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Boston is dressed in its wintery best. Here’s where to see Christmas trees, menorahs, and other holiday decorations

The 80th annual Christmas tree lighting event was held on the Boston Common Dec 2.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

It’s that time of year where every walk around the block feels like a stroll through a storybook, and we want to connect readers to all the best spots around Boston to revel in the holiday spirit. Here are some of the city’s most festive holiday displays, starting with a few Christmas tree and menorah lightings citygoers can still catch.

The Seaport tree and menorah

Gather on the Seaport Common and check out the holiday tree and menorah displays. This is a perfect time to also visit the neighborhood’s third annual Snowport experience, which showcases festive foods, outdoor games, and a new European-style open air holiday market.

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The Boston Common tree and menorah

The Boston Common is lit up for the holidays, and the tree, which is gifted annually from Nova Scotia, stands 48 feet tall and is decorated with 7,000 rainbow lights. Other trees around the Common and the Public Garden are also illuminated.

The Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File

While you’re there, check out the Boston Common menorah, which stands 22 feet tall and is one of New England’s tallest menorahs. Lightings will continue every night, culminating on Monday, Dec. 6, the last day of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah is celebrated, with speeches and the lighting of a huge menorah on Boston Common on Nov. 28. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Commonwealth Avenue Mall lights

After a walk through the Common and Garden, check out the trees up and down Comm. Ave., sparkling golden with holiday lights. The entire walking corridor is a winter spectacle for all to enjoy throughout the season.

Charlesgate Park also has an eye-catching emerald green light spectacle this season — a first time for the nearby park. The display is meant to call attention to the park’s revitalization project, and will be lit each evening through March.

Charlesgate Park, near the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, is adorned with emerald green lights for the holiday season.Emerald Necklace Conservancy

The Copley Square tree and menorah

The Copley Square tree is already illuminated, standing tall with sparkling golden lights. The square’s menorah is also up, and a visit to this iconic part of the city is always worth the trip this time of year.

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The tree in Copley Square was lit on Nov. 28. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff
A giant menorah was lit on the last day of Hanukkah in Copley Square. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff


Columbus Park Trellis

With over 50,000 glowing blue and white bulbs, the Christopher Columbus Park turns into a magical light garden for everyone to enjoy. See it for yourself on 144 Atlantic Ave.

Newlyweds Said Saillant (L) and Alejandra Valerio took in the holiday lights at Christopher Columbus Park after tying the knot on New Year's Eve.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Magic of Lights

Take a drive through Gillette Stadium’s dazzling display of lights this holiday season. At every turn, you can see prancing reindeer, sparkling candy canes, and some of your favorite holiday characters all from the comfort (and warmth) of your own car. The event runs through Jan. 1, from 5 to 10 p.m., and costs $40 to $55 per car.

The entrance to the "Magic of Lights" display across the street from Gillette Stadium.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The Enchanted Village

One of the region’s most elaborate Christmas celebrations is housed in an unlikely venue: Jordan’s Furniture. The Enchanted Village goes all out, with an indoor skating rink, a 4-D Polar Express theater show, and a laser show. New this year is a mountain that kids and adults alike can slide down in an inner tube. Prices vary for the experience, which runs through Jan. 2, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Drive, Avon.

The tube at Enchanted VillageEnchanted Village


Stay tuned. This article will be updated with more can’t-miss holiday events and displays.




Brittany Bowker can be reached at brittany.bowker@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @brittbowker.