Everything Fun You Can Do in Boston This Weekend

Local shopping, tree lightings, and holiday activities galore.

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Light Up Seaport | Boston Seaport
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‘Tis the season for holiday markets and light-adorned strolls. This weekend alone, we have three strolls and two markets to choose from, and that’s on top of the existing opportunities to shop local. After you’ve officially shopped and dropped, grab your Slutcracker tickets, check out a tree lighting, and revisit the singular pleasure of an indulgent holiday lunch. Here are all the best things to do in Boston this weekend.

Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4
Atlantico
Here’s a new offering for the month of December: a three-course menu that includes seafood options like salt cod croquettes & squid ink aioli, dayboat scallops with chestnut puree, and Maine halibut with roasted carrots, globe artichokes, and kale.
Cost: $75 per person

Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4
Somerville Theatre
When John Waters is a devoted fanboy, you know it has to be good. The adults-only parody of our G-rated holiday favorite recasts the story with characters like The Dildo Prince and adds in a bunch of burlesque performances, belly dancing, and hula-hooping. If you can’t be there in person, you can watch the 2019 performance online for $15.
Cost: $35

Friday, December 2
Seaport District
We love our tree lighting ceremonies, and this one’s a special joy. The annual harborside festivities include a retail holiday stroll (with shopping deals included), plus food and drink specials from local restaurants, live music, complimentary holiday snacks, and, of course, the aforementioned tree lighting.
Cost: Free

Friday, December 2
Yvonne’s
Revisit the days when Yvonne was Locke-Ober and the three-martini lunch was a given. The Friday-only holiday menu includes throwbacks like lobster thermidor (which is making a comeback, by the way!), prime rib, and baked Alaska; one dry martini is definitely an option, although champagne will also be free-flowing.
Cost: A la carte; reservations can only be made by calling 617-247-0047

Friday, December 2
North End
Like you need an excuse to visit the North End, but we’re giving you one more. Fourteen indie boutiques and galleries like Boston Bottle, I Am Books, and more will stay open late to make your shopping and carousing that much easier. Hit them all and you’ll be entered into a raffle for local gift cards.
Cost: Free

Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4
South End
What are we thankful for this season? That the South End Holiday Stroll is happening on a weekend (a separate shopping-only night is still happening next Thursday). More than 300 businesses are participating, so you get to shop, eat, wreath-browse, and stroll until your feet give out. Music from Wally’s Cafe Jazz Club just adds to the festivities.
Cost: Free

Saturday, December 3
The French Library
Listen, we know the French do everything better, and that includes shopping. Pretend your wallet is full of Euros and stop by the French Library for an afternoon of browsing French-inspired housewares, gifts, books, and more, all while sipping complimentary mulled wine.
Cost: Free

Saturday, December 3
Boston Landing
Listen, we told you it was a weekend of holiday markets and holiday strolls. Among the newest is one of the most extravagant: a winter lounge, beer tastings, shuffleboard and board games, live music, a holiday photo booth, carolers, free airbrush tattoos, and food options galore.
Cost: Free

Sunday, December 4
Arts at the Armory
Be still your sustainable heart: The warm-weather vintage market is moving indoors this Sunday. Vintage and upcycled furniture, clothing, jewelry, locally made art, and home accessories make it easier to score a gift for that picky Secret Santa pick.
Cost: Free

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