5 Great Things About Living in Boston This Winter
Yes, the winters in New England can be long, hard and cold. But Bostonians are experts at handling the mountains of snow, the slick patches of ice, and the biting wind that whips around buildings in the Financial District. We may not like it but we know we can tough it out! But just because it’s cold that doesn’t mean you have to spend all winter cooped up inside! Here are five things that make living in Boston during the winter worth it.
1. Food trucks will be in City Hall Plaza all winter long.
Mayor Marty Walsh announced that City Hall Plaza’s mobile food truck vending will be a year-round program, which includes this winter! Currently the City of Boston’s mobile food truck program consists of 70 food trucks. and according to Tara Hatala, mobile food truck coordinator, Bostonians will have access to three different food trucks on City Hall Plaza each day this winter, Monday through Friday. A winter schedule
was published on October 24.
2. Handel’s Messiah.
The Handel and Haydn Society puts on Messiah at Symphony Hall
every winter. Symphony Hall opened its doors in 1900 as the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Even though the Hall has expanded, the acoustics of the original interior design have made it one the world’s top auditoriums Can’t make it to Symphony Hall? Every holiday season for the last 14 years, Boston Baroque also performs Handel’s Messiah
, so you might be able to swing tickets to their performance!
3. Ice-skating on the Frog Pond.
The Frog Pond has its own ice-making system so even on slightly warmer days this outdoor pond is ready for your skates! You can bring your own skates or rent them for $8. Since you’re right in the heart of Boston, ice-skating at the Frog Pond is a great date night activity. Take a few laps around the rink then head to a warm and cozy restaurant for a romantic night out.
4. See Santa at the Franklin Park Zoo.
On three Saturdays in December (6, 13 and 20, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.), the Franklin Park Zoo is offering breakfast with Santa
! The event will be held inside Franklin Park Zoo’s signature Tropical Forest Building (so you’ll be nice and warm even if it’s cold outside1!), home to western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, pygmy hippos, giant anteater and much more. Santa will also be available for photos from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Other activities include winter-themed arts and crafts, holiday-themed enrichment for the animals, and more festive fun!
5. Give curling a try!
You know curling. It’s that sport you only care about every 4 years when the Winter Olympics comes on, the one with the giant rocks with handles and brooms. Well guess what, curling is actually a sport you can try for yourself! The Broomstones Curling Club
in Wayland is the largest curling club in the Boston area. You can rent their club for corporate outings, group parties, and private lessons so why not make your holiday event something really unique this year!