Before arriving at Emerson I had lived in Sarasota, Florida for practically my whole life, and while I wouldn’t change that for the world and will always be a beach babe at heart the idea of a true winter is still so exciting to me! Snow replacing sand and a sled replacing Santa’s surfboard (which I’ll never understand, there’s no surf off of any of Florida’s coasts) is what’s getting me through the end of this long semester, even after a second year, which was why I was so excited to visit the “Boston Winter” at City Hall Plaza!
Similar to the likes of New York City’s Union Square or Bryant Park Holiday Markets (both of which I -HIGHLY- recommend) The Boston Winter featured a large variety of festive, seasonal vendors selling everything from oils and spices to pies, with all sorts of local artists selling work perfect for gift giving this season. I don’t exaggerate when I say that you are instantly transported to a true winter wonderland! Prospective visitors should also note that just about a block away is the Boston Public Market, another great place to shop! Having also never been I was awestruck by the variety of fresh, local produce outside and the adorable (and delicious) food vendors inside! The market included everything from handmade wooden crafts to Union square doughnuts, and is definitely worth a stop by!
The big draw in, and my absolute favorite part by far, was the ice skating! A massive rink has been set up with skate rental costing only $10 a pair! For a little girl who had only made the 45 minute venture out to the closest skating rink a few times throughout her childhood this was such a TREAT! For wishing to let out their inner child there is a massive chair (shown below), the perfect opportunity for a photo with Santa Claus or a last minute family Christmas card! Also not to be missed, especially on the particularly chilly evenings right around the corner, are the variety of hot chocolates and ciders. Warm and sweet, they’re the perfect compliment to one last lap around the plaza while you take in the GIGANTIC Christmas tree, beautiful lights, and ornate holiday decorations. For guests 21+ looking to enjoy a more adult beverage wine tastings will be offered throughout the season, and for those underage there are chocolate ones as well!
I had an incredible time adventuring out to this event, and recommend to anyone young or old looking to get into the holiday spirit. It’s festive, fun, and best of all, entry is free! The wonderland is open 7 days a week and while vendors will close at the end of December in conjunction with the end of the holiday shopping season the village will be open until the end of February.