things to do christmas day in boston

Check out our 2021 guide for Things to do on Christmas Day in Boston

On Christmas Day, many local businesses understandably shutter their doors but not everyone wants to stay home. Whether you’re getting stir-crazy or just looking for a way to entertain the kids, there are still plenty of things to do on Christmas Day.

Here is our guide to Things to Do in Boston on Christmas Day:


See Christmas Lights

Grab some hot chocolate, hop in your car, and go scope out some dazzling Christmas Lights! You can drive around local neighborhoods or visit one of Boston’s many public trees or special holiday light shows. Make sure you check out our guide to the best places to see Christmas lights in Boston before you head out.


Get Active

Boston has plenty of gorgeous parks and preserves where you can run around, workout, and commune with nature, even when it’s a little chilly outside. Most of them are open year-round so you can visit even on the holidays! Check out our guide to some of our favorite running and biking trails in Boston.


Catch a Holiday Show at Home

While our theaters remain closed right now, the Huntington Theatre Company is bringing a holiday show right to your home. You can stream their production of A Christmas Carol any time now through January 3. It’s a fantastic show that brings the magic of live theater home for the holidays.


Go On A Holiday Tree Walk

Head over to the town of Lenox for a new holiday tradition — the First Annual Lenox Holiday Tree Walk. The town has partnered local artists with businesses around town ” to create unique trees that form a beautiful lit walk through the streets” with displays on Main, Walker, Housatonic, and Church streets. You can also take part in the Pickle Scavenger Hunt by finding the good luck pickle on every tree.


Give Back

The true meaning of Christmas is giving, so show your Christmas spirit by giving back to your local community. You can volunteer at your local churches and shelters and other special events. Check out our guide to holiday volunteering opportunities around Boston.


Know of any other exciting things to do on Christmas Day in Boston? Share your tips by leaving a comment below.