Boston's festive Winter Holiday Market springs up in City Hall Plaza in late November, bringing holiday sparkle and cheer.
With 85 European-style chalets for local and international vendors selling gifts and clothing, a huge outdoor skating rink, a Christmas tree maze, entertainment, lots of food, and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer attraction, the Holiday Market offers a lot of fun in a family-friendly venue.
Entrance to the Holiday Market is free, although a fee is charged for skating and special events such as photos with Santa.
In addition, many ceremonies feature entertainment, appearances by Santa, and perhaps refreshments and singing.
The Market stays open through mid-January, and ice skating continues through February (weather permitting).
Ice skating takes place on a huge ice path and rink winding through the Winter Market.
You can bring your own skates, or rent them for a small fee at the rink. A fee is also charged for skating.
Enjoy photo ops in front of the neon Boston sign, city skyline views, and all the sparkling Christmas trees scattered around the market!
By Public Transportation (recommended): Take the T (subway) to Government Center (Green and Blue Lines) - you'll be right at the market. Haymarket Station (Orange Line) is across the street.
By Car: Curbside parking is almost non-existent in this part of Boston, and nearby garages are expensive during the week.
Government Center Garage (50 New Sudbury Street), located half a block away, offers reasonable weekend and after 5pm on weekdays parking, except during special events at nearby TD Garden and other venues, in which case the Special Events rate of $35 or more applies.
For more nearby parking options: Where to Park near TD Garden
Map of Winter Holiday Market in Boston
The market is located on the plaza in front of Boston City Hall:
The chic and trendy Ames Hotel, only a block from City Hall Plaza where the Holiday Market takes place, offers comfort, convenience, and great views of this historical part of Boston.
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The Winter Holiday Market's City Hall Plaza location puts it right in the middle of some of Boston's top historic sites and entertainment centers.
We recommend these top attractions and things to do nearby:
- TD Garden - Sports & entertainment venue for Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, and top international music stars
- Faneuil Marketplace - Top shopping, including discounts, on this Freedom Trail site
- Best Winter Tours of Boston - How to see Boston when the weather is cold
- More Places to Ice Skate in Boston - Frog Pond at Boston Common & more!