Top Boston Events for January 2022 include New Year's Day festivities, and lots more fun things to do all month in the city - indoors and outside.  Kick off the New Year by watching Boston's famous L Street Brownies make their annual Polar Plunge.

Treat yourself to a New Year's Day Brunch and then 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 fantastic lineup of shows in Boston's Theatre District.

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.

January weather can feel cold - in fact, it's our coldest month of the year - but you'll find 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 2022 official holidays in Boston: 

  • New Year Day - January 1
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, January 17

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Top photo:  Crossing the bridge over the lagoon in Boston's Public Garden on a snowy January day


New Year's Eve & New Year's Day Cruises 2021-2022

Boston's New Year's Day Brunch Cruise
New Year's Eve celebration aboard 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.  These cruises always sell out early - so don't wait to make your reservations!

  • New Year's Eve Cruise - Say goodbye to 2021 and welcome 2022 on this festive Boston Harbor cruise with 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 - Book now

Boston Theater & Shows for January 2022

Boston's Theatre District shows - January
Boston's Theatre District

Top January Shows in Boston - Schedule & Tickets

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Bruins Home Games @ TD Garden - January

New England Bruins February schedule at TD Garden in Boston
Boston Bruins at the Garden - Photo courtesy of FromSandToGlass via Creative Commons license

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 home town hockey team, winner of 6 Stanley Cup championships!

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Park: Garages near TD Garden
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Boston Wine Festival

Boston Harbor Hotel's epic Boston Wine Festival kicks off with themed "Battle of the Cabernets" dinners on Friday, January 15 and Saturday, January 16 as cab experts lead diners through blind tastings. 

This year's series features 22 events featuring exceptional wineries and the world-famous dinners by Chef Daniel Bruce.  Attendees have the opportunity to take advantage of a special room rate including complimentary self-parking, based upon availability.   Due to the pandemic, the hotel has put numerous safety protocols iin place, included reduced seating capacities and seating parties only within their own groups.  Tickets and more information are available at bostonwinefestival.net.

The Boston Wine Festival continues through March, and is the country's longest-running wine and food pairing festival.

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Special January Tours of Boston

January can be cold, but don't let that stop you from seeing the city!  These fun tours and indoor destinations will let you enjoy the best of the city while staying warm and comfortable!


Featured New Hotel for January:  Revolution Hotel in Boston's South End

Room with queen bed at Revolution Hotel
Room with queen bed at Revolution Hotel

40 Berkeley Street, Boston's South End

A trendy vibe, "micro" guest rooms, and - dare we say it, cheap rates position the new Revolution Hotel as one of Boston's most attractive affordable hotels, especially considering its close distance (5-10 minute walk, depending on where you're going) to Downtown Boston.  Free high-speed wifi is a nice bonus.


Celtics Basketball at TD Garden - January 2022

 Boston Celtics playing at TD Garden

Get your Boston Celtics tickets for January home games, and head over to TD Garden for some fast action on the court from our champion basketball team.

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

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


Boston Harbor Cruises for Sightseeing & Special Events

Boston Harbor Sightseeing and Special Event Cruises

Fun Boston Harbor Cruises To Do Right Now:

Starting in November:

  • Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise - Sip hot chocolate and treats as you listen to jazzy holiday favorites on this festive cruise - Book now
  • Holiday Brunch Cruise - See historic sights and panoramic views around Boston Harbor with friends and family as you enjoy this relaxing cruise with brunch, hot chocolate, and holiday cheer - Book now
  • Holiday Sunset Cruise - Watch passing landmarks as soft music plays in the background and the sunset displays brilliant colors behind Boston's city skyline - Find out more
  • An Irish Christmas Carol Cruise - Get into the holiday spirit on the Northern Lights as you raise your glass and toast the holidays with festive holiday music playing in the background on this popular Harbor cruise - Book now

Boston Concerts & Shows - January 2022

Boston concert schedule - January

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New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium - January 2022 

New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium

Only one New England Patriots home game takes place at Gillette Stadium during January, on the day after New Year's Day - so what better way to welcome the New Year?

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

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  • Patriots vs Cleveland Browns - November 14 - Get Tickets
  • Patriots vs Tennessee Titans - November 28 - Get Tickets
  • Patriots vs Buffalo Bills - December 26 - Get Tickets
  • Patriots vs Jacksonville Jaguars - January 2, 2022 - Get Tickets

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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MFA:  Free Open House

Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

When:  Monday, January 17 - Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day; 5pm-6pm

Where:  Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Fenway, Boston; 617-267-9300; www.mfa.org - but viewing will be virtual

MFA will celebrate Dr King's legacy with special exhibitions, performances, 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 21st?  You can still get free admission if you have a Boston Discount Card.

Boston Celtic Music Festival

Boston's Celtic Music Festival on January 13-15 (followed by workshops on January 16 and 17) takes place at Club Passim.   Concerts spotlight Boston area, New England, and Eastern Canadian Celtic musicians and singers.  Workshops are fee-based.

