Boston Wonderland: 5 Activities To Get You Into the Holiday Spirit

Around this time of year, when you were around 12 years old, you probably sat at home watching the candles on your menorah melt, making Kwanza flags, or staring at the presents under the Christmas tree while Jessica Simpson’s album, Rejoyce, played in the background. December away from home may feel a little different. The smell of festive cookies isn’t quite there and the houses that tried way too hard to decorate their front yards are oddly missed as well. But during this festive month, Boston never fails to celebrate! Here are the things that you can do to get in the holiday mood and the places where it is socially acceptable to wear that ugly Christmas sweater:

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1) Blink! Faneuil Hall - From now until January 5th 2014, Faneuil Hall will be presenting a light show synced with music by the Boston Pops every half an hour from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. Faneuil Hall is easily accessible through the Green Line (Government Center Stop). Head down for an evening full of shopping or delicious food, and watch as lights dance around the center!

2) Ice Skating - Ice skating is a holiday must! Some of the most popular skating rinks include the Boston Commons Frog Pond, the Prudential Center Rink, Faneuil Hall skating rink, Kendall Square, and the Boston Harbor Hotel. If you stick around until the 31st, the Frog Pond will be hosting a Skating Spectacular that day at 6 PM.

3) The Nutcracker - If going to see The Nutcracker was a long time family tradition of yours at home, you can still experience the magic here. The Boston Ballet presents Mikko Nissen’s Nutcracker from now until December 29th. For those have you who have never experienced this winter classic, it is about a young girl who journeys through the world of her Nutcracker prince! It includes beautiful music and dancing, and a Mouse King too, if that entices you. Weekend tickets are selling out fast!

4) Le Marché de Noel - Held at the French Cultural Center off the Arlington stop on the Green Line, Le Marché de Noel is a holiday fair in which you can peruse different shops and stands to find the perfect gift, all while sipping on your complimentary warm apple cider or mulled wine! All vendors have an elegant “french flair.”Admission is $3 unless you are a member for the center, in which case it is free. Le Marché de Noel will occur this Saturday, December 7th, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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5) South End’s Cookie Festival - Also taking place this Saturday is the South End’s first Annual Cookie Festival! For $20 you will be taken on a cookie tour that includes a plethora of treats, ranging from Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies to Cospresso Cookies and to Chocolate Dipped Oatmeal with Pecan Cookies. A full list is available on the website. There are three tours: 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM. The 3 PM tour ends at the Boston Center for Arts where there will be a tree lighting ceremony.

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