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

Top 20 Holiday Events and Christmas Activities for Boston Kids

'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, there are still plenty of holiday events and Christmas activites near 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.


King Richard's Faire
King Richard's Faire - 10:30 AM Pick
Fall Festival Weekends at Smolak Farms
Smolak Farms - 10:00 AM Pick
Marini's Trick or Treat Hayrides
Marini Farm - 10:00 AM Pick
37th Annual AppleFest at Wachusett Mountain
Wachusett Mountain - 11:00 AM Pick
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