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29The holiday season is right around the corner and it’s about time to enjoy plenty of lights, trees and holiday cheer. Boston becomes a spectacular place to be during the holiday season with plenty of performances, events, and light displays. Here are a few of the best ways to celebrate the holidays throughout Boston, MA.

Several Nutcracker Performances


If you want to enjoy The Nutcracker, you have several options including the Great Russian Nutcracker, which is a twist on the classic. In addition, The Nutcracker will be performed by the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and the Boston Ballet.

Those looking for a bit of a modern take on The Nutcracker may also like the Urban Nutcracker or The Hip Hop Nutcracker. The Urban Nutcracker offers an inner-city story, while the hip-hop version offers something a bit more upbeat with a DJ and dancers.

North End Holiday Stroll

Enjoy a beautiful stroll through the North End of Boston. This free event will take you through the decorated streets of the area where you can visit plenty of shops for holiday gifts. Enjoy the theming throughout the area as you walk the decorated streets.

Holiday Concerts

There are several great holiday concerts held all throughout Boston including the Holiday Pops concerts. This concert featured the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston Bops. In addition, you can enjoy the Old South Ringers Christmas Concert, a Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Chorus Pro Musical Holiday Concert or the Handel Messiah concert.

Boston’s Christmas Trees

There will be several beautifully decorated Christmas trees throughout Boston, but the two largest will be found at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace and at Boston Common. Macy’s will have more lighted trees, as well in Downtown Crossing. Faneuil Market will actually hold the lighting event called Blink! This event includes 350K flashing LED lights and runs multiple times throughout the holidays.

Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights

If you’re looking for an incredible collection of Judaica and a very unique menorah, The Festival of Lights at the Museum of Fine Arts may be the perfect choice for you. This event also includes many live music performances throughout the season.

Tour the Ice Sculptures

Boston Holidays

The Ice Sculpture Stroll on the Row is held every year with plenty of amazing holiday-themed sculptures on Assembly Row. You can enjoy this event for free and even bot on your favorite.

Disney On Ice

Performing throughout the holiday season at the Agganis Arena, Disney on Ice is the perfect choice for your younger children. With eight different princesses on hand and plenty of other characters, you’re sure to enjoy this performance.

Along with all of these holiday events and things to do, you can enjoy any of the following in Boston:

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Rudolph the Red-Not Reindeer
  • The Christmas Revels
  • The Black Nativity
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Elf
  • Holiday Duck Tours
  • Chanukah Cantata: A Light Through the Ages
  • A Meal with Santa
  • And More!

Boston becomes a bit of a beautiful winter wonderland during the holidays with lights, trees and more all throughout the city. These are just some of the many ways you can celebrate the holidays in Boston this year.

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