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December 19, 2015

What to do in Boston at the Holidays.

     Popping in today with a little Saturday post! Earlier this week, my dad took a day off from work so that he and I could spend a day together in Boston. The beautiful city of Boston is under two hours away from my town in Maine, and it's the perfect day trip destination year-round. Usually when I go to Boston it is during the summer months- some years I've enjoyed taking day trips with friends via the bus or train services that service Northern New England to the city. But I was reminded this past week that Boston at Christmastime is truly a magical and fun place!

     The weather was sadly not in our favor on the day that we went- and it rained all day. A little rain couldn't dull out the Christmas Sprit that filled the city, but the rain did however convince me to leave my blog camera at home for the day! All of these photos are iPhone photos- so excuse the quality!

     My dad and I began our day trip in Boston's North End, by the famous Quincy Market and Fanueil Hall shops and marketplace! Everything was all decked out to the nines for Christmas, and we enjoyed a delicious lunch from one of the vendors in Quincy Market (which is basically the classiest and most diverse food court ever!). 

     We then made the short walk a couple blocks over to the Italian section of the North End. These streets are kind of like a mini version of Little Italy in New York City! The most famous destination in this part of the North End is Mike's Pastry, a world famous bakery. Some of my friends from my college who have visited Boston before will go on and on about this place! I had been to Mike's before when I was very young, but I wanted to go back on this visit. My dad and I each enjoyed a cup of hot tea, and he had a black and white cookie while I tried the pistachio cannoli! Mike's sells so many different varieties of cannoli. It was certainly hard to choose just one, but the pistachio didn't disappoint! 

     Next on our agenda was my favorite pastime: SHOPPING! Boston is a lot different from Charlotte in terms of the shopping scene. In Charlotte, the downtown of the city (called Uptown) is filled with skyscrapers, some art and culture options, restaurants, and clubs, but no shopping. All of the city's best shopping is found in large malls and outlet centers in different parts of the city. In Boston however, there is tons of shopping right in the city! Newbury Street is Boston's biggest shopping street- one end of it is filled with every high-end designer name that you can think of, and as you continue on down the street, the stores get more affordably priced. Sort of like a miniature 5th Avenue in NYC! 

     My dad and I browsed in Nordstrom Rack and a Lilly Pulitzer signature store before making our way down to the very end of Newbury for the crown jewel of the street: the three story Forever 21!

     I ended up purchasing the top from the photo above, and it will be perfect for NYE! (Speaking of New Years' fashion- I just added a widget to the top of my blog that shows my favorite sparkly pieces for NYE parties!! Be sure to check out my picks!)

     Just wanted to share a quick snapshot of one of my favorite places in Boston! My dad and I didn't visit the Prudential Center on this trip, but I have been on a few different occasions before. At the top of the Prudential is a public observatory of the city that you can buy tickets for- it's one of my absolute favorite things to do in Boston! There is also a luxury mall in the ground floor of the building, as well as a location of The Cheesecake Factory. 

     We ended our evening by taking a cab over to the TD Garden to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas concert- this is what had brought us to Boston in the first place! :-) The Garden is where both the Boston Bruins and Celtics play their games, yet since my parents and I aren't really sports fans I have never been to a game there before. I definitely found it a little ironic that my first time at the Garden with my dad was for a holiday concert!

     The TSO concert was wonderful! I would definitely recommend seeing them if in future years they ever bring their holiday show to a city near you. My favorite part of the show was actually the incredible special effects- their stage lights were just insane! 

     All in all, it was a wonderful day in the city!! Have you ever been to Boston before? What is your favorite city to visit during the holidays?

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Looks like such a fun day trip! I went to Boston a few summers ago to visit my uncle, we loved Mike's Pastry (we tried Oreo Cannolis, be still my heart... and stomach) and I, of course, loved shopping on Newbury!


  2. It looks like you had a great time. I visit my family in the Boston Metro Area during Christmas sometimes but we usually don't end up leaving as much, unfortunately.

  3. I love reading city guides!! Thanks for sharing!

    Sara Kate Styling

  4. I love Boston, I've always wanted to visit during the holidays!
    xo, Syd

  5. I love your Boston holiday post...I not a great nut fan but I do have respect for that massive canoli! I def. need to travel there someday! :)



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