Boston for the Holidays?

Events, Food, Things to Do — By jessicapolizzotti on December 11, 2011 at 11:04 am

Looking to find the perfect balance of tradition and transgression this holiday season? Head to Boston and sample some of our holiday happenings. Kick off the winter, celebrate in style, and let your inner child run wild!

Photo Courtesy of LA Burdick

Something as simple as a stroll through the festively lit Boston Common amazes guests as they meet the giant tree; see skaters swirl around the Frog Pond’s winter rink and run amok through the snow covered park. The Common is the perfect place to indulge your inner child- the ideal setting for impromptu snowman making, strapping on skates (even if it has been years), or simply frolicking in the snow (snow angels anyone?). Once you’re done with your day of play make your way to Harvard Square and sit down in LA Burdick for a cup of single source hot chocloate. Sinfully smooth, rich, creamy and complex this chocolate specialty is not at all like your mom’s “Swiss Miss”.

If you want to do a bit more than frolic in natures playground, take in one of the holiday shows, performed specifically for the season, around the city. Whether those in your party are looking for a family friendly find or a romantic event, any of these live shows will do just fine.

  • The Symphony has never been as sweet as the December edition of the Holiday Pops (my personal favorite). The stage is transformed into a winter wonderland, while the sound of holiday classics ring out from the instruments of the symphony. Have a little one in your midst? Splurge for one of the kids matinees, which come complete with a post show Santa Claus meet and greet.
  • Boston Ballet’s The Nutcrackeris a holiday treat that has been delighting viewers as long as I can remember. Follow along with Clara while she embarks on a magical journey through a land filled with winter wonder.
  • Kicking of your holidays in style is what watching the Radio City Rockettes perform in the Christmas Spectacular is all about. This NYC legend graces the stage of Boston’s Wang Theater this holiday season and shares its enchanting dancing.

    Photo Courtesy of the Christmas Spectacular

Hungry for a festive Christmas dinner? Boston restaurants are open to serve your celebratory meal. My personal favorite is Henrietta’s Table. Located inside the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, Henrietta’s is one “eat local” place that was way ahead of the trend. Enjoy a traditional New England Christmas meal in a setting that makes it seem like you are sitting around a farmer’s table, not that of a restaurant in a fancy hotel.

Sticking around to welcome 2012? Boston’s First Night  celebration really rocks! Partygoers can enjoy the feeling of being in Times Square without the tight spaces. Utilizing both indoor and outdoor venues, 200 performances are to be seen in the 35 locations selected to showcase this celebration of the New Year. A few events include musical performances, ice sculptures, and two fabulous fireworks displays!

A chance for a white Christmas, shows that don’t stop and the crisp air that says winter is here are just a few of the reasons nothing beats being in Boston this holiday season!




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