5 Things To Do Around Boston This December

The wind blows flurries of snowflakes past our chilled faces and the holiday lights illuminate the dark. It's the time of year you really want to stay in the warm comfort of your home, but are inevitably - irresistibly - drawn to the festive atmosphere in the streets. Here are 5 of the many ways you could celebrate the season this year!


SOUTH END HOLIDAY STROLL

Don't miss one-night-only holiday specials from some of the best restaurants and retailers in Boston. Free pedicab rides run from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. anywhere in the South End, and the 540 Harrison Avenue parking lot offers free parking. Shop local and get the chance to win a giant gift basket with goodies from every participating store!

When: December 10, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: South End

JINGLE RIDE 2014

Join over 100 merry riders on this festive 22-mile parade. The 17th Annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride will loop from Arlington to Boston and back, through Harvard Square, the Charles River bike path along the Esplanade, Boston Common and Newbury Street. So bell your bike, pop on your helmet, and enjoy good company, hot mulled cider, brewed coffee and pastries!

When: December 14, 11 a.m.

Where: Arlington Center, 594 Massachusetts Avenue

COOKIE SWAP FOR A CAUSE

Use the power of food swapping to fight pediatric cancer and take home the best cookies on the block all in one afternoon! The 4th Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause will donate $1 to Cookies for Kids' Cancer for each cookie swapped. Bake or come hungry for cookies. Ticket prices go down the more cookies you bake.

When: December 21, 1 p.m.

Where: District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue

BLINK!

It's not too late to witness over 350,000 LED lights illuminating the Boston skyline to the song stylings of the Holiday Pops. The seven-minute Faneuil Hall spectacle is the first tree lighting ceremony of the season and features the largest Christmas tree in the northeast.

When: November 22, 2014 - January 4, 2015, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Square

FIRST NIGHT

Welcome 2015 in style with over a million revelers. This 11-hour event includes two fireworks shows, a Grand Procession parade down Boylston Street, family-friendly activities, live musical performances, and spectacular ice sculptures by renowned artists.

When: December 31, 1 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Where: Boston Common