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Boston Holiday Events

Our December list of holiday kids and family activities guide gives you a one-stop shop to find fun things to do in and around Boston with the family. This handy list is organized by region to make it easy to find something fun to do no matter where you are in the Greater Boston area.

Boston Metro

Harpoon Brewery to Host First Father’s Day Block Party WeekeBoston, Free
Fri, June 14, 2024  -  Sun, June 16, 2024   
Harpoon and HUB Sports Boston are making the holiday extra special this year by offering a weekend filled with live music, a family-friendly pickleball tournament, refreshing drinks and more at Harpoon’s Pickleball Social Club.
NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas BalletBoston
Thu, December 5, 2024  -  Thu, December 5, 2024   
Give the gift of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet to the whole family. Celebrate America’s favorite Christmas tradition with an international all-star cast. Get tickets now!
Candlelight: Holiday Special featuring “The Nutcracker” and Boston, $$
Sat, December 7, 2024  -  Sat, December 7, 2024   
Get your tickets now to discover Holiday music featuring “The Nutcracker” and More at Temple Ohabei Shalom under the gentle glow of candlelight.
Boston Public Garden Swan Boats 2024Back Bay
Sat, April 13, 2024  -  Mon, September 2, 2024   
The Swan Boats have been in operation since 1877, and have since become a cultural icon for the city. Swan Boats are a fleet of pontoon pleasure boats which operate in the Boston Public Garden lagoon.
The Anchor at Shipyard ParkCharlestown, Free
Mon, April 15, 2024  -  Sun, September 1, 2024   
The Anchor is an all-ages gathering space that is complemented by an inclusive and dynamic programming and events calendar, public art, youth initiatives and complimentary public amenities.
ICA WatershedBoston, Free
Wed, May 22, 2024  -  Fri, October 4, 2024   
Located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston, the ICA Watershed transforms a 15,000-square-foot, formerly condemned space into a new civic and cultural asset. This exciting new cross-harbor...
Guide to Boston Spray Parks & Wading PoolsBoston, Free
Sat, June 1, 2024  -  Tue, September 3, 2024   
Summertime in Boston means it's time splash in spray parks! There's plenty of free water fun to be had all around the city, and we've rounded up some of our favorite spots.
Celebrate Father's Day at Franklin Park Zoo: Dads get Free AdmissionBoston, $$
Sun, June 16, 2024  -  Sun, June 16, 2024   
To celebrate Father's Day 2024, we are partnering with Franklin Park Zoo offering FREE ADMISSION on Sunday June 16 from 9 am - 6 pm. Advanced registration is required.
Juneteenth at the ICA - Free AdmissionBoston, Free
Wed, June 19, 2024  -  Wed, June 19, 2024   
The ICA is offering FREE museum admission for all on Juneteenth, Monday, June 19. Advanced timed tickets are required and will be available to reserve beginning on Saturday, June 17 at 10 AM.
Frog Pond & Spray FountainBoston, Free
Tue, June 25, 2024  -  Mon, September 2, 2024   
The City of Boston welcomes the children of Boston back to cool down in the summer heat on Boston Common as the Frog Pond reopens for summer activities.
Open Newbury Street 2024Boston, Free
Tue, July 2, 2024  -  Sun, September 1, 2024   
Newbury Street will become a pedestrian-only walkway, closing to vehicles to allow pedestrians the opportunity use the full width of the street from 10:00am - 8:00pm..
Boston Fireworks & Pops Concert | July 4th 2024 | Hatch Shell EsplanadeBoston, Free
Thu, July 4, 2024   
Enjoy the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and a spectacular display of fireworks over the Charles River. This year maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra are set to entertain at Boston’s annual...
Free Summer Sports Centers for Ages 7-143 Locations, Free
Mon, July 8, 2024  -  Fri, August 23, 2024   
Our Sports Centers offer free summer camp alternatives to Boston youth. Each location offers instruction in several popular sports from July 8 through August 23.
