Celebrate Christmas in Boston

No other country in the world puts in as much collective effort in for Christmas festivities as they do in the US.  All major cities throughout are turned into magical winter wonderlands and Boston is no exception.

Like most major cities in the US, Christmas starts early.  It starts up around mid November but really kicks into gear the day after Thanksgiving, a day that has come to be known as Black Friday when everyday is out doing their Christmas shopping.

Although New York stores are the more famous for it, Boston’s stores also go all out when it comes to creating holiday decorations, with each looking to outshine the one next door. The streets are decorated with lights, displays and garlands giving the city a really special feel.

Indeed, cooing over holiday lights is a Christmas tradition that will be recognised by most families.  Fortunately Boston has lots of places where you can see the most spectacular of Christmas light displays.

The ZooLights at Stone Zoo

The ZooLights at Stone Zoo are a great place to start.  Not only is a nighttime visit to the zoo special in itself, the lights are amazing to behold, especially around Santa’s castle.  If you want to meet Santa’s reindeer too, Dasher and Dancer are often seen wandering about at this time of year.

When viewing the Christmas lights, don’t feel that you’re in a place second best to New York either. The display at Faneuil Hall takes some beating, and it’s well worth remembering that the Christmas tree is usually at least 20 feet taller than the one at the Rockefeller Centre!


Boston has a great ice skating tradition during the holiday season and the quintessential place to do this is the Boston Common Frog Pond. It attracts the seasoned skaters alongside the complete amateurs and is even popular with non-skaters.  If falling on your backside is not your thing, there is a snack bar where you can keep warm and watch others take a tumble instead.

Boston’s restaurants are alway one of the highlights of the city.  They are open all through the Christmas period with many of them even opening up on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

If you need a break from the constant shopping, eating, skating and searching for the best Christmas light display, then settling down to a well earned dinner is a great way to relax.

There are always things to do in Boston at Christmas, so don’t be tempted by the more obvious US cities.  If you need a place to stay, remember that thesqua.re offers serviced accommodation in Boston, right in the heart of the action.

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