Subject: Re: Traditional Christmas celebration.... where?
Linda in Arizona asked about Christmas celebrations A traditional and classy city like Boston might be nice, but I'm not really sure what is available.

Hi Linda,

By all means consider Boston for your Christmas celebration. I live 30 miles west but grew up there, so Boston is my hometown.

Historic sites, Museums, Theatres, Ballet, Music Organizations - all will have special programming around the holidays. I checked some websites and most are still promoting fall events but have either last or this year's schedules available. You can get an idea of will be happening in December.

The Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, Boston Common, Downtown Crossing (Filene's Basement), Newbury Street (Designer Boutiques), Copley Square, North End, South End, Beacon Hill, Back Bay - all will be decked out for the Holidays and in preparation for First Night.

Boston has lodging from B&B's to luxury and boutique hotels and great restaurants featuring all cuisines.

These are some good sites to get you started:

http://www.massvacation.com - official tourism site http://www.masslodging.com - all types of accomodations by region http://www.boston.citysearch.com - links to almost everything http://www.boston.com - arts &entertainment - events &restaurants http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com - historic site, food and shopping http://www.thefreedomtrail.org - walking tour of historic sites http://www.bso.org - Christmas POPS at Symphony Hall http://www.bostonballet.org - The Nutcracker http://www.revels.org - holiday program with a new theme each year http://www.blacknativity.org - sells out every year http://www.mfa.org - Museum of Fine Arts http://www.gardnermuseum.org - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum http://www.firstnight.org - if you stay for the New Year

You might also consider some time on Cape Cod. It's beautiful in the winter. My favorite place is Chatham, a lovely fishing village that outdoes itself for the Holidays.

http://www.captainshouseinn.com - renowned for its Christmas event http://www.chathamlodging.com - links to all accomodations

If I can help with any particular interests or recommendations, let me know.

Best regards, Charlotte in MA