Enjoy Winter Festivities in Cambridge with Freepoint Hotel
Winter might be coming but it doesn't mean that you have to hunker down and stay inside. Avoid cabin fever this year and plan a trip to Cambridge, MA. It's the perfect destination for a romantic winter weekend away or a family excursion. This snow globe-like paradise is chock full of festive events that will make you glad that you ventured out of the house.
Visit, Shop and Sip Lattes at the Quaint, Historic Harvard Square
A trip to Cambridge wouldn't be complete without wandering through Harvard Square, Cambridge's oldest neighborhood and home to Harvard University. Take a tour of the campus, where six US Presidents graduated, or check out the university's art museum. There are also a variety of charming shops and bookstores, coffee houses, cozy pubs and wine bars, and delicious restaurants to seek respite when you feel Jack Frost nipping at your nose.
Celebrate a New England Winter at the 12th Annual Winter Carnival
After the holidays are over, you want something to look forward to during the rest of the winter season. If you've decided to plan a trip to Cambridge between January and March then you'll be able to experience the 12th Annual Winter Carnival in Harvard Square. This event runs from January until end of March and offers cultural events, live music and theatre, a Chinese New Year celebration, the Taste of Chocolate Festival and the "Some Like it Hot" Chili Cook-off.
Indulge in a Tipsy Chocolate Tour in Beacon Hill
It's mandatory to treat yourself while on vacation so if you're a professed chocoholic then you'll fall in love with this 2-hour chocolate and wine tour through Boston's historical Beacon Hill or Back Bay neighborhoods with Tipsy Chocolates. Learn about chocolate making that dates all the way back to the 17th century, as well as how to pair chocolate and wine while sampling boozy-inspired chocolates at 4 to 5 different locations.
Treat the Foodie in Your Family at Boston Winter Dine Out
Dine Out Boston Winter will make it worth your while to brave the wintry elements with great deals on some of the most renowned restaurants and top chefs in the city. Choose from prix fixe lunch and dinner menus and for a small upcharge you could indulge in delicious extras such as shaved truffle or buttery foie gras. Some restaurants even offer wine and beer flights. This event happens the first two weeks in March from Sunday through Friday, and reservations are highly recommended.
Eat Latkes ‘til Your Heart's Content at Everyone Loves Latkes Party
Nothing is sure to warm you up like some complimentary steaming hot latkes, or potato pancakes. Enjoy some delicious homemade Hanukkah treats with the Harvard Square Business Association's 13th annual "Everyone Loves Latkes" event on December 21st. This event is free and open to the public. Just bring your appetite.
Go Ice-Skating at Kendall Square Community Ice Rink
Ice-skating isn't just for the Peanuts gang. Strap on your skates (or rent them) and take a spin around the rink at Kendall Square Community Ice Skating. Newly renovated Kendall Square offers year-round events, from ice-skating in the winter to kayaking and paddleboarding in the summer. The ice rink is open from mid-December through mid-March (depending on the weather). After an afternoon or evening of skating, warm yourself up with delicious treats and hot beverages at the snack bar.
Find Last-Minute Gifts at Harvard Square Holiday Fair
If you haven't finished your holiday shopping yet it isn't too late. The first three weekends in December, Harvard Square Holiday Fair at St. Paul's Church Hall will offer up a variety of handmade items, from ceramics and jewelry to framed art and clothing. This holiday fair is one of the oldest and most popular fairs in Boston (now celebrating its 33rd season), and admission is free. Find unique gifts for everyone on your "nice list".
Spend a Day Museum Hopping through Cambridge and Boston
On days that are just too cold to wander outdoors, why not spend the day museum hopping? Thanks to Harvard University, Cambridge is home to seven incredible museums including the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Museum of Natural History.
Only a 20-minute drive from Cambridge, Boston also offers a variety of world-class museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Children's Museum and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which houses more than 7,500 paintings, sculptures, furniture and ceramics, as well as 1,500 rare books and 7,000 archival objects from all over the world.
Toast the New Year at Boston's Biggest New Years Eve Celebration
Over 1 million people turn out each year for First Night Boston, an event that has been going strong since 1975. Kick off your celebration with fireworks at Boston Commons, the Harbor or Copley Square, as well as live music and entertainment, incredible ice sculptures, festive parades and a ton of activities for the whole family. Check out First Night Boston's event schedule and plan how you'll ring in the New Year.