OK, so it's not exactly buckling up and facing the terrain at Jay Peak, but a mere 20 miles from downtown Boston, Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton offers a close alternative for those nights when you can't resist fresh powder, yet can't blow off work either for a trip up north. Ski from 6-9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday for just $18, 5-9 p.m. Thursday through Friday for $18, and 5-9 p.m. weekends and holidays for $24. Now that's not a bad commute home at all.
Explore the lighted wonder of the Stone Zoo during the annual Zoolights, where thousands of twinkling lights put an added touch to some of the zoo's more lively inhabitants. In addition to bald eagles, porcupine, lynx, a gray fox, and a reindeer, Santa will be on hand for photos through Dec. 23.
You may shiver just from observing, but is there a more traditional way to kick off the New Year than watching a bunch of people dive into frigid waters on Jan. 1? That's when the annual L Street Brownies' polar plunge takes place. Last January, about 500 people dived into 39-degree waters of Boston Harbor, with about 1,000 others satisfied enough to enjoy the view with most of their clothes on.
Celebrate one of Boston’s most famous parties of the year during First Night celebration on Dec. 31 from 1 p.m. to midnight. Begun 30 years ago, Boston’s First Night showcases Boston’s cultural and artistic communities through more than 250 exhibitions and performances. View gigantic ice sculptures, two fireworks displays, and a Mardi Gras-style Grand Procession through the city streets.
When the temperatures begin to drop, it means the holiday season is quickly approaching. Head to the Boston Common on Dec. 4 from 6-8 p.m. to watch the lighting of Boston’s official Christmas tree and trees throughout Boston Common, the Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall by Mayor Thomas Menino.
Test your ice skating skills on America’s oldest public park’s ice skating rink. Frog Pond is open for another season of city skating. Glide alongside local residents or visitors as you train for Olympic gold or just enjoy a romantic evening out with your special someone.
One of Boston's finest dining destinations, the award-winning Top of the Hub features outstanding cuisine, impeccable service, and a sophisticated ambiance. Soaring 52 floors above the Back Bay, the restaurant and adjoining Skywalk Observatory offer guests a spectacular view of the Boston skyline from every table.
Looking for the perfect after-work plan? Every Wednesday evening, Vinalia offers a complimentary wine sampling featuring 2-3 selected wines from Vinalia’s extensive wine list accompanied by an assortment of gourmet cheeses and fruits. Wines sampled vary from week-to-week.
Get an early start on your "holiday mood" when Mannheim Steamroller kicks off their Christmas tour. Started by former adman Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller's signature sound is where classical and modern-day rock, acoustic and electronic music meet. Celebrate the spirit of the season with the "18th century rock band" that has become one of the most popular and best-selling acts in the last 30 years.