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Free Holiday Festivities in Boston :: 2017

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November 20

Annual Lighting of the Trellis at Christopher Columbus Park (Boston) :: candy canebostonclassicholidaylightsEveryone is welcome at the annual lighting of the wonderful blue and white trellis. There will be music, fun, snacks, and good cheer.

November 20

Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular (Boston | 2–8 p.m.) :: bostonclassicfestiveandfunholidaylightstreecandy caneJoin thousands of Bostonians in lighting the city’s first holiday tree of the season! The stage will be filled with entertainment starting at 2 p.m. leading up to the live broadcast on WBZ-TV from 7–8 p.m.

November 21

Thanksgiving Potluck Feast (Cambridge | 5:30–7:30 p.m.) :: candy canefestiveandfunOne of the biggest community events of the year, the annual Thanksgiving potluck feast is where old friends and new neighbors meet and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. The Agassiz Baldwin Community supplies the turkey (cooked by volunteers), cranberry sauce, and drinks, while guests bring salads, sides, and desserts inspired by their own family traditions. Hosted in the Maria L. Baldwin School cafeteria, this neighborhood tradition has continued for nearly 40 years!

November 24–December 31

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November 25

Lowell City of Lights (Lowell | 2–10 p.m.) :: candy canereindeertreefestiveandfunornamentRing in the holidays in downtown Lowell with this year’s City of Lights parade and holiday celebration! Take the afternoon to stroll the city streets and enjoy live performances, holiday shopping, photos with Santa, and the crowd favorite — a hot chocolate competition! The daytime fun leads to the nighttime extravaganza — the City of Lights parade and city hall lighting — which marks the city’s official start to the holiday season! 

November 26

Free and Festive - Boston Moms BlogbostonclassicTree LIghtings - Boston Moms BlogFestive and Fun - Boston Moms BlogCharles Hotel Tree Lighting (Cambridge | 4–6 p.m.) :: Join for the lighting of the Harvard Square holiday trees! Shake Shack will be providing complimentary beverages. At 4 p.m., children can help decorate the trees with ornaments and bow ties from Vineyard Vines. Santa Claus’ jazz band will perform at 5 p.m., and the tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m., followed by a vista from Santa! The performances will continue until 6:30 p.m., allowing everyone a chance to visit with Santa.

November 28

Festive and Fun - Boston Moms BlogFree and Festive - Boston Moms BlogbostonclassicTree LIghtings - Boston Moms BlogCopley Square Tree Lighting (Boston | 5–6 p.m.) :: Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square tree lighting. The free event will feature appearances by Mayor Walsh, NECN’s Jenny Johnson, Santa Claus, and Rudolph, along with musical performances by the Boston Children’s Chorus, vocalist Marchelle Jacques-Yarde, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Berklee College of Music student Mahamma Germain of Hyde Park. In addition, the U.S. Postal Service will unveil its new holiday stamp.

November 29–January 1

Blink! (Boston | 4:30 p.m.) :: holidaylightsbostonclassicfestiveandfuncandy caneBlink! is the state-of-the-art light and sound extravaganza that transforms every inch of America’s first open marketplace, and it will return to Faneuil Hall for a fourth year this November. This magical and unforgettable light show uses over 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston’s skyline — to the song stylings of the Holiday Pops — in a seven-minute spectacle that runs continuously each evening. The lights dance seamlessly to the music through every inch of Faneuil Hall, including the largest Christmas tree in the northeast. The light and sound show runs every half hour beginning at 4:30 p.m. by “The Big Tree” at Marketplace Center and then runs every half hour beginning at 5 p.m. by “The Three Trees” in the North Market of Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

November 30

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2017 Frog Pond Skating Spectacular and Tree Lighting (Boston | 5–6 p.m.) :: Join the Skating Club of Boston at the Boston Common Frog Pond for a free world-class figure skating ice show featuring national and international figure skaters, synchronized skating, and Theatre On Ice teams. Following the show, join Mayor Marty Walsh for the Boston Common tree lighting ceremony.

December 1

First Light Brookline (Brookline | 5–8 p.m.) bostonclassicfestiveandfuncandy canetreeholidayproductionsholidaylights:: First Light started 18 years ago in Brookline’s Washington Square, when several businesses came together to spread holiday cheer by hanging snowflakes in their storefront windows. These glowing flakes illuminated the square, signaling the start of the holiday season. Over the years, First Light has grown into the town’s annual winter festival, showcasing the talents of local artists, musicians, and performers at businesses and other venues throughout Brookline.

December 1

North End Holiday Stroll (Boston | 6–11 p.m.) :: Free and Festive - Boston Moms BlogHoliday Shopping - Boston Moms BlogThe ninth annual North End Holiday Shopping Stroll is a free event designed to fête the arrival of the holiday season. Shoppers will have the chance to explore the narrow streets, trendy boutiques, wine stores, design studios, galleries, and specialty shops of Boston’s Little Italy. The neighborhood stores will stay open late to serve holiday refreshments and offer special promotions and discounts. The festivities will kick off at the corner of Hanover and Cross Street, where the North End Beautification Committee will greet attendees with complimentary hot chocolate and your shopping passport. 

December 3

Wellesley Holiday Stroll (Wellesley | 1–6 p.m.) :: festiveandfunornamentcandy caneWellesley Square’s holiday stroll brings fun events all day long for the entire family!

December 6

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Commander’s Mansion Annual Holiday Open House (Watertown | 10 a.m.–8 p.m.) :: The Commander’s Mansion annual holiday open house is a free and open event for the community! You will be able to self-tour the decorated rooms on both floors, thanks to the magical help from Watertown Home Depot and Table Toppers of Newton. Be sure to bring your camera for photo opts with Santa, thanks to our friends at Watertown Savings Bank, and sit for story time with Mrs. Claus! Stop by the winter wonderland arts and crafts station and take a moment to vote for your favorite gingerbread house, too! Interested bakers can download a form online, and additional event information can be found at

December 31

First Night Boston (Boston) bostonclassicFree Festivities - Boston Moms BlogFestive and Fun - Boston Moms Blog:: For 40 years, Boston’s First Night has been a cherished tradition and a signature event for the city, with artistic performances, the wonders of the season, and the beginning of a new year. Entertainment and specialty attractions will be focused in Copley Square and the Boston Common. Many of the beloved traditions of First Nights past will be retained, including ice sculptures and light displays. In addition, arts and musical performances will take place in numerous inside and outside venues around the heart of the event. 

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