Gillette Light show Boston

Things to do on Christmas Day in Boston – Magic of Lights at Gillette Stadium

With the gifts unwrapped and the eggnog gulped down, it might seem like Christmas day is over but wait! There are still a ton of fun activities and events taking place in Boston that will keep your holiday spirits up. So, fret not that the festivities at home are over and instead step out to enjoy a safe day outdoors by attending entertaining events planned especially for Christmas day to keep the celebration going.

Check out below some of the things to do on Christmas day in Boston where you can have a fun time with friends and family!

What to Do on Christmas Day in Boston

Mysteries on the Move: Scavenger Hunt in Boston

Murder Mystery challenge Boston

Gather clues hidden around the city, search for passcodes and historical markers, all to investigate a murder! Participate in a murder mystery challenge and add a bit of adventure to your Christmas cheer that will take you to various historic spots in the city. You will be tasked with finding the culprit behind the murder of movie director Rex King, visiting Boston while filming on location. Get transported to the 1960s and hunt down the killer!
When: 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

The Greatest Bar: XMAS Party

Take the family, kids and friends to this holiday celebration after a lovely Christmas morning and let loose! Step onto the dance floor, forget bedtimes and shake a leg all night long to favorite holiday tunes at a very special dance off! There’s food, delicious drinks and more activities which promise nothing but fun!
Where: 262 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114

Where to Go see Christmas Lights in Boston

Magic of Lights at Gillette Stadium Boston

Gillette Light show Boston

Image credit: Magic of Lights Facebook page

Step into your car and drive through a dazzling light display which features displays of holiday scenes and animations making for a stunning spectacle on a dark night. You can even hire a party bus if you have a large family party, or a limousine, just in case you want to indulge and witness this brilliantly lit area that celebrates the Christmas spirit.
Where: 67 Washington St, Foxborough, MA 02035
How much: Rides start at $25

Check out our detailed 2021 Guide to Gillette Magic of Lights in Foxboro

Wilmington Christmas Lights 2021

Wilmington Christmas Lights


As we inch closer to December 25th, many people are showing off their Christmas spirit by setting up extravagant lights to spread the holiday cheer. But perhaps no city does it quite like Wilmington, MA. Each year, the city’s residents vie to defend their crown as the most cheerful Christmas town near Boston. 

One particular family sports the crown of most decorative thanks to ABC’s, “The Great Christmas Light Fight”. The Fiore family won the family show last year, taking home $50,000 for their dazzling light display. Can they defend their title this year? You can swing by the neighborhood to find out for yourself! 

For more details such as what to see, how to get there and more, check out our 2021 Guide to Christmas Lights in Wilmington

Stone Zoo’s “Zoo Lights”

Stoneham Zoo Lights

Image Credit: Stone Zoo Facebook Page

This stroll through Stone Zoo is lit with trees and lights, a fun way to view all the animals on display! For non-members, tickets are $13.95 per person, or a four-pack for $50. Any guest under the age of two is free. Check out our detailed 2021 guide for Stoneham Zoo Lights 2021

Looking for more Christmas lights in Boston? Check out our list of best 2021 Holiday Lights in Boston.

Christmas Day Activities in Boston

Donation Drive for Friends of Boston’s Homeless

This Christmas, engage in giving back and embrace the true spirit of the festival by donating certain household items to those who have been living on the streets and in shelters but have now found new homes to live in. You can put together housewarming gift baskets for all those people finding stability and safety in the apartments they would move into to rehabilitate and rebuild their lives.
Where: COA Lobby of the Community Center | Weston, MA 02493

Check out our list of 10 Volunteering Opportunities in Boston this holiday season! 

Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston | Kusama LOVE IS CALLING

Exhibit at ICA Boston

Image credit: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Attend a special exhibit on Christmas day if you’re looking for something cultural in the rich Boston cityscape. Here you can view Yayoi Kusama’s immersive, kaleidoscopic environments that capture the artist’s visual vocabulary to the rhythm of her voice reciting Japanese poetry. It promises to be a truly transcendent experience, one that will take Christmas to a whole different level.
Where: 25 Harbor Shore Dr, Boston, MA 02210

Pop-Up Picnic in the Park Couple Date Night+ 5 Love Languages

Looking to sneak away from family drama and spending some time with that special someone? This pop-up sunset date seems tailored made for you! Here you can have a picnic, watch the sun go down and also participate in some special date night activities that are included in your digital date night box, coming to you in 5 different languages!
Where: 4 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116

And for more things to do during Christmas week, check out our weekly guide for things to do in Boston.

Places to Eat on Christmas Day in Boston

Henrietta’s Table

It begins to look a lot like Christmas day when instead of stacking up dirty plates, you just simply step out for a hearty meal! And if you’re looking for a fine dine experience, head over to Henrietta’s which features dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients, fresh vegetables and more. You can step in for a special Christmas meal or even a good early morning breakfast.
Where: 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138


Restaurant open on Christmas day Boston

Image credit: Yelp

If you’re looking for some delicious seafood to bring your Christmas to a close, visit Alcove which is known for its coastal dishes that merge New England ingredients with Mediterranean flavors. Try the Spanish Octopus or the crab claws and even the lobster rolls while you’re here. The Jonah Crab Cocktail and Bigoli with house-made pasta come highly recommended too!
Where: 50 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, MA 02114

Tuscan Kitchen Brunch

Enjoy a delicious Christmas brunch at this restaurant in Seaport which offers all your brunch staples including pancakes and French toast that you can pair with interesting cocktails like the Sunrise Trail to Naples or the Tuscan Tini. It’s the perfect place to head to if you want to spend some quality time outside the home with friends and family.
Where: 64 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210



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