31 Cool Things To Do In December (In Boston + Beyond)

Tomorrow = December. WHOA. If you’re starting to freak out, check out these 10 tips for coping with holiday stress. And then get out your calendar and prioritize FUN THINGS via this roundup of 31 cool things to in December. There’s one idea for every day of the month!

December 1: Enjoy the Frog Pond Skating Spectacular and Boston Common Tree Lighting (Boston)

December 2: It’s First Friday Night Free! plus a chance to Meet the Scientists! and ask them anything at the Discovery Museums (Acton)

December 3: Santa visits the decorated greenhouse at Verrill Farm on December 3, with complimentary refreshments (Concord)

December 4: Support local artisans and crafters by shopping local at CraftBoston Holiday (Boston)

December 5: Boston Winter transforms Boston City Hall Plaza -- sip wine at Vinopolis, stop by Santa’s house, help light the pedal-powered tree and menorah, enjoy the Chocolate Story,  and shop the Holiday Market, including an Etsy Artists of Boston Holiday Chalet plus 40 other artisan and craft vendors (Boston)

December 6: Go sock skating with elves in an alpine village at Snowmazing! (Boston)

December 7:  Blink! is a state-of-the-art, LED light and sound show with over 350,000 LED lights choreographed to music (Boston)

December 8: Matchless and The Happy Prince pairs Gregory Maguire’s take on The Little Match Girl with Oscar Wilde’s beautiful tale in a magical puppet performance (Cambridge)

December 9: Join more than 80 local performers for Commonwealth Ballet’s The Nutcracker (Weston)

December 10: Find unique holiday gifts at SoWa Holiday Market (Boston)

December 11: Meet Santa, decorate gingerbread cookies, roast chestnuts over an open fire, and go shopping in the fair trade gift shop at the Heifer International Holiday Open House and Living Gift Market (Rutland)

December 12: At the Bass Pro Shops’ Santa's Wonderland, not only are the photos with Santa free, the crafts and games are as well (Foxborough)

December 13: Share the magic of winter at this Snowy Storytime (Boston)

December 14: Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker celebrates another holiday season (Boston)

December 15: Be moved by a performance of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity (Boston)

December 16: It’s opening night for Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker (Boston)

December 17: Take in 38 fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by children’s literature at Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature (Concord)

December 18: Enjoy a performance of James and the Giant Peach at American Repertory Theater (Cambridge)

December 19: Take a tour of ZooLights at Stone Zoo and visit with Santa

December 20: Stroll through the Enchanted Village (Avon)

December 21: Board the Edaville Express and help Mrs. Claus and the elves search for Santa while enjoying chocolate milk, eggnog, cookies, and more than 12 million twinkle lights (Carver)  

December 22: Attend a performance of A Year with Frog and Toad at the Boston Children’s Museum (Boston)

December 23: Babies are welcome at the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Box Office Babies screenings (Brookline)

December 24: Use last minute shopping as an opportunity to take photos with Santa (Various locations)

December 25: Gather gelt as it rains down from above, enjoy live music, sizzling latkes, sufganiyot donuts, dreidel giveaways, and hot apple cider at the Great Chanukah Gelt Drop and Menorah Lighting (Brookline)

December 26: Celebrate the season with The Christmas Revels (Cambridge)

December 27: Sing-Along with the Sound of Music (Arlington)

December 28: Lace up those skates and glide along this 11,000 square foot outdoor skating path (Boston)

December 29: Become a wildlife detective and track local animals at Family Fun Days - Winter WIldlife (Ipswich)

December 30: Create a one-of-a-kind lantern and join in an early evening lantern procession (Acton)

December 31: Celebrate the end of 2016 at First Night, the country’s largest New Year’s Eve arts festival (Boston)