I never let the colder months stand in the way of a holiday – in fact, I particularly love city breaks in the winter because of the magical atmosphere created by Christmas and lots of special gatherings.
One destination perfect for a winter getaway is Boston – here are my picks of the top events in Boston to check out in the city during December:
Drink Craft Beer Fall to Winter Fest
Revere Hotel, November 30th and December 1st
As a huge fan of the UK’s various real ale festivals, this is one event I can truly appreciate.
The Drink Craft Beer Fall to Winter Fest offers up plenty of locally made beers that will warm up anyone suffering in the cold weather, with more than 70 tipples from around 25 brewers to try.
If you’re concerned about the prospect of spending an entire day (or even the whole weekend!) simply drinking, don’t be. You can line your stomach with seasonal food sold by local companies throughout the event.
Symphony Hall, December 5th to 24th
This classic Boston tradition is a brilliant event to attend if you’re heading to Boston with the kids.
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops put on a festive show to remember for the whole family each year, with lots of singing along and even a visit from Father Christmas himself.
Look out for the special kids’ matinees on Saturdays, which offer a real treat for children through photo ops with Santa, child-friendly menus and much more.
This might be a good option if you’re travelling to Boston with very young children and are on a tight budget, as under-twos get in for free.
Christmas by Candlelight
Old Sturbridge Village, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between December 7th and 23rd
You’ll have to head out of the city proper into Greater Boston to enjoy this event, but this is definitely my idea of a wonderful Christmas celebration.
Old Sturbridge Village is a living history museum featuring costumed historians and buildings, and is transformed into a festive attraction in December.
The Christmas by Candlelight events celebrate the season in true traditional style, complete with sleigh rides, Victorian carol singers, a Punch and Judy show, and much more besides. It’s a great way to escape the stress that the modern age’s Christmas festivities can bring!
First Night Festival of the Arts
Citywide, December 31st
Anyone planning a break in Boston around Christmas and the turn of the year should definitely make this festival a priority on their itinerary.
The event celebrates the impending new year with a day of exhibitions at venues across the city, showcasing the work of an amazing 1,000 artists.
There are also lots of performances to see, as well as film screenings and workshops.
I can’t think of a better way to spend New Year’s Eve before enjoying the huge fireworks display that’s part of the festivities at midnight.
Holiday planning tips
If one or more of these events in Boston sound appealing, you might be thinking about organising a holiday to Boston pretty soon. Make sure you follow my top tips before you do!
• Book early – Like pretty much any other major city, Boston is a hugely popular place to visit in the run-up to Christmas as everyone looks to get in the festive mood and pick up some presents. Make sure you book your Boston flights and accommodation as soon as possible to avoid paying a premium on your airfare and hotel room.
• Plan ahead – You’ll want to take in some of the major attractions between the events in Boston. Make sure you know exactly when and where the festivals you want to attend are taking place so you can map out the rest of your itinerary accordingly.
• Pack the right clothes – Temperatures in Boston average out at just over zero degrees C in December – so don’t forget to pack those woolly jumpers, hats and gloves!