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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.

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.

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

Step out for New Year's Eve!

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

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
Boston Winter City Hall Plaza
City Hall Enjoy the new Boston Winter on City Hall Plaza
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...

Holiday Performances

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 25th Anniversary
Nov 28
All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost...
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 25th Anniversary
Dec 3
All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost...
Bach Christmas
Dec 14 - 17
Unwrap this Baroque bounty of music, perfect for the Christmas season…including the...
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Dec 14 - 17
The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto...
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Dec 21 - 23
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER a contemporary...
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Plan Where to Stay

Plan your holiday getaway with one of these hotels.

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Where to Eat Out!

Make sure to dine out with friends and family during the holiday season.

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More Events

Looking for other events....check out the full calendar of events!

New this winter on City Hall Plaza

Boston’s ultimate holiday destination, ‘Boston Winter presented by Berkshire Bank’ at City Hall Plaza, is free and open to the public with ticketed feature attractions. 

Boston Winter City Hall Plaza