Our Favorite Ways to Spend the Holidays Around Boston, MA

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Boston. This northeastern city is known throughout the nation for its distinct and storied character, a presence in all facets of American history, arts, and industry. With so much going on and so much to see among its streets and stories, we understand Boston can prove quite the challenging city when it comes to narrowing down a travel itinerary. Read on for some of our favorite holiday season events around The City on a Hill.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

For an experience that combines the uniquely charming atmosphere of a Christmas marketplace and the timeless energy of this Boston hub, look no further than the Faneuil Hall Marketplace! Every holiday season, this historic Boston marketplace dives into the holiday spirit, with handmade ornaments, gifts, crafts of every holiday icon, freshly baked cookies, artisan chocolate, and gingerbread joining the year-round selection. This is a great choice for travelers of larger groups or of many interests, as you can indulge yourself in holiday season selections and tradition, or get to try some of Boston’s most famed dishes, such as clam chowder, lobster rolls, and seafood bakes, just to name a few. Come to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace and celebrate the holidays in this one-of-a-kind location!

Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment

Truly in line with Boston’s long and important history is a spectacle that really is true to Boston, the reenactment of the Boston Tea Party! In the same location and on the same day every year, the people of Boston put on an immersive and enthralling historical reenactment that is hard to top. Reenactors from all over New England come together in a day of history, including the meeting spots prior to the Tea Party, fife, and drum cops and culminating in the tea going overboard as it did 248 years ago! Whether you’re a history buff, looking for something special to Boston to see, or just wanting a unique experience, we recommend taking the whole group to the Boston Tea Party reenactment to witness and live this critical chapter of American history.

Christopher Columbus Park Trellis Lighting

At gorgeous Christopher Columbus Park, some 260 feet of trellis are illuminated with tens of thousands of lights, accompanied by grand wreaths, towering Christmas trees, and the Boston waterfront for a magical experience. This is a great option for families, couples, groups and solo travelers to all take a relaxing, low-stakes walk through this Boston park. The central location to many other Boston attractions also makes this a great addition to travel itineraries, whether after dinner, an activity to wind down after something more intense, or just a good place to breathe and take a calm walk. Be sure to stay updated with the happenings of the park, during the holiday season, it is not uncommon for community choirs, performers, and refreshments to join the park and liven the place!

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