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Holiday Cheer

by Danny McCarthy

Photography by Deni Yacoobian

When the temperatures drop and the snow starts falling in Boston, it causes most people to want to cuddle up in the heat of the indoors. Despite the chilly weather, there are still so many fun activities to do in this wonderful city to get you excited for the upcoming holidays.

If you are brave enough to venture into the frozen tundra of Boston, head down into the heart of Back Bay to be mesmerized by the glistening Christmas lights fastened on the trees lining the Boston Common, Newbury Street and Commonwealth Mall. The twinkling lights will lift your spirit and put you in the festive mood.

BU students agree that the tree lights and brisk weather evoke feelings of cheer and warmth. “I love walking through the Boston Common because the park is so pretty this time of year,” said Alexis Chestnov (COM ’18).

Every year in Faneuil Hall, the holiday season in Boston begins with a tree lighting. This year’s kickoff date is Saturday, November 19. In addition to the old tradition, a new tradition will be born. This year marks the first time that Faneuil Hall will have a Blink! light and sound show which will have seven-minute nightly shows running from November 20 through January 1.

When it gets too cold outside, there are always places to stop in, warm up and grab a festive drink.

“I definitely get hot apple cider from Pavement [when the temperatures drop],” said Chestnov.

“Max Brenner is fun because it is so cozy and they have yummy hot chocolate,” said Daniela Uras (CAS ’18). Stop by their location on Boylston Street for a quick cup of hot chocolate in between Christmas shopping and taking in the lights on Newbury Street.

This year’s Jingle Ball will be held at the TD Garden on December 11. The set list is filled with all-star acts with Ariana Grande headlining, followed by acts like Diplo, DNCE and Niall Horan.

In Boston Common, Frog Pond comes to life each November as a skating rink once the water freezes over. The skating rink is open everyday with hours posted on their website. It costs $6 for admission and $12 for skate rental. Fortunately for college students, every Tuesday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is college night. Students can bring their college ID with them for half-price admission to the rink. It is the perfect place to go with a group of friends or a date.

If you want to break out your tackiest Christmas sweater and run a 5k, then sign up for the Yulefest 5k on December 11. The Yulefest run starts in front of Harvard Yard and loops around Cambridge, ending in Harvard Square. Runners will receive a knit hat, free food and drinks post-race and, best of all, will be able to run off some of the pre-holiday dessert.

Be brave and venture out into the cold with friends to create new memories and remember that you can stop inside for a holiday drink whenever you need a break from the cold. No matter what you plan on doing, make sure that you take advantage of Boston and all its unique holiday-inspired events.

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