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Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Boston

Boston is a fantastic destination to enjoy this holiday season. 

If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, Boston is the place to be. The city is home to some amazing events and displays that are sure to get you in the mood for Christmas. Holiday displays and events are everywhere in Boston, and the spirit of the holiday season is breathtaking. It’s impossible not to be part of the celebration—here are five fantastic holiday spots to enjoy this season. 

Five Boston Holiday Displays and Events

La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights

La Salette, or National Shrine of Our Lady Of La Salette, a Catholic Community in North Attleboro, puts on a Christmas Festival of Lights from the end of November to the first week of January annually. It is free and open to the public. Visitors are recommended to arrive early as this is one of the best light shows in the country. Despite the vastness of the property, lights are everywhere you look. It is a magical way to start the holiday season. Opening hours are 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. 

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La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights (Courtesy Dave P.)

SoWa Winter Festival

SoWa Winter Festival, located at SoWa Power Station, is considered a Winter Wonderland. It is open from November 25 to 27, November 30 to December 4 and December 7 to 11. This year’s event consists of 100+ makers, artists, designers and vendors in one place. There will be drinks, food trucks, live entertainment and specialty cocktails. 

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SoWa Winter Festival (Courtesy Chu H.)

Gardens Aglow At Heritage Museum And Gardens

Gardens Aglow at Heritage Museum and Gardens offers visitors the chance to share a holiday tradition, a celebration of lights. There are light displays all through the properties. It is an event for the entire family to enjoy. Visitors can stroll the gardens, roast marshmallows, have a reindeer scavenger hunt and treat themselves to seasonal specialties. The venue runs for 19 nights from November 25 to 27, December 1 to 4, 8 to 11, 15 to 18 and 20 to 23. 

Boston Common Tree Lighting

Boston Common Tree Lighting will take place on December 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Boston Common on Boylston Street. This event is free and open to the public. More than 7000 of light will brighten up this holiday season. There will be musical performances, special guest appearances, ice skating and refreshments. 

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Boston Common Christmas Tree (Courtesy RoadTrip N.)

Christopher Columbus Park Trellis Lighting

At 5:00 p.m. on November 22, Christopher Columbus Park by Boston’s historic waterfront will kick off this holiday season with the illumination of the park’s 260 feet of trellis, 50,000 blue lights and 14 decorated trees. This outdoor event is free. It is recommended that a warm jacket or coat is necessary. 

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Christopher Columbus Park Trellis Lighting (Courtesy Phil C.)