9 Free Boston Area Holiday Events This Week

Get in the spirit of the holidays without putting a dent in the budget. We found nine Boston-area holiday events taking place this week that are sure to add a little ho-ho-ho to your ho-ho-holidays. And we know there are more! If your group or organization is hosting a free area holiday event this week, please let us know by posting details in the comments below. 

Through January 3
Hourly from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

This is the fourth season that Blink! has been dazzling visitors. The free light and sound show features over 350,000 LED lights that blink and dance to music from the Holiday Pops. Head to toward the Main Tree to get the best view. 

Wednesday, December 2, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The Red Raven Gastropub
3 Nagog Park, Acton

The Stroll takes place outside and includes a Christmas Caroling with The Muses A Cappella Group from Wayland High School, a visit from Santa Claus, storytime, crafts, hot cocoa and cookies, and a gingerbread house competition for all ages. 

Thursday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Commander’s Mansion
440 Talcott Avenue, Watertown

Take a self-guided tour of the decorated mansion, enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus, and participate in a gingerbread house decorating contest. Santa Claus is scheduled to stop by between 6 and 8 p.m. 

Thursday, December 3, 5 to 8 p.m.
Boston Common

Take in the joy of the season with performances on Frog Pond by national and international figure skaters. The skating show takes place from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the tree lighting from 6 to 8 p.m. 

December 4 and 5, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street, Boston

The Old South Meeting House, decorated for the holidays, welcomes visitors to warm up with a cup of tea. Meet colonial characters and learn about tea rituals in historical Boston. Create your own tea-themed holiday card and discuss the matter of tea and taxes in 1773. 

Saturday, December 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Pinehills
33 Summerhouse Drive, Plymouth

Ice sculpting demonstrations, cookie decorating and a visit by Santa Claus are included in this community event. One of the highlights of the day is the Reindog Parade. Look for costumed canines and their owners dressed for the occasion – sure to get tails wagging! 

Sunday, December 6, 11 a.m.
Meet tour guide by Café Pulse
South Market Street, Boston

Enjoy the festive decorations at one of Boston’s most famous tourist spots while learning of the area’s rich history. Step back in time with stories of the market’s creation and hear how this popular spot was established as an international trading center. 

Sunday, December 6, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Stetson Hall
6 South Main Street, Randolph

This lively performance is open to all ages and includes holiday favorites including the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. More contemporary holiday music will also be featured, with Sleigh Ride, Festiva Jubiloso and Lincolnshire Posy

Sunday, December 6, 3 to 4 p.m.
Hingham Public Library
66 Leavitt Street, Hingham

Featuring the talents of John Muratore, this free concert is part of the library’s Sunday Sounds Special concert series. Muratore performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia. 


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MaryJo Kurtz
MaryJo Kurtz

MaryJo Kurtz is the assistant vice president of marketing and communications at Hanscom FCU.

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