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Dates:Only on 12/2, 12/9, 12/10, 12/17, 12/23, 12/24 between 12/2/23 - 12/24/23
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$$ see below
Category:Music & Concerts

boston pops holiday pops kids matinees photoContinuing one of Boston's most beloved holiday traditions, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops open the 2022 Boston Pops Holiday Series on December 2, kicking off a season that runs through December 24.

Kidsí Matinee performances are geared toward younger children and are shorter in length (70 minutes), with no intermission, plus an opportunity for post-concert treats and a visit with Santa.

In 2023, the Holiday Pops Kids Matinees take place on December 2 at 3:00pm (Sensory Friendly) & at 11:00am on December 9, 10, 17, 23, & 24th.

These special family concerts include a children's sing-along and photos with Santa. For those seated at the floor tables, there are special kid-friendly menu options along with holiday treats.

Celebrate the holiday season with one of Boston's finest traditions, Holiday Pops at Symphony Hall. Bring your family and friends to a matinee or evening show and sing Christmas favorites with the Boston Pops.

Sensory Friendly Performance - Dec. 3 at 10:30am
This show is designed for all families with children or adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities. This is a shortened, 60-minute version of our standard Holiday Pops concert, with a flexible, nonjudgmental environment.

Modifications include relaxed house rules, reduced volume and lighting levels, extra space for movement, available noise reduction headphones, a designated quiet room and support spaces, modified food concessions, and credentialed autism therapist volunteers on site.

No floor service concessions will be available at this concert.

Find more fun things to do with the kids over the holidays in our roundup of Boston December Events.

Visit our Boston Events Calendar for more great ideas on fun things to do with kids in Greater Boston all year long.

Health and Safety Protocols
For current info on the BSOís Health and Safety protocols, visit

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10:30am on 12/2 (Sensory Friendly show)
3:00pm on 12/2
11:00am on 12/9, 12/10, 12/17, 12/23, 12/24

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$24, $45, $55, $70, $95, $135, $175 | Purchase Tickets



Symphony Hall, Boston, MA map
Phone: (617) 266-1200

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  • Holiday Pops concerts run 2 hours and 5 minutes. Kids matinees (11am concerts) are 70 minutes. The Sensory Friendly concert is 60 minutes.

  • Holiday Pops tickets may be purchased by the general public online at, by calling SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200, or in person at the Symphony Hall Box Office.

  • All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. In consideration of all patrons, please note that children under the age of four are not permitted at evening Holiday Pops performances. For Groups of 25 or more, please call 800-933-4255 or 617-638-9345.

  • View Boston Pops Policies & Information >

  • Holiday Pops Runtime

  • Holiday Pops concerts run 2 hours and 5 minutes. Kids matinees (11am concerts) are 70 minutes. The Sensory Friendly concert is 60 minutes.

5-starBoston Pops - Great Concert
We go to this concert every year (varying numbers over past twenty years) now nine children and nine to ten adults. Great concert - we go somewhere for lunch after - try something at Copley Place - an easy walk.
We went to the Holiday Pops Kids Matinee for the 2nd year in a row, and this year's performance was even better than last time. My 2 year old didn't stop dancing and bopping along the entire time. The selections were a beautiful balance of classic and contemporary, kid-friendly and nostalgic all at the same time. If you can make it, you will be delighted. This will surely be our newest holiday tradition as a family.


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