Boston Moms Getting-Out Guide :: Things to Do with Kids in December

The holiday season is in full swing! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, and check out some of the fun things to do with kids in Boston this month!

Need some ideas to get out and explore? Boston Moms has compiled a few of our favorite events happening around Greater Boston this December!

December 1-7

Holiday Gingerbread House Decorating at The Pub!

November 26-December 17 :: Boston

Head over to Fenway’s Lansdowne Pub for a fun holiday activity for the whole family! Two sessions will be held daily, and admission includes a complete gingerbread house kit and an assortment of candy decorations.

Two Track Live: A Headphone Concert

December 1 :: Boston

Experience Berklee’s first-ever headphones-based concert, as performers from the popular YouTube series “Two Track” take the stage for one night only.

Boston Pops: Holiday Pops Kid Matinees

December 1-24 :: Boston

Kids’ matinees are geared toward younger children, with shorter performances and no intermissions. After the concert, visit with Santa and enjoy special treats!

Boston Common Tree Lighting

December 1 :: Boston

The official holiday season kick-off in Boston includes the lighting of the City of Boston’s official Christmas tree and trees throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden.

Prior to the tree lighting, check out the Skating Club of Boston’s Annual Skating Spectacular from 5-6 p.m. on Frog Pond!

Reindeer Quest at Powisset Farm

December 1-January 31 :: Dover

Grab your snow boots and set out on the search to discover the elusive herd of nine wooden reindeer, found throughout the farm trails! This free, self-guided program runs throughout the months of December and January.

Dumpling Day!

December 3 :: Concord

Travel the world with your taste buds as you make your way through stations offering a variety of dumplings from different cultures. This event features a hands-on dumpling-making demonstration, free samples of global dumpling-inspired cuisine, and the option to purchase your favorite dumplings to go! Kids will enjoy having their global dumpling “passport” stamped at each station, as well as storytime readings of the award-winning book, “Dumpling Day“!

Black Women in Science: Moon Math

December 3 :: Acton

Explore the work of Katherine Johnson, a trailblazing mathematician whose work at NASA proved critical in helping move space exploration forward. Be inspired by her work as you try your hand, and mind, at solving some “moon math” like Johnson herself.

December 8-14

Pet-Friendly Santa in the City 

December 8 :: Boston

Even the furry kids love to see Santa! Santa will be taking pictures with the furry members of the family on December 8 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Annual Ice Sculpture Stroll at Assembly Square

December 8 :: Somerville

Use a holiday map to visit the nine beautiful holiday displays set up across the Row! There will be many surprises along the way, including holiday beats by DJ Jules Flava from JAM’N 94.5!

Winter Wonderland Kids Succulent Workshop

December 10 :: Dover

Are you missing summer? Then come bring some green inside this winter with succulent indoor fairy houses and gardens! Come prepared to get messy!

Campfire Cooking Under the Moon

December 10 :: Southborough

Have a warm treat near a crackling fire and go home with that wonderful wood-smoke scent in your hair! This event will be led by Ranger Bob, a local scoutmaster and devoted member of the Trustees community who has a wealth of campfire cooking methods to share.

Sensory-Friendly Santa

December 14 :: Boston

This free event allows children with sensory difficulties to have their photos taken with Santa in a more controlled environment. Santa’s Pru workshop is located in the Prudential shopping center next to Hynes Convention Center.

December 15-21

Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration

December 16-28 :: Boston

Every December, the Cambridge Revels community gathers in Harvard University’s historic Sanders Theatre to celebrate the season through the traditional songs, dances, and stories of cultures from around the world.

Boston Tea Party 249th Anniversary

December 16 :: Boston

Revolutionary Spaces will celebrate the 249th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party with the reenactment of the “meeting of the body of the people.” Tickets to this event also include access to both of Revolutionary Spaces’ sites — the Old State House and Old South Meeting House. Experience this moment in time in the room where it happened!

Anthony Williams’ “Urban Nutcracker”

December 17-23 :: Boston

This adaptation of the Nutcracker is a beloved tradition and one of the many excellent holiday-themed things to do with kids in Boston. Anchored by classical ballet, the performances also include a broad range of dance forms such as tap, hip-hop, flamenco, and jazz, accompanied by a small live orchestra of local musicians.

Solstice Illumination Night

December 17 :: Milton

Gather around campfires to make s’mores, sip warm beverages, and watch talented fire spinner Tetra light up the night at this celebration of the shortest day of the year!

Winter Solstice Family Fun: Folklore & the Farm Tomten Celebration

December 17 :: Hingham

Celebrate the Scandanavian solstice tradition of welcoming the Tomten elf to the farm to bless the animals, fields, and farmers. Meet Dixie the pig, Nutmeg the pony, Katniss the goat, and all the other barnyard friends during this family-friendly event!

Holiday Wagon Rides with Santa

December 17 :: Waltham

Enjoy a winter wagon ride to visit Santa, where he will then lead songs and tell a story. Back at the Coach House, guests are invited to do a holiday craft and enjoy hot cocoa and apple crisp. A professional photographer will be there to capture the memories for all! 

“White Christmas” — The Sing-A-Long Version of The Iconic Christmas Movie!

December 19-21 :: Arlington

Come sing along with one of your favorite holiday movies on the big screen, accompanied by the Regent Theatre’s well-recognized full-concert sound system!

December 22-31

Disney On Ice Presents “Find Your Hero”

December 22-January 2 :: Boston

Get ready to discover the hero inside us all when Disney On Ice returns with a magical adventure for the whole family!

Adventure Days at Boston Bouldering Project

December 26 :: Somerville

Calling all adventurous kids! Enjoy a full day of bouldering, top roping, slack lining, and arts and crafts at this rock climbing extravaganza! Ages 5-14, all skill levels welcome.

Shen Yun

December 27-31 :: Boston

Watch ancient legends, heavenly realms, and modern tales of courage spring to life through classical Chinese dance. This beautiful show is not to be missed!

Candy Engineering at the Waterworks Museum

December 28-29 :: Chestnut Hill

Do you like playing with your food? Then this is the event for you! Head on over to the Waterworks Museum to engineer amazing spice drop structures and design your own candy maze!

Bessie’s Rockin’ Noon Years Eve

December 31 :: Acton

Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll into the New Year by making party hats and noise makers! Come decked out in your finest pajamas and stick around for the countdown to 12:00 (noon) with a “noon year’s eve” ball drop.

First Night Boston

December 31 :: Boston

Celebrate the new year in Boston style! Family-friendly events and experiences occur all across our amazing city, culminating in a beautiful fireworks display! 

Looking for even more ideas for things to do with kids in Boston this December? Check out our monthly calendar with event listings submitted by tons of local organizations!

Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at


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