Christmas in the (smaller) City!

So Boston may not be New York, but I wrote this post to prove that we still have tons of great things going on to celebrate the Christmas season! (I recognize it isn’t even December 1st yet but I am just too excited!) From amazing concerts to free activities I complied a list of my favorite winter activities perfect for dates, girls nights or visiting family!

So first and foremost I don’t care what your plans are you absolutely MUST go ice skating at Frog Pond! It’s a man-made ice skating right right in the Boston Common. If you have your own skates I suggest bringing them, but you can also choose to rent skates if need be. The rink offers a bunch of great deals including my favorite college nights! Every Tuesday, just present your student ID and you can skate from 6-9 pm for only $2! Anyone under 13 years old always gets in free, so it’s a great place to bring kids. On Thursday (11/29) the rink will be holding 71st Annual Tree Lighting Pre-Show Skating Spectacular and they also hold a First Night Skating Spectacular on New Year’s Eve at 6:00pm. Be sure to check out the calendar for all their events. Their free skate hours are very flexible (10-4 on Mondays; 10-9 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; 10-10 on Fridays and Saturdays). They also offer lessons if you’re trying to improve your skills. It’s a great Boston tradition to have the rink every year and a must for your winter in the Bean.

I took this picture when I visited the rink last spring before it closed

While you’re in the common, a great activity is to walk around shopping destinations, the gardens and visit all the cities trees. We may not have 5th Ave, but don’t forget about Newbury Street! The sidewalks are all lit up and the stores have  their Christmas decorations out (If you get hungry you can always indulge in a Georgetown Cupcake on 83 Newbury! Be sure to check out their seasonal menu). If you prefer spending your money in a warmer atmosphere you can always head over to the Prudential Center and Copley Place Mall. Just walking through the Boston Public Garden is beautiful enough though. You won’t be disappointed and there’s so much to admire! Not to mention you can find one of the cities many lit trees. The best one is in Faneuil Hall, but I won’t give away the other locations – that’s for you to find!

Swan boats are no where to be seen at this time of year!

If you do have some extra cash this holiday season (or can choose a Christmas present early) there are four classic shows: The Nutcracker, The Boston Pops and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. These shows need no explanation. It’s tradition and always the best way to get in the holiday spirit.

What are your favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit?

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