Budget-Friendly Events in December

We know how busy the holiday season can get. With shopping, parties, and family visits, it’s a whirlwind of a month! Try to take some time out with the kids and attend one of these fun, budget-friendly events.

1. Boston Blink! Holiday Light & Sound Extravaganza 2019

Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 – January 1, 2020 (ongoing); 4:30pm-9pm every night
Location: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
About: Enjoy the largest Christmas tree in the Northeast while experiencing a spectacular light show in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The holiday show illuminates the Boston skyline to the beat of classic holiday music. Performances are every half hour, starting at 4:30pm until closing.
Transportation: Accessible via all the Orange, Red, Blue, and Green T lines. Paid parking nearby (75 State Street Garage)
Website: https://www.bostoncentral.com/events/boston-blinks/p28031.php

2. Kids Cooking with Miss Debbie

Date: December 2nd, 2019; 2:45PM-3:45PM
Location: Uphams Corner Branch Library; 500 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125
Cost: Free
Ages: Kids ages 6-12
About: With all the holiday cooking planned out, you’re definitely going to need some helpers! Get the kids to brush up on their cooking skills with this class offered by Uphams Corner Branch Library. Using fresh and organic ingredients, kids learn how to make appetizers, desserts, and side dishes from scratch.
Transportation: Accessible via public transportation to the Hancock St @ Bird St and Columbia Rd @ Bird St bus stops. Parking available.
Website: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5d7a71e107368a4f00cca8e2

3. Boston Common Tree Lighting with Mayor Marty Walsh

Date: December 5, 2019; 5PM
Location: Boston Commons Frog Pond; 38 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
About: Enjoy spectacular skating performances from national and international competitors at the Boston Commons Frog Pond! The event includes synchronized skating and theater on ice. Following the show, join Mayor Marty Walsh for the Annual Tree Lighting.
Transportation: Accessible via the Orange, Green C, and Green D lines. Parking available at the Boston Common Parking garage.
Website: https://bostonfrogpond.com/events/boston-common-tree-lighting-with-mayor-marty-walsh-2/

4. Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll

Date: December 5th, 2019; 6PM-9PM
Location: Corner of Mount Vernon and Charles Street on Beacon Hill, Boston, MA
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
About:  Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer with lights and free horse and buggy rides! Enjoy music by Victorian Carolers and a brass quintet. Local businesses will offer refreshments and are open for shopping.
Transportation: Accessible via the Red, Blue, and Green T Lines. 
Website: https://www.bostoncentral.com/events/beacon-hill-holiday-stroll-boston/p1107.php

5. Holly-Day on the Harbor

Date: December 7th, 2019; 12PM-3PM
Location: Waterfront Square, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
About: The Atlantic Wharf is hosting a fun-filled family day full of musical performances and magic shows! Activities include face painting, arts and crafts, and snacks.
Transportation: Accessible via Red Line – South Station
Website: https://www.bostoncentral.com/events/seasonalfun/p54010.php

6. Family Hike: Short Days, Long Nights

Date: December 15th, 2019; 2PM-3:30PM
Location: Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
About: Spend some time outside with this December nature hike! Kids will go on a Storywalk throughout the park and make paper birds to take home.
Transportation: Accessible via the Orange line; parking available.
Website: https://www.bostoncentral.com/events/nature/p62741.php

7. Zumba with Carlina

Date: December 28th, 2019; 12:30PM-1:30PM
Location: Mattapan Branch Library; 1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan, MA 02126
Cost: Free
Ages: Teens 12+
About: Get a jump start on those New Years’ resolutions with this fun Zumba class at the Mattapan library. No previous experience is needed to join!
Transportation: Accessible via the Orange T line and Blue Hill Ave @ Wellington Hill St bus stop. Parking available. 
Website: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5d629af41ccbcd2f00632333

8. Frog Pond Skating Spectacular at First Night Boston

Date: December 31st, 6PM-7PM
Location: Boston Commons Frog Pond; 38 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
About: Mark the end of the holiday season with this fantastic and free figure skating show at the Boston Commons! Stay for some great fireworks right after the show ends.
Transportation: Accessible via Accessible via the Orange, Green C, and Green D lines. Parking available at the Boston Common Parking garage.
Website: https://bostonfrogpond.com/events/frog-pond-skating-spectacular-at-first-night-boston/

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