Five Things To Do In Boston This Weekend

Skip Netflix this weekend—here are 5 ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city.

Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza

Starting today, City Hall Plaza will be a village of winter activities open to visitors seven days a week. The transformation brings more than 50 activities, including wine and chocolate tastings, shopping, ice skating along a lengthy skating track, and musical performances.

  • Friday, December 2 at 3 p.m.; Boston City Hall Plaza; free; all ages
ICA First Fridays: Snow Ball

In honor of the ICA’s 10th anniversary in its Seaport home (it previously spent decades in the Back Bay), the museum is hosting a Snow Ball-themed First Friday event, complete with a DJ spinning throwback hits and the crowning of a Snow King and Queen.

  • Friday, December 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; ICA Boston; $10 GA, free for ICA members; 21+
SoWa Winter Festival

More than 100 of New England’s top artisans and specialty food vendors will be at the SoWa Power Station this weekend for a wide-ranging holiday shopping experience, selling everything from homemade brownies, coffee, and cocktails to knitted hats. Down the block, find a “Winter Wine Land” with plenty of great bottles available, as well as food from four local food trucks.

  • Friday, December 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday December 3 and Sunday, December 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; SoWa Power Station; free; all ages
Santa Saturdays at Franklin Park Zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo is getting into the holiday spirit on the first three Saturdays this December, offering up free photos with Santa, winter-themed arts and crafts, and festive decorations for many of their animals’ habitats.

  • Saturday, December 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Franklin Park Zoo; $19.95 GA, $16.95 for seniors ages 62 and up, $13.95 for kids ages 2-12
Harvard Book Store Winter Warehouse Sale

If you’ve got a bookworm on your holiday shopping list, this warehouse sale is a great place to stock up! The Harvard Book Store will be offering an additional 15 perfect off remaindered books, which have already been reduced 40-80 percent.

  • Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Harvard Book Store Warehouse; all ages
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