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.
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This festive time in Boston is distinguished by its unparalleled variety of performing arts. Take in the Holiday Pops, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, or the scintillating light show Blink! at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Diverse renditions of the quintessential classic The Nutcracker include Urban Nutcracker and the Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker. 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. Classic animated favorite, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, also comes to life for the perfect family entertainment experience. A new treat for the season is the debut of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, a musical adaptation of the Dickens tale that is set in Depression-era Tennessee.
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.
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. Boston's light shines bright with the free Illuminus festival, spread through downtown Boston streets taking over plazas, alleys and building facades, creating a captivating network of artistic, imaginative and interactive art installations. 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.