Boston Winter
Boston Winter returns Nov. 24. Photo by Getty Images

After a successful debut in 2016, Boston Winter returns to City Hall Plaza just in time for the 2017 holiday season.


The outdoor attraction is set to open Friday, Nov. 24, which is perfect timing for those headed downtown to take care of some Black Friday shopping. Open to the public seven days a week, Boston Winter features a mix of seasonally appropriate activities, including a unique skating path and an expansive holiday shopping market.


The Berkshire Community Stage will also return this year, offering an opportunity for local artists and community groups to put their talents on display.


Mayor Marty Walsh said in a release that he's looking forward to the opening of Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza.


“Last year was an overwhelming success in showing the potential for City Hall Plaza to serve as a holiday destination,” Walsh said. “From ice skating, to shopping, to enjoying local artists’ performances, there is something for everyone at Boston Winter.”


The holiday shopping market, which will remain open through Dec. 31, includse over 85 chalets, each offeingr a variety of local and international gifts, goods and food. Vendors include Grace Oliver, LovePop Cards and Abnormal Creations. In addition to shopping, visitors can check out an enchanted Christmas tree maze, a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience.

The skating path eschews the standard rectangular rink for a more festive, adventuras pathway that weaves around the Plaza. It’ll operate through February. Feel free to rent skates there or bring your own.

If you go:

Opens Nov. 24, City Hall Plaza, Boston,