You can see Christmas lights anywhere. Really. Your next-door neighbor is probably putting some up right now. So instead of doing what anyone else can do across the country, why not find some unique holiday traditions in Boston to do with your kids this year, and maybe even many more years to come? I mean, nowhere else in the world can brag about being the home of where Jingle Bells was written, so why not enjoy what the city and surrounding area has to offer?
7 family traditions to start with your kids this Christmas in Boston, MA
Boston Pops – Holiday Pops Kids Matinees
Including a children’s sing-along time and Santa on stage, this is the perfect time to load up the kids for a fun time listening to Boston Pops.
Get a photo with Santa after the show and enjoy this time together as a family.
Medford Jingle Bell Festival
Did you know that the world-renown song Jingle Bells was actually written in Medford, just 6 miles from the heart of Boston? Because of this great Christmas pride, why not take a visit to their Jingle Bell 5k, house tours, or even the holiday tree display.
In fact, enter the raffle to win one of the holiday trees. What’s so special about them? Well they’re out of the ordinary. Some of decorated completely in scratch-and-win lottery tickets, others in barbie dolls, and some with great gift certificates.
New England Zoo’s ZooLights
Go pet some reindeer! You can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus too while you stroll through the zoo. They’re have rides open and lots of opportunities to se special animals and attractions while there.
The Boston Ugly Sweater Run
Looking for an off-the-wall tradition this Christmas season? Why not pull out all the ugly sweaters you can find and go out for a jog together?!
Every runner gets a custom knit hat, hot chocolate, and there will even be Sam Adams available for the adults.
The Enchanted Village in Avon
Starting November 21, you can get a picture taken with Santa while visiting The Enchanted Village. While there, enjoy all they have to offer: 4,000 sq ft ice rink, a 4D Polar Express Ride, and lots of family fun for everyone.
Teddy Bear Tea
Whether you want to partake at the Taj or the Four Seasons, both offer a variation on this holiday tradition. Along with buying tickets to each, they both ask that you bring a teddy bear to donate.
At the Taj, you will enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, crafts, and more as it’s a magical way to enjoy a festive day with your children.
At the Four Seasons, a celebrity (such as David Ortiz or Gisele Bündchen in the past) is invited for book readings and Truffles the Bear visits each table to greet the event’s guests.
Blink at Faneuil Hall
Ok, I admit. This is a lights festival. But where else in the country do you get to experience the lights, the history, and the camaraderie that Boston has? With both lights and sounds it’s sure to be a family fun time.
Go on opening night on the 21st or stop by any day at 4:30 and after for the magical time you can spend enjoying lights in historic Boston.
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