Christmas Weekend Things To Do in Boston with Kids: A Christmas Carol, Snowy Owls, Holiday Lights

Watching them enjoy the magic of a North Pole train ride never gets old! Photo courtesy of the Cape Cod Central Railroad
Watching them enjoy the magic of a North Pole train ride never gets old! Photo courtesy of the Cape Cod Central Railroad

Looking for the best things to do in Boston over Christmas weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for the holiday weekend.

While you be might wrapping Christmas presents and planning special things for the holiday over the next few days, you're also beginning the week-long winter break from school! Luckily, there are no shortage of fun things to do in the Boston area starting this weekend. Watch for amazing smiles when you take your little ones for a ride on the Polar Express Train Ride on Cape Cod Central Railroad or experience the warmth of a Christmas Eve production of A Christmas Carol at North Shore Music Theatre, a theater in the round. Search for snowy owls on Ipswich beaches, plan a private cookie decorating class at Smolak Farm in North Andover, or catch a sparkling holiday light show.

Find holiday adventures for your family with our list of 20 Things To Do Christmas Day. For ideas to help fill vacation week with much-needed fun, consult our winter break activities or take a winter day trip from Boston. Also available are at-home kids activities and cool virtual programs like Funky Divas and Dudes Dance Class—via our online programs platform, Poppins At Home.

Note: Many locations throughout Massachusetts are requiring masks be worn indoors and more venues are requiring proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test, for entry. Check locations for specific details.

More Things To Do in Boston this Week with Kids:

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Marshfield Fairgrounds

Crane Beach on the Crane Estate

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Our Lady of La Salette National Shrine

Great Brook Farm State Park

Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Boston Children's Museum

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink at Larz Anderson Park

Kendall Square Community Outdoor Ice Skating

Market Street Lynnfield

Featherland Ice Skating Rink

Hunter Mountain Ski Resort

Jack Frost and Big Boulder Moutain

Nashoba Valley Snow Tube Park
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