Christmas by Candlelight. Photo courtesy of Old Sturbridge Village
Christmas by Candlelight. Photo courtesy of Old Sturbridge Village

Best Holiday and Christmas Events and Drive-thru Lights for Boston Kids in 2020

'Tis the season to celebrate—and boy do we deserve it this year! While some big festivals and gatherings are taking a long winter's nap in 2020, there are still plenty of holiday and Christmas events around Boston to keep kids busy and feeling festive in November and December. From socially distanced Santa photo ops to dazzling outdoor light displays to gingerbread house making, here are our top picks for when your family wants to venture outside and enjoy a holly jolly good time—safely.

Want to keep that merry spirit going all season long? Hop aboard a Polar Express train ride, plan a quintessential New England holiday experience, or give back to your community by signing up for some holiday volunteering with kids in Boston. Keep tabs on our Holiday Fun Guide for more ideas for making this holiday season one to remember, in all the best ways.

Note that due to the fluctuating nature of COVID-19, events could be changed or canceled at any time, so be sure to check with the venue itself before heading out. While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our events calendar to find something else to do.

Paleo Playdates
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - 10:00 AM Pick
Asian Lantern Spectacular
Roger Williams Zoo - 5:30 PM
Get Your Groove On Family Dance Event
Landmark on Main Street (online) - 7:00 PM
T-Rex Adventure
Stone Zoo Parking Lot - various times
Living History @ Home: Get Ready for Pinkster
Dimenna / New York Historical Society Online - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides