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Festivals & Fairs, Music, Seasonal
Downtown Crossing transforms into a winter wonderland with December programs.
Downtown Crossing becomes “Snowflake Crossing” in December with a slate of seasonally inspired programs, hundreds of streetscape decorations and lighting, and live performances throughout the neighborhood from post-Thanksgiving weekend through December 18.
The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (Boston BID) hosts the events, starting with the installation of winter decorations this week, including the neighborhood’s first seasonal milestone: the Macy’s Holiday Tree lighting on November 12th.
Visitors in November and December can expect bright and colorful lights spanning the main thoroughfares, hundreds of lighted trees, giant hanging snowflakes, and winter-themed plants and landscaping along the streets.
“SNOWFLAKE CROSSING” HIGHLIGHTS:
MOVED TO DEC. 10 12 noon - 1:30pm: TubaChristmas. The quirky-fun brass group with more than 100 players from around the region returns to play holiday classics at the Downtown Crossing Steps (Washington and Franklin Streets). Players perform on various instruments in the tuba family, from euphonias to sousaphones, decked out in festive costumes and holiday attire.
Dec. 5, 11:00am - 12 noon: The Harvard University Band. This student-run pep ensemble returns to Downtown Crossing with holiday tunes and high-energy favorites. After the performance, the Band engages its “scramble style” of marching and plays from Downtown Crossing to Faneuil Hall to provide holiday cheer to shoppers, workers, visitors and residents along the way. Starts at One Summer Street, corner of Washington and Summer Streets, outside Macy’s & Primark.
Dec. 5-9 and Dec. 12-16, 8am - 6pm: A district-wide lobby decoration contest. In celebration of Downtown Crossing and the Financial District’s impressive array of historic and contemporary buildings, the Downtown Boston BID hosts a series of immersive decorations in building lobbies throughout the neighborhood with toy drives and seasonal treats. Visitors vote for their favorites via QR code. Winner announced Dec. 20. Participating lobbies include 155 Federal, 100 Federal, 75-101 Federal, 99 Summer, The Parker House Hotel at 60 School, The Godfrey Hotel at 505 Washington, and 125 Summer Street.
Dec. 16 - 18, 11am - 8pm: An immersive ice sculpture transforms the Downtown Crossing Steps (Washington and Franklin Streets). Surrounded by twinkly lights and decorated trees, this installation’s winter- and toy-themed decor creates a magical, eye-popping wonderland perfect for photos. Hot chocolate, music and family-friendly performances accompany the icy display.
ONGOING WINTER PROGRAMMING AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCES:
Musicians, puppeteers, holiday market, food vendors, visits from Santa and a winter-themed mural can be found on Summer Street Plaza.
Nov. 25 - Dec. 17, 11:00am - 4pm, Fridays and Saturdays: The Downtown Boston Holiday Market opens at Summer Street Plaza each weekend, where regional makers and independent retailers offer unique and off-beat gifts.
Nov. 25 - Dec. 18, 12 noon - 2pm and 4pm - 6:30pm: Daily carolers and roaming seasonal bands will delight visitors throughout the neighborhood, popping up throughout Downtown Boston with cheerful, holiday favorites.
Nov. 26 - Dec. 18, 12:30pm - 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays: Local female acapella group Sweet Harmony performs each weekend at One Summer Street Plaza outside Macy’s, with moving renditions of classic holiday songs and seasonal favorites.
Dec. 3 - 18, 12 noon - 2pm and 3pm - 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays: Santa returns to the window at Primark (10 Summer Street), delighting kiddos and hearing Christmas gift lists on weekends.
Dec. 8, 12 noon - 2pm: The Singing Nuns will enthrall passersby at One Summer Street outside Macy’s, joining voices in beloved holiday tunes, Sister Act-style.