Celebrating the Holidays in Boston

The holiday season is officially upon us, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate across the city and beyond!

Hanukkah, Thanksgiving & Thanksgivukkah

This year, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day for the first time in over a hundred years, spawning the superpower hybrid holiday Thanksgivukkah. Celebrate either or both at one of the events listed below:

Thanksgivukkah at the Beat Hôtel (Wednesday, November 27, 5pm)

Wanderu’s “Orphan” Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28, 2pm)

Chanukah Celebration at Faneuil Hall (Sunday, December 1, 3-6pm)

5K Races 

Trying to stay healthy amidst the onslaught of family dinners and holiday parties? Consider registering for one of these great races:

Turkey Trot 5K (Thursday, November 28, 9am) 

13th Annual  Boston Volvo 5K Turkey Trot (Thursday, November 28, 9am)

Yulefest 5K Race (Sunday, December 1, 9:30am) 

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Tree lighting ceremonies are fun for children of all ages, and a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! Grab some hot chocolate and head over to one of the many options around the city:

Fanueil Hall (Saturday, November 23; musical performances will take place all day starting at noon, with the lighting ceremony slated for 7:30pm)

Boston Common (Thursday, December 5, 6-8pm. The event is preceded by a skating show on Frog Pond starting at 5pm and followed by the lighting of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.)

Copley Square (Monday, December 2, 5pm)

Strolls & Crafts Markets

Boston’s annual “Holiday Strolls” and craft markets are a fun way to explore new neighborhoods and find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Here are a few that are happening this year:

Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll (Thursday, December 12, 6-9pm)

North End’s Buon Natale Holiday Stroll (Friday, December 6, 7pm-11pm)

SOWA Holiday Market (Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, 12-6pm)

Craftsboston Holiday Show  (Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8 ) 

Holiday Shows

Get your culture in this holiday season with one of these classic holiday shows:

Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker (Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 29)

A Christmas Story (Wednesday, November 20 – Sunday, December 8 )

2013 Boston Holiday Pops (Sunday, December 1 – Tuesday, December 31)  

It’s a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play (Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 22)


Honor African heritage with one of these exciting Kwanzaa celebrations in the greater Boston area:

BBA Diversity and Inclusion Section Holiday Reception and MBWA Kwanzaa Celebration (Thursday, December 12, 2013)

Annual Kwanzaa Concert (Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14)

New Year’s Eve

And lastly, celebrate the start of the New Year with First Night Boston 2014 on New Year’s Eve!

If you’ve heard of any other fun holiday events this year, please leave your tips in the comments!

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