Holiday Activities in Boston, MA
For a hundred years, Trinity Church in Copley Square has been offering a respite from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season with its annual candlelight carols service. The historic church by HH Richardson positively glows with candlelight as great Christmas music envelops the pews. In recent years, the music program at Trinity has offered multiple versions of this very popular service: one has become a fundraiser for the church’s child-focused efforts, while others remain free of charge. If you do go, plan to get there early and bundle up for your time on line. Your patience will be rewarded with a moving musical experience.
In a local tradition four-decades strong, the Boston Ballet coordinates, costumes and rehearses hundreds of local ballet students -- in addition to the ballet’s principals, of course -- into dozens of performances of The Nutcracker during the holiday season. The result is the stuff of little (and big) girl’s dreams -- sugar plum fairies, a mouse king and gingerbread soldiers, oh my! In short, it’s a delight for young and old alike. Your fellow audience members will be multiple generations of families keeping a beloved tradition and making holiday memories. Make it your holiday girls' night out for the young and the young at heart.
For 40-years, locals have celebrated the winter solstice and the holiday season at the Christmas Revels, a unique theater experience that has spread across the country. Different every year -- and sometimes every show -- this winter-inspired stage performance draws on seasonal traditions from around the world to entertain, inform and delight all ages. There’s music and dance and singing and skits and you name it -- it could be a part of your revels experience. There may even be some audience participation. Be prepared for a joyous theater experience you’ll want to make part of your yearly holiday tradition.
The perfect wrap up to the busy and festive holiday season -- and start of the new calendar year -- is one more festival: First Night. Since Boston hosted the very first First Night in 1976, it was been an ever expanding venue for family and cultural events and performances throughout the city. There are parades and ice sculpting and art shows and more, more, more. The streets are packed, the mood is giddy, and almost nobody really cares that it’s cold. The whole city comes together and stays together right through the midnight countdown and fireworks. First Night buttons get you into most events and are available all over the city. Wear yours proudly.
Black Nativity is more than a re-telling of the nativity story with an all African-American cast -- it’s a rich musical and cultural experience for all who see it. While telling the story you think you know, Black Nativity embraces the richly diverse experiences of Boston’s African-American population and lets their voices soar in expression. Traditional carols are reworked in a gospel-style and the actors embrace the range of what makes us both the same and different. Just when you thought you knew what the holiday spirit was all about, this production brings it to a whole new level. Performances are limited, so plan ahead. You’ll be glad you did.