7 Things To Do In Boston In December
Happy holidays and seasons greetings! The winter months and holiday season are upon us! As this is the offseason for all of our spectacular Boston Harbor Tours there is still reasons to explore the streets of Boston. The city boasts numerous events and spectaculars to keep the interests of its inhabitants at an all-time high! Below we have compiled a list of things to do in this prideful city during the winter months and holiday season.
Watch The City Light Up
You know when that the holiday season has started in Boston when the annual holiday lighting ceremony on Boston Common occurs. On November 30th, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the city will flip the switch setting the city’s magnificent holiday tree, along with 80+ other trees, ablaze with sparkling lights. Grab some hot chocolate, layer up, and witness this spectacular with friends, family, and loved ones!
Winter Events To Beat The Cold
As we all know, New England weather can be completely unpredictable during the winter months. That doesn’t mean that you can’t make plans even when the snow is coming down hard. As the freezing temperatures slice through the air you will want to find a warm place to entertain yourself. Luckily Boston is home to three spectacular holiday shows that are not hard to come in December. Residents and tourists can enjoy the Holiday Pops at the Symphony, Boston Ballets: The Nutcracker at the Opera House, and witness Disney’s spectacular Disney On Ice at the Agganis Arena at Boston University! These are just three shows to see along with other theater shows and comedy specials to witness.
Take Advantage of TD Garden
While the Agganis Area hosts Disney On Ice, TD Garden hosts numerous shows and sporting events throughout December and other winter months. Sports fans can frolic to the Garden to witness the Boston Bruins or Boston Celtics take on opponents as they make their way to playoffs. If you are not a sports fan then check the TD Garden’s calendar for all their non-sporting events.
Spend The Night On The Ice
If you love being outdoors during the holiday season you are in luck! Head to the seasonal ice rink at Frog Pond in the Boston Common, bring your friends, rent some ice skates and twirl around as you view the holiday lights surrounding the rink. In addition to all the lights surrounding the area, you will see more lights gleaming in the background in the stately mansions of Beacon Hill. Boston loves to give its residents that “life is good!” feeling regardless of how cold it is. If you want to challenge yourself more, you can head to City Hall Plaza and witness the huge ice skating path. Take your partner and skates and glide away as the whole area transforms into a winter paradise. What is great about the huge ice skating path is that there are places to each and drink, and to top it all off there is even a European-style Holiday Market. Explore the different vendors and artisans as they showcase their intricate products!
Ski Down Nearby Slopes or Enjoy The Snow In Boston
If you are a winter sports enthusiasts that can ski, snowboard, or both, there are multiple ski slopes and cross-country trails at ski areas near Boston. From the popular Wachusett Mountain to Blue Hills, you can be shredding the gnar within 45-60 minutes. If you are not a huge winter sports person, you can find winter entertainment right in the heart of the city. Head to Boston Common or the Rose Kennedy Greenway to find multiple snowball fights and other winter-themed events and activities!
Shop Until You Drop
As with most major cities, shopping will be one of the top things to partake in Boston during December, especially during the holidays. Stores shine through the winter night with holiday lights hanging from the storefront windows, colorful decorations brighten up spirits and numerous holiday discounts you can barely keep track of. Popular shopping areas include Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market (which also has its own tree!), Prudential Center, and Newbury Street. But the fun doesn’t stop, if those areas are too busy for you, take a stroll down to the North End, South End, Beacon Hill, and Harvard Square in Cambridge for additional places to shop.
Welcome In The New Year
At the conclusion of the holiday season, Boston hosts a New Year Celebration like no other with First Night Boston. This city-wide event includes entertainers, food, performances, fireworks, and the Grand Procession – something for everyone! You can celebrate this amazing night with Mass Bay Lines aboard our New Years Eve Cruise and enjoy the fireworks in style while cruising the Boston Harbor! In addition to First Night Boston, all of the bars and clubs throughout this historic city will be hosting themeed events and parties for your and your loved ones to choose from. The possibilities are endless!
Book Boston Harbor Cruises Early
When you have enjoyed all of what Boston has to offer during the holidays and winter months, it doesn’t hurt to get a head start on planning spring and summer activities. Our tours and cruises will be ready to set sail and entertain you through the warmer months. Contact us today or fill out our contact forms for any of our cruise offerings, it is never too late to plan a trip! Our offerings include: