Boston Winter Events
Posted on: December 28, 2017
The holidays in Boston are unlike any other. Storefronts and restaurants are decorated for the season, the parks’ trees are strung with delicate Christmas lights, and spirit of the holidays permeates the entire city. Boston offers a number of fun activities during the winter months, so take a look at the schedule and plan a trip downtown.
The biggest celebration of the year is First Night Boston, which takes place on New Year’s Eve in Copley Square and Boston Common. More than 1 million people attend this family-friendly event, which kicks off during the day with ice sculptures, crafts, entertainment, and an awe-inspiring parade. A spectacular fireworks display explodes over Boston Harbor when the clock strikes midnight, so what better way to ring in the new year?
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Boston Pops or spend the evening with the Boston Ballet as they perform “The Nutcracker.” Spend the day touring Boston’s many museums and enjoy a bite to eat before the performances.
If you’re looking for more cold weather activities, stop by the Frog Pond in Boston Common, just across the street from the Hampshire House, and put on your ice skates. The Skating Club of Boston is also offering a free show on New Year’s Eve from 6 to 7 p.m. Recently named the top outdoor skating rink in the country by USA Today’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, the Frog Pond is open every day with evening hours for nighttime skating. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children, and free for kids under 58 inches. Season passes and skating lessons are also available.
The party doesn’t end once the clock strikes midnight. New Year’s Day is chock full of fun activities, including the L Street Brownies’ annual Polar Plunge, which takes place at 10:30 in the morning. For more than 100 years, this has been one of the city’s oldest traditions. More than 600 people are expected to jump into Boston Harbor’s freezing cold water.
The Boston Wine Festival, the longest running food and wine event in the nation, kicks off with the grand opening reception on January 12. People from all over the country fly in to Boston to enjoy the festivities, which take place through the end of March. The event features dinners that celebrate a specific wine as well as seminars, brunches, and dancing. This two-month event is a celebration of food and wine, and should not be missed.
The New England Aquarium, located in the city’s North End, is another exciting way to spend the day. Visit the aquarium’s 80 penguins, check out the 150-pound giant octopus, and learn about the habits of the northern fur seal and Atlantic harbor seal. Get to know the sharks up close and personal in the touch tanks, and view a variety of interesting specimens like the lionfish and the leafy sea dragon. It’s open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Forget hibernating during the cold months — Boston has activities to keep you busy all season long.