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Boston Activities: Top 10 Way to Celebrate the Holidays in Boston

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Top 10 Way to Celebrate the Holidays in Boston!
Posted December 2nd, 2011

Boston is a Magical City that’s Mastered Honoring the Past while Embracing Today, Making Celebrating the Holidays in Boston an Experience to Cherish with Boston Activities.

From magical shows like Peter Pan and Jose Mateo’s Nutcracker to shopping at the Holiday Market in Downtown Crossing, Boston hosts unique and splendid ways to celebrate the Holiday season.

Macy’s Enchanted Trolley Tour and Tree Lightings makes its way through the neighborhoods of Boston the first weekend of December and each Main Street district is uniquely decorated to kick off a season of good cheer.

While this is a list of some of Boston’s highlights, there are many Boston Activities and Boston Attractions that are uniquely Boston’s way of celebrating the holidays. Throughout the season, you’ll find concerts, Holiday walks and historic strolls, shopping specials, and more in every part of Boston.

Before you set your plans, be sure to check out The 8th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special from Nov 1, 2011 – Jan 1, 2012. A free service, this year’s MayorsHolidaySpecial.com presents 16,000 ½-price tickets to more than 65 holiday shows including theatre, music, dance, comedy, and festivities, plus arts gift certificates, dozens of discount dining options, and more – just one of the many aspects of what makes Boston so spectacular during the Holidays.

1. JM Barrie’s Peter Pan | City Hall Plaza, One City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201
Nov 1 – Dec 30, 2011
Presented by threesixty°, this smash hit production features amazing puppets, music, flying scenes and the world’s first 360-degree CGI theater set in the heart of downtown Boston at Government Center. This is an extraordinary event and a great way to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.

2. Tree/Holiday Lighting Ceremonies in Boston | Throughout Boston
Nov 15:
Annual Newbury Street League Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Cafeteria, 279A Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115 at 5:30 p.m.

No 18:        
Arrival of Boston’s Official Christmas Tree
Boston Common, Boston, MA 02108 @ 11 a.m.

Nov. 19:     
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tree Lighting Ceremony
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA 02109 @ 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; lighting at 5 p.m.

Nov 21:      
Christopher Columbus Park Trellis Lighting
Christopher Columbus Park, North End, Boston, MA, 02110 @ 5:30 p.m.

Nov 25:      
Macy’s Holiday Tree Lighting
450 Washington Street, Summer St. Plaza, Boston, MA 02111 @ 12 – 7 p.m.

Nov 26:      
Peabody Square Tree Lighting Celebration
Ashmont Station Plaza, Corner of Dorchester Ave. & Ashmont St., Boston, MA 02124

Fields Corner Tree Lighting Celebration
Corner of Dorchester Ave. & Park St., Boston, MA 02122

St. Mark’s Area Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
Ashmont Station Plaza, Dorchester Ave., Boston, MA 02124 @ 7 p.m.

Nov. 27:     
Anderson Tree Lighting in Logan Square
Hyde Park Municipal Building, 1179 River St., Boston, MA 02136 @ 1 – 5:30 p.m.

Nov 29:      
Copley Square Tree Lighting
Copley Square, 100 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116 @ 5 – 6 p.m.

Dec 1:        
Boston Common Tree Lighting
Boston Common, Boston, MA 02108  @ 6 – 8 p.m.

Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting
Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Boston, MA 02116 @ 8:15 p.m.

Grove Hall Holiday Tree Lighting
Corner of Blue Hill Avenue/Washington Street, Boston, MA 02121 @ 6 p.m.

Villa Victoria Tree Lighting
Plaza Betances, 100 West Dedham St., South End, Boston, MA 02118 @ 5 p.m.

Dec 3:        
Pope’s Hill Christmas Party and Tree Lighting
Neponset VFW Post, 362 Neponset Ave., Dorchester, MA 02122 @ 4 – 7 p.m.

Mission Hill Tree Lighting Celebration & Wreath Hanging Party
Brigham Circle – Tremont St. & Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02120

Dec 4:        
Worcester Square Tree Lighting
Worcester Square in the South End, Boston, MA 02118 @ 5 p.m.

Dec 5:        
Brighton Center Tree Lighting
Brighton Center, 7 Leicester St, Brighton MA 02135

Dec 8:        
Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting
Charles St., Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02116 @ 6 – 9 p.m.

Dec 10:      
Annual West End Christmas Tree lighting Ceremony
Cardinal Cushing Park, Cambridge Street, West End, Boston, MA 02108 @ 6 p.m.

Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting
South Boston Library, 646 E. Broadway, S. Boston, MA 02127 @ 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dec 11:      
Washington/Grove Christmas Tree Lighting
Royal Auto Tops, 5181 Washington St., Boston, MA 02132 @ 11:30 a.m.

Dec 20:      
Menorah Lighting
Boston Common, Boston, MA 02108 @ 3 p.m.

3. Macy’s Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lightings | Boston Center for The Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Dec 2 – Dec ­­4
Celebrate the holidays in each of the neighborhoods of Boston with Macy's Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lightings. This rolling delight of good cheer makes its way through Boston the first weekend in December. Participants will enjoy the tree lightings, holiday shopping and all the decorated storefronts that make each Main Street district of Boston unique. 

4. Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker | Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
Nov 25 – Dec 31
The Nutcracker is as integral a part of the holiday season as a Christmas tree, so when you’re in Boston, be sure to catch this must-see holiday event performed by the fabulous Boston Ballet and be transported once again to the enchanted winter wonderland of Clara’s magical journey.

With many Boston Hotels to choose from, a favorite choice that is conveniently located amidst all the Boston landmarks and attractions is the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, offering sophistication and elegance steps from the Boston Common with Frog Pond, and close to Newbury Street, the Theatre & Financial Districts, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston’s Historic Landmarks, and just 3 miles from Logan International Airport

5. Holiday Market in Downtown Crossing | Summer Street in Downtown Crossing, Boston, MA 02110
Nov 25 – Dec 24 (Mon – Sat, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Come enjoy this outdoor holiday village complete with street performers, delicious foods, handmade jewelry, and works in metal, clay, wood, and fiber made Boston’s finest artisans.

6. Roslindale Holiday Wander | Roslindale Village, 2 Corinth Street, Boston, MA 02131
Dec 1, 8, 15 & 22: from 5 – 9 p.m.
The ideal way to get your shopping done for the holidays as more than 25 business stay open late for the weekly holiday stroll where there is caroling, gift wrapping, personal gift advising, book signings, tastings, holiday cooking demonstrations, and more. You’ll be as productive as you are festive!

7. Handel & Hayden Society: Handel’s Messiah | Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Dec 2 – 4 (Dec 2 @ 7:30 p.m.; Dec 3 & 4 @ 3 p.m.)
A holiday tradition for 158 years, Harry Christopher's conducts the Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus, and internationally acclaimed soloists in Handel’s dramatic masterpiece in Boston’s Symphony Hall.

8. Boston Holiday Pops | Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Dec 7 - 24
A 30-year tradition you won’t want to miss. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops perform all the holiday favorites for a few short weeks in the historic Symphony Hall.

9. Frog Pond Seasonal Skating | Frog Pond, Boston Common, 148 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108
Public skating available daily through March.

Though a Nov 18 Opening Night has been delayed due to weather, you’ll want to strap on your skates as soon as possible and glide around this beautiful pond in the heart of Boston Common – one of America’s oldest and most treasured public parks.

10. First Night Boston | 35 Venues throughout Boston
Dec 31
On December 31st the city comes to life with an incredible variety of arts from 1,000 artists in 200 performances and exhibits on show as the countdown to 2012 begins. Highlights include the Grand Procession and the Boston Family Fireworks. First Night buttons are available at retail locations throughout the city and include admission to 12 hours of programming and indoor activities plus discounts before and after First Night.

About Boston Park Plaza Hotel - A Boston Hotel
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is part of the rich history that defines Boston as one of the most beautiful cities in America and a top travel destination. Our Boston Hotel is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the City – just yards from Boston Common – America’s oldest Public Park and in Boston’s Back Bay. This Luxury Boston Hotel conveys class and elegance throughout its exceptional Concierge and Guest Services, 941 finely-appointed Guest Rooms and Guest Suites, premier Dining with 9 on-site Restaurants including Pairings and the historic Statler’s Lounge.

Other Guest Services include a 24-hour Fitness Center, 24-hour Business Center, and 65,000 square-feet of exceptional Boston Meeting Space including the exquisite Boston Park Plaza Castle located across the street – one of Boston’s most recognized and renowned landmarks used exclusively for Boston Social Functions.

Since opening in 1927, Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is recognized as a member of the Historic Hotels of America and a preferred Boston Hotel.

From Boston Park Hotel’s ideal location, Business and Leisure Guests can easily access all that Boston has to offer including Funeuil Hall Marketplace, Boston’s Historic Landmarks, Boston Common, Boston’s Back Bay, world-renowned Newbury Street for Boston Shopping, Boston Attractions, and Boston Activities, and the Theatre and Financial districts. Our Boston Hotel is located just 3 miles from Boston’s Logan International Airport.

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