This holiday season is sure to be a special one with all of the haute happenings Boston has to offer. From Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker Ballet at the Boston Opera House and A Christmas Celtic Sojourn at the Cutler Majestic Theatre to the Holiday Pops and Handel and Haydn Society’s Handel’s Messiah being held at Symphony Hall, there are many reasons to celebrate the joys of the season. Here’s a look at five more haute happenings to kick off the holiday season right.
1 José Mateo Ballet TheatreGary Sloan
José Mateo Ballet Theatre is hosting its annual performance of The Nutcracker this year at the Culter Majestic and Strand Theatres. This year marks the 31st season of the performance that is being held at The Cutler Majestic Theatre from November 25 to December 4 and at The Strand Theatre in Dorchester from December 9 through 18. The holiday classic features beautiful sets and costumes newly developed last year by scenic designer Laura C. McPherson. The performance tells the tale of Clara’s dream world being brought to life with festive sets, sumptuous costumes, and spectacular dancing.
Cutler Majestic Theatre 219 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
2 TownPool Pop-up ShopTown Pool
Boston gets a taste of Nantucket this holiday shopping season with the opening of TownPool, a pop-up shop in Back bay that offers a curated collection of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, accessories, furniture, luggage, kids’ toys, and gifts. The interactive store features events like Breakfast with Field, a Fantasy Football talk with ESPN’s Field Yates, and parent-friendly weekday mornings, where kids are invited to come play while Mom/Dad shops as well as a mini-golf course in the back. Brands include Harding Lane, Lemon and Line, Pink Chicken, Sail to Sable and Southern Tide. The Boston pop-up is open now through January 2.
899 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02115
3 G2O Spa + Salon's 6th Annual SpalidayG2O Spa + Salon
Newbury Street’s G2O Spa + Salon is hosting its sixth annual Spaliday on Thursday, December 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. Hang out with the Celtics dancers and shop some of the hautest lines in beauty, including Oribe, MoroccanOil, Rhonda Allison, and Trish McEvoy. All of the proceeds from the evening will benefit The Home for Little Wanderers.
278 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116
4 Bar Boulud’s Gourmet Chocolat ChaudBar Boulud
Chocolate lovers now have even more reason to celebrate this holiday season. Bar Boulud’s Pastry Chef Robert Differ invites Bostonians to warm up with a sippable gourmet confection (the Parisian-inspired Chocolat Chaud), each topped with chantilly cream accompanied by a selection of bite-sized sweets. This month, he is offering Mayan Gold hot chocolate (dark chocolate blended with spices and a hint of orange essence, served with vanilla bean marshmallows and snickerdoodle cookies). In December, the menu changes to Milk Chocolate Peppermint (classic milk chocolate complemented by cool peppermint stick, latte swirl marshmallows and crinkle cookies). In January, the menu changes to S’Mores, 55% bittersweet chocolate, marshmallow and a graham cracker spoon, paired with Chef’s special homemade mallomars; and in February (available until its last serving on the 28th), the final feature confection is Almond Joy, milk chocolate, coconut and toasted almonds, served with Caribbean coconut marshmallows and almond macaroons. The winter never tasted so good.
776 Boylston Street Boston, Massachusetts 02199
5 Copley Square Tree LightingBoston Parks and Recreation Department
One of the most anticipated holiday events is the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting Ceremony, which is being hosted this year by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, The Boston Parks Department, and the Friends of Copley Square on Monday, November 28 from 5 to 6:00 p.m. It’s one of the best ways to kick off the holiday season and this year comes complete with live musical performances by the Boston Children’s Chorus, Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Berklee College of Music. If you get here early, be sure to check out The Boston Public Library and The Catered Affair’s Candy Cane Tea being held at the Boston Public Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Immediately following the tree lighting, Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a family reception that includes cookie decorating, photos with Santa and holiday treats.
Copley Square Boston, MA 02116