‘Tis the holiday season and festive events are plentiful around Boston.

The Bostonian way of getting into the spirit involves a lot of laughs, a lot of traditions, and a lot of drinks! Over the last two weekends Boston participated in the annual Santa Con and the Santa Crawl. Both events were bar crawls that took place across the city. From Fenway to the Financial District, Santa’s were boozing and cruising while making their way throughout the city! It was truly a sight to see, and fun for those 21+ years of age.

Holiday celebrations in Boston are not limited to those of alcohol consuming ages though, and a holiday bucket list is imperative when taking on Boston during the holiday season. You don’t want to miss anything, do you?  Make your way over to the Boston Common, and enjoy a peaceful day, or lit-up night skating around the famous Frog Pond. Trees in Boston Common are decorated with colorful holiday lights - truly beautiful scenery for a skate-date!

Locals got their run on at the Speedo Jingle Bell Run, which was a grand ole time watching runners sport their speedos in 20 degree weather. You know what they say – don’t knock it until you try it! The Arthritis Foundation raises funds and awareness to America’s #1 cause of disability, and 100% of the registration and fundraising proceeds went to this great cause. Over $70,500 was raised in the spirit of the event! Boston Common was full of these festive runners making a difference for such a great cause.

However, the holidays  in Boston cannot be compete without a ticket to the Holiday Pops at the Boston Symphony Hall. The calendar is decked with concerts both day and night, so be sure to accommodate your schedule accordingly! The orchestra playing your favorite holiday toons will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Simply walking by the Boston Symphony Hall this time of year will surely leave you blown away by the music pouring out of the doors.

Looking for a bar you can feel safe bringing your kids to? Then checkout the Langham Hotels 30th Annual Chocolate Bar! For every Saturday from November 24 through December 29th this luxury hotel will host a 100+ dessert display! Make sure to get your tickets to be a part of the feast, as we all know tasty treats do not last long this time of year, especially chocolates. The array of desserts does not discriminate, as there are frozen treats, baked goods, vegan options- and everything a desert lover could ever dream of! Children under the age of 5 are given complimentary access, thus making it a truly family-friendly event. A chocolate heave, and all you can eat. What an extravaganza!

Clear your Calendar to check out the Gingerbread House Party Brunch at 75 Chestnut in Beacon Hill. The restaurant hosts an afternoon of decorating gingerbread houses, but all while enjoying some of the Winter Menu Specials. The event takes place every Saturday from November 23- December 24th! The ticket includes the ginger bread house, candy decorations, and a 2 course lunch. You do not want to miss this! 75 Chestnut will truly add joy to your holidays, and you can then show off your beautiful gingerbread house to loved ones when they visit your home this holiday season. The best part - you can then demolish it together piece by delicious piece!

Finish our bucket list this holiday season, and take in all the cheer our beautiful city has to offer. Embrace your family and friends by having truly joyous, memorable, and happy holidays!

melissa flamburis88 Wareham