Summer Flicks at The Pru: Summer Movies 2024Boston, Free
Sat, July 13, 2024  -  Sat, August 24, 2024   
Enjoy free, family-friendly movies on Prudential Center’s South Garden every Saturday starting on July 8th and will run through August 26, 2023. All movies will start at dusk.
Spectacle Summer Nights featuring ZaZ & Night Shift BrewingBoston, $
Sat, July 20, 2024  -  Sat, July 20, 2024   
Sit on the porch and enjoy live music, set up a picnic, grab a beer from Night Shift and a wrap from Zaz, hike the trails, or relax with a view!
Waterfest at the Metropolitan Waterworks MuseumBoston, Free
Sat, June 15, 2024  -  Sat, June 15, 2024   
Join us on Saturday, June 15th from 11am to 3pm for this FREE event celebrating water and water champions with games, crafts, activities, and more!
Camp NexGen: 20's, 30's, 40's Old School Summer FunBoston, Free
Tue, June 18, 2024  -  Tue, August 20, 2024   
Attention Campers! The Camp NexGen Series returns by popular demand. Come to one or come to all! Press pause on adulting and, join us to relive your childhood camp experiences at the Boston Synagogue!
Summer Solstice Celebration: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & CultureCambridge, Free
Thu, June 20, 2024  -  Thu, June 20, 2024   
Join the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture on the longest day of the year—free of charge—to explore the galleries and new exhibitions at the HMNH, the PMAE, the CHSI, and the HMANE.
Start of Summer Party at Urban Park Roof GardenCambridge, Free
Sat, June 22, 2024  -  Sat, June 22, 2024   
Join for a day of summer fun! Enjoy lawn games, snacks & more to celebrate the first Summer Saturday of the season. Festivities kick off at 1:30; movie (Trolls 3) will start at 6PM!
Open Lawn Days at Lawn on DBoston, Free
Fri, June 28, 2024  -  Sun, September 22, 2024   
Come play in our yard! Hang out with us during Open Lawn hours for food, drink, games, and Swing Time! Yes, the signature swings are returning for the season for more outdoor photo ops and fun.
Boston Harborfest & Fireworks 2024Boston, Free
Mon, July 1, 2024  -  Thu, July 4, 2024   
Boston Harborfest is a proud tradition celebrating Boston’s maritime and revolutionary history. With hundreds of activities over Independence Day weekend at Boston’s most iconic historic landmarks, this family-friendly...
Boston 4th of July Events, Activities & ParadeBoston, Free
Mon, July 1, 2024  -  Thu, July 4, 2024   
Residents and visitors are invited to view the City of Boston's official commemoration, enjoy the Boston Pops Spectacular televised performances, and participate in Boston Harborfest programming.
Boston Fireworks & Pops Concert | July 4th 2024 | Hatch Shell EsplanadeBoston, Free
Thu, July 4, 2024   
Enjoy the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and a spectacular display of fireworks over the Charles River. This year maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra are set to entertain at Boston’s annual...
Community Boating's July 4th SailabrationBoston, $$$
Thu, July 4, 2024  -  Thu, July 4, 2024   
Enjoy the 4th of July on the docks of Community Boating this year. Avoid the commotion of the masses on the Esplanade, yet preserve the spirit of camaraderie and the sounds of the Boston POPS.
First Night Boston 2025 - New Year's EveBoston, Free
Tue, December 31, 2024  -  Wed, January 1, 2025   
For over 40 years, Boston’s First Night has been a New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the wonders of the season and the beginning of a new year.
Family Fireworks Display on the Boston CommonBoston, Free
Tue, December 31, 2024   
On December 31 at 7 PM, a 12-minute New Year’s Eve fireworks display takes place at the Boston Common Ballfield so that families and children can celebrate the New Year without having to wait until midnight.
JuneteenthBoston, Free
Wed, June 19, 2024  -  Wed, June 19, 2024   
Visit Georges Island & the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center for live music, story time, history tours, and an exploration of Black History in Boston.

