30 Festive Outdoor Activities For A COVID-Safe Holiday Season

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30 Festive Outdoor Activities For A COVID-Safe Holiday Season

And that means we’ll have to be creative in order to spend time with our family and friends safely! But fear not—there are many festive activities happening outdoors in Boston this season, so you have plenty of options for celebrating safely. Read on for our recommendations of the best COVID-safe holiday activities for the season!

1-14. Walk through an outdoor holiday lights display

Although this year, holiday celebrations in Boston may be looking a bit different than usual, there’s still plenty of dazzling holiday lights display to catch in and around the city! So put on a warm hat, grab your mask, and head on out to bask in the cheerful spirit of the season. Our list of 14 spots with dazzling light displays will warm your heart on a cold day.

15. Watch the fireworks on First Night

Back for its 42nd annual celebration, First Night Boston is a fun, free, and family-friendly way to celebrate the new year with your city. The celebration will include hours of live entertainment, including live music, dancing, ice skating shows, and a parade. With dazzling ice sculptures and two firework shows, it’s a super spectacle you don’t want to miss! But if you want to play it safe, just watching the fireworks from outdoors is a lovely way to ring in the new year.

16-21. Go ice skating

Ice skating is the perfect holiday season activity that’s socially distanced and lots of fun. Even if the weather’s not quite below freezing, the skating rinks are all open at this point—check out our list of 6 rinks in Boston before you make your plans.


22. Check out Snowport, an open-air holiday market

Every year, Seaport turns into the outdoor winter wonderland of Snowport. For its third annual year, Snowport is be a one-stop holiday destination with winter games, a Tree Market, Light Up Seaport, and a holiday market. Running until January 2nd, it’s a lovely outdoor activity to enjoy during this festive time of year.

23-30. Dine in the great outdoors (in a heated igloo!)

If you’d like to limit your interactions with people outside your bubble, you’re in luck. Many Boston restaurants got creative last winter and built igloos, greenhouses, and fire pits so you can dine outdoors all year long! And besides—we New Englanders are seasoned winter adventurers. So don’t let a little snow or wind stop you from enjoying a fun (and safe) night out!

[featured image: Unsplash / Mario Mendez]

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