Boston: the city of cream and chowder. When the snow won’t stop falling, what better way to spend the day than with some art? Wander down cobblestone streets lined with powder white snow to find your holiday spirit in the city’s rich cultural activities. With chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and the sweet smell of cocoa wafting in the air, you’ll be unable to resist the charms and whimsy of Boston.
(Pictured above: Boston Skyline in Watercolor by paulrommer)
Bundle up in a handmade scarf this winter at the Society of Crafts Holiday Marketplace. Local artists with their various wares, as well as several live demonstrations will be present…with presents! There will also be plenty of treats to snack on while browsing leisurely through the warmly lit displays.
- When: Dec 1-3 2017 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Where: Society of Arts + Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Boulevard, Suite 200 Boston, MA 02210
Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics, A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Takashi Murakami and his luscious garden of smiling flowers will keep you warm when the temperature drops. This collaborative show exhibits both Murakami’s colorful, childlike digital creations as well as several pieces influenced by Japanese masterpieces. With selective assistance by historical conesure Nobuo Tsuji, the exhibition becomes a much more personal statement of the artist.
- When: Oct 18- April 1
- Where: Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
At the Faneuil Market, 350,000 lights will blink in rhythm with the Hallelujah Chorus. This free light show takes place twelve times a day in the vibrant marketplace. As your lips curl around the rim of that third cup of cocoa, and with the lights reflecting off its chocolatey surface, the choir will sing just how you feel. Beneath the twinkling canopy, there are plenty of unique boutiques and big brand shops to browse through as well.
- When: Now until Jan 5, with shows running between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m
- Where: 4 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109
The painstakingly organized, and purposefully placed pieces by Mark Dion are quite the sight to see. Although Dion’s work does not convey the traditional Holiday essence, this exhibition is a unique display filled with humor and oddities for all. With dejected objects, plants, archeological finds and more, Dion creates a dialogue about “things,” what they mean to us, and how we control them. With the holidays revolving around giving, this is a great way to gain a new perspective of the things we give.
- When: Oct 4- Dec 31
- Where: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210
Get into the giving spirit with Art in Giving, a charitable exhibition. Proceeds from pieces sold go towards pediatric cancer research, so it’s a definitely a cause worth getting behind. As a company we believe that Art Means More when personal expression goes above and beyond. In this case, helping people in need with the power of art is what the holidays are all about. The exhibition is free and open to the public, so there’s nothing to hold you back!
- When: Now until Jan 20
- Where: 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201
Locals and tourists alike can expect to be laughing all the way this holiday season. Boston has something for every lover of the arts, as well as believers of all ages. So give yourself the gift of an amazing adventure, filled with extra whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg. Just don’t forget to bundle up!
—By Sam Cubbison