With winter in full swing, there are loads of great activities in Downtown Boston. Now that the holidays are over maybe exercise was one of your New Years resolutions? Exercise doesnt need to be exercise for exercise sake. Have some fun while you are at it, and get yourself limbered up just in time for the Olympics. A great opportunity to get some fresh air and get the muscles moving is going for a skate at the Frog Pond on Boston Common. A wading pool in the warmer months, The Frog Pond is transformed from mid-November to mid-March each year into a skating rink. Youll find every level of skater here, so dont feel self- conscious if you are a beginner. You may even like it so much that youll sign up for skating lessons from the Skating Club of Boston which runs the rink in co-operation with the Boston Parks Department. Located right between Beacon Hill and the Back Bay, the open air rink is open from 10am daily (closing times vary). If you are coming by car, parking in the Boston Common Garage right under the Common is a good option. By T, take the Green Line to Park Street Station and by the Red Line exit at either Park Street or Boylston Street. Adult admission is only $5, and kids under age 13 skate for free. Locker and skate rentals are available, and if you come with your own skates, sharpening is available for $8. The Frog Pond Caf is right on site and offers a heated area for you to relax post-skate and enjoy a hot chocolate or one of their other treats including Belgian waffles. Admittedly you may be keeping one resolution (exercise), while breaking another (diet), but least youll be getting some fresh air! For more information, daily hours and inclement weather notices please see www.bostonfrogpond.com or call (617)635-2120.
The holiday look will officially be upon us starting December 1 with the lighting of the white lights along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The lighting season begins in earnest however, with celebrations in Copley Square on December 2, and on the Common on December 4. All information courtesy of the Boston Discovery Guide (http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/):
Copley Square Tree Lighting - Tuesday, December 2, 5:00pm-6:00pm - Wreaths with red bows decorate the square and the Old South Church bell tolls when the lights go on - look for appearances by Santa, the Boston Pops, and Rudolph! The Boston Public Library and Catered Affair host a story time and candy cane tea at the Fairmont Copley Plaza from 3:30-5pm (tea is free but you must make reservations - call 617-859-2282). More family fun begins at about 4:30pm with Jugglers, stilt walkers, and holiday music provided by Magic 106.7.
Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting - Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4pm-8pm (lights go on at about 7:55pm), with games, prizes, and more at the Frog Pond Skating Rink. This exciting event takes place near the Visitors Information Center on Tremont St and stars the special tree sent as a gift from Nova Scotia and 80+ other lighted trees throughout the Common and Boston Garden. When the Mayor turns on the lights, the Boston holiday season officially begins!