BPL in winter

12.13.23

Boston’s Holiday Scene 

Christmas music, holiday performances, festive lighting and seasonal decor are just a few of the ways that the City of Boston makes the holidays just a little merrier and brighter every December. From annual performances of the Boston Pops to massive ice sculptures and outdoor skating rinks around Boston, the City makes this season fun and offers something for everyone. 

How you spend your time in Boston’s holiday scene depends on what parts of the season you enjoy the most. Do you love Christmas trees and holiday lights? Or do you enjoy live music or theatrical performances? Let’s take a closer look at just some of the vents and activities you can take part in this year in Boston, Massachusetts.

christmas tree

Tree Lightings & Decor 

December is a time when Boston is aglow with holiday trees and twinkling lights amidst the seasonal decor. Much like snowflakes, no two trees are exactly decorated alike and each home, business, and street is decorated with wreaths, pine boughs, and kissing balls galore! 

Some of the most popular locations to view fully decorated Christmas trees include; the Columbus Park Trellis in Waterfront Park; The Faneuil Hall Tree between Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, Martin’s Park Ship Lighting on Sleeper Street, Boston’s Official 2023 Christmas Tree on Boston Common all the way from Nova and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall Christmas tree. 

If you happen to be in Boston and near the Seaport neighborhood on December 1st, join Light Up Seaport where you can see an entire neighborhood sparkle with holiday lights and decorations. 

Holiday Performances 

There is nothing quite like being in the city and attending a special holiday performance! There are so many to choose from that you may find yourself heading back into the hub and attending more than one.

The Nutcracker performed by the Boston Ballet at the Citizen’s Bank Boston Opera House runs from November 24 to December 31, 2023. Enjoy this seasonal masterpiece featuring the fairytale ballet with a Christmas theme. 

Celebrate the holidays with a traditional and festive Holiday at the Pops concert hosted by the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall from December 1 to 24, 2023. Conductor Keith Lockheart and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will delight you with a two hour performance sure to enchant young and old alike. 

For the younger visitors to Boston, a trip to Disney on Ice – Into the Magic is playing at the Agganis Arena from December 21st to January 1, 2024, just in time for school vacation week! 

For a comprehensive listing of performances throughout Boston, visit Boston’s Discovery Guide

Boston Frog Pond

Ice Sculptures and Outdoor Skating Rinks 

We don’t often think about outdoor activities in New England during the winter unless we are on a ski slope, but Boston has a few options for those who can brave the cold and enjoy the brisk air. 

Take a stroll through some of Boston’s neighborhoods and enjoy the dazzling display of sculpting with ice. Visit the Snowflake Crossing Ice Festival in Downtown Crossing and see multiple ice sculptures that will amaze even the bitterest of Grinches. In the days leading up to First Night in Boston, you will also see ice sculptures in Copley Square and the streets around the Boston Public Library. 

Revere is excited to be so close to all of these events and activities. Don’t forget to utilize the easy MBTA stops in Revere and neighboring cities to get in and out of Boston and enjoy some time in our bustling city as well.