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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

SNOWPORT - Boston Seaport's Winter Wonderland, Holiday MarkeBoston
Fri, November 11, 2022  -  Sun, February 26, 2023   
Seaport’s highly popular interactive winter wonderland, SNOWPORT, returns. In its fourth year, SNOWPORT offers outdoor play for all ages: iceless curling, light-up Bocce, and large-scale versions of classic games such...
Tunnel of Love Lights at Christopher Columbus ParkBoston, Free
Wed, February 1, 2023  -  Tue, February 21, 2023   
The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park are once again decorating the waterfront trellis with a Valentine's Day theme, beautifully lit up every night.
What's Open on Patriot's Day?Boston
Mon, April 17, 2023  -  Mon, April 17, 2023   
Patriot's Day is the MA state holiday is also known as the day of the Boston Marathon and the 11:05 a.m. Red Sox game. Here's a list of what is open on Patriots Day in MA.
SNOWPORT - Boston Seaport's Winter Wonderland, Holiday Market & CurlingBoston
Fri, November 11, 2022  -  Sun, February 26, 2023   
Seaport’s highly popular interactive winter wonderland, SNOWPORT, returns. In its fourth year, SNOWPORT offers outdoor play for all ages: iceless curling, light-up Bocce, and large-scale versions of classic games such...
Seaport Snowport: Curling LanesBoston, Free
Mon, November 14, 2022  -  Sun, February 19, 2023   
Curling is back by popular demand, on Seaport Common next to The Current. Give it a curl, with lessons select Saturdays or sign up and play on your own and with friends.
Kendall Square Community Ice SkatingCambridge, $
Sat, December 3, 2022  -  Tue, February 28, 2023   
Kendall Square Community Ice Skating is a seasonal outdoor ice skating rink located in the heart of East Cambridge just minutes from downtown Boston. The rink offers skate rentals, lessons, private rink rentals, and a...
Winterlights: A Circle of PeaceRoxbury, Free
Tue, December 20, 2022  -  Tue, February 28, 2023   
'Winterlights: A Circle of Peace,' a light installation in Roxbury's Highland Park, is a circle of eight trees in an urban field, breathing light from dusk to dawn. It's free and open to the public.
Winter Lights at CXCambridge, Free
Tue, January 3, 2023  -  Tue, February 28, 2023   
The Winter lights at CX are fully aglow, providing artfully designed lighting to The Common at CX, the Picnic Grove, and the many pathways through CX. Stop by now through February!
Moakley Park Winter Warmer EventBoston, Free
Sat, February 11, 2023  -  Sat, February 11, 2023   
Come to Moakley Park for a free, fun afternoon complete with warm drinks, yummy snacks, games, crafts, and more. Enjoy Enjoy s'mores, popcorn, and hot cocoa, love music, crafts and games.
New England Boat Show 2023Boston
Wed, February 15, 2023  -  Sun, February 19, 2023   
Inviting nautical novices, seasoned sailors and water lovers to experience the best of the boat life with activities for all ages and the most comprehensive selection of new boats and marine gear.
What's Open on Patriot's Day?Boston
Mon, April 17, 2023  -  Mon, April 17, 2023   
Patriot's Day is the MA state holiday is also known as the day of the Boston Marathon and the 11:05 a.m. Red Sox game. Here's a list of what is open on Patriots Day in MA.
Boston Fireworks | 4th of July Spectacular & Pops Concert: Hatch Shell EsplanadeBoston, Free
Tue, July 4, 2023   
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...
MFA Lunar New Year 2023Boston, $
Today  -  Thu, February 2, 2023   
Lunar New Year is celebrated across Asia and around the world. This year is based on cycles of the moon, marks the Year of the Rabbit, one of the 12 animals of the lunar Zodiac.
METCO Nubian Square Walking TourBoston, Free
Fri, February 24, 2023  -  Fri, February 24, 2023   
Discover the historic treasures of Nubian Square through the eyes of Boston's young scholars. METCO high school students uncover the past and present of Boston's Black activists, in and around historic Nubian Square in Roxbury.
Family Fun Purim Party!Boston, Free
Mon, March 6, 2023  -  Mon, March 6, 2023   
Celebrate with a costume parade & prizes! There will be hamantaschen other treats, refreshments, noise makers, live music & more! Free. Suggested donation of $5.00 appreciated!
Tunnel of Love Lights at Christopher Columbus ParkBoston, Free
Wed, February 1, 2023  -  Tue, February 21, 2023   
The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park are once again decorating the waterfront trellis with a Valentine's Day theme, beautifully lit up every night.
St. Patrick's Day Parade Boston - 2023Boston, Free
Sun, March 19, 2023   
Colorful floats, music and Irish good cheer await you at the City's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Celebrate Irish heritage in Boston's most Irish neighborhood. Parade begins at Broadway T-stop and ends at Andre...
Boston Fireworks | 4th of July Spectacular & Pops Concert: Hatch Shell EsplanadeBoston, Free
Tue, July 4, 2023   
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...
Valentines Day Dinner at Miel BrasserieBoston, $$$
Fri, February 10, 2023  -  Tue, February 14, 2023   
The InterContinental Boston is ready for Valentine’s Day at Miel Brasserie, with romantic sharable offerings to celebrate romance and love. Enjoy waterfront dining with a special menu.
Valentine's Day Signature Dinner CruiseBoston, $$$
Sat, February 11, 2023  -  Tue, February 14, 2023   
Treat your Valentine to a special evening on the water with dancing, delicious cocktails, chef-designed menus, and Boston’s most stunning views on the Boston Harbor.

