Terrific Things To Do in Boston in December 2021 with Kids

After walking through the holiday trees, listen to colonial music and seek out the roaring bonfire at Christmas by Candlelight in Old Sturbridge Village. Photo courtesy of Osv.org
After walking through the holiday trees, listen to colonial music and seek out the roaring bonfire at Christmas by Candlelight in Old Sturbridge Village. Photo courtesy of Osv.org


Christmas lights and holiday activities are back this December, and that's just the beginning of all there is to see and do in Boston this month.

December—the month when everything sparkles, from glimmering holiday lights to the first enchanting snowfall. Exciting happenings include the return of ice skating on the Boston Common (accompanied by the Frog Pond Skating Spectacular) and the Seaport's transformation into Snowport, a winter wonderland playground where you can engage in various activities, including finding Betty the Yetti. Whether you're seeking a Polar Express 4-D Experience or looking forward to the Nutcracker and other holiday shows, it's a special time to be part of the beauty and magic of Boston during the holidays.

Don't miss the Top 16 Holiday Events and Christmas Activities for Boston Kids, our list of fun holiday markets and craft fairs, and a chance to take out the hats and scarves for all the Winter Activities near Boston, including the re-opening of Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks. For a special treat, cross the border into Rhode Island and check out the ice rink bumper cars in Providence. 

Find more top things to do in our Holiday Fun Guide and Winter Activities Guide. If you're already dreading the cold though, take a look at our recommendations for 30 Best Warm and Sunny Family Vacation Ideas and start planning a winter getaway. 

We’re adding more events to our Family Activity Calendar every day, so don’t forget to check it frequently. 

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Tot Time
Gore Place - 10:00 AM
Mythical Creatures Scavenger Hunt Kick-Off
Harvard Museum of Natural History - 11:00 AM
Teen Gaming Club
Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library - 3:00 PM
LEGO Club
Boston Public Library - Roslindale Branch - 4:30 PM
Online Guitar Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides