Boston events December 2019. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events December 2019

Sound of Music sing-along

December 1, 2019 (1 p.m.)
7.6 miles NW
Sing the onscreen lyrics, use your free bag of props, and see a costume contest at Sing-Along Sound of Music at Regent Theatre in Arlington.

Short holiday plays

December 1 - 7, 2019
12.4 miles north
See six short holiday plays in one evening during Suburban Holiday Memories, performed by the Quannapowitt Players Theater in Reading.

Holiday at the mansion

December 5, 2019 (5 to 7:30 p.m.)
8.5 miles west
Walk through the decorated rooms of Commander’s Mansion at Holiday Open House, which has cocoa and treats plus Santa in the evening in Watertown. Free.


December 6 - 7, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
2.3 miles SW
The Boston Baroque orchestra, chorus, and guest soloists perform Handel’s masterpiece Messiah for the holidays in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.

Swedish holidays

December 7, 2019
1.5 miles SW
Swedish Yuletide features traditional Swedish foods, crafts, and Lucia pageants (11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.) at the Cyclorama.

Beer tasting

December 7, 2019 (1 & 5:30 p.m.)
2.1 miles SE
Taste locally brewed beer at Suffolk County Beer Festival in The Innovation and Design Building.

Wine tasting in Ashland

December 7, 2019 (2 to 5 p.m.)
28.6 miles west
A ticket to the Grand Tasting Event includes a souvenir glass, 60 wines to taste, and light refreshments at Wine Empire in Ashland.

Family musical: Rudolph

December 7 - 8, 2019
1 mile SW
Based on the TV classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a cheerful, song-filled live adventure featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Abominable Snow Monster, Hermey the Elf, and Rudolph at Boch Center Shubert Theatre.

Holiday home tour

December 7 - 8, 2019
1.9 miles south
Visit five homes professionally decorated for the holidays during the Labouré Center Christmas House Tour in South Boston, with transportation provided. Evening tour on Saturday and daytime tour on Sunday.

Jingle Bell run/walk

December 8, 2019
0.6 miles SW
Wear a costume or tie on bells for the Jingle Bell Run (5K or 1-mile) and the kids’ run (1K) at Boston Common. Walkers welcome.

Acoustic concert

December 8, 2019 (7 p.m.)
0.9 miles SW
“Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music” during Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice at The Wilbur Theatre.


December 11, 2019 (7 to 9 p.m.)
0.4 miles north
The North End Music and Performing Arts Center plus a choir and soloists perform Handel’s Messiah (Part 1) at St. Leonard’s Church.

Candlelit Christmas concert

December 13, 2019 (8 to 10 p.m.)
1.4 miles SW
Candlelight Christmas at Old South has a candlelight procession, a chorus singing classic holiday songs and less familiar works accompanied by the church’s majestic organ, and sing-a-longs at Old South Church.

Christmas show

December 13 - 14, 2019
13 miles NW
ChristmasTime has a cast of 200, a full orchestra, Santa’s workshop, a parade of wooden soldiers, dancers, a Victorian Christmas, and a live Nativity at Reagle Theatre.

Art fair

December 13 - 15, 2019
1.9 miles SW
Shop for gifts from 200 juried artists at the CraftBoston Holiday show at Hynes Convention Center. Held in May and December.

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Jane Austen romance

December 13 - 15, 2019
5.1 miles NW
Skylight Theater Collective presents a new adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, in which witty Elizabeth Bennet and haughty Mr. Darcy must overcome their pride and prejudice in order to find love and happiness in rural England, at Cambridge Masonic Temple.

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Murder mystery

December 13 - 21, 2019
1.4 miles SW
Agatha Christie’s suspenseful masterpiece Murder on the Orient Express stars detective Hercule Poirot investigating a murder on a train full of suspects, at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

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Blue Man show

December 13 - 22, 2019
1.1 mile SW
Blue Man Group promises to rock your world with a combination of comedy, music, and special effects at Charles Playhouse.

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Harvard Square craft fair

December 13 - 22, 2019
5.7 miles NW
Harvard Square Holiday Fair is a small craft market at The Church of St. Paul in Cambridge. Free.

Sweet musical

December 13 - 22, 2019
20 miles NW
Based on the best-selling book, Tuck Everlasting asks, “If you could live forever, would you want to?” and features a rousing score and plenty of humor at Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord.

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Holiday Pops

December 13 - 24, 2019
2.1 miles SW
Celebrate the holidays at the festive Boston Pops Holiday Concert with your favorite songs, a sing-along, and a visit from Santa at Boston Symphony Hall.

The Nutcracker

December 13 - 29, 2019
0.6 miles SW
The Nutcracker by Boston Ballet is a holiday tradition with colorful characters on a magical journey to the Nutcracker Prince’s kingdom in the clouds at the Boston Opera House.

Dolly Parton’s holiday musical

December 13 - 29, 2019
0.8 miles SW
Featuring country music written by Dolly Parton, Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol imagines Ebenezer Scrooge as the greedy owner of a 1930s Tennessee coal mine who learns about the power of love at Emerson Colonial Theatre.

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Modern version: Christmas play

December 13 - 29, 2019
3.2 miles west
A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about the amazing transformation of miserly Scrooge when he’s visited by ghosts. This new version at Central Square Theater has “puppetry, live music, dancing, and intimate storytelling.”

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Winter solstice show

December 13 - 29, 2019
3.3 miles NW
Christmas Revels is a family-oriented show with 2.5 hours of music, dance, song, theater, humor, and audience participation at Sanders Theatre.

Drive-through light show

December 13 - 29, 2019
30.7 miles SE
Jump in the car and drive south to Marshfield Holiday Light Show to see “dozens of dazzling, larger-than-life holiday themed displays to delight the entire family” synchronized to music on your radio at Marshfield Fairgrounds. Closed Dec. 16 - 18.

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Irish Christmas cruise

December 13 - 30, 2019
0.5 miles SE
An Irish Christmas Carol includes an Irish band playing merry holiday ballads, 1.5 hours of views, and a bar selling adult beverages and snacks aboard the decorated Northern Lights, departing from 60 Rowes Wharf.

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Holiday light show

December 13, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020
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See “the largest tree in the northeast” decorated with lights synchronized to music at Blink Light & Sound Show at Faneuil Hall every half hour from 4:30 to 10 p.m. See the separate page for opening day Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Free.


December 13, 2019 - Jan. 4, 2020
8.2 miles north
See trees covered with lights, live reindeer, decorated animals areas, and Santa at ZooLights at Stone Zoo. The last day with Santa is Dec. 24. Open 5 to 9 p.m. but closed Nov. 28 and Dec. 25.

Gospel Nativity

December 14, 2019 (8 p.m.)
0.6 miles SW
Black Nativity tells the story of the Nativity in song, scripture, music, poetry, and dance with a cast of 50 people at the Paramount Center.

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Concert at Old South Church

December 14, 2019 (3 p.m.)
1.5 miles SW
The Holiday Concert features the Boston Choral Ensemble singing traditional carols and music by candlelight, accompanied by the organ at Old South Church.

Ugly sweater pub crawl

December 14, 2019
2 miles SW
Wear your tackiest to an Ugly Sweater crawl for drink specials, no cover charges, and outfit prizes.

Christmas tea party

December 14, 2019 (4 p.m.)
10 miles west
“Enjoy a three-tiered tea including sweets, savories, and sandwiches while playing games and listening to anecdotes about life the early 19th century” during Holiday Tea at Gore Place in Waltham for adults and older children.

Football lunch

December 14, 2019 (2 to 6 p.m.)
14 miles NW
Join local celebrities at Army Navy Football Luncheon, which includes a buffet lunch and TVs showing the game at Scoreboard Sports Bar & Grill in Woburn.

Make a glass gift

December 14 - 15, 2019
4.8 miles SW
Make your own glass ornament to take home at a $150 Christmas & Chanukah Class at Diablo Glass School. Wear cotton clothes and closed-toe shoes.

