Arts News: Boston’s “Mayor’s Holiday” — A Valuable Cultural Gift

By Debra Cash


Want a little holiday cheer?

You’d be a fool to miss taking advantage of Boston’s Mayor’s Holiday. It’s one thing to get a couple hours of free parking on downtown shopping streets, but the half-priced tickets to cultural events of every style and preference are all but tied up with a bow.

The mainstream events on offer include holiday standards like various versions of the Nutcracker, Brian O’Donovan’s Christmas Celtic Sojourn and Disney on Ice, and with a well-designed website that helps you find what you’re looking for in a jiffy, whether it’s Blue Man Group or Shakespeare, there’s little to keep you at home.

The programs range as far as Worcester, and there are special restaurant vouchers and Bostix choose-your-own gift certificates that make rather tidy stocking stuffers. Really strapped? The website lists events that cost under $20 (Bell ringers! A tribute to Elvis and the Beatles!) and free festivities that include parades, historical tours, and visits from some dude dressed as Santa.

One of the holiday entertainment possibilities -- "Disney on Ice"

One of the holiday entertainment possibilities — “Disney on Ice”

Look, everyone knows that tickets to performances can be pricey, especially with an entire family in tow. The Mayor’s Holiday program helps local arts groups introduce themselves to new audiences, who are given the opportunity to sample cultural events that otherwise might have been out of their reach.

And the best part? The Mayor’s Holiday lasts long after First Night, with many performances on half-price sale into February, 2015.

c 2014 Debra Cash

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