The holidays are almost here, and Boston will soon be aglow.
For visitors and residents alike, it’s time to explore Boston’s beautiful array of festively festooned landmarks and neighborhoods. And in Boston, these exquisite evening illuminations are not just scattered about, for they provide wayfinding that will bring you to some of the city’s most iconic areas for basking in holiday lights. Follow us on the Holiday Lights Trail or tour via trolley on the Holiday Lights and Sights Tour by Old Town Trolley Tours.
Start your holiday journey off at the beautiful Copley Square. Enjoy one of Boston's most picturesque parks all light up for the holiday with a grand tree in the middle. This square is the perfect place to enjoy breathtaking architecture or get a little holiday shopping done with the nearby mall and famous Newbury Street.
Victorian brownstones surround you as you walk along the famous Commonwealth Avenue Mall past statues of Hamilton, Abigail Adams, and Samuel Eliot Morrison. Behold the enchanting white lights delicately suspended from trees along the Mall, floating on all sides as you make your merry march from Back Bay to the Public Garden.
George Washington has never looked so grand. There he sits, perfect posture atop his mount, with sparkling hues of whites and blues in the background creating an incomparable holiday composition. Stroll over to the ducklings and look upon Charles Street as it will only appear this time of year. Cross over Charles and enter America’s oldest public park.
The Boston Common is a winter wonderland: lights adorn the trees, a skating rink comes into view, and the wafting smell of hot chocolate conjures memories of holiday’s past. The majestic Tree for Boston suddenly appears before you, a commemorative spruce that comes to Boston every December to memorialize a 100-year bond formed between the citizens of Boston and Halifax, Nova Scotia after the Great Halifax Explosion of 1917.
Skip down School Street, or walk along Winter, and Downtown Crossing welcomes you. Decorated holiday trees align the streets and alleyways transform into groves. Washington Street shines like a corridor out of a Christmas book as you stroll past the Macy’s holiday tree and approach the plaza across from the Old South Meeting House, which is at once scintillating and serene. Find the lights of Court Street and you have arrived at the next stop on our Trail. Here you can also check out
Every evening a spectacular light show aptly dubbed Blink! pulsates through the marketplace as hundreds of thousands of LED lights twinkle to the tunes of the Holiday Pops. White lights line the trees on all sides of the historical marketplace. As you approach the eastern end of Quincy Market the tallest holiday tree in Boston comes into view. Against the backdrop of Boston’s iconic Custom House, the Faneuil Hall tree is a must-see over the holidays Boston.
Columbus Park Trellis
As you cross the Greenway and approach the waterfront, a shimmering of blue begins to appear, coalescing into curved vinery prominently placed at the center of Christopher Columbus Park. The Trellis shines on all sides but you must walk straight through it. Allow the holiday spirit to overtake you through osmosis. As you exit, Boston Harbor is there before you, shining under a bright moon.
Check out Boston's sparking, innovative neighborhood all lit up with holiday lights and cheer. Here you can enjoy modern art installations, breathtaking ocean views and holiday decor all in one place!
Official Holiday Light Celebration Schedule:
November 21st: 8:30PM | Commonwealth Mall Avenue Lighting
November 25th: 5PM | Christopher Columbus Trellis Lighting
November 29th: 2PM-7PM | Macy's Tree Lighting Celebration
December 2nd: 5PM - 6PM | Copley Square Tree Lighting
December 3rd: 7:30PM - 8PM | Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting and Holiday Spectacular
December 5th: 6PM | Boston Common Tree Lighting
December 5th & 6th: 5PM - 11PM | Illuminus
December 6th: 5PM - 9PM | Light up Seaport