Things to do in Boston this weekend | Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights

Things to do in Boston this weekend | Image credit: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Our picks for fun things to do on a budget in Boston this weekend (November 25 – 27) include Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights“Light Up the Holidays” in QuincyMartin’s Park Ship Lighting 2022, and more! 

There’s always something fun going on in Boston. You will find that there are so many options, from museums to zoos, from parks to playgrounds, and there is no shortage of fun activities to keep everyone, especially your kids, entertained.

Things To Do in Boston this Weekend 

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Things to do in Boston with kids this Weekend – Friday, November 25, 2022

Puttshack Boston: The World’s First Tech-Infused Mini Golf Experience

Puttshack Boston just opened last October and it features an immersive social environment to elevate the game of mini golf into a cutting-edge, high-energy experience that is unlike anything currently on the market. You’ll get to enjoy automated scoring, bonus points opportunities, interactive games at each hole, and more. 

Each floor also has a bar where you can get expertly made drinks. On the first floor, you can fill your tummies with dishes inspired by cuisine from all over the world. 

When: Friday, November 25 – 29, 2022, 11 a.m.
Where: Puttshack Boston, 58 Pier 4 Blvd., Boston, MA 02210
How Much: $14

Festival of Trees

Things to do in Boston this week | Festival of Trees and Snow Village

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The Holidays are not complete without festive trees and at the Festival of Trees, you can bathe in all their glory. The festival showcases dozens of decorated trees and a snow village created by local businesses, garden clubs, and other organizations. 

The trees range from adorable one-foot ones to towering nine-footers and many also have gifts in addition to their beautiful decorations. The Snow Village, on the other hand, is a model train exhibit that slithers its way through villages and vignettes including a model of Boston, Fenway Park, the North Pole, and a Dickensian Village. 

You can stroll through this holiday wonderland with hot chocolate in your hands. You could also vote with your raffle tickets for the trees that you’d want to win and take home at the end of the event.

When: Friday, November 25 – December 31, 2022, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Garden at Elm Bank, 900 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482
How Much: $5 – $27

Santa in the City

Visit Santa in his home and see how everything works at his workshop at Prudential Center’s South Graden! 

The kids can have a free photo session with everyone’s favorite big man in red and even get to ask him loads of questions. Just make sure the kids don’t forget their wish lists so Santa knows exactly what he’ll bring them this year. 

You’ll get to leave with a beautiful souvenir photo and a whole load of holiday spirit! You can visit Santa on Fridays through Sundays starting this November 25 until December 24. 

When: Friday, November 25 – December 24, 2022, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Prudential Center South Garden, 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
How Much: Free

“Light Up the Holidays” in Quincy

Things to do in Boston this weekend | Light Up The Holidays In Quincy

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The City of Quincy is kicking off the holiday season with a blast this entire weekend! 

First, get into the holiday spirit with the classic Tree Lighting Ceremony and tons of other holiday festivities this Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can enjoy strolling carolers, fire shows, costumed characters, and letter writing to Santa all while munching on some popcorn or sipping on hot cocoa. The Christmas tree will be lit up at 6:15 p.m. 

Then, on Saturday, Santa will be arriving by parachute at the Pageant Field at 12 p.m. The kids can meet him and his elves in this unique tradition. 

Lastly, on Sunday, watch out for the 69th Annual Christmas Parade from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy viewing hundreds of Christmas-themed floats, marching bands and even Mr. Claus himself make their way through town.

When: Friday, November 25 – 27, 2022
Where: Hancock Adams Common, Unnamed Road, 1305 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169
How Much: Free

Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights

Things to do in Boston this weekend | Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights

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One of the best things about Christmas is all the jolly lights. They really put you in the holiday spirit and you can enjoy all that at the Winterfest and Tunnel of Lights! 

Halls of the Connecticut Trolley Museum will be decked inside and out with over 15 000 dazzling lights. Outside, you can ride trolley cars down the tunnel of lights for 20-30 minutes and enjoy the sights as you listen to traditional Christmas carols from the operators. If you want a more open-air view of the Tunnel of Light, you can right the sleigh car. But be sure to dress up warmly. 

Inside, the Visitor Center is transformed into a Winter Wonderland with multiple model trains laid out and lights galore. 

The museum will also be presenting holiday hologram films in partnership with Campiti Ventures.

When: Friday, November 25 – December 30, 2022, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 N Rd #9606, East Windsor, CT 06088
How Much: $7.50 – $20

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Things to do in Boston with kids this Weekend – Saturday, November 26, 2022

Martin’s Park Ship Lighting 2022

Things to do in Boston this week | Martin's Park Ship Lighting

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Experience a different kind of holiday lighting event at Martin’s Park Ship Lighting event!

Santa will be arriving by boat and Betty the Yeti will be making a special appearance inside the park. Enjoy the event with some hot cocoa and enjoy other holiday fun activities like caroling and so much more.
When: Saturday, November 26, 2022, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Located At: Martin’s Park, 64 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210
How Much: Free

Home for the Holidays: Crafting Extravaganza!

Why go shopping for gifts when you can make your very own at Gore Place this weekend? 

Inspired by the early 19th century, kids will create various Colonial and Victorian holiday crafts. This includes ornaments, hand-dipped candles, cards, decorations, and more! Let them bring out their creativity while making wonderful and handmade gifts!

When: Saturday, November 26, 2022, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Located At: Gore Place, 52 Gore St, Waltham, MA 02453
How Much: $16

Story Time with Mrs. Claus

Who says only the big man in red can bring about holiday cheer? Mrs. Claus is just as jolly too! This weekend, the kids can join her at Cider Hill Farm and listen to delightful stories. 

There will also be photos, crafts, and delicious cocoa to be served. Make sure to hurry though because slots easily run out.

When: Saturday, November 26 – December 4, 2022, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Located At: Cider Hill Farm, 45 Fern Ave, Amesbury, MA 01913
How Much: $16

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Things to do in Boston with kids this Weekend – Sunday, November 27, 2022

Snowflake Crossing: A Winter Wonderland in Downtown Crossing

Things to do in Boston this week | A Winter Wonderland in Downtown Crossing

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Get ready to feel the holiday spirit at Downtown Crossing! This last week of November, it’s going to transform into a winter wonderland filled with seasonally inspired programs, hundreds of streetscape decorations and lighting, and live performances throughout the neighborhood from the post-Thanksgiving weekend through December 18. 

Frolick amongst the bright and colorful lights of the main thoroughfares and take pictures with the lighted trees, giant hanging snowflakes, and winter-themed plants and landscaping. This place will surely awaken your holiday spirit!

When: Sunday, November 27 – December 18, 2022, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Downtown Crossing Steps, 1 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110
How Much: Free

CeleBETTY Sightings in  Snowport

Catch Betty the Yeti this weekend at the Snowport! She’ll be there hanging around in all her Fuschia glory waiting for fans who want to take pictures with her. 

If you want a souvenir to add to your Betty collection, you can also visit The Holiday Market where you can get Betty plushies and so much more merch. 

When: Sunday, November 27, 2022, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: The Holiday Market at Snowport, 100 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
How Much: Free

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