With the holidays and the new year just around the corner, December is one of the busiest times of the year for Boston. Whether you’re in the mood for holiday festivities or something more casual, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this December. Read on to find out the best plans for the month!
Calm your mind and experience classical music in a whole new light with these sensational concerts located in magical venues in Boston. Throughout this winter, the Candlelight Concert series will feature a wide variety of themed concerts, from The Nutcracker to Coldplay. Hosted at the Temple Ohabei Shalom, the venue will be illuminated with flameless candles, creating an unforgettable ambiance. Highlights of the concert series this month include:
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen and More
- Candlelight: Holiday Special featuring “The Nutcracker” and More
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Coldplay
- Candlelight: Featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & More
Get ready to go under the sea and step into a world of mermaids, sailors, and sea creatures. During this 90-minute cocktail experience, you’ll be submerged in a breathtaking atmosphere unlike anything you’ve seen on land! With stunning decor, delicious drinks, and talented actors guiding you through this mysterious and mesmerizing world, it’s a cocktail experience you’ll have to see to believe. Reserve your spot on the waitlist now!
When it comes to ugly sweaters—if you’ve got it, flaunt it! On December 4, this festive holiday bar crawl is back for its 7th year of celebrating those terrifically hideous holiday garments by showing them off on a drinking tour around Faneuil Hall’s best bars. Starting at the Wild Rover, you’ll hit 8 bars offering sweet deals on beer and shots, plus you might even get some free swag along the way! Make sure you get your tickets soon to one of hottest events of the season.
You don’t have to travel all the way to Italy to experience the beauty and marvel of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. This immersive exhibit will be true-to-size while still allowing you to get up-close views of the incredible details of these masterpieces. Brought to life using a special printing technique that emulates the look and feel of the original paintings, visitors are given a chance to engage with the artwork in ways that were never before possible: seeing every detail, every brushstroke, and every color of the artist’s 34 frescoes. Join the waitlist and get exclusive access before tickets are released to the public!
Set the bar high for 2022 and start your New Year at a grandiose ball, complete with a full-course Tuscan dinner, dancing, and the most glamorous group of young Bostonians you can dream of. The Resolution Ball is Boston’s largest and longest-running New Year’s eve bash—and also its most glamorous, hosted in the prestigious Westin Hotel Grand Ballroom, one of the most upscale hotels in Boston.
Find it at Westin Hotel Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116.
The Strand Theatre is currently hosting a totally unique entertainment show—a 4D experience that surrounds you with artistic masterpieces of Vincent Van Gogh on all sides. As opposed to gazing at just one painting from afar in a museum, you’ll be able to walk inside Van Gogh’s greatest works at this exhibit. The vibrant colors and masterly brushstrokes swirl around you as you experience these post-impressionist works at a surreal scale. You can get tickets to this unique experience here.
Dino Safari is the perfect holiday treat for any dino enthusiasts in your life, whether they’re young or older. In this immersive exhibition, you’ll be able to meet life-sized, moving dinosaurs up-close and learn everything about how they lived while on earth. With a huge gift shop filled with dino merch and a VR game close by, it’s an action-packed adventure you won’t want to miss. Get your tickets here before they sell out!
You won’t want to miss this immersive VR experience based on the Netflix original film Army of the Dead. This limited-run VR experience lets you fight your way through hordes of zombies in mixed reality with the latest technology that feels shockingly real. Ready to destroy some zombies? Reserve your spot on the waitlist here.
Get out of your kitchen comfort zone and take an Italian cooking class with your friends, family, or loved ones. Not only will you have fun and eat fantastic food, you’ll also be able to recreate the dishes afterwards as many times as you want.
Food tours are the perfect way to explore the best offerings of Boston’s food scene. Instead of stressing about what to eat for dinner, go on a guided (or self-guided!) tour around the city to have a totally unique culinary experience. Our favorites in Boston right now include:
Nothing says ‘holiday spirit’ like a fantastically festive dance party. Every weekend in December, the Westin Copley Place will be hosting a fabulous ball, complete with formal attire, an optional full course Italian dinner, a killer DJ, and a dance floor to show off your moves. Reserve your tickets here and start planning your outfit soon!
Who says the party has to stop at midnight? At this New Year’s Day prom-themed party, you can begin your new year with a throwback dance party and a delicious North End Italian dinner. And to top it all off, you’ll look incredible in your best formal attire! Relive your prom days to hits from the 90s, 00s, and today at the Westin Hotel Grand Ballroom.
With theatres being closed for so long, we can’t wait to see the newest movie releases on a screen bigger than a laptop. And this fall, there are plenty of anticipated films, including Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Get your tickets to the hottest films in Boston here with an exclusive discount.
‘Tis the season for shopping local. The holidays are just around the corner, and there’s no better way to shop for presents than to visit a festive holiday market and support local businesses from the Boston area. We’ve compiled a list of jolly holiday markets happening in and around Boston this holiday season — check them out!
[featured image: Unsplash / Alice Donovan Rouse]