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Christmas In Boston


Image of a snowcovered townBoston's history, snowy weather and abundance of Christmas lights makes it a beautiful place to be over the holidays. Treat yourself to a fine meal in one of the city's many restaurants and take a walk afterwards under trees aglow with white lights.

Be prepared for Boston's weather with warm clothing and appropriate footwear. There are plenty of attractions, museums and historic sights to see while you're in the city.

Things to Do

Faneuil Hall Christmas Tree

The largest Christmas Tree in New England. While you're there, check out the shopping and dining in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The 2016 Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Is November 19th, 8:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m..


Lighted trees in Boston

A light and sound show at Quincy Market (a.k.a. Faneuil Hall Marketplace). Performances begin nightly at 4:30 p.m. and run until 9:00 p.m.. November 19, 2016 - January 1, 2017. More info.

Boston Common Christmas Tree

This is Boston's official Christmas tree. Boston's Christmas tree is annual gift from Nova Scotia for assistance Boston provided following a deadly Halifax explosion in December of 1917.

The 2016 tree lighting ceremony is December 1st. In addition to the main tree, there are other trees lighted throughout Boston Common. You'll also find the Frog Pond Skating rink here on Boston Common, and there's a Skating Spectacular exhibition on tree-lighting night, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Commonwealth Avenue

In Back Bay, starting at Public Gardens. Commonwealth Avenue Mall is a parkway with a wide grassy mall in the center, lined with trees and statuary. For the holidays, the trees along Commonwealth Avenue Mall are lit with white lights.

Ice Skating

The Bost Common Frog Pond turns into a skating rink in the winter time. There are public skating hours daily beginning in November. The 2016 opening date for the skating rink has not yet been announced. More Information.

Boston Christmas Festival

An annual event showcasing America's finest craft artists. Held at the Seaport World Trade Center. The 2016 show dates are November 4-6. More Information. Get a coupon for $2.00 off admission.


Holiday Shows

Boston Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Enjoy Mikko Nissinen's re-imagined version on this holiday tradition. 2016 performance dates are November 25 - December 31. Performances are at the Boston Opera House. More Information.

Holiday Pops

stylized music notes Christmas treeYou may have seen some of these concerts on television, or heard the recordings. The Holiday Pops concerts in Symphony Hall are wonderful entertainment. You'll enjoy beutifully performed holiday music - and you can participate in the traditional sing-along. 2016 Holiday Pops performance dates are November 30 - December 31. If you're taking the family, consider attending one of the special kids matinee performances. More Information.

Discount Tickets! Goldstar has discount tickets available for select Holiday Pops performances. Details.

Handel's Messiah

There are several opportunities to enjoy Handel's Messiah in Boston during the 2016 holiday season.The Handel + Hayden Society will hold their annual Messiah performances November 25, 26, & 27, Boston Barouque performs the piece December 9 & 10 at NEC's Jordon Hall, and The Trinity Choirs and orchestra perform the Advent and Christmas portions and Hallelujah Chorus at Trinity Church on December 4.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

This touring company of Russian dancers brings their traditional production of The Nutcracker to the Orpheum Theater on December 4th, 2016. Discount tickets are available through Goldstar.

Boston Tuba Christmas

The annual Boston Tuba Christmas concert will be held on November 26, 2016 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. This free concert is a holiday tradition and features Christmas music performed by over 150 tuba and euphonium players. Details.


Taj Boston -  Formerly the Ritz-Carlton Boston. A historic hotel located right on Boston Common, overlooking Public Gardens. Within walking distance of restaurants and shops.

Hyatt Regency Boston -  Good location close to Boston Common.

Hotel Commonwealth - One of the most recommended hotels in Boston. There's a T station next door for easy transportation.

Hotels near Boston Common - Be in the center of it all with a location close to Boston Common.

Hotels near Symphony Hall - Close to the Boston Pops performances.

See More Boston Hotels - A full listing of Boston hotels. To find the hotel closest to a particular site, venue or attraction, go to the Boston hotels page and scroll down until you see the "Landmarks and Attactions" list in the left margin. Select from the list and see the closest hotels listed and mapped.