Looking for holiday activities in Boston? There are so many great things to do with family and friends this holiday season in my hometown. From live performances to hands-on activities, discover my favorite Christmas traditions in Boston, Massachusetts.
Visions of Sugarplums will dance in your head…and right before your eyes! Nothing quite rings in the holiday season like this magical production of The Nutcracker that’s fun for the whole family. Grab dinner beforehand across the street at Legal Crossing, where they pay tribute to the season with Nutcracker-inspired cocktails. Then arrive early to see the spectacular Opera House lobby decked out in its holiday finest and get your picture taken with beloved characters from the show.
Ho, ho, ho and a bottle of…whiskey! Take to the seas and toast to the holidays. Sing along to Irish holiday carols performed by the live band Slainte while sailing past the Boston skyline (all from within a comfortable, temperature controlled cabin, rest assured). My husband and I happened upon this spirited holiday cruise during our first year in Boston. We had such a blast, we vowed to make it a tradition. Looking to make it extra special? Book a table beforehand at the Meritage Restaurant and Wine Bar, located just steps away from where the cruise boards, and enjoy views of the harbor and an unforgettable dining experience.
Experience a magical winter wonderland at Seaport’s new Winter Village. Lace up your skates for a spin around the ice rink, try your hand at iceless curling, and then warm up with hot cocoa and freshly baked waffles. While you’re in the area, stop by the holiday pop up shops in Seaport Common and hunt for unique, local gifts. Afterwards, head to Envoy Hotel’s Lookout Rooftop Bar, where you can sip specialty cocktails and enjoy views of the Boston skyline from within a heated igloo.
Make your holiday season bloom! Join Alice’s Table at one of their festive wreath making events in your local city. In South Boston, Capo Restaurant’s roaring wood fire and cozy holiday decor was the perfect setting for my girls night out. We sipped festive cocktails, took in the fresh evergreen scents, drooled over delicious pasta, and took home our very own creation at the end of the night. Book early – these popular holiday events sell out fast.
Just hear those sleigh bells jingling and timpani’s tingling too! Visit the historic Symphony Hall for a Boston Pops performance filled with holiday music favorites, a sing along, and even a visit from Santa. Book table seating on the orchestra level to enjoy full-service dinner and drinks during the show. Or sit up in the center of the balcony for the best acoustics in the house.
What are some of your favorite holiday activities in Boston? Share in the comments below!