Best time to go to Boston

Christmas Lights 2019-2020

Holiday illumination makes winter seem less dark and cold

Christmas Lights in Boston 2019 - Best Time
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Christmas lights are one of the essential holiday experiences in Boston. The beautiful illumination in the city's parks and gardens as well as LED-decorated trees at the Boston Common and Faneuil Hall (Boston Quincy Market) attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and create a festive mood for the holidays.

Boston Quincy Market 2019
Boston Quincy Market

ZooLights at the Stone Zoo attract many little Bostonians, as the park is transformed into a fairy-tale. By the entrance to the Stone Zoo, visitors can see Yukon Creek with bald eagles, Canadian lynx, arctic fox, and reindeer while enjoying the holiday lights. After a photo opp with a reindeer; children can visit Santa in his castle, wander the alleys under twinkling LEDs, and take a carousel ride.

The Tower Hill Botanic Garden near Worcester celebrates Christmas season by switching on thousands of lights during the Winter Reimagined. About 15 acres of the gardens are covered with mesmerizing displays celebrating winter, night and nature. Visitors are offered seasonal drinks and fun photo ops. Take a Fairy Light walk through the woods and create some holiday memories for your family.

Boston Common, the Frog Pond Skating Spectacular, and the Public Garden are among the best-decorated areas in the city. Another must-see is the sound and light performance at Faneuil Hall that features more than 350,000 LED lights. Also, don't forget to check out a colourful illumination of 31 Nights of Light at the Prudential Tower which changes every day.