Boston’s Holiday Spirit

Arts, Uncategorized


Fran Cronin


The mayor may not be up and around, but his staff in City Hall are as busy as Santa’s elves. For the ninth year in a row, the mayor is ensuring that families across the socio-economic spectrum of Boston will have the opportunity to enjoy all the special holiday performances and events the city has to offer.

In partnership with the nonprofit ArtsBoston and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB), more than 13,000 half-price tickets will be available to more than 70 of the region’s most popular holiday outings including performances, restaurants and gift buying.

Some of the shows offered at half-price include “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Citi Performing Arts Center; the Handel & Haydn Society’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah” and the Boston Baroque’s 10th Anniversary Christmas Celtic Sojourn.  Also available will be the new costumes and sets performance of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” and the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 25th anniversary performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester.  For added fun, check out “The Blue Man Group” or other current listings at the ArtsEmerson and Huntington Theatre companies. A full calendar of free and low-cost festivities is featured along with the purchase of a $10 restaurant voucher.

The city’s newest tradition Blink!, a six-week state-of-the-art light and sound show featuring the music of the Holiday Pops will launch November 17 at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

As if reading the city’s mind, Menino says, “There’s no better time than the holidays to enjoy the Boston areas arts scene.”

A word of advice: Half-price ticket quantities are limited and daily allotments vary. New performances are added and others may sell out. The mayor’s office recommends those interested in holiday deals visit the website often, watch for special e-mail and social media alerts on and on

Since its inception, the Mayor’s Holiday Special has brought in over 90,000 people to the area’s holiday shows – enough to fill Symphony Hall 35 times – and saved ticket buyers more than $5 million, which gets reinvested back into the arts community.

For a complete schedule and listing of the city’s holiday performances and events, go to


A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan


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