Boston Holiday Pops

What would the holidays be without some world-class musical performances to get you in the spirit? For over 30 years, the Boston Holiday Pops has been delivering that festive feeling through the timeless sounds of the holidays. Held at Boston’s iconic Symphony Hall, this concert series by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra is a can’t-miss experience. From beloved carols and classics to showstopping renditions of contemporary favorites, let these talented musicians serenade you with the joyful melodies of the season. The Holiday Pops runs from early December through New Year’s Eve, with both matinee and evening performances to choose from. Tickets start at just $38 for plaza seating, with premier pricing for box seats located closer to the stage. But no matter where you’re seated, the world-class acoustics of Symphony Hall ensure you’ll be fully immersed in this dazzling production. It’s the perfect outing for families, church groups, corporate parties, and more! 

Address: 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Phone: (617) 266-1492

Blink! Light & Sound Extravaganza

This nighttime event is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! The Blink! Light & Sound Extravaganza turns Boston’s iconic arched corridors along the Rose Kennedy Greenway into a brilliant light show that’s simply mesmerizing. Marvel at the dazzling 3D lighting displays and state-of-the-art soundscapes that move in perfect synchronicity. It’s a truly unique experience that will leave you and your group in awe. This free outdoor event runs for three weeks starting in late November, giving you plenty of opportunities to take it all in. The best part? The whole spectacle runs on a continuous loop each night, so you can arrive and leave at your convenience. After exploring the light displays, grab some hot cocoa and holiday treats from the concession areas or browse through the artisan vendor booths. It’s a magical night that embodies the essence of the holiday spirit in Boston. Rose Kennedy Greenway

Address: Stretches from Chinatown to North End, Boston

SoWa Winter Village

For a more intimate and artsy take on holiday festivities, head over to the SoWa Winter Village in Boston’s lively South End neighborhood. This pop-up holiday market features local artisans selling one-of-a-kind crafts, art, clothing, and gourmet treats from their tiny chalets and cozy igloos scattered around a picturesque European-inspired village setting. In addition to all the shopping opportunities, you’ll find a central barn hosting special events like ornament decorating, visits from Santa, and live music. The surrounding area is also lined with fire pits and heated outdoor patios with food and beverage offerings, creating a lively yet inviting place where your group can sip, snack, and mingle in the festive ambiance. Open every Friday through Sunday starting the weekend before Thanksgiving through the end of December, SoWa Winter Village is a delightfully charming twist on holiday events. It’s the ultimate destination for unique gifts from local creators or simply embracing the magic of the season in Boston with your favorite people. 

Address: 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

New Year’s Eve Boston

They don’t call Boston the “City of Celebration” for nothing! When it comes to ringing in the New Year, there’s simply no place like Beantown. The city’s iconic First Night celebration features a grand parade followed by all-night festivities across multiple venues with live music, performances, ice sculptures, light displays, and more. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Boston’s New Year’s Eve scene. For an extravagant evening of glitz and glam, head over to Bostix party cruises on Boston Harbor for an evening of dining, dancing, open bars, amazing skyline views and front-row seats to the fireworks display over the water. Or embrace your wild side at outrageous parties across venues like The Grand in Boston’s Theater District or Royale, the city’s premier nightclub spectacle. With dozens of incredible parties and celebrations to choose from on this raucous night, your group is sure to find the perfect scene to welcome 2023 in unforgettable Boston style. The only challenge is deciding where to kick off your celebration!

Holiday Markets

What’s a holiday trip without a little festive shopping and seasonal treats? Boston’s holiday markets have you covered on both fronts! From German-style outdoor extravaganzas to cozy indoor markets, you’ll find an array of unique shopping opportunities perfect for crossing off your gift list. One of the biggest draws is the Holiday Trellis Market in Downtown Crossing. This labyrinth of artisanal local vendors is set beneath a dazzling canopy of twinkling lights that make for a magical shopping atmosphere. You’ll find everything from handcrafted jewelry to gourmet edibles to seasonal decorations and more at the charming mini-chalets. For a more traditional holiday market vibe, head to Snowport Winter Village near Patriot Place in Foxborough. Modeled after European Christmas markets, you’ll meander through a winter wonderland filled with shops, carolers, and food chalets serving up fochaccia sandwiches and mugs of steaming hot beverages. No matter which of Boston’s festive markets you explore, your group is sure to find irresistible locally-made treasures among the twinkling lights and holiday cheer! It’s the ultimate stop for one-of-a-kind gifts and treating yourself to some seasonal indulgences.

