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.