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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.

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

Holiday Performances

The Nutcracker
Nov 24 - Dec 31
Ring in the holidays with Boston Ballet! From November 24-December 31, 2017 at the...
Boston Tuba Christmas Concert
Nov 25
Join us on Saturday, November 25, at 2:00 pm as we host the Annual Boston Tuba...
Elf the Broadway Musical at the Wang Theatre
Nov 28 - Dec 10
Everyone’s favorite Elf will make his return to Boston this holiday season with ELF...
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 25th Anniversary
Nov 28
All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost...
BLINK!
Nov 29, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018
Faneuil Hall Marketplace will launch a new Holiday Blink! show that will light up...
Black Nativity
Dec 1 - 17
Langston Hughes' heartwarming gospel play returns for the 2017 holiday season at the...
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 25th Anniversary
Dec 3
All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost...
2017 Holiday Pops
Dec 5 - 31
A holiday season celebration with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops transforms...
The Christmas Revels: A Venetian Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Dec 8 - 27
18 Performances - Matinees & Evenings Harvard University's Sanders Theatre,...
Boston Ballet and New Philharmonia Family Concert
Dec 10
Join us for a performance with the New Philharmonia as Boston Ballet School Advanced...
Handel: Messiah
Dec 10
Don’t miss this annual tradition and Boston’s only performance of Handel’s...
Pentatonix at TD Garden
Dec 12 - 16
Grammy® Award-winning and multiplatinum selling artists Pentatonix will bring A...
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...
Candlelight Carols
Dec 16 - 17
Share the event Yankee Magazine called “as close to heaven as human hands and voices...
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Dec 21 - 23
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER a contemporary...
Christmas Eve at Trinity Church Boston
Dec 24
“The Children Will Show Us the Way” as we present our annual Children’s Pageant at...

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 skating at 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...
Copley Square Hotel Bedroom
Plan Where to Stay

Plan your holiday getaway with one of these hotels.

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Where to Eat

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!