Use ZooLights as your excuse to talk with the animals
November 23 - December 31
Sure, it’s kid-friendly, but it’s far from kid-exclusive. Thousands of LED lights brighten up exhibits like the Yukon Creek pavilion and the Caribbean Coast display, your only chance in New England to meet a bush dog. You can also spring for a hot chocolate date with the zoo’s reindeer and take a whirl on the carousel.
Cost: $8 Monday & Tuesday, $10 Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday, $12 Friday & Saturday.
November 23 - December 24
Lots of meet-ups on your calendar ahead of the holidays? Just make this your go-to drinks spot for the next month. The halls of the hotel’s Lobby Bar will be decked in ornaments, garland, and stockings as holiday music plays in the background; bartenders will wear their ugliest Christmas sweaters; and the drink and food menus will play off the holiday theme. Just beware: The Christmapolitan (vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, rosemary, lime, absinthe mist) sounds lethal.
Cost: A la carte.
Shop and then eat and then shop some more at the Holiday Cr[eat]or Market
November 24 - December 23
Boston Public Market
How often can you combine your food shopping with your gift shopping? The second annual artisan pop-up, happening on weekends up to Christmas, lets you peruse the wares of a rotating cast of regional artisans selling specialty foods, jewelry, artwork, and home goods.
Cost: The benefits outweigh the costs.
Feel all the European feels at the Ouimillie x Kris Kringle Pop-Up Market
November 24 - 25
Feeling especially inert post-Thanksgiving? Nothing like a first-time pop-up inspired by European holiday markets to get you out of the house. Ouimillie owner Millicent Cutler is pitching striped tents inside her store and inviting Boston businesses like Uwila Warrior lingerie and Gracenote coffee to sell their wares in person.