If you’ve been craving a holiday getaway to a destination positively brimming with holiday festivities and cheer, then a visit to New England is in order. Truly, New England is a picturesque holiday fairytale due to its immense history, the joyful spirit of the people, and the traditions that have been kept alive for centuries. Many of New England’s architecture was constructed in a time when attention to detail and aesthetic value were immensely important.
The brick buildings, occasional cobblestone road, and other classical features combine to create a charming, historical, and European-esque feel. Visiting New England during the holiday season is a magical experience and one that every person should partake in, at least once if possible!
New England is an expansive region, comprised of six different states and hundreds of cities. Each state, city, and town offer something different, but when it comes to holiday cheer, Boston, Massachusetts takes the cake.
Seasonally speaking, Boston is wonderful year-round, offering a different flavor every few months. Without a doubt, though, visiting Boston during the holiday season is spectacular. Here’s a list of a few holiday festivities to look forward to, a little taste of what awaits:
Copley Square Holiday Tree Lighting
The holiday season kick-off event! On Monday, November 28, from 5 – 6 p.m., head over to the iconic Copley Square for the annual Tree Lighting. This event will feature an appearance by Mayor Welsh, along with musical performances by the Boston Children’s Chorus, vocalist Marchelle Jacques-Yarde, the Tangelwood Festival Chorus, and Berklee College of Music student Mahamma Germain of Hyde Park. Additionally, the US Postal Service will unveil its new holiday stamp. The Old South Church bell will toll once the tree is illuminated, and light refreshments will be provided by local businesses.
Boston Ballet Nutcracker
No holiday season is complete without a rendition of the classic Nutcracker Ballet. Boston is home to an extremely talented ballet company – the Boston Ballet, and they’ll be performing in the beautiful Boston Opera House. Plan your date at the Nutcracker anytime between November 25 – December 31st.
Boston Pops: Holiday Pops 2016
One of Boston’s most beloved traditions – the Holiday Pops concert at the historic Symphony Hall. Gather your loved ones for a matinee or evening concert and let the glorious New England holiday sounds delight your ears. The Holiday Pops season runs from November 30th – December 31st.
City Hall Plaza Skating Path & Holiday Market
This is going to be the most exciting holiday event of the year! Boston’s City Hall Plaza will be transformed, this December, into a winter wonderland. This is a brand new experience and will include New England’s first-ever custom-designed outdoor skating path, and a European-inspired holiday shopping market. At the outdoor market, visitors will experience seasonal delicacies and interactive attractions in a festive winter atmosphere. The skating path and holiday market will open after Thanksgiving.
Mayor’s Trolley Tour & Enchanted Tree Lightings
For the 21st year, the Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour will continue the festive tradition of lighting up holiday trees throughout Boston, while bringing presents and holiday spirit to children across the city. The Tree Lightings will take place on December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
A Christmas Carol at Hanover Theatre
From December 16 – December 23, join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. This timeless holiday classic is made even more lavish with Troy Siebels’ innovative adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale. Purchase tickets here.
When it comes to the holiday season in Boston, the cheer is never-ending. The aforementioned events are the tip of the iceberg so to speak, and if you crave more festivities, then you’ll want to glance at this calendar to see a comprehensive list of all things holiday.
Often times, all that’s needed to feel festive is the perfect holiday ambiance and surroundings, which is exactly what you’ll find at the historic and elegant Copley Square Hotel. Situated in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, close to all the action, Copley Square Hotel is a holiday dream come true. The hotel puts on its best holiday attire, from wreaths to sparkling lights, the ambiance will make you feel cozy, excited, and joyful.