Christmas in Boston brings out a cozy, slightly old-world Christmas atmosphere. For starters, a city with this many historic sites is a joy to admire when everything is covered in lights and other holiday season decorations. Shopping in Boston is also a joy during the Christmas season, and there is no shortage of excellent restaurants where you can treat yourself to a special holiday meal. Keeping busy during a Boston Christmas vacation isn't hard, as the list of holiday events and things to do is both long and varied.
Christmas in Boston
Christmas 2016 in Boston arguably starts with the lighting of the largest Christmas tree in all of New England. This renowned Boston Christmas tree, which can be found at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, is first illuminated in late November, and the ceremony features live entertainment and a special guest of honor. If you can't make it to the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony, you can still see the tree and its more than 20,000 lights throughout the holiday season.
Before the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place, Boston's Seaport World Trade Center plays host to the Boston Christmas Festival. This three-day event is actually held in early November, so you might argue that it starts the city's holiday season. As for what you can expect at this fun festival, hundreds of craft artists are on hand selling Christmas decorations and a variety of other interesting wares. The bargains are plentiful, and if you get hungry, gourmet specialty foods are available. Should you fancy attending the popular Boston Christmas Festival, 200 Seaport Blvd. is where you will find the Seaport World Trade Center. The event is held over a weekend, and the hours are noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Should you be spending Christmas 2016 in Boston, wandering over to Boston Common at some point to see the lights display is a must. This highly visited part of town is aglow in lights during the holiday season, and the tradition goes back more than 60 years. The initial lighting of the Boston Common in early December is combined with the initial lighting of the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. As is true of the renowned Boston Christmas tree that can be found at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall remain illuminated throughout the Christmas season.
Throughout the month of December, the Boston Pops put on their traditional holiday music performances at Symphony Hall, and tickets are hot commodities. Enjoying one of the holiday season performances at the famed Trinity Church is another popular thing to do when it's Christmas in Boston, and many area residents or visitors enjoy a Boston Ballet performance of The Nutcracker at the Opera House that can be found off the Boston Common's Tremont side.
Due in part to the cold weather, December is a relatively quiet month in terms of Boston tourism. This is good news for anyone who is interested in celebrating Christmas in this historic city. That being said, it is a relatively popular convention month, though this can work in your favor, as deals on Boston hotels are often easy to come by, especially on the weekends.
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