West Suburbs

Natick NightsNatick, Free
Thu, June 6, 2024  -  Mon, July 29, 2024   
Every Thursday night during the summer, neighbors can find food, shopping, music, and family-friendly fun in the Natick Cultural District during Natick Nights!
Arlington Town DayArlington, Free
Sat, September 21, 2024  -  Sat, September 21, 2024   
Enjoy the annual Arlington Town Day - a family & community festival celebrating Arlington. Music, entertainment, pony rides, crafts, food & more!
Father's Day Bluegrass BBQDover, $$
Sun, June 16, 2024  -  Sun, June 16, 2024   
Bring Dad and the family for a summer experience at the farm including authentic Blue Ribbon Barbecue, live bluegrass music, lawn games and visits with the barnyard animals.
Thursday Summer Sunsets at Powisset FarmDover, $
Thu, June 20, 2024  -  Thu, June 20, 2024   
Kick back and relax at Powisset Farm every Thursday night this summer! Enjoy local singer songwriters as you dine on delicious farm-fresh food, witness spectacular sunsets and experience the simple joy of summer.
Town of Acton 4th of July 2024Acton, Free
Thu, July 4, 2024   
A Fun-filled day/evening for all ages! NARA Beach Operations 9-7 p.m. Food Vendors and Family Fun Time from 3-6:30. 7:30pm featuring Best Friends Girl and Fireworks at 9:30pm.
Sudbury 4th of July Parade (Rain or Shine)Sudbury, Free
Thu, July 4, 2024   
Come out and enjoy Sudbury's Annual 4th of July Parade celebrating our Country's Independence. All are welcome to come and watch one of the areas best parades!
4th of July in Newton: Kids MorningNewton, Free
Fri, July 5, 2024  -  Fri, July 5, 2024   
Children and families are invited to join in the Patriotic Costume Parade, Grand Pet Promenade, Decorated Bicycle Parade, David Polansky in concert for songs and stories and more.
Santa's Elevator Express at Natick MallNatick, $$
Sat, November 16, 2024  -  Tue, December 24, 2024   
Take an exciting adventure to the North Pole! Step into the magical elevator and head to Santa's workshop, where you'll have the chance to take pictures and spend quality time with Santa!
Acton's July 4th CelebrationActon, Free
Thu, July 4, 2024  -  Thu, July 4, 2024   
Featuring a free concert and spectacular fireworks. Free admission and donations are welcome. Bus shuttle service from Nagog Park Drive parking areas to NARA will begin at 5:30 p.m.

North Suburbs

Gloucester Juneteenth CelebrationGloucester
Sun, June 16, 2024  -  Sun, June 16, 2024   
Celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States! Learn about the Juneteenth Holiday and its connection to Cape Ann history while celebrating Black history.
Celebrate Father's Day at Stone Zoo! Dads get Free AdmissionStoneham, $$
Sun, June 16, 2024  -  Sun, June 16, 2024   
To celebrate Father's Day 2024, we are partnering with Stone Zoo offering FREE ADMISSION on Sunday June 16 from 9 am - 6 pm. Advanced registration is required. Last entry is at 5 pm.
Amesbury DaysAmesbury, Free
Thu, June 27, 2024  -  Thu, July 4, 2024   
A week of fun is back in Amesbury. Enjoy a full schedule of events beginning Friday, with our Beer and Music Event, Saturday, with our new Amesbury Days 5K on through Sunday July 4th with our Fireworks show,
Grand Fireworks Display over Gloucester HarborGloucester, Free
Wed, July 3, 2024  -  Wed, July 3, 2024   
Fireworks over Gloucester Harbor! Gloucester's annual fireworks will start at 10:00 p.m. over Gloucester Harbor. Set up your chairs and blankets along the harbor to enjoy this Indepence Day celebration. A free event.
Salisbury Beach 4th of July Celebration Fireworks with Joppa FlatsSalisbury, Free
Thu, July 4, 2024   
Spectacular Fireworks Display at Salisbury Beach. The fireworks close an entire three day event with music, sand castle building, fun, food and fireworks. Fun for the entire family.
Burlington 4th of July ParadeBurlington, Free
Thu, July 4, 2024   
Join the fun this year at Burlington's annual 4th of July Parade celebration. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. on Cambridge St. and proceeds to Winn St. ending at Memorial School.
Marblehead Fireworks & Harbor IlluminationMarblehead, Free
Thu, July 4, 2024   
The 2023 Fireworks are scheduled for Wednesday, July 4th at 9:15 P.M. The Harbor Illumination will begin at 9:00 P.M. and 15 minutes later we will light the fuse on this year's edition of 'Fireworks Forever!'
Revere 4th of July Afternoon CelebrationRevere, Free
Thu, July 4, 2024   
Kick-off the summer with Parks and Recreation at our Fourth of July celebration. Enjoy a cookout, music, inflatables, water inflatables, slush, cotton candy and more. There will be fun for everyone.
Lowell Summer Music Series Kids' Shows 2024Lowell, Free
Wed, July 10, 2024  -  Fri, August 18, 2023   
Enjoy free performances for kids at Lowell's Boarding House Park, with free snacks & crafts at every show. In case of rain, shows move across the street to LHS auditorium.
Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival 2024Revere, Free
Fri, July 19, 2024  -  Sun, July 21, 2024   
The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival is one of the largest sand sculpting festivals in the world. Enjoy lots of live entertainment, delicious food trucks, amusements and fun for the whole family.
Beverly Homecoming Days & FireworksBeverly, $
Tue, August 6, 2024  -  Sun, August 11, 2024   
The annual Beverly Homecoming offers concerts, a carnival, contests, picnics, a lobster festival, flea markets, barbecues, arts shows, and fireworks!
Gloucester Waterfront FestivalGloucester, Free
Sat, August 17, 2024  -  Sun, August 18, 2024   
Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor hosts this colorful festival, with live music and children's activities, delicious ethnic & New England foods, and more.
Gloucester Schooner FestivalGloucester
Sun, September 1, 2024  -  Sun, September 1, 2024   
The Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates the strong connection of schooners to the history of Gloucester. For two days over Labor Day weekend, Gloucester hosts as many as 20 of these magnificent vessels.
Topsfield Fair 2024Topsfield, $$
Fri, October 4, 2024  -  Mon, October 14, 2024   
Enjoy America's oldest and finest agricultural fair w/ New England‘s largest carnival midway, cool demos, (ranging from beekeeping to miniature trains), a Grange Museum, pumpkin weigh-offs, live entertainment and the...
Celebrate Burlington 2024Burlington, Free
Sat, August 3, 2024  -  Sat, August 3, 2024   
This year, Celebrate Burlington will be held on Saturday, August 3 on the beautiful Burlington Town Common. We hope that this year's event will offer even more activities, events, performers and, of course, FIREWORKS!!
End of Summer Color PartyRevere, $$
Sat, August 17, 2024   
Join us in celebrating the end of summer with the ultimate dance party! Participants will be doused in environmentally-friendly color powder from head to toe.
Grand Fireworks Display over Gloucester HarborGloucester, Free
Wed, July 3, 2024  -  Wed, July 3, 2024   
Fireworks over Gloucester Harbor! Gloucester's annual fireworks will start at 10:00 p.m. over Gloucester Harbor. Set up your chairs and blankets along the harbor to enjoy this Indepence Day celebration. A free event.
Wakefield, MA Annual 4th of July ParadeWakefield, Free
Thu, July 4, 2024   
All are welcome to Massachusetts' premier July 4th Parade, the largest in Massachusetts. Fireworks display over lake after parade.
Marblehead Fireworks & Harbor IlluminationMarblehead, Free
Thu, July 4, 2024   
The 2023 Fireworks are scheduled for Wednesday, July 4th at 9:15 P.M. The Harbor Illumination will begin at 9:00 P.M. and 15 minutes later we will light the fuse on this year's edition of 'Fireworks Forever!'

South Suburbs

Marshfield Holiday Light ShowMarshfield, $$
Sun, November 24, 2030  -  Sat, December 30, 2023   
The display at the Marshfield Fairgrounds is returning for its third year for those looking for a drive-thru lights display on the South Shore. It’s got dozens of large displays along the mile, and they’ll twinkle in...
Ferry - Plymouth to Provincetown Express FerryPlymouth, $$
Fri, May 10, 2024  -  Mon, September 9, 2024   
P-Town Ferry - Plymouth to Provincetown Express Ferry runs daily. Schedule: Seating is limited so call for information, rates and reservations early! 1-800-225-4000. Or buy tickets online www.provincetownferry.com
Braintree (early) Fourth of July Celebration & FireworksBraintree, $
Sat, June 29, 2024  -  Sat, June 29, 2024   
This year’s event at Braintree High School will feature an all-day flea market, all-day amusement rides, stars and stripes parade, musical entertainment, food booths, game booths, and fireworks set to music at 10:30pm.
Plymouth's 4th of July Festivities & FireworksPlymouth, Free
Thu, July 4, 2024  -  Thu, July 4, 2024   
Celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade in Plymouth, and delightful waterfront concert followed by spectacular fireworks.
Marshfield Fair 2024Marshfield, $
Sat, August 16, 2025  -  Mon, August 25, 2025   
This year's fair offers great family entertainment with hundreds of farm animals, daily free shows, free grandstand attractions, arts & crafts, 4 H & Agricultural exhibits, horticultural displays & much more.
3rd Annual Father's Day Pig Roast at Cape Cod Beer!Barnstable, $$
Sun, June 16, 2024  -  Sun, June 16, 2024   
Join us on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16th, for a pig roast in the beer garden! This is the perfect thing to do with Dad on his special day!
Braintree's 4th of July Celebration 2024Braintree
Sat, June 29, 2024   
The Annual Braintree Independence Day Celebration - affectionally dubbed 'Braintree Day' - is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2024
Marshfield Holiday Light ShowMarshfield, $$
Sun, November 24, 2030  -  Sat, December 30, 2023   
The display at the Marshfield Fairgrounds is returning for its third year for those looking for a drive-thru lights display on the South Shore. It’s got dozens of large displays along the mile, and they’ll twinkle in...

