The Holidays Are Happier When You're Celebrating at These Boston Attractions

Make your way to Boston this holiday season and enjoy the many activities and attractions that make this time so special. You'll find fun for the whole family in and around Boston where the early sunset is welcomed by residents as it means more opportunities to take in the city in a special state-all lit up. 

The options for celebrating the holidays in Boston are endless, but 10best has a round-up of a very special ten. These attractions range from great dates to family fun and many are great for both. 

Take in the lights. Boston is beautiful during the holiday season, which kicks off with tree lightings and ends with a First Night celebration like no other. 

Purchase tickets to the city's top two holiday shows: the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops and Boston Ballet's The Nutcrakcer for that someone special, or buy a package of seats for your whole family. Tickets make great gifts and are the ideal way to pump yourself up for the holidays. 

If you're looking to check everyone off of your list without much fuss, head to Craft Boston or The Christmas Festival and Gingerbread House Competition. Here local artisans display goods you won't find at every strip mall. Get your pick of clothing, accessories, food items home goods, books, and furniture at these shows where vendors are selling great goods are amazing prices.


Outside the City
Enchanted Village
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The Enchanted Village display was originally created in 1958. Commissioned by Jordan Marsh Company, a Bavarian toy maker was hired to create 28 fully decorated holiday scenes featuring 250 animated figures. For years, the Enchanted Village was...  Read More

CraftBoston Holiday
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Enjoy a little something special at CraftBoston Holiday. This highly regarded event is a must-attend for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts. Held in the spacious Hynes Convention Center in bustling Back Bay, CraftBoston Holiday is in the...  Read More

Outside the City
Edaville USA
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Edaville USA is family fun park situated about one hour from downtown Boston. Here you can fall in love with the holidays as you stroll their walkways taking in the display of lights that cover the park. Amusement rides that accommodate kids...  Read More

Christmas Festival and Gingerbread House Competition
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Enjoy a day of shopping the unique crafts, food and artistry of the more than 350 vendors at this annual holiday market. With a variety of options to choose from, you'll find yourself overwhelmed by the truly special gifts you will find, making...  Read More

ZooLights at the Stone Zoo
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Opening on Thanksgiving and running through January 4, 2015, ZooLights will dazzle visitors. Attracting thousands of visitors annually to stroll along the twinkling lights on the tree-lined paths. Aside from the stunning display of lights...  Read More

Faneuil Hall/Government Center


Make your way to Faneuil Hall Marketplace to experience Blink! This light and sound spectacular Nightly Performances features the musical offerings of the talented Holiday Pops ensemble and runs for a limited time-during the holiday...  Read More

Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker"
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Join the thousands who buy tickets to Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker" and enjoy a holiday performance you'll never forget. Running for the holiday season, November 28- December 31, at the Boston Opera House, "The Nutcracker" come to life before...  Read More



Held the first Thursday of December, the Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony is an event to remember. Kicking off about 5pm you can catch a skating show to remember by the Skating Club of Boston. This televised event features local...  Read More



Boston's First Night Celebrations is one of the biggest and best around. With a first night button you'll find yourself privy to a plethora of activities all around the city during the day and night, both inside and outside. Family events...  Read More

Boston Symphony Orchestra
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The Boston Symphony Orchestra is one of the most respected orchestras in the world and Housed in one of the best designed (acoustically) music halls in the world, Boston Symphony Hall. Playing host to a variety of concerts throughout the year,...  Read More


Meet Jessica Polizzotti

Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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