Christmastime in the City

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's, and whatever else you may celebrate! Hopefully, it wasn't too stressful, and large amounts of rest were inserted in between the celebrations. We've had a lovely Christmas and New Year's. Since my husband is self-employed, he gave himself two weeks off to hang out with us. He also took off over a week for Thanksgiving. A seriously awesome perk of owning your own business! 

During our break, we made the quick trip down to Boston. Boston is always a good idea, but especially at Christmas. Lights all over the trees in the Common, Christmas trees lit up, ice skating, wreaths on historic doors. I love it all! And this year, a new tradition was begun at Faneuil Hall. It's called Blink. The lights on the massive Christmas trees and other lights around the marketplace are synched to music by the Boston Pops. It's gorgeous and we plan to see it every year.  

I love Christmas in my little village, but there is also something very special about Christmas in the city; but I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Garland wrapped around street lights in Beacon Hill.

Ice skating in Boston Common.

Wreaths on beautiful Beacon Hill townhouse.

Even the Massachusetts State House gets in the season.

My daughter and her friend (my husband and other daughter are at the bench) in the Common.

The doors of Park Street Church

                  No trip to Boston would be complete for me without a stop in an old graveyard, and preferably one filled with creepy stones.

Old City Hall, all lit and decked out.

More wreaths down an alley way.  Also, hard to see but there is a star created in twinkle lights suspended between the two buildings.

Quincy Market was beautiful, and this is where Blink was done. 

The lights in Quincy Market's dome.

The biggest Christmas tree in New England

The Christmas tree, the Custom House Tower, and Quincy Market on a gorgeous December night.

Looking forward to a new year, and the promise it brings! Hope the new year brings you amazing things!


  1. Awesome photos Alyson! A blessed and Happy New Year for you and your family!



  2. It looks like so much fun! And what a beautiful city Boston is at Christmas!~

  3. I was here last night too!! Did you see "Blink" done to the Hallelujah Chorus? Amazing! My photos are nowhere near as nice as yours though, maybe I'll just send my readers over here to look at yours! Happy New Year! :-)

  4. A. LaRoque - thank you! Have a wonderful 2013!

    Heather - it really is!

    Paigenicholl - yes, I saw 3 different versions of Blink while I was there. It was spectacular! Happy new year to you!

  5. Fantastic photos . . . oh how I love Boston. I can't believe there's no snow though! :(
    Wishing you a wonderful new year. I look forward to seeing New England through your eyes in 2013.


  6. Ok, I now want to visit Boston more than ever! They are having some cheap-ish deals from this side of the world so I seriously need to do some research! The lights in the dome is my favourite picture! Happy New Year to you and yours Alyson!

  7. Jenny - Thanks! There's snow in Boston now. It's snowed the next day. Where we live, about 45 miles away from Boston, we got snow even earlier in the week. It's gorgeous around here!

  8. Meghan - You really should, if you can swing it. Such an amazing city! One of the main reasons we moved from Connecticut to New Hampshire was to be closer to Boston. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

  9. So pretty! I can't believe I have only visited the city once but seeing your pics brings back such fond memories :)

    Wishing you and your family the BEST in 2013!

  10. Lovely photos! We used to live across the river in Cambridge. You make me miss it. That's so nice that your husband is taking time off with family- not all self employed people remember to do that.

  11. these pictures are wonderful, it looks so beautiful, i'll have to visi boston for the winter someday!

  12. Wow! I never made it to Boston or NYC in the winter and it looks amazing!

  13. Great images of the city Alyson!

  14. Ohhh, this makes me miss Boston! Such a great city.