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382560 04: Historic Faneuil Hall is awash in Christmas lights November 29, 2000 in Boston MA. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Newsmakers)

The holidays rock. Here’s a handful of my favorite Boston holiday traditions. Get the family together, get fancy, and make some memories this holiday season.


The Christmas Revels


There’s nothing quite like The Christmas Revels. For almost 50 years, revelers have been taken around the world, celebrating holiday traditions across the globe and across time. And this year’s edition is an American celebration of the Winter Solstice. You’ll sing, you’ll dance, you’ll get into the spirit: I always do. It’s my favorite holiday event.


Holiday Pops


Over the years, conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops have transformed Symphony Hall into a holiday destination. And it seems each year, they find ways to make the Holiday Pops more and more accessible: this year, they’ve added a sensory-friendly concert to the repertoire, alongside a slew of kid-friendly matinee performances.


Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker may very well be the quintessential Boston holiday tradition. This latest production premiered in 2012 and, as someone who’s seen quite a few versions of the Tchaikovsky classic, I think it’s the best. It’s dreamlike and magical, just like the holidays should be. And Boston Ballet is offering special youth pricing this year, which rocks.


Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour


The first full weekend of December brings back Mayor Marty Walsh’s tree-lighting tour of Boston neighborhoods. This one’s great for the kids: it’s free, Santa always shows up, and there are tons of live performances sprinkled throughout the weekend to help get you into the holiday spirit. Click here for the full map.


Speaking of Mayor Walsh, the Mayor’s Holiday Special is back for 2019. It’s a partnership with ArtsBoston that rounds up a slew of holiday season goings-on, with ticket deals up to 50% off and a lot of free events, too. Click here for the details, and get out and make some holiday memories.


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