Embrace the Magic of Boston's Winter Wonderland

AKA Hotels' Guide to Tree Lightings and Festive Events

As winter descends upon Boston, the city undergoes a magical transformation with twinkling lights, festive decorations, and a palpable sense of holiday cheer. From the enchanting tree lightings to the lively holiday markets, Boston is a winter wonderland waiting to be explored. If you're staying at Hotel AKA Back Bay or Hotel AKA Boston Common, you're in for a treat this holiday season. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the best tree lightings and festive events that will make your Boston winter experience truly unforgettable.

A Large Christmas Tree In Front Of A Building At Night

Photo Credit: The Boston Calendar

Boston Common Tree Lighting

Kick off the festive season with the grand illumination of the Boston Common tree. This iconic event typically takes place in late November and features a magnificent 50-foot Christmas tree adorned with thousands of sparkling lights. As you stand in the glow of this towering beauty, savor the sounds of carolers, sip on hot cocoa, and enjoy the holiday cheer with fellow Bostonians and visitors alike. Hotel AKA Boston Common's prime location makes it the ideal choice for those wishing to partake in this beloved tradition.

Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular

Experience the magic of the holidays at the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular. Faneuil Hall Marketplace comes to life with dazzling lights, the melodious voices of carolers, and an enchanting light and sound show. As you admire the massive Christmas tree adorned with sparkling ornaments, you can also explore the vibrant shops and eateries that surround the area.

Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza

Indulge in some festive shopping and winter fun at Boston Winter on City Hall Plaza. This holiday market offers a wide array of artisanal goods, delicious food and drinks, ice skating, and much more. Located in the heart of the city, it's easy to get to from both Hotel AKA Back Bay and Hotel AKA Boston Common.

North End Holiday Stroll

Explore the historic North End during its annual Holiday Stroll. This charming Italian neighborhood is beautifully adorned with lights, and its local shops and bakeries offer delectable holiday treats and gifts. As you wander the cobblestone streets, you'll be immersed in the warmth and spirit of the season.

Keith Lockhart In A Garment Dancing In Front Of A Band

Photo Credit: Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Pops Holiday Concert

Don't miss the Boston Pops' annual holiday concerts at Symphony Hall. With its festive music and heartwarming atmosphere, this is a Boston tradition that will get you into the holiday spirit. Hotel AKA Back Bay offers easy access to this cherished event, just a short trip from your cozy accommodations.

ZooLights at the Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo

For a family-friendly adventure, visit the Stone Zoo in Stoneham or the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston during their ZooLights events. These zoos are transformed into winter wonderlands with thousands of twinkling lights, animal encounters, and holiday-themed activities.

Boston Tea Party Reenactment

Step back in time and relive a pivotal moment in American history with the annual Boston Tea Party reenactment. This immersive experience at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum allows you to join the "colonists" in throwing tea into Boston Harbor.

A Group Of People Walking Around A Park With Trees And Lights

Photo Credit: University of Rochester

Ice Skating at Frog Pond

Embrace the winter chill with a visit to the Boston Common's Frog Pond, where you can enjoy ice skating in a picturesque setting. It's a wonderful activity for families and couples alike.

Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker

Delight in the timeless classic of "The Nutcracker" by attending the Boston Ballet's exquisite performance. The stunning costumes, beautiful choreography, and Tchaikovsky's enchanting music will transport you to a magical world.

A City Skyline At Night

Photo Credit: The Boston Calendar

First Night Boston

Celebrate the arrival of the new year with First Night Boston, a city-wide New Year's Eve festival. Enjoy fireworks, live music, ice sculptures, and other creative performances throughout the city.

Harvard Square's Holiday Fair

Stroll through the charming streets of Harvard Square and explore the Holiday Fair, featuring unique gifts from local artisans and vendors. It's an excellent place to find one-of-a-kind presents.

Boston Harbor Holiday Lights Tour

Experience the city from a different perspective by taking a holiday lights tour on Boston Harbor. Cruise past beautifully decorated boats and admire the city skyline illuminated for the season.

Winter in Boston is truly a special time, and the tree lightings and festive events add to the city's enchantment. Whether you're staying at Hotel AKA Back Bay or Hotel AKA Boston Common, you'll find yourself in the heart of Boston's holiday magic. From the iconic Boston Common tree lighting to the enchanting Boston Harbor Holiday Lights Tour, there are plenty of opportunities to create cherished memories during this special time of year. So, bundle up, enjoy the festivities, and savor every moment of this enchanting winter wonderland.