25 Festive Holiday Events Happening In Boston This Year

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25 Festive Holiday Events Happening In Boston This Year

And as a welcome change from last year, you can celebrate the most wonderful time of year with all your friends and family around you. In Boston, there are a plethora of holiday events happening around the city, from light shows and candlelight concerts to holiday markets and bar crawls. Read on to find out our top picks for festive events happening in Boston this season.

1. Hear your favorite holiday songs at a candlelit concert

Do the twinkling notes of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” immediately get you in the holiday spirit? Then you’re in for a holiday treat at the Candlelight Holiday Special, a concert event happening this month at the Temple Ohabei Shalom. This concert series features all the iconic numbers from The Nutcracker (in addition to some other classic holiday tunes) performed by a talented string quartet in an absolutely magical setting. With hundreds of flickering, flameless candles surrounding you and the performers, it’s an intimate and cozy musical escape into a winter wonderland. 

Find the Candlelight Holiday Special at Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon St, 02446.

2. Give the gift of an unforgettable experience at Dino Safari

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!

Find Dino Safari at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 206 South Market Street, MA 02109.

Get in the holiday mood at the Back Bay Ball

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 fit soon!

Find it at Westin Hotel Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116.

3. Don your ugliest apparel for this Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

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, as this event is one of the top rated events of the season.

Find it at Wild Rover, 61-63 Chatham St, Boston, MA 02109.

4. Celebrate the New Year in Style at the Resolution Ball

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.

5. Kick it old-school at this New Year’s Day Prom Party

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.

Find it at Westin Hotel Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116.

6. Experience all things winter at Snowport


For its third annual year, Snowport is a one-stop holiday destination with winter games, a Tree Market, Light Up Seaport, and a new holiday market. Visitors can expect Seaport to be completely decked out in holiday decorations, from thousands of twinkling lights creating a canopy in the sky to a 3-D wall of presents displayed as a perfect photo backdrop.

7. Check out the Boston Common Christmas Tree lighting

On December 2nd, the City of Boston will be hosting their 80th annual tree lighting ceremony, adjacent to the Visitor’s Information Center at 139 Tremont Street. This year’s tree comes from Cape Breton and is a 60-year-old, 48-foot white spruce! Special guests include Mayor Michelle Wu and Grammy Award winner Darlene Love. In addition to holiday lights, there will be a  fireworks show after the tree lighting, and an ice skating show in the afternoon at the Frog Pond. It’s a beautiful beginning to the holiday season!

8. Experience a spectacular holiday world at Stone Zoo’s ZooLights

Just a couple miles north of Boston in Stoneham lies Stone Zoo, home to black bears, Canada lynx, reindeer and arctic foxes. This holiday season, the zoo is decked out in thousands of twinkling fairy lights, illuminating the pathways between the animal habitats. it’s an outdoor experience like you’ve never seen before!

9-17. Get your holiday shopping done at a local market

‘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!

18-23. Grab your skates and hit an ice rink

It’s not quite cold enough right now to start skating, but pretty soon, you’ll be able to skate your heart out in a winter wonderland. Our favorite ice rinks are all opening soon, so pick a day, find your skates in the back of your closet (or simply rent a pair at the rink), and get skating!

24. See the Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker

The Boston Ballet makes its grand return to the Citizen Bank Opera House this year with its annual production of The Nutcracker, a beloved holiday performance adored by children and adults alike. Let your imagination take you into the Land of Sweets, guided by the sweet Clara, and you’ll instantly recognize your favorite holiday melodies, like the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. It’s an absolute treat!

25. Celebrate the new year at First Night Boston

For over 40 years, First Night Boston has provided a free and public celebration of the new year to all Bostonians. From live performances to light shows and fireworks, it’s a great spectacle to enjoy on the last day of the year. STick around until midnight and you’ll see an incredibly iconic light show in Copley Square!

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