101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Boston - 2022 | Kids Out and About Boston

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Boston - 2022

KidsOutAndAbout is Boston's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

Nov 5- Dec 24, 2022 Santa's Wonderland- Bass Pro Shops
Nov 11- Dec 24, 2022 Santa Photo Experience- Burlington Mall
Nov 11- Dec 24, 2022 Santa Photo Experience- South Shore Plaza
Nov 17- Dec 24, 2022 Visit Natick Mall for Pictures with Santa
Nov 20, 2022 Holiday Stroll- MarketStreet Lynnfield
Nov 21, 2022 Annual Trellis Lighting- Christopher Columbus Park
Nov 25- Dec 24, 2022 Santa Photo Experience- The Shops at Chestnut Hill
Nov 25- Dec 23, 2022 THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Nov 26, 2022 Martin’s Park: 2nd Annual Ship Lighting
Nov 28, 2022 Copley Square Tree Lighting
Dec 3, 2022 Breakfast With Santa at the Irish Cultural Centre
Dec 3, 2022
Dec 4, 2022 Breakfast with Santa- Sachem Rock Farm
Dec 4, 2022 North Pole & Santa’s Goat Barn
Dec 10, 2022 Christmas in the Country: A Benefit for Area Children- Wojcik's Farm
Dec 10 and 17, 2022 Breakfast with Santa- Plimoth Patuxet Museums
 Dec 18, 2022 Breakfast with Santa at The VERVE Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
   Smolak Farms Tree Lighting

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 19, 2022- Jan 1, 2023 Holidays at the Newport Mansions
Nov 25- Dec 23, 2022 Gardens Aglow- Heritage Museums & Gardens
Nov 25- Dec 30, 2022 Christmas by Candlelight- Old Sturbridge Village
Dec 2, 2022 Homeschool Adventure: Holiday Hearth-Cooking- Plimoth Patuxet Museums
Dec 3-4, 2022 Christmas in Salem House Tour

 

Light Displays

Nov 10, 2022- Jan 1, 2023 Christmas Festival of Lights- Edaville Family Theme Park
Opens Nov 11, 2022 The Enchanted Village- Jordan's Furniture
Nov 12- Dec 31, 2022 Winter Wonderland with the Festival of Illumination- Southwick’s Zoo
Nov 18, 2022- Jan 8, 2023 ZooLights- Stone Zoo
Nov 18- Dec 31, 2022 North Shore Holiday Light Show
Nov 18- Dec 31, 2022 Magic of Lights- Gillette Stadium
Nov 22, 2022 Boston's Official Holiday Tree Arrival 2022
Nov 23, 2022- Jan 1, 2023 Bright Nights at Forest Park
Nov 24, 2022- Jan 1, 2023 Gift of Lights- New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Nov 24, 2022- Jan 1, 2023 Annual Christmas Festival of Lights- National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro
Nov 25, 2022- Jan 1, 2023 Holiday Lights Spectacular- Roger Williams Park Zoo
Nov 25- Dec 30, 2022 South Shore Celebration of Lights
Nov 25- Dec 30, 2022 Merrimack Valley Celebration of Lights
Nov 25- Dec 31, 2022 Night Lights- New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill
Nov 25, 2022- Jan 7, 2023 Winterlights
Dec 1, 2022 Lighting of The Commonwealth Avenue Mall
Dec 2, 2022 Light Up Seaport
Dec 2- 23, 2022 Enchanted Village- Cape Codder
Dec 3-4, 2022 Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday Haybale Tree Lighting- Powisset Farm
Dec 8, 2022 Illuminations 2022- Somerville
Dec 10, 2022 Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree Lighting
   The Anchor Boston - Navy Yard Lights

 

Living Nativities

   
   
   
   

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 25- Dec 11, 2022  'Twas the Night Before...- Cirque du Soleil
Nov 25- Dec 18, 2022 The Nutcracker- Commonwealth Ballet
Nov 25- Dec 31, 2022 The Nutcracker- Boston Ballet
Dec 1- 23, 2022 A Christmas Carol- North Shore Music Theatre
Dec 2-4, 2022 Melrose Youth Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Dec 2- 18, 2022 Black Nativity- Paramount Center, Boston
Dec 16- 28, 2022 The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration
Dec 17-23, 2022 Urban Nutcracker- Boch Center
Dec 19- 21, 2022  White Christmas- The Sing-A-Long Version
Dec 29, 2022 The Hip Hop Nutcracker

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 25- 27, 2022  Handel and Haydn Society, Handel Messiah
Nov 26- Dec 11, 2022 Easton Festival Of Trees
Nov 27, 2022 TUBACHRISTMAS- Downtown Crossing
Dec 1- 24, 2022 Holiday Pops- Boston Symphony Orchestra
Dec 16, 2022 Holiday Pops- Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
   
   
   

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Nov 25- Dec 31, 2022 Festival of Trees- Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Opens Nov 20, 2022 McKay's Christmas Trees
Nov 24- Dec 19, 2022 Tree Market at The Track
  Smolak Farms
Opens Nov 25, 2022 Boston Christmas Trees
  Kelly's Christmas Trees
   

 

Ice Skating

Opens Nov 11, 2022 Enchanted Ice- Jordan's Furniture
Opens Nov 12, 2022 The Rink- MarketStreet Lynnfield
  The Frog Pond- Boston Common
Opens Dec 3, 2022 Skate @ Canal District Kendall
  The Rink at 401 Park
  Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink
  DCR Kelly Outdoor Rink
  Winter Skate at Patriot Place
   
   

 

Hanukkah

Dec 19, 2022 Hanukkah Party at The VERVE Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Dec 20, 2022 CSH/CJE Hanukkah Celebration at CSH
   

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

  Abington Christmas Place
Nov 19, 2022 Holiday Market at the Eustis Estate
Dec 3-4, 2022 Winter Market- Canal District Kendall
   
   
   
   

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2022 First Night Boston
   
   

 

Miscellaneous

Nov 19, 2022- Jan 1, 2023 The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle
Nov 26, 2022 The Snow Sisters' Holiday Adventure!
Dec 10-11, 2022 Holiday Trolley- Good Witch of Salem
Dec 23, 2022 Holiday Stargazing Spectacular

 

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