A Local’s Guide to Boston #3 : Things to Do (Festive Edition!)

Serina Herron-Smith, MA SID'24

December 05, 2023

Serina Herron Smith headshotHello everyone and welcome back to the third installment of advice from your favorite local Bostonian!

This week is very exciting – we’re talking about things to DO in Boston. No more food (not explicitly at least…!) – this week I'm giving you activities, and even better some of them are seasonal so you should go now while you can. 

Okay, let’s see where the cool people go!

 Snowport 2023

Location: Seaport

Why you should go: I know I said no food, but that's not all you can do here, you can shop as well! Snowport is, in my humble opinion, one of the cutest seasonal activities you can do during Boston in the winter. (and with the weather and the cold there’s not much to do). Snowport really makes you feel like Boston is a winter wonderland. It is open during the day, but if you can handle the cold, go during the evening when the lights are turned on and the magical effect is cranked up to 100. With food trucks (hello hot cocoa), games like curling, and plenty of shopping (120+ vendors!), this is the perfect spot for a date or to hangout with friends and get some cute Instagram photos. They even have some upcoming events, I'll list them below!

  • Friday December 1st: Tree Lighting
  • Sunday December 10th: Menorah lighting


Ice Skating at Frog Pond

Location: Boston Common

Why you should go: Listen, I don't even like being cold. But there’s something about ice skating with some twinkly lights that just makes all my troubles (temporarily) go away. Located oh so close to my favorite restaurant, Ruka (another shameless plug), ice skating at Frog Pond is a classic winter activity for Bostonians. It’s cute and fun, they play music, and when the hypothermia has adequately seeped into your very bones, there's about a dozen or so good restaurants you can check out after to eat something yummy and warm up! 


Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker

Location: Citizen Bank Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

Why you should go: Someone remind me that the next time I write one of these I’ll do some cheap options… The Opera house in Boston, like most things, is a historic landmark. If you want a night out where you can dress up and feel joy for the first time in a while, I highly suggest you check out the artistry that is the Boston Ballet. They do performances year round, but this one is sure to make you cry (happy) tears. The Nutcracker is a classic winter tale and perfect for all ages, especially if you have younger siblings and kids.