West Suburbs

2023 Lunar New Year CelebrationNewton, $
Sat, February 4, 2023  -  Sat, February 4, 2023   
This event will consist of hybrid performances, including live and virtual performances by the GBCCA clubs and programs as well as games and events! See you there!
PreSchool Storytime Presents: Peace, Power, and ProgressDedham, Free
Tue, February 7, 2023  -  Tue, February 28, 2023   
February is Black History Month! Join us each Tuesday in February as we celebrate Black History Month: Peace, Power, and Progress. See you there! Let's enjoy and educate our kids!
Black Art Celebration! Community Cultural DayNewton, Free
Sun, February 12, 2023  -  Sun, February 12, 2023   
Join the New Art Center and our friends from Newton Community Pride for a celebration of Black art! Bring the whole family for a day of fun!
Groundhog Day & Climate Action Day: Drumlin FarmLincoln, Free
Today   
Will Ms. G, the groundhog, predict a long cold winter, or an early spring? Join us at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm to help our famous groundhog decipher the weather clues and deliver her forecast.

North Suburbs

Topsfield Fair 2023Topsfield, $$
Fri, September 29, 2023  -  Mon, October 9, 2023   
Enjoy America's oldest and finest agricultural fair w/ New England‘s largest carnival midway, cool demos, (ranging from beekeeping to miniature trains), a Grange Museum, pumpkin weigh-offs, live entertainment and the...
Riverwalk Brewing Family + Friends Valentine's PartyNewburyport, $
Fri, February 10, 2023  -  Fri, February 10, 2023   
Join us Friday, February 10th from 5pm-9pm in the brewhouse. We will have a DJ, games, grab bags, lots of beer, pizza and more! We are thrilled to announce that Valentine's Night Family Dance Party!
Black History Month: Black Out CelebrationLowell, Free
Sat, February 18, 2023  -  Sat, February 18, 2023   
Just Dream will be honoring the theme of Black Resistance. Black Resistance describes African Americans dedication to succeed despite the oppression stacked against them. Just Dream will be hosting the event, great food and fun!
February School Vacation Week: The Black Experience on Cape AnnGloucester, Free
Tue, February 21, 2023  -  Fri, February 24, 2023   
Put on your winter coat and visit Cape Ann Museum during February School Vacation Week! As part of Black History Month, activities for visitors of all ages to share the Black Experience on Cape Ann.
“Happy Hearts” Valentine PartySalem, $$
Sat, February 11, 2023  -  Sat, February 11, 2023   
Surround yourself with love this February during Salem’s So Sweet Festival. Join the Good Witch of Salem for a magical family-friendly party at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel in Downtown Salem.

South Suburbs

Marshfield Fair 2023Marshfield, $
Fri, August 18, 2023  -  Sun, August 27, 2023   
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.
Keeping Pace Family Valentines Dance!Mansfield, $
Fri, February 10, 2023  -  Fri, February 10, 2023   
Father Daughter? Mother Son? This Valentines Dance is for everyone! Keeping Pace wants you to celebrate the valentines in your family with dancing, fun and memories that will last a lifetime.
Quincy's Annual Presidents' Day / Winterfest-Free Tickets Limited*Quincy, Free
Mon, February 20, 2023  -  Mon, February 20, 2023   
Winterfest features entertainment & family-friendly in/outdoor activities on the Hancock-Adams Common, in City Hall & Church of Presidents. Hurry! Tickets are limited! See you there!
Irish Festival at Patriot's Place 2023Foxboro, Free
Sat, March 11, 2023  -  Sat, March 11, 2023   
In the spirit of all things Irish, Patriot Place is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Festival. The festive event will include live performances by Irish musicians and step dancers, as well as Irish food and...
St. Patrick's Day Parade - ScituateScituate, Free
Sun, March 19, 2023   
Scituate's annual St. Patrick's Day parade is popular among the South Shore and Cape Cod communities. Over 15,000 people come out annually to view this time-honored tradition.

Western Mass

The Big E 2023Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 15, 2023  -  Sun, October 1, 2023   
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.

Central Mass

St. Patrick's Day Parade - WorcesterWorcester, Free
Sun, March 12, 2023  -  Sun, March 12, 2023   
Join Worcester for this community-wide celebration, which features floats, bands, color guards, clowns and boosters of Irish heritage.

Massachusetts

Favorite Sledding Hills in the Boston AreaMassachusetts, Free
Thu, January 5, 2023  -  Wed, March 1, 2023   
Discover some of the top sledding choices in the Boston area (submitted by our in-the-know readers). Bundle up and hold on tight! Get ready for a great day in the snow.
Sledding Spots: Trustees of ReservationsMassachusetts, $
Sun, January 15, 2023  -  Fri, March 31, 2023   
With winter upon us, now’s the perfect time to visit a Trustees reservation where sliding is a downhill delight. So bundle up, head out, and let the snow – and gravity – guarantee a good time.

New England

What's Open on Memorial Day?New England
Mon, May 29, 2023  -  Mon, May 29, 2023   
What's open for fun on Memorial Day in Greater Boston? Check here to find out.
What's Open on New Year's Day?New England
Tue, December 26, 2023  -  Sun, January 1, 2023   
What's open for fun on New Year's Day in Boston? Check here to find out.

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.