Deciding what to do during the holidays can sometimes feel like a monumental task, with every member of the family offering different ideas for how that precious free time is spent. However, for those looking to take a trip away from home during Thanksgiving, Boston provides innumerable opportunities for entertainment for the whole family. Whether you want to see a show or spend some time outdoors with the whole gang, here’s are five things to consider for your holiday trip.
Go Skating at Frog Pond
Burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories and bond with your family in the process by testing your skills on a pair of ice skates at Frog Pond. Each year, this Boston Commons rink provides a convenient location for Boston’s many residents and visitors to try their best Oksana Baiul impression, get some exercise, and enjoy some family fun along the way.
See a Performance of The Nutcracker
The last bite of Thanksgiving dinner officially signals that the countdown to Christmas is on. This year, make the holidays even more special for your family by taking them to a performance of Tchaikovsky and Balanchine’s celebrated holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. This iconic holiday performance is the perfect antidote for the winter chill, and, unlike many kid-friendly shows, is just as delightful for adults as it is for little ones.
Go Sledding on Boston Common
Channel your inner kid and break out the old toboggan on Boston Common this year. Every year, Boston Commons’ hills draw hundreds of sledders racing to the bottom. After you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bite at The Paramount, a casual nearby eatery your kids are sure to love.
Check out the MIT Museum
Foster a love of STEM in your kids with a visit to the MIT Museum. This fall, the museum will be hosting an exhibit of Rube Goldberg-inspired machines, as well as encouraging museum visitors to make their own as part of their annual FAT Chain Reaction Event.
Visit the Boston Christmas Tree
Take a trip to Boston Commons and show your family one of the country’s most impressive Christmas trees this holiday season. This massive tree, which generally stands 40 to 50 feet tall, is one of the country’s most famous Christmas trees and has been illuminated in Boston Commons every year since 1941. Whether you find yourself ambling the cobblestone streets of Charlestown or rubbing elbows in Back Bay, Boston is the perfect place to spend the fall holidays. This Thanksgiving, explore what this historic city has to offer and make memories your family won’t soon forget.