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    Kendyll Messina | Tuesday, December 7, 2010 16 Comments

    How to $pend Your Holiday in the City of Boston

    If you’re excited to celebrate the holiday season, look no further than our own city of Boston. There is plenty to see and do, whether its just you or with friends and family. Okay- maybe you’re thinking after all of your holiday shopping, with what budget you have left, how will you possibly be able to experience any holiday splendor? That’s where I come in. Just call me a Christmas miracle, because I have planned an entire weekend’s worth of merry activities for under $40.

    We all know the everyday, scenic beauty of the Boston Commons; add some Christmas lights, music, and a skating rink and you have a winter wonderland right in the heart of the city! Don’t miss out on walking through the Boston Commons with the official Christmas tree lit amongst the hundreds of other sparkling sights. Then have a skate around the historic Boston Common Frog Pond for $4 and a skate rental of $8. This is sure to be a tradition you’ll come back to every year.

    Missed a gift on your list, or need a FREE picture with Santa? Make your way to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a fun-filled day of dance parties, Santa himself, and of course more lights! Aside from being the most famous spot in Boston for shopping and dining, through the month of December Faneuil Hall is host to many holiday events like the Jukebox Dancers Rockin’ Holiday Parties – every weekend come join the party! Don’t forget your free picture with Santa – compliments of Globe Santa, with just a small donation you can help The Globe give underprivileged kids all over greater Boston a gift this holiday season. And be sure to stick around until they turn the lights on to view New England’s tallest holiday tree, towering over 80 feet!

    Now, with a $40 budget you may be surprised to learn that the Top of the Hub is my next destination. Does eating a mouth-watering chocolate chip cookie while the sound of jazz fills the air and you view the city of Boston sounding good to you…? Keep reading. For $13, after 8pm you can enjoy the musical stylings of the Top of the Hub jazz bands, order a plate of a dozen cookies surrounded by a mountain of cinnamon-flavored Chantilly cream, and watch the city’s Christmas lights turn on from atop the Prudential Center.

    Now, I haven’t even mentioned the phenomenal holiday performances, breakfasts with Santa, or festive craft fairs around the city, but if you are able to cross off everything on my planned agenda be sure to check out more holiday happenings at the Boston.com Calendar. If you know of any other seasonal festivities in Boston that won’t break the bank please feel free to share! Thanks for reading and have a very happy holiday!

  • Michelle

    Great ideas Kendyll, love the Top of the Hub suggestions. Thanks!

  • Rob

    Awesome post Kendyll – gets me enthusiastic about the Holidays! Now, let's go do all of these activities together.

  • Meghan Saunders

    This is amazing! Work stress has given me a bad case of the “bah humbugs”.. but this article made them disapear!

  • Kenchloe

    Wow, Great info! Just have to decide what to do first!!!!!
    Can you share some budget minded ideas for New Years too?????

  • Kendyll

    So glad everyone enjoyed the post! Rob- just name the date, and I'm there! :)

  • Michael Faherty

    Great ideas! Too bad these are just holiday activities and not year 'round activities!

  • Holly

    I didn't know about the Top of the Hub offerings..I'm def going to check it out!

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