BY: CASSIE SHORTSLEEVE
The week between Christmas and New Year’s always makes us wonder: Where did the holiday season go?! After all, between buying gifts, visiting relatives, and all of December’s parties, it’s easy to miss some of the sights, sounds, and tastes of the season. Fortunately, there’s still time to take them in (and stay in shape while doing so!). Here, how to see the best of Boston’s seasonal attractions before 2017 creeps up.
SEE THE NUTCRACKER
If you’re going to forgo leggings, a sports bra, and a crop top in lieu of fancier clothes, book a dressy night out at the Boston Ballet’s the Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House
SKATE THE FROG POND
Trade spin shoes for skates at the Boston Common’s Frog Pond. The park is the oldest in the country and the holiday lights aren’t too shabby either. Stop by at 6 p.m. on Saturday and you’ll catch the (free) annual New Year’s Eve show from The Skating Club of Boston. Hang around — the Boston Common fireworks start at 7 p.m. and you’ll have a prime position for viewing.
STROLL FIRST NIGHT
Hit 10,000 steps by exploring the city’s (free to the public) festive goodbye to 2016. For 40 years, First Night — and its ice sculptures, lights displays, performances, and music — have taken over Boylston Street and Copley Square.
SIP IN STYLE
We know: No December 31st is complete without a hand-crafted cocktail. Splurge at the Oak Long Bar + Kitchen, where you’ll have easy access to the First Night celebrations. The menu boasts seasonal sips with names like How Do You Do? (Ketel One vodka, St. Germain liquor, aperol, and grapefruit) and American Pie (Bully Boy American whiskey, Berentzen Bushel & Barrel whiskey, foro amaro, and cinnamon syrup).
CHECK OUT BOSTON WINTER (BEFORE IT DISAPPEARS)
Didn’t make it down to City Hall Plaza pre-holidays? You still have a chance to experience the first season of Boston Winter (complete with a 11,000 square-foot skating path, holiday market, and live music). The display closes down NYE. Hey, skating counts as a workout, right?
RIDE ON NYE + NYD
Harvard and South Boston riders, send 2016 out with a bang with two themed rides on New Year’s Eve — ’16 in 60 at Harvard Square and Best of 2016 in Southie. Then wake up for a New Year’s Day ride. Brunch (hey, Lincoln and Grafton Street!) will taste that much better — we promise.
DON’T MISS FENWAY STUDIO’S GRAND RE-OPENING!
We’re back in business at the Fenway studio on Monday January 2nd with six free rides! What better way to ring in 2017’s first Monday than with some serious sweat?