Your Guide to the Holidays in Boston

Boston transforms into a snowy winter wonderland this time of year, and it’s certainly a charming place to spend the holidays. Nestled between the historic North End neighborhood and Beacon Hill’s cobblestone streets, you’ll find The Boxer Boston, your contemporary accommodations in the heart of the city. When you stay at The Boxer, all of Boston’s best holiday attractions are easily within reach. Consider this your guide to making the most of the holidays in Boston, from twinkling light displays to unique musical performances.

Go Ice Skating at Boston Common Frog Pond

Lace-up your skates and glide over to Boston Common Frog Pond, located in one of the city’s most beloved parks. Whether you’re dancing across the ice or simply enjoying the atmosphere, this enchanting spot offers a classic seasonal experience. Open from December to March, the Frog Pond welcomes skaters of all levels. Bring your skates or rent a pair at the concession stand, as you soak in the surrounding holiday spirit. It’s the perfect festive activity for the whole family to enjoy.

Attend Boston’s Own Urban Nutcracker

Take the opportunity to enjoy a modern twist on the classic Nutcracker tale with Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker, Boston’s original holiday classic. Experience a unique blend of modern, multicultural, and classical dance that transcends traditional boundaries. From Duke Ellington’s rhythms to Tchaikovsky’s classics, Urban Nutcracker transports you to a world where cultures seamlessly unite. Inspired by the 19th-century fairy tale and the blending of cultures, it’s a fusion of ballet, urban tap, hip hop, swing, flamenco, step, and jazz—a celebration of the arts that brings life to the holiday season in Boston.

Enter a Winter Wonderland at ZooLights

Embark on a magical journey through Stone Zoo’s 26 acres of light displays. ZooLights transforms into a festive, family-friendly atmosphere that both Boston locals and visitors love. Wander along tree-lined paths illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights, creating a unique sight to take in. Explore Yukon Creek, covered with decorations, and encounter black bears, Canada lynx, reindeer, and more. For an extra special experience, reserve a “Santa Experience” on select nights and meet Santa as he strolls through the Zoo on specific evenings.

Warm Up With Hot Chocolate at L.A. Burdick Chocolates

There’s nothing like a cozy cup of hot chocolate to keep you warm during a Northeast winter. Indulge in the rich, European-style hot chocolate at L.A. Burdick Chocolates, a renowned chocolatier with charming locations in Back Bay and Harvard Square. Their decadent drinking chocolate, available in dark, milk, or white chocolate blends, promises to warm you up from the winter chill. For a unique twist, explore single-source varietals, such as the robust mineral-flavored cacao from Grenada. Don’t forget to grab a box of their signature “chocolate mice” for a sweet journey home.

Get a Nightcap at Miracle at Mystic Station

Continue the festivities at Miracle at Mystic Station, a cheerful pop-up bar returning for another season. Starting the day before Thanksgiving, this lively bar decks the halls, plays Christmas tunes, and serves up creative seasonal drinks. Get lost in the excitement as bartenders, sporting Santa hats, craft specialty cocktails served in nostalgic Christmas mugs. Pick your favorite drinks from the menu, like the Carol Barrel, Koala Cooler, Marshmallows & Unicorns, or Rudolph’s Replacement. Of course, you can’t miss the Christmaspolitan, making its long-awaited return.

Embrace the holidays in Boston with our curated guide to the best seasonal destinations and events. Whether you’re skating with the family or warming up with an indulgent cup of cocoa, there’s plenty to explore in the city. Take advantage of our exclusive offer to make the most of your holiday stay and save 15% on your accommodations when you book directly at The Boxer Boston. The charm of the holiday season and the excitement of the city is just one booking away.