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.

Bundle up the kids and come and enjoy this holiday season with tree lightings beginning Thanksgiving weekend through early December.  

Holiday Tree Lightings

Christmas at the Newport Mansions
Dec 4, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017
The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three...
Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature
Dec 4, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017
The Concord Museum is pleased to announce that renowned children's book illustrator...
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Dec 4 - 10
Festival of Trees and Snow Village features trains winding through holiday villages,...
Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour and Tree Lighting
Dec 4
Join Mayor Walsh, your friends, family, and neighbors as we celebrate winter and...
Third Annual Seaport Holiday Tree Lighting
Dec 8
Please join us in celebrating the Holidays in BOSTON’S SEAPORT DISTRICT Music and...

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

Holiday Performances

Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker
Dec 4 - 31
Let Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker capture your imagination and transport you to a...
2016 Holiday Pops
Dec 4 - 31
A holiday season celebration with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops transforms...
Black Nativity
Dec 4 - 18
Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Black Nativity is the...
Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec 4
Seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for...
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec 4
Moscow Ballet's family friendly holiday spectacular. Tchaikovsky’s classic score for...
Kenny G at the Shubert Theatre
Dec 8
Kenny G Live in Concert comes to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre on December 8...
A Joyful Christmas
Dec 10
World renown violinist Eileen Ivers and her band capture the spirit and magic of the...
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan
Dec 11 - 21
Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for 28 years. For...
A Classic Dicken' Christmas Carol!
Dec 11
Travel back in time to the Victorian-Era with Al LePage for a DRAMATIC READING...
Bach Christmas
Dec 15 - 18
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:30pm Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 3:00pm NEC's...
The Vienna Boys Choir
Dec 15
The angelic-voiced musicians of the Vienna Boys Choir celebrate the magic of the...
Christmas in 15th-Century France & Burgundy
Dec 16 - 17
Friday, December 16, 2016 • 8 PM Saturday, December 17, 2016 • 2:30 PM Saturday,...
Cultural Survival Bazaar
Dec 16 - 18
This free admission festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural...
Urban Nutcracker
Dec 16 - 31
Tony Williams Dance Center presents the 16th year of the Boston holiday classic,...
A John Waters Christmas
Dec 17
Like a wayward Santa for the Christmas obsessed, legendary filmmaker and the Pope of...
A Light Through the Ages
Dec 18
Central Reform Temple and the famed Zamir Chorale once again join together for the...
Copley Square Hotel Bedroom
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

 

What a great time to catch a game and catch up with friends and family.  The Bruins, Celtics and Patriots are all playing during the Holiday season.

Catch a Game!

New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams
Dec 4
The New England Patriots vs the Los Angeles Rams . After a 2015 campaign which saw...
Boston Bruins vs Florida Panthers
Dec 5
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on December 5 vs the Florida...
Boston Bruins vs Colorado Avalanche
Dec 8
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on December 8 vs the Colorado...
Celtics vs Toronto Raptors
Dec 9
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Dec 10
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on December 10 vs the Toronto...
New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens
Dec 12
The New England Patriots vs the Baltimore Ravens . After a 2015 campaign which saw...
Boston Bruins vs Anaheim Ducks
Dec 15
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on December 15 vs the Anaheim...
Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets
Dec 16
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
Boston Bruins vs Los Angeles Kings
Dec 18
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on December 18 vs the Los...
Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders
Dec 20
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on December 20 vs the New...
Celtics vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Dec 23
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
Dec 24
The New England Patriots vs the New York Jets . After a 2015 campaign which saw the...
Celtics vs Memphis Grizzlies
Dec 27
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
Celtics vs Miami Heat
Dec 30
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
Boston Bruins vs Buffalo Sabres
Dec 31
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on December 31 vs the Buffalo...
Celtics vs Utah Jazz
Jan 3, 2017
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
Boston Bruins vs Edmonton Oilers
Jan 5, 2017
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on January 5 vs the Edmonton...
Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers
Jan 6, 2017
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans
Jan 7, 2017
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
Celtics vs Washington Wizards
Jan 11, 2017
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers
Jan 14, 2017
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on January 14 vs the...
Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders
Jan 16, 2017
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on January 16 vs the New York...
Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets
Jan 16, 2017
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
Celtics vs New York Knicks
Jan 18, 2017
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks
Jan 20, 2017
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on January 20 vs the Chicago...
Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers
Jan 21, 2017
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
Boston Bruins vs Detroit Red Wings
Jan 24, 2017
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on January 24 vs the Detroit...
Celtics vs Houston Rockets
Jan 25, 2017
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...
Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Jan 26, 2017
The Boston Bruins continue their 2016-17 home schedule on January 26 vs the...
Celtics vs Orlando Magic
Jan 27, 2017
In his third year on the job, Brad Stevens brought the Green back to the playoffs...