Looking for the best Christmas lights in and around Boston? Our city is full of neighborhoods decked out in Christmas lights — often synchronized to music. But how do you find these often tucked-away places in such a big city? Word-of-mouth is certainly one way.
We have you and the family covered with the 8 Best Places to see Holiday lights in Boston! Our 2021 guide for the Best Christmas Lights in and near Boston has all the top spots along with schedules, maps & pro tips so that you can enjoy the holiday lights with both friends and family!
Best Christmas Lights in Boston – 2021 Holiday Light Displays
As we inch closer to December 25th, many people are showing off their Christmas spirit by setting up extravagant lights to spread the holiday cheer. But perhaps no city does it quite like Wilmington, MA. Each year, the city’s residents vie to defend their crown as the most cheerful Christmas town near Boston.
One particular family sports the crown of most decorative thanks to ABC’s, “The Great Christmas Light Fight”. The Fiore family won the family show last year, taking home $50,000 for their dazzling light display. Can they defend their title this year? You can swing by the neighborhood to find out for yourself!
For more details such as what to see, how to get there and more, check out our 2021 Guide to Christmas Lights in Wilmington
Glistening storefronts, an entire winter village, and endless lights: it’s no wonder why the Seaport District is one of the top places to view Christmas & Holiday Lights in Boston! Be sure to walk through Martin’s Park, a beautiful park that was built to honor the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, Martin Richard. The park has a wooden play ship, which is lit up at night. Across a bridge that connects the sections of the parks is a lit-up message of peace.
For more details such as what to see, how to get there and more, check out our 2021 Guide to Holiday Lights at Seaport District
This stroll through Stone Zoo is lit with trees and lights, a fun way to view all the animals on display! For non-members, tickets are $13.95 per person, or a four-pack for $50. Any guest under the age of two is free. Check out our detailed 2021 guide for Stoneham Zoo Lights 2021
Southwick’s Zoo Lights – Drive Thru Light Display in Boston
Winter Wonderland, a unique celebration of the Festival of Illumination, is on display at Southwick’s Zoo. Throughout their Spectacular Drive Thru Holiday Lights Tour, visitors can enjoy a memorable evening with friends and family, as they pass by over a million sparkling lights and charming festival lanterns.
Along the 45-minute Winter Wonderland drive-thru route, you’ll stop at the Frozen Forest to see a couple of their lovely fallow deer, Whoville to meet the Grinch, and be charmed by the fusion of the larger-than-life Festival of Illumination, World Of Lights lanterns.
Check out our detailed 2021 Guide for Southwick’s Zoo Lights
The neighborhood of Somerville is bringing the holiday spirit! Each year, Illuminations Tour provides a glimpse into the lit-up neighborhood during the holiday season, You can use the interactive map of the best homes to stroll by and take in the lights. The map will be available on December 12th.
One of the top holiday light shows is back for its 27th year, and this year’s drive-thru experience at Bright Nights at Forest Park promises to be the best one yet. If you’re looking for a place to see Christmas lights with family and friends, this attraction is worth the nearly two-hour drive from Boston!
Drive through a 3-mile path decorated with beautiful lights and special holiday scenes. There’s everything from traditional holiday sights like giant poinsettia candles and Letters to Santa to unique displays, including triceratops!
For more details on how to get there, hours of operation, ticket prices and more check out our 2021 Guide to Bright Nights at Forest Park
Walk in the Public Garden to view the Christmas tree (a gift to Boston each year from Nova Scotia) and the light display around the park. It’s always a great place to see Christmas lights in Boston!
Take in the dazzling light display at the home of the Patriots, all within the comfort of your car! The Magic of Lights display features holiday scenes and animations, accompanied by music. General admission for a car is between $35 – $50.
The already-enchanting neighborhood of Beacon Hill becomes even more picturesque around the holiday season. You can’t go wrong with walking down any of the side streets at night to see wreaths, decor, and of course, Christmas lights.
Unlike other places in Boston, the lights in Beacon Hill can be found scattered throughout the neighborhood. While the popular Charles Street has many glistening shops, it’s the hidden gems of the residential streets that run alongside the main street that have uniquely decorated homes.
Every year, the Comm Ave Mall is illuminated with sparkling white lights until spring. It’s even more beautiful in the snow, trust me! Make sure to take an evening stroll to see the lights in all their glory. Pro-tip: stop at L.A. Burdick for hot chocolate before your embark on your walk.
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