Closest T station: Red Line/Harvard Square
Cost:   Ticket donations between $15 - $25 are suggested and appreciated
More info and full schedule:  https://www.passim.org/live-music/festivals_summer_series/bcmfest-2021

Winter Trails Day at Weston Ski Track near Boston

Winter Trails Day, on Sunday, January 2 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 and cross-country skiing lessons between 9am and 2pm.  For snowshoeing, you get a free snowshoeing trail pass and a quick lesson; to stay longer, rent snowshoes on site for a modest fee.  For the free cross-country skiing lesson, you need to purchase a trail pass (1-day passes are cheap) and rent skis if you need them (also inexpensive); you also need to pre-register to get the free lesson.  Special lower rates are available for kids and seniors.Reservations are a "must" this year, and you can find all the information you need on their website.

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What to See in Boston's Museums - January 2022

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  • Collecting Stories: The Invention of Folk Art - February 6 - January 9, 2022

Museum (and show) admission: $25 adults; free entrance with Boston Discount Cards (GoBoston card and Boston CityPASS).  Free admission on Wednesdays after 4pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lunar New Year Celebration Day (Feb 1), Memorial Day, Labor Day, & Indigenous Peoples' Day; also on Feb 3.

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston - Current & Future Shows

  • Eva LeWitt - Huge colorful hanging wall sculpture made from coated mesh fabric - Jan 16, 2021 - Oct 23, 2022

Admission: $15 adults; free entrance with GoBoston card and Boston CityPASS.  Closed on Mondays.  Free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, & Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Museum of Science Exhibits - 2021

Please note:  the Museum of Science is currently closed due to the pandemic but you can check out MOS at Home here.

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

Special Exhibits

Arctic Adventure:  Exploring with Technology - Find an Arctic fox, travel across a glacier, & more in this immersive exhibit

Science Behind Pixar:  See how art and science create magic

Design Engineering Workshop - Design, build, and test solutions for everyday problems

Permanent Exhibits

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:  Butterfly Garden (extra fee), Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff, Cosmic Light, Dinosaurs, Hall of Human Life, Live Animal Care Center, Mathematica, Nanotechnology, Natural Mysteries, New England Habitats, The Light House - plus 17 more!

Where:   Boston's Museum of Science
When:   Daily, 9am-5pm; open until 9pm on Fridays
Admission:  $29 general museum admission ($24 for kids).  Buy online to skip the line.  Get free museum admission when you have a GoBoston Discount card or Boston CityPASS card. 
Imax Theater and Planetarium:  Additional fees apply

New England Auto Show 2022

The enormous New England Auto Show at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (415 Summer Street, South Boston Waterfront) is by far the biggest in New England, and showcases all the newest models for basically every domestic and imported brand.  If you're planning to buy a new vehicle in the coming year, want to compare models and features, chat with dealers and factory reps, or just want to keep up with the newest models and technology, you owe it to yourself to go!

Dates:  January 13 - 17
Tickets:  $17 adults, $7 kids ages 6-12 (under 6 free), with $1 of each ticket sold donated to local charities

Check the New England Auto Show's website for more info

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations in Boston - 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King memorial at Boston University - Free at Last

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January - January 18th in 2021 - 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.

Boston's Museum of African American History normally sponsors an annual tribute concert by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, with readings and speeches by distinguished guests including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.  The museum is currently closed through January 31 due to the pandemic, and it does not appear that this event will take place.   Please check the Museum's website for any updates.

More Suggestions for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021:

Born on the Water:   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert by the Boston Children's Chorus.  January 17, 4pm.  The concert will be streamed live.  Free, but you need to reserve a ticket.  You can find information here on BCC's website.

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. 

Normally BU hosts a Commemoration of MLK Day: Words Beyond the Dream (another of the city's biggest MLK Day events) at 2pm on January 18 in BU's George Sherman Union Metcalf Ballroom (775 Commonwealth Ave).  The event includes performances, music, and readings by special guests and students who reflect on the power of words to empower social justice and civil rights, and features Aretha Franklin's music.  More info: 617-353-4126 (Dean of Student's office).  However - the start of BU's spring semester is delayed to January 25 this year due to the pandemic, and this event does not appear to be scheduled for 2021. 

Brattle Theatre: Honoring Dr Martin Luther King Jr Annual Family Festival - Streaming for 2021 - Normally the theater shows films focusing on the ideals , people, and music connected to Dr King, including peronal accounts.  Ages 5+.  Starts at 10:30am on January 18; ticket information:  www.brattlefilm.org  (search the calendar).  Because the theater is currently closed due to the pandemic, it is highlighting a virtual programming series of films on popular streaming services - some are free, and some are subscription-based. The theater releases the schedule about a week in advance - so check back on about the 11th to see what's on for MLK Day:  https://www.brattlefilm.org/category/calendar-2/

A Celebration of Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr - The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Museum of African American History, and distinguished Boston leaders will evoke the power and promise of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a performance and concert at Faneuil Hall - 1pm on Jan 18.  Please note:  This event does not appear to be scheduled for 2021.

