37 Magical Things To Do In Boston Before New Year’s

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37 Magical Things To Do In Boston Before New Year’s

Holiday season is in full swing in Boston!

The most wonderful time of the year has arrived in The Hub transforming the city into a beautiful winter wonderland! With a more than bumpy 2020, you owe it to yourself to close off the year with a bang. Don’t let the holidays pass you by without indulging in some good old fashioned holiday cheer!

Most of these activities are taking place outdoors or virtually, but please do make sure to wear your masks and adhere to all CDC guidelines to ensure you have a wonderful and safe end of the year!

1. Indulge yourself with a hot mixology at-home experience

Enter a world of tipsy temptation at the Speakeasy On Demand and indulge yourself while Madame Lulu and her terrific troupe lead you through a night full of tantalizing cocktails and fabulous performances by some of the top cirque, burlesque and theatrical performers in the world!

2. Catch a world-class holiday light show

The largest one in the whole of New England, Gardens Aglow was voted one of the most spectacular holiday displays in the world by Condé Nast Traveler.  It features the beautiful Maine flora wrapped in endless strings of colorful lights that make for a totally gobsmacking winter show. Holiday arrangements also include whimsical light sculptures in all shapes and sizes, including Santa’s sleigh and reindeer.

3-17. Go on a stroll across Boston for more dazzling holiday lights

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.

18. Check out the Fiore’s dazzling house in Willmington

Wilmington neighbor, Charlie Fiore, recently won this year’s first-place prize on ABC’s reality TV show “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” and his display is a real showstopper! Head on out to Wilmington, MA, to see Fiore’s dazzling house and drive-thru experience and bask in the bright holiday spirit!

19-20. Cozy up in an igloo

Photo: Instagram / @envoyboston

Lookout Rooftop has brought back its popular igloos just in time for the winter season! The cozy enclaves overlooking the Boston Harbor will be available for wining and dining starting on November 11 and will offer tons of mouthwatering cocktail options including boozy hot chocolate!

21. Dine in an adorable greenhouse

Greenhouses have been all the rage in cities like NYC and Chicago when it came to COVID-friendly dining throughout the summer and here in Boston, they’re the perfect solution to dining out on the sidewalk while surrounded of giant mounds of snow.


22. Explore the city with a gourmet scavenger hunt!

These self-guided picnics are perfect for a day full of adventure and amazing food. Start off by getting your basket and make your way through Downtown Boston, Back Bay, Concord or Portland Maine (you can select the area of your choice after purchase) as you solve clues and riddles to pick up your picnic food bit by bit. Each clue will get you closer to the final stunning secret destination where you’ll get to enjoy all the picnic bites and gourmet goodies you picked up along the way. The tours usually take 3-4 hours and are the perfect covid-friendly experience to get lost in!

23. Pop into a holiday pop-up!

The pandemic may have canceled a lot of our favorite activities but at least we still got holiday pop-ups like Maccabee Bar. The bright blue pop-up bar will be making a landing in Sommerville at Bow Market’s Variety Bar next month.  It’ll be around until January 3 and it’s going to be biblical!

24. Head on over to Boston’s Snowport!

Snowport opens at Seaport

The stylish Seaport District kicked of the holiday season in style earlier last month with its Christmas Tree lighting and the opening of its oh-so-popular winter village Snowport and we’re loving it!

25. Hit the slopes

Living in Boston means having access to tons of amazing skiing areas that are right on our doorstep. Some of these are next to incredibly cute towns perfect for making a weekend trip out of it. Oh, and don’t forget your camera because these skiing areas are totally picture perfect!

26. Go ice skating!

With the new restrictions recently imposed by the Massachusetts Government, many public ice rinks will not be opening this winter season, but one is still open! Head on over to the Kelly Outdoor Rink in Jamaica Plain and partake in the quintessential holiday activity!

27-37. Treat yourself to a cup of hot chocolate

Based on the mountains of snow outside our windows right now, it’s pretty obvious we’re officially in hot chocolate season. This tasty, chocolatey cup of absolute goodness is key to keeping warm during the cold New England winters and even boosting one’s intelligence! So because we cannot go through winter without this wonderful, decadent elixir, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Boston spots to grab a cup of hot chocolate.

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