Fun For All and All For Holiday Fun

By the time you’re reading this, you’ve had a brief and wonderful taste of break. Still full from your turkey, you’re preparing for the onslaught of all things Christmas. You’re excited for ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas, you’re soaking up the steady stream of Christmas music and you’re counting down the minutes to Christmas day itself (28 days, for the record). Fortunately, there are plenty of Christmas-y activities to do in Boston to keep you in the spirit until the big day, even in the face of impending finals.

Christmas Tree Lighting on O’Neill Plaza

For anyone who wants to join in the Christmas spirit without actually taking the time to leave campus, the tree lighting on O’Neill Plaza is for you! The CAB event will take place on December 2 from 4-6 in the afternoon, and will feature free cookies and cocoa, music performances and an appearance by Santa himself. A quick and easy way to get excited for Christmas right on the Boston College campus!

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Here's yet another CAB event for anyone who’s interested in seeing a Christmas classic performed in the city. The performance is Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Opera House. Tickets are available through CAB, starting Nov. 30 at 8 a.m. for $15 apiece. It's sure to be a great way to take advantage of the culture the city of Boston has to offer at a bargain price.

Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet / Facebook

Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet / Facebook

BC Night at the Frog Pond

The final Christmas-y CAB event offered this year is a classic winter activity with a Boston twist: a skating night at the Frog Pond! The event will take place Dec. 7 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Frog Pond on Boston Common (easily accessible via the Green Line). Tickets are available in bundles of 2 for $15, and they also go on sale Monday November 30 at 8 a.m. through the Robsham website.

As a side note, there is public skating offered at the Frog Pond throughout the Christmas season if you want to go on your own time, but CAB has reserved the pond for BC’s exclusive use during this particular time; take the opportunity to show off former figure skating skills, hockey skills or no skills at all out on the ice.

Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony

Speaking of Boston Common, it is the location of another upcoming Christmas-y event: a classic tree lighting. The tree will be lit on Thursday, Dec. 3 right off the Green Line. The lighting will be preceded by a skating show on the Frog Pond from 5-6 p.m. (no public skating during or directly preceding this time, but you’ll get another chance afterward or on the seventh). The tree lighting ceremony itself will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you missed the Faneuil Hall tree lighting this past weekend it’s a great opportunity to get a good dose of Christmas lights!

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Home to Boston's other massive Christmas tree, Faneuil Hall is especially fun to visit during the Christmas season. The lights in the marketplace do 12 light shows to the chorus of Hallelujah from 4:30 to 10:00 p.m. every day, free for your viewing pleasure. In between light shows, you can stay occupied by doing some Christmas shopping in one of the dozens of stores in the marketplace, or grab a quick bite to eat at one of the food stands.

Photo courtesy of L.A. Burdick / Facebook

Photo courtesy of L.A. Burdick / Facebook

L.A. Burdick

L.A. Burdick is a chocolate shop and tea room in Back Bay, just off Newbury Street. If you’re looking for a tasty gift for the chocolate lover in your life, needing a chocolate fix to go with your Christmas movie marathon or hoping to grab some delicious hot chocolate, L.A. Burdick is an ideal holiday destination for you. The shop has a wide selection of chocolates, including Christmas-specific sets for any chocolate aficionado. The tea room offers hot chocolate, teas and coffees and a variety of pastries to go along with them.

Elf the Musical

If you can’t get enough of the classic Christmas movie from its dozens of showings on TV this December, then give Elf the Musical a hearty holiday try! The musical version of the unique Christmas tale plays now through Dec. 6 at the Wang Theater in Boston. Prices for tickets vary, starting around $65. So if you just love to smile, if smiling is your favorite, the over-the-top Christmas cheer of the original film with the musical additions is bound to fill you to the brim with holiday spirit.

Santa Speedo Run

Finally, perhaps the most unique (and potentially frightening) Christmas event offered in Boston is the Santa Speedo Run. Started in 2000 by just 5 guys in Speedos and Santa hats hoping to spread a little holiday cheer, the event has grown in popularity to a 700-person race. Over the years, the event has raised $1.6 million for children in need through the Play Ball! foundation.

The event will take place this year on Dec. 12, starting at Lir Tavern and Whiskey on the corner of Gloucester and Boylston streets in Boston. Anyone age 21 and older is welcome to enter (but participation is limited to 700 participants), and all are encouraged to cheer on the scantily-clad Santas for charity—certainly a unique and hilarious way to get into the holiday spirit.

Although the old stand-bys of Christmas movies, candy and music are excellent ways to get ready for Christmas, Boston offers an even wider array of Christmas-y activities for the holiday enthusiasts out there. Keep your sanity and your spirit throughout the tough month of December by trying out any of these festive activities!