December marks the official start of winter here in Boston, but this year, we are celebrating like no other year before. For the first tine, we are transforming City Hall Plaza into a mini Rockefeller Center complete with skating rink, European-style holiday shopping market (with wine and chocolate tastings), open-air village and even Santa’s House.
The official opening date for Boston Winter is tomorrow and it will run through February 26, 2017. The event is put on through a partnership between the City of Boston and Boston Garden Development Corp to revitalize the open area in front of City Hall Plaza.
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Take a stroll through the European style chalets where you can buy some last-minute holiday gifts for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list or stop by the Urban Lodge for an apres-skate cocktail or microbrew in the beer hall. Don’t the 20-foot pedal-powered holiday tree where fitness buffs can show off their pedaling abilities to light the tree. (Four people will work together to ‘pedal’ the lights on up to the top). During the eight nights of Chanukah, The Spectacular Menorah features special programming along with menorah lighting, specialty food, music performances and festivities for children.
Ticketed attractions include a skating path designed for Bostonians of all levels where you can bring your own skates or rent a pair and head out to the nearly 11,000 square foot custom-designed outdoor ice Skating Path for some fun. If you prefer to stay indoors, head over to the Vinopolis Interactive Wine Experience & Tastings, London’s wine exhibit that allows wine enthusiasts to learn from sommeliers and wine pros all about wine production, while sampling wines across different regions of the world.
Finish your experience off here with a taste of something sweet from Taza Chocolate at The Chocolate Story, an educational tour that traces the origins of chocolate from the cacao tree to the sweet treat.
Boston Winter is located at One City Hall Square in Government Center. Check the website for hours of operation.