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Lights and Delights - Best Boston Holiday Traditions
Lights and Delights – Best Boston Holiday Traditions
December in Boston is not just another month; it's a magical time that transforms the city into a winter wonderland. As the first snowflakes dust its historic streets, Boston releases its festive charm, offering an array of holiday traditions that resonate with both locals and visitors alike. Here are some of the best holiday traditions that define a Bostonian December:
The Lighting of the Christmas Tree on Boston Common:
Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S., becomes the epicenter of festive cheer during the first week of December. The annual tree lighting ceremony sees thousands gather to witness the majestic tree illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights, a gift from Nova Scotia as a thank-you for Boston's aid during the Halifax Explosion of 1917. This year, mark your calendar for November 30th from 6-8pm for this dazzling event.
The Boston Pops Holiday Concert:
There's nothing quite like the sound of the iconic Boston Pops Orchestra filling Symphony Hall, only a short distance away from Studio Allston Hotel, with classic holiday tunes. From "Sleigh Ride" to performances of "The Nutcracker," the Boston Pops Holiday Concert is a cherished musical tradition that sets the tone for the season. The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Conductor Keith Lockhart are returning to the SNHU Arena from December 1st – 24th to perform their glorious and beloved Boston Pops Holiday Tour on Saturday, December 9, 2023. The show, entitled “Unwrap the Magic,” strives to capture the magic of the Christmas season and the winter charms of New England.
Holiday Historic Home Tours:
Step back in time and experience Christmas from a bygone era. The historic homes of Beacon Hill and Back Bay open their doors to showcase classic holiday décor. These tours offer a glimpse into Boston's rich history, adorned in festive finery. Don't miss the Beacon Hill Holiday House Tour 2023 on Sunday, December 10, 2023, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at the Nichols House Museum. You’ll have the rare opportunity to experience a select group of remarkable private residences at their festive best. Each year, the tour showcases outstanding examples of historic preservation, as well as creative modern interpretations and adaptations in a broad range of architectural and interior design styles throughout Beacon Hill.
Ice Skating on Frog Pond:
Nestled within Boston Common, the Frog Pond transforms into a skating rink as winter sets in. Whether you're a seasoned skater or a novice, gliding across the ice with the city's skyline in view is a quintessential Boston winter experience.
December in Boston is like stepping into a holiday card. Bright lights, joyful music, rich history, and friendly gatherings light up the city. These holiday traditions make Boston feel cozy and special, turning the whole city into a big festive celebration. Whether you've lived in Boston for years or are just visiting for a short while, December here is filled with magical moments. It's the kind of place where holiday memories are made, memories that stay with you long after the snow has melted. To ensure you don't miss out on this enchanting experience, book your stay with Studio Allston Hotel and make your December in Boston truly unforgettable.