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Boston is dressed in its wintery best. Here’s where to see Christmas trees, menorahs, and other holiday decorations

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 12/3/2021 Brittany Bowker
Lights illuminated the Boston Christmas tree during the 2015 Christmas tree lighting. © Keith Bedford Lights illuminated the Boston Christmas tree during the 2015 Christmas tree lighting.

It’s that time of year where every walk around the block feels like a stroll through a storybook, and we want to connect readers to all the best spots around Boston to revel in the holiday spirit. Here are some of the city’s most festive holiday displays, starting with a few Christmas tree and menorah lightings citygoers can still catch.

The Seaport tree and menorah

Gather on the Seaport Common on Friday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. and watch the holiday tree light up at the annual Light Up Seaport event. This is a perfect time to check out the neighborhood’s third annual Snowport experience, which showcases festive foods, outdoor games, and a new European-style open air holiday market.

And on Sunday, Dec. 5, the Seaport kicks off its annual Hanukkah celebration with a menorah lighting ceremony, starting at 4:30 p.m. The event includes live music, outdoor activities, and of course, the lighting of the 9 foot tall menorah.

The Boston Common tree and menorah

The Boston Common is lit up for the holidays, and the tree, which is gifted annually from Nova Scotia, stands 48 feet tall and is decorated with 7,000 rainbow lights. Other trees around the Common and the Public Garden are also illuminated.

While you’re there, check out the Boston Common menorah, which stands 22 feet tall and is one of New England’s tallest menorahs. Lightings will continue every night, culminating on Monday, Dec. 6, the last day of Hanukkah.

Commonwealth Avenue Mall lights

After a walk through the Common and Garden, check out the trees up and down Comm. Ave., sparkling golden with holiday lights. The entire walking corridor is a winter spectacle for all to enjoy throughout the season.

Charlesgate Park also has an eye-catching emerald green light spectacle this season — a first time for the nearby park. The display is meant to call attention to the park’s revitalization project, and will be lit each evening through March.

The Copley Square tree and menorah


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The Copley Square tree is already illuminated, standing tall with sparkling golden lights. The square’s menorah is also up, and a visit to this iconic part of the city is always worth the trip this time of year.

Columbus Park Trellis

With over 50,000 glowing blue and white bulbs, the Christopher Columbus Park turns into a magical light garden for everyone to enjoy. See it for yourself on 144 Atlantic Ave.

Enchanted Trolley Tour

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 3-5, Mayor Michelle Wu hosts an enchanted trolley tour, an annual tradition where the mayor lights Christmas trees throughout different Boston neighborhoods. Friday’s tour will make stops in Mattapan, Readville, and West Roxbury; on Saturday it will be in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roxbury, the South End, and Brighton; and on Sunday, stops include South Boston, Chinatown, the North End, Charlestown, East Boston, and Dorchester. For the full schedule, visit the city’s website.

Winter Market in Kendall Square

This festive three-day outdoor event in Cambridge’s Kendall Square runs from Dec. 3-5, and will feature artists, vendors, steel drum performances, workshops, food, and more. Enjoy hot chocolate and waffles from Peacock Market & Meals and Farfalle Italian Market, and don’t miss the 25-foot holiday tree, and the nearby newly reopened ice skating rink.

Magic of Lights

Take a drive through Gillette Stadium’s dazzling display of lights this holiday season. At every turn, you can see prancing reindeer, sparkling candy canes, and some of your favorite holiday characters all from the comfort (and warmth) of your own car. The event runs through Dec. 24, from 5 to 10 p.m., and costs $40 to $55 per car.

The Enchanted Village

One of the region’s most elaborate Christmas celebrations is housed in an unlikely venue: Jordan’s Furniture. The Enchanted Village goes all out, with an indoor skating rink, a 4-D Polar Express theater show, and a laser show. New this year is a mountain that kids and adults alike can slide down in an inner tube. Prices vary for the experience, which runs through Jan. 2, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Drive, Avon.

Stay tuned. This article will be updated with more can’t-miss holiday events and displays.

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