Boston holiday activities
The city of Boston is rich with culture and historic significance and host to any number of enriching and entertaining events throughout the year. But during the holiday season the Boston event calendar shines brighter than ever. With such diverse activities to choose from homeowners and families living in Boston rentals have fun just deciding what to do!
Why Did the Turkey Cross the Road?
This educational event is sponsored by the Boston Nature Center and gives youngsters the opportunity to learn more about the bird of the season – the turkey. In 2012 the event is scheduled for Saturday, November 17.
There are many opportunities for dining out on Thanksgiving Day in Boston, but enjoying brunch in the century-old Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel is one of the most elegant. In 2012 the brunch is scheduled for Thursday, November 22.
12 Bars of X-Mas
Pub crawls are a fun way to mingle with the community and get to know the neighborhood. The 12 Bars of X-Mas crawl may not be the most traditional holiday event but that’s all part of the fun. This year’s crawl is scheduled for December 1.
This musical event hosted by the Trinity Church in Boston is one of the most beloved annual holiday events in the city. In 2012 Candlelight Carols is scheduled for Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16.
Residents of Boston enjoy a number of amenities and a fun-filled holiday season is one more reason to live in the city. If you’re interested in the lifestyle that comes with renting a Boston apartment or condo, contact us for more information today.
This Christmas, you may not be ready for another rendition of The Nutcracker simply because it’s boring and it’s been done over and over again. But there’s a better alternative this year. If you’re looking for Boston apartments for rent, however, you may be close enough to the action to check out what the Somerville Theatre has planned for everyone who wants more than just a ballet.
The Slutcracker Burlesque Show has opened to rave reviews that take The Nutcracker and the work of Tchaikovsky to a completely new – and inappropriate level. Scantily clad women replace the toy soldiers and the nutcrackers are definitely naughtier than they were in the original production.
The various Brighton and Allston MA apartments and nearby rental properties are the perfect place to call home in time for the holidays. Living in Boston has always been a dream of many, but when there are such productions as the Slutcracker, it makes the urge to move into the city that much greater.
You can find a Boston luxury property that is within minutes of walking distance from the Somerville Theatre so that you can buy tickets and find out what everyone is talking about. Sure, the tradition of taking the train into New York to see the Nutcracker on Broadway will be broken but there are too many Boston apartments that have residents raving about the bawdy Slutcracker that it simply cannot be missed.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the various weeks of December, the show goes on with one of two casts, with the final performance taking place on Christmas Eve. Upon seeing the show, you will have the infamous Nutcracker music stuck in your head, but the images that will be scrolling through your mind will be anything but innocent.
When you rent in the Boston area, you will be able to quickly get back home after the show in order to call all your friends to tell them about the spectacular show that you just watched. There are a number of Boston homes for sale, so after seeing this show, you may decide that Boston absolutely must be your next new home.
No other city offers the Slutcracker Burlesque Show and everyone is talking about it. Fox, the Boston Globe and everyone else has given it five stars to encourage people to go see it around the holidays. The Nutcracker may be traditional but the burlesque show is so much more fun. The actors and actresses are top notch and dance like their lives depend on it with raunchy moves that leave the crowd howling.
Whether you live or rent in the Boston area, you simply cannot pass up the Slutcracker. Anyone who is at least 18 years of age will be able to get in to see the show. Tickets are selling out fast as everyone learns about the show through friends and reviewers that have already seen all the performers in action.
Tickets are only $25 per person and the show times are predominantly at 8 in the evening, though there are one or two performances done as a matinee in case you’ve already got plans at night.
The costumes will be reminiscent of the original Nutcracker that you grew up with, except they will be much shorter and some of the tops will be replaced by pasties. And as for the Nutcracker and the dancing, don’t expect anything tame from this group of performers. There is thrusting, twirling and everything else that makes a good burlesque show.
While it may not be a traditional way to say ‘Happy Holidays’ it will soon become a tradition that many people won’t be able to pass up. The Boston apartments for rent nearby will get you into the seats a lot faster, so if you’re still deciding, think about all that you could be missing out on when Boston isn’t the place that you call home.
