There are some trends that I could do without (like pet cafés) and others that I hope become tradition (like pop up ski lodges in the city). In New York City you can “aprés ski” atop rooftops on faux fur lined seats in cute little makeshift cabins. Paris’ Village de Noel is more like a Christmas Metropolis out of life-size wooden doll houses with the scent of hot spiced wine in the air. This year, Boston has decided to start a new tradition in City Hall Plaza called Boston Winter. I was invited to preview Boston Winter this morning.
Boston Winter is a village of pedestrian streets lined with little chalets selling holiday gifts (many from local vendors and artisans), treats to eat, and little winter experiences. You will find everything from The Boston Public Market, The Grommet, LulaRoe, Alma Knitware, Grace Oliver and more. You can stroll through the village and pick some winter treats to eat, or warm up with something sweet to sip. Grown-ups can stop in at Vinopolis for wine tastings. The Urban Lodge is somewhere you can stop and linger a while over dinner or lunch.
Vinopolis has events going on every day including culinary demos, wine tastings, and explorations of different wine regions.
Boston Winter has a skating rink, that is more like Quebec’s Carnaval D’Hiver on the Rideau Canal than Boston’s Frog Pond. The rink is a wide path that winds around Boston Winter so you can take in the sights as you glide across the ice. There is a children’s play area as well as benches throughout to relax or sit together for a family selfie.
Boston Winter opens, Friday, December 7th at 4:30 pm. So in the meantime, enjoy this warm weather while it lasts and Boston Winter will be ready for you when winter arrives.
Wandering through Boston Winter is free, but you can get tickets for some of the other experiences which include The Chocolate Story, Vinopolis and Skate rentals.
Tickets can be purchased in advance here and use BLOGFRIEND to get 15% off all attractions- offer expires Dec 16th.