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Holiday Happenings Around Boston

Ice skating at the Frog Pond is a must-do during the holidays.

Ice skating at the Frog Pond is a must-do during the holidays.

This is a great time of year to visit Boston and the surrounding areas. There are many holiday themed events going on throughout December and January, spreading from tree lightings to the New Years Eve celebration: First Night in Boston.

Many people marvel at the beautiful lights that cover Faneuil Hall.  There are wonderful visual displays all over the stores and trees, but this is in no comparison to the huge tree that lights up the Common.

A ten-minute walk in the direction to the Prudential Center you will go past the Boston Common, which is covered with beautiful lights.  In the Common is a massive Evergreen decorated with colorful lights. There is also ice skating in the Boston Common at the Frog Pond which hosts discount evenings for students.

There are many holiday events going on in and around the Boston area at this time of year.  The website Events12 gives a calendar of city-wide happenings.  One upcoming event you don’t want to miss is the tree lighting on December 11th at the end of the Beacon Hill Stroll. There will be music from carolers and the opportunity to take pictures with Santa. According to Historic Beacon Hill, the event goes from 6 to 9 p.m. with the lighting of the tree at 7 p.m.

Another family fun holiday activity is Zoo-lights. The Stone Zoo puts on a great light display throughout the winter months where families can admire animals and dazzling shows.  The zoo offers this event from Nov. 27 to Jan. 4th and tickets are $7 for non-members and $6 for members.  It is open from 4 to 9 p.m. according to the Zoo New England website.

If you are looking for a traditional holiday spectacular, check out the “Nutcracker” appearing on-stage from Nov. 28th to Dec. 31st.   This Christmas classic is at the Opera House in Boston where tickets can be rather expensive; however, there are some available for $40 to $50 dollars. Another must-see is “White Christmas“, a traditional Christmas musical playing at the Wang Theater from Decd. 16th to the 28th.  Tickets for this show start as low as $35 dollars.

For the child-at-heart students, “Disney on Ice” is being performed at the  Agganis Arena  from Dec. 18th to the 29th.  This is a production of Disney characters, classical Disney music and a wonderful ice skating show.  The full-price tickets are $28 to $42; discounted tickets are available from $13.50 to $39.50.

First Night Boston encompasses many events throughout the city. The evening starts at 1 p.m. and goes until midnight.  There are two firework shows: one at 7 p.m. and one at the finale of the night.  There will also be ice sculptures and music.  Outdoor activities are guaranteed free while some of the more exclusive events require a ticket.

There are many family-friendly, fun activities in Boston throughout the winter months ahead, making this a spectacular time to be in Boston.

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