There’s nothing that quite says “Christmas” like a Christmas tree. It acts as a holiday decoration and sees over the gifts in a home. But it also has a place beyond the home. More and more cities and municipalities are getting into the holiday spirit with community trees and special ceremonies that accompany the lighting of such trees. One such east coast city is Boston. In it’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a massive Christmas tree is lighted annually. Located at 75 State Street in the heart of downtown, the marketplace is just a short commute from any Boston rental property and a manageable drive from several suburban locations, such as your Allston apartment and Brookline real estate property, where it will take you about 15 minutes to get into town.
The 2011 Christmas tree lighting at Faneuil Hall Marketplace took place on Saturday, November 19 and annually occurs on a Saturday in mid to late November. It’s a day full of holiday entertainment in downtown Boston. In addition to the big countdown at 5 p.m. and the 5:30 p.m. ceremonial tree lighting, it’s a day packed with shopping, food and drinks, Christmas caroling, dancing and more. Performers take to a community stage to entertain the crowd throughout the day. Even Santa Claus gets in on the fun by making a special appearance at the event. He’s even on hand before and after the festivities to take pictures with those in attendance and to put a smile on the faces of all the little ones in attendance.
The event begins at 11 a.m, and the fun isn’t over when the 300,000 lights are flicked on to illuminate the buildings and trees within the marketplace. A Capella groups, choir groups, dance groups and characters from the Boston Ballet Nutcracker are also scheduled to annually attend and perform. Other special surprise celebrities also make it down to the annual lighting to take part in the big day, but you’ll have to be in attendance to see who shows up each particular year. All in all, the event ends at around 6:30 p.m., allowing you plenty of time to hit up some other local establishments for more Boston themed nightlife before you head back to your Boston apartment or commute back to your south end real estate home. But just because 6:30 p.m. arrives doesn’t mean that the tree goes dim. You’ll have plenty of time to admire its beauty before it’s time to go home.
Although the entire marketplace is lit up at the annual tree lighting, the crown jewel of the lighting ceremony is Faneuil Hall’s 75 foot Christmas tree. It towers over the rest of the marketplace and weighs more than six tons. The tree is a Norwegian Spruce that’s some 70 years old. Originally grown in New York’s Rockland County, the tree was transplanted and installed at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Of the estimated 300,000 lights that are annually flipped on at the lighting ceremony, this tree is decorated with over 20,000 of them. It’s also decorated with 1,500 ornaments. There’s nothing else like it in the area to get you into the holiday spirit. Take a date, tag along with your friends or round up your family and head downtown for the day of Christmas fun. Just because the big holiday is still over a month away doesn’t mean you can’t get into the holiday spirit. In Boston, this event serves as the unofficial kick-off to Christmas.
If you have spent a holiday season in Boston before, you know how magical the city gets right around now. If not, you’re in for a treat! Starting in early December, you can almost taste the holiday spirit lingering around the streets! The street lights in Back Bay start to glitter with holiday lights, a huge Christmas tree is erected in Faneuil Hall and decorated with hundreds of ornaments, and Boston’s world class shopping and dining scene reflects the cheer and magic of the holidays! Whether you’ve lived in the same Boston apartment for years or are spending your first December here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Boston holiday traditions that will be happening this month that you’ll be sure to enjoy.
- The Nutcracker
November 26-December 31, The Boston Opera House
A must-see event for the whole family, Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker is a great annual holiday tradition. Come watch the well-loved story of Clara on her journey through a winter wonderland.
- Downtown Crossing Holiday Market
November 27-December 24, Downtown Crossing
A brand new tradition, this market was a hit last December thanks to the roster of local artists, musicians, and designers selling jewelry, food, and other treats.
- Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fairs
Weekends and some weekdays through December, Harvard Square
A much older holiday tradition (almost 25 years,) this Cambridge holiday market also showcases incredible local artists.
- SOWA Holiday Market
December 11-12, Cathedral High School
Located in Boston’s South End, this holiday market is a slight variation of the popular Sowa Market. More than 80 local artists and designers will be featured.
- Holiday Pops
December 4-26, Symphony Hall
This annual month-long holiday homage is an amazing experience; come hear the Boston Pops play your favorite Christmas tunes.
- Candlelight Carols
December 19 (4 p.m.) and 20 (7 p.m.), Trinity Church
Come experience the choirs of Trinity Church in their annual presentation of holiday carols and anthems with a choral prelude of Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Make sure to come early to get a good seat!
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