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Boston: Your Hub for the Holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year in Boston! From tree lightings and holiday markets to outdoor ice-skating rinks and annual performances, there’s no place like the Hub for the holidays. Whether you’re a train, plane, or just a quick car ride away, Boston’s magical merriment is worth the trip this holiday season!

 

 

Hotel Packages & Deals

Get more value from your stay in the Greater Boston area with these hotel packages and great deals.

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Boston, Cambridge and Greater Boston offer a wide selection of accommodations to meet your needs and tastes, from luxury downtown properties to romantic boutique hotels to family and budget-friendly. Bed and Breakfasts, tucked into Boston's...

Holiday Highlights

 

Celebrate the New Year

Usher in 2023 with First Night Boston, New Year's Eve dining, themed events and dance parties. No matter how you decide to celebrate - you can welcome in 2023 with a hearty brunch or lunch on January 1st!

First Night Boston 2023

Celebrate as Boston welcomes 2023 with events and performances throughout the city!

 

Performing Arts

Boston's cultural calendar is bouncing back with live performances and cherished holiday traditions!  You can also take in contemporary and classic plays, musicals, classical masterworks, jazz performances, rock concerts, and much more.

'Twas the Night Before...

‘Twas the Night Before...is an exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas tale, and marks Cirque du...

Handel + Hayden Society: Handel's Messiah

It’s often said that H+H’s way with music wipes the dust off the masterpieces, restoring their...

The Nutcracker

Dare to dream big with New England’s favorite holiday tradition. Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker...

2022 Holiday Pops

Photo courtesy of Photographer: Michael Blanchard for Boston Symphony Orchestra Tradition returns to...

Urban Nutcracker

Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker, the modern Boston-centric holiday classic will return to the...

Special Events & Festivals

Ice-skating rinks, holiday trees, and markets do not exist in isolation here, they pop up across the city! Discover festive events including the Annual Trellis Lighting, the SoWa Winter Festival, and First Night Boston this holiday season.

2022 Annual Trellis Lighting

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park with support from the City of Boston Parks and Recreation...

Copley Square Tree Lighting

The City of Boston, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Copley Square...

First Night Boston 2023

Since 1975, Boston’s First Night has been a New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the...

SoWa Winter Festival 2022

‘Tis the season for the 7th annual SoWa Winter Festival. Join us this December for everyone’s...

Ice Skating

Boston and the area offer a range of outdoor skating arenas.

 

Sports & Recreation

This time of year is a like a sports fans' dream; The New England Patriots are firing up crowds at Gillette Stadium while the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics heat up the TD Garden.

At Harvard Stadium, "The Game" returns to Boston for the First time since 2018 as Harvard and Yale compete for the 138th time on November 19th. And on December 17th, The Fenway Bowl marks the first college football bowl game to be played at the historic home of the Boston Red Sox, and the first Division 1 bowl game to be held in New England.

Harvard-Yale Football Game

Witness one of college football’s most historic rivalries! The oldest matchup returns to Boston for the first time since 2018....

Fenway Bowl

December 17, 2022 Mark your calendars for the return of football to Fenway Park! Featuring teams from the Atlantic Coast...

TOURS & TRAILS

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.  Plan to follow Boston's Holiday Lights Trail or take a Historic Holiday Stroll along the Freedom Trail this year!

Boston's Holiday Lights Trail

Explore Boston’s beautiful array of festively festooned landmarks!

Museums & Exhibitions

Boston museums offer a remarkable selection of exhibitions.

Alive with Birds

The Concord Museum is collaborating with Mass Audubon to present a special exhibition, Alive with...

Clay—Modeling African Design

This exhibition highlights artistic innovation and creativity in Africa as seen primarily through...

Concord Museum - Now Open

Welcome to the Concord Museum! The health and safety of our staff and visitors is our highest...

Core Social Justice Cannabis Museum - Now Open

Core Social Justice Cannabis Museum aims to provide a platform for multiple perspectives relating to...

Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment

What role did drawings and prints play during the Enlightenment era, from roughly 1720 to 1800? Dare...

Disrupt the View: Arlene Shechet at the Harvard Art Museums

By presenting her recent work alongside historical German, Japanese, and Chinese examples, sculptor...

Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward

Come face to face with portraits of Egyptians who lived during the Roman period and discover what...

How Do You See the World? + Mapparium™ experience

How Do You See the World? features compelling stories about global progress—how individuals...

In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss

In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers is a multisensory experience that marries art and science through a...

Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Exhibit at New England Aquarium

This exhibit showcases the vibrancy and richness of coral reef habitats and helps visitors...

Of Many Minds Public Art Exhibit

Come to the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to experience and enjoy a new sculpture exhibit by award...

Old South Meeting House & Old State House - Now Open

Built in 1729, the Old South Meeting House was a Congregational church and the largest gathering...

Penguin Exhibit

Penguins spend most of their lives at sea, but every penguin needs to come ashore to breed, molt,...

Read & Work at the Athenaeum

Purchase a Day Pass to this National Landmark library and cultural center with stunning reading...

Rice-A Story of Africa and the Americas

Rice: A Story of Africa and the Americas examines the legacy of rice cultivation in the Americas....

Simons Theatre at New England Aquarium

The Simons Theatre is open seven days a week. Hours are the same as Aquarium hours, with the last...

The Japanese House at Boston Children's Museum

Welcome to the Japanese House! Walk down the street, take off your shoes, and step into an authentic...

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Winter Hours

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is open! We have taken all precautions to ensure your safety, as well...

The Mural Project

Learn about local artists-in-residence cultivating hip-hop culture through street art. As...

USS Constitution Public Tours

USS Constitution is open for public tours! We are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6...

EXPLORE LIKE A LOCAL

Make the most of your visit, road trip, or local adventure! Discover a new neighborhood and come see what a vibrant place Boston is.

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Our Main Streets need our love, more than ever. Now is the time to find your local.

Shop Small® in Boston

Now is the time to support the places you love. Find places on the Shop Small Map.

GREAT DEALS

Our Great Deals offer specials, discounts and savings on: museums and attractions, tours, family fun and dining. 

Our Free Things To Do page includes free live music and theater, outdoor festivals, tours, family activities and more.

Discount Parking - Up to 50% off drive-up

Book convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation's leading parking...

Save Up to 50% on Amtrak travel to Boston

Book in Advance and Save Up to 50% on Amtrak travel to Boston. Book your travel early to get our...

Kids Eat Free at Longwood Grille

Kids under 12 eat free when accompanied by an adult, with the order of a qualified adult entree.

Save up to 50% off theatre, music, dance, and comedy

BosTix Deals! Save up to 50% off year-round on Greater Boston’s best theatre, music, dance, and...

Up to 55% Off Top Attraction Admission

Save up to 55% on admission to over 45 of Boston’s top attractions like New England Aquarium, Museum...

40% OFF: Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

This is the ultimate “must-do” package for a trip to Boston and New England. Buy the Boston Bundle...

10% Off Any Tour

Award-winning Off the Beaten Path Food Tours offers food tours and chocolate tours in Boston,...

20% off an Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Boston

Turn Boston into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement...

Harvard Art Museums - Free Admission Sundays

We are welcoming visitors once again after reopening on September 4! And we now offer free admission...

Sushi Unlimited Mondays

Sushi Unlimted every Monday starting at 5pm - $32 Per person

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