It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
My favorite part of this time of year has always been watching Boston dress up for the holidays. No matter what you celebrate, there’s no denying that our city looks beautiful adorned with white lights, garland and bows! Every year, I marvel at how restaurants, hotels and businesses decorate for the holiday season. So, grab a hot toddy, put on your winter coat and don’t be embarrassed to hum some “Winter Wonderland” as you take in the beauty of Boston this winter. Here are some of my favorite decorations:
The Fairmont Copley Plaza 138 St. James Avenue
Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like this Boston hotel’s red and green spotlights along its exterior. Lighted wreaths hang inside each of the Oak Bar’s windows, while each of the hotel’s entrances is wrapped in garland. There’s something about this building’s beautiful molding and classically elegant interior that make it one of my favorites for the holiday season. (Not to mention, the Oak Bar’s after-dinner coffee drinks spiked with Bailey’s can really warm you up!)
John Hancock Tower 200 Clarendon Street
As you walk through the wind tunnel created by one of Boston’s tallest buildings, try to take notice of its beautiful lobby decorations as you shield your face from the frigid air. Since this building is all glass, it’s easy to peer in and enjoy the beautifully-decorated tree and wreaths that fill its lobby with holiday cheer. Who said corporate America can’t “ ‘tis the season”, too?
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park Boston’s North End, near the Marriott Long Wharf
This is one of my favorite spots in the city! Nestled off Atlantic Avenue, Christopher Columbus Park is home to dogs, tourists, picnics, and of course, beautiful holiday decorations. The Park’s walkway and trellis is illuminated with blue lights for the holiday season, creating a true winter wonderland for those on an evening stroll. With the Harbor as a backdrop, there’s no denying this spot is picturesque!
Christian Science Church Park 175 Huntington Avenue
While I.M. Pei’s building is a wonder in itself, the decorations surrounding the Christian Science Center’s reflecting pool are nothing short of breathtaking. The reflecting pool is surrounded by beautifully-lit trees adorned with white lights. On one of the buildings that faces Massachusetts Avenue, blue spotlights create an almost fairytale mystique. Heading to the Prudential Center for holiday shopping? Take the Green E Line one stop past the mall to the Symphony T stop and walk through the park for a scenic stroll.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace 1 Faneuil Hall Square
Despite being described as a tourist trap by local Bostonians, Faneuil Hall dresses to impress during the holiday season. Along with hosting one of the city’s Christmas trees, the Marketplace decorates all of its “normal” trees with white lights to create a holiday glow. As you meander from one store to the next, take in the beauty of the season as well as the area’s rich history (minus the whole Boston Massacre thing, of course!).
Gainsborough Street Gainsborough Street
One of the only residential streets in Boston to decorate for the holidays! Residents of the Fenway area’s Gainsborough Street, both professionals and college students alike, get to enjoy white lights strung on all the trees that line their street. Gainsborough’s management company decorates the trees right before Thanksgiving and keeps them aglow throughout the winter season. Nothing says home for the holidays like decorations that you don’t have to put up or take down! Sign me up!
Posted by Alyssa