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Where: TD Garden
Nearest public transportation: 
Green Line/Orange Line or Commuter Rail to North Station, next to the 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 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 2 -10 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 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 2 at 4pm, with special guests, live music, and holiday treats.  Lightings on the following evenings take place at 4:30pm (Dec 3-6), 2pm (Dec 7), and 7:30pm (Dec 8). 

Other places in Boston to see nightly lightings of public menorahs during Hanukkah include the Massachusetts State House, Faneuil Marketplace, Copley Square, and the Museum of Fine Arts (main event Dec 5, 4:30pm-10pm).  All events are free.

Please note:  Although Vilna Shul (18 Phillips Street, Beacon Hill) often hosts Hanukkah celebrations, it is currently closed until next summer for renovations.  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.

The Nutcracker Ballet at the Opera House - 2019

The Nutcracker at Boston's Opera House - schedule information

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. 

When:  November 29 - December 29, matinees and evening performances almost daily
Where:   Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston Theatre District

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Top Hotels 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 hip and glamorous W Hotel:

W Hotel, top choice near Boston's Theatre District

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Holiday Pops from Boston Pops - 2019

Symphony Hall, in Boston's Fenway neighborhood

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.

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Where:   Boston's Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue (intersection of Mass Ave and Huntington Ave), Fenway, Boston
Closest T station: Green Line/Symphony
More information:  website

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 (#ad).


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Fun Ways to See Boston

North End Holiday Stroll

Boston hotel specials for December

15+ North End boutiques, wine stores, galleries, and restaurants offer warm hospitality and 1-night-only discounts during their Buon Natale Holiday Stroll.  

This event is a wonderful excuse to visit the North End - and get your holiday shopping done early!  

When:  Friday, December 6, 5pm-10pm
Where:
  North End
Closest T station: Orange Line/Haymarket

Parking:   Do not even think about street-side parking in the North End!  Try Boston garages near Government Center (hint: check details for the Parcel 7 garage next to Boston Public Market  - very convenient and cheap, IF you get your parking ticket validated by a North End business)


Where to Stay In or Near Boston's North End

Holiday Sale & Stroll - Fort Point 

Fort Point Arts Community Holiday Sale and Stroll in Boston

The Fort Point Holiday Stroll takes place on December 6, 4pm-8pm. (date and time to be confirmed for 2019)

Artists will display their jewelry, paintings, clothing, cashmere accessories, holiday ornaments, and pottery.

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. 

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!

More information:  Friends of Fort Point Channel website

Santa Speedo Run on Newbury Street - 2019

Santa Speedo Run in Back Bay Boston

In case you need an extra incentive to do your holiday shopping in Back Bay on Saturday, December 14, 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, a charity 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 to Gloucester, and then back up Newbury Street and back to Lir.  It's a fun event.  Bring your camera! 

Register for the Santa Speedo run at  http://ssrunners.org

Speedo Santa photo courtesy of Jeremy T. Hetzel

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SoWa Boston's Winter Festival & Holiday Market - 2019

Sowa Boston's Holiday Market
 

Enjoy hot mulled wine, Bailey's hot cocoa, and plenty of other good things to sip and nibble on while you explore SoWa's festive winter shopping village - it's the biggest Holiday Market in Boston this year! 

You'll get to see live ice sculpting, holiday workshops, 130+ vendors, galleries, artist studios, and boutiques - plus it's the perfect way to get all your holiday shopping done in one place at this family-friendly event.

Dates/Hours:  December 6, 6pm-10pm, Dec 7, 10am-8pm, and Dec 8, 10am-6pm |  Free admission  |  460 and 500 Harrison Ave, in Boston's South End.  from 11am to 7pm Monday through Saturday, and 11am - 5pm on Sundays. 

Globe Santa

Globe Santa - Boston December event

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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Black Nativity 

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. 

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Blink at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Blink! combines 350,000 flashing LED lights and popular holiday music to set Faneuil Hall Marketplace ablaze every evening through early January.  The all-new show this year is even more fabulous than before!

Catch the free show, which runs 12 times between 4:30pm and 10pm, as you stroll around the country's open-air marketplace, site of the largest Christmas tree in New England.

Faneuil Marketplace also offers excellent shopping opportunities - lots of unique "only in Boston" boutiques mixed in with larger national chains where you'll often see "40% off" signs.

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Christmas Celtic Sojourn Dates & Tickets - 2019

Christopher Columbus statue in Boston's North End

Brian O'Donovan, host of classical music radio station WGBH's popular Celtic Sojourn program, presents an afternoon or evening of Christmas Celtic Sojourn. 

Performances feature fiddlers, pipers, percussionists, vocalists, and performers from Scotland, Ireland, and other Celtic lands as they present Christmas music and dance based on Celtic traditions.

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244th Boston Tea Party Reenactment  - 2019

Boston Book Festival event information

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:  Monday, December 16, 6:30pm  (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)
More information and tickets:  Old South website:  http://www.osmh.org

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Boston Hotels Special Packages for December

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North End Christmas Parade

Look for Santa, Frosty the Snowman, and lots of elves at the North End's annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 9, 1-2pm.  Starting at Puopolo Field on Commercial Street where Santa arrives by helicopter, the parade marches around neighborhood streets.  Look for marching bands, antique cars, and plenty of good cheer during this festive event, a North End tradition for almost half a century.

Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll 

Boston hotel specials for December

When:  Thursday, December 6, 5pm-9pm (come at 3:30 for photos with Santa at the Hill House Firehouse)
Where:   Charles Street, Beacon Hill
Closest T station: Red Line/Charles-MGH
Parking:  Boston Common Garage
Stay nearby:   Beacon Hill hotels

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!

Entertainment this year includes the Christmas tree lighting, carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, and performances throughout the evening by the Back Bay Bell Ringers, King's Chapel Choir, Brass Quartet, and more.

More about top places for holiday shopping in Boston

South End Holiday Stroll 

The South End's Holiday Stroll on December 5th takes place from 4pm-9pm, and gives you access to special promotions from 40+ neighborhood boutiques and restaurants. 

Park free at 540 Harrison Ave.

Come for the weekend and enjoy a stay in the sleek and stylish new Alise Hotel in the heart of the South End.  Rates & reservations

Boston Baroque Performs Handel's Messiah

Boston Baroque performs Handel's Messiah

When:  December 7 and 8, 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 - photo by Julian Bullitt

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 . . .

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Christmas Revels at Harvard's Sanders Theatre

Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge MA

When:  December 14-29 - 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 "A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice" - an exploration of the music, dance, and spirit of the Nordic Nations.

You'll be transported by Swedish carols and Danish wassails, Norwegian balads, Icelandic hymns by a 100-member ensemble wearing gorgeous costumes.

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"The Ice" at Faneuil Hall Marketplace - 2019

Interactive ice sculptures 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.


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