Boston's old-school holiday traditions meet their modern matches.
From director Tony Williams, the Urban Nutcracker is a more modern and diverse twist on the classic.
Feeling traditional this season? There’s classical ballet galore. Edgy? Whatever your fancies, be you old-school or modern maven, Boston boasts the perfect outing for individuals and families alike.
TRAD: THE NUTCRACKER The pinnacle of classic holiday events, The Nutcracker at the Boston Ballet runs the length of the holiday season at the Boston Opera House. Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen has made it our own with revamped choreography and costumes. 539 Washington St., 617-695-6955
RAD: URBAN NUTCRACKER Inclusion, community, and diversity are some of the themes that take center stage at the Urban Nutcracker, directed by Tony Williams. The cutting-edge company will hold a special LGBT performance on December 29 and Autism Sensory Friendly show on December 17. December 16 through December 31. 180 Berkeley St., 617-524-3066
TRAD: GIDDY UP! Baby, it’s cold outside. Climb on board and wrap yourself up with a fluffy blanket for a holiday ride around the city in a classic horse-drawn carriage. 866-787-2535
RAD: PARTY ON WHEELS Jingle Bell Rock more your style? Party Bus Boston is willing to cater to your every party-hopping need with disco lights, luxury wheels, and ample room to dance, dance, dance! 617-892-4550
The Four Seasons’ annual philanthropic Teddy Bear Tea features celebrity readings, like from WBZ-TV’s Lisa Hughes.
TRAD: TEDDY BEAR TEA In its 19th year at The Bristol Restaurant at the Four Seasons, this traditional holiday benefit teaches children the importance of the spirit of generosity as guests donate a teddy bear and enjoy afternoon tea. Celebrity readings and mouth-watering scones are part of the fun! December 1 through December 23. Boston Common's Editor-in-Chief will be reading on December 23. 200 Boylston St., 617-351-2037
The City of Boston unveils a new holiday ice skating path, snaking through European-style holiday markets, at City Plaza.
RAD: CITY HALL MAKEOVER With a brand new 11,000-square-foot ice skating path surrounded by individual shops inspired by European holiday markets, City Hall Plaza becomes the coolest winter scene in town. Late November through February. 1 City Hall Sq.