The Must List (MSPP Style)

Posted on November 11,2012 by mintakaori

Hello faithful readers! On this lazy Sunday evening, I'm lazing on the couch, a steaming cup of tea by my side and Predators on the TV. I've been sitting here wondering, what can I share with my current and future MSPPers tonight? Then it dawned on me: As the holiday season begins to rev up, many of you may not know some of the ideal places to spend the season. So here is my Must List, or things you must do in and around Boston!

1. Blue Man Group.

I have seen this show at least 4 times in my life. Each time it is just as breathtakingly beautiful, fun, and entertaining as the first. We've all heard of it, but no one knows exactly what's in store for them when they sit down. And I'll tell you, the Blue Men don't disappoint. This is a great gift idea for romantic partners or your family. Kids and adults have an amazing time.

Look at these crazy characters!

You can buy tickets at their official website or at the Charles Playhouse website, where they do their show.

2. Ice Skating at the Frog Pond

There is quite possibly no location as fun and romantic as the Frog Pond during the holiday season.

These are real people having real fun at the Frog Pond.

Not only are the location and decorations gorgeous, but ice skating is part of the festivities! Not only can you have free skates on the Frog Pond, but the city also puts on ice skating shows and figure skating competitions. There are designated College Nights, where students get half priced admission, as well! Overall, it's just a win-win situation for you and whoever you bring along. You can learn more about what goes on at the Frog Pond here.

3. The Boston Pops.

For those of you who may not know, every year the Boston Pops put on a holiday concert, featuring some of our nostalgic favorites, like Jingle Bells and Let It Snow. They play the carols during the month of December. The Pops also host Kid's Matinee nights, which includes sing-alongs and picture taking with Santa.

Not into the holiday pizazz? That's okay! The Boston Symphony Orchestra puts on shows from several classic composers, such as Mozart and Beethoven. Both the Pops and the BSO have shows almost every night of the week and are relatively affordable. It makes a great holiday gift! You can look for seats and dates at their website.

4. La Salette Shrine

Every year in Attleboro, MA, the La Salette Shrine celebrates a Festival of Lights, with over 350,000 lights to celebrate Christmas. Religious, Spiritual, or non, this is truly a spectacular sight for anyone in the Christmas mood.

Some of the lights at La Salette.

Their website is a great place to get more details on the shrine, which is open from 5pm to 9pm daily, starting November 22nd, until January 6th.

5. 70th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - Boston

The Tree in 2008 (left) and 1968 (right).

The Christmas trees are always donated by Nova Scotia, which is pretty cool in general. I've never been to the tree lighting ceremony before, but I've been to the city to see the tree, which is massive. This year's tree lighting will be on Thursday, November 29th at 6pm. The Quincy Market area where the tree resides is also lit for the holiday season, making the entire area a beautiful place to walk around, shop for gifts, get some cocoa, and relax.

6. Fireworks on the 1st.

Like every other city ever, Boston celebrates New Years with the best of them. Join the masses on the 31st to welcome the new year with fireworks, music, and friends. If you're feeling particularly festive, you can take a cruise into the Wharf to toast the night on the ocean. Need I write more?


7. Thanksgiving at Plimouth Plantation

As a native of Plymouth, myself, I have been to Plimouth Plantation more times than I can count. But if you have never been, I will say that it is an interesting, educational place to walk around. Being that Plymouth is "America's Hometown" (as the sign says when you enter the town), it's always nice to get a little history on where we came from.

Right on the ocean!

The plantation is masterfully recreated to show how both the Pilgrims and Native Americans lived at the time. It is especially kid friendly, as all the actors stay in character and provide a wealth of information for anyone who will listen. Interested? Visit their website!

8. Museum of Fine Arts

I want to end my list with the MFA, because no matter how many times I visit this museum, I always find something brilliant and fascinating to capture my attention. The MFA has many collections of photography, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and other pieces of art that literally take your breath away, and like most things, it is both kid and adult friendly. There is something for everyone at the MFA, especially if you're an art lover. I highly suggest visiting the museum, whether it's during the holiday or not. To check up on what exhibits the MFA is currently showing, look no further than here.

So there you have it. Hopefully this list will lead to much enjoyment and happiness for all.

And now it's bed time. :)