It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
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.
The Boston Common’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will be taking place virtually on Thursday, December 3, and will be the city’s only tree lighting ceremony this year. Like each year, Nova Scotia gifted the city with a beautiful tree as a thank you for the help Boston gave them after a large explosion wrecked Halifax in the early 1900s.
2. Public Gardens
Along with the Boston Commons’ holiday lights, these will most likely be turned on around December 3. And what better way is there to enjoy the dazzling Christmas lights in the heart of the city than by taking a winter stroll through the Commons continue through the Public Garden and finish off in Comm Ave?
3. Commonwealth Avenue
Ah, the glowing Comm Ave! Could we even have a holiday lightv round-up without including this dazzling boulevard of lights? Pair it with a walk through the Garden and the Commons for the ultimate holiday walk!
4. Copley Square
There may not be a tree lighting ceremony nor holiday activities on Copley Square this year, but you can still catch the Square’s glowing Christmas tree which will be lit all season long!
5. Beacon Hill
Whether it’s Halloween or the holidays, Beacon Hill sure knows how to work the seasonal decorations. Boston’s oldest neighborhood turns particularly beautiful this time of year, so make sure to take a stroll through its cobble-stone streets to catch some amazing displays this holiday season!
The Seaport officially transformed into the Snowport earlier in November and although there’s no ice rink this year there’s plenty of holiday fun to go around still. Catch their dazzling tree, go curling or take a stroll with Betty the Yeti at their Winter Wonderland to get into the holiday spirit!
The Macy’s tree is coming back to Downtown Crossing, albeit without a grand ceremony. Don’t forget to snap a pic or two when doing your holiday shopping!
8. Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market
Faneuil Hall may not be getting a grand tree or light show this year, but merchants have put up lovely decorations around the market to make it look extra cheerful in this strange year! Make sure to pay them a visit to support local vendors and check out their beautiful holiday décor.
9. Christopher Columbus Park
Make your way down to the waterfront to catch the dazzling lights at Christopher Columbus Park. The city will be putting up 14 decorated trees as well as 50,000 blue lights which will be illuminating of the park’s 260 feet of trellis.
10. North End
There are some pretty amazing light displays in Boston’s Italian quarter this year, so make sure to take a turn around the North End this holiday season for some extra amazing lights. Oh, and while you’re at it why not pick up some scrumptious cannolis to sweeten up your winter stroll?
This year Stone Zoo’s annual Zoo Lights show is returning with dozens of gobsmackingly beautiful lanterns that are sure to brighten up anyone’s day! The socially-distant trail opened on Friday, November 27, and will be around all holiday season until January 3!
Check out Gillette Stadium’s brand new Holiday Drive-Thru! The high-tech experience features thousands of LED lights and digital animations created using nothing but the latest technologies for a totally spectacular holiday display.
13. Bright Nights at Forest Park, Springfield, MA
One of the brightest in New England, the popular light show, Bright Nights, is making a comeback this year with its annual holiday drive-thru!
Drive out to Boothbay, ME, for one of the best holiday lights shows in the world! Gardens Aglow at the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens was recently voted among the best shows in the whole world by Condé Nast Traveler along with the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and London’s Regent Street. It’s only right that we get to enjoy this world-class show right here at home in New England!
[Featured image: Instagram / @coastalmainebotanicalgardens]