Holiday dance show

December 14 - 22, 2019
1.3 miles SW
Family-friendly What the Dickens! tells the classic holiday story “A Christmas Carol” with professional dancers plus students weaving together contemporary dance, ballet, tap, hip hop, flamenco, projections, and narration at John Hancock Hall.

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The Nutcracker

December 14 - 22, 2019
3.8 miles south
José Mateo Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester

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Christmas play

December 14 - 22, 2019
10 miles north
Inspired by the classic film, Miracle on 34th Street is about a man who claims to be Santa and a girl who doesn’t believe, at Greater Boston Stage Company.

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Classical Christmas concert

December 15, 2019 (3 p.m.)
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The Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms Society performs works by Bach with carols and seasonal songs in its show A Brandenburg Christmas in The Great Hall.

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Star-studded concert

December 15, 2019
0.6 miles NW
Jingle Ball brings big-name music artists every December to TD Garden.

The story of Chanukah

December 15, 2019 (4 p.m.)
1.2 miles SW
A Light Through the Ages tells the meaning of Chanukah through story and song, concluding with a dramatic candle-lighting ceremony at Central Reform Temple. Free.

Holiday 5K

December 15, 2019
3.5 miles west
Yulefest is a 5K race through Harvard Square followed by a block party with food and beer for age 21+.

Holiday bike ride

December 15, 2019
6.4 miles NW
Wear festive clothes and sing carols on the leisurely paced 22-mile Jingle Ride from Arlington to Boston roundtrip, with cookies and cocoa in Harvard Square. Free.

Charles Dickens festival

December 15, 2019
12 miles west
Dickens Holiday Festival has holiday vendors, carolers, bell ringers, and fiddlers upstairs. On the main floor, costumed actors will read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, at Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham. Admission cost.

Christmas play

December 15 - 23, 2019
44 miles west
A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ classic about the miraculous transformation of miserly Scrooge at Hanover Theatre in Worcester.

Holiday carols cruise

December 15 - 28, 2019
0.5 miles SE
Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise includes a live band, carolers, optional sing alongs, 1.5 hours of views, and a bar (selling cocoa, cookies, and more) aboard the decorated Northern Lights, leaving Rowes Wharf.

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Boston Tea Party

December 16, 2019
0.3 miles SW
Relive December 16, 1773 when colonists met to debate King George’s tea tax and decide the fate of three shiploads of tea in Boston Harbor at the Boston Tea Party Reenactment, with 100 volunteer actors in costume at Old South Meeting House.

Music at the mansion

December 17, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
10 miles west
Music for the Holly Days features a seven-member string band playing Celtic and traditional folk music (Irish jigs, Scottish reels, folk songs, holiday favorites, and sing alongs) in the Carriage House at Gore Place in Waltham.

Hanukkah event

December 18, 2019 (4:30 to 10 p.m.)
2.6 miles SW
Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights promises “an evening of art, culture, and community” with art exhibits, live performances, and art making at the Museum of Fine Arts. Free admission beginning 4 p.m.


December 19 - 29, 2019
9.5 miles west
Oliver is a popular musical about a London orphan, based on the classic book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, at Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown.

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The Nutcracker in Weston

December 20 - 21, 2019
16 miles west
Commonwealth Ballet frolics, battles, and dances to tell the story of The Nutcracker, a toy that comes to life in a young girl’s dream and leads her to the land of the sugar plum fairy at Regis College.

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Latkes for Hanukkah

December 21, 2019 (1 to 2 p.m.)
3.6 miles NW
Celebrate Hanukkah with free potato pancakes and a Klezmer band at the Everyone Loves Latkes Party at 27 Brattle Street. Free. [Scroll down their web page.]

Children’s fairy tale

December 21 - 31, 2019
6 miles NW
Thumbelina is a musical based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen about a miniature girl who meets amazing creatures at Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge.

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Jewish party

December 24, 2019 (9 p.m.)
1 mile SW
Originally a party where Jewish singles ages 21 to 49 met and mingled, now everyone is welcome to attend Matzoball Boston with a live DJ at Royale for age 21+.

