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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 Faneuil Hall light show, Blink! runs from November 29, 2017 through January 1, 2018. The light show starts every half hour from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.Lighted trees in Boston

Boston Common Christmas Tree

The Boston Common tree is Boston's official Christmas tree. The tree displayed at Boston Common is annual gift from Nova Scotia for assistance Boston provided following a deadly Halifax explosion in December of 1917. The 2017 tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for November 30th.

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.

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 Boston Common Frog Pond turns into a skating rink in the winter time. There are public skating hours daily beginning in late November.

Boston Christmas Festival

An annual event showcasing America's finest craft artists. Held at the Seaport World Trade Center.

The 2017 show dates are November 3 - 5. More Information. Get a coupon for $2.00 off admission.


Holiday Shows

Boston Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Enjoy the Boston Ballet's presentation of The Nutcrakcer. The 2017 performance dates are November 24 - December 31 at the Boston Opera House.

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.

The 2017 Holiday Pops performance dates are December 5 through December 31. If you're taking the family, consider attending one of the special kids matinee performances. More Information.

Handel's Messiah

The Handel + Hayden Society will hold their annual Messiah performances December 1,2, & 3 at Symphony Hall.

Boston Barouque performs the piece December 8 & 9 at NEC's Jordon Hall.

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 3rd, 2017. Discount tickets are available through Goldstar.

Boston Tuba Christmas

The annual Boston Tuba Christmas concert is held at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. This free concert is a holiday tradition and features Christmas music performed by around 150 tuba and euphonium players. The 2017 concert date hasn't been announced yet, but the concerts are usually held around Thanksgiving.

Elf, The Musical

Elf, the Musical is playing at the Wang Theater in Boston November 28 - December 10th. George Wendt will star as Santa in ELF The Musical! Wendt is best known for his role in the successful television sitcom Cheers, where he played Norm Peterson throughout the eleven-year run of the series.

A Charlie Brown Chistmas and The Velveteen Rabbit at Boston Children's Theatre

Boston Children's Theatre presents two family-friendly shows for the holiday season. A Charlie Brown Christmas returns to the theater for a second year, and The Velveteen Rabbit returns for it's ninth season.

The Velveteen Rabbit plays December 2 - December 17, 2017 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center of the Arts in Boston's South End.  A Charlie Brown Christmas plays at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly, MA from November 25 - December 10, the Regent Theatre in Arlington from December 7 - December 24, and at the Calderwood Pavilion from December 20 - 23.


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.