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Christmas in Boston

Find seasonal events, holiday markets and where to see lights with our guide to Christmas in Boston

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It’s that time of the year when we give the the best bars in Boston a break, and instead stay in with the family (or book in at one of the best restaurants in Boston for a feast prepared by someone else—more on that below). Looking for things to do in Boston over the holidays, as well as places to eat and play? We’ve got your covered.

Things to do in Boston at Christmas

Christmas events in Boston
Things to do

Christmas events in Boston

It’s the most wonderful time of the year-and by “it” we mean when 700 red hat-topped revelers jog through the Back Bay in their skivvies (don’t worry, it’s for charity). Celebrate the season with festive shows, ice-skating, and other fun Christmas events. Then take a stroll through Boston’s best holiday markets and pop-up shops and look up at the lights.RECOMMENDED: Christmas in Boston guide

Boston restaurants open on Christmas
Restaurants

Boston restaurants open on Christmas

Holiday market shopping, cooking and end-of-year deadlines have depleted the last of your seasonal energy reserves. Take a much-needed pause at one of these top restaurants open on Christmas day and Eve. From an intimate Feast of the Seven Fishes to mind-blowing buffets, there's a meal for every type of celebration.RECOMMENDED: Christmas in Boston guide

The best ice-skating rinks in Boston
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The best ice-skating rinks in Boston

Take a spin around one of these top ice-skating rinks, from Boston Common’s classic Frog Pond to a free indoor rink

Holiday markets in Boston
Shopping

Holiday markets in Boston

Shop the city’s best holiday markets and pop-up shops to find gifts for everyone on your Christmas and Hanukkah lists

Where to see Christmas lights in Boston
Things to do

Where to see Christmas lights in Boston

From twinkling trees to buildings decked in bulbs, follow our guide to the best Christmas lights around Boston

The 50 best Christmas movies
Movies

The 50 best Christmas movies

We take the reindeer by the antlers and count down the best movies for your holiday viewing

Holiday gift ideas

Boston gifts and unique souvenirs
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Boston gifts and unique souvenirs

Whether you’re a Boston lifer or you just moved here, odds are you’re smitten with the city (who could blame you?). Show off that neighborhood pride—and insider status—by eschewing typical presents (truth: no one wants a stuffed lobster) in favor of more unique Boston gifts. Round out the list with trinkets from local holiday markets, plus tickets to the year’s best Christmas events.RECOMMENDED: Christmas in Boston guide

25 stocking stuffers for $25 or less
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25 stocking stuffers for $25 or less

This Christmas, stuff your family’s stockings with something other than gift cards and candy. There’s so much potential in stocking stuffers: think small gifts with big personality. Whether you shop online, or hit up a couple local stores, buy thoughtful, unique gifts for everyone on your list with these affordable stocking-stuffer ideas—from porcelain fortune cookies to tie clips and pet toys—all for less than $25.RECOMMENDED: Christmas in Boston guide

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