Boston for the Holidays

Boston’s Holiday Season offers a wonderful selection of seasonal highlights, festive culinary events and exclusive shops to wrap up your gift list. Boston’s luxury hotels and intimate boutique properties delight you with their holiday packages trimmed with seasonal specialties and exceptional service.

Cherish Holiday Performances

This festive time in Boston is distinguished by its unparalleled diversity of performing arts. Take in The Nutcracker or Holiday Pops, or the scintillating light show Blink! at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan draws on Celtic, Pagan and Christian traditions to compose a multifarious songbook. Black Nativity tells the Christmas story through gospel music and the sublime poetry of Langston Hughes. Cirquè Dreams Holidaze features acrobatic and gravity-defying feats as Christmas ornaments come to life. Classic animated favorites, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas, also come to life for the perfect family entertainment experience.

Holiday Performances

Black Nativity
Dec 10 - 16
Langston Hughes' heartwarming gospel play returns for the 2018 holiday season at the...
Boston Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Dec 10 - 31
Ring in the holidays with Boston Ballet! From November 23-December 31, 2018 at the...
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Dec 10
ABOUT THE SHOW Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2018 season with the must-see...
Holiday Pops 2018
Dec 10 - 25
Be part of this magical holiday tradition at the historic symphony hall A...
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
Dec 14 - 23
Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has entertained and enlightened radio audiences...
Brass & Bows & Boys
Dec 14 - 16
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 10-piece brass orchestra. Bows and gay...
Unto This House: The King of Kings is Born
Dec 14 - 16
Hibernian Hall and Witherspoon Institute (WIN) present a holiday musical with...
Community Ice Skating & A Show @Kendall in Cambridge!
Dec 15
Join us on Saturday, December 15, for our 13th Annual Holiday on Ice celebration at...
Ensemble Correspondances: Pastorale de Noël: Christmas Motets and Advent Antiphons
Dec 15
The holiday festivities continue with a sumptuous evening of music for the Christmas...
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...
Emmanuel Music: Britten, Ceremony of Carols,Op.28
Dec 24
This work is a culmination of the Christmas Eve service at Emmanuel Church in the...
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...

Make it a Historic Holiday

History buffs will love an annual December event, the Reenactment of the Boston Tea Party where you’re invited to participate in the event that forever changed the course of American History. Or, take a Historic Holiday Stroll to time-travel to Christmas Past with 19th-century Dickensian costumed guides who bring Boston’s holiday traditions and Revolutionary history to life with a walk along the Freedom Trail. Frog Pond, in the heart of Boston Common, America’s oldest park and a National Historic Landmark, invites you to lace up some skates and take a few spins around this charming skating rink. Hot chocolate and treats await you afterwards at Pond Café.

Revel in Unique Experiences

Make reservations for the much-coveted Teddy Bear Tea at The Bristol, Four Seasons Hotel. The spirit of the season is realized as young guests are invited to bring a Teddy Bear to be donated to those less fortunate. Children and their parents are certain to enjoy the new Gingerbread Workshop at the Boston Harbor Hotel. At the workshop's end, the children can take their works of edible art home. Boston’s holiday landscape also includes the very “cool” Igloo Bar atop the Envoy Hotel. Heated igloos, complete with fleece blankets, comfortably seat eight to ten people. Order cocktails by pressing a button that illuminates your cozy abode.