Western Mass

The Big E 2024Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 13, 2024  -  Sun, September 29, 2024   
The Big E is a New England autumn tradition and the ninth largest fair in North America. There's no better place to enjoy the sights, sounds and taste tempting aromas of the fall season than at The Big E.
Fourth of July FireWestern Mass, $$
Thu, July 4, 2024  -  Thu, July 4, 2024   
Let's celebrate 4th of July at Franklin County Fairgrounds. Enjoy the whole afternoon with lots of exciting events for the whole family and be ready to witness this year's amazing fireworks at 9:00 pm!

Central Mass

The Sterling FairSterling, Free
Fri, September 6, 2024  -  Sun, September 8, 2024   
A family oriented, community, agricultural fair with the emphasis on agriculture and education. Last year's attendance was over 40,000 people.
Extended Wednesdays at New England Botanic GardenBoylston, $
Wed, July 3, 2024  -  Wed, September 4, 2024   
Join New England Botanic Garden for a midweek escape. Discover the Garden at twilight, soak in the sunset over the Wachusett Reservoir, and enjoy dinner and drinks.

Massachusetts

MA Fireworks: 4th of July Fireworks Displays (by town) 2024Massachusetts, Free
Sun, June 2, 2024  -  Wed, July 24, 2024   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you. Different Boston area towns, different dates & times - you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule and your location. Happy fourth!
Boston Fireworks (Where to Watch, Start Times, By Date)Massachusetts, Free
Sun, June 2, 2024  -  Fri, August 23, 2024   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you in 2024 (by date). Different towns, different dates & times - you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule and your location. Happy fourth!
Find 4th of July Fireworks Near You in MA 2024 (by date)Massachusetts
Sat, June 29, 2024  -  Sun, July 7, 2024   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you in MA for 2023 by date. Different Boston area towns, different dates & times - you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule and your location. Happy...
MA Fireworks: 4th of July Fireworks Displays (by town) 2024Massachusetts, Free
Sun, June 2, 2024  -  Wed, July 24, 2024   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you. Different Boston area towns, different dates & times - you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule and your location. Happy fourth!
Boston Fireworks (Where to Watch, Start Times, By Date)Massachusetts, Free
Sun, June 2, 2024  -  Fri, August 23, 2024   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you in 2024 (by date). Different towns, different dates & times - you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule and your location. Happy fourth!

New Hampshire

Hampton Beach Master Sandsculpting Sand Castle CompetitionNew Hampshire, Free
Thu, June 20, 2024  -  Sat, June 22, 2024   
The fun starts when 250 tons of imported sand is dropped on Hampton Beach. After the competition, the entire area will be illuminated for night viewing through June.
Hampton Beach Fireworks 2024New Hampshire, Free
Tue, May 26, 2026  -  Tue, December 31, 2024   
Fireworks are held weekly every Wednesday during the summer, on the beach at the top of B and C Streets, beside the Atlantic Ocean. Bring a blanket and the whole family to experience the magic of the night sky lit by a display of beautiful fireworks.

Rhode Island

Summer Fun Day: Woodland AdventureRhode Island, $$
Wed, July 3, 2024  -  Wed, July 3, 2024   
Children come to Casey Farm for a fun day of investigative nature walks, scavenger hunts, and fun ecological based games and play. Variety of hands-on activities and games awaits all campers!

More Boston Holiday Events

You can find lots more family-friendly Boston events each week on the BostonCentral calendar and our popular things to do this week newsletter.