The Holiday Wonderlights

For a quintessential New England holiday experience, take your group on an illuminated journey through the Holiday Wonderlights at the Edaville Family Theme Park in nearby Carver, MA. This spectacular event transforms the entire park into a twinkling, festive dreamscape brought to life through millions of dazzling lights across displays, tunnels, arches and even a magical forest. In addition to meandering among the spellbinding illuminated landscapes, you and your group can take a spin on some of the park’s classic amusement rides like the ferris wheel, carousel, and rollocoaster, all aglow in their own holiday splendor. Little ones will especially delight in visiting Santa’s Village with chances to meet St. Nick himself and his merry crew of elves. Open select nights from mid-November through early January, this one-of-a-kind event offers a truly immersive holiday experience that will spark childlike wonder in visitors of all ages. It’s a can’t-miss item to add to your Boston holiday bucket list! 

Address: 5 Schmidt Cir, Carver, MA 02330

Phone: (508) 866-8190

Ice Skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond

No proper winter adventure in Boston is complete without some iconic outdoor ice skating! Luckily, the Boston Common Frog Pond offers the quintessential New England experience of skating beneath the stars and twinkling holiday lights. This chilly tradition has been delighting locals and visitors alike for over 50 years. Located in the heart of the city, the Frog Pond offers one of the most picturesque skating settings in all of Boston. After gracefully gliding (or ungracefully stumbling) across the ice, warm up by one of the fire pits or pay a visit to the iconic holiday pop-up market around the perimeter. From cozy concessions like hot chocolate and s’mores to unique local vendors selling crafts and gifts, it’s a festive atmosphere that’s perfect for embracing the season. The Frog Pond is open for public skating seven days a week in the winter from mid-November all the way through late March, including holidays. With affordable admission fees and skate rentals available on-site, it’s an easily accessible way to make some magical holiday memories with your group! Boston Common Frog Pond.

Address: 95 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108

Phone: (617) 635-2120

Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker

For a true taste of holiday elegance and artistry, treat your group to the timeless magic of The Nutcracker performed by the world-renowned Boston Ballet. This iconic production has been an annual tradition in the city for over 50 years, dazzling audiences of all ages with its mesmerizing choreography, lavish sets and costumes, and enchanting score by Tchaikovsky. From the lively battle with the Mouse King to the delicate dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, this whimsical tale springs to life before your eyes in spectacular fashion. The entire company of over 250 dancers, musicians, and circus artists come together to create a lavish visual and musical spectacle that will fill you with the wonder and spirit of the holidays. With both matinee and evening performances available throughout the entire month of November up until the week after Christmas, Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker offers the perfect holiday outing for families, church groups, student performance troupes, and anyone seeking some seasonal splendor. 

Address: 539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

Phone: (617) 695-6955

Rent With Boston Party Bus To Hit Every Attraction

With so many world-class holiday events and attractions spread across The Hub, the best way for your group to fully embrace the festivities is with a private charter bus from Boston Party Bus. From luxurious motorcoaches to compact minibuses, we’ve got the perfect vehicle to accommodate your group’s needs. Imagine cozying up with hot chocolate and snacks in the climate-controlled cabin as your professional team whisks you from one dazzling holiday spectacle to the next. No more wrangling rideshares, cramming into the crowded “T,” or dealing with anyone getting separated. Rent with Boston Party Bus and travel together in total comfort and style. Our all-inclusive rentals make it easy to hit every must-see event on your holiday hit list without the hassles of parking, navigating, or stressing over group logistics. Simply sit back and soak in all the merriment and magic – we’ll get you there on schedule! Ready to get your holiday adventure started? Give Boston Party Bus a call today at 857-317-8503!