Fun basketball show

December 26, 2019
0.6 miles north
The talented Harlem Globetrotters perform ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy bits in an entertaining show at TD Garden.

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White Christmas sing along

December 26, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
7.6 miles NW
Sing the onscreen lyrics as you watch White Christmas starring Bing Crosby at Regent Theatre in Arlington.

Mind-reading comedy

December 27 - 29, 2019
0.4 miles SW
Master mentalist Jon Stetson entertains with a funny show that “blends the art of mystery with the study of psychology, the predictability of human nature, and the power of intuition” at Omni Parker House.

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Magic show

December 27 - 29, 2019
3.5 miles SW
Ivan Amodei involves the audience in his entertaining 90-minute magic show Secrets & Illusions, featuring illusions, puzzles, priceless artwork, music, and mind games at Huntington Avenue Theatre.

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Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

December 28 - 29, 2019
2.1 miles SW
Watch your favorite Looney Tunes cartoons projected on the big screen while the Boston Pops play the score during Bugs Bunny at the Symphony at Boston Symphony Hall.

New Year’s Eve - restaurants

December 31, 2019
Boston locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s festival

December 31, 2019
Boston locations
First Night Boston features art exhibits, dance performances, live music, puppets, comedy, and family fun, mostly at Copley Square and Boston Public Library. See schedule. Free.

New Year’s Eve - Hyatt

December 31, 2019 (10 p.m.)
0.6 miles SW
New Year's Eve Party 2020 is an upscale event with live entertainment, light hors d’oeuvres, cocktails for sale, and a midnight ball drop at the Hyatt Regency for age 21+.

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New Year’s - fireworks 7 p.m.

December 31, 2019 (7 to 7:20 p.m.)
0.8 miles SW
Boston Family Fireworks is a spectacular fireworks display scheduled at a time when children can attend at Boston Common. Free.

New Year’s - fireworks midnight

December 31, 2019 (11:59 p.m.)
0.5 miles east

New Year’s Eve - Westin

December 31, 2019
1.5 miles SE
Designed for professionals age 30+, Back Bay Ball has an optional dinner starting at 7 p.m., followed by an optional reception at 9 p.m., and a 10:30 p.m. party with dancing to ‘80s, ‘90s, and current top-40 plus a midnight countdown at The Westin Copley Place.

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New Year’s Eve - Colonnade

December 31, 2019 (7 p.m.)
1.7 miles SW
Boston’s Resolution Ball includes passed hors d’oeuvres, a slider station, a DJ, and a live band at The Westin Copley Place.

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New Year’s Eve - pops

December 31, 2019 (9:30 p.m.)
2.1 miles SW
Dance the night away with the Boston Pops and special guest The Hot Sardines, plus a cash bar and dining options at Boston Pops Symphony Hall.

New Year’s Eve tango party

December 31, 2019 (8:30 p.m.)
3 miles NW
New Year’s Eve Gala includes a potluck buffet, DJ music, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight at Tango Society of Boston in Somerville. Free.

New Year’s dance party

December 31, 2019 (9 p.m.)
5.1 miles NW
Marketed to college students, Glow Boston NYE features four DJs playing “popular EDM, top 40 remixes, and throwbacks” at Cambridge Masonic Temple for age 18+.

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New Year’s Eve - rock

December 31, 2019 (9:30 p.m.)
7.6 miles NW
New Year’s Eve Spectacular features Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra playing classic rock by The Who, David Bowie, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Queen at the Regent Theatre in Arlington.

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Early New Year’s for families

December 31, 2019 (3:30 to 7 p.m.)
22 miles NE
Beverly’s New Year is a family celebration with music, arts & crafts, a 6 p.m. parade, and a 6:30 p.m. beach-ball drop. A few activities are free.

New Year’s baroque

December 31, 2019 & Jan. 1, 2020 (8 p.m.)
3.3 miles NW
The New Year’s celebration by Boston Baroque features a variety of classical music, with champagne and chocolates at intermission in Sanders Theatre.

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