Boston Winter Is Coming To City Hall Plaza

Posted November 10, 2017 by Cheryl Fenton in Downtown Boston
Skate rentals are available to glide around the ice path. Photo Credit: Madeline Bilis

It’s the holidays in the hub. And for the second year in a row, City Hall Plaza is being transformed into a winter wonderland.

Last year, more than of 300,000 of your closest friends from Boston and beyond experienced the city’s newest holiday tradition at City Hall Plaza. ‘Tis the season to celebrate again with shopping and skating, music and mulled wine at Boston Winter Presented by Berkshire Bank. Produced and operated by Millennial Entertainment Group, the global production company behind Boston’s “seasonal experiences,” this outdoor on-going festival will let you eat, drink and be merry as you skate (quite literally) through the season.

Open to the public seven days a week from November 24 through December 31, you can indulge in interactive wine and beer experiences, take a spin on the skating path, prepare your wish list for the big guy in red at the Santa House, shop for gifts (or yourself), and explore a Bavarian Village.

Boston’s recently re-elected Mayor Marty Walsh begins the celebration with a grand opening on November 24 at 11 a.m. with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Then the fun runs until 11 p.m. – that’s 12 solid hours of holiday revelry.  As a special bonus this year, there will be a chorus singing Christmas carols, food, drinks (both alcoholic and non), and photo opportunities with your favorite Bruins alumni during the NHL Centennial Fan Arena. This traveling tribute to a century of NHL hockey features a ball hockey rink, a 1,000 square foot interactive museum, and a chance to get up close and personal with the oldest trophy in professional sports, the Stanley Cup.

The Holiday Market has been beefed up from last year’s 42 to 85 chalets, offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, goods and food – 60 percent of which are locally based. Check gift ideas off your list from vendors including VPV Photography and Coasters, Felt ‘n’ Wool, Brothers Artisan Oil, Alma Knitwear, Zooguu Handmade Decor, Urban Kitchen Handmade Soap, Celtic Revival, Intaglio Antique Prints and Maps, Cucina Aurora Kitchen Witchery, and Love Pop Cards (as seen on Shark Tank), to name a few.

While the neon marquee Boston sign returns to the outdoor skating path, Boston’s first-ever custom designed track will be reconstructed this year to provide a new skating experience. It will remain open through February, offering learn-to-skate programs and special events. Visitors can rent skates or bring their own. If you need a little music to propel you around the track (and into the season), the Berkshire Community Stage is also returning, providing an opportunity for local artists and community groups to showcase their talents through music and performances.

Along with the expanded market and exciting skating path, you’ll also enjoy a photo opp with Mr. Claus at the Santa House, a Bavarian Village (think bratwurst, pretzels and fondue), and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience with an wine-making exhibit, light food options like cheese plates and fruit, and an adjacent beer garden. Look forward to trivia in Vinopolis every Tuesday, and other live entertainment scheduled throughout the season.

Last year, Mayor Walsh partnered with the Boston Garden Development Corporation to create Boston Winter in City Hall Plaza as part of a three-year plan to “revitalize” City Hall Plaza and make the space more inviting. Because if there’s anything we love during this season, it’s a holiday party invitation.

Some activities at Boston Winter Presented by Berkshire Bank will be free, some will cost you. But when you can celebrate all the fun of the holidays in one spectacular destination, that’s priceless.