While Boston is known for it’s gorgeous autumns, it has wonderful winter experiences to offer as well. From tree lightings to performances and entertainment, here are five Boston winter traditions you’ll want to check out.
Holiday Tree Lightings
There are two major tree lightings in Boston each year. The first takes place at Faneuil Hall on November 18th beginning at 2pm, with the lights officially turning on at 8pm. The second big event is the Nova Scotia Tree Lighting on the Boston Common, which takes place early in December each year. Check out the city of Boston’s website for the official date and time for this year’s festivities—coming soon!
Holiday Pops Concert
A classic Bostonian celebration, the beloved Boston pops are getting in the holiday spirit this December at the Boston Symphony Hall once again. This delightful experience involves a sing-along, taking your photo with Santa and more. Dec. 10-24, 2017.
Boston Symphony Hall. 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. (888) 266-1200
Each winter, the magical Nutcracker returns to Boston theater. This year, the Boston Ballet will perform in the Boston Opera House. Witness this stunning performance by one of the best ballet companies in the nation. Dates, Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 2017.
Boston Opera House. 539 Washington St, Boston, MA. (800) 854-2196
Boston Winter Holiday Market
Taking over City Hall each winter, the Boston Winter Holiday Market fills the plaza with craft, gift and food vendors, complete with a bar and ice skating path. Find unique gifts made by local vendors and enjoy wintry activities while you’re getting your shopping done. The market will open in early December.
Boston Winter Holiday Market. 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA.
Ice Skating on Frog Pond
Without a doubt, ice skating on Frog Pond is one of the city’s favorite winter traditions. In the heart of the Boston Common and surrounded by light-wrapped trees, the Frog Pond is converted to an ice rink each year. You can rent skates or bring your own; you can also order hot cocoa and other warm snacks to keep you warm in the outdoors.
Boston Common Frog Pond. 38 Beacon St, Boston, MA. (617) 635-2120