Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Travel Tyro: Christmastime in the City

It's only two days until Christmas! 
It seems like Christmas was months away and all of the sudden I'm flying home today
with a suitcase full of presents and 150+ songs on a Christmas playlist.

While the weather hasn't been very cold and "Christmas-y" this year, Boston has definitely pulled out all the stops on the decorations. From gorgeous wreaths in the Back Bay up to Beacon Hill, twinkle lights throughout the Common and the Community Sailing House, holiday pop-up shops and an oyster bar(!!!), ice skating overlooking the harbor, and an animated lights show at the Boston Public Library, I've spent my last few days of 2015 unabashedly wandering around Boston oohing and ahhing at the Christmas spirit around every street corner.

What can I say? It's the most wonderful time of the year…

Christmas movies>>> studying for finals in our brownstone on campus. 

Island Creek Oysters Oyster Pop-up Bar

Shop local at Follain...

and Olives and Grace both in the South End. 

Ice skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel. 

Earrings from J.Crew (similar)

See: The festive doors walking down Marlborough Street and around Beacon Hill.
Stroll down Commonwealth Avenue through the Public Garden and Common and beyond to Faneuil Hall at night to see all the bright lights. Stop at the Boston Public Library for a 3-D animated light show of the Nutcracker and pop inside the Fairmont (the sister to the Plaza Hotel in NYC) to see some grand Christmas decorations).  
Do: Go ice skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel at the Boston Harbor Hotel (part of the proceeds go towards the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center) or the Commons.
Shop: Pick up last minute stocking stuffers at local shops Olives & Grace and Follain 
(Need last minute Christmas gift ideas? Robbin from the New England Life did a roundup of bloggers and their top picks from New England shops). 
Sip/Snack: Island Creek Oyster opened a pop up oyster bar and it is everything.
Ogawa is also serving up reindeer and snowmen latte art!

Happy Holidays!


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