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Holiday Activities in Boston

Just outside Copley's door there is so much to do and see this Holiday Season. For inside information or suggestions on all of the best spots ask one of Copley Square Hotel's Intuition Experts. Until then here are a few of our favorites or check out some of our fabulous Packages to make planning your Boston Visit even more fun!

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Two of the biggest trees stand proudly in Boston Common & Faneuil Hall Marketplace, site of the Blink! holiday lights & music show. Enjoy seeing the beautiful lights suddenly brighten the winter darkness. 

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Head to Frog Pond on Boston Common in late afternoon, rent some ice skates, and twirl around the ice skating rink. The holiday lights covering the surrounding trees sparkle overhead, and in the background you'll see even more lights gleaming in the stately mansions of Beacon Hill.  A "life is good!" feeling will sweep over you.

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Holiday Pops, The Nutcracker, Elf and Disney on Ice are the top picks for December. Or  for some real excitement, cheer for one of Boston's Teams with the Celtics & the Bruins playing throughout the season.

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One of most exhilarating things to do in Boston in December with kids (or for that matter, grown-ups) is to make a snowman!  Head to Boston Common or the Rose Kennedy Greenway, where you'll find open expanses with plenty of snow.  

City Lights - Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies Schedule

Boston Common Tree Lighting -Boston's holiday season officially begins at the annual holiday lighting ceremony on Boston Common, when Boston's mayor along with Santa flips a switch setting the city's magnificent Christmas tree and 80+ other trees ablaze with sparkling lights on November 29, from 6pm-8pm near the Visitors Information Center on Tremont St and stars the special tree sent as a gift from Nova Scotia.  Lights on the tree - almost 7,000 of them - go on at about 7:55pm, followed by lights on 80+ other trees throughout the Common and the Public Garden.  The show closes with a special fireworks display over the Common. Before the lighting event, a free ice-skating show by the Skating Club of Boston featuring national and international competitive skaters takes place at Frog Pond from 5pm-6pm.

Copley Square Tree Lighting -Wreaths with red bows decorate Copley Square, and the Old South Church bell tolls when the lights go on - look for appearances by Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty, plus music by local chorus groups! The Boston Public Library hosts a story time and candy cane tea from 3-4:30pm -free, but you must make reservations - call 617-859-2282.

Faneuil Marketplace:  Giant Christmas Trees and Blink! Light Show - Outdoor festivities begin at 2pm at the "Big Tree" on Wednesday November 28th.  Look for carolers and other performances all afternoon, with the Tree Lighting ceremony and entertainment beginning at 7pm.  Lights go on at about 8pm.  The music-light show Blink! will start at 4:30 and run every hour on the half-hour through January 1 from 4:30pm-9:30pm daily.