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By:  Rachael Kuper ’20

Throughout the North Shore and Boston, the season for outdoor winter festivities is upon us. Whether you’re filled with holiday cheer or more of a homebody grinch, these events have something for everyone! It’s the perfect excuse to get outside to stretch your legs, appreciate the beauty, and order a hot cocoa!

In Salem, there are several free Holiday Markets, Santa Meet and Greets, and even a 5K in the coming month!

Our leader here at Red Skies, the admirable Professor Flynn, highly recommends the 40th Annual Christmas in Salem—A Very Hawthorne Holiday house tour. For $30-$40 a ticket, you’ll see classic, historical homes decked out for the holidays; plus free admission to the Peabody Essex Museum, book signings with Jim McAllister, and food and wine tastings! The Tour takes place from Friday December 6th through Sunday December 8th.  Learn something about the City of Salem and its incredible and rich architectural history — go beyond the witch trials.  

In Boston, the Boston Common Tree Lighting is a free event on Thursday December 5th; the Faneuil Hall seasonal event, called Blink, is also free and runs Dec 3 – Jan 1.  Take the train into North Station and Faneuil Hall is within walking distance.

Ice skating on The Boston Common Frog Pond is very affordable and runs through February and into March.

Once again on Friday,  December 6th to Sunday, Decemer 8th, Mayor Martin J. Walsh presents The Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting throughout Boston.

Take some time out of your busy holiday season to enjoy the twinkle lights and the warmth of the holidays, and maybe take one last selfie with Santa!