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!
History of Seaport District, Boston
Ask any Bostonian what the Seaport District was like ten years ago, and the words “desolate,” “industrial,” and “no-mans-land” are bound to come up. However, over the last few years, the Seaport District has completely transformed into a bustling redeveloped area of art and culture, shops, restaurants, bars, and beautiful condos.
Over the years, buildings including the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, along with high-end retail shops transformed the area into one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city. In addition to beautiful views of the harbor, modern art installations scattered among the neighborhood, it has some of the best holiday lights in Boston.
Where are the Best Christmas Holiday Lights in the Seaport District?
Making your way to the Seaport District, 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.
In the evening you’ll find a glittering park, however, during the day your little ones can explore winding slides, climbing structures, interactive musical pieces, and more.
As you head down Seaport Boulevard, you’re met with an alley of lights running between the Boulevard and Northern Avenue. The alley has twinkling snowflakes, lit trees, and a menorah that lights on corresponding days of Hanukkah.
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Other Holiday Activities in the Seaport District
As one of the top holiday destinations in the city, the Seaport District is home to Snowport, a festive shopping experience that has more than 60 businesses, holiday cocktails, and food, like gingerbread treats and cider doughnuts. The market opens daily until December 24th, from 11 AM – 8 PM.
If you’re feeling sporty, Snowport is also home to some fun leisure sports like curling, and bocce, along with life-size Jenga and Battleship. In need of a tree to decorate your space? You can find Christmas trees and wreaths to spruce up your home at the Seaport Tree Market.
After getting your fill of holiday shopping and fun, you might want to duck into Tuscan Kitchen’s heated tent to warm up. The outdoor restaurant features cocktails like Mistletoe Margarita and the Espresso Train to the North Pole, along with other seasonal treats.
Parking & Transportation to the Seaport District
The Seaport District Christmas Lights can best be accessed beginning at 56 Seaport Boulevard, Boston. For those of you who live in the city of Boston, getting to the Seaport is a breeze.
The closest stop that will get you to the beginning of the Seaport is at South Station on the Red Line. From there, it’s a breezy ten-minute walk. Looking to skip the walk? From the Red Line, you could hop on the Silver Line (SL1, SL3, and SLW) and it’ll take you right there.
The weekends are typically the busiest time to take in all the holiday splendor of the Seaport. That said, many of the stores are operating on holiday hours, with Snowport open till 8 PM every day. For less stress, try to head there during the weeknights after 5 PM to avoid the holiday weekend rush!
While there’s limited street parking, the Seaport has multiple parking garages…for a price. The closest parking is at the Seaport Place Parking Garage which offers 1-hour parking for $14 and $40 for 24 hours.
The City of Boston parking meters are free on Sundays, so if you’re willing to brave the crowds, at least you’ll have a shot at free parking!
Christmas Holiday Lights in Boston: Seaport District Map
Outlined below are some of the spots mentioned in this article:
For the latest updates, check out the Boston Seaport Neighborhood Website!
Light up Seaport 2021
One of the much sought after events is the Light Up Seaport. The Seaport Tree Lighting event took place on December 3rd, 2021. The Boston Children’s Chorus and other local entertainers performed at Light Up Seaport on the Seaport Common. The 54-foot Norway Spruce tree at Boston Seaport was lit with more than 10,000 white lights, and the Boston Children’s Chorus and other local entertainers regaled the crowd with their performances.
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