Holiday Happenings in Burlington
Updated October 2022
Mass. Celebrations + Temptations + Libations
As year’s end nears, the entire Boston area brims with bright lights, beautiful displays and bountiful opportunities to savor the flavors of the season.
To help choose which festive events and holiday happenings to attend, Archer gathered a list of tried-and-true favorites and unsung treasures in and around Boston.
And just 12 miles northwest of the city, Burlington’s Archer Hotel is a welcome retreat after a bustling day of seeing, doing, buying and satisfying. Book your stay directly with us for the best deal around; you’ll get a great rate on a luxe guest room or suite (complete with the comfiest beds and curated amenities) and an immediate $25 drink + dine credit to toast to happy holidays, enjoy shareable bites, savor breakfast in bed or grab a snack on the way to another happy holiday happening.
- Trellis Lighting at Christopher Columbus Park — Every winter, one of the “10 Most Romantic Places in Boston” is decorated with blue and white lights.
- Tree Lighting at Boston Common — The tree is an annual gift from Nova Scotia, commemorating the help that Bostonians offered after the 1917 Halifax explosion.
- Tree Lighting at Copley Square — The picturesque square is surrounded by the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church and New England’s tallest building, the John Hancock Tower.
- Holiday Lights & Sights Tour — Sip and snack on complimentary seasonal bevs and nibbles while riding the trolley and admiring the festive displays. Street carolers add their holiday spirit.
- ZooLights at Stone Zoo — Tree-lined paths with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and large-scale lantern displays transform Stone Zoo into a winter wonderland.
- Lobster Pot Tree Lighting in Provincetown — Made of lobster traps, this local-favorite holiday tree is a nod to the hard-working lobstermen of the area.
Holiday Spirits + Eats
- Maccabee Bar Pop-up — Every year, the offerings change at pop-up bar that celebrates Hanukkah and Jewish culture; but “there will always be Latkes and lots of Chutzpah!”
- Miracle at Mystic Station — This Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar serves up professionally developed holiday drinks, along with kitschy décor and a buzzy atmosphere brimming with nostalgic energy.
- Gingerbread Construction Co. — Wakefield’s family-owned and -operated baked goods store makes gingerbread houses and cookies, plus now-famous muffins in a variety of flavors.
- Café Escadrille — With eight unique, elegant spaces seasonally themed and ready to accommodate 12 – 300 guests, this Burlington favorite is consistently exceptional.
- Capo Restaurant — Warm and welcoming with a roaring fire, guests love the house-made pasta (the pumpkin ravioli is delish), Roman-style wood-fired pizza (winter black truffle gets high marks) and creative entrees (to try: grilled scallops with parsnip purée, snap peas, braised bacon, roasted corn and crispy shallot).
Nifty Holiday Gifts
- 3rd Ave Burlington — Shop, dine and unwind at Burlington’s walkable 3rd Ave. Check out the eclectic collection of restaurants, retail and home stores and beauty-based businesses (plus the region’s only Wegmans market), then head to Archer Hotel Burlington for a truly special stay.
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace — One of Boston’s iconic mixed-use festival marketplaces is abuzz with music, street performers and more than 70 retailers and worldwide cuisine offerings. And no matter what time of year you visit, Christmas in Boston (in the South Market Building) is lively wonderland with ornaments, gifts and holiday décor.
- Tannery Marketplace — The first and only winter farmers market on the North Shore is in Newburyport. Visitors peruse independently owned shops with one-of-a-kind treasures, plus cafes with nibbles and dribbles (and more) to please the palate.
- Main Street in Gloucester — This town’s historic downtown includes the HarborWalk, with shops, art galleries, museums and a wide spectrum of restaurants. Shop local and enjoy the handmade turtles and toffee at Turtle Alley Chocolates, an ever-changing selection of gifts at the Brass Monkey, colorful creations from Tin Can Sally — the gifting list goes on.
- The Berkshires — This mountainous region in western Massachusetts is a picturesque two-hour drive away from Archer Hotel Burlington. It’s ripe with antique shops, specialty retailers and visual media, including painting, photography glass, wood, ceramic and jewelry.