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service - Honor Dr. King's memory by participating in this event to make a better America by volunteering to help others in our community.  Despite the pandemic, volunteers are needed and the event will be virtual in 2021 - find details here:  https://www.bostoncares.org/mlkday.  Find more details about Boston Cares at bostoncares.org

Cambridge MLK Day of Service - January 18, 2pm-5pm - This event appears not to be scheduled this year.  Normally, this is what happens in case you want to plan for next year:  Everyone meets at City Hall in Central Square to join other volunteers in making fleece scarves and blankets for homeless children, sorting food and books, and doing other things to help people in need.  The event is free, but don't come empty-handed - please bring a can of food, gently used winter clothing, or a children's book to donate.

MLK Memorial Breakfast, January 18, 11am-3pm - This event is virtual for 2021.  Join Boston's movers and shakers at this annual event, normally attended by about 1,500 people at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (415 Summer Street).  This is the nation's longest running event in honor of Dr. King's legacy.  Speakers this year include U.S. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey, MA Attorney General Maura Healey, Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins, Segun Idowu, Executive Director of the MA Black Economic Council, Dr. J. Keith Motley, President & CEO of the Urban League of Easter MA, Cleveland Sellars, civil rights activist and former SNCC leader, and other social justice, community, religious, and business leaders.  Normally the Old South Church Gospel Choir performs (not clear if that will happen this year).  Registration is required, and donations are requested - see the Boston MLK Breakfast website for more information.

Enjoy free admission on MLK Day at the Museum of Fine Arts, plus films, performances, and art activities to celebrate Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day - 10am - 5pm. ICA Boston and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum also offer free admission on MLK Day.  Please note:  as of early January, these museums are closed due to the pandemic but expect to open later this month - so stay tuned.  MFA's annual celebration of Dr King's life will be virtual this year - see above.

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College Nights at Frog Pond 

Ice skating on Frog Pond in Boston Common

Due to the pandemic, the rink is closed for the season.

In normal years without a pandemic, you can 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 for $12 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

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Boston One-Minute Play Festival - Postponed to 2022

Boston Playwrights' Theatre

Here's your chance to see terrific theater from 50+ Boston area playwrights - in a 3-night marathon at the Boston One-Minute Play Festival, aka the Boston Theatre Marathon.

The 4-day event benefits Boston Public Works, a Boston playwrights' collective and event co-sponsor, along with Boston Playwrights' Theatre. 

Where:  Boston Playwrights' Theatre at 949 Commonwealth Ave on the Boston University campus
Dates:  January 5-7, 8pm
Tickets: $20 per evening
Ticket information:  www.facebook.com/events/596337904143628/


L Street Brownies Take Their Annual Plunge 

South Boston's L Street Brownies on New Year's Day

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.

Up to about 500 swimmers typically 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.  As with many things in Boston, this is the oldest Polar Bear club in the nation.  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.  Each year, the plunge is dedicated to the memory of past and recently departed Brownies.

Do the Brownies ever cancel their plunge due to cold weather?  They didn't in 1918, when the record low was 3 degrees below zero (not counting wind chill).  The temperature this year is supposed to be 5 degrees above zero at the time of the swim - balmy by comparison.

When:  Tuesday, January 1 at 9am.  Registration for those making the plunge starts at 8:15am, and doors close at 9:30am.  No need to register in advance - you'll fill out a short form once you get there.  In case you're wondering, the plunge begins at a different time each year, because it's determined by the tide, which varies from year to year.
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.  The locker and shower rooms won't be available at all this year, so if you're swimming, come dressed for the swim and bring some dry (and warm) clothing.  In case you're not familiar with this beach, you should know that it features lots of rocks and shells, so swim shoes are a good idea.
More to know:   You must be 16+ to participate. Lifeguards will be on duty.  No pets or alcohol allowed.  Creative costumes are encouraged. 
Strong recommendation:  Leave kids under 12 at home, as no inside areas are available where they can keep warm during the swim.  This is especially important this year due to the FRIGID weather!
Note:  MBTA subway and buses run on a holiday schedule on New Year's Day; expect more of a wait than usual
Parking:  Available along Day Blvd
Cost:  Free

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Photo credit:  Logan Ingalls via Creative Commons license


New Year's Day Brunch (aka "Hangover Brunch")

Where to go for New Year's Day brunch in Boston

When:  Sunday, 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:

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

Boston Baroque welcomes the New Year with a thrilling performance of Handel's Fireworks Music and Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor.  Celebrate with complimentary champagne and chocolates during intermission. 

When:  January 1, 3pm 
Where:   Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
Parking:  Nearby garage, free
Tickets and more informationwebsite

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