Celebrate the Holidays in Boston!

Boston's Holiday Season opens in mid-November with a truly wonderful selection of spirited performances and annual events, and concludes nine weeks later with First Night First Day, a citywide celebration of the arts, complete with a New Year's Eve laser countdown to midnight and a spectacular fireworks display.

Not to be missed is the annual Mayor's Holiday Special which offers half price tickets to more than 100 of the region's most beloved holiday performances, free festivities, dining deals, and more.

Our hotels are trimmed with seasonal specialties and are perfectly wrapped for your holiday pleasure.

Many restaurants offer signature culinary events at this festive time of year from Breakfast with Santa to Nutcracker Brunches to New Year's Eve.

Boston's stores and shops are dressed in their holiday best. Our parks and plazas outshine one another, our streets are garlanded and bowed and each store window is more inviting than the last. Be sure to follow us on the Holiday Lights Trail!   

Plan your time carefully, there are so many holiday events, performances and activities that you don't want to miss. 

Holiday Performances

Boston Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Nov 23 - Dec 31
Ring in the holidays with Boston Ballet! From November 23-December 31, 2018 at the...
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical
Nov 28 - Dec 9
ABOUT THE SHOW THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on...
A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage
Nov 29 - Dec 2
ABOUT THE SHOW A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage will bring holiday cheer to...
Black Nativity
Nov 30 - Dec 16
Langston Hughes' heartwarming gospel play returns for the 2018 holiday season at the...
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Dec 4 - 10
ABOUT THE SHOW Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2018 season with the must-see...
Holiday Pops 2018
Dec 6 - 25
Be part of this magical holiday tradition at the historic symphony hall A...
Handel's Messiah- Boston Baroque
Dec 7 - 8
The Boston Baroque orchestra, chorus, and guest soloists perform Handel's...
The Tallis Scholars Renaissance Christmas Concert
Dec 7
THE TALLIS SCHOLARS A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Palestrina, Byrd, and more...
Brass & Bows & Boys
Dec 9 - 16
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 10-piece brass orchestra. Bows and gay...
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Dec 15 - 16
What do you get when you combine the elegant holiday score of Tchaikovsky's...
Moscow Ballet Dove of Peace Tour
Dec 19
Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian...
Urban Nutcracker
Dec 20 - 30
ABOUT THE SHOW Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington. Hip-hop and ballet. Urban Nutcracker...
Home Alone In Concert
Dec 29 - 30
Experience this true holiday favorite as never before, on the big screen with live...
New Year's Eve with Seth MacFarlane
Dec 31
Ring in the New Year with the Boston Pops on December 31 at 10:15pm. Party the night...
Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert Boston
Jan 4, 2019
Usher in the New Year with a glittery celebration of singing and dancing that will...

Holiday and Winter Activities

32nd Annual Boston Christmas Festival
Nov 2 - 4
Jumpstart your holiday shopping at this annual, award-winning show! The Boston...
ZooLights
Nov 23 - Dec 31
ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season....
Anchored in Tradition
Dec 3 - 24
Get in the holiday spirit at the USS Constitution Museum! Create a nautical keepsake...
Taste Of Chocolate Festival In Harvard Square
Jan 26, 2019
Harvard Square establishments pull out all the stops to celebrate all things...
11th Annual Some Like It Hot Chili Cook Off
Feb 3, 2019
The illustrious 11th Annual “Some Like it Hot” Chili Cook-off returns to Harvard...

Starting in November, it's the perfect time of year to bundle up the kids and come out and enjoy one of the outdoor skating rinks in the Greater Boston region.  

Where to Ice Skate

Frog Pond Skating with Sunset
Boston Common Ice Skating on the Frog Pond at Boston Common
Kendall square skating rink
Kendall Square, Cambridge Cambridge offers skating in Kendall Square
Winter Skate Patriot Place
Patriot Place, Foxboro Winter Skate, a professionally-maintained and easily-accessible ice skating surface...
Brookline Ice Skating rink
Brookline, Lars Anderson Park Open air ice skating rink with two surfaces. A large ice area for public skating or...